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The Vancouver Courier, July 25

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IMMANUEL KANT WAS A REAL PISS-ANT WHO WAS VERY RARELY STABLE…

...Heidegger, Heidegger was a boozy beggar who could think you under the table... Last March, Encyclopedia Britannica announced the final publication of its print edition. After 244 years, the 32-volume edition will abandon its shelf-swallowing format for a web presence exclusively. Unlike Wikipedia’s crowdsourced commons, Britannica’s gated community in the cloud will offer fact-freaks access …

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SUPERHERO SUMMERS OWED TO JACK “KING” KIRBY

With Spiderman’s retooled origin and the renewal of the Batman franchise, the summer of the big-screen superhero is upon us. Actually, most summers have come with computer-generated clobbering since July 2003, when Ang Lee’s Hulk first stomped its way through the Cineplex.You can put it all down to Marvel comic artist Jack “King” Kirby, whose …

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MANIACAL FINANCE: Algorithms from Wartime to Wall Street

IS IT TRADING, OR TRON? The Hungarian-born émigré and mathematician John von Neumann is remembered as an urbane and witty man. His colleagues admired his finely tailored clothes and superhuman capacity to handle liquor, to say nothing of his important contributions to a wide range of fields, from game theory to quantum physics. The man’s …

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