What truly shows the story’s fantasy setting is the use, or lack thereof, of helmets. None of the primary and secondary characters wear helmets! At least when it would be smart to do so. Continue reading Game of Thrones: “Ahead” of most fantasies
American War by Omar El Akkad is a tough book to read. I sure hope that it’s purely speculative fiction because it dares to answer the question “are we going be okay?” with an apocalyptic “no.” Continue reading American War Review
Logan, despite being a fantastic film, left me unsatisfied with its ending. It delves into some big questions and because it uses its status as a sci-fi/superhero flick to explore humanity I’d argue that it’s the best superhero film out there. I’m not going to make that argument here because it’s just me and I know I’ll lose. Continue reading Logan and failing to break moulds
In recent years, I’ve longed to compete in Canada Reads, CBC’s annual literary contest, in a manner fit for someone who likes fiction and is not a published author of note or a Canadian celebrity. I’ve endeavoured to read the five shortlisted books before the week-long event so as to fully understand the arguments of each book’s advocate. In 2017, I was in another country … Continue reading Canada Reads 2018: Two memoirs that opened my eyes
What would you do if you lost everything? Me, I’d yell, cry and probably throw my last something at a wall. As much as we’d like to think we aren’t ruled by our possessions, I believe certain items like letters and photos of loved ones carry a lot of value. As these items become increasingly digital, the risk of loss increases while the perceived risk decreases. You might be thinking that your digital files are safe and nothing bad will happen to them. But, according to the video below 60 million computers will fail this year. That’s comparable to every Canadian losing their computer, finding it and then losing it again. Continue reading Backing up: Not a fool’s errand
“You can be anything you want to be.” That was the sugar-coated, media-thrown grenade lobbed my way from my snot-nosed childhood through my university years. It didn’t take long to realise how wrong that inspirational phrase really was.
Continue reading You can be anything you want to be IF you own a car
In recent weeks Apple has gained some poor media attention thanks to a major flaw in the iPhone’s operating system. This vulnerability meant that someone could access data from your phone if you were on an open network, like a free wifi network at your favourite coffee shop. The good news is that Apple has made a security update for their iOS and OSX operating … Continue reading Computers, phones and security