Rolling Stone interview with Dalai Lama, a dharma bum critique

August 20, 2011

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I read Rolling Stones’ interview with the Dalai Lama today. He’s retiring from political leadership of the Tibetan government and has been in the news. I respect the interviewer, Melissa Matheson, who wrote the screenplay for ‘Kundun’, a biography directed by Martin Scorsese. The thing is even with all her research into the man I […]

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Rimbaud: A Biography Review

August 6, 2011

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I’ve been interested in writing for many years but – I guess because I live in North America – I never heard of Arthur Rimbaud until about a year ago. I found “Rimbaud: A Biography” on a bookshelf of a friend who was a bit of rebel in the sixties, and actually organized the first […]

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Surrealists

July 27, 2011

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I went to Vancouver Art Gallery’s “THE SURREALIST REVOLUTION IN ART” imagining I’d find help understanding images flooding our media. I found surrealist art much too WEIRD for that. One thing that stood out is the lack of technology at these artists’ disposal. They used pencils, bits of clockwork, native masks, black and white photographs and silent movies. […]

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Maintaining a Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Database Highlights

July 25, 2011

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Day 1 Architecture Analyze data trends Availability Clustering Transaction Log (to Restore DB) Dataside encryption (Security) Scalable Express (max 4gb) to Enterprise Integrated Platform SQL Management Studio Components Database Engine Relational and Business Intelligence Integration Services Analysis Services (look at data over time) Reporting Services Full Text Search StreamInsight (document storage, blobs) SQL Server Instances […]

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The Engima of Arrival Review

July 22, 2011

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Life is a Highway

This is probably not one of Nobel winner VS Naipaul’s better known works, but what makes it stand out for me is the idea of finding one’s start and end point on that stretch of highway we refer to as time. The highway is represented in the “novel” by a road that runs through the countryside, as well […]

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Configuring and Troubleshooting Internet Information Services in Windows Server 2008 Highlights

July 19, 2011

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IIS does not come installed, as it did in Windows 2003 Server. So… install IIS Webserver role in one of three ways: Server Manager > Add Web Server Role Unattended (e.g when installing web farms) > PkgMgr using .xml file for config Command Line (if using Core Server) > PkgMgr using command line (If installing an […]

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Richard III Review

July 12, 2011

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Gaddafi

At Bard on the Beach the evening starts with Christopher Gaze, the Artistic Director, telling the story of ‘As You Like It’ outside one of the tents, under heavy skies. He’s enjoying himelf, smiling like a big orange cat with a dish of ice cream, and the young women in the crowd smile as he tells […]

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