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2016: A Look Back and Brief Preview of the Future

11416181_10154011816505348_8202758970446216374_nSince I wrote a similar post last year, I thought I would again post something that provided a brief summary of 2016 and what the following year may look like on the horizon (for anyone interested… I suppose this is mainly for my own memory).

In my post last year, I was hoping to graduate in 2016. Of course, I knew that there was no need to graduate in 2016 because rushing my dissertation was not necessary as I had to complete 12 credits anyways. I am extremely happy that the dissertation process has happened organically because now I only have two more chapters to write and I am proud of the progress I am making.

2016 was an amazing year in many ways. In the entertainment world, The X-Files returned, and so did Kiefer Sutherland in one of my new favorite shows, Designated Survivor. I also was able to meet Above & Beyond, my favorite music artists (and had a front-row seat at their acoustic event!)

In 2016, on a personal note, I met many family relatives for the first time (and traveled to France to see family!) and I was touched by how kind and hospitable they all were. Additionally, I also attended a great program at the University of Rhode Island that focused on Martin Luther King Jr.’s philosophies of nonviolence.

As 2016 comes to a close, I can say one thing for sure: 2017 will be a significant year for me and I look forward to it! More to come….



Song of the Week [#139]

This week’s song is a beautiful cover of Oceanlab’s “Sirens of the Sea”. Wasn’t sure in the beginning how the cover would turn out, though after a few minutes of listening, it’s quite beautiful (and has resulted in many replays!)

Toronto International Film Festival 2016: Some Films To Look Out For

tiff1 I dropped by on a rainy night and grabbed a schedule of the Toronto International Film Festival (because reading them online is overwhelming).

Here are a few films (in alphabetical order) that look intriguing, with their trailers included. I have not seen any of these films, so I cannot vouch for any of them, though a few of these films have already received stellar reviews:

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The Dissertation Stage: Part I

 indexI recently submitted in my revised dissertation proposal and received approval from my chair to forward the proposal on to the rest of the committee members!

So, I thought I would take a look back at the personal journey of the dissertation stage in my PhD program while I wait for their feedback and then can defend the proposal (sometime this fall) to move on to the next stage of carrying out additional research and completing the dissertation (and then defending the dissertation entirely).

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Music Spotlight: Cinambientique

caWith all of the sad and destructive news in the world, music seems to be a place to find solace in and reflect upon what we all can do to help humanity. Cinambientique’s mixes conjure up feelings of peace, sadness, hope, and possibilities.

Blending orchestral soundtracks that take you through many dreams, there’s something here for everyone. Check out mixcloud.com/Cinambientique/ for the many mixes, and more to come.

School Shootings: What if Canada had the same population as the United States?

What if Canada had the same population as the United States? Could data be estimated to generate how many school shootings might occur if Canada had over 323 million people?

In order to reach over 320 million people, 9 multiplied by 36 million people must be us-and-canadian-flag-feature-image-580x333-1-w640calculated. So therefore, would it be safe to say that there could be a possibility of more than 45 school shootings to occur in Canada since the year 2000 if the population was the same as the United States?

Or is population size not at all a feasible calculation, and rather it is more about gun control laws and other factors?

There is no easy answer, and a simple mathematical equation probably would not quite suffice for the complex issue of school shootings.

However, one important observation to note: Even if Canada had the same population as the United States, the amount of school shootings since 2000 would still be four times less (more than 45 hypothetically estimated school shootings in Canada to the concrete data of more than 175 school shootings in the United States) than the United States in the same time span.

Why I changed trajectory: From working in the video game industry to becoming a change agent for peace

hereGrowing up, I loved video games, and enjoyed reading video game magazines. During my teenage years, I thought I would end up working in the video game industry. Whether it was to be a video game journalist or at a video game developer or publishing company.

Around 2007, the trajectory shift began that was pulling me away from the video game industry. Video game magazines started to cease publication: such as Xbox Nation, GameNOW, Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine,  Tips & Tricks (one of my favorites), Electronic Gaming Monthly (which ended up being revived), GamePro, Nintendo Power, and play (to name a few).

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