Hidden Figures

Posted on July 9th, 2017 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{5/5} “Here at NASA, we all pee the same colour.” Hidden Figures, released in 2016 Dorothy, Catherine, and Mary are three mathematicians who work at NASA in 1961. They happen to be black, and are not afforded all the same opportunities as their white colleagues. But it’s a time of change, and they’re all smart […]

Your Name

Posted on July 8th, 2017 by Dave Switzer  |  1 Comment »

{4.5/5} “He met someone and that someone changed him. That much is for sure.” Your Name, released in 2016 Mitsuha is a high school girl living in a small town where everyone knows her — she’s the mayor’s daughter. Taki is a high school boy living in Tokyo, and works in a restaurant. Somehow they […]

The Sudden Appearance of Hope

Posted on July 7th, 2017 by Dave Switzer  |  1 Comment »

{4.5/5} “I think you have realised that machines don’t forget, even if you do. I want you to listen to the sound of my voice, when I’m gone. My name is Hope. I want you to remember my words. These words are the only part of me that exists. Do not follow. Do not try […]

Gifted

Posted on July 5th, 2017 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{4.5/5} “He wanted me before I was smart.” Gifted, released in 2017 Mary is going to school for the first time. She has been home schooled by her uncle Frank but he says he’s taught her everything she knows. He wants her to make some friends. Mary is a mathematical genius and is not sure […]

Firebase (volume 1)

Posted on July 4th, 2017 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{3.5/5} “Objects were put in your path to shield you, put there to protect you at exactly the right moment, to shield you from the right piece of shrapnel. It’s almost as if life itself knew you were coming. The universe keeping you alive, saving you, as though it has a plan for you.” Firebase […]

Home Alone

Posted on July 3rd, 2017 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{4.5/5} “Ma’am, I’m eight years old. You think I would be here alone? I don’t think so.” Home Alone, released in 1990 Kevin McCallister is 8 years old. His parents accidentally leave him home alone when they fly to Paris for the holidays. There are 11 kids between 2 families, and when they were counting […]

Blink

Posted on June 28th, 2017 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{5/5} “When we leap to a decision or have a hunch, our unconscious is… sifting through the situation in front of us, throwing out all that is irrelevant while we zero in on what really matters. And the truth is that our unconscious is really good at this, to the point where thin-slicing often delivers […]

How to avoid a right-wing populist wave

Posted on June 27th, 2017 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

Here’s an article by Amanda Taub from The New York Times. She describes how all the ingredients for a right-wing populist wave exist in Canada, but because of a collection of reasons it doesn’t happen. Probably key is that “immigration and racial diversity are sources of national pride.” Taub gives some historical context, going back […]

Maybe Democrats shouldn’t impeach Trump

Posted on June 26th, 2017 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

I was under the impression that Donald Trump as president was a unique threat to the US and that since there are several good reasons for him to be impeached they should get right on it. As for Mike Pence, who will become president if Trump goes away, I figured he was a more run-of-the-mill […]

The problem with the Democratic Party

Posted on June 26th, 2017 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

The main difference between lawmakers in the Democratic Party and those in the Republican Party is that Democrats want to do good things for the country. They’re far far better than the Republicans, every one of whom should be out of a job and a pariah for the rest of their life. On the other […]