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Yellow leaves above #toronto #dovercourtvillage #dovercourtroad #fall #autumn #yellow #leaves


Perhaps it is the protracted warmth that is making this fall less of a showy season for autumn leaves in Toronto than usual. At least there are still some enclaves of fall warmth.
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Shakespeare, also awake in bed #toronto #dovercourtvillage #shakespeare #cats #caturday #catsofinstagram


Shakespeare was not sleeping early this morning either.
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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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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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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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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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  • 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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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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Yesterday afternoon, I ventured out to Chester Hill Lookout. I first learned of this observation point, located in the east-end of Playter Estates north of the Danforth and west of Broadview overlooking the Don Valley, through an Instagram post. The views offered by this location of downtown Toronto to the south and west are amazing. I must go again on a clear day or night.

Skyline from Chester Hill (1) #toronto #skyline #playterestates #chesterhilllookout


Skyline from Chester Hill (2) #toronto #skyline #playterestates #chesterhilllookout #donvalley #latergram


Skyline from Chester Hill (3) #toronto #skyline #playterestates #chesterhilllookout #donvalley #latergram


Skyline from Chester Hill (4) #toronto #skyline #playterestates #chesterhilllookout #donvalley #latergram


Skyline from Chester Hill (5) #toronto #skyline #playterestates #chesterhilllookout #donvalley #evergreenbrickworks #brickwork #latergram


Skyline from Chester Hill (6) #toronto #skyline #playterestates #chesterhilllookout #donvalley #evergreenbrickworks #brickwork #latergram


Skyline from Chester Hill (7) #toronto #skyline #playterestates #chesterhilllookout #donvalley #evergreenbrickworks #brickwork #latergram


Skyline from Chester Hill (8) #toronto #skyline #playterestates #chesterhilllookout #donvalley #evergreenbrickworks #brickwork #latergram


Skyline from Chester Hill (9) #toronto #skyline #playterestates #chesterhilllookout #donvalley #graffiti #publicart #latergram


Panorama of skyline from Chester Hill #toronto #skyline #playterestates #chesterhilllookout #donvalley #panorama #latergram
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  • Anthropology.net notes that the analysis of a Neanderthal skeleton from Croatia reveals much common ancestry.

  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait shares some stunning photos of Jupiter taken by the Juno probe.

  • Crooked Timber considers the differences--such as they are--between science fiction and fantasy literature.

  • After a conversation with Adam Gopnik, Cody Delistraty makes a case for the importance of high-brow culture.

  • The Dragon's Gaze notes a paper arguing that Earth-like planets can exist even without active plate tectonics.

  • The Frailest Thing's Michael Sacasas argues that operating systems relying on instinct hurt human thought.

  • Language Log considers Twitter post limits for East Asian languages.

  • The LRB Blog considers trench fever and the future of nursing in the United Kingdom.

  • Marginal Revolution links to a study suggesting people actively look out for bad and threatening news items.

  • The NYR Daily examines the reasons why Uber ended up getting banned by the city of London.

  • Drew Rowsome reports on an exciting new staging at the Paramount Theatre of Salt-Water Moon.

  • Starts With A Bang's Ethan Siegel looks at the very low proportion of planets in studied exosystems actually detected by Kepler.

  • Strange Company tells the story of John Banvard, a 19th century American who lost everything in mounting panorama exhibitions.

  • Towleroad reports on how PREP contributed to an 80% fall in new HIV diagnoses in London and wider England.

  • Window on Eurasia notes the worsening of HIV/AIDS in Russia, aided by terrible government policy and bad statistics.

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Cavendish Grove, a winding network of paths through trees not far from the north shore, was built on the grounds of the well-loved but now closed amusement park of Rainbow Valley. It was a lovely space to eat lunch, but a bit disorienting to pass by places I knew quite well--there were the paddle boat ponds, there was the castle barring entry to the park, there was the UFO, over there was the talking owl--only to see nothing there.

Cavendish Grove (1) #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #cavendishgrove #rainbowvalley #abandoned


Cavendish Grove (2) #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #cavendishgrove #rainbowvalley #abandoned


Cavendish Grove (3) #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #cavendishgrove #rainbowvalley #abandoned


Cavendish Grove (4) #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #cavendishgrove #rainbowvalley #abandoned
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Looking to the top #toronto #manulifecentre #tower #skyscraper


The towers of the Manulife Centre are literal landmarks. How much longer will they be this, as taller towers rise around them?
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  • This article looks at the amazing queer parties that were major nightlife features in the 1930s US. The Guardian reports.


  • City News looks at how drag queens are becoming high-demand performers in RuPaul-era Toronto.

  • Ruth La Ferla shares a stunning contemporary photo exhibit by Michael Sharkey of the fashion of out queer youths. The New York Times reports.

  • A new gay-themed novel by Matt Cain is going to get crowdfunded after being rejected by traditional publisher as "too gay". The Guardian reports.

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Towers of Humber Bay Shores #toronto #humberbayshores #lakeshoreblvd #condos #tower


Not too long ago, there would not have been nearly so many towers along this stretch of Lake Shore Boulevard above Humber Bay.
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  • At The Big Picture, the Boston Globe shares some of its best photos from September.

  • Drone 360 notes that drones are being used to track polar bear populations.

  • The Frailest Thing's Michael Sacasas notes how people too often abandon moral responsibility to the machines which administer algorithms with real-world consequences.

  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the remarkable story of hockey star Jaromir Jagr.

  • The Map Room Blog shares an official guide to map-making from Austria-Hungary.

  • The NYR Daily notes how official Myanmar has invented Rohingya violent extremism out of practically nothing.

  • Roads and Kingdoms shows readers where you can eat kosher in Mexico City.

  • Whatever's John Scalzi shares a tweetstorm of his talking about the problems with daily word totals for writers.

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There is not that much to the site of Lucy Maud Montgomery's Cavendish childhood home, just paths around the sandstone foundation and plenty of trees and a garden, and farmer's fields beyond. It's still a peaceful place, and a beautiful place, hinting at the reasons for Montgomery's love of this corner of the island.

Fields by the site #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #lmmontgomery #latergram


Path #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #lmmontgomery #path #latergram


The site #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #lmmontgomery #path #latergram


The site (2) #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #lmmontgomery #path #latergram


Foundation #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #lmmontgomery #latergram


Path out #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #lmmontgomery #latergram


Garden #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #lmmontgomery #gardens #latergram


Route 13 south #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #lmmontgomery #route13 #latergram

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