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Assorted Personal Notations, Essays, and Other Jottings

[PHOTO] Six photos of a walk along Grenadier Pond in High Park on a hot fall day

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This particular September day was a hot one, fall making up for this Toronto summer’s lack of heat. There were fewer people taking advantage of this heat than I might have expected. All the more sights for me, then.

Garden #toronto #highpark #garden #green #latergram

Maple leaf in flowers below #toronto #highpark #canada150 #mapleleaf #garden #green #latergram

Towers south across the pond #toronto #highpark #grenadierpond #skyline #towers #latergram

Towers on the edge #toronto #highpark #grenadierpond #skyline #towers #latergram

By the shore #toronto #highpark #grenadierpond #trees #path #latergram

By the stone wall #toronto #highpark #grenadierpond #trees #path #latergram

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Written by Randy McDonald

November 22, 2017 at 1:25 pm

[PHOTO] Six photos of two swans of Grenadier Pond, High Park, Toronto

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On this cold chill night, I thought I would revisit and share some photos I took in the warm green hot fall of two swans feeding on the shore of High Park’s Grenadier Pond. They may not be native to North America, but they are lovely, all white and grace.

Two swans (1) #toronto #highpark #grenadierpond #birds #swans #white #latergram

Two swans (2) #toronto #highpark #grenadierpond #birds #swans #white #latergram

Two swans (3) #toronto #highpark #grenadierpond #birds #swans #white #latergram

Two swans (4) #toronto #highpark #grenadierpond #birds #swans #white #latergram

Two swans (5) #toronto #highpark #grenadierpond #birds #swans #white #latergram

Two swans (6) #toronto #highpark #grenadierpond #birds #swans #white #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

November 21, 2017 at 11:59 pm

[PHOTO] Emu, looking back, High Park Zoo

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Emu, looking back #toronto #highpark #highparkzoo #birds #emu #latergram

I love visiting the High Park Zoo to see its resident emus, I have lately realized, because emus provide visual proof that dinosaurs have continued to the present day. Dinosaurs are not, as the consensus of a few decades’ ago would have had it, a vast grouping of life that went extinct. Dinosaurs have, rather, continued, evolving after the Cretaceous into a plethora of new and highly capable species. Some of these species look at a first glance less like their distant fossil ancestors than others, but others–the emu and other flightless birds–like so like the dinosaurs of old that it is surprising it was ever thought birds were not dinosaurs.

Things hang around–it’s just a matter of looking for them.

Written by Randy McDonald

November 21, 2017 at 8:06 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Halifax, Montréal, Detroit, Bonn, land prices

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  • Halifax, despite being the best candidate in the Maritimes, is not going to try to get a new CFL team. Global News reports.
  • Will repairs to the Olympic Stadium of Montréal be enough to bring back that city’s Expos? The consensus seems to be that it won’t be. Global News tells the story.
  • This report on how community activists and non-profits are trying to establish Internet access in Detroit for people neglected by big telecoms is actually inspiring. VICE reports.
  • The former West German capital of Bonn, politico.eu reports, has built a new international role for itself as a UN-linked centre for environmental organizations.
  • Justin Fox at Bloomberg notes that not only are rising prices for land and real estate a global problem, but that no one knows what to do about this inequality-aggravating issue.

Written by Randy McDonald

November 21, 2017 at 12:44 am

[NEWS] Five assorted links: turkey, Mojave phone booth, LGBT apology, Anne Murray, Morrissey

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  • National Geographic takes a look at the natural history of the surprisingly stunning turkey, dispersed across North America and with an underrated beauty.
  • Urban Ghosts Media tells the strange story of a working phone booth stranded in the Mojave Desert, and the tissue of myths and culture that grew up around it.
  • CBC notes that Justin Trudeau is set to issue an official apology to the LGBTQ people purged from government service by past generations’ homophobia.
  • Anne Murray just made a massive donation of archival material from her long life and career to the University of Toronto’s library system. Respect.
  • Morrissey’s statements for sexual abusers and against multiculturalism and etnic minorities are almost more upsetting for the fact that they were so freely offered. However good the man’s music is, should we music fans still support it, and him?

[URBAN NOTE] Four Toronto links: NOW Toronto, ghost signs, The Ward, Southey on Peterson

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  • Alice Klein of NOW Toronto asks her publication’s readers for more support. This is worrisome: I hope NOW Toronto will be OK.
  • blogTO talks about the “ghost signs” of Toronto, legacies of businesses and products long since past, with photos.
  • Toronto Life shares, from the website of the Toronto Ward Museum, a selection of photos depicting The Ward, the downtown Toronto neighbourhood erased by the construction of City Hall.
  • In a brilliant column at MacLean’s employing her trademark smart humour, Tabatha Southey wonders if Jordan Peterson is, in fact, “a stupid person’s smart man”.

[NEWS] Three notes about genetics and history and the future: Georgia, Beothuk, Amish

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  • Archeological work has revealed evidence of vineyards in the Republic of Georgia dating back eight thousand years. National Geographic reports.
  • This extended article looks at the ways in which modern genetics are revealing the ancient history of the indigenous peoples of the Americas, using the Beothuk as an example. The Guardian has it.
  • Joe O’Connor describes how an obscure mutation among the Amish governing blood clotting may offer guides for people interested in extending human longevity, over at the National Post.