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Giant Eagles – Could Gandalf’s Favorite Deus Ex Machina Exist?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year you will have noticed that Peter Jackson has released the first of his three Hobbit moves: ‘An Unexpected Journey’, which tells the tale that spawned the world of middle earth and a big surge of fandom that inspired generations …

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Blaming the Mentally Ill

There have been many, many blog articles written about the shootings in Connecticut, addressing all sorts of questions. However I’ve been deeply upset by a number of the ideas and thoughts expressed in my facebook feed and to my face about what this tragedy should teach us. “We need to …

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Merry Secular Christmas!

Christmas is filled with a lot of stuff. Literally – STUFF. People buy things for other people that the other people don’t want and people buy children so much crap yet the children still cry that they didn’t get the crap that they requested and adults just search for something …

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Westeros : Still A Man’s World

In the last post on this topic I covered three characters from the ‘Song of Ice & Fire’ series of books by George R. R. Martin (popularized by the brilliant Game of Thrones on HBO) and how their character arcs and personalities were affected by the patriarchy present in their …

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Westeros: A Man’s World

There’s a lot to be said for fantasy novels. They allow us to explore our world through another, in ways that might not be possible in a modern setting, and by borrowing the patriarchal world of Medieval times, we can use these stories as a lens to examine how people …

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Eating Disorder Experiences: Where Did It Come From?

When the idea of a series of posts about eating disorders came up, I was pretty excited. I am diagnosed with EDNOS, depression, and anxiety. I’ve experienced them all in very different ways at different times, and so I have a lot to say about my experiences of them. This …

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To Tattoo or not to Tattoo

I’ve been thinking a lot about tattoos lately. I’m pondering getting a new one (my current one is pictured), and I know I’d get bad reactions from my parents and other adult-type figures in my life. But I know that I’ll get more. Why do I not care about the …

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Fan Expo and the Nerdy Stripper

This past weekend I attended Toronto’s Fan Expo. Over 80 000 visitors went out to see their favorite nerdy stars like John Barrowman, Jamie Bamber and Christopher Lloyd. While I had a pretty good time one thing put a damper on the whole weekend for me. On Friday night the …

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