OMB Reform: Contested development
Star feature on the shady Ontario Municipal Board, the unaccountable provincial body that has the final say in development approvals in Toronto
toronto  cities 
These movies will help you through the Donald Trump years | Toronto Star
Definitely Children of Men. I would add Killing Them Softly and Hell or High Water
culture  film  trump 
2 days ago
Logan review: not just the bloodiest X-Men movie, but also the saddest
> The weight of graphic, grotesque violence hangs over the entire movie. But the daring emotional violence lingers longer, well after the lights go down on the final shot.

Sounds fun!
film  scifi 
2 days ago
Israel’s One-State Reality
Depressing look at the current state of things with Israel and the seeming impossibility of a two-state solution
world  politics 
3 days ago
Apple Vowed To Revolutionize Television. An Inside Look at Why It Hasn’t
AppleTV definitely needs help. A lot of potential, but not much happening on it right now to justify the price tag
apple  tv  tech 
3 days ago
Transit First For King Street?
Steve Munro analyzes the options proposed for King Street
toronto  transit 
3 days ago
Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts With Russian Intelligence
Looks like I picked the wrong day to quit reading Trump news.
spy  trump  USA  politics 
5 days ago
How Sonos will take on Alexa and Google: by integrating them
They want you to be able to use your Sonos with multiple, competing voice assistant services. That would be good!
5 days ago
Humble Freedom Bundle
$30 for waaaay too many good games, proceeds to the ACLU among others. Wish PC gaming didn't wreck my body now.
6 days ago
Coed CYO hoops team defies archdiocese order to kick girls out, forfeits season
> They are 10-year-old children. They have a lifetime of disappointments ahead of them; let's not create an unnecessary one now.
news  society 
6 days ago
The Spy Revolt Against Donald Trump Begins
NSA and other agencies are withholding data from the White House because they think Russia "had ears" there.
trump  politics  spy  USA 
7 days ago
Steve Bannon: Donald Trump's chief strategist has a grand vision for remaking America — Quartz
Quartz performed the heroic task of watching Bannon's films and presents the worldview of "the Leni Riefenstahl of the Tea Party". I guess he's been promoted to Goebbels now.
USA  politics  trump 
14 days ago
Trump’s First Two Days of February
> This is a collection of stories from just the past 48 hours or so that I’ve found to be alarming and/or outrageous.
politics  trump  USA 
16 days ago
Two Competing Narratives of Intention and a Third Theory
I'll go light on the Trump stuff from now on, but this is really good
USA  politics  trump 
18 days ago
How to Build an Autocracy
> We are living through the most dangerous challenge to the free government of the United States that anyone alive has encountered. What happens next is up to you and me. Don’t be afraid. This moment of danger can also be your finest hour as a citizen and an American.

This guy was Bush's speechwriter. He's full neocon.
trump  politics  USA 
19 days ago
Protest Grows ‘Out of Nowhere’ at Kennedy Airport After Iraqis Are Detained
Oh America. The next four or fewer years are going to be a real roller coaster ride huh?
USA  trump  resist 
21 days ago
Apple strategy in 'smart home' race threatened by Amazon
I don't completely buy that narrative. The smart home world is young still, and Apple's install base is orders of magnitude larger than Amazon's. Wouldn't you guess Apple will get into the speaker/AI/home hub game soon?
apple  amazon  tech 
23 days ago
No White House Leaks Like This ... Until Now
Josh Marshall summary of two big must-read Trump leak stories that is itself a must-read. Quotes:

> We are three days into the administration and the Trump White House leaks not so much like a sieve as a bucket with no bottom.


> There is, to put it mildly, a rather clearly recurring theme: a torqued up man-child, alternatively rageful and fragile, both grandiose and profoundly insecure.
politics  usa  trump 
26 days ago
Sundance Film Review: Kuso
Aaaand here's a review. "Nauseating" comes up a lot, but... in a good way?
26 days ago
RT : - mysterious puddle on seat
- smoking required in section
- must remove shirt and dance for pilot
- in-flight magaz…
from twitter
4 weeks ago
Top 10 Raspberry Pi Projects for Beginners
> Maybe you picked up a Raspberry Pi for the holidays, or you’ve been sitting on one of the super versatile, palm-sized computers for a while now. If you’ve been wondering how to get started with yours, or what you could build that’s worthwhile, here are ten great ideas.
nerd  tech  diy 
4 weeks ago
How I Got My Attention Back
Certainly the present day online environment is not conducive to sustained attention, but it's a hard trick at the best of times (see: concept of monkey mind). Going offline helps! But the attention muscle must also be exercised.
thinkpiece  psychology  internet 
4 weeks ago
Donald Trump inauguration: Scottish newspaper previews ceremony as Twilight Zone episode
> The story begins in a nightmarish version of 2017 in which huge sections of the US electorate have somehow been duped into voting to make Donald Trump president. It sounds far-fetched, and it is is, but as it goes on it becomes more and more chillingly plausible.
trump  usa  politics  comedy 
4 weeks ago
How Jokes Won the Election
Great Emily Nussbaum thinkpiece (thanks, y). That Triumph election special where he called Trump a shock comic was prescient.
politics  usa  trump  comedy 
4 weeks ago
The ‘Impossible’ Veggie Burger: A Tech Industry Answer to the Big Mac
> “The cow is never going to get better at making meat,” Mr. Brown said. “It was not optimized for beef. It did not evolve to be eaten. Our burger was. We’re always getting better.”
food  tech 
5 weeks ago
RT : I need a space heater that is both compact and overwhelmed by existential horror.
from twitter
5 weeks ago
Trump 'compromising' claims: How and why did we get here?
> Later, I used an intermediary to pass some questions to active duty CIA officers dealing with the case file - they would not speak to me directly. I got a message back that there was "more than one tape", "audio and video", on "more than one date", in "more than one place" - in the Ritz-Carlton in Moscow and also in St Petersburg - and that the material was "of a sexual nature".
USA  politics  trump 
5 weeks ago
Apple reportedly wants hit TV dramas of its own
Starting a Netflix-style service that would be bundled with Apple Music.
tv  Apple  tech 
5 weeks ago
Why I’m an (Almost) Everyday Apple Watch Wearer
Good albeit too-detailed rundown of how the Apple Watch comes in handy through its complications and watch faces. I have a bunch of drafts about the watch sitting around that I will get around to posting soon.
apple  watch 
5 weeks ago
Why open offices are bad for us
spoiler: they are loud, distracting, and don't improve collaboration
productivity  work 
5 weeks ago
App Extensions Are Not a Replacement for User Automation
by Sal Soghoian, legendary AppleScript master who is no longer at Apple.
5 weeks ago
Why Do Canadians Say 'Eh'?
> Even in the use of “eh” as a criticism or a command, the word seeks to find common ground. If I say “you’re an idiot, eh?”, what I’m saying is, you’re an idiot, but you should also think you’re an idiot, and our understanding of you as an idiot finds us on common ground.
canada  language  history 
5 weeks ago
These Reports Allege Trump Has Deep Ties To Russia
The memos in question are attached at the bottom of this article
trump  USA  politics 
5 weeks ago
RT : The year is 2018 and these are the only celebrities left alive.
from twitter
7 weeks ago
RT : As a public service, here are the two boards from the Workaholics writer's room of comedy phrases that need to be r…
from twitter
november 2016
I'm not sure how Google decided to represent our company with a pic from one of my fireworks posts, but it's pretty…
from twitter_favs
november 2016
RT : Satan: What are the two worst things you can think of

Me: Star Wars Episode 1 & Big Dog t-shirts

Satan: okay he…
from twitter
november 2016
RT : Get your dad the fancy new skeleton he's always wanted!
from twitter
november 2016
Dancing to the end with Leonard Cohen · For Our Consideration · The A.V. Club
So, this is the most personal thing I've ever written. It's not a proud story, but one I felt it was time to tell.
from twitter_favs
november 2016
RT : This will go down as an all-timer from the New Yorker
from twitter
november 2016
RT : No one's gonna save you from the beast about to
from twitter
november 2016
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