Weekly roundup January 27 - February 2


Stylish suburbs: how ancient Mexican metropolis dodged inequality trap Reuters

They’re the ‘beating hearts’ of the city’s neighbourhoods. So why are Toronto’s public libraries still chronically underfunded? Toronto Star

If Your University’s Administration Ran a Polar Expedition McSweeney’s


Weekly roundup January 20 - 26


The illustrated encyclopedia of sleeping positions on a plane The Washington Post

Tim Hortons needs to stop dreaming Maclean’s

Data overload: Why it’s time to do a digital purge The Globe and Mail


Weekly roundup January 13 - 19


Why the nuclear industry should be worried about that ‘everything’s okay’ alarm TVO

Canada would like a government now, please Maclean’s

Group Chat: The Best Way to Totally Stress Out Your Team Basecamp


Weekly roundup December 30 - January 12


For tech-weary Midwest farmers, 40-year-old tractors now a hot commodity Star Tribune

Colby Cosh on Flight PS752: coincidental calamity, or mirror of Vincennes? National Post

The birthday paradox puzzle: tidy simulation in R variance explained

(Pretending to) believe the worst? StatsChat

10 Ways the Bon Appétit Test Kitchen Will Be More Sustainable in 2020 Bon Appetit


Transit Use 2019

Tracking all the times I used transit continued in 2019 even as I moved to Montreal where the transit card makes it harder than in Toronto. A tradition since 2014 continues. For STM rides I counted “unofficial” transfers as two rides. I took 194 rides in 2019. My rides were paid for using: Presto (115) and OPUS (79).

Agency Fare Media Total Rides Total Cost ($)
OC Transpo Presto 1 3.55
STM OPUS 79 222.00
TTC Presto 112 297.00
UPX Presto 2 18.50

Rides by Day of Week

I made good use of the STM on weekends with weekend passes with my highest riding on Fridays and Saturdays. On the TTC it was mostly on weekends as well since I was in Toronto for the first months of the year. I continue to walk to/from work every day when I’m at my regular office so do not use transit most weekdays. Total rides each month show when I moved to Montreal and started walking everywhere to explore the city. December jumps up because I went to Toronto for several days and took advantage of transit.

Rides by Month

Year over year

Weekday riding is generally low, except for 2017 when I was seconded to the airport for the summer, but in January and February 2019, I was using transit quite a bit during the week to visit friends. I stopped going to axe throwing league on Sundays from September 2018 so no longer have higher riding on that day.

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

Agency Year Cost ($) Rides Cost_Per_Ride Work_Rides
GO 2018 20.60 2 10.30 0
MiWay 2018 15.00 5 3.00 5
OC Transpo 2019 3.55 1 3.55 0
STM 2019 222.00 79 2.81 10
TTC 2014 380.00 206 1.84 3
TTC 2015 369.00 175 2.11 3
TTC 2016 350.00 161 2.17 2
TTC 2017 696.00 261 2.67 100
TTC 2018 628.00 234 2.69 31
TTC 2019 297.00 112 2.65 5
UPX 2018 56.30 7 8.04 7
UPX 2019 18.50 2 9.25 1

Moving to Montreal meant that my few work rides became more expensive because the minimum fare to the airport is a day pass at $10 (vs. a regular fare at $3.10 on the TTC). I kept the data from other transit agencies this year, and added to previous years where I had the data from my Presto downloads.

Weekly roundup December 16-29


On these dark winter days, Toronto could use a stained-glass revival Toronto Star

‘Boomerspeak’ Is Now Available for Your Parodying Pleasure WIRED

Building a rocket is hard. But building a parachute is boggling Los Angeles Times

Nike Takes the Plunge Into Modest Swimwear The New Yorker

Learning a language means failure, embarrassment and the enrichment of your life Los Angeles Times


Weekly roundup December 9-15


The FAA said the Boeing 737 Max had a high risk of crashing, but let the plane continue flying anyway Business Insider

How a janitor at Frito-Lay invented Flamin’ Hot Cheetos the Hustle

“Link In Bio” is a slow knife