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[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

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  • blogTO notes that a party celebrating the end of Rob Ford’s term as mayor is being planned for election night at City Hall.
  • Centauri Dreams notes the discovery of secondary targets for New Horizons after it passes Pluto.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper that looks to examine the oblateness or otherwise of some exoplanets discovered by Kepler.
  • The Dragon’s Tales links to one paper examining underwater archeology and links to a series debating the question of whether or not there was a human presence 30 thousand years ago at a site in Uruguay.
  • Eastern Approaches reports on the aftermath of a failed claim by Radek Sikorski that Russia made a 2008 proposal on partitioning Ukraine.
  • Joe. My. God. notes a Costa Rican survey suggesting that up to a fifth of Costa Rican police think that harassing GLBT people is OK.
  • Language Hat notes the etymology of the Egyptian title of “khedive”, apparently obscure for a reason.
  • Language Log notes a contentious issue in Chinese translation: “rule of law” or “rule by law”?
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer looks at the aftermath of a stunt at a Serbian-Albanian football game.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog considers estimates for Russian losses in Ukrainian fighing.
  • Towleroad notes that Argentina has granted asylum to a Russian GLBT claimant.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests that Ukrainian events have awakened Belarusian nationalism.

[PHOTO] Doll stranded in tree, High Park, Toronto

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Doll stranded in tree, High Park, Toronto

Written by Randy McDonald

October 22, 2014 at 9:50 am

Posted in Photo, Toronto

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[FORUM] What do you think of Nuit Blanche and similar public events?

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Sufficiently rested and caffeinated, with my devices energized, I am now set to embark out on the town for this year’s Nuit Blanche. I like the event: the individual works aside, there’s an energy to the night that I like.

What about you? If you are in Toronto, will you or will you not be partaking, and why? If you are not, have you done events like this before or are you likely to if you get the chance in the future?

Discuss.

Written by Randy McDonald

October 5, 2014 at 2:04 am

[URBAN NOTE] Looking ahead to Nuit Blanche 2014

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Nuit Blanche will be starting up again in Toronto on Saturday evening, full of road closures and all-night TTC service and 20 bars with last call at 4 am, and, of course, all kinds of public art. I know at least two people who aren’t looking to the all-night madness, but I anticipate the adventure eagerly.

Written by Randy McDonald

October 4, 2014 at 2:36 am

[PHOTO] Purchased at Word on the Street, Toronto

Purchased at Word on the Street, Toronto

I got the Derek Jarman book for $C5 from the Glad Day booth. The Ke$ha book came free.

Written by Randy McDonald

September 23, 2014 at 1:24 pm

[URBAN NOTE] “Book lovers shrug off storms at Word on the Street”

Madhavi Acharya-Tom Yew’s brief Toronto Star article just touches upon the rather enjoyable time I had at Word on the Street on Queen’s Park. (I’ll have plenty of pictures in coming days.) When I was there in the afternoon, the weather was happily perfect.

Sunday morning’s thunderstorms didn’t dampen spirits at the 25th annual Word on the Street.

The Toronto book and magazine festival drew an estimated 210,000 people to Queen’s Park Circle, mostly in the afternoon, organizers said.

“During setup at 8 a.m. it was really bad. Lightning, rain. Bad rain. We can handle any weather, but lightning does scare us. But that’s over,” spokesperson Stephen Weir said in an interview.

“I suspect the audience we lost in the morning arrived in the afternoon.”

This year’s roster of over 200 authors included Canadian writers Claire Cameron, Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer, Sean Michaels, and Shani Mootoo.

“The festival is huge now,” said one festival-goer, Sue Peters of Toronto. “I haven’t been her for a few years and I can’t believe how big it is.”

Written by Randy McDonald

September 22, 2014 at 8:20 pm

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

  • blogTO shares pictures from last weekend’s Ukrainian Festival.
  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly started a discussion of the merits of small town life or vice versa, coming down decidedly against.
  • Centauri Dreams examines the concept of the Venus zone.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes a study suggesting that the Moon’s gravity is not high enough for humans to orient themselves.
  • Eastern Approaches looks at the elections in Crimea.
  • Language Hat examines the story of the endangered language Ayapeneco, apparently misrepresented in an ad campaign.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes that the American left is starting to win on cultural issues.
  • Marginal Revolution notes that the collapse of Scotland’s industrial sector has led to a certain deglobalization.
  • The Planetary Society Blog’s Emily Lakdawalla notes the discovery of a potential landing site for Rosetta.
  • Torontoist looks at a local model airplane club.
  • Towleroad notes the lead writer of Orange is the New Black has left her husband and begun dating one of her actors.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests many Westerners haven’t taken the shift in Russian politics fully into account.
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