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Alfonso Cuarón on Making Gravity

I’m still not 100% clear on how they shot this thing, but I think they filmed strictly to capture the faces and composite them into full CG scenes. Because they weren’t happy with motion capture or 3D modeling the actors’ faces, said faces had to be lit and subjected to camera moves to match the eventual lighting & moves in the CG scene. Hence the wall of LEDs and the robot arm camera.

Icon and architecture in the land of Mirvish + Gehry

Thoughtful response to Hume’s piece on the proposed Gehry towers. Good point about the theatre, and the Honest Ed’s sign.

Olivia Chow: Can Rob Ford catch her?

Obviously this is based on ludicrously early poll data. But, one can hope.

Rob Ford recruited man with history of violent crime to coach high school football

He hired Lisi’s enforcer as a coach. Are all of Ford’s friends criminals who live with their parents?

Polls: Yes, The GOP Is Losing The Shutdown Fight


Subway vs LRT: You Do the Math on Scarborough Transit

Viral bullshit as the new classifieds

that sustains news media (via)

Toronto’s chief planner, Jennifer Keesmaat, challenges Mirvish/Gehry scheme: Hume

I love the look of these towers and I confess to a childish enthusiasm for skyscrapers in general. But you can’t just throw 2600 units onto King street when King’s transit is already at capacity and the traffic essentially impassable already.

Q&A: The Women Who Write Dinosaur Erotica

Sounds like a good business. (via)

Was The “Breaking Bad” Finale All Just A Fantasy In Walter White's Head?

Norm McDonald has a theory, one shared by Emily Nussbaum.

Ozymandias Online

On the shutdown of Silk Road, the online drug marketplace, and the arrest of Dread Pirate Roberts, its owner.

Rob Ford frequently visited Alexander Lisi, now charged with drug offences

The Star has a neighbour of Lisi’s on record saying Ford stopped by there “as many as four times per week”. The article also states Det. Sgt. Gary Giroux “has been leading a police investigation into attempts by Ford associates to get the cocaine video.”

Other good articles: this one from the Ceeb says “Lisi had been under surveillance for several months before his arrest, with police picking up conversations and encounters with several people — including the mayor.” And this Sun column inventories inventories 13 people connected to Ford with shady crime & drug issues.

Arrest of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's friend part of broader probe

Ford Nation slouches one small step closer to oblivion. This is Alessandro Lisi, rumoured to be the mayor’s dealer, on charges of “trafficking in marijuana, possession of marijuana, possession of proceeds of crime and conspiracy to commit an indictable offence”. Any guesses about the indictable offence?