2016-01-22 Fri

Second Use For Everything (SUFE)

Finalizing the series based on Toronto City Councilís new release of its ecology calendar, which has so many holes that it should be renamed the ecology colander

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Call me weird, but I have taken to eating the entire apple, excepting for the stalk. I take an apple with me when I head out walking to get the morning paper. By the time I get to the core Iím often enough nowhere near a bin.

Why did I toss away the core? Because my parentís taught me to.

Why did my parents toss away the core? Because their parentís taught them to.

Why did their parents toss away the core? Because their parentís taught them to.

(this goes on backwards through several generations until the second half of the 1700s).

I suspect that we used to eat the entire apple; we have co-evolved with apple trees to eat the entire fruit and then excrete the seeds several miles away.

But as courtly times arose, the snobs had other people to prepare their food, so the crusts were cut off bread, the seeds and core were ugly and so were not presented in the fruit serving, and so on.

My ancestors were poor peasants, but by discarding the core of the apple they could feel as if they were just as good as the aristocrats.

I am still poor and I begrudge every penny that I hand over to the supermarket. My feeling is that I paid good money for the entire apple, so I am jolly well going to eat the entire apple.

So not only do I not toss my apple core into a green-compost bin, I donít toss it into my vermicomposter bin.

And to boot I find the soil-like representation of the apple core revolting.

Torontoís Transit System(s)

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I am feeling particularly pleased by this news.

Sometime last year (If I can find the posting Iíll link to it here ) I studied the fracas about having a GO-Train line that ran parallel to a proposed Subway Line and suggested that the answer to the competition (as it was then seen) was to decide NOT to build stations along the parallel track.

My reasoning was that by eliminating stations the favored line would be that much faster.

In general this argues for the two-tiered system employed with surface routes: A tier of express buses that make stops only at major intersections (every two kilometres) and a tier of local buses that make stops at every stop.

York Regional Transit has developed this scheme; the VIVA bus routes stop at major intersections, skipping three or four local stops.

In terms of rail transit, the argument is to have a GO train stop every five kilometres OR MORE and run an LRT alongside for people who have intermediate destinations.

Better still, build the corridor as 4-track and run identical gauge trains on all four lines, letting the express routes scream along the centre tracks and the milk runs dawdle along the collector tracks.