Category Archives: travel

Breakfix Wayfinding

At the November 24th, 2011 TTC Town Hall meeting, it was noted that: The TTC has attempted to make incremental improvements as we provide new entrances / exits or elevators for step-free access. One of the recommendations made by the Customer Service Advisory Panel in 2010 focuses on improving signs and other customer information. We […]

Utterly Routine

This is absolutely, 100% typical. The police don’t even bother ticketing them most of the time.

Global Portaling System

This came to me the other day when a friend of mine was talking about some acquaintances of theirs who’d driven across Africa, including through the Sudan: some people in some places really, really need a GPS that talks to them like the Fact Sphere from Portal 2. “The situation you are in is very […]

Toronto Downtown Cycling FAQ

My bike has been my primary method of transportation lately and gets me where I’m going often faster and invariably with less hassle than a car or even the subway. This summer has been mostly good days for that and, even though somebody periodically somebody tries to kill me, it’s just so much better an […]

Street Meat

Taste is so tightly bound to memory that I have a hard time believing that I can appreciate or even even taste food on its own, in a void of context. I wonder how many of my likes, dislikes, loves and hates are like that; not about the thing, but the echoes of memory that […]

A Thousand Roads To Nowhere

This has been making the rounds recently, an article on how America is all infrastructure, and no people. It’s trite, but the old line about the difference between European and North American cities is that European cities were built for people; the cars got there later. In North America it’s the other way around. So, […]

The Last Giant Leap

The Telegraph takes a survey, and finds out that life is a lot like XKCD: “In a survey, which reveals “deeply worrying” levels of ignorance about the Apollo space programme, which sent three men to the moon forty years ago this month, 11 out of 1009 people surveyed thought Buzz Lightyear was the first person […]

Home

Finally.

Homeward!

We should be going home this afternoon. Maya views this idea with some suspicion.

Good, Open, Portable; Pick Any Two.

I was crying into a beer the other day with a friend, lamenting the state of open software on portable devices, and I thought I’d make a list. iPhone OS: Very good, very portable. Closed source, semi-closed ecosystem, hardware-locked. Can be hacked to some semblance of openness via jailbreaking, but this is a running battle. […]