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Instagram announces IGTV, a standalone app for longer videos

Boooooo. I used to love Instagram but it is getting totally wrecked by Facebook. Isn’t it enough to be the world’s favourite photo sharing platform? Do they have to take on Snapchat and YouTube and who next, Uber? Amazon? The International Criminal Court?

Also, vertical video. What are we, animals?

Family Separation, Evil Via Policy and The Internal Contradictions of Trumpism

Performative cruelty and channel separation. This is excellent analysis.

Torontonians like to sound off on Americans’ inability to deal with guns and gun deaths. But Toronto’ s inability to deal with the car creates its own killing fields.

Mr. Rogers’s Simple Set of Rules for Talking to Kids

Simple but based on deep understanding of academic research about the topic.

The SARS crisis took 44 lives in Canada. Ninety-three pedestrians or cyclists have died on the streets of Toronto since Vision Zero was implemented two years ago. The time for half-measures is over — and the half measures are not working, anyway.

Shortcuts: A New Vision for Siri and iOS Automation

The Siri Shortcuts feature (and the rebirth of the app Workflow as Shortcuts) is the iOS 12 feature I’m most excited about

Trump Showed Kim Jong Un A Fake Movie Trailer Starring The Two Of Them As Heroes

Vice Was Built on a Bluff. What Happens When It Gets Called?

For almost 25 years, Shane Smith’s plan for Vice was that, by the time the suckers caught on, he’d never be stuck owning the company he co-founded.

Rich Intersections

I’m on my lunch, reading this article about Netflix taking over the world and listening to my “Discover Weekly” on Spotify, and it throws up a distinctive-sounding track, so I flip to the band’s bio and read:

ARIWO are a Cuban/Iranian four-piece focused on the rich intersection between electronic music, Afro-Cuban rhythm and Iranian mysticism.

It is an incredible world we live in now, folks. Rich intersections indeed.

The Lifespan of a Lie

The Stanford Prison Experiment was BS

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Electric Scooters

The Beam is Sonos’ ambitious attempt to win the living room

Voice-enabled soundbar, at $399 USD

Rob Ford’s widow sues Doug Ford, alleging he has deprived her and her children of millions

So that’s some news.

Meet the modders who play GTA 5 as mild-mannered British cops

This one’s for Maggo

The Tortured Mind Of Dan Harmon | GQ

Great profile by Sean O’Neal.

Charity bike ride turns tragic when driver crashes into cyclists

Unbelievable. Am I wrong in wanting to know the name of the driver?

The unrestored version of 2001: A Space Odyssey is Christopher Nolan’s ultimate demo reel for an analog future

I am excited to see this – it’s coming to the TIFF Lightbox.

The political alignments of Mario Kart characters

Greatest video ever?

Jordan Peterson, Custodian of the Patriarchy

Ontario PC candidate resigns after private 407 freeway confirms ‘internal theft’ of data on 60,000 customers

This, with the aforelinked article, should bring you mostly up to speed, other than the fact that 29 PC candidates are implicated in this (clients of Dhillon).

The majesty of this scandal is that the deadline for submitting new candidates was yesterday. So if Ford wants to do the right thing and get rid of these clowns, he will almost certainly lose the election since these are all 905-region candidates that he needs to win. Whereas if he doesn’t get rid of them, he looks more corrupt than any liberal (arguable I guess).

How a convicted fraudster ended up at the centre of Ontario Conservatives’ nomination controversies

This article, from April, is a decent backgrounder for the Doug Ford / 407 scandal


Aka Jimmi Simpson who plays William on Westworld

Ontario election: NDP overtakes Liberals as the ‘Anti-Ford’ party, according to Ipsos poll

I had a feeling this might happen. But now the NDP are going to get a battering from both sides.