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Margaret MacLennan

Smarter Scifi: The 5th Passenger

"Wow! That sounds like a Philip K Dick story!" I didn't realize that I was talking to Morgan Lariah (@MorganLariah), one of the co-writers who together with Scotty Baker had written the script for The 5th Passenger. The film is billed as a sci-fi horror whose crew...

An Ode to Leggings

I'd write an ode to leggings the most comforting of "pants",But a picture's worth a thousand words, a vis'ual dalliance.But then I'd have to take a photo, one or two or three,and put them up online to let the whole wide world in to see.Instead of celebrating thus and...

The Makeup of Man Ray’s Tears

Man Ray's Tears was photographed c. 1930-1932 using a fashion mannequin as his model instead of a real woman. ...that's a mannequin? Are you sure? This mannequin is so realistic that I'm not convinced that it wasn't a real live model. With that in mind, let's take a...

Windows 9 Abandoned in Shallow Grave

Windows 9 Abandoned in Shallow Grave

Check out this Google Trends chart. It goes from the initial announcement of Windows 8 in September 2011 to the current month, January 2015 and shows the history of searches for "Windows 9" and "Windows 10". [thumbnail...

What to Pack when Travelling with an Ostomy

What to Pack when Travelling with an Ostomy

In the year or so since having an ileostomy, I have taken several flights on different airliners for overnight trips and weeks-long vacations. Of my three trips, one was a weekend federal political convention, one was an overnighter to Ostomy Canada's July 2014...

Are we 5G yet?

Are we 5G yet?

What does the telegraph have to do with your next mobile phone? What will be different about the way we communicate in five years? As communication technology advances, more people from even the most remote parts of the world will have access to the integrated global...

LA Burnout

LA Burnout

"Are you a celebrity?" The first time I visited LA I didn't wear sunscreen and walked from Griffith Park to my sister's place in Los Feliz. I was bright red when her husband took us out for Korean that evening. We each received a bowl of seaweed soup on arrival and my...