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Archive for September 2017

[URBAN NOTE] Four links about Toronto Nuit Blanche 2017 (#nbto17)

  • Kevin Ritchie noted in NOW Toronto that this Nuit Blanche will be dominated by the theme of protest and revolution.
  • Chris Rattan talks with different curators and artists about what public art in Toronto should aim to do.
  • NOW Toronto lists its top ten exhibits for Nuit Blanche.
  • Toronto Life lists some cool places to visit for Nuit Blanche.

Written by Randy McDonald

September 30, 2017 at 8:00 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Bloordale towers, St. Regis, Toronto design failures, North Market, books

  • There will be huge changes at Bloor and Dufferin, including one proposed tower a few dozen stories high. blogTO reports.
  • The St. Regis, the former Trump Tower, is set to offer very high-end luxury condos in the Financial District. The Toronto Star reports.
  • In the aftermath of a string of pedestrian deaths, Shawn Micallef notes the design failures of Toronto leading to loss of life.
  • Spacing talks about what the North Market of Toronto can learn from the historic El Born of Barcelona.
  • blogTO notes that an abortive scandal over the placement of a Little Free Library came to nothing in the end.

[BLOG] Some Saturday links

  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait notes the discovery of activity on distant comet
    C/2017 K2.
  • Centauri Dreams notes a new proposal for an orbital telescope that could detect Earth-like worlds at Alpha Centauri A and B.
  • D-Brief notes a new research finding that chimpanzees can learn to use tools on their own, without teaching.
  • Dangerous Minds notes the interesting Detroit character of Gundella, the Green Witch of Detroit.
  • Language Log tries to decipher some garbled Hebrew at an American wedding.
  • The LRB Blog looks at the continued aftershocks, social and otherwise, from the recent earthquake in Mexico.
  • Marginal Revolution argues that North Korea is set to become more China’s problem than the United States’.
  • Roads and Kingdoms notes the simple pleasures of soy milk in China.
  • Seriously Science notes a study looking at the different factors in the personalities of cats.
  • Towleroad notes the recent discovery of an antibody effective against 99% or so variants of HIV.
  • Window on Eurasia argues Russian politics play a central role in getting Russophones in Ukraine to become Ukrainian.

[CAT] Shakespeare, against the blanket

Shakespeare, against the blanket #toronto #shakespeare #catsofinstagram #caturday #cats #blanket

Written by Randy McDonald

September 30, 2017 at 1:17 am

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[NEWS] Five links about vulnerability: parrots, Uighurs, indigenous peoples, fangsheng, Jones Act

  • Hundreds of parrots in a Surrey sanctuary are still waiting for permanent homes. Global News reports.
  • NPR reports on how many Uighurs in China find success through their racially mixed appearances, as models.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer explains the rationale behind the Jones Act, with its stiff shipping charges for Puerto Rico.
  • The Chinese Buddhist fangsheng ritual, involving the release of captured animals into the wild, has issues. The Guardian reports.
  • Tyson Yunkaporta’s essay takes a look at the appeal of SF/F, and post-apocalyptic fiction, for indigenous peoples.

[URBAN NOTE] Four community links: Newfoundland politics, goldfish, Grenfell tower, water disasters

  • Politics in a small Newfoundland community seem to literally be a family matter, of Crockers and Blakes. The National Post reports.
  • Goldfish are taking over the water systems of the Alberta city of St. Albert’s. The National Post reports.
  • This BBC feature looks at the lives of the inhabitants, survivors and not, of the 21st floor of Grenfell.
  • This Guardian feature looks at ways cities can protect themselves against disaster, especially with water.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Videoflicks, ghost service, Rob Ford football, parks, real estate

  • blogTO notes that video rental store Videoflicks, on Avenue Road, is set to close down.
  • The TTC, blogTO notes, has begun “ghost service” on its half-dozen new subway stations.
  • Edward Keenan thinks that we may as well name a football stadium after Rob Ford. Why not? If it makes Ford Nation feel better …
  • Spacing Toronto features John Lorinc looking at how community parks organizations, like at Ramsden, can exclude outsiders.
  • VICE notes on recent study suggesting the real estate market of Toronto is the most overvalued of world cities.