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[CAT] “For Monty”, on Croft Street

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"For Monty"

This touching Croft Street mural and poem remembers neighbourhood cat Monty.

Written by Randy McDonald

May 20, 2017 at 8:06 pm

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

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  • blogTO looks at eleven recent Toronto-themed books, from fiction to children’s literature.
  • Centauri Dreams considers the idea of using waste heat to detect extraterrestrial civilizations.
  • Far Outliers reports on how German East Africa substituted for foreign imports during the blockade of the First World War.
  • Marginal Revolution suggests that the fall of Rome may have been due to the failure to reconquer North Africa.
  • The NYRB Daily looks at the exuberant art of Jazz Age Florence Stettheimer.
  • The Planetary Society Blog shares a stunning portrait of Jupiter from the New Horizons probe.
  • Window on Eurasia considers the idea of containment in the post-Cold War world.
  • Yorkshire Ranter Alex Harrowell looks at the British election.

[PHOTO] Fourteen photos of the laneway murals of Harbord Village

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One special highlight Jane’s Walk tour of the eastern side of Harbord Village was the abundance of street art–often bright in colour, sometimes quite ingenious, never unattractive–on the garages and walls of the back alleys of the neighbourhood.

David French Lane, named after the late Canadian playwright, had its fair share.

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Croft Street is particularly rich in this density.

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Written by Randy McDonald

May 17, 2017 at 3:19 pm

[PHOTO] “Mantova” Grape Seed Oil, $4.99 @ 77 Roncesvalles Avenue

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"Mantova" Grape Seed Oil, $4.99 #toronto #roncesvalles #honesteds

I was amused to see this neatly framed old sign from Honest Ed’s in the window of Soho Art Custom Framing on 77 Roncesvalles Avenue. From ad to art–high-priced art, too, I’m sure.

Written by Randy McDonald

May 11, 2017 at 11:17 am

[PHOTO] Eight photos from a tour of Toronto’s Ice Breakers (#toicebreakers)

When I went down to the Lake Ontario shoreline last month to take in Ice Breakers, the Waterfront BIA’s winter public art, I should have known that the effects of the works would have needed a winter. In that the weather this winter really hasn’t been very winterish, I was let down. This is not the fault on the part of the artists and architects involved: Leeward Fleet, pictured in the first two photos, remained evocative despite the cold spring weather, I can see how the zebra-striped Incognito and the Icebox at HT0 Park would have worked with a bit of snow coverage, the two waving hands of Tailored Twins have an endearing whimsy, and Winter Diamonds would have been superb surrounded by a field of snow at Music Garden Park. It’s just that the weather let these works down.

Leeward Fleet, by RAW

Leeward Fleet, by RAW, against the condos

Incognito, by Curio Art Consultancy and Jaspal Riyait

Inside the Icebox, by Polymetris

Outside the Icebox, by Polymetris

Tailored Twins, by Ferris + Associates, across the street

Tailored Twins, by Ferris + Associates, from the west

Winter Diamonds, by Platant

Written by Randy McDonald

March 5, 2017 at 2:30 pm

[BLOG] Some Saturday links

  • James Bow calls for an end to the US-Canada Safe Third Country agreement prohibiting people coming from American soil from claiming refugee status in Canada.
  • D-Brief reports on the vast array of man-made minerals appearing in what is now being called the Anthropocene Era of Earth.
  • Dangerous Minds notes the efforts of the Disco Preservation Society to preserve DJ mixes from 1980s San Francisco.
  • Language Log takes issue with Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s argument that cryptographers, not linguists, would be needed in Arrival.
  • The LRB Blog notes impunity for murderers of civil society activists in Honduras.
  • Marginal Revolution’s Tyler Cowen talks about Joyce Gladwell’s autobiography Brown Face, Big Master.
  • The NYRB Daily celebrates the work of Hercules Segers.
  • The Planetary Society Blog is skeptical of the Space X plan to send tourists past the Moon by 2018.
  • Supernova Condensate lists 8 things we know about Proxima Centauri b.
  • Towleroad reports on new walking tours being offered of gay London.
  • Arnold Zwicky engages with a California exhibition comparing paintings with movies.

[PHOTO] Pink holiday tree, Gare centrale, Montréal

Pink holiday tree, Gare centrale

Written by Randy McDonald

March 2, 2017 at 1:45 pm

Posted in Canada, Photo

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