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Beware the Creeper!

Iain's life as a psychotic crimefighter


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LJ, it's been fun but

I'm off to Dreamwidth

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Happy Anniversary

dearest murasaki_1966

May we have many more together.

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Happy 50th Birthday

to my lovely murasaki_1966



Love you forever, my Phoenix

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A brief summation of our first attendance at Continuum

Okay, first some grounding so you know whats underneath my feet:

This was my first Continuum , not my first SF convention - the last SF convention I attended was Loncon and murasaki_1966 and I wanted to recapture something of that feeling locally.

[SPOILER]We failed.[/SPOILER]

It was also competing against a con we have regularly attended for four years - it was high time murasaki_1966 attended a con she was actually interested in, and wed heard good things about Continuum. So while I wasnt exactly at Continuum under sufferance (and, for reasons I must obscure, actually glad I went) my social media feeds were filling with photos of my friends having a better time than I was.

Im hoping this was atypical of Continuum. It felt hastily and improperly assembled - certainly the convention chair gave the impression shed rather be anywhere else than standing in front of a crowd, and the panels seemed, for the most part, fairly generic. Generic to the point where I walked out of the horror panel because it was stuck on the definition and allure of horror, a discussion that Id move past decades ago.

And that was the major feeling I had from the con - I didnt feel like I was missing out if I attended one panel over another, or even didnt attend panels at all. Not that there werent panels worth attending by any means - but they were hugely reliant on the passion the panelists had for the topic, or their ability to narrow the focus of the panel - some of the panelists just seem to have been there to fill in slots.

I met up with some old friends and saw some faces behind some e-quaintances. My friend Laura called my bluff on something so were cooking up a project together, but it was rare that I felt actually engaged and immersed in the con. Maybe I just should have had different expectations, maybe Continuum is not the con for me.

On the whole, I would have rather been in Albury.

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The Bells!

Originally posted by alexandreev at Город П. Купол


и гифка для медитации


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In Memorium Thomas Charles Triffitt / Ratu Tomasi Bilolevu 1935 - 1984

My father died 30 years ago today.

It's still hard to write about because it was the result of an operation to remove tumours from bowel cancer. He developed perotinitis and the infection spread through his whole body. By that stage he was too weak to fight it.

There isn't a week or a day that goes past without me seeing something that reminds me of him - more than just looking in a mirror. He knew a lot of what was going to happen in the world, he was involved in environmental concerns in the 70s and 80s, he introduced video technology into staff training when he worked at the National Library and he was worried about the effects of the technological revolution that we were just on the cusp of, even as he was fascinated by it.

He influenced a lot of people, wove our family inextricably into Fijian culture and left a gaping hole in our lives.

He was a great photographer, and my mother is still working on publishing and sorting his photos, starting with a record of the Fijian village that adopted us.

He is still greatly missed by me, my brother Ross, my mother Geraldine and all those whose lives he enriched.


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Gayby Baby

in all the kerfuffle last week, I forgot to mention seeing Gayby Baby at a special screening at Broadway (the shopping mall, not the New York theatrical district.)

Those of you outside of NSW will probably not have heard of it, or the controversy surrounding it and, indeed, if / when you see it, may wonder why there was any controversy at all.

It’s a documentary about four children with gay parents - and it follows each of the children through a challenge in their life and shows just how they, and their parents, navigate it.

Ebony wants to get into the Newtown School of Performing Arts. She lives out west with her two mothers and they would like her to go to school in the inner west where her parents relationship is accepted. As the mothers are both on welfare and Ebony has a much younger brother with serious health issues, they are making a lot of sacrifices for her, which she is well aware of, and just increasing the pressure she feels herself under.

Matthew wants to play Aussie Rules but one of his mother’s is a charismatic Christian, who wants to keep Sunday free for worship. The fact that her fellow congregationalists considers her a sinner, changes Matthew’s ideas about faith.

Gus just wants to go to the WWE

Graham is the saddest. His natural family had prevented him from speaking until the age of 5 and his adoptive gay parents are doing their best to help him catch up with the rest of his peer group. This is not helped when the family is forced to relocate to Fiji (where homosexuality is even less accessible than the western suburbs of Sydney.)

The focus is squarely on the kids, They can clearly speak for themselves (though Graham, of course, has a little difficulty) and they do.

And that’s the point. If anything, the awareness of their parents’ non-compliant relationship makes them even more aware and sympathetic. Ebony even talks about her own homophobia until she adjusted to have two mothers.

GB is gripping. The director, Maya Newell, keeps a sharp focus on one particular thread in these families complicated lives and has a great cinematic sense. This is not a dry polemic, this is a warm human account, sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking of four non-traditional families and how they deal with very traditional challenges. It is made with great sensitivity and artistry and gives us the good fortune of the acquaintance of four wonderful children: Ebony, Graham, Gus and Matthew.

For further information (including forthcoming screenings - and it is worth seeing in a theatre) check the website

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Vincent Crabbe and the Goblet of Bile

Current Australian politics as Harry Potter fanfiction.

For those late to the story, you may want to brush up on the first part.

Originally posted by blamebrampton at Vincent Crabbe and the Goblet of Bile
You may have been wondering what’s been happening in Australian politics lately. Haven’t we all, kids, haven’t we all.

One or two people too lazy to look it up on Wikipedia have been waiting longer for a sequel to this post than I’ve been waiting for Jo Rowling’s Potter Encyclopaedia. The difficulty has been that the recent government has been unsatirisable. Because they are so ridiculous, it's hard enough to convince non-Australians that the reality is real – actual jokes about them are doomed.

However, recent events have left me with no choice but to hit the keyboard. Thus, I bring you:

Vincent Crabbe and the Goblet of Bile
This may not actually make it any clearer for most of you ...Collapse )

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Happy Anniversary

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I got you a new Prime Minister.


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