A Bit More Detail

Assorted Personal Notations, Essays, and Other Jottings

[PHOTO] Three photos from the inside of the Toronto Reference Library

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Teddy bear with deerstalker and pipe #toronto #torontoreferencelibrary #teddybear #deerstalkerhat #arthurconandoylecollection

I like a friend’s suggestion that this teddy bear, on display in the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection at the Toronto Reference Library, should bear the name of Bearlock Holmes.

Looking down from the fifth floor #toronto #torontoreferencelibrary #architecture

Two by two, looking down #toronto #torontoreferencelibrary #architecture

Stepping outside the collection, on the fifth floor of the Reference Library, and looking down to the ground floor in the vast interior, the impressive scale of the edifice becomes clear.

Written by Randy McDonald

August 18, 2017 at 11:00 pm

[PHOTO] From Fanningbank down to the harbour, Charlottetown

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Flags by Charlottetown Harbour #pei #princeedwardisland #charlottetown #fanningbank #flags #charlottetownharbour

Strolling by Charlottetown Harbour #pei #princeedwardisland #charlottetown #flags #charlottetownharbour #latergram

Low tide, Charlottetown Harbour #pei #princeedwardisland #charlottetown #charlottetownharbour #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

August 11, 2017 at 12:00 pm

[PHOTO] Looking out over the city, Wallace Emerson Park

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Looking out over the city #toronto #wallaceemerson #skyline #evening

Written by Randy McDonald

August 11, 2017 at 9:00 am

[PHOTO] Provincial Administration Buildings from the west, Charlottetown

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Provincial Administration Buildings from the west #pei #princeedwardisland #charlottetown #architecture #brutalism #latergram

Looking east from the driveway of Fanningbank on Terry Fox Drive, the Sullivan Building is visible to left in beige, while the Jones Building is visible in red at right. The Shaw Building, the third building of the Provincial Administration Buildings, lies further east, and is hidden by the Sullivan and Jones buildings.

Written by Randy McDonald

August 10, 2017 at 9:00 am

[PHOTO] East on Geary at Dufferin, Toronto

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East on Geary at Dufferin #toronto #davenport #night #gearyave #dufferinstreet//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Standing on Geary Avenue just east of Dufferin Street, this one of Toronto’s newest hip streets looks perfectly ordinary and quietly miraculous under the line of street lights.

Written by Randy McDonald

August 10, 2017 at 7:00 am

[NEWS] Four science links, from water on the frontier to climate change to Tau Ceti exoplanets

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  • At Wired, Matt Simon explores the remarkably wrong-headed theory of the 19th century US that “rain follows the plough.”
  • These National Geographic photos of the unexplored lakes in Angola that feed the Okavango are remarkable.
  • Rachel Brown examines billy burr, the Colorado hermit whose collection of decades of climate data is invaluable.
  • Universe Today notes a new study confirming the existence of Tau Ceti e and f, potentially habitable rocky exoplanets just 12 light years away.

Written by Randy McDonald

August 9, 2017 at 10:59 pm

[ISL] Four links from islands, from dividing Ireland, to the Chamorro and Haida, to the Caribbean

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  • Peter Geoghegan writes at Open Democracy about the mess that Brexit has made of Ireland, two decades after the Troubles’ end.
  • Anthrodendum’s Alex Golub notes that a North Korean attack on Guam, among other things, would threaten the Chamorro natives of the island.
  • The Toronto Star carries an excerpt from a book by Mark Dowie looking at how the Haida, of Haida Gwaii, managed to win government recognition of their existence.
  • CBC’s Sameer Chhabra explores how Canadian students at Caribbean medical schools find it very difficult to get jobs back home.