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#103: Empire of Illusion – revisited

March 18th, 2010 2 Comments

So The Tyee published an interesting and exceedingly eloquent analysis by Stan Persky of Chris Hedges’ Empire of Illusion. As you might recall, I granted Empire of Illusion the title of “the one book you must read of 2009” in my end-of-year arts and culture rundown. I see Tyler has taken my advice and gone […]

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#091: Of delegates, diplomacy, and a dozen other things

January 10th, 2010 2 Comments

Currently listening to: “Elizabeth” – The Dreadnoughts So, it’s been a while. I apologize for the schizophrenic nature of this entry in advance. For the past three days, I’ve been at UBC Model UN (UBCMUN), wading the waters of faux-international diplomacy and (“fair and balanced”) journalism. Representing the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (read: North […]

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#090: ’09 in literary and musical recap!

January 1st, 2010 2 Comments

Everyone else is going to write/has written terribly philosophical and thoughtful things regarding the turn of the decade, so I shan’t bother with the melodrama and cut straight to the madcap fun bit: the best of the past year. I’m aware that one usually ought to do this sort of thing before the new year […]

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#072: Geekery!!!

November 14th, 2009 5 Comments

Currently listening to: “Ordinary Day” – Great Big Sea This is what’s up. November 20, 2009 – Philip Zimbardo at UBC!!!!!!!! Cue excited arm-flailing, incoherent exclamation allsorts, unsuspecting roommates being biffed over the head with copies of his book, et cetera. You might know him as the man behind the Stanford Prison Experiment, and the […]

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#063: An update! Really!

August 16th, 2009 10 Comments

Currently listening to: “Dance Anthem of the 80s” – Regina Spektor I emerge from my self-imposed hermitude (?! is that a word? I don’t really care, because it looks rather wicked) to dash off a brief – and haphazardly thrown-together – blog post. Self-imposed hermitude is not due to the usual anti-social tendencies. Instead, it’s […]

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