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September 11, 2013
  Screen Time: Fall television preview, part onePDF files may take a moment to load

There’s a long list of new television shows this fall all vying for your procrastination. Some will be worth your time, others won’t. Over the next couple weeks, I’m going to break down a number of new shows and help you decide where it’s worth wasting time rather than studying. This week I’ll start with four I’m looking forward to.

The Blacklist
Premiers Monday, Sept. 23.

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August 07, 2013
  Screen Time: Playing it safePDF files may take a moment to load

Predictions about Hollywood’s demise, or about fundamental shifts in the way studios produce movies, seem to arise summer after summer as the media and the Internet respond to various box office failures. But not much has drastically changed for Hollywood since the introduction of 3D, despite what doomsayers say.

Six major films “flopped” at the box office this summer: R.I.P.D., Turbo, After Earth, White House Down, Pacific Rim and The Lone Ranger.

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July 17, 2013
  Northern Sprites: Five amazing Canadian video gamesPDF files may take a moment to load

With the heat of summer bearing down on us, finding an excuse to stay inside and away from the sun, the mosquitos and the seasonal allergies can be a welcome blessing. Of course, there is no better way to waste away the limited days of Canadian summer than video games, and what better games to do so with than Canadian ones? Some people may be surprised to hear that Canada has the third largest video game industry in the world, and that we have created dozens of games that have entered the definitive canon of the medium.

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June 27, 2013
  Northern Sprites: How Twitter has changed natural disastersPDF files may take a moment to load

For me, the morning of June 20 seemed like any other. My house was as dry as it usually is, I was able to travel downtown without much trouble and I had managed to stay far enough away from the river that I remained oblivious to the impending disaster. I only realized something was wrong when I received a panicked text from my mother in California, asking if I was safe. After some initial surprise, my first reaction was to do what I always do when I want to know what is happening in the world: I checked Twitter.

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June 04, 2013
  Northern Sprites: The real problem with women in techPDF files may take a moment to load

Women are vastly underrepresented in the tech industry, making up only about 25 per cent of the information and communications technology employees in Canada — even though over half of the country’s workforce are women. This disparity has been noted by The Chic Geek, a new Calgarian organization that aims to increase the number of women in the tech industry.

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May 19, 2013
  Northern Sprites: The two faces of video gamesPDF files may take a moment to load

Even to a person who is familiar with video games the list of speakers at this year’s Ottawa International Game Conference could seem perplexing. Looking down the list, one can find that for every independent, bearded artist there are half a dozen suit-clad marketing gurus — with a few nerdy programmers sitting awkwardly between those two vastly different groups. People this different can’t possibly be representative of the same industry, can they?

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February 27, 2014
  Pay more money and spot the dudsPDF files may take a moment to load

If you’re wondering why the hallways are smothered in posters, our student union is having an election. Candidates will go to great lengths to get your attention. Last year, this guy just walked around in a Batman suit with a big sign. The year before, one candidate’s strategy included complimenting guys on their dicks, and she won.

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February 12, 2014
  Screen Time: Lessons from House of CardsPDF files may take a moment to load

With the second season of House of Cards released on Netflix on Feb. 14, it’s worth taking a look back at the lessons we have learned from Congressman Francis Underwood in season one.

1. Accept Pain:

“There are two kinds of pain: the sort of pain that makes you strong or useless pain, the sort of pain that’s only suffering. I have no patience for useless things.”

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January 29, 2014
  Screen Time: One murder mystery too many on TVPDF files may take a moment to load

What is it about murder mystery shows that fascinates us as an audience? Is it the reminder of our own mortality? The look into humanity’s dark nature? Is it the self-affirming knowledge that something bad has happened to someone else?

Murder mysteries and police procedurals have experienced a dedicated fan base over the decades. Shows like Murder She Wrote, Twin Peaks and CSI have had a massive effect on popular culture.

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January 09, 2014
  Do the new signs in MacHall break campaign rules?PDF files may take a moment to load

Students back from winter break will notice some new advertisements scattered throughout MacHall.

“60 years of student investment in your MacHall,” reads a banner hanging in the south courtyard. “As a student, YOUR investments support great services like the lost and found,” reads a sticker in front of the MacHall information centre.

Why would the Students’ Union go through the trouble of designing and putting up these ads you ask? It has to do with the referendum to increase student fees.

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