On my Sunday visit to Fort York, I was struck by how this fort is now a green space engulfed in city, towers nearby in South Core to the east and further away in Liberty Village to the west, girdled by the Gardiner Expressway to the south and by the rail tracks to the north. It's an anachronistic island, of sorts.
Sep. 20th, 2017
The Haunted Woods Trail is one of the major trails extending from the Green Gables house. This one extends east, into a patch of second-growth forest that has grown up on farmland abandoned since the National Park's creation in the early 20th century, on lands that--we are told, by signposts--are marked by the historic presence of Montgomery.
- Bad Astronomy's Phil Plait notes the continuing maps and naming of the Pluto system.
- Centauri Dreams considers one method to detect photosynthesis on Earth-like worlds of red dwarf stars.
- D-Brief notes the discovery of Octlantis, a permanent community of octopi located off the coast of Australia.
- The Dragon's Gaze notes Earth-like world can co-exist with a Jovian in a circumstellar habitable zone.
- Hornet Stories notes that Morrissey is now in Twitter. (This will not go well.
- Language Log notes the kanji tattoo of one American neo-Nazi.
- The LRB Blog notes how the English town of Tewksbury is still recovering from massive flooding a decade later.
- Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the improbable life of Barry Sadler, he of "The Ballad of the Green Berets".
- The Map Room Blog shares this terrifying map examining the rain footprint of Hurricane Irma.
- Spacing reviews a fascinating dual biography of architects Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson.
- Window on Eurasia notes an call to restore to maps the old Chinese name for former Chinese Tuva, Uryankhai.
- While I get why the TTC would promote its top ranking on its vehicles, the optics of significant cost for this promotion are terrible.
- Bay and Bloor, Avenue Road and Bloor, Bay and King--these are the top intersections for condo resellers.
- I get why Bombardier workers would want to support their employer versus Bombardier with a brief strike, and be justified in doing so. Just--well, optics.
- Can the Centreville carousel be kept in Toronto? I suppose it would be nice if they could get the funding.
- Climate change is making the famous tea of Darjeeling much more difficult to come by. VICE reports.
- Wired notes Fitbits are useful tracking devices for scientists engaged in studies, too. (I always wear mine.)
- I entirely approve of this new Niagara College program. Why not legalize and professionalize cannabis agriculture?
- This VICE interview with bringing the Truvada needed for inexpensive PrEP across the border into Canada is of note.
- A new study suggests that Planet Nine, if it exists, was likely not captured by the young sun but formed here. Universe Today reports.
- io9 has an interesting article looking at how the success of Disney's film Moana is driving Maori pride in New Zealand.
- New Now Next lists eight of the top LGBTQ bookstores of North America and Europe, including Toronto's Glad Day.
- 24 hours on an artificial beach, sheltered under a hanger deep in east Germany, turns out to be quite fulfilling. VICE
I've a brief post noting the devastation of the Caribbean this hurricane season. What will come next? And how can the peoples of the Caribbean survive in an area of the world facing such regular devastation?