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Welcome To Arkham Asylum edited by Sharon Packer, M.D. and Daniel R. Fredrick (book review).

February 27, 2020 | By | Reply More
Welcome To Arkham Asylum edited by Sharon Packer, M.D. and Daniel R. Fredrick (book review).

For modern Batman fans, Gotham City’s Arkham Asylum would appear to have been there forever but was actually created in October, 1974 in Batman # 258 by writer Dennis O’Neil and artist Irv Novick and was a hospital not an asylum as recounted by editor Sharon Packer. Logistically, you would think it would have wondered […]

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How We Learn by Stanislas Dehaene (book review).

February 16, 2020 | By | Reply More
How We Learn by Stanislas Dehaene (book review).

When I started Stanislas Dehaene’s book, ‘How We Learn’, with its sub-title adding the detail, ‘The New Science Of Education And The Brain’, I didn’t expect the opening chapter to focus on Artificial Intelligence. More so, as in the introduction, there was a lot more focusing on what made humans different to other members of […]

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Reality Simulation In Science Fiction, Literature, Film and Television by Heather Duerre Humann (book review).

February 16, 2020 | By | Reply More
Reality Simulation In Science Fiction, Literature, Film and Television by Heather Duerre Humann (book review).

Looking at the examples cited by author Heather Duerre Humann in her introduction to her book ‘Reality Simulation In Science Fiction, Literature, Film And Television’, I’m looking forward to seeing her knowledge in the chapters of this book. Keep a notepad ready because you’re going to want to check out her examples from fiction, non-fiction, […]

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What will your future look like? (video interview: Peter Diamandis & Steven Kotler).

February 15, 2020 | By | Reply More
What will your future look like? (video interview: Peter Diamandis & Steven Kotler).

Here’s a fascinating one-hour-long video documentary with writers and thinkers Peter Diamandis & Steven Kotler, concerning what our future will look like. You’d think they have a new book out – called something like The Future Is Faster Than You Think: How Converging Technologies Are Transforming Business, Industries, and Our Lives! You can get it […]

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Parasite (weird but brilliant Korean movie: a Mark Kermode review).

February 7, 2020 | By | Reply More
Parasite (weird but brilliant Korean movie: a Mark Kermode review).

Our man of many movies, Mark Kermode, sits down to review and reflect on the beautiful and rather brilliant Korean film, Parasite. After Kim Ki-woo’s friend gets him a job as a tutor to a wealthy family, Ki-woo schemes to get his entire family employed within the household – never revealing that they are all […]

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Editorial–February 2020: A devil’s pact.

February 2, 2020 | By | Reply More
Editorial–February 2020: A devil’s pact.

Hello everyone No, the opening title has nothing to do with Hell’s ruler, but all to do with unsigned contracts between me the writer and you the reader. No need to read the small print, as I doubt if you’d find any. It’s a devil’s pact simply because there are no written rules as far […]

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Spaced (at 21): geekiest sitcom ever? (video: cast panel).

January 17, 2020 | By | Reply More
Spaced (at 21): geekiest sitcom ever? (video: cast panel).

Spaced was perhaps the geekiest comedy sitcom, like, ever! It could take on the Big Bang Theory and leave our American cousins wheezing on the floor, begging for less scifi and comic-book in-jokes! In this video panel, Simon Pegg and Jessica Hynes, its director, Edgar Wright and cast and crew including Mark Heap and Reece […]

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Birding Without Borders by Noah Strycker (book review).

January 17, 2020 | By | Reply More
Birding Without Borders by Noah Strycker (book review).

Here’s a book about a hobby taken to an extreme. Casual birdwatching is common enough, and some people take it a bit seriously, planning daytrips or summer holidays to places with particularly interesting variety of birdlife. But Noah Strycker aimed even higher, taking himself around the world with the aim to ‘spot’ at least half […]

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Girl Warriors by Svenja Hohenstein (book review).

January 15, 2020 | By | Reply More
Girl Warriors by Svenja Hohenstein (book review).

‘Girl Warriors’ by Svenja Hohenstein actually only focuses on three: Buffy Summers obviously from the 1997-2003 TV series, Katniss Everdeen from ‘The Hunger Games’ (2008-2010) novels and Princess Merida from Disney’s 2012 film ‘Brave’. As you’ll tell from this review, I’m reacting a lot to what she has to say. From the introduction, Hohenstein says […]

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Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears (cri-fi movie trailer).

January 14, 2020 | By | 1 Reply More
Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears (cri-fi movie trailer).

If you like your crime movies old school, than you’ve probably been eagerly waiting for the Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears film, the flick based on the sleuthing television series and Phryne Fisher crime novels written by Kerry Greenwood.

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