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[VIDEO] Four clips of the Light Parade, Nuit Rose (#nuitroseto)

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I attended the Church and Wellesley components of the Nuit Rose LGBTQ art festival last night. I have plenty of photos, images needing processing when I have time later this week. For now, please enjoy these short video clips I took of the Light Parade at different stages along its route, the first two on Alexander Street, the next at Church and Wellesley, and the last at Barbara Hall Park.

[VIDEO] Five clips of Toronto celebrating the Toronto Raptors victory on Yonge Street

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I intentionally made my way down to Yonge Street after midnight in order to witness the city celebrating the Toronto Raptors’ victory over the Golden State Warriors. The crowds were huge, though well-behaved; everyone, it seemed, was united behind the goal of celebrating this sports victory.

Written by Randy McDonald

June 14, 2019 at 9:45 am

[CAT] Five #caturday links: maps, Grumpy Cat, Bangladesh, Swiss cat ladders, video

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  • I have no idea how accurate this r/mapporn map charting the changing ratio of cats to dogs across the United States is, but I love it anyway.
  • This Wired obituary for Grumpy Cat, tracing in that feline’s death not only the death of a cute cat but the death of hope for the Internet as a source of fun, rings true to me.
  • Atlas Obscura notes how Bangladesh has successfully reduced the poaching of tigers.
  • Atlas Obscura takes a look at the many cat ladders of the Swiss city of Bern.
  • David Grimm at Science Magazine reports on an innovative research project that attached video cameras to cats to see what they actually did.

[VIDEO] “Operation Jane Walk”

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Operation Jane Walk from Leonhard Müllner on Vimeo.

Via The Atlantic, I came across “Operation Jane Walk”, a 2018 video by Leonhard Müllner and Robin Klengel that uses the setting of an apocalyptic Manhattan in the 2016 video game Tom Clancy’s The Division to engage in a sort of Jane’s Walk in a virtual city. Their narration does a cool job of exploring the urban history of 20th century New York, its evolution and change in the globalized world.

Written by Randy McDonald

May 29, 2019 at 10:15 am

[VIDEO] Falling sakura of Russell Street, University of Toronto

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Written by Randy McDonald

May 28, 2019 at 10:15 am

[MUSIC] Röyksopp with Robyn, “The Girl and the Robot” (Kris Menace Remix)

The Kris Menace remix of the 2009 classic “The Girl and the Robot”, by Röyksopp with Robyn, is my favourite song for listening in the morning. I like how this particular remix has an urgency to it, a sense of destination; it really does help me get out of bed and feel more energized, at least.

What is your morning song?

Written by Randy McDonald

May 3, 2019 at 8:00 am

[MUSIC] Bob The Drag Queen feat. Alaska Thunderfuck, “Yet Another Dig”

Bob The Drag Queen, winner of season 8 on RuPaul’s Drag Race, continues to be one of my favourite listens. Her 2017 single, featuring All-Stars 2 winner Alaska Thunderfuck, is a song that I keep playing again and again.

The song is a glorious performance, a fluently-performed dissection of some of the different fan-driven controversies and tropes of LGBTQ culture, profane and smart and funny. (The show’s Reddit group rates a mention.) Fans, mind, are not the song’s only constituency; the humour and wit is portable beyond that.

Yet another dig, I’ma get another gig
I’m gluing down my lace front, yet another wig
Collecting coins, getting yet another big paycheck
Who’s next? Tell me who’s on deck
You’re sippin’ on the Hater-ade, yet another swig
Frying up some bacon, bitch, yet another pig
I’m a Redwood and you’re yet another twig
All Stars 2 was yet another rig

As for the fantastic video, directed by veteran Assaad Yacoub, what can be said but that it has enough pitch-perfect humour to make first-time watchers burst out laughing?

Written by Randy McDonald

April 4, 2019 at 11:59 pm