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[PHOTO] Bloor/Gladstone aglow

Bloor/Gladstone aglow #toronto #bloorcourt #bloorstreetwest #bloorgladstonelibrary #night #latergram

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Written by Randy McDonald

September 12, 2017 at 7:00 am

[PHOTO] Four articles about photography: Instagram, HIV/AIDS, Instagram hunks, Google photo apps

  • I am impressed by the scope, if nothing else, of this plan to archive everything on Instagram. VICE reports.
  • I really hope that Instagram’s The AIDS Memorial Account remains active. It’s a vital online archive of who we lost. Hornet Stories reports on this account’s problems.
  • Hornet Stories reports on how gay NYC comedian Matt Grote decided to play with the tropes of the Instagram hunk. Intriuging..
  • Wired notes a powerful, high-speed Google algorithm that does photo retouching very quickly. Not sure how I feel.

Written by Randy McDonald

September 9, 2017 at 9:45 pm

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

  • Centauri Dreams notes one source suggesting red dwarf stars may produce too little ultraviolet to spark life on their planets.
  • Hornet Stories notes how LGBTQ Dreamers will be hit badly by the repeal of DACA.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money approves of Frederick Crews’ critical takedown of Freud as a scientist.
  • The LRB Blog looks at a new South Korean film examining the Gwangju massacre of 1980.
  • The NYR Daily notes that China seems set to head into a new era of strict censorship, with calamitous results.
  • The Planetary Society Blog considers the 40th anniversary of the Voyagers in the light of the Pale Blue Dot of Carl Sagan.
  • The Signal reports that, for archivists’ purposes, online newspaper sites are actually very poorly organized.
  • At Spacing, Adam Bunch notes how Upper Canadian governor John Simcoe’s abolition of slavery was not quite that.
  • Window on Eurasia notes the continued official contortions around Circassian history in Russia.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: DuEast, Main Square, Sherway Gardens, Pam McConnell, rare books

  • blogTO notes the new name of Toronto’s Regent Park, “DuEast”, after Dundas Street East.
  • In the Toronto Star, Shawn Micallef argues a recent festival shows the potential of east-end high-rise neighbourhood Main Square.
  • Also in the Star, Francine Kopun looks at the half-billion dollars put into renovating Sherway Gardens.
  • Ainslie Cruickshank reports on how the many who care for late councilor Pam McConnell are mourning her.
  • In The Globe and Mail, Miriam Katawazi reports on finds from remarkable, long-delayed inventory of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library.

[PHOTO] Main room, Confederation Centre Public Library, Charlottetown

Main room, Confederation Centre Public Library #pei #princeedwardisland #charlottetown #library #ccpl #confederationcentreofthearts #confederationcentrepubliclibrary

The Confederation Centre Public Library, centrepiece of the Prince Edward Island public library system, is housed in one of the Confederation Centre of the Arts’ brutalist buildings. The library is shaped by this vast central chamber.

[PHOTO] Three photos from the Lillian H. Smith Library, Toronto

Toronto’s Lillian H. Smith Library, located on 239 College Street just east of Spadina Avenue is one of my favourite libraries. Housed in a handsome building faced with yellow brick, the Lillian H. Smith branch–named after a pioneering early 20th century children’s librarian–stands out as the home to two special collections, the Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation & Fantasy on the third floor and the Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books on the fourth.

Today, when I was looking down from the fourth floor, it struck me that the interior of the Lillian H. Smith Library is quite similar to that of the Toronto Reference Library, the different floors wrapped around an atrium stretching almost to the ceiling. Both are all heights, but the Lillian H. Smith features a classy pairing of polished concrete with wood and warm carpets. My compliments to the architect, clearly!

Four floors down

Three by three

Downwards curve

Written by Randy McDonald

August 23, 2017 at 7:00 am

[PHOTO] Three views from the fifth floor, Toronto Reference Library, looking north, east and west

The location of the Toronto Reference Library north and east of Yonge and Bloor, directly east of Yorkville and directly south of Rosedale, means that well-positioned photographers can take advantage of some excellent views. The first two photos are of Rosedale, green with trees and dense with houses, while the third is a photo of a Yorkville well into its condoization.

North past Church Street #toronto #torontoreferencelibrary #rosedale #churchstreet #skyline

East along Church Street #toronto #torontoreferencelibrary #rosedale #churchstreet #skyline

Yorkville transforming, west of Yonge #toronto #torontoreferencelibrary #yorkville #yongestreet #condos #evening

Written by Randy McDonald

August 19, 2017 at 5:00 pm