Star Trek: DS9 — Enigma Tales

Posted on September 25th, 2017 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{4.5/5} “In the enigma tale as we have known it… we have evidence that literature — that art — encodes into itself, despite all attempts at extirpation, critiques of the world in which it is created. In the enigma tale these authors tried to address — through the medium of the puzzle, the riddle — […]

Smoking will be banned at McMaster

Posted on September 24th, 2017 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

I applaud any and all restrictions on smoking. Here’s one that makes me think about moving to Hamilton: McMaster University banning smoking on all campuses

Not-so-great trends in pop music

Posted on September 23rd, 2017 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

Have you ever thought that current pop music all sounds the same? If so, you’re not alone. Here’s a YouTube video from Thoughty2 that backs up this idea with science. Find out what’s been happening with timbre, melody, rhythm, and vocals: Why Is Modern Pop Music So Terrible?

James Bond

Posted on September 22nd, 2017 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

Here’s an updated version of this list. I’ve seen Quantum of Solace once and all the other James Bond movies at least twice. Many of them I would have given a higher rating to the first time I saw them (+). Sean Connery Dr. No 1962 -> 3/5 (+) From Russia with Love 1963 -> […]


Posted on September 22nd, 2017 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{4.5/5} “I won’t be long.” — Bond, to a woman he never returns to Spectre, released in 2015 James Bond receives a message from his previous boss, M, who died. She wants him to track down a man and kill him, and he won’t let anything stop him. Because of a bit of a fiasco […]

Star Trek: TNG — Hearts and Minds

Posted on September 21st, 2017 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{4.5/5} “Having participated in numerous first contact situations over the course of his career, he always tried to wonder what the representatives of the other party were thinking during the opening moments of such a meeting. Fear? Uncertainty? Anticipation or hope? Picard had seen all of those reactions and everything in between.” Star Trek: TNG […]


Posted on September 20th, 2017 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{4.5/5} “One can never be too careful when handsome men in tuxedos carry Walthers.” Skyfall, released in 2012 James Bond is chasing someone who’s stolen a list of undercover agents. He’s shot, and takes some time to recover. Because of the loss of the list, M is being forced to resign in 2 months. Eventually […]

Quantum of Solace

Posted on September 18th, 2017 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{4.5/5} “When someone says ‘We’ve got people everywhere’ you expect it to be hyperbole.” Quantum of Solace, released in 2008 M and Bond are just starting to interrogate Mr. White when one of M’s bodyguards reveals himself to be a member of the same organization and starts shooting. Bond chases him and kills him, and […]

Casino Royale

Posted on September 17th, 2017 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{5/5} “Bond, this may be too much for a blunt instrument to understand, but arrogance and self-awareness seldom go hand in hand.” Casino Royale, released in 2006 James Bond has just been promoted to double-oh status. His mission is to uncover how a terrorist network is being funded. When Bond is caught on camera killing […]

Children of God

Posted on September 16th, 2017 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{4.5/5} “I was willing to hear this song, because I had once yearned for a world in which lives would be governed not by lineage and lust and moribund law, but by love and loyalty. In this one valley, such lives are possible… If it is a mistake to hope for such a world, then […]