Alicia Lukman

The lengths book digitisation can take us

The rise in prominence of e-books is a phenomenon that has undoubtedly served the interests of readers and researchers everywhere. Through the digitisation of books, the cost of obtaining material for research has been significantly reduced, both in terms of time and money. This technology has also relieved libraries from...
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Posted Mar. 12, 2019

In the age of mob mentalities we must look harder for the truth

The release of unedited video footage of the MAGA hat-donning high school students and a Native American veteran has brought outrage in right-wing circles. As some accuse the mainstream media of blatant “false reporting”, one viewer even commented “CNN and MSNBC owe an apology to those sophomores. Oh wait, they’re Leftists...
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Posted Feb. 18, 2019

A nostalgic walk down Stardew Valley

The release of farming simulator Stardew Valley on iOS last October has been greeted with much excitement, earning $1m in its first three weeks, as Sensor Tower reports. The 8-bit game, first released in 2016 on Switch and PC, has successfully captured the hearts of casual gamers looking for a...
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Posted Feb. 4, 2019

Dealing with procrastination in studying

It’s the start of the second term. How did you do academically in the first term? Not as well as you would have expected? Me too. I would spare the ‘don’t worry, it will get better’, since I, for one, do not believe things improve simply by waiting it out....
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Posted Jan. 9, 2019

When in Rome: are regulations needed to prevent overtourism?

Kristen Bell might not have faced fines for her misdemeanour in the Eternal City (namely, stealing coins from a Roman fountain in the film When in Rome), but tourists soon might. Rome’s City Council has clamped down on tourist activities, offering fines up to 400 euros for slight offenses. The...
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Posted Dec. 29, 2018

2018, don’t you know that you’re toxic?

2018 has been a year of strange occurrences. With scandals unravelling, climate catastrophes, and increasingly polarised politics, 2018 was not an easy year to get through. Perhaps Oxford Dictionaries has most successfully summed up the status quo with its Word of the Year: toxic. Although a formal definition of the...
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Posted Dec. 27, 2018

Coming home for the holidays

As the holiday season is upon us, going home to meet family and friends is finally a feasible reality. On my 14-hour-long flight, I’ve begun to reflect on my mixed emotions about returning home. Surprisingly, this reflection has surfaced due to a lack of Wi-Fi: I suppose by being disconnected,...
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Posted Dec. 22, 2018