2008-10-23

    
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October 23, 2008
  Desktop frustrationsPDF files may take a moment to load

We, the computer-agers, are very similar to the neanderthals of early human civilization-- frustrated, fed-up and sorrowful. Not because we can't light a fire, but because we cannot make computers work the way we want them to. And that's more frustrating than no fire, mind you.

It is a slap in the face that a human invention cannot be made to work for humans.

October 23, 2008
  Canadian band stands up for their rightsPDF files may take a moment to load

Have you ever wondered what Canadian artists think about being Canadian? This doesn't refer to the "I am Canadian" slogan, beer ads or July 1 celebrations of sovereignty. As the submissive little brother of the U.S., many homegrown artists have come to realize how necessary it is to gauge their career with a grain of salt.

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October 23, 2008
  Mixing up Don JuanPDF files may take a moment to load

Hedonism isn't as fun when the devil tricks you into it. The University of Calgary drama department's explores this reality with David Ives' Don Juan in Chicago. The production serves as MFA student David Owen's thesis project and the season opener for the department's 2008-09 program. Owen says the script hooked him immediately and was a no-brainer for inclusion in his possible choices.

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October 23, 2008
  Spooky flicks send us into winterPDF files may take a moment to load

Hark! Good movies be on the horizon! Almost! It's getting closer to American Thanksgiving, that time of year when studios begin to roll out their finest fillies for award season. But sadly, it is always darkest before the dawn, and before we can see such gems The Soloist, starring Robert Downey Jr., and The Road, a post-apocalyptic film based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy-- both of which were inexplicably pushed back from Nov. 21-- we have to make do with the Halloween movie season.

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October 23, 2008
  Calgary musician spazzes outPDF files may take a moment to load

You only have to see Kris Demeanor perform one song live before you label him a spazz. Over the past decade, the Calgary born and raised singer/songwriter/performance artist has gained a legion of devoted weirdoes and nuts who take joy in seeing him flop around on stage like he just got tazed.

"I'm pretty spazzy," he says. "I'm starting to worry a little about my health. I worry about having a stroke. Sometimes my heart just beats like a rabbit and I can't stop hopping around."

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October 23, 2008
  Film straddles between love and warPDF files may take a moment to load

Long have Canadians watched films about American heroism in war, leaving an obvious, unrealized niche in North American cinema. With all the excitement over Paul Gross' new film, Passchendaele, it is easy to mistakenly believe that the movie has anything at all to do with the infamous Third Battle of Ypres, in which the Canadian corps captured the town of Passchendaele in a hard-won campaign. After all, the film is called Passchendaele, right?

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October 23, 2008
  Homegrown talent takes to the screenPDF files may take a moment to load

Maybe it's because of our national humility, but there's never been a truly epic Canadian film. We're a nation that creates intimate art house fare, not big blockbuster battle sequences. Passchendaele is ambitious because it aspires to be unlike every Canadian film and its scope can truly be described as a formula for an instant classic.

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October 23, 2008
  Dinos set sights on home playoff date with one game to goPDF files may take a moment to load

Sometimes football games are like marathons-- you bide your time and proceed cautiously before turning on the jets at the end. The University of Calgary Dinos did just that en route to a 25-18 win over last year's Vanier Cup champions the University of Manitoba Bisons last Saturday.

The victory secures Calgary a playoff berth for the second straight season.

The win wasn't an easy one, however, as late October weather often provides unwanted conditions like strong prairie winds.

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October 23, 2008
  Field hockey squad finishes year on high notePDF files may take a moment to load

Like the ancient Vikings of the past, the University of Victoria Vikes have a certain reputation for being a tough team that raids the opponent's nets. The University of Calgary Dinos field hokcey teamchanged all of that with a 2-1 victory over them on Saturday.

"We really played well and took it to them," said Dinos head coach Jenn Swagar.

The Dinos attacked early in the game, with a goal by Kaitlyn Longworth in the 19th minute.

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