2016-06-29 Wed


Six morning a week I walk to Ryerson University to collect a copy of The Toronto Star.

Work has been going on, but more frequently off, along this portion of Gerrard Street since at least the start of May. Back on Wednesday May 11th I wrote that work had been (ahem!) :in progress” for a couple of weeks.

We are now at the end of June, so say eight or nine weeks.

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Most days there is no work going on, but still the street is blocked off with orange cones.

Here is a photo taken looking east into the morning sun. A bicycle is padlocked to a bicycle locking post. The owner has bicycled to work, locked her bicycle, and walked across the street to where she works.

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Another photo, same area, different bike, different post, but the same message.

Note how bicyclists have to be on the road-work narrow-lanes frustrated car driver side of the seven-foot high steel fencing to bend over to lock up there bikes, to unfasten their bags and belongings from the basket, unclip their trouser-legs and so on.

Why does the city decide to fence off the area so that cyclists are at a disadvantage?

I confess that in the early days of the project cyclists would have had a long walk to get around the end of the fencing, which means us pedestrians would probably have had to swat at bicycling bicyclists on OUR sidewalk ...


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The headline caught my interest.

Why would you have to make a special effort to remove photos from your smart phone before heading off on vacation?

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Here’s why.

It could involve Real Work, that is, you may have to plug your phone/camera into your computer.

I’m sorry; I should have warned you to sit down before you read that sentence. My apologies.

In the name of all that’s binary, who doesn’t upload their photos to a secondary device (computer/USB drive/Cloud/80-column punched cards) after each wedding, or each weekend?

Answer: people who have smart phones which, it turns out, by definition, are not as smart as their phones.