Category Archives: The World At Large

My Favourite Joke

Making jokes is not a simple business. I’m not really too sure how they work – why people laugh, and at what. It’s a part of human art that’s not really studied with the seriousness of tragedy, and I think … Continue reading

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Capital in the Twenty-First Century [2019]

Capital, and concomitantly “capitalism” and the whole democratic concept that’s intertwined with it, is a huge topic. I haven’t traversed the entirety of Capital by Marx, but I have slogged my way through The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, … Continue reading

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Where’s my Roy Cohn? [2019]

I picked this film because it’s blurb pandered to my obvious lefty-pinko sensibilities – a take-down piece of an American back-room trader about whom I knew very little, but was fully ready to hate. In that regard, this documentary dished … 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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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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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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Winning at Ultimate with a Pick-up Team

Over the decade or so I’ve been playing ultimate at tournaments I’ve played on a pretty big variety of teams, from teams which drilled set plays and called lines to teams that didn’t exist a few days before the tournament. … Continue reading

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Addison [1884]

Joseph Addison is not a household name – but three hundred years ago, he was a fairly influential man of letters kicking around the Restoration. He wrote a few poems, a few plays, held a few political offices, but what … Continue reading

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Man with a Movie Camera [1929]

For my studies this year, I’ve watched in the order of 50 films, and the best of them is probably a 1929 silent pseudo-documentary called Man with a Movie Camera. It was made by a guy who got his start … Continue reading

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