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Assorted Personal Notations, Essays, and Other Jottings

[CAT] Shakespeare, nearly flat

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Shakespeare, nearly flat #toronto #dovercourtvillage #shakespeare #catsofinstagram #caturday #catstagram

Written by Randy McDonald

March 23, 2019 at 11:45 pm

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[PHOTO] Map of Toronto subway and streetcar routes

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Late Wednesday night (more properly, very early Thursday morning), I snapped this photo of one of the new TTC maps appearing on subway cars these days, highlighting not just the subway network but the various streetcar routes and even the 192 Airport shuttle. This map is not perfect; some of the discussion at NUMTOTs criticized how important bus routes, like (for instance) the 29 Dufferin, did not also appear. Granted these criticisms, this map definitely is an important first step towards more useful maps of the Toronto transit grid.

Map of Toronto subway and streetcar routes #toronto #ttc #map #maps #masstransit #subway #streetcars #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

March 22, 2019 at 4:30 pm

[NEWS] Five D-Brief links: brains and marrow, dinosaurs, PSR J0002+6216, Teacup Galaxy, Anatolia

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  • D-Brief notes a theory that human brains grew so large fueled by a diet of bone marrow.
  • Alligators provide scientists with invaluable models of how dinosaurs heard sound. D-Brief reports.
  • D-Brief examines pulsar PSR J0002+6216, a body ejected from its prior orbit so violently by its formative supernova that it is now escaping the Milky Way Galaxy.
  • D-Brief notes the remarkable glow emanating from the quasar in the Teacup Galaxy 1.1 billion light-years away.
  • D-Brief notes genetic evidence suggesting that Anatolian hunter-gatherers, far from being replaced by migrants, adopted agriculture on their own.

[MUSIC] Five music links: Mingering Mike, post-punk Madonna, Alex Chilton, Iskwe, Myspace

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  • Dangerous Minds notes “Mingering Mike”, a fictional soul music star created by an outsider artist.
  • Noisey takes a look at the roots of Madonna in the post-punk music scene of New York City in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
  • Dangerous Minds looks at the Alex Chilton anti-AIDS song of 1986, “No Sex.”
  • NOW Toronto interviewed iskwe in February about her music commemorating dead Indigenous people in Canada.
  • Damon Kurkowski writes at Pitchfork about the implications of the accidental deletion by Myspace of a decade and a half worth of music there. How can libraries and archives be preserved against the vagaries of technology?

[NEWS] Five sci-tech links: Pojang, LIGO, Mars, extraterrestrial life, DM Tauri

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  • The 2017 Pojang earthquake in South Korea was caused by an experimental geothermal power plant, water injected into the ground creating new instabilities. VICE reports.
  • Universe Today notes that, newly upgraded, LIGO will begin searching for gravitational waves anew on 1 April.
  • Universe Today examines the factors which making landing large masses on Mars so technically challenging.
  • Universe Today considers which sorts of circumstellar habitable zone are the best to search for seekers of extraterrestrial life.
  • Motherboard notes astronomers’ study of the relatively Sun-like pre-main sequence star of DM Tauri, which may now be forming a solar system like our own.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Hamilton, Montréal, Atlantic City, Dieppe, Bangalore

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  • Rick Zamperin at Global News makes the case for Hamilton to at least investigate the idea of bidding for the 2030 Commonwealth Games.
  • HuffPostQuébec hosts the argument for bringing back to the surface, in Montréal on the McGill campus, a stream running down Mount Royal that has been canalized for nearly two centuries.
  • Wired highlights the photos of Atlantic City taken by photographer Brian Rose, a city that stands as testimony to the failed promises of Trump.
  • DW notes how the French port of Dieppe stands unprepared and vulnerable in the face of Brexit.
  • Guardian Cities notes how activists and historians in the Indian city of Bangalore, or Bengaluru, are trying to preserve the ancient stone markets from development.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: TTC bull’s eyes, oversized homes, real estate, Unboxed Market

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  • Sean Marshall explores the origins of the “bull’s eyes” lights on TTC streetcars and buses.
  • This Toronto Star article looks at how the construction of oversized homes is changing established Toronto neighbourhoods.
  • Urban Toronto reports on a new high-end townhouse development set for construction in Long Branch, Longhaven Towns.
  • Toronto Life shares the story of a young woman from Cambridge whose first Toronto apartment was a nightmare.
  • Toronto Life profiles Unboxed Market, a zero-waste grocery store in Little Portugal at Dundas and Dovercourt.