One of my favorite sites is BlogTo. For some reason, I thought all of these links were interesting and worthy of keeping in my Pocket list of links I keep.
BlogTo.com has lots of great info for those living in and interested in visiting Toronto, even if you think the ones I chose are bonkers. If you didn’t already know about it, now you do. Go visit.
P.S. That old tech photo is weird. And the straps on the front of the tape drives go around the tape when you remove it. Don’t ask me how I know 🙂
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Easy, with this beautiful map:
A link to a full sized version of the map is here.
More information on the map, here: New map charts parks near TTC stations
The legendary Canadian runner Ed Whitlock has died. (Source: Masters Marathon Legend Ed Whitlock Dies at 86 | Runner’s World). There are so many things to say about Ed, but the article in Runner’s World gives you a sense of just how amazing he was. From his simple running routine to the records he broke, he was a great and unique individual. R.I.P., Ed.
(Photo: linked to in article, by K.C. Armstrong)
Christmas for me is many things, including an annual exercise in planning. I keep a Word document that I update every year. It contains the typical list of things to do, by when. It tracks cards sent and received, presents given to whom, key dates, even what I need to buy for Christmas Day meal. One other thing I keep is a list of lessons learned. Here’s mine.
- Christmas planning should start the day after Remembrance Day.
- Get gifts at the end of November, if possible. It takes time to get
them, wrap them, send them off.
- Indigo has lots of gift ideas, not just books. Music, movies, nic nacs.
Plus, if you shop there early, you can provide gift ideas for others
- Winners is also good. Future shop (now Best Buy) is better than Toys R Us for electronics for the kids.
- Get time consuming activities done asap. You have less time in December than you think.
- Check Canada Post web site for mailing dates. It helps to keep you on track.
- Get tree on Saturday. While it is settling, put up the lights. On Sunday bring it in and decorate it. It takes time to set it up and decorate and it is difficult to get done during the week.
- Get a poinsettia around the same time you get the tree (or much
earlier). You can get some small plants at the green grocer for $2.99:
has the same effect as a big one.
- I used to say: get your tree at Sheridan: It is close, you don’t need a
car, and the prices are better. But last year a 6′ tree was $60 and a 7′
tree was $99! And we need a 7′ tree. I called after the fact and the
Loblaws trees this year were $40 for 6-8 feet. IKEA trees are $20 and you get a coupon for $20 for a purchase of $75 or more. After that, you can get your tree from Dominion at Bayview/Eg. It
was better there than Loblaws. Then IKEA last.
- Use cut off branches from the bottom of the tree to make something to hang on the door. Just add some red ribbon.
- Plan Christmas spirit events throughout December. Start planning them in November. Besides putting up the tree and Santa, there could be: get a gift for poorer children, Swiss Chalet Festive Special Run
- Put up decorations outside earlier than you think. Lots of people have them up in the first week of December before it gets too cold
- Indigo is good for more than books: calendars, DVDs, music CDs, nicnacs
- The week before Christmas is busy. Not just with the Xmas activities, but with cleaning, etc. Don’t assume you have time to do much more
- Playing shinny / going skating daily is a great idea over the Holidays.
(Originally posted on Posterous, December 5 2011, 7:51 AM)
One way to enjoy a staycation is to visit neighborhoods you normally don’t go to and treat them like you would any neighborhood in a city you are visiting. If you are from Toronto and think this is a good idea, then BlogTO has a number of pages devoted to what you can do in many of this city’s neighborhoods . Here’s a list of some of them I put together:
This list is also great if you are a tourist and want to see what the various neighborhoods of Toronto offer. Toronto has more great neighborhoods not on this list, ones you have likely heard of, like West / Queen West, the Beach/Beaches, and Harbourfront. Add some of these neighborhoods listed above to round out your trip to this city.
From this, New TD Centre signage reflects a time when brands trump architectural vision – The Globe and Mail, comes this:
Up against that, TD Centre still retains the purity of a temple. And you don’t put billboards on a temple, unless you want to anger the gods.
It’s worth reading that article to get a viewpoint of someone who thinks of architecture as something pure and museum-like.
To me, the owners of the TD buildings are doing reasonable things with a building that functions as a work environment. You can make the argument that the building should never vary from the original intent of the architect. You can also make a good if not better counter argument that the building should be able to adapt to changes over time, and that the building should allow for the people in it to make adaptions to suit them.
The author seems to be arguing that building should remain fixed and never change, never learn. If that seems like an odd idea — that building should learn — I recommend this book: How Buildings Learn, by Stewart Brand. You can get it here. Also, if you search for it on Google, you will see alot of material derived from it.
Easy: check out BlogTO’s great list of The Best Used Bookstores in Toronto. Two of my favorites bookstores are BMV books and Ten Editions, both close to each other. I highly recommend them. Even if you know of some of them, chances are you haven’t been to them all.
Toronto has alot of great stores for new books, but if you are looking for vintage or obscure books, this list is what you need.
(Photo via a link to BlogTO)