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Saturday, September 30, 2023

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, 2023

Today marks Canada's National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, an effort to recognize the historic and ongoing injustices perpetrated against Indigenous peoples. 

On this day, many Canadians don the colour orange to mark the experiences of Phyllis Webstad, whose grandmother gave her an orange shirt on the first day Phyllis was taken to a residential school. 

Less than ten years ago, I learned the residential schools and their mission to erase Indigenous culture nationwide weren't completely shut down until 1996. Aside from their stated goal of assimilation, the residential schools were, by all accounts, hellholes that traumatized tens of thousands of Indigenous children. 

The shameful existence of residential schools is, sadly, far from the only way non-native Canadians have mistreated Indigenous peoples since European settlers first came to North America. Even today, Indigenous issues remain a low priority for all levels of government in Canada. 

I haven't been a very good ally for Indigenous peoples, but today I realized there is one thing I can do, for a small beginning: at every opportunity, we should be asking our elected officials and candidates for office how they are addressing Indigenous issues: the poorer health outcomes, disproportionate rates of incarceration, missing and murdered women, lack of representation, poverty, and justice for residential schools, forced relocation, dealing in bad faith, and so much more. 

Like it or not, politicians have influence, and as their voters, we, in turn, can influence them. If enough non-Indigenous Canadians show we, too, care about Indigenous issues, maybe we can start righting a few wrongs. 


7TV Card Caddy

Jeff 3D-printed this caddy for 7TV script cards, and I painted it earlier this week. 

Friday, September 29, 2023

Gas Sign, Gang Sign

Here's a sign that'll be used for Car Wars or maybe Fallout: Wasteland Warfare. I wasn't sure what to paint on the wooden board, so I decided to improvise; I created some cryptic scratches meant to resemble some post-apocalyptic version of hobo code writing. 

Thursday, September 28, 2023

Forbidden Tome

Here's another ancient artifact that came in the same set as the Maltese Falcon, the Cthulhu idol, and the Ark of the Covenant. I'm not sure what this one is supposed to represent, but the eerie engraving seems to suggest another Cthulhu connection.  

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

7TV Dice

I have painted my 7TV dice in shades of orange, brown, and yellow for that 1970s aesthetic. 

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

7TV Tokens

The film cans and the VHS cassettes turned out all right, but the clappers aren't great. Serviceable enough for the game, though. 

Monday, September 25, 2023

Captain Atom Calls for a Lift

"Sue? Nate here...uh, listen...I need you to come pick me, I can't just fly back to the embassy, and I'll explain why..."

"Whatever you do, DON'T TELL BEETLE!"

Saturday, September 23, 2023

25 Years of Wedded Bliss for Jeff and Susan

Earlier this evening, two of my oldest friends, Jeff and Susan, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary (following an eight-year engagement)! Sylvia and I were delighted to attend the celebration, reconnecting with some old friends over a scrumptious catered Ukrainian dinner. 

We were delighted to see that our old friends Michael and Naomi showed up for the party, too. 

Squeaky chicken party favours for the win!

Two happy couples!

Three happy couples! (Context: I met Susan, Jeff, and Michael back in 1987 via the University of Alberta Star Trek Club.) 

We also got to meet Susan's lovely Aunt Mary, who we picked up on the way to the event. Plenty of Jeff and Susan's loved ones were there, and we reconnected with Korch, who Sylvia and I met independently before we'd actually met each other. It's a small world after all . . .  

Thanks, Jeff and Susan, for inviting us to this lovely affair, and Sylvia and I both hope that you'll enjoy many, many more loving and happy years together. 

Friday, September 22, 2023

7TV Trash Objective

Well, this one didn't really turn out. This close-up reveals I missed spots, painted the wrong colour in some spots, and generally made a mess of things. Ay, me. 

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

7TV Condition Rings

When your character miniature is scared, dominated, distracted, etc., simply place the relevant condition ring around the mini to keep track of any conditions it's currently suffering. These are pretty simple paint jobs, so I tried to add a little flair by choosing colour combinations that reflect each condition. 

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

A Straight Crooked Ruler

This afternoon I painted a ruler for use with the 7TV miniature skirmish game from Crooked Dice. I used 1970s earth tones to reflect the game's mood, style, and setting. I think this one turned out all right. 

Monday, September 18, 2023

Autumnal Geekquinox 2023: The Barbenheimer Affair

"I am become Chef, creator of Worlds . . . of flavour." 

Pete could have said this, but instead he lived these words by preparing a multi-course meal inspired by two of this year's biggest critical and commercial film hits, Barbie and Oppenheimer

To begin with, just look at that menu. Not only is he a creative culinary force, he's also a damn fine writer and graphic designer. 

Enough fawning, on to the food and friendship: 

Sylvia loved her Barbies as a child, so she was well equipped to doll herself up (pun intended) for the event. The best I could do was to don my only pink shirt (a holdover from Gaming & Guinness created by Steve) to serve as a sort of bargain-basement Ken. 

Here's "Pink just looks so good on toast," a savoury concoction that burst on the palate when consumed. There's lox, capers, tomato, and avocado in there. Oof! Chef's kiss. 

I haven't seen Oppenheimer yet, but this juicy rosemary chicken breast is so named for a nude scene in the film. I'll understand the context eventually, but yesterday the flavour was far more important than the reference. The chicken may look unassuming in this photo, but it was irresistible. 
"It's so ($#&%*# good!" 

The atomic turds were hot, hot, hot, but I managed to eat two anyway. Bacon, cream cheese, jalapeno, and sausage, all wrapped up in one explosive package! 

"Is that going to be too hot too handle?"

I hate mushrooms. But I have a self-imposed rule about Geekquinox: If it's on the menu, I must AT LEAST try it. I devoured two of these thanks to the generous heaps of garlic-infused cheese Pete stuffed into these Mushroom Clouds. That's more than enough juicy flavour to overcome my distaste for mushrooms.

"Surprised you, huh?"

Call Them Trinity . . . fondant potatoes stuffed to overflowing with a trio of cheeses. A delectable accompaniment for the main meat course . . .

"MORE MEAT . . ."

No, not another serving of atomic turds, though they would have been welcome. This is Oppenheimer's Vision--pork belly burnt ends. Melt-in-your-mouth tenderness and palate-pleasing flavour in every bite.
"I am become Chef . . . wait, you already used that joke." Pete as Barbenheimer himself! 

Barbie herself dropped in to present the Barbieland Cloud, made from scratch, just like everything else on the menu. It was moist beyond belief. 

"We can't eat another bite! Look, Pete's passing out." 

"Hey Steve, did you know you can read all about this event on your blog?" 

"Yes, Earl, because I WROTE IT." 

The four Barbie girls that graced our Barbie world on Saturday. 

And of course, Ellen's traditional group photo. 

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I have the best friends. Thanks to Pete and Ellen for another fantastic gathering, and to the rest of you fine folks for coming out and sharing another evening of loving laughter. 

Sunday, September 17, 2023

Prelude to Geekquinox

Yesterday, Sylvia and I joined our friends for this years autumnal Geekquinox dinner. Why are we dressed in pink? Tune in tomorrow . . . 

Saturday, September 16, 2023


7TV is a skirmish game based on old genre television of the 1970s and early 1980s, so I chose a colour scheme I thought suitable for the period. 

Friday, September 15, 2023

Interceptor Cargo

 If you dont' glue down the hatchback, Crooked Dice's Interceptor models can accommodate cargo. Here are the cargo options I've painted: 

Thursday, September 14, 2023

Black Interceptor

I kitbashed this one a little bit to give it a rough, home-brewed, asymmetrical look. I may add some rust and grime effects later. 

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Pristine Interceptor

Just to try something different, I painted this interceptor model with a small selection of metallic speed paints. These act more like washes than paints, somehow making application easier and paradoxically more exacting at the same time. As you can see here, I'm having a little trouble keeping the paints looking smooth, even though it's so very thin. Some parts of the model look better than others, though, which leads me to think I just haven't been patient enough; maybe some spots need a few more thin coats to even out those rough patches. 

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

A Day at the Planet

I wrote the news today, oh boy

Young Jimmy Olsen shot some pics for me

While Lois Lane shared the byline

And Perry edited
He liked Jim's photograph