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Stopping Doug Ford from doing terrible things

Posted by Dave Switzer under From the web, My thoughts

We need to stop Doug Ford from doing the most terrible of the terrible things he has planned. Martin Lukacs in The Guardian points out we’ve done it before, under Mike Harris. People who care will need to focus on what’s important and make their voices heard. Doug Ford’s disastrous agenda can be derailed by […]

Star Wars

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Here’s an update to this list. Here are my mini-reviews of the first 6 movies. The original trilogy Episode IV: A New Hope 1977 -> 3.5/5 (+) Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back 1980 -> 4.5/5 (+) Episode VI: Return of the Jedi 1983 -> 4/5 (+) The prequel trilogy Episode I: The Phantom Menace […]

The Art of the Brick

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I was recently in Ottawa, and while there we took in the exhibit “The Art of the Brick” at the Science and Technology Museum. The artist is Nathan Sawaya and you can see in my photos some of the things he’s done with Lego. ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]

Best soundtracks by year

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Here’s an updated version of this list, including soundtracks I discovered in 2017. The big winner for 2017 so far is John Williams for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. I didn’t spent quite as much time listening to soundtracks in 2017 as I had in the previous few years. Year Winner Runner Ups Honourable Mentions […]

Dune

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I read 3 or 4 of the Dune books many years ago, and I read 8 of them more recently. They’re worth reading — even if you feel you’re missing a few things here and there, as I did. I saw the Dune movie many years ago — too many to have a coherent opinion […]

Pixar movies

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Here’s an update to this list. And here is my discussion of a concert of music from Pixar movies I attended. Toy Story movies Toy Story 1995 -> 5/5 Toy Story 2 1999 -> 5/5 Toy Story 3 2010 -> 4.5/5 Toy Story 4 2019 Monsters, Inc. movies Monsters, Inc. 2001 -> 5/5 Monsters University […]

Actors worth following, part 8

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This list continues from part 7. Kevin Costner Costner has a great screen presence and often plays an everyman thrust into extraordinary circumstances. He also directed Dances with Wolves and The Postman. Masterpieces Dances with Wolves Field of Dreams Hidden Figures Great movies The Bodyguard The Company Men Man of Steel The Untouchables Great at […]

Best computer games from 1985

Posted by Dave Switzer under From the web, My thoughts

My 2 favourite computer games from when I was a kid are available on the web. The computer we had at the time was a Commodore 128. Other games I played include Bruce Lee, Impossible Mission, Jumpman, and Space Taxi. Lode Runner You control a guy who moves around and collects gold. You have to […]

Author discovery of the year

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Here’s an update to this list. Sometimes you just need 4 runner ups. Year Winner Runner ups 2017 Adrian Tchaikovsky Mary Doria Russell Marie Brennan Paolo Bacigalupi   2016 Claire North Ken Liu Erin Morgenstern Hal Clement Emily St. John Mandel 2015 Charles Stross Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson Tony Daniel     2014 […]

Batman

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Here’s an update to this list. The quadrilogy Batman 1989 -> 4/5 (+) Batman Returns 1992 -> 2.5/5 Batman Forever 1995 -> 3.5/5 Batman & Robin 1997 -> didn’t see it Christopher Nolan’s trilogy Batman Begins 2005 -> 5/5 The Dark Knight 2008 -> 4.5/5 (+) The Dark Knight Rises 2012 -> 4/5 Animated movies […]