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2017-10-21 07:41 pm

[NEWS] Four links about transatlantic populism and economics: Brexit, NAFTA, Bombardier


  • Bloomberg notes that the people and businesses leaving London for the EU-27 will enjoy lower rents.

  • DW reports on potential British interest in joining NAFTA, if Brexit talks with the EU collapse entirely.

  • The remarkable Bombardier deal with Airbus may yet save the Canadian company from American tariffs. Global News reports.

  • Global News takes a look at the provinces and economic sectors in Canada to be hit hardest by the end of NAFTA.

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2017-10-21 07:35 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto notes: Humber River Bay and Christie's, towers, Google at Quayside, vans


  • The area of Humber River Bay may yet be radically transformed by the development of the vast Christie's site. The Globe and Mail reports.

  • Torontoist notes how the City of Toronto is starting to let apartment dwellers know if they might die in a disastrous fire like Grenfell.

  • Wired reports on the vast Google plan to make not just Quayside but the entire waterfront a high-tech prototype.

  • TVO's John Michael McGrath argues that the city does not need Google to design good neighbourhoods.

  • Apparently many people are escaping the Toronto affordable housing crisis by moving into vans. The Toronto Star reports.

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2017-10-21 11:49 am

[ISL] Six island links: Easter Island, Iceland, Vieques, Dominica, Saint Helena


  • Catrine Jarman notes how Easter Island's history has been badly misread. The island was sustainably run, after all.

  • Dead Things notes how DNA studies of ancient Rapa Nui suggest there was no South American immigration. No contact?

  • Will the new airport at St. Helena open up new potential for tourism for the South Atlantic island? Global News reports.

  • Iceland is enthusiastically trying to restore its ancient forests, downed by Vikings, so far with not much success. The New York Times reports.

  • Ottawa has been urged to give farm workers from Dominica, ravaged by hurricanes, extended work permits. The Toronto Star reports.

  • The island of Vieques, already hit by American military testing, has been prostrated by Maria. VICE reports.

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2017-10-21 11:42 am

[NEWS] Four LGBTQ links: Chechnya, Albania, families


  • CBC shares the story of Maxim Lapunov, a surviving victim of Chechnya's gay pogroms who escaped to Canada.

  • Kristi Penderi writes about his LGBT activism in Albania made a difference, even though he had to eventually leave.

  • Jessie Randall writes about her struggles to become an aspiring young mother as a coupled lesbian.

  • Naveen Kumar at VICE shares stories of gay men who donated sperm to lesbians and helped create new families.

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2017-10-21 11:16 am

[BLOG] Some Saturday links


  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait looks at enormous, explosive Wolf-Rayet stars, and at WR 124 in particular.
  • The Big Picture shares heart-rending photos of Rohingya refugees fleeing Burma.

  • Centauri Dreams considers the potential of near-future robotic asteroid mining.

  • D-Brief notes the discovery of vast cave systems on the Moon, potential homes for settlers.

  • Hornet Stories exposes young children to Madonna's hit songs and videos of the 1980s. She still has it.

  • Inkfish notes that a beluga raised in captivity among dolphins has picked up elements of their speech.

  • Language Hat notes a dubious claim that a stelae containing Luwian hieroglyphic script, from ancient Anatolia, has been translated.

  • Lawyers, Guns and Money considers the question of preserving brutalist buildings.

  • The LRB Blog considers how Brexit, intended to enhance British sovereignty and power, will weaken both.

  • The Map Room Blog notes that the moons and planets of the solar system have been added to Google Maps.

  • The NYR Daily considers how the Burmese government is carefully creating a case for Rohingya genocide.

  • The Power and Money's Noel Maurer concludes, regretfully, that the market for suborbital travel is just not there.

  • Visiting a shrimp festival in Louisiana, Roads and Kingdoms considers how the fisheries work with the oil industry (or not).

  • Towleroad reports on the apparent abduction in Chechnya of singer Zelimkhan Bakayev, part of the anti-gay pogrom there.

  • Window on Eurasia notes that rebuilding Kaliningrad as a Russian military outpost will be expensive.

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2017-10-21 09:15 am
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[CAT] Shakespeare, also awake in bed

Shakespeare, also awake in bed #toronto #dovercourtvillage #shakespeare #cats #caturday #catsofinstagram


Shakespeare was not sleeping early this morning either.
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2017-10-17 03:33 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Four Toronto links: Bloor and Dundas, Green Room, archeology park, Hearn


  • The scale of the changes impending for Bloor and Dundas is, literally, immense. blogTO reports.

  • Alas, the venerable Green Room hidden behind Bloor and Brunswick is set to leave its abode. blogTO reports.

  • I love this proposal at Spacing by Michael McClelland for an archeology park in storied downtown Toronto.

  • I agree with Simon Bredin at Torontoist that it would be a shame for Torontonians to losing public access to the Hearn Generating Station.

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2017-10-17 02:58 pm

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links


  • The Dragon's Gaze links to a paper suggesting exoplanet transits could start a galactic communications network.

  • The Everyday Sociology Blog looks at the connections between eating and identity.

  • The Frailest Thing's Michael Sacasas looks at the need for a critical study of the relationship between technology and democracy.

  • Language Hat notes how nationalism split Hindustani into separate Hindi and Urdu languages.

  • Lawyers, Guns and Money reflects on the grim outlook in Somalia after the terrible recent Mogadishu bombing.

  • Marginal Revolution's Tyler Cowen thinks Trump's decertification of the Iran deal is a bad idea.

  • The Map Room Blog links to an article imagining a counter-mapping of the Amazon by indigenous peoples.

  • Neuroskeptic considers the possibility of Parkinson's being a prion disease, somewhat like mad cow disease.

  • The NYR Daily notes that a Brexit driven by a perceived need to take back control will not meet that need, at all.

  • Personal Reflections' Jim Belshaw looks at the problem Sydney faces as it booms.

  • The Power and the Money's Noel Maurer looks at the extent to which an independent Catalonia would be ravaged economically by a non-negotiated secession.

  • Peter Watts tells the sad story of an encounter between Toronto police and a homeless man he knows.

  • Window on Eurasia notes a Sakhalin bridge, like a Crimea bridge, may not come off because of Russian weakness.

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2017-10-17 09:37 am

[PHOTO] Twenty photos of Ontario Place, Toronto (#ontarioplace)

Back on the 21st of September, I posted a series of photos that I took just east of Ontario Place, in the area of the new Trillium Park. I had continued exploring west of Trillium Park, into Ontario Place, but I had never gotten around to posting my photos of Ontario Place in all of its mid-20th century modernist grandeur.

Back towards the city #toronto #ontarioplace #skyline #cntower #latergram


Hill #toronto #ontarioplace #hill


Looking towards Hanlan's #toronto #ontarioplace #torontoislands #hanlanspoint #lakeontario #latergram


Shore #toronto #ontarioplace #rock #beach #latergram


Towards the heart (1) #toronto #ontarioplace #architecture #latergram


Towards the heart (2) #toronto #ontarioplace #marina #architecture #latergram


Towards the heart (3) #toronto #ontarioplace #marina #architecture #latergram


Towards the heart (4) #toronto #ontarioplace #marina #architecture #latergram


Towards the heart (5) #toronto #ontarioplace #marina #architecture #latergram


On the pier (1) #toronto #ontarioplace #pier #concrete #architecture #marina #latergram


On the pier (2) #toronto #ontarioplace #pier #concrete #architecture #plane #marina #latergram


On the pier (3) #toronto #ontarioplace #pier #concrete #architecture #plane #marina #lakeontario #torontoislands #hanlanspoint #latergram


On the pier (4) #toronto #ontarioplace #pier #concrete #architecture #marina #latergram


On the pier (5) #toronto #ontarioplace #pier #concrete #cntower #architecture #marina #latergram


On the pier (6) #toronto #ontarioplace #pier #lakeontario #torontoislands #hanlanspoint #boats #latergram


On the pier (7) #toronto #ontarioplace #pier #lakeontario #boats #latergram


On the pier (8) #toronto #ontarioplace #pier #lakeontario #torontoharbour #skyline #cntower #latergram


On the pier (9) #toronto #ontarioplace #pier #lakeontario #humberbay #skyline #evening #latergram


On the pier (10) #toronto #ontarioplace #pier #lakeontario #concrete #architecture #latergram


Anchors #toronto #ontarioplace #anchors #pier #concrete #latergram


There will be more photos tomorrow.
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2017-10-17 08:31 am

[PHOTO] Towards North Rustico beach, PEI

The approach to North Rustico Beach, facing the Gulf of St. Lawrence, could not be better designed.

Towards North Rustico beach (1) #pei #princeedwardisland #northrustico #rustico #beach #latergram


Towards North Rustico beach (2) #pei #princeedwardisland #northrustico #rustico #beach #gulfofstlawrence #peinationalpark #latergram


Towards North Rustico beach (3) #pei #princeedwardisland #northrustico #rustico #beach #gulfofstlawrence #peinationalpark #latergram
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2017-10-16 11:39 pm

[NEWS] Seven links on the neutron star collision in NGC 4993 (#gw170817)


  • The Muse song "Neutron Star Collision" went through my head when I heard the news.

  • This Guardian article went into great detail about th
  • You can tell that Bad Astronomer Phil Plait really enjoyed writing about the neutron star collision in NGC 4993.

  • D-Brief notes that Einstein doubted the existence of gravitational waves, ever mind their detectability, and looks at the way GW170817 helped nail down the Hubble constant, measuring the rate the universe expands.

  • Starts With A Bang's Ethan Siegel provides a nice overview of GW170817.

  • Sophia Chen's Wired article takes an interesting look at the culture of gravitational wave astronomy, traditionally secretive for fear of criticism.

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2017-10-16 12:54 pm
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[PHOTO] Sixteen photos from Todmorden Mills (#todmordenmills)

Yesterday afternoon I went over to the Todmorden Mills Heritage Site, to catch an exhibition of drawings by Daniel Rotsztain there. I stayed to explore the lovely grounds, fresh and green in the rain.

Looking down #toronto #todmordenmills #stairs #latergram


West across #toronto #todmordenmills #donvalley #stairs #latergram


Cottage amid green #toronto #todmordenmills #donvalley #cottage #latergram


House and leaves #toronto #todmordenmills #donvalley #house #latergram


House and leaves (2) #toronto #todmordenmills #donvalley #house #latergram


Back of a barn #toronto #todmordenmills #donvalley #brick #latergram


Dashing into the wedding tent #toronto #todmordenmills #donvalley #wedding #latergram


Table #toronto #todmordenmills #donvalley #table #latergram


"Welcome, Angel and Tomme" #toronto #todmordenmills #donvalley #wedding #latergram


Up the valley #toronto #todmordenmills #donvalley #towers #playterestates #rain #latergram


Umbrellas on the bridge #toronto #todmordenmills #donvalley #towers #playterestates #umbrellas #bridge #rain #latergram


Bridge north #toronto #todmordenmills #donvalley #bridge #rain #latergram


Looking at the Mills #toronto #todmordenmills #donvalley #bridge #rain #latergram


Fresh green in the rain #toronto #todmordenmills #donvalley #green #bridge #rain #latergram


Just short of the top #toronto #todmordenmills #donvalley #green #bike #rain #latergram
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2017-10-16 12:35 pm
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[PHOTO] Sixteen photos from Todmorden Mills (#todmordenmills)

Yesterday afternoon I went over to the Todmorden Mills Heritage Site, to catch an exhibition of drawings by Daniel Rotsztain there. I stayed to explore the lovely grounds, fresh and green in the rain.

Looking down #toronto #todmordenmills #stairs #latergram

West across #toronto #todmordenmills #donvalley #stairs #latergram

Cottage amid green #toronto #todmordenmills #donvalley #cottage #latergram

House and leaves #toronto #todmordenmills #donvalley #house #latergram

House and leaves (2) #toronto #todmordenmills #donvalley #house #latergram

Back of a barn #toronto #todmordenmills #donvalley #brick #latergram

Dashing into the wedding tent #toronto #todmordenmills #donvalley #wedding #latergram

Table #toronto #todmordenmills #donvalley #table #latergram

"Welcome, Angel and Tomme" #toronto #todmordenmills #donvalley #wedding #latergram

Up the valley #toronto #todmordenmills #donvalley #towers #playterestates #rain #latergram

Umbrellas on the bridge #toronto #todmordenmills #donvalley #towers #playterestates #umbrellas #bridge #rain #latergram

Bridge north #toronto #todmordenmills #donvalley #bridge #rain #latergram

Looking at the Mills #toronto #todmordenmills #donvalley #bridge #rain #latergram

Fresh green in the rain #toronto #todmordenmills #donvalley #green #bridge #rain #latergram

Just short of the top #toronto #todmordenmills #donvalley #green #bike #rain #latergram
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2017-10-15 12:54 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Four Toronto architecture notes: Forest Hill, pastiches, Beaches, Lawren Harris


  • These Forest Hill homeowners' claim that renovating neighbours stole their intellectual property seem silly to me. The Toronto Star reports.

  • Shawn Micallef notes that the traditional architecture style of Toronto is of one pastiche or another. Maybe modernism especially?

  • Toronto Life shares photos of a beautiful waterfront home in the Beaches, one I have passed by frequently. Only $6 million!

  • Ellen Scheinberg of Spacing tells how detective work tracked down the house that was subject of Lawren Harris' "Toronto House".

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2017-10-15 10:47 am

[BLOG] Some Sunday links


  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait looks at the discovery of rings around Kuiper belt dwarf planet Haumea, as does the Planetary Society Blog's Jason Davis.

  • The Big Picture, from the Boston Globe, shares photos of the devastation of Puerto Rico by Maria.

  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the strong support of many--most?--on the American right for apartheid.

  • The LRB Blog shares an article by Mike Davis looking at the vulnerability of California, especially Napa, to wildfires.

  • The Map Room Blog links to a beautiful detailed map of the French railway network.

  • The NYR Daily reports from Catalonia on the edge of a meltdown.

  • North's Justin Petrone writes about going hunting for mushroooms in Estonia.

  • Starts With A Bang's Ethan Siegel shares five especially noteworthy photos provided by NASA. (What, no Pale Blue Dot?)

  • Window on Eurasia suggests Russians in Tatarstan, unlike other groups, are unique in not wanting to learn Tatar.

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2017-10-15 10:32 am
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[PHOTO] Alley south off Wallace Avenue, Junction Triangle

Alley south off Wallace #toronto #junctiontriangle #wallaceave #evening #rain #alley #laneway


I walked home last night from the west, passing from Dundas West station and up over the rails over the Wallace pedestrian bridge and down onto Wallace Street on the far side. The soft rain, in the light of evening, lent itself to beauty.
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2017-10-14 09:00 pm

[NEWS] Four infrastructure links: Churchill, Hydro-Quebec, Mr. Christie condos in Mimico, Port Lands


  • The failure to repair the railway linking Churchill to the rest of Canada is going to have huge consequences. CBC reports.

  • With relatively green hydro energy, Hydro-Quebec is set to become a major exporter of power to the US. The Globe and Mail reports.

  • The old lands of Mr. Christie to Mimico, in south Etobicoke, is set to become a new condo-heavy Liberty Village. Torontoist reports.

  • Christopher Hume does not at all like the idea of just giving a bit chunk of the Port Lands to the movie industry. He writes in the Toronto Star.

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2017-10-14 07:30 pm

[NEWS] Four science and technology links: LIGO, Neanderthal genes, Kazuo Ishiguro, AI gods


  • I bet that, as numerous reports have indicated, LIGO picked up a neutron star collision, with EM traces. D-Brief reports.

  • Neanderthal genes seem to have had a big influence on modern human health. I would be surprised not to have some. National Geographic describes.

  • Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go may evoke crises of bioethics, but I'm not sure it relates to genetic engineering. VICE reports.

  • These apocalyptic visions of technophiles who want to create an artificial intelligence to become god are notable. The Guardian takes a look.

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2017-10-14 03:51 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Four Toronto links: waterfront, #worldslargestrubberduck, PATH, rent control


  • Spacing's John Lorinc considers confusion over what the idea of "mixed-use" development on the waterfront is.

  • Dave Leblanc looks at the PATH, the underground tunnels in downtown Toronto making up a huge mall. It counts. The Globe and Mail reports.

  • It turns out that the #worldslargestrubberduck was actually really good for waterfront businesses. The Toronto Star reports.

  • Toronto Life interviews RioCan head Jonathan Gitlin, who thinks rent control will be terrible for renters.

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2017-10-14 03:49 pm

[NEWS] Four links on relationships,sexuality: Brooklyn drag, Tom of Finland, bromance, online dating


  • VICE suggests that drag in Brooklyn is having a big creative moment.

  • This interview with the director of the Tom of Finland biopic sounds like he has grasped the issues.

  • LiveScience tells of a formal study suggesting heterosexual guys prefer bromances to straight relationships ... huh.

  • Does online dating have the ability to transform society, by making all kinds of unexpected links across boundaries? Technology Review reports.