2017-09-26 Tue


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In answer to a comment about bedtime reading, I took a photo of one of my bookcase shelves. This one I think of as my “light relaxation” shelf. Keillor and Bryson, mainly.


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I love facts and data. As long as you can think, you can process data and obtain information.

I love the Ohio river . The Allegheny flows into it and I love the Allegheny River.

Now I must away and look up what Garrison Keillor means by “bigger”, but presumably at Cairo where the Mississippi and Ohio join. Bigger by volume? Bigger by width? Speed, rate of flow in Cu.ft/sec.? Bigger by shipping (tonnage? Dollar value? Number of vessels?). What?

In 2014 in Monterreau in the Île de France a lovely french Lady told me that the Yonne is bigger than the Seine. It should, she told me, have been The Yonne all the way to the coast, and not The Seine. She told me, in French, that it was an administrative cock-up from several hundred years ago.

It’s that Toronto Transit Commission again!

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The days are drawing closer when you will not be allowed to travel by Toronto Transit Commission unless you use your poorly-designed Presto card in the poorly-designed presto system in what is inarguably Toronto’s worst public transit system.

I have just exited St Clair subway station into the mall at ground level.

I have just passed through these doors and stopped, turned to take a photo.

Notice how cunningly (because I don’t want to type “deviously”) the Toronto Transit Commission has ordained that glass doors be covered with opaque posters so that people like me can cream people who are trying to go the other way?

Why install glass see-through doors and then pay someone to render them see-through-less?

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Heather Mallick got it right.

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Toronto’s subway system IS a Starter Subway System. It’s what you would build when you had a small city of less than a million people spread out along an east-west axis seventy years ago.

You would call it a Feeder System and have short stubby bus routes feeding passengers into the subway trains.

Now that the city is arguably four times as wide north-south as the original system was east-west, it is still the same old Starter System.

With the same old mentality of people who led horse-drawn carts.