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Graham Milne was born in Toronto but bears no responsibility whatsoever for its current mayor. He is a lover of shaken martinis, elegant turns of phrase, the silken sounds of jazz, thought-provoking movies, the collected works of Aaron Sorkin, the Beatles, The Big Lebowski, Star Trek, Star Wars and the limitless promise of the human spirit. He is a writer, husband, Big Brother, merciless cowbell player and can perform the Monty Python silly walk with 99.4% accuracy.

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That Voice -- Remembering Alan Rickman

(2) Comments | Posted January 15, 2016 | 2:41 PM

Not been a great week, folks. I saw a tweet this morning that suggested we should call an early end to it and head over to the pub to drown our sorrows. The news of actor Alan Rickman's passing from cancer at the age of 69 has left me inclined...

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10,000 Characters on Why 10,000 Characters for Twitter is a Bad Idea

(4) Comments | Posted January 6, 2016 | 8:58 PM

From the latest episode of This is Why We Can't Have Nice Things: Searching for a new angle to boost declining user growth, Twitter is allegedly looking into ballooning its signature 140-character limit to a whopping 10,000 characters permitted per tweet.

Cynically, one might liken this to the corporate...

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Shame on the Star Wars Body Shamers

(62) Comments | Posted January 4, 2016 | 12:47 PM

I guess the goodwill couldn't last too long. Just as Star Wars: The Force Awakens is being greeted by critical acclaim, record box-office earnings and praise for its compelling lead character, the dark side of fandom has arisen -- very much like the movie's First Order from the ashes of...

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'스타워즈 : 깨어난 포스'의 레이는 기념비적인 여성 캐릭터다

(1) Comments | Posted January 2, 2016 | 11:42 AM

이 글에는 스타워즈 스포일러가 들어 있다.

다시 한 번 말해 두는데, 스타워즈에 대한 엄청난 스포일러가 들어 있다. 이 이상 읽는 그대들은 모든 희망을 다 버릴지어다.

한 번만 더 말하겠다. 이 포스트에는 스타워즈 스포일러가 들어 있다.

됐나? 지금부터 더 읽는 사람들은 스타워즈 관람에 어떠한 영향이 있다 하더라도 글 쓴 이에게 위해를...

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A Rey of Sunshine

(53) Comments | Posted December 27, 2015 | 4:02 PM

Be forewarned. Star Wars spoilers ahead.

Again, in all caps, just so you're clear. MAJOR STAR WARS SPOILERS INSIDE. ABANDON ALL HOPE OF REMAINING UNSPOILT, YE WHO VENTURE PAST THIS POINT.

One more time for those just joining us. THIS POST WILL CONTAIN STAR WARS SPOILERS.

*hold music hums while...

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On a Clear Day, You Can Hear Forever

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2015 | 6:18 PM

Jazz has never been the taste of the timid. It's a gauntlet thrown down for the bold. More than any other form of music, jazz demands a degree of commitment, an implicit contract between song and listener. Jazz extends you an invitation to wander through its complex depths, brain fully...

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I Really, Really Want Supergirl to Be Awesome

(4) Comments | Posted June 2, 2015 | 4:28 PM

Love it or hate it, we are living in the age of superheroes. They have burst from the pages and the fringes to cement themselves at the forefront of mainstream entertainment, and they show no sign of folding up their capes and flying out of town anytime soon. Having been...

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"Chewie, We're Home."

(6) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 11:37 AM

Three little words. The first uttered in darkness, the remainder as the lights come up and we behold the weathered features of Han Solo standing next to his furry, lifelong companion, in the aging corridors of the Millennium Falcon. A clarion call to uncounted legions of dreamers, young and...

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Building Your Own Castle

(1) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 3:09 PM

Writing, like any profession, is a road forked with unexpected turns and sudden drops and stops. On occasion, when you reach what you expect is the successful end, you discover abruptly that the princess is in another castle. Rising author Emmie Mears experienced this firsthand when, shortly after celebrating the...

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Stirred, Not Shaken: A 'Spectre' of What's to Come

(2) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 4:10 PM

First off, let me apologize for the terrible pun. Let's label it my callback to the risible double entendres of Bonds past. But after sifting through and parsing this morning's official press announcement of Spectre, the twenty-fourth James Bond film scheduled for release November 6, 2015 in North America, it...

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Bono, Don't Apologize

(2) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 9:47 AM

It was perhaps the epitome of the phrase "First World Problems" - U2 uploaded its new album Songs of Innocence into everyone's iTunes library and a small, vocal minority freaked the eff out, prompting frontman Bono to apologize during an online Q&A. In a moment of self-reflection, the often polarizing...

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Songbirds and Superwomen

(5) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 12:47 PM

Emmie Mears has been searching for superwomen her entire life.

The Texas-born, Maryland-based author, whose debut novel The Masked Songbird debuts July 1st, spent her childhood wondering why the women in the dog-eared genre books she was devouring simply weren't performing the same heroic deeds as the men. Eventually she...

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What Kind of Tweeter Are You?

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 1:34 PM

Oh, dear, dear Twitter, how I love thee. Since I never have time for television anymore, movies are too expensive and regular social gatherings terrify me, Twitter has become a combination news/ entertainment/coffee shop packaged conveniently in the smartphone belted to my hip. After having been on it for almost...

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Spelling Out a Message of Hope

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 1:08 PM

Six down, twenty to go.

When Ashley Cooper and Filip Cederholm of Peace Love and Photography started their ABC Charity project last year, they had only the vaguest inklings of the adventure that lay ahead. The concept was simple: A human alphabet, formed by hundreds of children gathered...

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Save the Father, Save the World

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 12:59 PM

"Winds in the east, mist coming in, like something is brewin', about to begin... Can't put me finger on what lies in store, but I fear what's to happen, all happened before."

First uttered on screen by Dick Van Dyke in 1964, those words are whispered again by the unlikely...

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Weighing in on Wonder Woman

(1) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 5:03 PM

"Don't let them screw it up," was producer Albert R. "Cubby" Broccoli's advice to his daughter Barbara as he handed her the reins of the James Bond franchise. The same six words tremble on the lips of every comic book fan who dreams of seeing Wonder Woman represented on a...

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Tony Bennett Keeps the Music Playing

(5) Comments | Posted October 28, 2013 | 6:08 PM

I've got the world on a string today, as I can finally tuck a rarefied, finely plumed feather into my cap -- or, if you prefer a more current reference, scratch a prominent item off my bucket list. Because last Friday, I saw Tony Bennett live.

Stop a moment and...

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Peace Love & Photography Goes to Plan 'C'

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2013 | 10:09 AM

When we last checked in with Ashley Cooper and Filip Cederholm of Peace Love & Photography in 2012, they had completed the first two letters of their "ABCharity Project" -- an ambitious endeavor bringing together hundreds of children in 26 different countries to form the alphabet in a...

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Breaking the Silence of Suicide With a Siren Song

(3) Comments | Posted May 10, 2013 | 2:44 PM

Ksenia Anske might not be a familiar name to you just yet; indeed, you might not even be able to figure out how to pronounce it (ke-SEN-ya ON-ska). Born in Soviet Russia, trained as an architect, and having arrived in the States in 1998 knowing only the crumbs of English...

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An Open Letter to the People Posting Spam in My Comments Section

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2013 | 6:41 PM

Dear Sirs and/or Mesdames (but most likely Sirs):

I'm not going to take the usual approach. I'm not going to be hateful. I'm not going to hurl a string of foul-mouthed yet literate abuse at you or imply that you should die painfully in a fire while you are mauled...

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