Angry Robot

Ghomeshi hires ‘wickedly smart’ lawyer who defended Michael Bryant

Marie Henein, who is quoted saying during a speech last week:

As criminal lawyers we represent people who have committed heinous acts. Acts of violence. Acts of depravity. Acts of cruelty. Or as Jian Ghomeshi likes to call it, foreplay.

Sorry, we haven’t reached a ‘watershed’ on violence against women

Jian Ghomeshi’s unplanned dinner with Star writer Kevin Donovan


Apple iMac with Retina 5K display review


What Do You Do When You Think You Have a Murderer in the Family?

Watch Jian Ghomeshi's Facebook Page “Likes” Decrease in Real Time

Tim Cook: “I'm Proud to be Gay”

Jian Ghomeshi: 8 women accuse former CBC host of violence, sexual abuse or harassment

including Trailer Park Boys’ Lucy DeCoutere. Awful. The “Big Ears Teddy” part is a creepy detail.

A Letter of Thanks to My Supporters

From Andray Domise, who ran against Rob Ford and lost. I hope he runs again.

Lessons from Rob Ford’s City Hall

Great piece.

Direct from video: The rise of the VHS collector

CBC fires Jian Ghomeshi over sex allegations

Also see this take from “an unashamed, publicly out pervert”.

This is the trailer for Avengers 2: Age of Ultron

Nice spot.

Attack on Ottawa: Police confirm 'several' shootings

Olivia Chow’s progressive vision can still triumph

Hey Toronto, vote for the person you actually want to be mayor. (via) And let’s hope we have ranked ballots by the next election so this sort of thing doesn’t happen again. “Strategic voting” is, more often than not, voting out of fear.

Detroit State of Mind

“What I end up saying when I try to explain to people, and myself, why I bought a vacation house in Detroit.”

WoodGreen workers walk off the job

The workers at our daycare are on strike, along with many other WoodGreen workers. They are fighting for a 2% annual wage increase (cost of living in TO is going up by 2.5% a year. Meanwhile:

  <blockquote>        <p>WoodGreen management’s total salaries and benefits have increased 177 per cent between 2010 and 2013. Between 2010 and 2013, WoodGreen’s total salaries and benefits for executive management has ballooned from $394,000 to nearly $1.1 million.</p>    </blockquote>

Keepin' the Blog Hot

Here are two posts from old-school bloggers declaring their intent to resume old-school blogging operations: Andy Baio and Gina Trapani.

“Sorry for the lack of updates” blog posts are a classic of the genre, and these are exemplary examples – I’m not being sarcastic. I particularly like Trapani’s list of personal rules, which made me think what mine would be. Sometimes I wonder why I do this! It doesn’t really make much sense. But essentially this is how I roll:

Some of these rules are harder to follow than others – it’s especially hard to value something posted publicly without thinking about its reception, audience, etc. And sometimes you have to. Here are my problem areas, things I want to get better at, or find better solutions for:


Here’s Leigh Alexander’s vitriolic, already-seminal piece on Gamergate. She argues that Gamergate is the death spasm of “gamer”, the identity based around games, which is becoming obsolete in an era when everybody plays games.

“Gamer” isn’t just a dated demographic label that most people increasingly prefer not to use. Gamers are over. That’s why they’re so mad.

And here is an interview with Mikael Colville-Andersen, head of Copenhagenize, a bike-related urban design company and associated weblog. This passage is interesting:

The cycling sub-cultures are a hurdle to mainstreaming bicycle culture, even though that may sound counter-intuitive. The nature of sub-cultures is insular. They are not often keen to see their beloved hobby/activity become mainstream. Much bicycle advocacy in North America is done by the “avid” cyclists. They have a sense of ownership over all things bicycle. They don’t, however, realize that the 99% doesn’t want what they want. They don’t want over-complication with gear and fancy bicycles. People – Citizen Cyclists I call them – just want to be able to ride a bicycle safely and conveniently.

Having avid cyclists doing the talking about bicycles is like having race walkers doing the talking about pedestrian-friendly cities. It doesn’t work. It’s two different things.

The parallel is striking, and weird.

Ultimately, if you think about telling hobbyist cyclists that they “drank the kool aid” and are “angry young men” who should “grow up” because “traditional [biking] is sloughing off, culturally and economically, like the carapace of a bug,” it seems waaaay over-the-top. These are just a bunch of dudes who enjoy riding around with their friends, really fast! You would want to say something much less threatening, like “you guys are right, biking is awesome! While we value your advocacy, we also need to hear from other bikers, people who may not share your point of view exactly, and in fact those people already outnumber you. But this doesn’t mean you have to have to change anything – keep doing what you’re doing!”

It’s a shame that the Gamergate thing has already gotten so out of hand that such dialogue seems impossible. I guess that’s what happens when the death treats start.

OS X 10.10 Yosemite: The Ars Technica Review

Siracusa seems happy with this one.

The War Nerd: Nobody could have predicted Islamic State’s retreat from Kobane (except me)

Good read on the latest happenings in Kobane: the US did some real air strikes and the Kurds are a lot better at fighting than IS. So now IS is retreating. Also see this on how Turkey fits in.

Let Me Tell You About Homestuck

Giant MetaFilter post

What If Black America Were a Country?

“The statistics reveal a fragile state within a superpower.”

New TPP Leak: Canada Emerges as Leading Opponent of U.S. Intellectual Property Demands