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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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Xbox 360: The Video Game System That Truly Has Gone “Full Circle”

indexI remember reading video game magazines before the launch of the Xbox 360 in North America back in 2005, and there were so many amazing features that really enticed me to buy one as soon as possible.

There was also a strong game launch line-up, including games such as Amped 3 (which was a phenomenal and hilarious snowboarding game including references to Final Fantasy VII and other video games), Kameo (underrated action-adventure game), and Perfect Dark Zero (the multiplayer was fun, especially seeing old maps, such as Facility, re-done), and Dead or Alive 4, which was released a few weeks later.

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My Top 5 Video Games of 2014 & 2015

This top five list has been a long time coming. Since I do not have a Wii U, Playstation 4, or Xbox One, the amount of new release games to play has decreased, though there is still a few new games being released for the older consoles, and also many older games I would like to finish. Because of the limited amount of games released, I have combined both years into one list.

Additionally, I also have a Nintendo 3DS and Vita, so I will probably be able to create these lists for some time being (pending if there are any games I really like) as these systems still have many games that will be released for 2016 and beyond.

Without further ado, here are my top 5 video games of 2014 and 2015:

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