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[PHOTO] Lost dog

Lost dog #toronto #dovercourtvillage #bartlettavenue #dogsofinstagram #lostdog

Written by Randy McDonald

April 11, 2020 at 3:30 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Toronto Coach Terminal, food banks, dogs, TTC, parties

  • Tanya Mok at blogTO shares a vintage short film from 1970 at the Toronto Coach Terminal, “Depot.”
  • The shortages of food in Toronto food banks are terrible. CBC Toronto reports.
  • Dogs will be free to swim in select City of Toronto swimming pools this weekend. CBC Toronto reports.
  • I will have to look for these TTC floor stickers installed at St. George station. blogTO reports.
  • Richard Trapunski leads a roundtable discussion at NOW Toronto about the challenges facing party promoters in a gentrifying Toronto.

[URBAN NOTE] Five notes about smart animals: bees, wolves/dogs, cetaceans, Denisovans, Neanderthals

  • The Conversation notes how urban beekeepers can play a key role in saving bees from extinction.
  • Motherboard looks at the comparative intelligence, and generosity, of wolves versus their domesticated dog counterparts.
  • National Geographic looks at how marine mammals, particularly cetaceans, have been used in different militaries.
  • Smithsonian Magazine looks at how recent studies have demonstrated the diversity among Denisovan populations.
  • Smithsonian Magazine looks at the new consensus about the remarkable capabilities of Neanderthals.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: raccoons, High Park sakura, dog parks, marijuana, Queen Video

  • Jamie Bradburn looks back at vintage coverage in the Toronto press from 1952 about some fortunate raccoons.
  • blogTO notes that this weekend will seek peak bloom in the cherry blossoms of High Park.
  • Edward Brown at Spacing writes about the decades-long struggle to get dog parks accepted in Toronto.
  • CBC Toronto notes controversy in Etobicoke surrounding a local brewery’s decision to process medical marijuana on site.
  • This National Post article by Sadaf Ahsan looks at how now-defunct Queen Video contributed hugely to pop culture in Toronto.

[BLOG] Some Sunday links

  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait, looking at the Moon, considers what a “small” crater is.
  • Citizen Science Salon looks at Amino Labs, a start-up that aims to enable people–even children–to use simple kits to engage in bioengineering.
  • Crooked Timber notes that the collapse in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies means good things for the global environment.
  • The Crux considers the extent to which gender–gender identity, gendered roles–is unique to humans.
  • A Fistful of Euros considers the generalized extremism of the “filets jaunes” of France and where this might lead that country.
  • L.M. Sacasas at The Frailest Thing shares the skepticism of Jacques Ellul in a “technical” humanism, one that seeks to ameliorate the details of a dehumanizing life.
  • Gizmodo considers how we can start preparing for the risks of powerful artificial intelligence to humans, even potentially existential ones.
  • The Island Review interviews Nancy Campbell, a writer concerned with the islands and cultures of the Arctic like Greenland.
  • Language Hat considers the idea of “efficient languages”. What does this idea even mean?
  • Language Log considers the potential impact of making English an official language on Taiwan.
  • The LRB Blog considers the political future of France.
  • Window on Eurasia notes how many people in Kyrgzystan are becoming angered by China’s Xinjiang policies.
  • Arnold Zwicky considers St. Bernard, in connection with dogs and otherwise.

[PHOTO] Bilbo, with statues

Bilbo, with statues #dogs #toronto #russellhillroad #foresthill #statues

When I saw this pair of statues adorning the front lane of a home on Russell Hill Road one evening this week, I knew what I had to do.

Written by Randy McDonald

August 7, 2015 at 2:52 pm

Posted in Photo, Toronto

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[PHOTO] Bilbo, at rest

Bilbo, at rest #dogs #toronto #foresthill

For the next week or thereabouts, I will be dofsitting for friends in Forest Hill.

(Bilbo is a good, good dog.)

Written by Randy McDonald

July 31, 2015 at 4:24 pm

Posted in Photo, Toronto

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[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

  • blogTO notes that Stollery’s at Yonge and Bloor could be demolished soon.
  • Centauri Dreams notes</a that gyrochronology–using a star’s spin rate to calculate its age–works.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze looks at the spacing of planets in exosystems.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes that dogs crossed into the Americas only ten thousand years ago.
  • Joe. My. God. notes how Europeans overestimate the size of their Muslim populations.
  • Lanugage Hat considers the question of Timur’s languages.
  • The Planetary Society Blog explores the ESA’s upcoming JUICE probe to Europa.
  • Otto Pohl finds links between Soviet mistreatment of ethnic Germans and South African apartheid.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog notes that Chinese are moving en masse to Africa, not Siberia.
  • Towleroad shares video of a crowd bursting into singing John Lennon’s “Imagine” at the recent Paris march.
  • Transit Toronto notes the toll of extreme cold on streetcars.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy notes that Pride and Prejudice recently got cited in the US Supreme Court.
  • Whatever’s John Scalzi reflects on a cat and his box.
  • Window on Eurasia reflects on the vissicitudes of Karelian identity, ethnic and political, in Russia.
  • The Financial Times‘ World blog notes that reconciliation is still far off in the former Yugoslavia.