Weekly roundup October 2-8


Life is cheap by design in Toronto Toronto Star

AP sources: US spies in Havana hit by bizarre health attacks AP


2017 Bike Ride 16

Today’s ride was a couple loops between the same places, but it did rack up a reasonable distance.

Total trip distance: 18.4 km

2017 Ride 16

Weekly roundup September 25 - October 1


Time to bust the myth. Canada does not have to be in aerospace National Post

Go east … the food is getting better out there The Globe and Mail

The problem with Trudeau’s high road Maclean’s


Weekly roundup September 18-24


Booze, benches, bathrooms; a simple plan to elevate Toronto’s parks Toronto Star

Why we fell for clean eating The Guardian

It’s Time to Face NAFTA’s Jobs Myth Americas Quarterly



2017 Bike Ride 15

Went riding up to meet a friend for coffee, then for a jaunt down Dupont and picked a few things up.

Total trip distance: 19.3 km

2017 Ride 15

Trampoline Hall

Last night, a colleague and I went to see Trampoline Hall (both for the first time). It was a really fun show and I learned some things about Indigenous Humour, the Literal Void and why good ideas don’t get implemented.

My favourite lecture of the evening was Audrey Dwyer speaking about the Literal Void. This was the lecture title that meant the least to me going into the evening, but it resonated the most. Her descriptions of the void, all the aspects of void-ness and the ways of seeing voids all around were wonderful. The questions generated and Audrey’s answers were also great.

Max FineDay talking about Resilience and Indigenous Humour was enlightening and a reminder of the history that is around us related to our relationship with indigenous groups over time. He spoke about his first memory of racism and how humour is a coping mechanism to keep going.

Lewis Poplak spoke about why good ideas don’t get implements and specifically a case study of commuting to work on bicycle. He taught me that the first “bike” (more a balance bike style) was invented 200 years ago.

If you are in Toronto the night that Trampoline Hall is happening, I would recommend that you find yourself in the audience and you will certainly learn something. If you don’t think you’ll learn something at very least you will get to laugh, but I’m pretty sure even you will learn something.

Weekly roundup September 11-17


Adam Lind is Finally Going to the Postseason and I’m All In Blue Jays Nation

Kernels of truth: A brief history of popcorn TVO.org

In arena talks, Calgary Flames owners spectacularly misread the shot Maclean’s

An Oral History of The Simpsons’ Classic Planet of the Apes Musical Vox

Outside the Asylum: chapters one and two of Eric Crampton’s epic essay situating New Zealand as an oasis in a weird world The Spinoff … read all the chapters …

Outside the Asylum: the final installment of an epic essay in praise of New Zealand The Spinoff