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How Burrowing Owls Lead To Vomiting Anarchists (Or SF’s Housing Crisis Explained)

Fascinating backgrounder to all those stories of Google buses getting protested and Glasses getting smashed. As a Torontonian interested in urban issues it is fascinating to learn a little about another city’s struggle with gentrification.

CAPTCHAs Are Becoming Security Theater

Google announces that Google’s algorithm can beat Google’s CAPTCHAs – those text puzzle things that are supposed to prove you’re a human – 99% of the time. In other news, Google’s SkyNet becomes self-aware.

Did I really not link to this before? Anyway, yeah. WARNING: may cause trance

I think game glitches are my favourite category of humour now. I still sometimes rewatch the skate 3 video and bust a gut. (thanks xorkaya)

Heads or Tails

Chris Ware (via)

Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth Announced

It’s basically a sequel to Alpha Centauri in all but name.

Bike Lanes Don’t Cause Traffic Jams If You’re Smart About Where You Build Them

FiveThirtyEight analyzes data from Minneapolis, apparently the best US city for biking (who knew!) and New York. You have to build the lane on streets that are not close to capacity already, however – tough one in Toronto, where I’m guessing all downtown streets are near capacity at rush hour.

There are other benefits of bike lanes, however: streets report fewer accidents, and long term, having a bike-friendly city means more people bike and thus there are fewer cars on the road.

In the oeuvre of Rob Ford parody videos, this is a masterwork.

Bring Back the War on the Car

John Barber in Torontoist:

The cars have not failed to press their advantage. In 2011, they managed to kill about 20 pedestrians and cyclists—and far more of the former than the latter. Last year, they killed twice as many. Altogether, there were more traffic fatalities than homicides in Toronto last year. And so far, there isn’t a single mayoral candidate who appears to have a problem with that.

An IMAX doc on Toronto streetcars is coming out soon. I was going to make a joke about hobo piss re: the 501 Queen, but c’mon, this flick looks great.

How We Won the War on Dungeons & Dragons

Back in the 80s parents were really terrified of Satan. He was behind heavy metal music after all.

Internet of Newsletters | Artisanal Internet Pen Pals

Kickin’ it old school!

Copy: A Decent Dropbox Competitor

I like Dropbox as much as the next nerd, but my work blocks it. I’d switch to Google Drive but I don’t really trust Google anymore. So I was glad to learn about Copy, another competitor in the cloud storage category with a couple of good things going for it. First, it starts at 15GB, and if you sign up with this link you’ll get an extra 5GB (full disclosure: so will I). Second, it will use a service called mover to migrate all your stuff from Dropbox or whatever over to Copy automatically. It has apps for every ecosystem you’d probably want (including Raspberry Pi!), but I doubt it has the broad-based support amongst iOS text editors that Dropbox does. Anyway, after a few days’ use, it seems pretty sweet.

The most important thing Roger taught me

by Matt Zoller Seitz


Japanese farmers apparently dress like young hip supervillain henchmen (via)

L.P.D.: Libertarian Police Department

(via funkaoshi)

Rob Ford investigation hangs on 40-second mystery call

Gee, I wonder what they talked about.

Rob Ford: Terror gripped Etobicoke neighbourhood in wake of crack video, document says

Brazen 2 probe of Rob Ford and others mired in OPP-Toronto dispute

Is Surging Inequality Endemic to Capitalism?

On the new hot-shit economist who is basically proving what lefties have been saying for a while: the rich should pay a lot more tax.

The War on Drugs Gets Ready to Play the Big Rooms

This album is great. Pitchfork said best new music and also called it dad-rock.

Photographer Klaus Leidorf’s Aerial Archaeology

thanks, ÿ

The story of Cortana, Microsoft's Siri killer

Where ‘killer’ means ‘ripoff’ but I do think it’s inspired to style the thing after Cortana from Halo

Amazon Fire TV – Streaming Media Player

They announced their Roku / AppleTV competitor. It’s touting voice search, plus it looks like it can play Android games (and there’s a sold-separately game controller).

Reel Toronto: Orphan Black

A look at some of Orphan Black’s real T-dot locations. Must be the first show in which Markham is dressed up to look like… Scarborough?