Monthly Archives: November 2008

Learning to Write at a University

Here’s a humorous quote to begin with: Everywhere I go I’m asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don’t stifle enough of them. There’s many a best-seller that could have been prevented by a … Continue reading

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John Adams

Any doubt about Paul Giamatti being a serious and incredibly talented actor will be quashed if you take the time to watch this miniseries about the 2nd President of the United States. And Laura Linney as Abigail Adams was riveting … Continue reading

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The Price of Sugar

This documentary by Bill Haney was the one that shook me up the most at the Guelph Festival of Moving Media and so is what I would consider the best of those I had the privilege to watch this year. … Continue reading

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1000 Journals

I really enjoyed this documentary about Someguy (an artist in San Francisco who preferred to remain anonymous) distributing 1000 blank journals in random places around San Francisco and to people who requested to write in one over his website. There … Continue reading

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Search and Replace in SQL Server

And now a chance to wax programmatic about the replace feature in SQL Server. Opening up a table and editing thousands of cells can be a nightmare and error prone. The replace fuction can be used in an update statement … Continue reading

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The Linguists

Two American professors, David Harrison and Gregory Anderson, are featured in this documentary. They are searching the world for vanishing languages and trying to preserve them before it’s too late. The point is made that the rate of loss is … Continue reading

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Unforeseen

In the documentary Unforeseen a link is made between unrestricted housing development and the growth of cancers in the human body. Though by no means subtle, I still feel that the audience was given the right to draw their own … Continue reading

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