Animal Farm

Animal Farm

I wonder what George Orwell would have written if 1984 was 2010? Could he have imagined this world of iPods, iPads and Facebook? In his allegorical Animal Farm, Orwell uses farm animals as archetypes to provide a powerful picture of communism. In watching tonight’s council meeting on the streaming video provided on the municipal website,
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The Alchemist

The Alchemist

One of the books that came up on a recent Facebook crowd sourcing adventure was The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. I remembered that Heather has purchased the book some time ago and pulled it off the shelf and placed it on the “to read” pile on my study desk. I bit into it whole yesterday
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Athabasca Morning

Athabasca Morning

The shore of the Athabasca River is cool and crisp in the early hours of the morning in May. A lone fisherman nestles in his white plastic patio chair intently watching the tip of his rod for signs of action. The temperature is hovering just above zero. It’s cold trying to tie a knot, getting
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Passings

Passings

Tom Cash left us yesterday, shuffling off this mortal coil after a brief battle with cancer. Facebook posts and emails flying from friends and family around the globe suggest that he was diagnosed with liver cancer just a few weeks ago. Now he is gone. Tom was 42 and spent his final days in a
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Desktop Virtualization

Desktop Virtualization

This week we learned about desktop virtualization. Your normal, run-of-the-mill computer does four (4) key things: It turns on and off, accesses the Internet, plays audio & video, etc. It has an operating system that, Has applications which, Produce data that gets stored on a hard drive The moment you add each additional layer, it
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The Public Record

The Public Record

As the newspaper industry tumbles toward oblivion, what will replace it as the public record? Here in Fort McMurray the daily is a speck on the balance sheet of a Leviathan headquartered across the country, in French speaking Canada. I have tremendous respect and admiration for the reporters who try desperately to practise good journalism,
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In Contemplation of Public Life

In Contemplation of Public Life

I’ve lived a very public life, starting in high school when I was a student leader to my decade-long service in the radio broadcasting industry. My years in Wood Buffalo, now nearing 15, have been particularly public as I became known as “that art guy” or “the interPLAY dude”. And while I’m somewhat of a
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Watch Crazy Heart

Watch Crazy Heart

“Watch Crazy Heart,” wrote Graham. “That’s all I’m going to say.” He sent that a few days ago, the first suggested must-see from a good friend. It stuck with me. So, last night, going to Shaw On Demand, the first movie that jumped out at me under New Releases was Crazy Heart. The soft and
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Hooked on Mad Men

Hooked on Mad Men

My wife and I are hooked on the award-winning AMC television drama created by Matthew Weiner called Mad Men. It premiered in the summer of 2007, produced by Lionsgate Television and has won a pile of Golden Globe and Emmy awards. Three seasons are in the can (and on our shelf) with the fourth in
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Six Degrees of Separation

Six Degrees of Separation

In another of my Facebook surveys, I asked my approximately 1,200 friends to share their close encounters with greatness. The responses came in fast and furious, 29 in total, or a tiny percentage of the sample audience. Yet, the list of famous people was nothing short of impressive. From letting Richard Gere go in front
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