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Joss Whedon wrote and exec produced this film that has gone right from Tribeca to Vimeo On Demand. Doesn’t sound that great though? Joss is dropping the ball lately.

The Dadliest Decade

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“Why were the nineties so preoccupied with fatherhood?” – via

THE OLDEST LIVING THINGS IN THE WORLD

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“What does it mean to capture a multi-millennial lifespan in 1/60th of a second? Or for that matter, to be an organism in my 30s bearing witness to organisms that precede human history and will hopefully survive us well into future generations?”

The American Middle Class Is No Longer the World’s Richest

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Canada now has the world’s highest median income?! Sure doesn’t feel like that.

The Party of Trudeau, the Party of Vaughan

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Great look at Adam Vaughan, following the fascinating news that he will run for the federal Liberals in the seat Olivia Chow vacated to run for mayor of Toronto.

Interactive Game of Thrones Map with Spoilers Control

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This is quite a piece of work. (thanks Karim)

Vinyl's great, but it's not better than CDs

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Science blasphemes again.

Why America's favorite anarchist thinks most American workers are slaves

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There’s a pretty good news segment on the guaranteed basic income hidden below the sensationalist headline.

America’s Urban Future

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More on the return to cities

U.S. and Russia Agree on Pact to Defuse Ukraine Crisis

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Suburbs Try to Prevent an Exodus as Young Adults Move to Cities and Stay

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More evidence for “the great inversion” mentioned in the previous link.

How Burrowing Owls Lead To Vomiting Anarchists (Or SF’s Housing Crisis Explained)

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Fascinating backgrounder to all those stories of Google buses getting protested and Glasses getting smashed. As a Torontonian interested in urban issues it is fascinating to learn a little about another city’s struggle with gentrification.

CAPTCHAs Are Becoming Security Theater

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Google announces that Google’s algorithm can beat Google’s CAPTCHAs – those text puzzle things that are supposed to prove you’re a human – 99% of the time. In other news, Google’s SkyNet becomes self-aware.

Did I really not link to this before? Anyway, yeah. WARNING: may cause trance

I think game glitches are my favourite category of humour now. I still sometimes rewatch the skate 3 video and bust a gut. (thanks xorkaya)

Heads or Tails

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Chris Ware (via)

Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth Announced

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It’s basically a sequel to Alpha Centauri in all but name.

Bike Lanes Don’t Cause Traffic Jams If You’re Smart About Where You Build Them

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FiveThirtyEight analyzes data from Minneapolis, apparently the best US city for biking (who knew!) and New York. You have to build the lane on streets that are not close to capacity already, however – tough one in Toronto, where I’m guessing all downtown streets are near capacity at rush hour.

There are other benefits of bike lanes, however: streets report fewer accidents, and long term, having a bike-friendly city means more people bike and thus there are fewer cars on the road.

In the oeuvre of Rob Ford parody videos, this is a masterwork.

Bring Back the War on the Car

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John Barber in Torontoist:

The cars have not failed to press their advantage. In 2011, they managed to kill about 20 pedestrians and cyclists—and far more of the former than the latter. Last year, they killed twice as many. Altogether, there were more traffic fatalities than homicides in Toronto last year. And so far, there isn’t a single mayoral candidate who appears to have a problem with that.