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[URBAN NOTE] Four Toronto links: photographs, John Scott, condos for families, repurposed spaces

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  • blogTO shares some of the earliest surviving photographs of Toronto.
  • Emma McIntosh interviews John Scott, the man who resets the clock towers of Toronto when daylight saving time comes and goes, over at the Toronto Star.
  • CBC notes that many of the new condo units of Toronto are not sized appropriately for families.
  • Erin Davis notes at Torontoist that repurposed spaces lend themselves to reuse by everyone from artists to developers.
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Written by Randy McDonald

November 8, 2017 at 4:15 pm

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

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  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait notes that the Earth can easily survive without us.
  • blogTO notes that the Aga Khan Museum recently made an appearance in Star Trek: Discovery, as Vulcan.
  • Centauri Dreams notes the way neutron star collisions and kilonovas can be used to examine physical laws in extreme circumstances.
  • Hornet Stories notes that trans political candidate Danica Roem, in Virginia, is getting lots of positive attention.
  • The LRB Blog visits Gdansk only to find popular anti-Muslim xenophobia thriving.
  • The NYR Daily looks at photographic and other legacies of the Jamaica dancehall scene.
  • The Planetary Society Blog looks at the evolution of SETI from the 1960s to the present.
  • Roads and Kingdoms looks at the struggle of astronomers, in West Texas and elsewhere, to preserve dark skies.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel looks at the ways in which GW170817 has confirmed the Standard Model.
  • Window on Eurasia argues that reactionary conservatism in Russia is making that country’s HIV/AIDS epidemic worse.

[PHOTO] Eight photos of the The Family Camera, Royal Ontario Museum (#romfamcam)

Written by Randy McDonald

October 4, 2017 at 10:00 am

[BLOG] Some Monday links

  • Far Outliers notes how the new Suez Canal helped create a network of coal-using port cities across Eurasia.
  • Hornet Stories notes that Serbia’s out lesbian Prime Minister, Ana Brnabic, marched in Belgrade’s pride parade.
  • Joe. My. God. notes a statement by the Pentagon that transgender troops can still re-enlist for the next few months.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes a fundamentally ill-thought defense of colonialism by Bruce Gilley.
  • Marginal Revolutions notes that Swedish support for the far right is linked to perceptions of foreign threats to employment.
  • Out There looks at the last days of Cassini at Saturn.
  • Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw notes real estate shenanigans in greater Sydney.
  • Drew Rowsome has a critical, but positive, review of closeted gay author Frank M. Robinson’s autobiography.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy sums up the outcome of the controversial monkey selfie copyright case.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests that Russian challenges to language legislation in Tatarstan hint at future challenges.

[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

[NEWS] Five links: Greyhound in Canada, militarized Hamptons, Tohono O’odham, Rohingya, memes

  • If Greyhound pulls out of northern BC, and the rest of rural Canada, what will happen to these regions? CBC reports.
  • The militarized community policing describes in Bloomberg View in New York’s famed Hamptons does say something worrisome of psyches.
  • A Bangladeshi observer makes the obvious point over at the Inter Press Service that Myanmar needs to radically change its treatment of the Rohingya.
  • Open Democracy looks at how the miliitarized US-Mexican border harms the Tohono O’odham, divided by said.
  • This Wired interview with Antonio Guillem, the photographer whose images made distracted boyfriend meme, is amazing.

[PHOTO] Panorama, Woodbine Beach, Toronto

Panorama, Woodbine Beach

My Nexus 5’s Photos app stitched together this panorama of Toronto’s Woodbine Beach out of individual photos I had taken during last week’s photo expedition to the Beaches. It did not do a bad job at all, I think, possible wonkiness in the west aside.

Written by Randy McDonald

September 2, 2017 at 7:00 am