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[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: the Toronto Public Library, Hanlan’s, parks, and Montréal laneways

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  • blogTO notes that the Toronto Reference Library will be holding a huge sale again next week.
  • Inside Toronto profiles Sephora Hussein, new collection head of the Merril Collection.
  • Michael Lyons writes about the importance of the newly-reopened Hanlan’s beach on the Toronto Islands.
  • Jake Tobin Garrett argues at Torontoist for the importance of the proposed Rail Deck Park.
  • Emily Macrae argues at Torontoist there is much Toronto can learn from the green–literally–laneways of Montréal.

[PHOTO] Space Marine Primaris Intercessor, The Comic Hunter, Charlottetown

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Space Marine Primaris Intercessor #pei #princeedwardisland #charlottetown #warhammer40k #wh40k

The new generation of the Imperium’s Space Marines, the Primaris Intercessor, has made it to Charlottetown’s excellent store The Comic Hunter.

Written by Randy McDonald

August 2, 2017 at 9:00 am

[NEWS] Four culture links: the Metro book fairy, Transformers, the 13th Doctor, and the alt-right

  • CBC Montreal notes how Andrée Archambault has been leaving books on the Montréal Metro for commuters to find.
  • CBC’s Jonathan Ore notes the (perhaps surprisingly) innovative Transformers comics put out by IDW.
  • At The Conversation, Una McCormack writes about how the 13th Doctor being played by Jodie Whittaker fulfills her childhood dreams.
  • At The Globe and Mail, Russell Smith examines why the alt-right hates cultural experimentation and innovation so much.

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

  • blogTO profiles Robert Burley’s lovely new photo book, An Enduring Wilderness: Toronto’s Natural Parklands.
  • Border Thinking’s Laura Agustín looks at the New Orleans sex trade in the fiction of James Lee Burke.
  • Crooked Timber argues that philosophy majors are uniquely well-suited to being good citizens.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money makes the point that American conservative voters are not monocausal.
  • Steve Munro notes that the TTC can count on delivering unreliable service, thanks in part to its concentration on terminals
  • The NYRB Daily looks at the fables of Syrian writer Osama Alomar.
  • Savage Minds looks at the very serious anthropology of Bronislaw Malinowski.
  • Whatever’s John Scalzi announces his upcoming participation in the Robots vs. Fairies anthology.
  • Window on Eurasia argues a Russian annexation of the Donbas would be doable only in the aftermath of a wider Russian war against Ukraine.

[CAT] Shakespeare and Caitians

Shakespeare, and Caitians #toronto #shakespeare #cats #catsofinstagram #caturday startrek #caitians #worldsofthefederation

Shakespeare, here, is photographed in front of my copy of the venerable 1989 Star Trek reference book Worlds of the Federation, in front of the entry describing the felinoid species of Caitians introduced in the 1970s animated series.

A guy can dream, after all: Why not cats?

Written by Randy McDonald

February 11, 2017 at 1:03 pm

[BLOG] Some Monday links

  • Centauri Dreams shares a proposal for the relatively rapid industrialization of space in a few short years using smart robots with 3d printign technology.
  • To what extent, as Crooked Timber speculates, the Arthurian myth complex science fictional?
  • Dangerous Minds shares a lovely middle-finger-raised candle.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze looks at the interactions between atmospheres and rotation for super-Earths and Venus-like worlds.
  • Joe. My. God. notes Wikileaks’ call for Trump’s tax returns.
  • Language Hat shares some words peculiar to Irish English.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes that the words of Trump are meaningless.
  • Marginal Revolution’s Tyler Cown considers some scenarios where nuclear weapons may end up being used.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog looks at births and deaths in Russia between 2000 and 2015.
  • Savage Minds considers, inspired by the recent Michel Foucault read-in protest to Trump, the relationships between Foucault’s thinking and racism.
  • Window on Eurasia calls for a post-imperial Russian national identity, argues that Trump’s assault on globalization will badly hurt a Russia dependent on foreign trade and investment, and wonders what Putin’s Russia can actually offer Trump’s United States.
  • Yorkshire Ranter Alex Harrowell offers a unique strategy for journalists interested at penetrating Trump’s shell: trick them into over-answering.

[BLOG] Some Sunday links

  • Beyond the Beyond links to a US military science fiction contest.
  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly notes that journalism is meant to offer criticisms of the president.
  • Crooked Timber has an open forum about the inauguration.
  • Dangerous Minds shares photos from seminal 1980-era London club Billy’s.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper reporting on a superflare on brown dwarf EPIC 220186653.
  • A Fistful of Euros’ features Doug Merrill’s meditations on 2009 and 2017.
  • Language Log looks at the etymology of the Vietnamese name “Nguyen.”
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money looks at Donald Trump’s desire for a military parade.
  • The LRB Blog looks at Donald Trump as a winner.
  • Marginal Revolution links to a book on the economics of skyscrapers and notes a skyscraper boom in China.
  • Steve Munro looks at buses and their distribution on TTC networks.
  • Transit Toronto looks at how Exhibition Place work will complicate multiple bus routes.
  • Window on Eurasia notes low levels of Russian productivity, shares a Russian argument as to why Russia and the United States can never be allies in the long term, looks at counterproductive Russian interference in Circassian diaspora institutions, and shares argument suggesting Trump’s style of language explains why he wants to forego complicated multilateral negotiations for bilateral ones where he can dominate.