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Signs found here and there in Vancouver. Pithy, witty captions included with the pix, no extra charge. [Click to enlarge]
A refreshing meme-flip and flip of the finger to all social media trolls, stooges and shills everywhere. People are on to you, your job or your needy negativity.
We can all relate to this-as reported by CTV News several neighbours had fallen down a steep dirt path to a community garden located in Tom Riley Park in Etobicoke, Ontario. After the municipality was alerted, the city took a look at the small slope and declared that yes indeed, a little stairway was needed. The city estimated the cost of the proposed stairs at 65,000 to 150,000 dollars.
A retired mechanic named Adi Astl thought he could do this cheaper and faster. Amassing $550 from his neighbours, he built a set of stairs down the slope of the community park. But these stairs, while practical, are not built to municipal standards and “Toronto bylaw officials have taped off these privately-built stairs”.
“I thought they were talking about an escalator,” Astl told CTV News Channel on Wednesday. Astl says he hired a homeless person to help him and built the eight steps in a matter of hours. Astl’s wife, Gail Rutherford, says the stairs have already been a big help to people who routinely take that route through the park. “I’ve seen so many people fall over that rocky path that was there to begin with,” she said. “It’s a huge improvement over what was there.”
Astl says members of his gardening group have been thanking him for taking care of the project, especially after one of them broke her wrist falling down the slope last year. “To me, the safety of people is more important than money,” Astl said. “So if the city is not willing to do it, I have to do it myself.”
Mayor of Toronto John Tory did acknowledge that the city’s estimate for the stairs was “completely out of whack with reality.” Meanwhile Mr Astl’s stair have been cordoned off and he’s been admonished that private citizens can’t build public structures. Meanwhile in the common sense department, area resident Dana Beamon noted she’s pretty pleased with Mr Astl’s stairs. “We have far too much bureaucracy,” she said. “We don’t have enough self-initiative in our city, so I’m impressed.”
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Want to take some friends out for a fun night on the water? Well, here’s an idea for you. The BBQ doughnut boat.
From Michael Alexander:
As reported by Global News spelling is very important for students and also to municipalities too. And it must have been a bit of a trying day in the City of Revelstoke B.C. when social media splashed the following image everywhere of the new word “school” freshly painted outside one of Revelstoke’s places of education.
So how does this happen? The stencils come in two sets and the painters held them upside down and backwards to paint the word SCOHOL. Revelstoke has put a positive spin on he error, saying that not only will the error be immediately corrected, but also suggesting that vehicles may slow down when they see the spelling.
You just can’t buy that kind of advertising.
“While the city’s supervisor is a little ticked by the mistake as well as a little surprised at the attention it’s getting, the operations manager says they’re all managing to have a little chuckle about it.”
Thanks to the Globe and Mail for this look at postmodern crime, when ransoms and hacking and phishing (oh my) are no longer satisfying to the bot-mind.
Now that hot yoga has cooled off as the fad de jour, here comes the next big furry one.
Yes. Cute little baby goats frisking around while you do the dog.
From the Bangor Daily News: It’s catching on, and the farm owners are now scrambling to keep up with the viral sensation.
Farm owner Peter Corriveau says they just started classes a week ago, and are already booked through June.
“Who doesn’t love baby goats? There’s nothing cuter than a baby goat”, Corriveau told WGME. “There’s just something about them, their nature.”
The street can be used for many things, and disrupting the travelled portion of the road for some of the best show tunes out of an epic Broadway musical fits right in. Just as long as the performances mesh with the length of the crosswalk walk signal.
As reported in the Rolling Stone, James Corden enlisted Dan Stevens, Josh Gad and Luke Evans to join his ragtag Crosswalk theater company’s production of Beauty and the Beast on the street outside CBS on The Late Late Show Wednesday.
Despite the celebrity of the actors and the obvious quality of the costumes and the performance, the video shows that drivers were not too amused. But the impact of this crosswalk performance is priceless.
“After a frantic parking lot rehearsal, the show got underway with Corden leading a spirited performance of “Belle” – the opener from the 1991 animated musical – on the crosswalk before the lights changed. The company tore through similarly dangerous performances of “Gaston” and “Be Our Guest,” with car horns serving as applause. “
A shortened version of the performance is linked below.
Someone better review that marketing rationale.
And yes, Hellman’s makes genuine vegan mayo. Who knew.
For the Friday File the New York Times reports that there are ten White Houses, four Arcs de Triomphe, a few Great Sphinxes and one Eiffel Tower in China. In 2012 London’s Tower Bridge was duplicated in Suzhou, and was claimed by media to be “Even More Magnificent than the Real One”.
So what is with the popularity of copying these icons as your own? “According to Cheng Taining, an architect at the Chinese Academy of Engineering, many officials see foreign designs as shortcuts to achieving a look of modernity and worldliness.“Chinese officials like foreign things they’ve seen. They will tell you ‘Please design a building that looks like that building overseas.’ That’s obvious in the numerous cloned buildings in China. Officials believe building a ‘White House’ or a ‘European-style’ street confers status.’’
In 2014 Chinese President Xi Jinping called for the preservation of China’s cultural legacy an appealed for the stop of “weird buildings” that were “oversize, eccentric, weird” in favour of buildings that are “appropriate, economical, green and pleasing to the eye.” Besides London Tower Bridge there are over 56 copycat bridges in Suzhou including the Sydney Harbour bridge and the Alexandre III Bridge from Paris. These bridges are used for wedding photo shoots and the popularity of the bridges can be reflected in the number of accidents caused by the wedding shoots. When asked why she wanted to be photographed in her wedding dress on the Suzhou London Tower Bridge, a bride answered “The effects in the bridge shoot will be quite good, and you don’t even need to go abroad!”
In one of those stories that just has to come from the Maritimes someone thought it might be a good idea to tow a couch behind an ATV and go through the drive in line at McDonald’s in Miramichi New Brunswick at 3:30 a.m. last Thursday.
“Miramichi police say an officer spotted the couch, being towed behind an ATV, at 3:19 a.m. Thursday in the drive-thru. Cpl. Lorri McEachern says the driver of the four wheeler took off after the officer turned on the lights atop his cruiser, stranding the two “intoxicated” men outside the restaurant.
She says the driver raced through the parking lot, across the highway and onto the frozen Miramichi River, still towing the couch through much of his escape.”
Two couch surfers were caught. The crime? It is illegal to tow a couch through a drive through. However it should be noted that both men were wearing helmets.Two local men, aged 28 and 39, will face yet-to-be-determined charges.
As reported by the Daily Hive, the McKenzie family were in Palm Springs last week vacationing-in the torrential rain.
Thankfully, there was a large rubber duck pool toy in the back yard of the rental house. Mr. McKenzie showed great skill in the slalom run of the duck down sheets of water on the road, even being passed by a nonplussed vehicle.
“McKenzie, who is originally from Vancouver, says the rainy Palm Springs weather did not bother him at all. “Being from Vancouver, I am still going to go out and play in the rain.”
The video has gone viral. Video is below.
For those folks that like to park but don’t pay their parking fines, there is a new device to replace “The Boot” that is attached to your car tire and means you can’t move your car. “The Boot” was effective in that it immobilized the car. The challenge for parking enforcement staff was installing “The Boot”. You can imagine that kneeling on a street and being bent over the tire of a car installing “The Boot” might be upsetting to the offending motorist or bystanders.
Enter the Barnacle. As reported in City Lab, “The concept behind the apparatus, made by New York’s Ideas That Stick, is simple: It’s a rugged plastic rectangle that attaches with incredible force to the windshield, and can’t be removed until motorists pay a fine over the phone and get a release code. Adding insult to injury, drivers are then expected to return it to a drop-off location within 24 hours”.
“If they try to move the car or pry the “Barnacle” off, a la Homer Simpson jackhammering a boot, an alarm goes off. And if they huck it into a dumpster after paying the penalty, a GPS tracker will keep it on parking enforcement’s radar.”
So far two cities, Fort Lauderdale Florida and Allentown Pennsylvania are trialing this device. No word yet on the effectiveness of the Barnacle, but it is quick and relatively effortless to install and several can be carried around in one vehicle. Somehow it just seems easier to use active transportation and transit. And pay your parking fines.
The old order falls, and gives way to the new. And dread-laden bemusement may be the only response that preserves one’s ability to function.
Here’s an opinion piece from Thomas Homer-Dixon via the Globe and Mail:
In Mr. Trump’s alternative universe, chaos will become the new normal.
News media sources including the BBC report that a Canadian houseboat has shown up on the beaches of County Mayo in Ireland, navigating the north Atlantic by itself.
It is a boat cobbled together with foraged wood and tar, with a solar paneled roof. The houseboat had been abandoned on a Newfoundland beach by continental cyclist Rick Small. Mr. Small had previously cycled across Canada on a solar bike with a 500 watt motor. Surprisingly the solar bike and the houseboat do appear to have similar construction.
For his 7,000 kilometer bicycle ride across Canada, Mr. Small’s average speed was 27 kilometers per hour. The distance between Newfoundland and Ireland is approximately 3,217 kilometers. There is no report on how many knots the boat achieved on its journey to the Irish coast.