August 27th, 2011

BSG: Lee, BSG: shooting Lee

Create-a-Show: Dawn

For the tvrealm's Create-a-Show challenge.



Generations ago, a caravan of humans left Earth and set out for a new world. Knowing there was no chance of reaching a habitable planet within their own lifetimes, these would-be pioneers built a fleet of ships designed to sustain multiple generations of humans, carrying their descendents through space until they finally reached their new home.

Of the fifty ships that started out from Earth, ten now remain with the Fleet. The descendents of the original colonists have flourished aboard their ships, hurling through the darkness of space. But with over fifty thousand people sharing space and with no way to escape each other, conflicts sometimes arise. Recently, these conflicts have been exacerbated by a blip on the ship sensors. Something lies in their path...not a planet, but an alien fleet, the like of which they've never encountered. Contact is expected within a year.

As news spreads of the discovery, the various inhabitants of the ships react with fear and hope and speculation, and the ten captains struggle to come to a consensus on how to deal with this discovery and what it will mean for the people they're responsible for.

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Toronto, Toronto blue

Love is better than anger

In the U.S., of course, the big news is Irene. I hope everyone is staying safe, and that the damage is not too severe.

In Canada, the news of the day was Jack Layton, leader of the Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition and head of the NDP party, who died of cancer at the age of 61 on Monday, and whose funeral was held today in Toronto.

Unlike thousands of others, I didn't make it downtown, but I did watch it on television--the funny anecdotes and touching stories from his children, the fantastic eulogy from Stephen Lewis, and some wonderful words from Reverend Brent Hawkes, who delivered my favourite line of the service:

"If the Olympics made us prouder Canadians, maybe Jack's life can make us better Canadians."

The CN Tower and Niagara Falls are both lit orange tonight--the colour of the NDP--in Jack Layton's honour. It's an honour he more than earned.

[personal profile] scrollgirl has collected some photos of Toronto City Hall that are worth looking at.

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