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Week 1 Of 52 Weeks (State of Insecurity and Torque also Celeste)

So this is the conclusion to the first exciting week of 52 week challenge. I wanted an early start to the year so after midnight on New Years’ evening I watched the first film and read another chapter of the … Continue reading

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Looking Backwards (2018) and Forwards (2019)

As the year comes to a close I’m taking a rare bit of time that I have to look backwards and forward. A core idea that I keep returning to is this idea of imposing and creating  structures for myself … Continue reading

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Some Messy Thoughts on Thoroughbreds

Thoroughbreds (2017) questions class, privilege and the foundations on which we build relationships with each other. This brief discussional contains spoilers throughout and should be read with that in mind. The film opens with Amanda, eye to eye with a … Continue reading

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Please insert coins to continue

What is a fail state in video games? Is it when the screen fades to black and you have to press a button to continue or to reload at the last checkpoint? Is that point of death in Braid where … Continue reading

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Objectivism and subjectivism, an object lesson

There is no right way to make tea (there is) There is no correct temperature for the water (there is) There is no specific time for leaving it to brew (there is) There is no definitive type of cup form … Continue reading

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New Statement of Intent

Reading a book has always been somewhat of an issue, not the consumption itself but the act of starting. Long books can seem daunting, especially those once started and then put down, to pick up again is arduous and once … Continue reading

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“The Choice Is the Universe –or Nothing”

‘We may have differences of opinion as to the value of reaching the Pole. If we apply the utilitarian test, it is all small moment, but so is a poem. And what is polar exploration but an epic endeavour in … Continue reading

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