Robert Prior

Robert Prior

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    Yes, we had done all of the Skytrain system by the time we left for the airport, but they opened a new line an hour later. For double insult, it ran past our hotel to the airport. If you...
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    And quite likely flooded, without power to keep them pumped. http://projects.thestar.com/climate-change-canada/toronto-flooding/...
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    Fundamentally going fast means you need good suspension or smooth surfaces And indeed, we owe a debt to cyclists for pushing for a modern road network… http://roadswerenotbuiltforcars.com...
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    If you only have to hide in the subway tunnels for a week every year Will that really be an improvement? Toronto's subway is noticeably warmer than the surface on really hot days, even when you aren't trying to...
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    I'd give myself decent odds of dying alone under a bridge due to lack of food or meds for myself. Remember the Cold War? That was how a lot of us were going to go (abetted by radiation poisoning), unless...
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    In other news, my brother is practicing "Hallelujah" on the piano After reading this thread, "You Want It Darker" is probably a good song for him to add to his repertoire…...
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    Glad I got mine early, then. The Gumshoe System that Pelgrane Press uses looks like it could be a suitable engine, if someone wanted to switch systems. They've already done Trail of Cthulhu using it. I haven't played it (haven't...
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    it is in the dragons' own self-interest not to eat the auditors who certify that their hoard contains enough gold to back their scrip Those that don't certify that, despite appearances, the hoard contains enough gold to back the...
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    There was an SMBC comic (which I can't locate) about a monster that could regenerate its limbs — so the villagers locked it in a steel box with armholes and had an endless supply of free meat…...
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    the number of them that have a very limited understanding of their own field is astounding A few years ago I was at a physics conference at the University of Toronto. Prof there talked about how even his post-grad students...
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    Thanks. I saw that years ago and haven't been able to find it (didn't remember enough details for Google to work, anyway)....
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    Not to mention Extinction Rebellion are threatening to shut down Heathrow… https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-48470623 https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/extinction-rebellion-heathrow-airport-drones-protest-climate-change-a8937976.html...
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    Decades ago I was taking a class from Professor Hodge at Carleton University. (Canadian readers may remember his "Court of Ideas" series on CBC radio*.) We were looking at how historical sources and events get reinterpreted over time. One example...
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    While I keep getting emails from a vicar wanting to discuss repairs to the wall in the churchyard — somewhere in a village in England. Apparently my namesake is in his 70s (so I guess I'm actually his namesake, then)...
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    I've routinely had at least one Olivia in my high school classes every year for a decade now. No Olives, though. Not as common as Elizabeth or Vicky, but not notably rare either....
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    Book recommendation: The Black Count. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Black_Count:_Glory,_Revolution,_Betrayal,_and_the_Real_Count_of_Monte_Cristo Assuming the author is correct, the Revolution managed racial equality fairly well, until it was rolled back by Napoleon....
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    What about the indigenous people of North America? Did the American Revolution benefit them? Given that one of the grievances the rebels had was that they weren't allowed to ignore treaties with the first nations, I'd go with "no". I...
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    I think the legal defence is called "absence of malice". (Hence the title of the Robert Redford film.)...
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    While what I remember taking away from it was that if things go on as they are, we're screwed. Looking only at society and ignoring the environment from what I remember. (Can't lay my hands on the book right now...
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    This would be a good point to plug a couple of Jane Jacobs books: Systems of Survival and The Nature of Economies — Socratic dialogues that look at the commercial and political ethical systems and how virtues in one are...
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    Old memories: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZdhThY3LL4 (Monty Python Bruces sketch.)...
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    Moderate-sized meaning? We had the same thing in Canada, and yes telephone books would usually have middle initials. But they weren't used socially like Americans seemed to (at least, seemed to as portrayed in the media). Samual Steele would be...
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    When I was a child, it seemed (from watching American movies and TV) that Americans used their middle initials way more than Canadians (and Brits). So a chap who would be Samuel Steele in Canada would be Samuel B. Steele...
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    Wikipedia is being confusing. Before the Harris government, Metro Toronto was the umbrella government of Toronto and its surrounding suburbs (North York, Scarborough, etc.). Some matters were handled locally, others at the Metro level. Against local wishes Harris decided to...
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    There is a major difference between an anoxic atmosphere and a toxic one. So? My point, possibly poorly expressed, was that any "humaneness" of execution chambers wasn't a factor with the Nazi's. They were more efficient than firing squads, and...
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    I'm sure the various authoritarian regimes had similar arguments about why gas chambers were more humane than firing squads IIRC (and I may not), the 'advantage' of gas chambers was they were faster and cheaper (for high throughput), and...
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    If you watch Star Trek carefully you'll notice that no one poos or wees. There are no toilets on any of the space craft. Go in the corner. Set phaser to 'disintegrate'…...
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    I grew up in Saskatchewan. It's a very different province now — my formative years were under the NDP, which ran the province in the black for a generation. Saskatchewan didn't have a debt, let alone a deficit, until the...
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    I remember 5¢ deposits — when a chocolate bar was 5¢. Recyclables didn't stick around long because they were directly convertible to candy :-) Boy Scouts would also hold bottle drives — going from house-to-house to collect bottles to take...
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