A concise guide to the levels of Science in popular science fiction: Star Trek: This is science-fiction, but we want our science to at least sound plausible. Therefore, most of the time, our scientific explanations will be rooted in scientific fact or at the very least solid, generally accepted theory. Stargate: We’re about half […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The Science in Sci-Fi Explained.
On January 13, 2016 The Most Reverend Frederick Bernard Henry, the seventh Catholic Bishop of the diocese of Calgary well and truly lost it. Henry wrote a pastoral letter denouncing Education Minister David Eggen’s “edict” that public, Catholic, French and … Continue reading → . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Bishop Henry Pontificates on Gay Straight Alliances
What a difference two strings make. Late last week, I traded my Jupiter Creek steel-stringed baritone, solid-body uke for one of these Kanile’a nylon-stringed GL6 “guitar-leles” which the company calls a “guilele.” ItR… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Kanile’a Islander GL6
No, it’s not a remake of Pete Seeger’s famous 1955 anti-war song. That’s the title of an article that appeared in the Globe and Mail this week, by Peter Denton, lamenting our overall slide into image-based information with the “… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Where Have all the Readers Gone?
Cultural analysis at its finest. “Cultural mythology is often used in this way to distort what goes on between subordinate and dominant groups. It enables dominant groups to avoid seeing how much they depend on others to perform disagreeable labor in return for the low wages that help make privilege possible. Members of the […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Unravelling Our Patriarchal Legacy – Allan G. Johnston
Here is a just a snapshot of what it’s like… “What’s on my mind, Facebook? Glad you asked. I am angry. I’m angry because before I moved to the UK, I worked at a bar where the manager proposed a new uniform where the men wore waistcoats and button up shirts, while the women […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: #BeAngry – The experience is different for Women and Men
I didn’t realize that I needed a new tag for posts, but indeed I do. Observe. Yah. Wow. Hard to cram more wrong into a picture.Filed under: Culture Tagged: Things I find grotesque. . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Things I find Grotesque.
“Rape/revenge is replete in tension and bloody cathartic release; there is terrifying violation, and then there is revenge you can feel good about. The films use women’s trauma to justify stereotypically male pleasures of hyperbolic violence. So Thelma and Louise get to pick up guns and shoot people like they’re in a Western, while Furiosa […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The Rape/Revenge Genre’s Gender Revelations
I’ve been reading a biography of Leonard Cohen, recently: the 2012 I’m Your Man, by Sylvie Simmons. It’s an interesting journey through the life and thoughts of an exquisite artist who is, by nature, somewhat reclusive and stays out… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Who By Fire
Even though our local uke group, CPLUG, is not currently meeting, the songbook has not died. I have updated it with new arrangements and made a few editorial changes to the older content this past fall and winter. I, of course, continue to play the uku… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Updated Ukulele Songbook
Two Christmases? Yes you can. Oh yah, find some borscht, cabbage roles, nalisnyky and of course perogies and celebrate Ukrainian Christmas. Christmas Eve is tonight. Filed under: Culture Tagged: Food, Ukraninian Christmas . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Merry Ukrainian Christmas (Eve) – Let the Perogies Flow!
I hadn’t previously considered western movies as film noir – I always thought of them as crime dramas – until I watched The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance over the holidays, perhaps my third viewing of the 1962 movie. The gloomy shado… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Cowboy Noir
Long before Darth Vader, long before Lord Voldemort, long before Stephen Harper, Judas Iscariot reigned as the supreme icon of evil in Western mythology. Judas betrayed God. How much worse can you get?* For 2,000 years we’ve used the term Judas . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Judas, a Biography
Now a tradition here at DWR, I present the final moments from the episode of the West Wing titled ‘In Excelsis Deo’. A powerful reminder of all the happenings of the holidays and the courage people muster during these forcefully happy times. Be Well All. Warm wishes to you and yours from all of […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The West Wing – In Excelsis Deo
People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the physical pl… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Myth and Meaning
The news of Harry Morgan’s death at 96, back in 2011, saddened me. I’m at the age when it seems far too many icons of my youth are dying off. Not from some misspent life or accident; from old age. And the process accelerates as I age. I n… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Why I Still Watch M*A*S*H
Photo by Dennis Hill Most “Year in Review” lists are pretty predictable. Such lists are usually jammed pack with consensus contenders for big industry awards such as the Oscars and Grammys and they tend to b… . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: The Popular Front: An “Alternative Year in Review” of 2015 Pop Culture
This is side five. Follow in your book and repeat after me as we learn three new words in Turkish: Towel. Bath. Border. So begins Waiting for the Electrician or Someone Like Him, from the first album released by the Firesign Theater, in 1968 (on later … . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Is This Your Bar of Soap?
This is a heroic tale of a brave woman who sacrificed her saving children from terrorists. Can you ever imagine a Hollywood film portraying this kick ass female hero’s life? … Yah, me neither. It’s too hard for the hollywood dude establishment to tart up the heroine and tell a serious story at the same […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Movies that Hollywood Won’t Touch – Neerja Bhanot -The Heroine of the Hijack
Musick has Charms to sooth a savage Breast, To soften Rocks, or bend a knotted Oak. I’ve read, that things inanimate have mov’d, And, as with living Souls, have been inform’d, By Magick Numbers and persuasive Sound. What then am I? Am… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Why Do We Make Music?
The cesspool that is toxic masculinity, the sea we all swim in, had a newsworthy (aka an effect on people other than women) peak at the Planned Parenthood in Colorado. “Three people were killed and nine others injured after gunfire ripped through a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colo., during an hours-long standoff […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Drain the Swamp – The Colorado Planned Parenthood Tragedy
Sherlock Holmes. Iconic detective, 93 years old. Tending his bees in bucolic self-exile near the Dover coast. Mycroft gone. Watson gone. Mrs. Hudson gone. Even the band of villains and criminals who made him who he was are gone. All he has left are his… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: The Last Case of Sherlock Holmes
The notion we have a fair playing field, a balance, whatever you’d like to call it is quite patently false. We have not all just fallen out of some sort of Rawlsian simulator into a just society. Injustice and anti-egalitarian ideals are normative in society, they are the water we swim in, the air we […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: All You Need to Know About How Equality Works in Society in 2 .gifs