Monthly Archives: October 2011

Mathematics and God?

A couple of days ago, I commented on blogger 8411c’s intriguing argument that the existence of elementary mathematics proves the existence of God. You can read 8411c’s post here. While I still don’t buy 8411c’s argument, I  can appreciate where … Continue reading

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Another boy? A logical puzzle.

Here’s something to stir your neurons. You meet a woman who tells you that she has two children and that one of them is a boy. What is the probability that the other child is also a boy? Assume that … Continue reading

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VIFF 2011 ends

The Vancouver International Film Festival closed Friday (October 14) with a gala screening of The Kid with a Bike. Like most pass holders, I skipped it. It cost extra. Gala screenings belong in film festivals like Toronto, Sundance, Venice and … Continue reading

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VIFF 2011 Reviews: Happy, Happy.

Happy, Happy. Norway, 85 min. Silly, silly. When Elisabeth and Sigve move to the north of Norway and rent a house from a local couple (bubbly Kaja and taciturn Eirik), the tension in both marriages rises to the surface. Those … Continue reading

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VIFF 2011 Reviews: Give Up Tomorrow; Bonsai; VIFF Trailers Reel.

Give Up Tomorrow. UK/USA, 95 min. This story of Paco Larrañaga, unjustly convicted of the rape and murder of two girls, will make you despair of the Philippine justice system. Although he has hard evidence supported by reliable witnesses that … Continue reading

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VIFF 2011 Reviews: Wish Me Away; El Bulli, Cooking in Process.

Like most VIFF pass holders, I am fading: micro-naps lose me seconds-wide gaps in even the best films; my back aches; lack of sleep makes me light-headed. In spite of that, I wake at 5 a.m. every day. These two … Continue reading

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VIFF 2011 Reviews: Las Acacias; Empire North; Jean-Luc Persecuted.

Las Acacias. Argentina/Spain, 85 min. A truck driver hauling logs from Paraguay to Buenos Aires gives a lift to a young woman and her four-month-old baby. Nothing happens, but by the end of the journey something has happened. Empire North. … Continue reading

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