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[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

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  • Beyond the Beyond notes an image of a wooden model of Babbage’s difference engine.
  • James Bow talks about the soundtrack he has made for his new book.
  • Centauri Dreams considers ways astronomers can detect photosynthesis on exoplanets and shares images of Fomalhaut’s debris disk.
  • Crooked Timber looks at fidget spinners in the context of discrimination against people with disabilities.
  • D-Brief notes that Boyajian’s Star began dimming over the weekend.
  • Far Outliers reports on a 1917 trip by zeppelin to German East Africa.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money argues that there is good reason to be concerned about health issues for older presidential candidates.
  • The NYRB Daily reports on Hungary’s official war against Central European University.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog notes the origins of modern immigration to Russia in internal Soviet migration.
  • Savage Minds shares an ethnographer’s account of what it is like to look to see her people (the Sherpas of Nepal) described.
  • Strange Maps shares a map speculating as to what the world will look like when it is 4 degrees warmer.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy argues that the US Congress does not have authority over immigration.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests Russia’s population will be concentrated around Moscow, compares Chechnya’s position vis-à-vis Russia to Puerto Rico’s versus the United States, and looks at new Ukrainian legislation against Russian churches and Russian social networks.
  • Yorkshire Ranter Alex Harrowell notes how Evelyn Waugh’s writings on the Horn of Africa anticipate the “Friedman unit”, the “a measurement of time defined as how long it will take until things are OK in Iraq”.

[PHOTO] Four photos of crossings of the Humber River at Old Mill

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The transparency of Old Mill station makes it a compelling subject for photographers at night, especially with subway trains entering and leaving above the Humber.





Written by Randy McDonald

May 24, 2017 at 12:00 pm

[PHOTO] Three photos of Old Mill Station

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The TTC’s Old Mill station, one of the westernmost on the Bloor-Danforth line, is too easily overlooked. Although it is apparently the least busy station on the Bloor-Danforth line, it’s arguably one of the more striking, with its transparent glass walls open to vistas overlooking the Humber River and its valley.




Written by Randy McDonald

May 23, 2017 at 1:08 pm

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[PHOTO] Six photos of Scadding Cabin, Exhibition Place

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Scadding Cabin, a log cabin named after the English immigrant John Scadding who built it in 1794 that happens to be the oldest known surviving house in Toronto, was the final stop on the Ghost Walk held at Exhibition Place. It was a good stop, between the dim of evening outside and the candles inside.







Written by Randy McDonald

May 22, 2017 at 6:00 pm

[PHOTO] Twelve photos from a Ghost Walk at Exhibition Place, Toronto (#explaceto)

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The Jane’s Walk that took me through Exhibition Place‘s spaces, places like the General Services Building and the Horse Palace with their own reputations of odd happenings, was rather evocative. Kevin Connor’s Toronto Sun article goes into more detail about some of the stories that are told about this place by the lake.













Written by Randy McDonald

May 21, 2017 at 12:56 pm

[CAT] Shakespeare, in the corner

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Shakespeare, in the corner #toronto #cats #Shakespeare #caturday

Written by Randy McDonald

May 20, 2017 at 11:54 pm

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[CAT] “For Monty”, on Croft Street

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"For Monty"

This touching Croft Street mural and poem remembers neighbourhood cat Monty.

Written by Randy McDonald

May 20, 2017 at 8:06 pm