Author Archives: alasdair101

The Role of the Swiper

Something that haunts our culture is whether an Arts education has any tangible or real, or frankly, even intangible value. A bachelor’s degree in Engineering produces a Worker, ready to go forth and Engineer things, similarly for Nurses, Accountants, Lawyers, … Continue reading

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Upgrade [2018] & Polar [2019]

I have twice recently sat down to enjoy a bit of mindless violence in which a Man on a Mission stomps his way through a succession of challenges and obstacles to get some stuff done. It’s the ultra-violent Hero’s Journey … Continue reading

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Films of 2018

This year I’ve seen fewer films than any year for quite a while – 32, which is significantly down from last year’s previous “new low” of 48. You may need to go back to my mid-20s to find such a … Continue reading

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Seismic Risk & Resilience

Recently my profession has come under a bit of fire for sub-par performance of buildings and failure to prosecute the engineers behind the CTV building collapse. The main response seems to have been re-branding from “The Institute of Professional Engineers … Continue reading

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Race-ing Justice, En-gendering Power [1992]

The Philosophy-101 aphorism on the value of a historical record is that “those who forget history are doomed to repeat it”. Over the past couple of years we’ve had an interesting time re-learning historical lessons – by which I mean, … Continue reading

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The Spy Who Dumped Me [2018]

Just a foreword here that since I think few people will have seen this film at the time I’m publishing the review, I’ve tried to keep it spoiler-lite. I talk about one specific set-piece that occurs early in the film, … Continue reading

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Bibliophilic Calgary

I’m writing this in Cafe Milano, a casual 5-minute walk from the central metro line that bisects Calgary’s main shopping district. I ordered a flat white – the flavour is good, but there’s too much milk. So far, this may … Continue reading

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