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I totally crashed the Guinea Pig Picnic for reasons. It's basically the cutest thing ever, and yes, I took pictures. Copious pictures.
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Behold )
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (kittensquee)
So a woman I vaguely know through [livejournal.com profile] the_axel and [livejournal.com profile] the_siobhan and the Toronto goth scene in general was turning 40, and decided to throw herself the ULTIMATE BIRTHDAY PARTY of all time by renting a space in a community centre and booking Hands On Exotics for three hours to bring ALL THE ANIMALS. This is the most brilliant thing anyone has ever done. They apparently asked how many children would be in attendance. The answer was no children would be in attendance. Just a lot of goths who are all secretly 5 years old. It was the best party.

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Fun fact: Kangaroos like to eat shoelaces. There were many people in attendance with tall boots. The kangaroo was in kangaroo heaven.

Would you like to see shit tons of cute animals? Of course you would. )

Because nothing could top this, we then went to the Bristol for curry and beer. I didn't have the ghost pepper curry this time, though I was strongly tempted. After that, we went to [livejournal.com profile] jackspryte's Yule celebration and welcomed the sun.

Today I woke up with a brutal hangover and was like, "was there a kangaroo? Or did I imagine that?" But fortunately these pictures are on my camera so I know that yes, there was a kangaroo.

So how was your day?
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (eat flaming death)
In lieu of providing actual content (outrage burnout continues at pace), here's what I'm reading this morning.

I won't link anything about Syria, Egypt, or the two Canadians under arrest in Cairo, because those sorts of horrors are above my level of cope right now and there's plenty of more intelligent discussion about it elsewhere.

Rage-inducing:

• Jezebel has a good post on how not to react to Chelsea Manning's announcement that she's Chelsea Manning. I'm lucky enough to be shielded, by virtue of currently being within my little progressive bubble and having a strict policy of not reading the comments since Manning's outrageous sentencing a few days ago, but I'm aware that there's some serious stupid out there. The discrepancy between her treatment and that of rapists, murderers, and war criminals is so infuriating that I can't even begin to put it in words—add transphobia and misogyny into the mix and you have a perfect storm of asshattery.

• On a related note, here's a long read about Manning, American institutions, and the internet. (Written before her sentencing and the official announcement of her gender identity, so the article uses male pronouns.)

“Why wasn’t I consulted?” is the fundamental question of post-network democracy, and the fundamental question of the Internet, to which the state mechanisms have so far replied: “Who the hell do you think you are?”


• Locally, some more on the shooting of 18-year-old Sammy Yatim, murdered by pigs on a Toronto streetcar. One pig (not the one who tased the dying kid after he'd been shot eight times) has been charged, but make no mistake—a pig will not actually be convicted for gunning down a likely-mentally-ill person of colour. This is a concession to the massive outcry following Yatim's murder and is intended, ultimately, to absolve all of the pigs of guilt by finding this pig not guilty.

Tell me I'm wrong, people.

Quebec's proposed religious symbols ban, WTF? Though maybe the Jewish and Muslim communities there, not exactly accustomed to holding hands and singing Kumbaya, will find some common ground in opposing this bullshit. Proof that New Atheism is a continuation of White Man's Burden imperialism by other means.

Amusing:

• I'm getting some lulz out of the food poisoning at the CNE. I mean, isn't the point of eating these things to get food poisoning? The receptionist at my physio place, who is approximately my height and much thinner, apparently eats this kind of shit and announced her intention to try the Cronut despite everyone getting sick from it, and despite a job where she works with health professionals.

Happy-making:

What, you mean that community-building is actually more effective at stopping crime than putting cops and surveillance cameras everywhere? You don't say! Will you just check out this lady making community housing better for everyone:

“We go up to the crack dealers, face-to-face, and we say, ‘Hello, how are you?’ says the 56-year-old woman, who uses a wheelchair. “‘It’s a beautiful night out. I love your coat. May we sit with you?’”


Someone wrote a book just for me, apparently. Industrial music, Marx, and the Situationists. I of course immediately placed a hold on it.

Baby Nautilus!

Useful:

• The title of this article, Anti-Fascist Fitness, made me hope that there was a training regimen to get in shape in order to beat up neo-Nazis, but it's actually not so much about that as about the politics of the fitness industry and the OMGBEESITY panic.

This article, on how to be an ally to people with illness, chronic pain, and invisible disabilities, is quite a good read. I don't like the random capitalization or Tumblr SJW-style language, but the advice itself is useful and certainly would have been worth distributing to certain people *cough*co-workers*cough*. Especially the bits on being "the doctor," "the parent," and "the worshipper," all of which I've had to deal with in abundance.

Read, discuss if you find 'em interesting.
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (bones by arianadii)
Sadistic bees drink human tears has to be one of my favourite headlines ever. The Lasioglossum gotham—best name ever—which lives in Thailand, digs your salty, delicious grief:

“The experience was rather unpleasant, causing strong tear flow,” the authors wrote in the 2009 study published in the Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society. “Once a bee had settled and more were approaching, these tended to settle near each other in a row. Closing the eye did not necessarily dislodge bees but some continued to suck at the slit. They were even able to find and settle at closed eyes.”


Nice!

So I did a silly painting about it )

Seriously?

Jun. 8th, 2011 08:07 pm
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My heart goes out to the families of the victims, killed in a tragic accident that has provided the most quintessentially Canadian of all headlines: Flying bear kills two Canadians.

...for real. This is a thing that can happen.
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (go fuck yourself)
[livejournal.com profile] nihilistic_kid brings us a strong contender for worst human being on the planet. (Warning: I do not say this lightly. Click at your own risk.)

[livejournal.com profile] springheel_jack linked to Ayn Rand-inspired jewelery.

I mentioned this on The Face, but here's more on that Japanese restaurant with creepy monkey waiters what think they're people.

Here's a Cracked article on parasites. It's not as horrifying as the other three links.

What about you? What has shocked and appalled you lately?
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (science vs religion)
If there is any cosmic justice whatsoever, glow-in-the-dark pterosaurs are still alive in Papua New Guinea.
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (bat country)
There are many pictures and even a short video of our adventures today. I tried to weed, honestly I did, but there was so much awesome that I almost considered splitting the awesome in half.

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We tip generously, but [livejournal.com profile] monster_grrrl goes a step farther and also tips a dinosaur.

Beneath the cut lies:
• Natural History Museum and Bug Art
• Dog Chapel
• Bread and Puppets Theater
• The Diet Coke and Mentos Experiment
• Random cool things that happened and animals, adorable and otherwise

are you ready? )

Tonight, we are in Montréal at [livejournal.com profile] ivytheadventure's pad. We bumped into one of her friends and went to her place for beer and conversation. Tomorrow we head home.
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Good morning, LiveJournal! It's Saturday of a long weekend, which means that I can spend the morning sorting through the latest videos that I've favourited and sharing them with you.

Cut for Cthulhu, Scriabin, fabulous crabs, commie prog rock, and Viking metal )

Yesterday, one of my colleagues asked me what kind of music I listened to.

Um. There are people who listen to one kind of music?
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Good morning, LiveJournal! It's Saturday of a long weekend, which means that I can spend the morning sorting through the latest videos that I've favourited and sharing them with you.

Cut for Cthulhu, Scriabin, fabulous crabs, commie prog rock, and Viking metal )

Yesterday, one of my colleagues asked me what kind of music I listened to.

Um. There are people who listen to one kind of music?
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (bat country)
Since I was already on the left coast, I took a jaunt up to Seattle to visit my friend [livejournal.com profile] annaotto. (You guys don't know her, but she's awesome, and if you met me through LJ, you have her to thank for it. She's my oldest internet friend—we met about a decade ago—and she was the one who got me into blogging.) Anyway, apologies to my other Seattle friends whom I didn't get a chance to see. I was only there for a scattered couple of days, and we had a lot of plans. Anyway, I need to go back to Seattle because it's my favourite place in the States, and next time I'll be more prepared about hanging out and such.

As previously mentioned, Seattle is in the midst of the worst heatwave ever, and as non-rainy weather is a bit of a curiosity there, hardly anyone has air conditioning. Fortunately, we'd already planned to spend most of the week on Orcas Island, which is surrounded by ocean and thus a little cooler, doing nature stuff.

Hence, most of these pictures are of nature things, but there are some city things for those of you who are allergic to outdoors.

P.S. Yes, [livejournal.com profile] rojonoir, of course I paid a visit to Giant Lenin. I didn't take a photo though. Anyway, I've now seen him covered in Christmas lights, holding an election sign in 2006, and now holding a huge burrito. I think Lenin would like burritos.

lots and lots of photos, plus a bonus super-cool video )
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Since I was already on the left coast, I took a jaunt up to Seattle to visit my friend [livejournal.com profile] annaotto. (You guys don't know her, but she's awesome, and if you met me through LJ, you have her to thank for it. She's my oldest internet friend—we met about a decade ago—and she was the one who got me into blogging.) Anyway, apologies to my other Seattle friends whom I didn't get a chance to see. I was only there for a scattered couple of days, and we had a lot of plans. Anyway, I need to go back to Seattle because it's my favourite place in the States, and next time I'll be more prepared about hanging out and such.

As previously mentioned, Seattle is in the midst of the worst heatwave ever, and as non-rainy weather is a bit of a curiosity there, hardly anyone has air conditioning. Fortunately, we'd already planned to spend most of the week on Orcas Island, which is surrounded by ocean and thus a little cooler, doing nature stuff.

Hence, most of these pictures are of nature things, but there are some city things for those of you who are allergic to outdoors.

P.S. Yes, [livejournal.com profile] rojonoir, of course I paid a visit to Giant Lenin. I didn't take a photo though. Anyway, I've now seen him covered in Christmas lights, holding an election sign in 2006, and now holding a huge burrito. I think Lenin would like burritos.

lots and lots of photos, plus a bonus super-cool video )
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (eat your ballot)
Warning: Not vegan-friendly. Or grammarian-friendly. Or your-eyes-friendly.

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Warning: Not vegan-friendly. Or grammarian-friendly. Or your-eyes-friendly.

zzzz

Apr. 2nd, 2008 05:29 pm
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (PANDA! by earthlingmike)
I was talking to a friend who had recently returned from China. He and his girlfriend were of Chinese descent but had never actually been there—they'd gone there for work and didn't speak Mandarin, and they'd felt very odd and isolated. He was both grateful for the experience and saddened by how much an outsider he'd been.

He told me about the place that they were living, and suddenly I was whisked away in a flashback scene. I was having dinner with the couple on their backyard patio. It was a beautiful summer evening. We were drinking wine. I wanted to be there for real.

I noticed that they had beer bottles with bamboo shoots in them. "That's pretty," I remarked.

"Oh, they're for the pandas."

As if on cue, a huge, dirty panda came snuffling out of the bushes. It shambled over to where we were sitting and plucked the bamboo out of the beer bottle. Then it roared and I woke up.


I was not happy to be awakened from this dream. I mean, PANDA!


EDIT: Hey Toronto people, does anyone want to go to the opera with me? $20 rush seats for Eugene Onegin. I've seen it before (in Moscow—I'm a bougie fuck) but it'd be cool to see the CoC do it too.


EDIT II: Via Feministe, Postcards From Yo Momma is about the cutest thing ever. I just spent the last ten minutes or so laughing my ass off. (And now I can't send anything to it because my mom reads my blog.)

This is my favourite so far:
Look who finally learned the computer.
Look who finally learned the computer. Dad set me up email ACCOUNT AND ALSO SHOWED ME HOW TO GO ONLINE.I DON’T KNOW WHY EVERYTHING IS SUDDENLY WRITING BIG LIKE THIS, SO JUST IGNORE IT. SO HOW WAS THE CONCERT YOU WENT TO WITH FRIENDS/ CALL ME SOON. THIS WRITING IS WEIRD SORRY, LOVE MOM.

zzzz

Apr. 2nd, 2008 05:29 pm
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I was talking to a friend who had recently returned from China. He and his girlfriend were of Chinese descent but had never actually been there—they'd gone there for work and didn't speak Mandarin, and they'd felt very odd and isolated. He was both grateful for the experience and saddened by how much an outsider he'd been.

He told me about the place that they were living, and suddenly I was whisked away in a flashback scene. I was having dinner with the couple on their backyard patio. It was a beautiful summer evening. We were drinking wine. I wanted to be there for real.

I noticed that they had beer bottles with bamboo shoots in them. "That's pretty," I remarked.

"Oh, they're for the pandas."

As if on cue, a huge, dirty panda came snuffling out of the bushes. It shambled over to where we were sitting and plucked the bamboo out of the beer bottle. Then it roared and I woke up.


I was not happy to be awakened from this dream. I mean, PANDA!


EDIT: Hey Toronto people, does anyone want to go to the opera with me? $20 rush seats for Eugene Onegin. I've seen it before (in Moscow—I'm a bougie fuck) but it'd be cool to see the CoC do it too.


EDIT II: Via Feministe, Postcards From Yo Momma is about the cutest thing ever. I just spent the last ten minutes or so laughing my ass off. (And now I can't send anything to it because my mom reads my blog.)

This is my favourite so far:
Look who finally learned the computer.
Look who finally learned the computer. Dad set me up email ACCOUNT AND ALSO SHOWED ME HOW TO GO ONLINE.I DON’T KNOW WHY EVERYTHING IS SUDDENLY WRITING BIG LIKE THIS, SO JUST IGNORE IT. SO HOW WAS THE CONCERT YOU WENT TO WITH FRIENDS/ CALL ME SOON. THIS WRITING IS WEIRD SORRY, LOVE MOM.

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