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[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

  • blogTO shares some photos of Toronto in the gritty 1980s.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper examining the habitable zones of post-main sequence stars.
  • Far Outliers notes the ethnic rivalries among First World War prisoners in the Russian interior, and examines how Czechoslovakia got its independence.
  • The Map Room Blog looks at the mapping technology behind Pokémon Go.
  • pollotenchegg looks at how the populations of Ukrainian cities have evolved.
  • Savage Minds considers anthropology students of colour.
  • Transit Toronto notes</a the end of tunnelling for the Eglinton LRT.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests the post-Soviet states built Soviet-style parodies of capitalism for themselves.

[URBAN NOTE] “Man charged after shooting Pokemon Go video on TTC”

blogTO notes this non-story.

How far would you go to catch ’em all in Toronto? Well, one man is heading straight to court. Yes, Mark Correia, the guy who was filmed playing Pokemon Go on the subway tracks is now facing a $425 fine and a charge under the TTC’s bylaws. He’s slated to appear in court on September 16.

Correia wasn’t actually on the tracks chasing Pokemon. Instead, he was creating an online video, which aimed to poke fun at the great lengths players go to become Poke Masters.

Written by Randy McDonald

August 19, 2016 at 7:15 pm

[URBAN NOTE] “Hunting for Pokemon with my son in historic Lunenburg, my doubts lifted”

I really like Erin Anderssen’s article in The Globe and Mail, also from mid-July, about time spending bonding with her son.

By the harbour, in front of the Bluenose Store, as a horse-drawn carriage carrying tourists clopped by, we captured a Jigglypuff. By the fire hydrant on Montague Street, a bouncing blue Nidoran was waiting. Not far away, a Pidgey was snagged, waiting dangerously in the middle of what was luckily a quiet thoroughfare. (Nothing like a digitally squashed Pidgey to take the fun out of things.) Coming around one corner, a Krabby – as in, a crab – surprised us. “There he is, there he is,” my son, Samson, whispered, forgetting, in the moment, that the Krabby couldn’t actually hear him. “I am sort of freaking out right now,” he confided to me.

It’s surreal playing Pokemon Go in the historic Nova Scotia town of Lunenburg, hunting virtual cartoon characters along the famous waterfront and brightly coloured, carefully preserved 18th-century houses. And yet, surprisingly fun. Two hours later, we had 27 Pokemon, and a level 5 ranking. This meant we could do battle in the nearest “gym,” which had been strategically placed by those clever game masters on the wharf, next to where the Bluenose would usually dock. On this Wednesday evening, the wharf was mostly empty, the famous schooner currently away from its home port. But every new visitor to Lunenburg eventually stops here; now every Pokemon Go player will, too. The founding families never imagined this.

It’s no understatement to say that Pokemon Go has become a worldwide obsession, sending Nintendo stock soaring. It’s already been downloaded more than the dating app Tinder, and is closing in on Twitter – even though it’s only, officially, available in the United States, New Zealand and Australia. Not that this has stopped any motivated gamer in Canada.

For a week, my son, who is 11, had been excitedly volunteering intel about the game, watching YouTube videos to learn how to play, and cleverly crafting the public relations case for why someone in the family should hack the system and get it on their phone. (He doesn’t have one of his own.) “It’s mother-son time,” he told me. “It’s really an app to go sightseeing with your kids.” “I can run around and burn off energy.” “We won’t get fat.” When he learned we were actually going to play, it was as if he’d chugged seven Red Bulls in one sitting.

Written by Randy McDonald

August 8, 2016 at 5:00 pm

[URBAN NOTE] “We held a Pokémon Go meetup — who showed up?”

Oliver Sachgau’s Toronto Star article appeared last month, before Pokémon Go’s official release and while I was preparing for my Island trip. It’s an interesting story, based around interviews with Pokémon players and the meaning they get from the game and its culture.

I was really worried no one was going to show up to my party.

Just before 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, I had set up a sort of invite in Pokémon Go, telling people to meet me at 1 Yonge St. With luck, people would arrive to chat about Pokémon with me. They would arrive, right?

If you’re unfamiliar with Pokémon Go, it’s a mobile game that lets players catch virtual monsters by walking around in the real world and searching for them with their phones. People walk around in search for Pokémon — cartoon creatures that can look like anything from an electric mouse to a gigantic worm made of rock. (The game depicts the beasts against the backdrop of the player’s real-world environment, superimposing their image on pictures from the phone’s camera.)

Players battle them, catch them, train them, and collect items to help with the training from Pokestops — spots placed around the Pokémon Go map that correspond to real-world locations. the Toronto Star building, for example, has three Pokestops.

Technically, the game isn’t even available in Canada, but that hasn’t stopped people from finding ways to play it here, either by creating app store accounts in other countries or downloading unofficial versions of the app, all inspired by a game from 20 years ago.

“I was a Pokémon fan since I was a little kid . . . when I heard a new one was coming out I had to try it,” player Courtney Provan said.

Written by Randy McDonald

August 8, 2016 at 4:45 pm

[URBAN NOTE] “City asks Pokemon Go makers to remove pokestop from ferry terminal”

This is amazing. From the Toronto Star‘s Oliver Sachgau:

After a few weeks of being the most popular mobile game in recent history, Pokemon Go is now facing backlash from the City of Toronto, who are trying to mitigate the crowds playing the game at the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal.

Hundreds of people have been camped out almost 24 hours a day at the park by the terminal, hunting for virtual pocket monsters on their phone. The park and surrounding area is also the site of nine pokestops – in-game locations where players congregate. Players have also been setting up lures – bait that attracts more virtual monsters to the stops.

The end result is a constant crowd of hundreds of players at all hours of the day and night, hoping to be the very best like no one ever before.

Matthew Cutler, spokesperson for Toronto’s parks and recreation department, said the city has reached out to Niantic, the game’s developer, to move some of the stops to other parks and ease the pressure on the ferry terminal.

“We love the game. We love what it’s doing in terms of bringing people into the public realm. We’re just of the mind that there may be a better park in the city for this kind of concentration of play,” he said.

Written by Randy McDonald

August 5, 2016 at 6:59 pm

[BLOG] Some popular culture links

  • The Big Picture reports from Boston’s Methadone Mile.
  • The Broadside Blog celebrates its seventh anniversary.
  • Dangerous Minds shares vintage photos of Kate Bush.
  • Language Hat considers the position of Chinese poetry.
  • Otto Pohl reflects on his visit to Almaty.
  • Torontoist reports on how Torontonians are hacking Pokémon Go.

[URBAN NOTE] “Toronto pokemasters rediscovering their city with Pokemon Go”

Metro Toronto‘s Luke Simcoe describes Pokemon Go in a way that might even get me playing.

In their quest to catch ‘em all, Pokémon GO users in Toronto are rediscovering the landmarks, avenues and alleyways that make up their city.

“I had never been to the Jack Layton ferry terminal before, but I went there after work and got to see all these interesting things while trying to catch Pokémon for fun,” said Sushil Tailor, a self-described Pokémon fanatic who works downtown.

The augmented reality game – which Nintendo hasn’t been officially released in Canada yet – is based on a database of global parks, public art, heritage sites and popular buildings. Pokémon are more likely to be spotted near these locations.

“It’s easy to marry urbanism with Pokémon,” Tailor said. “Walkable neighbourhoods directly correlate with running into more Pokémon, more landmarks, and more gyms.”

Rachel Lissner, founder of Toronto’s Young Urbanists League Facebook group, has been playing the game non-stop since Monday. From chasing a Torterra through the Christie Pitts pool to scouring Kensington Market in search of a Jynx, the game has Lissner exploring the city a bit more than usual.

Written by Randy McDonald

July 13, 2016 at 11:57 pm