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Archive for November 2018

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Port Lands, High Park beer, #tunnelofglam, Toronto Pride, refugees

  • The project of building a new river valley in the Port Lands, at the mouth of the Don, is a breathtakingly bold vision. The Toronto Star reports.
  • The High Park Zoo will be getting its own brand of beer. (Will the capybaras feature? One hopes.) blogTO reports.
  • Toronto will be getting a sparkling tunnel at Yonge and St. Clair, Instagram-ready already with the hashtag #tunnelofglam picked out. blogTO reports.
  • Kristyn Wong-Tam writes at NOW Toronto about why now might be time for Toronto Pride, to ensure its independence and security from threats, to break free from restrictive funding sources.
  • Perhaps 40% of the people making use of Toronto shelters for the homeless are refugees or asylum claimants, a new report suggests. CBC reports.

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

  • Architectuul interviews Vladimir Kulić, curator of the MoMA exhibition Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980, about the history of innovative architecture in Yugoslavia.
  • The Crux takes a look at the long search for hidden planets in the solar system, starting with Neptune and continuing to Tyche.
  • D-Brief notes that ISRO, the space agency of India, is planning on launching a mission to Venus, and is soliciting outside contributions.
  • Drew Ex Machina’s Andrew LePage writes about his efforts to photograph, from space, clouds over California’s Mount Whitney.
  • Earther notes that geoengineering is being considered as one strategy to help save the coral reefs.
  • Gizmodo takes a look at the limits, legal and otherwise, facing the Internet Archive in its preservation of humanity’s online history.
  • JSTOR Daily explains why the Loch Ness monster has the scientific binominal Nessiteras rhombopteryx.
  • Language Hat links to “The Poor Man of Nippur”, a short film by Cambridge academic Martin Worthington that may be the first film in the Babylonian language.
  • The LRB Blog notes the conflict between West Bank settlers and Airbnb. Am I churlish to wish that neither side wins?
  • Marginal Revolution links to a paper noting how quickly, after Poland regained its independence, human capital differences between the different parts of the once-divided country faded.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel takes a look at what it takes, in terms of element abundance and galactic structure, for life-bearing planets to form in the early universe, and when they can form.

[PHOTO] Grey sky, Dovercourt Village

Gray sky #toronto #dovercourtvillage #grey #clouds #morning

Written by Randy McDonald

November 29, 2018 at 11:00 am

[NEWS] Five LGBTQ links: Tillie Walden, Trump, PrEP, Calgary, Omaha

  • Vice points readers to the queer SF comic Tillie Walden on a Sunbeam.
  • The New York Times reports on a prominent same-sex married couple, Bill White and Bryan Eure, who have become Trump supporters for what seems to be purely opportunistic reasons.
  • Inside Higher Ed looks at how American institutions of higher education are increasingly covering anti-HIV PrEP regimens on their health plans.
  • The Calgary Herald features an interview with author Kevin Allen about his book of Calgary LGBTQ history, Our Past Matters.
  • them features an article taking a look at the energy of the LGBTQ communities of Omaha, Nebraska.

[NEWS] Five sci-fi links: Gargoyles, D&D, Richard K Morgan, superheroes, time dilation

  • This oral history of Gargoyles, one of the best children’s animated series of the 1990s or any other decade, must be read. Syfy has it.
  • Geekwire looks at the real efforts of Dungeons & Dragons to be inclusive of players and characters of all sorts of backgrounds.
  • Wired interviews Richard K Morgan, coming out with a new book on Mars colonization, about his thoughts on colonizing the Red Planet.
  • NOW Toronto has a list of four superhero franchises that merit a revival.
  • James Nicoll at Tor has a non-obvious list of six novels (and one song!) that make use of time dilation as a plot element.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Oshawa, Philadelphia, London, Pontevedra, Pyongyang

  • Matt Gurney notes at Global News though the end of GM in Oshawa should have been expected, people there are still shocked.
  • Roads and Kingdoms shares a list of ten foodstuffs in Philadelphia that help explain that city.
  • The Guardian explains how London has become a European centre of tuberculosis.
  • CityLab suggests that pedestrianization helped the Spanish city of Pontevedra become very child-friendly.
  • Guardian Cities shares some photos from the North Korean capital of Pyongyang.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Light Festival, film map, old factories, El Mocambo, suburb subway

  • I am very pleased to learn that the Toronto Light Festival will return this winter to the Distillery District. blogTO reports.
  • At NOW Toronto, Radheyan Simonpillai notes how a map showing film locations within Toronto also shows how some parts of the city–the most marginalized areas, generally–are almost entirely neglected.
  • Many of the old factories abandoned in the inner suburbs, The Globe and Mail reports, are being repurposed. That’s what has been happening on Dupont and Geary, to name two post-industrial streets particularly close to me.
  • CBC Hamilton took a look at the Hamilton architects involved in the rehabilitation of Toronto’s El Mocambo.
  • blogTO shares, via r/Toronto, a half-satirical map of a Toronto subway system extending deep into the suburbs. I like the coverage, granted.