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Alberta Politics: Upstairs Downstairs at the Edmonton Journal as Sun staff gets ready to move in

Posted July 28, 2015 by David Climenhaga

PHOTOS: The Edmonton Journal Building at 101st Street and MacDonald Drive in downtown Edmonton. It remains to be seen who will be Upstairs, and who will be Downstairs, when the staff of the Sun joins the staff of the Journal at the same address in the fall. Below: Journal Editor-in-Chief Margo Goodhand, Postmedia President and […]

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Computers & Accessories

Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Killer Robots By Accident or On Purpose?

Posted July 27, 2015 by John Klein

It’s There are companies like Lockheed Martin making autonomous killing robots, and there are companies like Google making self-driving cars (which kill people by accident or poor design). At least cars don’t tend to kill on purpose, and the Google self-driving car hasn’t had a deadly accident (or one it caused, of any kind). So, what’s worse? Intentionally creating machines that can destroy humans, or accidentally doing it? Let’s aim at neither.

@dylangallagher People should be worried. I say this as a Computer Science trained person, and a cyborg.

— John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) July 27, 2015

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General

Ex Machina, What I’m Writing, and Things

Posted July 25, 2015 by James Bow

So, finding ourselves with a rare childless evening, Erin and I rented Ex Machina yesterday. This is a story about an uber-genius software billionaire having invented AI (played by Alicia Vikander) bringing aboard this brilliant computer coder to perform a…

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Morning Prayers

Posted July 24, 2015 by Anonymous

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Games

Introducing Trace Talk TV: Youtube Reviews

Posted July 24, 2015 by Anonymous

When I started out doing product reviews, of course, I did quite a few products for children, being I was a mom. My youngest son Trace jumped right into the mix of helping mommy explore new toys, games, videos and more. So when he came to me this week asking if he could have his […]

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General

5 tips for saving in the summer

Posted July 24, 2015 by Anonymous

Personal finance expert Bruce Sellery shares his tips

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General

How to make an online trade at a discount brokerage

Posted July 24, 2015 by Anonymous

Making an online trade with a discount brokerage is easy

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General

The best flashlight you’ll ever buy

Posted July 24, 2015 by Anonymous

The Maglite has survived all kinds of abuse

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General

Backyard patio ideas

Posted July 24, 2015 by Anonymous

Take your backyard from basic to beautiful

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Adult

Summer fun idea #3.5 – colouring books

Posted July 24, 2015 by andrea tomkins

This is related to yesterday’s post, which you can read right here. One of the best parts of being a parent is that we get to relive a bit of our childhood and not look like a crazy person while we do it. If our kids are around we can play hopscotch, jump rope, go […]

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Comics

Reader’s Diary #1177- Paul Jenkins (Writer) and Andres Guinaldo (Art): Son of Hulk, Dark Son Rising

Posted July 23, 2015 by John Mutford

(Collects Son of Hulk #s 13-17)

Earlier this year my daughter noticed me reading World War Hulk: Frontline and, knowing that I was interested in the Hulk character but finding it hard to get into that particular book, went looking for another one for me for Father’s Day. The result of that search was Son of Hulk, Dark Son Rising.

She didn’t know, of course, that Hulk himself would not appear in these pages, but that was okay. I was more hesitant for the fact that it began with #13 in the Son of Hulk series. If I complained that Frontline was difficult to get into as a casual fan, surely staring at #13 wasn’t going to me much easier.

That turns out not to have been much of a problem. Apparently issues #1-12 focused on one of Hulk’s son’s, Skaar, while the 13th marked the beginning focus on Skaar’s twin brother, Hiro-Kala, so I didn’t feel that I missed too much back story to understand this one on its own.

But it did have other problems for me. Hiro-Kala is a violent young man. Perhaps even crazy violent. He’s hellbent on killing Galactus for having destroyed his home planet, and part of his mysterious plan for revenge involves destroying another planet, poisoning it, before Galactus consumes it. That planet’s inhabitants be damned.

No, Hiro-Kala isn’t a likeable character. He may also be a bit on the crazy side, thinking he’s a godthough he does get godlike powers, so maybe not completely crazy. I’m a little unclear about that stuff. He seems to have mastered control over something called the Old Power, which sounds a bit like the Force from Star Wars, and… well, anyway, it’s strange and as I say, I didn’t really understand it all.

I was also put off by all the angry violence. He’s the son of Hulk, so you might wonder what I expected. Hulk’s the big green rage monster, after all. But I’m starting to realize that what I’ve liked about the Hulk is the play with Bruce Banner, Hulk’s calmer alter-ego. Banner provides balance. Hulk’s Earth pals provide balance. But when there is no Banner and when every alien character seems to have been lifted from Frank Miller’s 300, only interested in fighting and killing, it gets tiresome fast.

That said, there were some aspects I liked. I especially enjoyed the pseudo-Biblical tone of the book. As well, Guinaldo’s art, while not particularly inventive, had a scratchy, classic semi-realistic style that lent to the air of mythical importance I think Jenkins was going for. That said, there’s a bizarre amount of phallic imagery sprinkled throughout and I’m not sure what that was all about…

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Culture

Mister Rogers’ Radical Pacifist Neighborhood

Posted July 21, 2015 by Anonymous

A Q&A with author Michael Long

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General

Video: “So Down Low” by The Elwins

Posted July 21, 2015 by Chris

What can you make with 6000 post-it notes?

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General

Turning Back Around

Posted July 20, 2015 by Anonymous

A holy voice and powerful lyrics.

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Canada

Leonardo Dicaprio’s Alberta film The Revenant (TRAILER)

Posted July 17, 2015 by Jes

Leonardo Dicaprio and Tom Hardy spent a lot of time in Alberta over the last year filming The Revenant with the Oscar winning director Alejandro González Iñárritu (The Birdman).  Most of this was filmed just outside of Calgary.

This movie looks really intense…and Leo looks really dirty. I don’t really approve of that aspect of the film.

XOXO
Jes…

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Who to see at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival 2015

Posted July 17, 2015 by Jes

I went to my very first Edmonton Folk Music Festival last year and I was blown away. It quickly ranked to the top of my Alberta music festival chart and this year’s line-up is promising more of the same!So this year, if you are planning on spending a f…

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General

Video: “Rabbit Run” by City Calm Down

Posted July 16, 2015 by Chris

Australian band City Calm Down are back with a video for “Rabbit Run”.

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General

Video: Recover (Travelogue)

Posted July 16, 2015 by Anonymous

CHVRCHES announce their new album “Every Open Eye”.

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Video: “Weathered” by Jack Garratt

Posted July 13, 2015 by Chris

Watch: Jack Garratt’s video for “Weathered”.

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Books

2015 is my summer of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

Posted July 12, 2015 by DaniGirl

I am ready for our summer trip to PEI. I’ve got my packing list, my annotated maps and guides, my camera gear and sunscreen. What else do you really need for an awesome, epic beach vacation? Reading material, of course! My dilemma is a wealth of riches. I’m at a literary crossroads, and want to […]

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General

Pacific Sunset

Posted July 11, 2015 by James Bow

Two of our last three days in California were spent in Pismo Beach, on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. There really is no better way to end a vacation, except there. Wendell and Judy treated us to a…

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Comics

Reader’s Diary #1174- Jeff Lemire (writer), Mike McKone (art): Justice League United, Vol. 1

Posted July 9, 2015 by John Mutford

Justice League United made Canadian headlines last year when Jeff Lemire announced he would be using the series to introduce the first Cree superhero to the DC roster, Equinox. Given that importance, and coming from Jeff Lemire, of whom I’m clearly a f…

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Comics

Suicide Squad-Related Question of the Day

Posted July 7, 2015 by John Seavey

Hi all! This post is slightly delayed as I was spending last weekend attending CONvergence (which is, to the best of my knowledge, the largest entirely volunteer-run convention in the country). While there, in addition to all the other things I was doing, I saw a trailer for ‘Suicide Squad’, which I didn’t even realize […]

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Books

Smart Summer Reads: The Books To Pack For Your Summer Vacation

Posted July 2, 2015 by Loukia

Summer is here, and I’m excited about going back to Greece with my family. Despite the Greek economic instability, the sea, the mountains, the way of life, and the beauty of Greece is calling my name. And I desperately need a vacation. 

While relaxing on the beach,  I’m looking forward to catching up on all the books I want to read. What are my picks for the best books to read this summer? There are so many great books you should read! I shared my picks with The Ottawa Citizen, and on CTV Ottawa Morning Live, too.
Here are my picks for the best books to read this summer: 
The Girl On The Train, Paula Hawkins: This is a great summer read, and a book you won’t be able to put down. It’s a page-turner for sure; a murder-mystery that will leave you wondering. The main character, Rachel, is searching for meaning in her life while trying to piece together clues that will help her solve a murder. If you start this book on the plane, you’ll be finished by the time you land. And there you go—the perfect book to read if you’re scared of flying, because you’ll be lost in the story and won’t even feel the turbulence!
The Vacationers, Emma Straub: Of course a book called The Vacationers made my list. The story is about a family and friends who are on a two-week vacation to Mallorca, and the struggles they face with one another. Dark secrets, marriage problems, childhood rivalries, and the dynamic of the parent-child relationship are dealt with in a beautiful way. It’s a great book to bring to the beach with you. 
Hausfrau, Jill Alexander Essbaum: This is one of my favourite books of the year. It’s sort of like a modern Anna Karenina and Madame Bovary, and it’s a haunting page-turner about a wife and mother living in Zurich. It’s a story that will stay with you a long time after you finish reading it. 
In The Unlikely Event, Judy Blume: A new novel for adults from my favourite childhood author, Judy Blume absolutely tops my list of books you should read this summer, and I seriously devoured this book in a couple of days. I wanted it to go on forever, though; and when I was finished, I was sad. It’s perfectly Judy Blume, and tells the story of three generations of family and friends whose lives are connected and forever changed by a series of plane crashes that take place in the 1950’s. The book goes back and forth between characters you will fall in love with, and the story is touching, lovely, and real. 
Let Me Die In His Footsteps, Lori Roy: This books is my second favourite book I’ve read this year. It was a book I couldn’t put down from the second I started reading it. It’s a coming-of-age story, a book about love, family feuds, evil, and mystery, and takes place in Kentucky, in the 1930’s and 1950’s. It’s a very suspenseful book, a book that will tug at your heart, and a book you’ll fall in love with. 
To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee: Re-reading a classic is always a good idea, and I recommend To Kill A Mockingbird, in preparation for the new book that’s being released on July 14th by author Harper Lee called Go Set A Watchman. Go Set A Watchman was actually the first book Harper Lee submitted to publishers in the 1950’s, and it’s only now being published. Go Set A Watchman follows an adult Scout Finch, who returns to her hometown of Macomb, Alabama, to visit her father. The book is out July 14th.  
Other books you should pick up to read this summer, if you haven’t read them yet: 
Me Before You
All The Light We Cannot See
Everything I Never Told You
Station Eleven
The Husband’s Secret
Happy reading, everyone. I’m sure you’ll find a few books here that you’ll instantly fall in love with, too. 
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Children

Netflix Fun For Kids

Posted July 1, 2015 by Loukia

Parenting is always an adventure, no matter how old the children are, and even every day activities—like a visit to the grocery store—can lead to unexpected adventures. (Like the time I walked out of the grocery store with my children only to notice my car was being driven away by a stranger!) No matter what, though, we make the best of any crazy situation.

Whether we’re on vacation or spending a quiet night at home watching shows on Netflix, we’re having fun together making new memories. Now that my boys are older, there are more movies and television shows we can enjoy watching together, including movies that I remember loving when I was a child, like Annie and The Goonies. I was excited to see that The Goonies is playing on Netflix right now—and so were my boys, because of course, they love this movie as much as you’d expect they would. It’s a classic, after all.

My boys also love How to Train Your Dragon, and they are looking forward to watching the all-new Netflix original series Dragons: Race to the Edge. Dragons: Race to the Edge will introduce some new exciting dragons, each with its own amazing abilities. I can’t wait to snuggle up on the couch with my boys for this one!

Other shows your kids can look forward to watching on Netflix right now? Puss and Boots, Penguins of Madagascar, and National Treasure. Happy Netflix-ing!

Disclosure: I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with Netflix and as part of the Netflix Canada Stream Team. All views and opinions are my own. 

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General

Five Mash-Ups That Would Make ‘The Love Boat’ Much More Interesting

Posted June 26, 2015 by John Seavey

I’m probably showing my age when I say that ‘The Love Boat’ was practically ubiquitous when I was a kid. Even if you didn’t make an effort to watch it, it seemed to run in some sort of bizarre, perpetual loop that meant you always wound up catching at least a half an episode here […]

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General

Short Musical Quiz: Chimp Vs. Sumerian Zither

Posted June 23, 2015 by bigcitylib

A Midi recording of the oldest known musical composition (from 1400 BC), which originally would have been played on some kind of dorky harp instrument:The first known drum solo by a chimp:Which do you like better?  So far I’m leaning chimp.  …

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Comics

Reader’s Diary #1169- John Byrne (Story), Mike Mignola (Art): Hellboy, Seed of Destruction

Posted June 18, 2015 by John Mutford

Hellboy, like Spawn, is one of those characters I always assumed, incorrectly, was a Marvel or DC creation. Hellboy is, in fact, owned Dark Horse Comics.Despite my lack of publisher knowledge, I did pay attention to the critical praise of the series an…

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Events

A Big Hug and Many Thanks

Posted June 13, 2015 by Marguerite

It was a cold and rainy morning but despite the weather it was a great day to shop for plants.A little rain was no matter for these shoppers. Just put on your wellies and pick your plants!I want to say a heartfelt thank you to all the many many people …

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Comics

My Hopes for the Post-Secret Wars Marvel Universe

Posted June 8, 2015 by John Seavey

As I’m sure you’re at least dimly aware if you read this blog, Marvel is…decidedly NOT rebooting the Marvel Universe! Because Marvel never does that! That’s the sort of thing DC does, heh heh heh. We’d never ever do a ‘Crisis’ style reboot, not when we can just mush all of the parallel universes together […]

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General

What’s on your summer playlist? The Griswolds If You Want to Stay?

Posted June 6, 2015 by Jes

It’s June, which means everyone is gearing up for summer. Which means, you need to start ramping up your summer time playlists. Summer is fun, happy and fleeting. This is what a look for in a summer playlist song.The Griswolds just released a new video…

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General

Meet Me Under the Disco Ball: A History of Nightlife’s Most Enduring Symbol

Posted June 4, 2015 by Anonymous

Meet Me Under the Disco Ball: A History of Nightlife’s Most Enduring Symbol

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General

Spoek Mathambo’s ‘Future Sound Of Mzansi’ (Part 3)

Posted June 3, 2015 by Anonymous

Spoek Mathambo’s ‘Future Sound Of Mzansi’ (Part 3)

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Film

Toxic Babes and Slime Monsters Live on at Troma Studios

Posted June 3, 2015 by Anonymous

Toxic Babes and Slime Monsters Live on at Troma Studios

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General

Spotify Just Discovered That Heavy Metal Is More Popular Than Pop Music

Posted June 3, 2015 by Anonymous

Spotify Just Discovered That Heavy Metal Is More Popular Than Pop Music

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Comics

Reader’s Diary #1162- Peter David, Paul Jenkins (Writers) and Ramon Bachs, Shawn Martinbrough (Artists): World War Hulk Frontline

Posted June 3, 2015 by John Mutford

Hulk was never a personal favourite comic book hero, but even as a kid I was intrigued by the character. He’s certainly one of the more unique creations. Still intrigued by him, I decided to search out titles related to Planet Hulk, the series that see…

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General

Roc of Ages: Dame Dash’s Second Chance at a Second Act

Posted June 2, 2015 by Paul Cantor

Roc of Ages: Dame Dash’s Second Chance at a Second Act

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Events

Canoe Cove Plant Sale

Posted May 29, 2015 by Marguerite

It’s a sure sign of Spring.The Plant Sale is coming….. and that means a raffle featuring a locally made birdhouse, canteen with fresh baked goodies, aged manure and compost, used garden books, a playground for the children…..and PLANTS.  lots …

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General

How to Turn Your Worthless College Degree Into a Job in the Music Industry

Posted May 29, 2015 by Noisey Staff

How to Turn Your Worthless College Degree Into a Job in the Music Industry

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