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Day 1518

Exactly one year ago today, Tropical Storm Erika devastated my homeland, the Commonwealth of Dominica. More than a dozen inches of rain; 30 or more deaths accounted for; and over EC$1 billion in damages--all of which, to paraphrase Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, "has set our country's development back by 20 years".

Today, in Dominica, is the first National Day of Mourning. Every native and expatriate reading this right now should take a moment to remember those who lost their lives during the storm, and look back at the generous relief efforts that followed in the disaster's wake. From small businesses and charities, to several international governments...those who heard of the events and did what they could, we all salute you.

And let us not forget the calamity that occurred in the southeastern village of Petite Savanne, as well as neighbouring Boetica and Delices. The downpour from Erika oversaturated the soil of Petite Savanne--to the point where authorities declared the area no longer inhabitable, and reassigned its former residents to new homes elsewhere. Today, we will also think of them, as we reflect on the events of August 27, 2015 in our hearts...and in our minds.

As a God-fearing people, our recovery efforts have only just begun. Houses for the survivors have been built here and there, several Bailey bridges have been put up, and a lot of support has poured in from various sources. But as Skerrit reminded us, there is still so much that can be done.

So as always, to the young and old, the rich and poor, the weak and mighty, the healthy and disabled...let us put aside our differences, look up to the Lord and to ourselves, and work together to make Dominica what it once was. A request such as this should not fall on deaf ears or blinded eyes...and even more so as we hear of worse events around the world every other week.

In the immortal words of Officer Judy Hopps, "I implore you to try. Try to make the world a better place. ... Look inside yourself and realise that change starts with you. It starts with me. It starts with all of us." More appropriate words--from +Walt Disney Animation Studios' 55th animated feature, no less--could have never arrived at a more daring time.

In memory of the most impactful disaster ever to occur on Dominican soil since Hurricane David in 1979. Let us all pray...let us all hope...let us all give...and give back. One day...we shall all rise again. Thank you for reading.

Après Bon Die, c'est la Terre. #DominicaStrong...We Are One.

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At this writing, less than 15 minutes before Part 1 of re.BUILD's Toronto concert takes off.

When the Nature Island critters take their first break, I'll get in the final fan piece of the week at Mr. Hibner's. Plenty more awaits next week, so stay tuned.

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One more treat for the Ricoh attendees tonight, and that's it for the Writers this week.

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Or, what they'll serve--for free--at Adanson's Toronto concert tonight and tomorrow.

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Tinned tuna sautéing in butter with rosemary, garlic, ginger, paprika, black pepper, and pink Himalayan salt. Soon to be joined by frozen mixed veg, and will serve over boil-in-a-bag brown rice.
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In case the rest of you have missed out... (I'll correct the reviewer here: Judy has 275 siblings.)

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Zootopia

Saw this on Netflix, and I thought it was really well done. I was surprised by how cool it was, and how much "heart" it had, just like a Pixar film. I see how it became a $1 BN film.

Zootopia (released as Zootropolis in some countries) is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated buddy cop mystery crime comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 55th Disney animated feature film.

The film is directed by Byron Howard and Rich Moore, co-directed by Jared Bush, and starring the voices of Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Jenny Slate, Nate Torrence, Bonnie Hunt, Don Lake, Tommy Chong, J. K. Simmons, Octavia Spencer, Alan Tudyk, and Shakira. The film details the unlikely partnership between a rabbit police officer and a red fox con artist as they uncover a conspiracy that involves the disappearance of predator civilians within a mammalian metropolis.

Zootopia premiered at the El Capitan Theatre on February 17, 2016, and began a general theatrical release in conventional 2D, Disney Digital 3D, RealD 3D, and IMAX 3D formats on March 4, 2016. The film was praised for its story, animation, cast, humor, and themes about racism and stereotypes. It opened to record-breaking box office success in several countries and has earned a worldwide gross of over $1 billion, making it the second highest-grossing film of 2016 and the 24th highest-grossing film of all time.

Review from Rolling Stone

The last thing you'd expect from a new Disney animated marshmallow is balls. But, hot damn, Zootopia comes ready to party hard. This baby has attitude, a potent feminist streak, a tough take on racism, and a cinema-centric plot that references The Godfather, Chinatown and L.A. Confidential. The kids, paying zero attention to such things, will love it. But the grownups will have even more fun digging in.

Our star is a bunny, scrappily voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin: She's Judy Hopps, whose parents and 225 siblings are having trouble keeping this firecracker down on the farm. Judy has dreams of being a cop and kicking ass in Zootopia, a kind of barnyard metropolis where predators and prey live in segregated harmony. I didn't say peace; the town isn't perfect, though the animation is.

A tour through the byways of Zootopia is a bracing blend of color and richly detailed design, especially during a chase scene in Little Rodentia where Judy gets to lord it over prey much tinier than she is. Otherwise this bunny is constantly on the defensive, trying to crack the glass ceiling erected by a Cape buffalo police chief named Bogo, voiced with vibrant gruff by this year's should-have-been Oscar winner Idris Elba.

Bogo and a lot of other male beasts — hippo, rhino and elephant — in this nation want to stop Judy's ambitions at meter maid. Luckily, Mayor Lionheart (J.K. Simmons) has begun a new mammal-inclusion initiative. Judy puts on a brave face. But first day she's scammed by Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), a fast-talking fox happily possessed of Bateman's delicious comic snark. Still, this odd couple makes a dynamite team when it's crisis time. (Come on, you knew it was coming from the first notes of Michael Giacchino’s noirish score.)

Predators revert to nature and go on snarling, violent attacks. Animals go missing. And Judy and Nick find a research facility that jails predators that have "gone savage." Impressionable tots may hide their eyes.

Directors Byron Howard (Tangled) and Rich Moore (Wreck-It Ralph), along with co-director Jared Bush, who shares screenplay credit with Phil Johnston, know how to keep things light. There's a nifty scene at a DMV exclusively staffed by sloths. But they also know how to take a deep dive when necessary, especially when certain species are treated as threats and cause public panic. Listen up, Mr. Trump.

Like I said, this big-city crime caper puts a lot on its animated plate. Zooptopia takes chances and doesn't play it safe. Is it too soon to talk about next year's Oscars?

Zootopia - Best Scenes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKS_2ulNBYU

Zootopia Official US Trailer #2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWM0ct-OLsM

#zootopia   #disney   #animatedfilm   #Hollywood   #movies   #film  

via/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zootopia
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Last one down...until next run. (In an hour, Adanson takes to the stage at Toronto's Ricoh.)

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On the way tomorrow: Another two fan works at Mr. Hibner's, Part 2 of Adanson's Canadian debut...and some more roots and code for my Relformaiké project.

On the way next week: A trip back to Bronson (for the sake of that new conlang of mine), the launch of that conlang's new semantic wiki (from Bronson's premises)...and a chance to see the new Pete's Dragon at the movies (provided that reboot hasn't left our area yet). After so long at home, it's about time we struck it big.

As for the Unspooled revamp: The sooner I approach a competent setup for Book 1, the sooner I return to my "alpha assistant". A GDrive alternative remains on our list in the meantime.

As always, stay tuned for plenty more with the furries, followers and what-have-you. As for my latest social stop, things aren't looking too rosy for my prospects there; you'll see what I mean later. Later on, parts three through five of O.J.: Made in America, plus a cat with a green tail on SketchBook X. And of course, I'm waiting on another Furry+ member or two for more gifts; details as we get to it.

If you've seen Zootopia for yourself (as I already have, twice on the big screen), then please let me know in the comments. And remember what Judy taught you, kids: Change...starts...with you! (WDAS' 55th is currently streaming on Netflix USA.)

Expressing condolences to the family and friends of those killed and injured in Brussels, Lahore, Kyushu, Ecuador, Orlando, Istanbul, Dallas, Nice, Munich, Sagamihara, Italy, and Louisiana.

To donate to Erika relief funds, please visit gofund.me/da-erikarelieffund, www.opm.gov.dm/?p=1058 or www.youcaring.com/red-cross-of-dominica-421257.

And for an overview on the TPP and its potential effects, let the +Electronic Frontier Foundation​​ be your guide. (Details, as always, in the coming days.) Also, take time to add your name to the petition at rockagainstthetpp.org (if you're from North America).

For now, this is your Once and Future Captain speaking. Till we meet again, it's diè wåde, ovwa and out...​

And to all Dominicans everywhere: Stay strong...for We Are One.​

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"The Zootopia hype is real, y'all."
--Artist's caption

From someone who knew it all too well--while the film was gearing up for an overseas launch. She even got the headphones in their right place.

As an interesting aside, today was International Bunny Day; thank the tweeters for reminding me. The Adanson managers also know that for a fact--hence the inclusion of at least two relevant selections on their setlist, when they resume their Toronto performance tomorrow night.

So that's it for another week of finds. Another two await as always, next we meet; after Monday, about time we took a long, long break from here (tweet-deck extras and a few CFA-sourced relays aside).

(Taken from www.deviantart.com/deviation/588575320; originally titled "I'm Your New Neighbour!" and drawn by Alyssa, a.k.a. "FairDahlia". Uploaded to deviantART on February 3, 2016.)

(Fan art © Alyssa/"FairDahlia". Character © Disney.)

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Trust me, +Victoria Strauss​ has covered all of them (most likely).

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At least I know two of them: +Pixabay​ and +Flickr​. (From a fellow Writer.)

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A bonus for you-know-what-day; circling this curator before the middle of next week.

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Havin' A Think Or Two -- Fort Collins, Colorado
"Clearly, animals know more than we think, and think a great deal more than we know."
-- Irene M. Pepperberg

I caught this red fox squirrel at an apparently pensive moment, stretched out on the stub of a cottonwood branch that had recently fallen and regarding me thoughtfully from above. I hope he found the answers he seemed to be looking for. ;)

For +Squirrel Saturday / #SquirrelSaturday  curated by +Skippy Sheeskin, and #SquirrelsAreMagic , and #hqspanimals +HQSP Animals curated by +Andy Smith +Nicol Eh +Shannon Adelson, and #WholeWildlifeWeek  curated by +Dick Whitlock, +Sandy Schepis, +Anette Mossbacher, and +Diego Cattaneo, and #close2home +Close2Home curated by +David Pond, +Pia Raben, +Shaun Stewart, +José Juan Escudero, +Howard Weitzel...
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In this cluster's penultimate postcard...

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Petite France IV
Strasbourg, #France

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Descrição da foto:
O maravilhoso bairro de Petite France em Estrasburgo, França.

Photo description:
The wonderful Petite France neighbourhood in Strasbourg, France.

Detalhes técnicos/Technical details:
Camera: Nikon D7100
Lente/Lens Nikon DX: AF-S Nikkor 18-300mm 1:3.5-5.6G ED
A single exposure processed in Lightroom 6.

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"It is not about what is good or what might be popular, it is about what I feel like sharing. It's simple that way."

Author, publisher, digital rights advocate, Web "nomad", and pop-culture geek (for hire) residing in Waterbury, CT; originally from the Commonwealth of Dominica. "Winner" of 2012's National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) with a project originally titled Marigot Magic, which now bears the name of Unspooled.

Responsible (through his Constitution Books imprint) for an Amazon-exclusive re-issue of Gadsby: Champion of Youth, a 1939 lipogram by Ernest Vincent Wright. Wrote an accompanying behind-the-scenes essay, Skipping Fifth, especially for this edition. (A revised version was published in February 2013.)
 
Currently:
- setting up a new map on QGIS, based on the base 20 system;
- setting up the Dixwell Dossier, a Referata site dedicated to the Marigot Magic project.

Also on Bitcoin (albeit very infrequently), thanks to Fred Conez/(e)FREEZECONE on Empire Avenue. ID: 1CkSXjzcPQ559AtN9dE9GQwNgsuULeLihn.

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