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[PHOTO] Looking south on Church towards Carlton

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One of the nice things I like about festivals like WorldPride is that entire streets are closed off, allowing people unexpected vistas. I took two photos of the view south on Church towards Carlton, the first below with my regular camera and the second with my new smartphone. I lean towards preferring the first, myself; it feels more intimate, closer up.

Looking south on Church towards College (1)

Looking south on Church towards College (2)

Written by Randy McDonald

July 11, 2014 at 12:04 am

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

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  • Bad Astronomy notes that some Ukrainian astronomers have insulted Putin by naming a star after him.
  • blogTO notes on the park front that the bandmembers of Rush will be honoured with a park in their own name in their own neighbourhood, and turns to the discussion about the
  • Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly asks readers if they can describe their job in five words.
  • Joe. My. God. links to a new Australian study suggesting the children of same-sex couples might turn out better than the children of traditional family structures.
  • Language Hat links to an interesting speculation of Victor Mair’s, to the effect that all languages include at least a thousand basic concepts, suggesting this might reflect something about the human mind.
  • Language Log notes garbled language about the greenhouse effect on Earth and Mars.
  • Marginal Revolution suggests that, based on a study, the Chinese language has the lowest percentage of borrowed words of any major language.
  • Personal Reflection’s Jim Belshaw notes, as a white Australian, problems with being involved in the struggles of Aborigines.
  • Savage Minds notes the use of archeology in Israel to justify the displacement of Palestinians.
  • Towleroad examines how a picture of a gay male couple with their newborn child has gone viral.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy’s Will Baude shared the voices of some Americans critical of the Declaration of Independence. (Frederick Douglass’ issues were well-founded.)
  • Window on Eurasia notes the exile of another Crimean Tatar from his Russian-annexed homeland and observes a call for less education in languages other than Russian that might hit worldly Russians as badly as it would ethnic minorities.

[PHOTO] Some final WorldPride pictures

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Rooftop WorldPride celebrants, Yonge and Wellesley

Rooftop WorldPride celebrants, Yonge and Wellesley

A Pride-themed storefront in the Annex

Pride-themed storefront in The Annex (1)

Pride-themed storefront in The Annex (2)

Pride-themed display window at Dudley’s Hardware, Church and Wellesley

Pride-themed display window at Dudley's Hardware

Written by Randy McDonald

July 8, 2014 at 2:14 pm

[PHOTO] Alexander Wood on Church, 2012 and 2014

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The photo below of the statue of Alexander Wood is one of several orphans pictures of mine taken during Pride.

Statue of Alexander Wood in the Village, from below

In October 2012 I took night-times photo of the statue. Below is one of the photos, and what I wrote at the time.

Alexander Wood at Nuit Blanche (1)

On the night of Nuit Blanche, I went to the northwestern corner of Church and Alexander–just two blocks south of the fabled intersection of Church and Wellesley–to take photos of sculptor Del Newbigging‘s statue of Scottish-born merchant Alexander Wood, unveiled in 2005. Located next to the compass painted on the sidewalk at the same corner, Newbigging’s statue of Wood has become something of a community landmark, quite literally a touchstone–apparently some locals rub the statue for good luck before dates.

Written by Randy McDonald

July 6, 2014 at 11:55 pm

[BLOG] Some Saturday links

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  • The Cranky Sociologists notes the dynamics and statistics of global aging.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes the effect of tides on Mercury, Jupiter’s moon Io, and exoplanet Kepler 10c.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes the deployment of Russian nuclear-armed missiles within range of China and questions the possibility of an astronomical event in the 9th century.
  • The Financial Times‘s The World notes that Germany and Italy are disputing the governance of the Eurozone.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that the United Nations is now recognizing the legal same-sex marriages of its workers.
  • Language Log looks at the new Chinese tradition of water calligraphy.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the risk of cruise missile proliferation in Southeast Asia versus China.
  • Window on Eurasia notes concern among some Russians that China might want to take over parts of Siberia Crimea-style.

[PHOTO] Miscellaneous shots of WorldPride Toronto, 2014

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The Pride crowd at Yonge and Bloor

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The Pride crowd at Yonge and Wellesley

The Pride crowd at Yonge and Wellesley

The Pride crowd on Yonge south of College

Pride crowd on Yonge south of College

John Tory at WorldPride, Toronto

John Tory at WorldPride, Toronto

The Pride crowd on Church south of Maitland

The Pride crowd on Church south of Maitland

WorldPride parade (1)

WorldPride parade (1)

Parade watchers on rooftops at Yonge and Wellesley #worldpride

WorldPride parade (2)

WorldPride parade (3)

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The WorldPride street fair on Church

The WorldPride street fair on Church

Written by Randy McDonald

July 5, 2014 at 6:04 pm

[BLOG] Some Friday links

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  • Centauri Dreams notes that the Milky Way Galaxy, though vast, is actually quite dim. People positioned outside of it wouldn’t see much.
  • D-Brief notes the discovery of a planet orbiting one of two stars in a reasonably close binary system at an Earth-like distance. Good news for Alpha Centauri?
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper on the exoplanet systems of subdwarf B stars.
  • The Dragon’s Tales links to a paper examining the methane reservoirs on Titan.
  • Far Outliers notes recent commentary suggesting that Russia would prefer Ukraine not develop a capable modern state, since that could weaken Russian influence.
  • Language Hat shares a list of 55 peculiarities of Canadian English.
  • Language Log disproves the argument that Canadians are more apologetic than others.
  • Marginal Revolution notes controversies over fracking in Australia.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy notes the interesting results of a lawsuit lodged against a bar by a former employee claiming sexual and religious harassment.
  • Window on Eurasia notes how modernization in Russia is threatening minority ethnic groups, and looks at Russian Orthodox-tinged militias in Ukraine.

[PHOTO] 94 Wellesley Eastbound, WorldPride edition

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94 Wellesley Eastbound, WorldPride edition

This was my only shot of the rainbow-decaled 94 Wellesley bus, here photographed travelling east of Church towards Castle Frank.

Written by Randy McDonald

July 4, 2014 at 2:11 pm

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

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  • blogTO shares pictures of the lineups for free food on Canada Day at Mandarin’s buffet restaurants.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper identifying three thousand nearby red dwarf stars as potential sites of Earth-like exoplanets.
  • The Dragon’s Tales links to a sober assessment of the Chinese space program.
  • The Frailest Thing considers the import of Facebook’s experiment on its user base by noting the ability of complex systems to undergo unexpected catastrophes.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that Google’s social network Orkut, big in Brazil and India but absent elsewhere, will be shutting down at the end of this September.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes that anti-gay activists are pleased with the Hobby Lobby ruling.
  • The Planetary Society Blog’s Adam Block shares pictures of colliding and interacting galaxies.
  • Seriously Science notes that not only do spiders have different personality types, but that these types contribute to the maintenance of their physical cultures.
  • The Signal notes ongoing research into data recovery methods and issues with compact discs.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy notes cases where putting the victim on trial does matter. (Records of past violence are noteworthy.)
  • Towleroad notes an economist observing that homophobia has an economic impact and points to an upcoming Irish referendum on same-sex marriage in 2015 that’s quite likely to pass.
  • Window on Eurasia quotes a Ukrainian about Russia’s issues with a separate Ukraine and notes a statement by Kaliningrad’s government claiming some Ukrainian refugees in Russia might be anti-Russian activists in disguise.

[PHOTO] A lovely fairy queen on Yonge

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A lovely fairy queen on Yonge

I wanted to single out this one photo from the many I took on WorldPride because I’m so pleased with the composition of this photo.

Everything worked out: the posing of the drag queen (here, on Yonge just south of College); the distribution of the audience; at a courtly distance all around her; the light struggling down through the hot humid day as if casting a divine glow from above.

It was beautiful.

Written by Randy McDonald

July 3, 2014 at 11:59 am

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