Twas The Night Before Christmas…

Traditionally read on Christmas Eve, naturally, at least in our family. I can still recite large stretches of this from memory, purely from childhood repetition! This is the complete text of Clement Clark Moore’s famous poem, on one sheet. This is a project that’s been knocking around in the back of my head for number of years, and this holiday season I finally did something about it.

'Twas The Night Before Christmas

Also available on PDF, if you wish to print it for reading by the fire with care. (UPDATED 5th December 2012; I rearranged part of the website a while back and forgot to fix this link. Sorry. It works now!)

CC-BY License, although it doesn’t currently say so on the page. Done in Inkscape, naturally.

Happy Mid-Winter Holidays, everyone, however you celebrate them.

Locked Out, And Other Symptoms of Delusion Among Politicians

Without A Library

Citizens of Victoria, welcome back to the Dark Ages.

Spineless and cowardly local politicians have decided that actual negotiation is too much like work, so they’ve issued a lockout notice full of BS and misinformation instead to the library’s employee’s.

Victoria’s library employees have always been underpaid compared to their counterparts at City Hall – the fact that ~80% of my co-workers are female probably has, historically, something to do with that. Way back in 1992, an agreement was signed by both sides to correct that historical inequity. Library employees have kept their side of the bargain over the years – GVPL is one of Canada’s busiest & best libraries, and we’re proud of that.

It’s become increasingly obvious over the years that the employer had no real intention of holding up their end of the bargain, though. No money was put toward pay equity in the 1990s, and a pittance was dribbled our way between 2000 & 2006. Our last labour contract ran out in December 2006; negotiations have been stalled since then, primarily because in the happy little universe inhabited by management, suddenly we have Pay Equity.

Sure, if you massively re-define pay equity, engage in willful delusional thinking, and are willing to look like a total donkey in public.

So after not bothering to meet with the union’s negotiating committee since mid-October, the delusional spineless ones have decided to lock us out instead. Way to move the situation forward, folks!

If Victoria-area residents want more information, including how to get in touch with some of our lovely, spineless local politicians, please have a look at Overdue Promise for more information (free of my irritable ranting, I promise!), all sorts of contact information for local pols, and further news as this sorry situation unfolds.

And hey, drop by the picket line next week and say hi.

Being polite on the picket line is the only public service your local library workers are able to offer as of Monday, thanks to the grotesque lack of leadership among local politicans. And that’s a damn shame.

Just to ward off lawyers & pseudo-lawyers: I speak only for myself, not for my union and certainly not for my employer. Yes, I could have been more polite. No, I’m not going to be. Deal with it.

Oh, and the graphic? Made it just this evening in Inkscape; the quote is one that’s been going around on our union’s private bulletin board – nobody is sure where it’s from. It’s CC-BY, so feel free to borrow it if you like it!

They Like Winter…

Via the excellent Shorpy’s, who in turn harvested it from the incredible U.S. Library of Congress Work Projects Administration Poster Collection, into my favourite Open Source project of all time, Inkscape (with a small detour through the GIMP), and dedicated especially to my father & stepmother (who appear to actually like winter…), and secondarily to all the rest of you for this holiday season, a bit of art:

Have a look at the SVG version, which will be going up on the Open Clipart Library after Christmas when I have a bit more spare time. This sort of print lends itself incredibly well to being converted to SVG. I’ll probably put both my cropped version and an SVG of the full poster up on OCAL.

Happy Holidays, Satisfactory Festivus, Merry Chrifsmas, etc to all. I’m off to do a bit of holiday baking. (Yes, really.)

Soundtrack: Paul Simon, Rhythm of the Saints
Irony Level: Quite Low, Actually, But Thanks For Asking