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Assorted Personal Notations, Essays, and Other Jottings

[URBAN NOTE] Three links on Amazon and HQ2: Canada, Sault Sainte Marie, Seattle

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  • CBC takes a look at the different Canadian cities which applied to become Amazon’s next headquarters.
  • The National Post reports on the unlikely bid of Sault Sainte Marie for Amazon’s HQ2.
  • The New York Times shares an argument that Amazon contributed to spiraling inequality in Seattle.
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Written by Randy McDonald

October 22, 2017 at 7:30 pm

[NEWS] Two animal intelligence links: cetaceans, raccoons

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  • Cetacean intelligence evolved under the same pressures as primate intelligence, and in the same ways. We are peers. The Globe and Mail reports.
  • Raccoons recently tested highly on a controlled test of their ingenuity and intelligence. A York study, of course. National Geographic reports.

Written by Randy McDonald

October 22, 2017 at 6:00 pm

[NEWS] Four science links: new coffee, factories in Ethiopia, Mongolian nomads, Mars water

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  • There are, happily, new breeds of coffee plants being bred to cope with climate change. The Toronto Star reports.
  • High labour and infrastructure costs means that Ethiopia is the only African power likely to challenge China in manufactures. Quartz reports.
  • Wired’s Kevin Kelly is perhaps on a limb in suggesting the lifestyle of Mongolian nomads is a viable world model.
  • The flowing waters of icy Mars were icy, as Universe Today reports.

Written by Randy McDonald

October 22, 2017 at 4:15 pm

[BLOG] Some Sunday links

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  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait reports on the naming of the features of the surface of Ceres.
  • D-Brief notes that small-scale robotic manufacturing is now a thing.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze reports on a new study of exoplanets and their stars.
  • The Dragon’s Tales has a nice round-up of news on hominin research and primates generally.
  • Hornet Stories notes that there is apparently a debate about women as drag queens. I don’t see why they should not, frankly.
  • Joe. My. God links to a Rolling Stone article celebrating Erotica and Sex, by Madonna, on their 25th anniversary.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the way Dollar General caters to a permanent underclass. Like Dollarama in Canada?
  • Language Hat notes that Xibe, related to Manchu, is receiving protection from China.
  • The NYR Daily reports on the mass killings, approaching genocide, in Indonesia in 1965.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel reports on the proofs we have for the current age of the universe.

[PHOTO] Yellow leaves above, Dovercourt Road above Hallam

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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.

Written by Randy McDonald

October 22, 2017 at 10:30 am

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

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  • 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.

Written by Randy McDonald

October 21, 2017 at 10:30 pm

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

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  • 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.