Weekly roundup January 21 - 27


Why Brazilians Love Baby Talk BBC

The Insidious Device Revolutionizing Piracy in Latin America Americas Quarterly

How to Pick a Career That Actually Fits Wait But Why


Weekly roundup January 14 - 20


Who Killed Marielle Franco? An Ex-Rio De Janeiro Cop With Ties To Organized Crime, Say Six Witnesses In Police Report The Intercept

I Was A Cable Guy. I Saw The Worst Of America. Huffington Post

Carlos Sánchez, 83, Dies; Embodied Colombian Coffee as Juan Valdez The New York Times


Transit Use 2018

Tracking all the times I used transit continued in 2018. A tradition since 2014. This does not include my transit use on non-TTC systems. I took 234 rides in 2018. The only time I used tokens this year was to attend meetings at the airport.

Two-hour transfers were introduced partway through the year so I’ve counted a “ride” whenever I would be charged if I tapped my Presto card or deposited a token before two-hour transfers.

Media Total Rides Total Cost ($)
Day Pass (shared) 4 0.00
Free 2 0.00
Presto 226 626.00
Token 2 6.00

My rides were paid for using: Day Passes (4), Tokens (2), Presto (226), and other (2).

Rides by Day of Week

Highest TTC use was on Sundays when I was going to axe throwing league for most of the year. I walk to/from work every day when I’m at my regular office so do not use the TTC most weekdays. Total rides each month show when I branched out for walks further away.

monthly17 <- data17 %>% 
  group_by(month) %>%
  summarize(TotRides = sum(rides),
		TotCost = round(sum(cost),2))

p <- ggplot(monthly17, aes(month, TotRides)) + 
  geom_bar(stat = "identity") +
  scale_x_date(date_breaks = "1 month", 
               date_labels = "%b") +
  labs(title = "Rides By Month 2017",
  	x = "Month", y ="Total Rides")

Rides by Month

Year over year

Splitting day of week usage out by month for the past five years highlights the low weekday pattern in my transit use, except for 2017 when I was seconded to the airport for the summer. Higher Sunday use in 2018 for the first 8 months of the year is visible.

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/Ride Work Rides
2014 380.00 206 1.84 3
2015 369.00 175 2.11 3
2016 350.00 161 2.17 2
2017 696.00 261 2.67 100
2018 628.00 234 2.69 31

With Presto being the default for basically all my riding, the average cost of my rides is going up. I used the TTC for more personal riding than I have since 2014. I continue to have meetings at the airport so my work riding is still higher than it used to be before 2017.

Weekly roundup January 7 - 13


Airline algorithms may be keeping you from sitting together

Lin-Manuel Miranda Brings ‘Hamilton’ to a Troubled but Appreciative Puerto Rico The New York Times

Brazil’s Sao Paulo Shimbun, largest overseas Japanese-language newspaper, closes after 72 years The Japan Times

Eat your words Strong Language


Weekly roundup December 31 - January 6


Learning China’s Forbidden History, So They Can Censor It The New York Times

That Viral Video Of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Dancing Is A Meta-Meme Wired

Mount Pleasant Cemetery neighbours hail ‘huge’ court victory Toronto Star


Weekly roundup December 24-30


She shoots, they score Winnipeg Free Press

Everything you ever wanted to know about fish sauce (and some things you didn’t) TVO

‘The museum is alive’ - Rio team toils to rescue items from devastating fire The Guardian

Behind the Lens: Love Art Deco Architecture? Check Out [Miami] City Hall. Governing


Weekly roundup December 17-23


Best Songs of 2018 Said the Gramophone

Banks, a Food Wholesaler—Even a Condom Factory: Brazil’s Government Is Big Business The Wall Street Journal

What a Year of Referendums Says About Latin American Politics Americas Quarterly

‘Mobility’ Is Starting to Get the Attention It Deserves Governing