Flying Pony time travel

Spotify time travel (post below) goes only one way, into the past. The Flying Pony map goes both ways.

The Flying Pony map in its earliest stage of development

Uncountable events are recorded on the map of mythical Gerald Street. Now, many of them are honoured with new, engraved plaques. First, examples of travel to past events:

The Etobicoke Explorer Mission at the turn of the century was a significant breakthrough in East Toronto/West Toronto relations, but that was long ago. How about this Self driving car event that happens next year!

Self driving car released & never found 2020

Spotify time travel

[UPDATE] Time travel has its bugs. Spotify caused a lot of TV freezes. Not recommended until I know more about the problem. [Solved this way]

iPad photo of our Mac-driven TV screen

To accompany our dinner at Rob and Lisa’s house, Rob created a CKLW 1968 Top Songs playlist on Spotify. Today, he shared the list online and Danica is over the moon.

We put the Spotify app on our Mac-connected TV set. Danica donned the Sennheiser headphones and danced her way wirelessly into the kitchen. She has rings on her fingers, no bells on her toes, yet she can have music wherever she goes.

For love of the colours

Danica and I went over to Gerrard Art Space before the crowd showed up for the Just Do It Group Show reception. We had decided to put a red dot on a painting by Suzanne Robitaille.

Through the Back Window by Suzanne Robitaille. 2019, acrylic on canvas, 24″x18″

I had hoped to meet the artist at the reception, but that didn’t happen before I had to leave. Maybe another opportunity will present itself.

Meanwhile, we are delighted with our purchase and look forward to bringing it home when the show ends on June 23rd.

For the Love of Colour Show until June 23rd. Wednesday – Sunday. 2pm to 7pm, 1475 Gerrard St E.

Walking in the city: Obsolete

Walking may be an economical way to get around, but it’s uneconomic. Pedestrians are getting a free ride, so to speak. They are not contributing much to our consumer society.

Bot brings new shoes to your door. Try on, replace in bot, return to sender.

Besides, the world’s richest man needs the sidewalks for his delivery bots. Of course, competitors will need space, too. Freeloading pedestrians will have to get out of the way.

Walking is still effective during subway breakdowns, but otherwise unproductive.

Where will walkers go? Perhaps to tracks in dedicated zones, similar to dog parks. Who cares, really. Walking is unnatural in urban spaces.

On their way home, to receive their deliveries.

Like sidewalk construction and maintenance, regulation and enforcement will be a public responsibility. There will be some who want to mug the delivery bots, some who will try to ride on them and mischievous children will obstruct them by teasing their sensors. Research is still being done to prevent terrorists, malcontents and business competitors from planting unwanted devices on innocent bots.

Déjà vu?

On the first anniversary of the election of Ontario’s present government

Doug Ford reminds me of the premier I grew up with in British Columbia. W.A.C. (Whacky) Bennett was a small businessman who became a populist conservative politician.

When Bennett got into the premier’s office, he proved very difficult to dislodge, holding power for 20 years.

Maybe Ontario will not keep Doug Ford for that long, but I wouldn’t bet on it. 

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