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[URBAN NOTE] Four Toronto links: NOW Toronto, ghost signs, The Ward, Southey on Peterson

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  • Alice Klein of NOW Toronto asks her publication’s readers for more support. This is worrisome: I hope NOW Toronto will be OK.
  • blogTO talks about the “ghost signs” of Toronto, legacies of businesses and products long since past, with photos.
  • Toronto Life shares, from the website of the Toronto Ward Museum, a selection of photos depicting The Ward, the downtown Toronto neighbourhood erased by the construction of City Hall.
  • In a brilliant column at MacLean’s employing her trademark smart humour, Tabatha Southey wonders if Jordan Peterson is, in fact, “a stupid person’s smart man”.

[ISL] Map of Prince Edward Island, with directions

This map of Prince Edward Island was posted yesterday at The PEI Potato. The directions it provides are quite right.

Written by Randy McDonald

August 30, 2017 at 8:31 pm

[BLOG] Some Sunday links

  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait looks at some stunning imagery of the Great Red Spot of Jupiter.
  • Inkfish notes that some jumping spiders do not just look like ants, they walk like them, too.
  • Language Log has gentle fun with the trend to develop heat maps for American English dialects.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money looks at the idea of disgust as it is made to relate to the homeless.
  • Siva Vijenthira at Spacing considers the particular importance of biking for the independence of women.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel considers whether or not terraforming Mars is worth it. (Yes, but it will be costly.)
  • Window on Eurasia suggests that China is displacing Russia, despite the latter’s efforts, as the main trade partner of smaller post-Soviet countries.
  • Arnold Zwicky shares an amusing photo of the Wonder Bears of Provincetown.

[NEWS] Four Canada links, from the innocence of Khadr to the joking alt-right to CanCon workings

  • Sandy Garossino considers the furor over Omar Khadr. What if the 15 year old was actually not guilty of the crimes of which he was accused?
  • The Globe and Mail‘s Tabatha Southey points out, after the Proud Boys incident in Halifax, how the alt-right’s claims to be joking reveals their intent. Hannah Arendt knew these kinds of people.
  • The CBC’s Haydn Watters describes how one Ottawa couple is planning to visit in 2018 every location involved in every one of the 87 Heritage Minutes.
  • Ben Paynter at Fast Company writes about the system of funding and other support that keeps Canadian pop music thriving.

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

  • blogTO suggests the Port Lands might become an artists’ hu8b.
  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly talks about the complexities involved with managing feelings.
  • Centauri Dreams talks about different methods of near-term interstellar travel.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that Nordic prime ministers have just trolled Trump’s bizarre orb-based photo op.
  • Language Hat shares some interesting claims about standard Finnish as a neutral dialect.
  • The Planetary Society Blog talks about the latest stages of the Dawn mission to Ceres.
  • Peter Rukavina looks at the end of Charlottetown’s Founders’ Hall.
  • Torontoist examines Ontario’s impending $15 an hour minimum wage.
  • Window on Eurasia reports on the latest disputes between Russia and Ukraine on their shared history.

[URBAN NOTE] Abraham Riseman at Vulture on Scott Thompson and Buddy Cole

Vulture‘s Abraham Riesman has a wonderful long interview with Scott Thompson about arguably his most famous character, the flamboyant and out Buddy Cole.

Buddy Cole doesn’t care about what you think of him. Played by actor-comedian Scott Thompson, Buddy’s one of the most famous characters to come out of the Canadian sketch-comedy troupe the Kids in the Hall, and he’s provocation made manifest. Buddy is a world-weary gay man, utterly unafraid to offer his dry takes on the most incendiary topics. For about 30 years, Thompson has been creating and performing monologues as Buddy for stage and screen appearances, and though the character’s effeminate mannerisms and cultural interests are influenced by generations of gay performers like Paul Lynde and Liberace, Buddy was something unique: He was explicitly sexual.

Thompson felt that those queer forebears in comedy history had been, as he puts it, “castrated” — they could be cheeky and suggestive, but they weren’t allowed to actually be textually gay, and god forbid they should actually talk about having sex with men. Thompson wanted to build a figure who stepped over that line, much as he himself had done by being openly gay on television many years before Ellen DeGeneres’s famed coming-out. Buddy became a staple for Thompson not only on the show but in the Kids’ periodic reunion tours, a mock autobiography, a brief correspondent gig on The Colbert Report, and a series of video blogs.

Thompson’s had a rocky few years in the recent past, having battled lymphoma, as well as seeing his most recent high-profile role, as CSI Jimmy Price on Hannibal, cut short when the show was abruptly canceled. Nevertheless, he’s pressing on and contemplating a return to his most iconic character. Vulture included Buddy’s Kids in the Hall monologue about racism and stereotypes in our new list of 100 jokes that changed comedy, and we caught up with Thompson to talk about why the monologue only works if a gay man is delivering it, how he feels that he’s never developed a gay following, and the subtext of Buddy’s experiences with AIDS.

Written by Randy McDonald

February 13, 2017 at 11:00 pm

[PHOTO] 3869, Avenue de l’Hôtel-de-Ville

3869, Avenue de l'Hôtel-de-Ville

The signs on this family’s door, warning that the dinosaur on their porch is theirs but that the cat waiting at their door is not, among other things, made me laugh when I saw them.

Written by Randy McDonald

February 7, 2017 at 12:31 pm

Posted in Canada, Photo

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