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Twilight – In Their Own Words

By Rebecca Larocque - October 26th, 2012

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Like it or not, it’s clear that the Twilight saga is a hugely popular cultural phenomenon. The books have sold hundreds of millions of copies worldwide; they have been translated into almost 40 different languages; and they have won truckloads of awards. Then there’s the movie franchise: the first four of the five five films (the fourth book was split into two movies) have grossed over $4 billion in the box office and in DVD sales. The three main stars of the movies (Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner) became household names overnight and were catapulted into the spotlight. There have been interviews, photos, essays, and countless column spaced used to dissect them almost every week since the movies were first announced back in 2007.

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Jam City Rollergirls

By Rebecca Larocque - February 18th, 2011

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When I was a kid, I remember catching glimpses of roller derby on Saturday afternoons. It came on after WWF wrestling and oddly, my mom thought it was too violent and made us turn it off. I will always remember those tough-looking women skating around an oval track, body-checking and slamming each other into the rails.

It is now 2011; as you may have heard in the past few years, roller derby has come back with a vengeance. Leagues are showing up all over the place -including Toronto- and pop culture is getting on the band wagon as well. Witness the awesome 2009 movie Whip It and Pamela Ribon’s excellent book Going in Circles. It is about time that someone made a video game about the sport.

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Rebecca’s Quick E-Reader Guide

By Rebecca Larocque - January 11th, 2011

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While the almighty Kindle is pretty cool, there are other options.

Chances are good that over the holidays someone in your family was given an e-reader or some sort of device on which e-books can be read. Chances are also good that, as Chief Technical Wizard in your family, you are being asked how one goes about using said device. Never fear! As someone whose job title includes “The Woman Who Knows Everything About E-Readers” I can walk you through almost everything you will need to know.

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Ur Library Haz Gamez? OMG!

By Rebecca Larocque - April 2nd, 2010

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It’s shaping up to be a perfect weekend for gaming. All your friends are out of town or working, there are no major concerts or sporting events you want to attend, and the weather is going to suck, so you don’t feel obligated to “get out and enjoy it.” You can start playing games from the moment you get home from work/school Friday until someone has to surgically remove the controller from your hands on Sunday night.

Except… you’ve played all the games you own at least three times. Since all your friends are out of town, you can’t go borrow, beg or steal any from them. And since you’re between paycheques and rent is due, you can’t go buy or rent any new games. What is a gamer to do in this situation?

Well, you can take yourself down to the library and borrow a couple.

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