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The Alloy of Law [2011]

I was not really much of a fan of the original Mistborn trilogy. The initial premise was to set a fantasy story in a world after the total victory of your classic mega-evil wizard. What’s it like to live in the … Continue reading

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The paradox of political correctness

I’m on Twitter, and I follow a number of fairly radical left-wing agitators, who I really only realised were agitators fairly recently. I blame Anita Sarkeesian in a way, because I found a few of them through her Feminist Frequency platform, but … Continue reading

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The Highwaymen [2019]

In some of his junket interviews, Kevin Costner has described this film as a Western, joining other recent Westerns like Hell or High Water in a kind of genre revival that’s really an identification that’s probably more interesting than either of … Continue reading

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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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