Weekly roundup January 1-7


At 53, Illinois accountant skating for a spot on U.S. Olympic long-track team Chicago Tribune

How Canada fits into Rex Tillerson’s plan for North Korea Maclean’s

“Prexit”: Latin America’s Real 2018 Dilemma Americas Quarterly


Transit Use 2017

I continued to keep track of all the times I used transit in 2017 and have been doing it since 2014. This does not include my transit use in other places. I took 261 rides in 2017. When I have a day pass a “ride” is counted whenever I would be charged if I tapped my Presto card or deposited a token. The only time I used tokens this year was to attend a work lunch at the Board of Trade.

data17 %>% group_by(media) %>%
  summarize(TotRides = sum(rides), 
            TotCost = round(sum(cost),2))
media             TotRides TotCost
Day Pass                 5   12.50 
Day Pass (shared)       33   35.40 
Free                     4    0.00   
Presto                 217  642.00   
Tokens                   2    6.00

My rides were paid for using: Day Passes (38), Tokens (2), Presto (217), and other (4). Presto cost is less than $3 per ride because some transfers by Presto would have been counted as separate rides using tokens.

Rides by Day of Week

Highest TTC use is again on Saturdays when Day Passes can be shared. I walk to/from work every day when I’m at my regular office so do not use the TTC most weekdays. The higher number of rides Mondays through Thursdays are because I spend June-August going to the airport every day to work.

Total rides each month also shows the four day per week I worked at the airport from June to August. The much lower use from March to May happened because I was in Los Angeles every other week.

monthly17 <- data17 %>% group_by(month) %>%
  summarize(TotRides = sum(rides), 
  			TotCost = round(sum(cost),2))
p <- ggplot(monthly17, aes(month, TotRides)) + 
  geom_bar(stat = "identity") + 
  labs(title = "Rides By Month 2017", 
  	   x = "Month", y ="Total Rides")

Rides by Month

Year over year

Splitting my day of week out by month for the past four years shows the low weekday pattern in my transit use. Again my secondment to the airport is visible in 2017 breaking the low weekday use pattern.

Year-over-year Rides by Day of Week and Month

annual_summary <- data_tot %>%
  group_by(as.factor(years)) %>%
  summarize(Cost = round(sum(cost),2), 
            Rides = sum(rides), 
            Cost_Per_Ride = round(Cost / Rides, 2),
            Work_Rides = sum((str_count(note, "GTAA"))* rides))
names(annual_summary)[1] = "Year"

Year	Cost 	Rides	Cost_Per_Ride	Work_Rides
2014	379.70    206		1.84          	3
2015   	369.30	  175		2.11          	3
2016    349.68	  161		2.17          	2
2017    695.92	  261		2.67          100

Now that most of my rides use Presto the average cost per ride is increasing. This year, I used the system more than any year since I started keeping track, but only because of work. In prior years, work was never more than a few rides each year.

Year in Review 2017

2017: Year in Review

We’ve reached the end of 2017 and it is time to look back at things that happened.

I travelled even more than last year. For pleasure, I met my sister in Montreal for a 4 day weekend and we ate all the food, then I went home to Calgary where I saw many people. For work, I went to Los Angeles six times, to Manchester, UK once (5 days) and to Calgary once (a day trip!!). All this travel happened on 22 flights that covered ~62,000 km.

I cooked and baked some new things:

  • strawberry yogurt flapjacks,
  • a couple brussel sprout recipes (spicy sesame with peanuts, maple bacon)
  • another version of pão de queijo, and
  • late summer vegetable soup.

I read a bunch of good books (see my goodreads page)

I made fewer contributions to the Open Street Map, but kept up some Missing Maps tasks, HOT tasks and random additions to Brazil. See where I have been mapping and zoom in to see the areas in more detail.

My favorite photos that I took: Foggy Landing

Foggy Landing at LAX

Central Library Rotunda

Los Angeles Central Library Rotunda

Water and Light

Water and Light in Pittsburgh

Weekly roundup December 25-31


Pretty Good Private Letters SFMOMA Field Notes

What I Was Wrong About This Year The New York Times

The Volcano Queen Hemispheres

Nardwuar, Your Favorite Musician’s Canadian Radio Host, Will Outlive Us All GQ

Beautiful skylines, squirrel statues, goats and a profound love of Toronto Metro

The city we experience is not the city everyone else lives Toronto Star


Weekly roundup December 18-24


The biggest transit need in southern Ontario is local, not regional Torontoist

Rio police bust airport drugs ring that exploited innocent passengers’ luggage labels The Guardian

Google Maps’s Moat


Weekly roundup December 11-17


Brazil’s How-Not-To Guide on Trade Americas Quarterly

Are we sure TTC fare evasion happens as often as we think it does? Toronto Star

Bonjour! Hi! Let us discuss language politics Maclean’s

Pizza Hut: A stuffed-crust American dream. gossamer


Weekly roundup December 4-10


Swiss Banks Also Feeling the Sting of Brazil’s Car Wash Investigation Americas Quarterly

Under cover of darkness: inside São Paulo’s vast illegal Feirinha night market The Guardian

Kittens and Cats: A First Reader (1911) — Cats and Captions before the Internet Age The Public Domain Review