With Twitter becoming increasingly unhinged, Mastodon is becoming a better, fuller place each week. There’s now an embed post option available on the platform so I’ll make use of that when I do these digests, particularly when I reshared a post, and include my own content here within the post.
Celestine has inherited my love for hair sprouts.Shared at https://seizemeans.com/@apollo/109503879193538721
I’ve been running with Zombies, Run! for years and, with an update today for the game’s 10th anniversary adding new buildings, my Abel Township is a cozy bastion in the zombie apocalypse.Shared at https://seizemeans.com/@apollo/109507060875396014
While in Victoria, BC, back in June, seeing these murals at Dallas Road Staircase was a highlight.Shared at https://seizemeans.com/@apollo/109508963751291116
Four years ago we spent the holidays in Marikina in the Philippines, where I saw this along Gen. Ordoñez Avenue. This faded mural must have been more impressive in its prime, but it still had some magic.Shared at https://seizemeans.com/@apollo/109509336900298002
Each December my work sends out a pewter ornament from Amos Pewter to all employees. This year, my 12th with the company, we received an ornament depicting the lighthouse from Peggy’s Cove.Shared at https://seizemeans.com/@apollo/109514403515193297
I passed this painted electrical box on Quinpool while walking today. It’s one of my favourite pieces on that street.Shared at https://seizemeans.com/@apollo/109514448349832836
I’ve had a red stocking with my name on it and a bear stocking for most of my life, and the bear has been passed on to Celestine.Shared at https://seizemeans.com/@apollo/109514476308615535
Xenoblade Chronicles 3 was my game of the year. No other game released this year has drawn me in like it did. The story, gameplay, astounding world, and quality of life elements were unmatched. Nothing else came close.Shared at https://seizemeans.com/@apollo/109514597084676012
I passed through Guangzhou airport 4 years ago on the way to spend the holidays in the Philippines and this spacesuit was a highlight.Shared at https://seizemeans.com/@apollo/109514698659864877
Growing up in rural Nova Scotia, I didn’t have a local library I could visit, but I did have the magic of a bookmobile. The bookmobile, a bus filled with books, would visit on a reliable schedule and stepping onto it was a wonderful experience. I remember vividly browsing the shelves and choosing a pile of books to take home. It was on the bookmobile that I found Asterix and Tintin volumes and cemented my lifelong love of comics.https://seizemeans.com/@apollo/109515080778080264
I would later devour Choose Your Own Adventure books and game books, planting seeds for my love of TTRPGs. Later I would take out novels and nonfiction books ravenously. I’m shaped profoundly by the bookmobile and my politics are informed as profoundly as my reading life. Bringing people what they need and desire requires systems like libraries and their bookmobiles to be pushing out access to every person where they are.
Here in the Halifax Regional Municipality, bookmobile service ended in 2011 and that was, I believe, a mistake. Bringing services to folks living in rural areas can be a lifeline, especially for marginalized folks and should be prioritized. Communities served by bookmobiles even today have poor internet access and books have special value because of that.
This mural is tucked away in a parking area on Yale Street, but is one I’ll run past when I remember to visit it.Shared at https://seizemeans.com/@apollo/109520095589234510
Cory Doctorow’s (@pluralistic) Poesy the Monster Slayer is Celestine’s favourite book. We either read the ebook or listen to the audiobook most days. She can now recite portions of it and here she is explaining Great Old Ones.Shared at https://seizemeans.com/@apollo/109526592284824602
I was fortunate to grow up in a household with countless speculative fiction around. My father had many novels around, and I’d eventually read everything by some authors like Tolkien and Terry Brooks, and read extensively from others like Frank Herbert and Ursula K. Le Guin. Alan Burt Akers’ Dray Prescot books (Transit to Scorpio, etc.) always intrigued me, but I never got far in reading them. I wonder if it would be worth revisiting that sword and planet series.Shared at https://seizemeans.com/@apollo/109531214946183995