Remote control Toronto's City Hall by iPhone
during Octobre 4th Nuit blanche
. Project Blinkenlights will again transform a huge building into a computer display. This time 960 windows of Toronto's City Hall. Everybody can submit animations to be shown and there will be client programms for iPhone and OSX to receive the signal and interact with the installation. Watch
the previous installations in Berlin [Mefi thread
] and Paris [Mefi thread
] on Google Video.
posted by meikel
on Sep 23, 2008 -
A large series of explosions
erupted this morning from a welding chemical storage facility in North York (a suburb of Toronto) at approximately 4am EST. The highway 401, North America's busiest, has been closed in sections, and thousands of local residents are still being evacuated, with several of them injured
. Police and fire officials are currently not sure of the possibility of further explosions and are taking precautionary measures. The whole situation has produced
some apocalyptic-looking pictures
posted by tehloki
on Aug 10, 2008 -
Igor Kenk was arrested for bicycle theft in Toronto on July 17. Here's an audio documentary that includes an interview with the man himself: Steal This Bike
(be warned, a lot of profanity, and a little pretentious). [more inside]
posted by Chuckles
on Jul 29, 2008 -
Montreal Graffiti/Street artist Roadsworth
, who was arrested in 2005 and faced up to 250 000$ in fines
, is back on the streets
, this time with a permit and a commission
. Interestingly, the title of the new piece (which stretches across multiple intersections on downtown Sainte-Catherine street) is "Défense d'Afficher", which means "No Postering". It seems as though he's commenting on the role of art and advertisement in public space, but maybe that's just my take. Thoughts? For a more in-depth discussion, read the Torontoist's article on graffiti
), and for more examples, check out Vandalist
, the same blog's photostream of T.O. street art, Streetsy
, a great photoblog showing off various street art from around the world, and, of course, Flickr's STREETART
posted by rssaddict
on Jul 3, 2008 -
Toronto: 1977 vs 2007.
Shige Sakamoto spent a week in Toronto back in 1977, and took several photographs. Damon Schreiber is retracing Sakamoto's steps, taking photos of the same locations today. He's presenting the photos on his photoblog.
posted by chunking express
on Aug 17, 2007 -
White Stripes play Toronto YMCA
The duo of Meg and Jack White
snuck in through the back entrance of an auditorium at a downtown YMCA in Toronto at about 3:30 p.m. Thursday for the latest in a cross-country barrage of small secret shows as part of their Canadian tour. During the short set, Jack pulled four of the children up to the makeshift stage to sing and show off the masks the campers had been creating before the arrival of the rock stars. In recent weeks the band has played on a bus in Winnipeg, at a bowling alley in Saskatoon and in a youth centre in Edmonton.Previously
posted by KokuRyu
on Jul 5, 2007 -
Excellent flash photo
The things that can be done with Flash. Amazing. Very slowly run your mouse over the entire photo and see the city from dawn to dusk to the city lit up at night. I like. :) ]It amazes me about what some people choose to complain about.]
posted by rasmusnor
on May 10, 2007 -
- The Toronto PET User's Group. Founded in 1979 and still holding monthly meetings. For all your "PET
posted by GuyZero
on Dec 13, 2006 -
Arrest in real-time abuse case
. "An undercover police officer in Toronto's child exploitation unit, who says he's seldom surprised what he sees any more, was shaken to the core Sunday when a suspected pedophile he was chatting with on-line allegedly began sexually assaulting a preschooler and sending images of the attack over the internet to him in real time." Detective Constable Paul Krawczyk: "My heart just started going, sweating, and I felt like throwing up." Police tracked down and arrested the man within an hour and a half.
posted by russilwvong
on Nov 2, 2006 -
Queen Street: Thematic Preview
- "Queen Street is one of Toronto's oldest, longest, and most varied routes. It began in 1793 as a line on a map, running dead straight for ten miles, in modern measure some 16 kilometres. It is the spine, the high street, the main street of many distinct, and quite different, neighbourhoods. The street's fine grain is a cavalcade of urban variety, where the grain is broken by parks, institutions, industry. Queen Street is a promenade of public life, one you can stroll for 16 kilometres. I have, all of it, often camera in hand: I wanted others to see it, to know something of its life. And its gifts — meant to be shared. Here I'll share with you some of what I have seen along, and just off, Queen Street."
posted by heatherann
on Aug 3, 2006 -
From Muddy York to the Toronto of today....
My search to discover the exact age of the house I recently bought led me to the fabulous Toronto Archives
. Even if you don't have the good fortune to live in Toronto and so have the ability to visit the Archives to take a free tour and check out their massive holdings
, they have a whack of stuff on line. Of their million photographs dating back to 1856, over 21,000 are online. Check out some of their virtual exhibits
. I couldn't begin to give you an overview of the site or even the best of its many gems, but check out Chinatown's VE day victory parade
, Bay and Wellington
as it was after a huge fire in 1904, old advertisements
(including some from the disenchanted
), snapshots of a, er, less politically sensitive time
), and — inevitably! — hockey artifacts
. A friend of mine makes a hobby of Toronto's history, and after this search of mine, I better understand her interest. It’s fascinating to see what lies beneath the layers of time
on a surface so familiar
posted by orange swan
on Jul 4, 2006 -
Maid for a Month
. On February 1, Ontario raised its minimum wage from $7.45 to $7.75 per hour. Well-known Toronto Globe and Mail
writer Jan Wong: "I thought the best way to tell the story of that 30-cent raise was to work — and live — at the bottom of the food chain. I would find a low-paying job, a low-rent apartment and, single-mom-like, take my boys
with me for the month and see how we survived."
posted by russilwvong
on May 1, 2006 -
Mystery respiratory outbreak in Toronto: 73 sick, 4 dead.
Yesterday the media quickly snapped up assurances
[video] that ruled out influenza or SARS. Said officials, "We can certainly reassure people that this is not SARS, um, there is no SARS in the world ... Can I give you a guarantee that it's not influenza, at this time not, in a few hours, probably ... as the day goes on the public health lab has more and more results."
A day has passed with no word on these tests. Affected areas are reportedly quarantined
, and some Internet communities are growing alarmed
over the contradictions at yesterday's press conference.
posted by rolypolyman
on Oct 2, 2005 -
"People were tripping over each other, climbing over the seats to get to the exit."
Warbaby posted a link
on July 7 to an article by Lee Clark that said people don't panic in disasters. Survivors from Tuesday's Toronto plane crash give a different story. Here's one account:
Ho said people at first were calm and lining up, but once fire from the back of the plane, "people were tripping over each other, climbing over the seats to get to the exit."
He said a flight attendant told him to jump out the front door with no chute, but it was about a 12-fioot drop. He ran to a second door. It had a damaged chute, but he took it.
"I jumped and fell onto some people," Ho said. "Some people broke their arms or legs."
posted by stevefromsparks
on Aug 3, 2005 -