In the US, today is Thanksgiving. For Canada, it’s a very M. Bison “but for me it was Thursday” kind of day, in my experience.
I used to live in Buffalo, NY, pretty close to the border. And without getting into it, I didn’t exactly have friends or family to spend Thanksgiving with there. So for want of anything to do, I wound up crossing over to Niagara Falls for the day. In late November, which is not optimal Niagara Falls time. The area was quiet; tourist traps were largely disengaged for the season, and it’s not like Canadians were out and about much on a random work day in the early 2010s. I had lied about my plans to head further up to Toronto that day (I still don’t know why), and instead had Thanksgiving day lunch at a Harvey’s before driving aimlessly around already-harvested vineyards and ultimately heading back home. God that story is depressing I don’t know why I tell it
If you don’t follow me on Cohost (which I’m using as a blog currently), then I don’t blame you, because here’s all I’ve posted:
Radio fax – in contrast to the telephone fax that the familiar fax machines operate on – was a big thing in the mid 20th century, kinda operating like a proto-internet before the real internet showed up. You’d imagine it fell out of use by now, but nope: it’s still used to send weather information to ships at sea. One news agency, in Tokyo, still uses it to send news, but apparently it takes forever.
This was a curious one. It was linked to because of its use of AI-generated visuals (which feeds into a whole completely unrelated rant), but when I got to investigating the track, I found out it came from a peer-to-peer network sometime in 2004 and, while likely, was never expressly verified as being Boards of Canada. It’s a vibe track, for sure, but it’s got a curious story behind it, and that’s more interesting. Besides, it seems natural that such a lost track could fall into the blender of AI art.
This past week has been rubbish for progress. For one, work has kept me quite involved, so my mental energy gets a bit drained. For two, Chapter 11 and on is when I have the largest “changing what happens and why” rewrites, so they’re slower to push through. Redacted, my beta reader, has been going through the first few revised chapters and offering additional feedback, which is appreciated but I always have a tinge of “oh I did a shitty job” when I get critique about anything. It’s tough on the ol’ brain noggin.
Scrivener says the word count is currently 67,279 of an expected 90,000, for progress of 2,232.
That’s all for now, ta ta,