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Archive for December 2017

[PHOTO] Twelve photos of the last day of Eliot’s Bookshop (#eliotsbookshop)

Written by Randy McDonald

December 31, 2017 at 11:00 am

[PHOTO] Rosedale, for Flickr’s Your Best Shot 2017

Rosedale #toronto #rosedale #ttc #subway

After due consideration, I selected the above photo–“Rosedale”, shared by me on my blog in August in the post “Rosedale in evening”–as my submission to Flickr’s Your Best Shot 2017. I liked the shot’s composition and the colour, and so did Flickr. So: here it is.

Written by Randy McDonald

December 31, 2017 at 8:00 am

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[PHOTO] My best nine of 2017 (#2017bestnine)

My best nine of 2017 #2017bestnine #instagram #photos #toronto #montreal #montréal #shakespeare #cats

Written by Randy McDonald

December 31, 2017 at 5:00 am

[CAT] Shakespeare, meowing in the morning

Shakespeare, meowing in the morning #toronto #dovercourtvillage #shakespeare #catsofinstagram #caturday #cats #catstagram

Written by Randy McDonald

December 30, 2017 at 10:30 am

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[NEWS] Four space science links: Mars, RZ Piscium, Alpha Centauri


<li>Could it be, as one theory <a href=”https://www.universetoday.com/138117/maybe-mars-earth-didnt-form-close/”><U>suggests</u></a&gt;, that Mars did not form in the same area of the young solar system as Earth and Venus?</li>

<Li>RZ Piscium, a young star 500 light-years away, is eating its planets. CBC <a href=”http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/stars-eating-dead-planets-1.4462088″><U>reports</u></a&gt;.</li>

<li>Universe Today <a href=”https://www.universetoday.com/138120/astronomers-figure-new-way-search-planets-alpha-centauri/”><U>links</u></a&gt; to a paper indicating upper limits for planets at Alpha Centauri. Earth-like planets orbiting A and B are still possible.</li>

<Li>The kilonova behind GW170817, detected in galaxy NGC 4993 earlier this year, is thought to have produced a black hole based on X-ray emissions. Universe Today <a href=”https://www.universetoday.com/138101/kilonova-neutron-star-collision-probably-left-behind-black-hole/”><u>reports</u></a&gt;.</li>


Written by Randy McDonald

December 24, 2017 at 5:00 pm

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[URBAN NOTE] Five world cities: Madrid, São Paulo, New York City, Jakarta, Ottawa and Montréal

  • This is a nice study of the life of some Latin American migrant communities in Madrid, over at the Inter Press Society.
  • Gentrification has driven the techno music of São Paulo from its haunts. VICE’s Noisey reports.
  • This New York Times study examining some potential fixes for the New York City subway system is illuminating.
  • Jakarta is particularly vulnerable to flooding, as a city at sea level facing subsidence. National Geographic reports.
  • Are home prices in Ottawa and Montréal starting to ascend sharply in the manner of Toronto and Vancouver? GLobal News reports.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: June Rowlands, Sidewalk Labs, L Tower, race in schools, TTC

  • The Toronto Star pays respect to the late June Rowlands, Toronto’s first female mayor.
  • Google’s Sidewalk Labs project, intended to remake Quayside, is already resulting in jobs–in New York City? MacLean’s reports.
  • The flooding at the L Tower downtown sounds terrible. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Race, unsurprisingly, remains a significant divide in Toronto schools. NOW Toronto reports.
  • The TTC is increasing bus service on the Dundas and Carlton routes to compensate for Bombardier’s failure to deliver. CBC reports.