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Tecumseh: A Life (John Sugden 1997)

As a follow-up to a recent post about Tecumseh, I’ve borrowed Tecumseh: A Life (1997) from the Toronto Public Library. Given that it came out in 1997, it’s understandable that John Sugden’s book is dated in one aspect of terminology. He uses the term Indians as contrasted to terms, such as First Nations, that are […]


The Technique of Film Editing (1968) is a classic text for film students

The following text is based upon a previous post entitled Drug Wars (2013) updates. It focuses and enlarges upon themes related to editing, contextualization, and management of attention and emotional response in accordance with principles of instrumental reason in a machine in the garden era. Film history We are dealing with history, and its conceptualization. Heritage […]


The presence of two seasoned detectives in the City of Toronto video case is of interest

Like many people I enjoy a good story. Project Traveller An Oct. 2, 2013 Globe and Mail article is entitled: “Arrest of Mayor Ford’s friend linked to larger Project Traveller investigation.” A key point, in my reading of the article, is that homicide detectives are characterized as being particularly experienced and capable. They are currently […]


Additional comment from Colleen O’Marra regarding the colonel

Colleen O’Marra writes (regarding Colonel Samuel Smith’s artifacts): The Town of York, 1815-1834 (edited by Edith Firth) makes just a few references to the disappointing “half-pay” officer slogging it out forty miles west of York.( his farm at 41st Street and Lakeshore Bvld.)Massive oak and pine,access by boat only and difficult even on horseback,a visit […]


Blurbs define us and tell us who we are

It’s great to have a Twitter account and a blog, because they offer a person a way to organize her or his thinking and learn from other people. My topic concerns the nature of reality. How do we make sense of reality? We have available to us a wide range of academic, corporate, and political […]