Monday, October 17, 2016

Weekly notable news (W42)

Not much happened this week. Same old, same old, as we say. Some aberrations at work keep exasperating me (but there's only 552 more weeks to endure). On the way back from a doctor's appointment, my wife and I walked through the mountain to admire the colours of fall. It was superb and I wonder why we don't do this kind of walk more often. We've also spent time watching more of the American presidential insanities, two excellent animated features (Miss Hokusai and Osamu Tezuka's Buddha Movie 1: The Red Desert! It's Beautiful) as well as a new episode of Poldark. For my part, I've also started a promising new series (Westworld) and watched the season finale of Halt and Catch Fire. And I probably did a zillion other things (like updating my anime & manga bibliography) that I can't even remember. But, does it really matter?

However, I do remember that I managed to find some time to stay acquainted with the affairs of the world. I therefore share with you a few notable news & links that I came across lately (in no particular order):

Friday, October 14, 2016

Nouvelle bibliothèque dans Villeray

Le 4 octobre dernier, le conseil d'arrondissement de Villeray/Saint-Michel/Parc-Extension (VSP), s'est réuni pour une réunion extraordinaire afin d'adopter un budget de $57,707,800 pour 2017.

En utilisant le surplus libre disponible ($1,25M), l'arrondissement dit pouvoir maintenir le niveau actuel de service à la population sans augmenter le fardeau fiscal au-delà du taux de l'inflation. Il affirme même avoir réduit à la baisse le taux de la taxe locale d'arrondissement (de $0,0006 par $100 d'évaluation foncière).

Si l'on consulte la présentation budgétaire, on constate que l'arrondissement entend donner priorité à la circulation en toute sécurité, au développement durable, soutien au développement économique local de même que le maintien et la bonification des services offerts en culture, sports, loisirs, parcs et développement social.

$24,414,100 du budjet (42.3%) est d'ailleurs consacré à la culture, sports, loisirs, parcs et développement social, incluant $7,098,900 (12.3%) spécifiquement pour la culture et les bibliothèques.

Toutefois, le Journal de St-Michel (du mercredi 12 octobre 2016, p. 3 — malheureusement il n'y plus de page web où je pourrais vous référer) ajoute que selon le programme triennal d'immobilisation (PTI) 2017-1019 adopté le 6 septembre dernier, l'arrondissement investira $20.943M dans l'amélioration de ses installations et infrastructures, et que la ville-centre y investira plus de $90M, incluant $30M pour la réalisation de la nouvelle bibliothèque de Villeray et la mise aux normes des deux glaces de l'aréna de Saint-Michel.

Le remplacement de la bibliothèque Le Prévost par une bibliothèque plus grande et plus moderne avait déjà été annoncé en septembre 2013 (Tournesol vol. 6 #2, Journal Métro, Plateau Arts et Culture, Bibliothèques Montréal). En effet, dans le cadre du Programme de rénovation, d’aménagement et de construction des bibliothèques publiques de Montréal (RAC), la bibliothèque Le Prévost — renommée bibliothèque de Villeray — déménagera dans un tout nouvel immeuble de près de 3000 mètres carrés qui sera construit sur un terrain adjacent au Patro Le Prévost, sur l’avenue Christophe-Colomb. Le ministère de la Culture et la Ville de Montréal y investiront $14,5M et l'arrondissement y consacrera $4,2M.

Il semble donc que cette nouvelle bibliothèque de Villeray deviendra réalité dans les trois prochaines années.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Otaku & other popular (sub)culture phenomenons

Many elements of the Japanese teens subculture are generated, influenced or more often simply expressed by anime & manga: otaku, enjo kōsai (teenage prostitution), hikikomori, karōshi (overwork death), idols, cosplay (as well as various fashion styles like gothic lolita, kogal or ganguro), hentai (including yaoi [“Boys' Love”, i.e. manga showing romantic relationships between male characters], yuri [“Girls' love”], lolicon [underage love], panchira [panties shots] and burusera [stores for panties & school uniforms fetishists]), manga café, kawaii, moe — just to name the few that quickly come to mind. Also, Japanese (pop)culture is having (as it often had in the past, i.e. “japonisme”) a great influence on our western culture (and particularly, lately, on the teen pop-culture, with the so-called Japanification).

Therefore, this is a subject particular enough to deserve a separate entry in my “Anime & Manga Bibliography”.


The essentials
More anime & manga references
Otaku & other popular (sub)culture phenomenons
Japanese culture
Japanese drama & cinema
Japanese economy, geography & history
Japanese language
Japanese literature
Various others

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Otaku & other popular (sub)culture phenomenons

Monday, October 10, 2016

Automne au Parc de l'Île-de-la-Visitation

Rendons Grâce à la Terre
Pour tous les bienfaits qu’Elle procure
— Pourquoi abuser une Mère généreuse?

Fall at Île-de-la-Visitation park

Give Thanks to Earth
For all the bounties She procures
— Why abuse a generous Mother?

Fall at Île-de-la-Visitation park Fall at Île-de-la-Visitation park

Fall at Île-de-la-Visitation park Fall at Île-de-la-Visitation park

Rhamnus cathartica / Moulin du Sault-au-Récollet
Fall at Île-de-la-Visitation park Fall at Île-de-la-Visitation park

Voir photos de ma visite précédente

(Nikkon D3300 / iPhone 6s, Parc de l'Île-de-la-Visitation, 2016-10-09)

P.S. Bonne Action de Grâce à tous ! / Happy Thanksgiving for all (Canadians)

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Weekly notable news (W40-41)

In the last couple of weeks I felt deprived of all my energy. I couldn't do or write much. All I did was updating my “Anime & manga bibliography” (and it's far from finished). Depressingly, the news were dominated by the US election mud slinging. However, I discovered by chance a new french pop singer named Zaz (iTunes, Wikipedia, Youtube) — a great scratchy voice — and, with my wife, I've finished watching the fourth season of Mr. Selfridge as well as the mini-series And Then There Were None (a recent British-american adaptation of the famous Agatha Christie's novel).

If the crazy pace at work (btw, only 553 weeks left!) can sometimes break my spirit (or, like now, my back!), there's always something to rejuvenate my soul. Earlier today I took, with my wife, a long walk through the park of the Île-de-la-Visitation, observing the nature, the river, the automnal colours, and visiting the Sault-au-Récollet mill as well as the maison du pressoir. It was beautiful. I took several nice pictures.

Finally, of course, I still found a little time to stay acquainted with the affairs of the world. I therefore share with you a few notable news & links that I came across lately (in no particular order):

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Friday, October 07, 2016

More Anime & Manga References

We continue our “Anime & Manga Bibliography” — started with the “Essential References” — with more useful anime & manga references.

The books we own are on a yellow background. We have added pertinent links for those who want further details about the listed references.


The essentials
More anime & manga references
      anime & manga-related merchandizing
Otaku & other popular (sub)culture phenomenons
Japanese culture
Japanese drama & cinema
Japanese economy, geography & history
Japanese language
Japanese literature
Various others

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More Anime & Manga References

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Japanese Film Festival of Montreal

Each fall, the Japan Foundation (Toronto) and the Consulate General of Japan are pleased to offer free screenings of Japanese films. The films are in Japanese with English subtitles. Limited seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis, with no reservations. This is the 33rd edition.

The screenings will take place at the Cinémathèque québécoise (335 De Maisonneuve Blvd East, Montreal, QC — near métro Berri-UQAM).

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Image du mer-fleuri

Fleurs d'automne

Quelques couleurs tardives
Couverture de feuillage morne
— Présages d’une longue torpeur

Fall flowers
(iPhone 6s, 2016-10-02)

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Japanese movies at FNC

The 45th Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (FNC) will be held from 5 to 16 October and will offer 340 films (including 138 feature films and 170 short films) from 62 countries, including 43 world premieres. That will include nine Japanese movies. For more information:

Press coverage:

[ Coco Montreal ] [ Le Devoir ] [ The Gazette ] [ La Presse ] [ Shomingeki ]

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Image du mer-fleurie

Petites trompettes roses et mauves
Annonçant la fraîcheur matinal
— Ô Gloire au jour qui se lève!

Morning glory
(Nikon D3300, 2016-08-14)

Monday, September 26, 2016

Weekly notable news (W39)

Another busy week spent brooding about the craziness at work (still 555 weeks before retirement), going to the hospital for another CT enterography for my wife and backing-up my computers to install macOS 10.12 Sierra on both my iMac and Mac Mini. Didn't have much else on my mind.

To relax we finished watching Dancing on the edge (Brit period drama about a black jazz band, part mystery and part social commentary on racism), the first episode of Maigret (Brit adaptation of Georges Simenon's police drama set in the '50s Paris with Rowan Atkinson in the title role!!! It's quite good once you've passed seeing Mr. Bean face. Now I understand why he never speaks in his sketches: he has a really serious, deep voice!) as well as the first two episodes of the second season of Poldark (yes, another Brit period drama).

And, of course, I still found a little time to stay acquainted with the affairs of the world. I therefore share with you a few notable news & links that I came across this week (in no particular order):

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Image du mer-fleurie

L'automne est à nos porte —
La douce fébrilité de l'été
Bientôt ne sera qu'un souvenir

Laborieuses abeilles sur un soleil

Sunflower & bee Sunflower & bee 2
(Nikon D3300, 2016-08-08)

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Monday, September 19, 2016

FFM videos

To complete our coverage of the festival, here is the video for the Red carpet arrival of director Yoshinari Nishikori, actors Naoki Kobayashi and Sho Aoyagi for the Japanese movie Tatara Samurai screened at the Montreal World Film Festival on August 29th, 2016:

Tatara Samurai - Red Carpet from clodjee on Vimeo.

And here is the video of the introduction and Q&A for Tatara Samurai screened the same night:

Tatara Samurai from clodjee on Vimeo.

As a bonus I am throwing in the video of Isabelle Adjani's red carpet arrival at the Montreal World Film Festival on September 4th, 2016:

Isabelle Adjani - Red carpet from clodjee on Vimeo.

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Weekly notable news (W37-38)

The first two weeks of September proved to be rather challenging. First, I was trying to see as many of the Japanese movies shown at the Montreal World Films Festival as I could despite the troubles that the festival was experiencing and the fact that the schedule was constantly changing. Then, my wife woke up in the middle of the night with excruciating abdominal pain and we ended up at the hospital's emergency ward. They kept her for five days and performed several tests without being sure of the nature or cause of the problems. They found some sort of enteritis to the small intestine and a gastritis. She feels well now, but it is a worrying situation since we're still waiting for the result of the biopsy and more tests are scheduled. She survived cancer once ten years ago, so we are waiting the results with apprehension.

It was tiring for me during that time because I had to shuttle back and forth between work (a.k.a the madhouse), the hospital and (once) the film festival. But the beginning of September also brought a few good news: Apple announced some new products as well as released updates, and I got a well over-due pay raise! Unfortunately, there's still five-hundred-and-fifty-seven weeks left before I can retire from work and dedicate my entire time to my personal projects (like writing).

Despite all this, I found time to watch a few dvds at home with my wife. First, we watch Belle et Sébastien 2: L'Aventure continue. It's a cute adventure dog movie, full of improbabilities but it also reminded me of the TV series I was watching when I was a kid. Then I watched Gods of Egypt (by myself because my wife doesn't like sci-fi stuff), which tells — super-heroes style — the founding myth of Egypt where Horus must fight his uncle Set who killed his father Osiris in order to reign over Earth. Horus is helped by the thief Bek, who just want to save his lover Zaya. If you would removed the specials effects from this movie, it would have nothing left of interest…

Finally, I watch Hail, Caesar. It's a star-laden film by the Coen brothers which poke fun of the Hollywood film industry in the 1950s while managing to recreate several of its archetypes: the peblum movies, the synchronized swimming and tap dancing movies, stunt-filled westerns, etc. The film follow studio manager Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin) trying to hold production together while unmarried actress DeeAnna Moran (Scarlett Johansson) becomes pregnant and big star Baird Whitlock (George Clooney) is abducted by a conspiration of communists! Hilarious, beautifully written and an interesting window on the era.

As always I did my best to keep myself acquainted with the affairs of the world. So, let me share with you a few notable news & links that I came across in the last few weeks (in no particular order):