Aug. 21st, 2017

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In the beautiful late afternoon of Wednesday the 16th, I went to Allan Gardens to take a look around. The greenhouse is lovely, but so too is the surrounding park, all bright and warm in the heat of a summer that has finally gotten here.

All the photos I took that afternoon are neatly organized in albums on Facebook and Flickr

#toronto #allangardens #green #parks #greenhouse


#toronto #allangardens #green #parks #greenhouse

#toronto #allangardens #green #parks #greenhouse


#toronto #allangardens #green #parks #greenhouse


#toronto #allangardens #green #parks #greenhouse


#toronto #allangardens #green #parks #greenhouse


#toronto #allangardens #green #parks #greenhouse


#toronto #allangardens #green #parks #greenhouse


#toronto #allangardens #green #parks #greenhouse


#toronto #allangardens #green #parks #greenhouse


#toronto #allangardens #green #parks #greenhouse


#toronto #allangardens #green #parks #greenhouse


#toronto #allangardens #green #parks #greenhouse


#toronto #allangardens #green #parks #greenhouse
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I went outside about twenty minutes before the solar eclipse reached its local maximum in Toronto. Even before the midday twilight hit, the quality of light and colour in the sky had shifted subtly, were off, like yet not like a late evening.

Dusky eclipse sky


Eclipse sky above condos


Sun glimpsed through glasses
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The views offered of Charlottetown Harbour from Beaconsfield's fourth-floor cupola are noteworthy.

From the top of Beaconsfield (1)


From the top of Beaconsfield (2)


From the top of Beaconsfield (3)


From the top of Beaconsfield (4)
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  • I really liked this Kerry Gold article in the Globe and Mail showing how the young, priced out of Vancouver, simply went on to remake Port Moody.

  • In the Toronto Star, Edward Keenan describes how the West End Phoenix, a new model of newspaper, is set to develop.

  • Also in the Star, Scott Wheeler describes how Torontonian John Vyga ended up helping take the Berlin Wall down in 1989.

  • Steve Munro takes a look at what the metrics for TTC station cleanliness actually mean. We're doing better than we think.

  • Shawn Micallef wonders why so few Torontonians make a habit of swimming in Lake Ontario.

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  • Anthrodendum's Alex Golub talks about anthropologists of the 20th century who resisted fascism.

  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait notes a study suggesting the TRAPPIST-1 system might be substantially older than our own solar system.

  • Centauri Dreams considers tidal locking as a factor relevant to Earth-like planetary environments.

  • The Crux shows efforts to help the piping plover in its home on the dunes of the Great Lakes coast of Pennsylvania.

  • Dead Things considers the evidence for the presence of modern humans in Sumatra 73 thousand years ago.

  • Bruce Dorminey makes the case for placing a lunar base not on the poles, but rather in the material-rich nearside highlands.

  • Far Outliers shares some evocative placenames from Japan, like Togakushi (‘door-hiding’) from ninja training spaces.

  • Language Hat notes the exceptionally stylistically uneven Spanish translation of the Harry Potter series.

  • Language Log thinks, among other things, modern technologies make language learning easier than ever before.

  • The LRB Blog notes how claims to trace modern Greece directly to the Mycenaean era are used to justify ultranationalism.

  • Marginal Revolution considers which countries are surrounded by enemies. (India rates poorly by this metric.)

  • The Numerati's Stephen Baker considers how Confederate statues are products of recycling, like so much in our lives.

  • The NYR Daily considers the unique importance of Thomas Jefferson, a man at once statesman and slaver.

  • The Planetary Society Blog celebrated the 40th anniversary of the launch of Voyager 2 Sunday.

  • The Power and the Money's Noel Maurer notes that, for a country fighting a drug war, Mexico spends astonishingly little on its police force.

  • Drew Rowsome takes a look at classic John Wayne Western, The Train Robbers.

  • Starts With A Bang's Ethan Siegel considers the critical role of NASA's Planetary Protection Officer.

  • Strange Company notes the many legends surrounding the early 19th century US' Theodosia Burr.

  • The Volokh Conspiracy hosts Ilya Somin' argument against world government, as something limiting of freedom. Thoughts?

  • Window on Eurasia notes how Ukrainians are turning from Russia, becoming more foreign to their one-time partner.

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