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Yarn bombing plus

I’ve seen trees and utility poles yarn bombed, but this eye-catching piece on the Danforth goes farther. The big branch is itself a work of art, made of bound up smaller branches.

Wha … aat?

Even I don’t love coffee this much!!!

I didn’t even know this was a thing. Seen on the Danforth today.

Nearby, still on the Danforth, I wondered about this storefront and looked it up when I got home. Not a dispensary, National Access Cannabis provides medical marijuana users with consultation and ID cards.

Will this service survive the promised legalization of marijuana? I mean, you don’t see too many National Access Beer stores.

What Google won’t show you

Actually, I won’t show you much either … just a few feet beyond where Google’s mapping cars will go. I respect the private road sign, too, but the temptation to outreach Google … even by just a bit … was irresistible.

Residents of this private, park-like estate pay a special community fee for the privilege of living under tall trees near the lake. Very pleasant, indeed. Lorne Park Estates in Mississauga.

WMG fails to alienate me

A video about Carl Sagan’s Golden Record, launched in 1977 on Voyager spacecraft, is titled “The 116 images NASA wants aliens to see”. Blocked in Canada? Hey, we ARE aliens, you know!

Of course I wanted to see, so I quickly circumvented the stupid copyright block by switching my VPN connection* to Virginia, U.S.A.

One of the 116 images turned out to be the Toronto Airport. What a hoot. Only forty years have passed and that airport is already unrecognizable. Good luck to space visitors looking for it by the time they get the message.👽

Here’s the story, with video, at OpenCulture.com.

*VPN stands for Virtual Personal Network and everybody should have one. It protects your connection from hackers when you use public wifi hotspots (coffee shops, restaurants, libraries, subway stations) and, usefully, it allows you to choose your “country of origin”. Apps are available to make VPN easy.

Exploring tropical Toronto

Monsoon-like downpours, thunderstorms and rainy days have been the story for the last few weeks. Our Toronto skies are fluttering from dark-and-menacing to bright-and-sunny in a matter of minutes. Planning a walk is, well, forget it. You can’t plan. Just get out there and try your luck.

We took the “Tin Umbrella” (the No Frills shuttle bus) to Carlaw today.

After a bit of No Frills shopping, we went in search of one of Danica’s Google Maps finds … an obscure public space called Hideaway Park.

Slide show

 You’d never know that these spaces exist unless you live in the immediate area or search them out, as Danica does, from the satellite view. This time, we strolled residential Leslieville, rather than the Queen East “main street”. Very pleasant, quiet streets with well-tended gardens and well-maintained homes.

Here’s another hidden park Danica found … closer to home.

TV and coffee

Along the way, on today’s walk …

The Detail

The Leslieville edition of the Remarkable Bean is right across from the TV shoot, so we stopped for good coffee and a huge, shared cookie.

1103 Queen Street East [MAP]

There’s a Remarkable Bean in the Beach, too … farther up Queen.

Zuckerbergian nightmare

Wouldn’t this flick scare Facebook’s CEO? Scary typography, too. Made by hand. 1958.

This is just my way of reminding Toronto Public Library members that they can stream 375 classic and cult videos, free, just using their library cards. Watch 20th century movies from the Charlie Chaplin days up until the 1980s. Lots of award winners. Directors like Ingmar Bergman, Fellini, Antonioni, Fassbinder, Campion, Renoir, Truffaut, Kurosawa, Jean Renoir. The Criterion Collection is highly regarded and above-average expensive, if you want to buy one of their videos. Quality is very good.

I haven’t even watched Fiend Without A Face yet and I can’t leave it alone. Look at the unnerving Canadian content in Photo 1. Photo 2 is a poster from the period. Remember when movie theatres posted colour scenes from coming attractions that were filmed in black and white?

 Oh, good! The Horse’s Mouth is in the Criterion Collection. Another 1958 movie. That one is going on my playlist. I love it.