I'm a pop-culture writer with ten years of publishing experience and a fifteen year veteran of teaching English and History in the classroom. Along with degrees in these subjects and Education, I've also been a librarian with a Specialist's Level of Qualification.
I love stories – always have. Whether they were read to me at an early age or I grew skilled enough to decipher them on my own, I have always been fascinated by the power of creative thought. I think, though, that awe has contributed to a mental laziness on my own part, in that while I can acknowledge and respect others’ talents, I find it hard to develop my own creative inclinations.
Recently, thanks to the folks at Fan Expo Canada, I had a chance to sit down and chat with none other than Edward James Olmos â€“ Admiral William “Husker” Adama himself â€“ about the style of leadership his character brought to Battlestar Galactica. Why would I do this? Is it because Iâ€™m a sci-fi junkie? Is it because Iâ€™m a slavering fan-boy devoted to exemplary pieces of geek-culture?
Here we go again, folks. It’s another great week of comics and here’s a selection that you could look forward to reading to as we dwell in the dog days of summer. I want to like this … but I can’t get past the art. Still. it’s the last of a mini-series, so, perhaps this is moot? I hate to discount the work. It’s not like I can criticize the art; after all, who am I? I can’t draw a stick figure that actually looks vaguely humanoid, and I definitely can’t say it’s any good.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
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Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
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A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".