Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

…and sitting in Stalin’s chair.

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Interesting story about this picture (link courtesy Wonkette).

This photograph was not photoshopped, altered or in any way set up by the publicists behind the Bush Administration, at least so far as I know. It was just a case of the President sitting in front of a backdrop set up for his visit to Halifax (why? You’ll have to ask them) while an on-the-ball photographer saw the benefits of a simple optical illusion. Quick catch, guy.

So, the subsequent irony that the President finds himself taking up the place of Stalin in this apparently staged photograph is somewhat mitigated by the fact that the photograph wasn’t deliberately staged. At least, not so far as we know.


The Trenchcoat Farewell Project At Last

Later tonight, I will be pushing forward through the last stage of the :Trenchcoat Farewell Project:. All that needs to be done is to put in brief synopses of three stories that could have appeared in Ninth Aspect 3 and acknowledgements. Then I have to put in the proofreading corrections for Sentinel, and put it out into a .pdf format.

Then it’s a matter of taking it to the printer. With luck, that’ll happen next Saturday, although I could bring the CD to Office Depot some evening this week, to get a little jump on production. Once that’s done, and the copies are delivered to me, then I’m sending it out to a bookbinder. If luck holds out, the copies will be finished in time for Christmas, though some people may be getting late Christmas presents, I’m afraid.

That’s if. As Tegan once said, “if” is the most powerful word in the English language. It’s also the most slippery, I think.

I’ve been run a bit ragged over these past few weeks. I’ve been struggling to look for work since my contract with Alternatives Journal came to a close. I’ve found some temp work and some website work, and I’m cautiously optimistic about the next couple of months. I’ve also been working hard on a freelance article for a professional publication. The editor has been very kind and patient, and has explicitly set out to work with me on the style of the article, moreso than editors typically do. That has meant a lot of research and revision on my part. The fourth revision of the article was handed in early this morning, and barring some cosmetic changes, I think we have it.

Life has been rather up in the air for me, and I’m feeling the weight of long-delayed projects like the :Trenchcoat Farewell Project: more than ever. I’ve been juggling a lot of balls, and that’s been the source of some stress for me. But, so far, I’ve managed to hold it together (barely). And with the Farewell Project finally out of the way, that’s one more weight off my chest.

2004 has been a very variable and uncertain year. 2005 looks to be very similar, although things are developing in interesting ways, so I have plenty to look forward to.

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