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[URBAN NOTE] Four Toronto links: waterfront, #worldslargestrubberduck, PATH, rent control

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  • Spacing’s John Lorinc considers confusion over what the idea of “mixed-use” development on the waterfront is.
  • Dave Leblanc looks at the PATH, the underground tunnels in downtown Toronto making up a huge mall. It counts. The Globe and Mail reports.
  • It turns out that the #worldslargestrubberduck was actually really good for waterfront businesses. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Toronto Life interviews RioCan head Jonathan Gitlin, who thinks rent control will be terrible for renters.
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Written by Randy McDonald

October 14, 2017 at 4:45 pm

[BLOG] Some Saturday links

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Bad Astronomer Phil Plait talks about the discovery that the early Moon had a notable atmosphere. http://www.syfy.com/syfywire/air-de-lune

The Big Picture, from the Boston Globe, shares terrifying pictures from the California wildfires. https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/bigpicture/2017/10/10/raging-wildfires-california/GtkTUeIILcZeqp5jlsLTMI/story.html

The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly talks about how writers need editing, and editors. https://broadsideblog.wordpress.com/2017/10/14/why-editors-matter-more-than-ever/

D-Brief notes that forming coal beds sucked so much carbon dioxide out of the air that it triggered an ice age.
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2017/10/10/coal-earth-ice/

Dangerous Minds looks at Michael’s Thing, a vintage guide to gay New York dating from the 1970s. http://dangerousminds.net/comments/michaels_thing_new_york_citys_once_essential_queer_city_guide

Cody Delistraty looks at a new Paris exhibition of the works of Paul Gauguin that tries to deal with his moral sketchiness, inspiration of much his work. https://delistraty.com/2017/10/09/paul-gauguins-insurmountable-immorality/

Hornet Stories notes that same same-sex-attracted guys opt to be called not gay but androphiles. (Less baggage, they say.) https://hornetapp.com/stories/men-who-love-men-androphile/

Language Hat notes a claim that the Spanish of Christopher Columbus was marked by Catalan. http://languagehat.com/columbuss-catalan/

Language Log notes that the languages of southern China like Cantonese are actually fully-fledged languages. http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=34933

Lawyers, Guns and Money notes an argument that Chinese companies do not abide by the terms of tech transfer agreements.
http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2017/10/tech-transfer

The LRB Blog notes an old Mike Davis article noting how California, at a time of climate change, risks catastrophic wildfires. https://www.lrb.co.uk/blog/2017/10/10/the-editors/california-burning/

The Map Room Blog is unimpressed by the new book, A History of Canada in Ten Maps. (It needs more maps. Seriously.) https://buff.ly/2gcdLKG

The NYR Daily takes another look at the nature of consciousness.
http://www.nybooks.com/daily/2017/10/09/consciousness-an-object-lesson/

The Planetary Society Blog shares a scientist’s story about how he stitched together the last mosaic photo of Saturn by Cassini. http://www.planetary.org/blogs/guest-blogs/2017/cassinis-last-dance-with-saturn-farewell-mosaic.html

The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer notes that an unnegotiated secession of Catalonia from Spain would be a catastrophe for the new country. http://noelmaurer.typepad.com/aab/2017/10/la-econom%C3%ADa-de-la-secesi%C3%B3n-en-la-madre-patria.html

Roads and Kingdoms considers what is next for Kurdistan after its independence referendum. http://roadsandkingdoms.com/2017/whats-next-for-kurdistan/

Science Sushi considers the sketchy science of studying cetacean sex. http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/science-sushi/2017/10/10/dolphin-penis-vagina-simulated-marine-mammal-sex/

Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel notes that exceptionally strong evidence that we do, in fact, exist in a real multiverse. https://www.forbes.com/sites/startswithabang/2017/10/12/the-multiverse-is-inevitable-and-were-living-in-it/

Strange Maps looks at rates of reported corruption across Latin America, finding that Mexico fares badly. http://bigthink.com/strange-maps/half-of-all-mexicans-paid-a-bribe-in-the-previous-12-months

Window on Eurasia notes new inflows of migrants to Russia include fewer Europeans and many more Central Asians. http://windowoneurasia2.blogspot.ca/2017/10/gastarbeiters-in-russia-from-central.html

[CAT] Shakespeare, looking off the couch

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Shakespeare, looking off the couch #toronto #cats #shakespeare #caturday #catsofinstagram

Written by Randy McDonald

October 14, 2017 at 9:45 am

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[ISL] Four islands links: Beothuk, Newfoundland outports, seasteading, Shetlands

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  • DNA tests of Beothuk remains reveal that the extinct group was related to neither Mi’kmaq nor Inuit. The Globe and Mail reports.
  • Some Newfoundland outports are seeing many young professionals move in, to make homes and businesses. CBC reports.
  • Marginal Revolution claims a group wanting to mount a seasteading effort off French Polynesia are getting close to their goals.
  • Politico.eu notes that, in the Shetlands, while fishers hope Brexit will lead to the revival of the fisheries others fear a labour shortage without EU-27 migrants.

[NEWS] Five LGBTQ links: Metropolitan Community Church, Jeff Rock, PFLAG China, Indian lit, Satanism

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  • Hornet Stories looks at the long history of the explicitly LGBTQ-friendly Metropolitan Community Church.
  • Jeff Rock will be the new pastor of Toronto’s Metropolitan Community Church congregation, after Brent Hawkes. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Quartz reports on a PFLAG China cruise, featuring queer people and their parents.
  • Little India reports on the emerging field of gay literature in India, prose and poetry, fiction and non-fiction.
  • The Satanic Temple of Seattle is commissioning anti-gay bakers to bake them pro-Satanism cakes. Religious freedom, right? Bustle tells the story.

[NEWS] Four pop culture links: art in Parkdale, Wanda Nanibush, Balkan media, Canadian Thanksgiving

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  • The way art helped build a stronger community in Parkdale is the subject of this NOW Toronto article.
  • The AGO has just landed a new curator of indigenous art, Anishinabe-kwe artist Wanda Nanibush.
  • Transitions Online notes how, under Communism, different Balkan peoples kept looking to a different west for entertainment.
  • MacLean’s looks at the history of Canadian Thanksgiving.

Written by Randy McDonald

October 13, 2017 at 4:00 pm

[PHOTO] Ten photos of the Toronto skyline from the Chester Hill Lookout

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Yesterday afternoon, I ventured out to Chester Hill Lookout. I first learned of this observation point, located in the east-end of Playter Estates north of the Danforth and west of Broadview overlooking the Don Valley, through an Instagram post. The views offered by this location of downtown Toronto to the south and west are amazing. I must go again on a clear day or night.

Skyline from Chester Hill (1) #toronto #skyline #playterestates #chesterhilllookout

Skyline from Chester Hill (2) #toronto #skyline #playterestates #chesterhilllookout #donvalley #latergram

Skyline from Chester Hill (3) #toronto #skyline #playterestates #chesterhilllookout #donvalley #latergram

Skyline from Chester Hill (4) #toronto #skyline #playterestates #chesterhilllookout #donvalley #latergram

Skyline from Chester Hill (5) #toronto #skyline #playterestates #chesterhilllookout #donvalley #evergreenbrickworks #brickwork #latergram

Skyline from Chester Hill (6) #toronto #skyline #playterestates #chesterhilllookout #donvalley #evergreenbrickworks #brickwork #latergram

Skyline from Chester Hill (7) #toronto #skyline #playterestates #chesterhilllookout #donvalley #evergreenbrickworks #brickwork #latergram

Skyline from Chester Hill (8) #toronto #skyline #playterestates #chesterhilllookout #donvalley #evergreenbrickworks #brickwork #latergram

Skyline from Chester Hill (9) #toronto #skyline #playterestates #chesterhilllookout #donvalley #graffiti #publicart #latergram

Panorama of skyline from Chester Hill #toronto #skyline #playterestates #chesterhilllookout #donvalley #panorama #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

October 13, 2017 at 12:00 pm