Saw this really awesome blog post by scientist and sci-fi enthusiast Kyle Munkittrick from Discover: Science fiction knows how to play around with sex and gender. The free-lovin’ of A Stranger in A Strange Land, Commander Shepard’s bisexual proclivities, and William T. Riker’s seemingly universal interspecies compatibility are constant sources of entertainment. And the fun doesn’t stop with […]Read More Sci-Fi: the future of sex and sexuality
So, a former housemate of mine introduced me to “127 Hours” with the idea that it is about a guy who cuts off his arm when he is trapped in a boulder in a canyon for five days. I didn’t think much of it, but I did copy his copy of it. I had heard […]Read More 127 Hours – a study in existential transformation in the most unlikely of places
So last night, whilst talking to my housemates (a Chinese Canadian guy and a new British Chinese guy – yep, it’s two guys, a gay person and a house) we were talking about homesickness and what whether we have comfort films (like comfort food) that help get us through those dark times. Housemate number 1 […]Read More What’s your comfort film?
Back from a long absence! So I’ve been just reading (speculative fiction anthology edited by Ursula K. Le Guin, book by Terry Pratchett), or hunting for books to read (Stieg Larsson’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” – which was already sold at the bookshop where I normally go to for good bargains. I have […]Read More Retro-review: All Over Me
So back when I was making my master’s thesis on sci-fi and mythology and motifs, I have had to read a lot of Carl Jung for related literature to support my ideas on the correlation between mythology, sci-fi and the collective unconscious. At that time, I enjoyed reading him, but not being a psych major […]Read More I geek out, therefore I do: Jung and Descartes in comic form are much more fun!
There are advantages to being in Africa. One is that it expands your world further. Another is that stereotypes you’ve had, misconceptions you’ve had, expectations you’ve had go completely out of the window, when you come and you realize that the things you’ve read about Africa are not all necessarily true. For another, you may […]Read More Geek discovers: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and the dangers of a single story
So, in the previous post I said that I thought there was a romantic prospect on the horizon. Well, that was a bust! It came and went in the space of a week and thus I must needs go to the “Gospel of Buffy” to find some measure of comfort and truth in Buffy. I […]Read More Buffy Studies 101: All the things I know about break-ups I learned from Buffy
So there’s a potentially interesting dating prospect on the horizon and since being the hardcore geek that I am, I am always lost and stumped as to how to go about this, I have turned to television shows to help me deal with people who may potentially be the next partner. I have realized that […]Read More All I Ever Really Learned About Love & Relationships, I learned from Buffy the Vampire Slayer (and other shows besides)
ON A WINTER DAY five years ago, Doug Lemov realized he had a problem. After a successful career as a teacher, a principal and a charter-school founder, he was working as a consultant, hired by troubled schools eager — desperate, in some cases — for Lemov to tell them what to do to get better. […]Read More This just in from NY Times: Education ain’t just an Asian problem
Just finished watching Season 5 of “Battlestar Galactica“, arguably one of the best sci-fi television shows ever produced ever. My eyes are bloodshot, I am tired, but it’s all worth it, considering it’s a great show. Since I have finished watching it, I have come to realize some important things about the human race and […]Read More 11 Things I learned from watching “Battlestar Galactica”