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Monday, September 26th, 2011 12:49 pm
  • Sun, 15:47: Bias Only Happens to the Other Guy: Famous Torontonian Jane Jacobs repatriated as "New York's Jane Jacobs" in today's NYT.
  • Sun, 15:51: "The smartest cities are the ones that embrace openness, randomness & serendipity" - Greg Lindsay, NYT #TOpoli
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Saturday, September 24th, 2011 12:18 pm
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Thursday, September 22nd, 2011 12:18 pm
  • Wed, 12:49: RT @electricland: New TO drinking game: drink whenever DoFo mentions business experience? MT @blogto: Updated: Port Lands agreement http ...
  • Wed, 12:51: RT @catekustanczy: Fact: #Nirvana were in Toronto playing the perma-dirty Opera House venue the day 'Nevermind' was released. (thx @CBCR ...
  • Wed, 12:55: So, pretty much a pledge to cut social services & drive Ontario into bankruptcy & default then? Good to know: http://t.co/NOXpQYKY #voteON
  • Wed, 12:55: RT @spaikin: in fairness, have to point out that @timhudak also voted to break the TP Act when eves was premier. they raised taxes witho ...
  • Wed, 12:58: Just as income needs to rise to (ideally) match inflation, so do taxes. Otherwise things like bridges tend to fall down. Just sayin' #voteON
  • Wed, 13:08: RT @sesquiotic: A city's clients are its owners; not like running an inherited biz MT @electricland @blogto drink whenever DoFo mentions ...
  • Wed, 13:09: RT @InfoAlerteBot: STATISTICS CANADA'S NEW MOTTO. RT @G_Soule: "We don't govern on the basis of statistics." – Min. Rob Nicholson #facep ...
  • Wed, 13:34: RT @CP24: Police have released an updated description of 14-year-old Stephen Liu, who has been missing for almost 24 hours. http://t.co/ ...
  • Wed, 13:42: Problem - study doesn't identify DRIVERS - "U of T study shatters myth that recent immigrants cause more car accidents" http://t.co/UF5kJz2A
  • Wed, 13:44: To get pedantic-er on a wonky subject, Road Safety advocates don't use "accident" - most motor vehicle collisions are very preventable.
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Wednesday, September 21st, 2011 01:17 pm
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Tuesday, September 20th, 2011 01:50 pm
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Monday, September 19th, 2011 01:03 pm
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Sunday, September 18th, 2011 12:33 am
I have a suspicion that when we get to the end of Series Six, this will turn out to have been terribly important...

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Sunday, September 18th, 2011 12:10 am
There has been far too much red wine this evening to write about Doctor Who but I'm about to do it anyway...

River Song says 'spoilers!' )
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Saturday, September 17th, 2011 12:58 pm
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Friday, September 16th, 2011 01:08 pm
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Thursday, September 15th, 2011 10:42 pm
Someone should write an essay about The Bang Bang Club and District 9 - both movies made by white South African-Canadians, both deal explicitly with Apartheid and township violence and implicitly with the problem of addressing Apartheid as a white South African (male).

It's significant that both films are made by expatriots and that both films deal with Apartheid at a double remove - The Bang Bang Club follows the photographers who documented the township violence in the years between Nelson Mandela's release from prison to the 1994 elections; we see the violence both through the dramatization of their experience and through the narrative device of reproducing their photographs. In District 9 the remove is both allegorical - real world problems of poverty, violence and transient underclasses placed into the science fiction frame of an alien landing - and the faux-documentary narrative device recurring throughout the movie.

Both films portray horrific acts of casual violence but rarely place the audience in the position of empathizing with either victim or perpetrator. We, along with the protagonists, are instead bystanders, as complicit as we are impotent, unable to either share in the suffering or end it.
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Thursday, September 15th, 2011 01:14 pm
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Wednesday, September 14th, 2011 01:05 pm
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Saturday, September 10th, 2011 12:18 pm
  • Fri, 13:30: TIFF = Comicon for slightly thinner and much more expensively dressed nerds.
  • Fri, 13:53: There's an abandoned copy of Variety in Little Nicky's on Peter Street. Yup, the festival's in town.
  • Fri, 14:01: Daily Variety, no less. None of that weekly nonsense. I wonder if I can in back to Ottawa...
  • Fri, 14:17: Wait? David Miller as NDP leader? That was an option? Ah, well. Probably just as well: orange really isn't my best colour.
  • Fri, 14:32: Based on today's Star, if I want to live in a progressive, foreward-looking city I should just move to Ottawa. #TorontotheStupid
  • Fri, 14:40: If I moved to Ottawa, I would miss the #TPL (where the books I cant afford to buy live) but the Bros McMayor promise to fix that for me...
  • Fri, 14:43: The more Rob Ford speaks the more evident that he's only ever seen Toronto from the driver's seat of his minivan. What a fucking moron.
  • Fri, 14:48: Back from holiday a whole eight hours and I already want to leave this asylum. #newrecord
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Saturday, September 10th, 2011 06:13 am
Spending 15 minutes tracking down the actual Liberal policy proposal for tax credits to help foreign-trained Ontarians fulfill their "Canadian experience" requirements for professional certification at 5:30 in the morning....

Of course, it could be that this is the sort of jesuitical behaviour that only occurs when I find myself thinking about politics at six in the morning....
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Thursday, September 8th, 2011 12:17 pm
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Monday, September 5th, 2011 01:47 pm
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Saturday, September 3rd, 2011 12:54 pm
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Friday, September 2nd, 2011 10:16 pm
In Rochester with my girls.

It is very hot.

But my girls are very cool.
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Wednesday, August 31st, 2011 02:35 pm
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