Letters to the Editor: Noakridge

Dear Architects of Noakridge,

I don’t think that Vancouver needs more housing units in that area. It will be severely disruptive, and the area had more than enough of that during the construction of the Canada Line. I’m a member of the midnight crew, you know. So watch out.


Liam Belson


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Letters to the editor: Blackfish

Delusions of Kindness
Dear SeaWorld Editor,
I recently read your rebuttal to the movie Blackfish. Among other things, you accused the filmmaker, Gabriela Cowperthwaite, of sensationalism, and drew attention to your numerous contributions to marine biology laboratories. What I did not see was any actual response to the problems presented by the film, namely the morality of keeping orcas imprisoned for entertainment, nor the dispersion of misinformation plaguing your staff, nor the danger you place your trainers in by making their staff perform with sociopathic animals driven mad from the imprisonment, nor the disrespect paid to them after their unfortunate passing owing to dealing with aforementioned sociopathic animals.
Keeping intelligent animals in pools a pathetic facsimile of their natural habitat for the entertainment of the masses is immoral and barbaric. It seems we are in agreement, since nowhere in your article does it address that central problem of the film. You do seem bound and determined to uplift yourself after this catastrophic blow to your bottom line as, and I quote, “SeaWorld commits millions of dollars annually to conservation and scientific research.”
But you know, that’s fantastic. It’s like my policy; for every hobo I run over with my car, I donate a can of food to the local food drive.
L. Belson

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Essay Mini-Questions

  1. Do you feel that your writing improved throughout the mini-essay assignments? I felt it did not, because the grades I received were all similar.
  2. Did you do anything differently in terms of your study habits throughout this process? Example: Did it require more time? Did you improve your editing? It required more time, but I kept to my usual standards of editing throughout the mini-essay.
  3. Which do you feel was your best essay, and why? I felt they were all similar in quality, and I didn’t enjoy any one more than the other.
  4. Which essay question was the most challenging for you? Again, I found none more notable than any other.
  5. Has your confidence in your writing increased or decreased because of the mini-essay attack? My confidence in writing has increased, because now I know I can turn out at least a tolerable  example of writing in rapid succession.
  6. Please share some thoughts about the play version of A Doll’s House that we watched as a class. I liked it. It provided some interesting alternative interpretations of the character’s and it made Torvald marginally more sympathetic, which, let’s face it, he kind of needed.

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A Doll’s House Theme: Marriage

The Doll’s House theme I am doing is Marriage.

The Article I have selected is: http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2010/jan/28/divorce-rates-marriage-ons

The article demonstrates that the divorce rate has risen since the 1800’s because women are not forced to be so reliant on their husbands as they were in the mid-1850’s.

Reading now: The Night Watch, by Sergei Lukyanenko.

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Character Profile and Song Dedication: Skulduggery Pleasant

This is Skulduggery Pleasant.

Skulduggery Pleasant is a detective who solves supernatural crimes. During one case, he was murdered and resurrected as a lich. He has no idea how he was resurrected, and believes his current state has damned him, as now he is a skeleton revived through a magic most in the magical community believe is evil. As such, Skulduggery behaves altruistically in an attempt to convince others that he is not evil. Also, he likes nice suits.

Skulduggery Pleasant is one of my favorite characters because despite his efforts to maintain his altruism in the face of a community that wants little to do with him, what drives him is his efforts to convince himself that he is good. Skulduggery’s altruistic drive is motivated by his loneliness and want of a friend. As such, he values his assistant and friend Valkyrie Cain’s friendship more than anything and is highly protective of her.

I picked this song because I felt it suited him, as it emphasized his loneliness and current state of undeath.

Reading Now: The Runaway King, by Jennifer A. Nielsen

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Crivens, it’s been a while, hasn’t it?

Crivens, it’s been a while, hasn’t it?

I used this picture to emphasize how  the theme of progression plays a role in A Doll’s House, when Nora leaves Torvald at the end of the story. The theme of progression plays a role throughout the story, as Nora’s manipulations ultimately spiral out of control, and she ends up leaving her husband.

Reading Now: The Looking Glass War, by Frank Beddor

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Review: Geekhood: Close Encounters of the Girl Kind


Geekhood: Close Encounters of the Third Kind, by Andy Robb, feels like your typical slice-of-life story. The main character, Archie is your typical teenage protagonist, dealing with his typical trivial interests; interests, bullying, and girls. The story follows Archie as he deals with his crazy life, and his attempts to stop being such a geek and fit in with normal high school society, and eventually realizes that “being yourself” is all-important and blah, blah, blah, your usual slice-of-life sort of story.

My biggest problem with the story is that the story tries to sell us on his interests, how he’s a typical geek and how “fringe” his interests are. Maybe at one point they would have been. But at this point of time, his interests are a lot more mainstream, and the author seems to try to display how weeeird Archie is for liking this sort of stuff. But maybe where once Archie’s interests would have earned him wedgies, the stuff he likes is actually very popular now. Add that to stilted dialogue and pathetic attempts at humor, and you’re probably better off reading reading something cool, like Havana Nocturne.

Reading Now: Havana Nocturne, by T. J. English

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