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Friday, July 30, 2004

Bouncing around Toronto and 2 post Singularity futures

Over the last week or so, Elicia and I have been able to spend some extra time doing stuff around Toronto

In addition to a couple of morning tennis matches (which made up for your schedule evening games rained out), and seeing a 2 very good movies ( SpiderMan 2 and Will Smith's I Robot) we also visited:

  • AGO's (Art Gallery of Ontario) most excellent show "Turner Whistler Monet: Impressionist Visions" (till September 12, 2004).
  • T&T, the asian supermarket in Promenade Shopping Centre (Thornhill) for lots of goodies.
  • Etobicoke IKEA for the $1 breakfast (hope those girls made it back to Sudbury okay).
  • Chippys (across from the Trinity Bellwoods Park, Queen St W and Strachan) for yummy Fish and Chips.
  • current hot spot The Drake Hotel (just east of the tracks, Queen Street West & Beaconsfield Avenue), very shinny and pretty.
  • both part of Toronto's Queen street west scene, always fun and exciting.
  • Toronto new Tennis stadium the Rexall Center up at York University where we saw Gustavo Kuerten fall to Jan Hernych (5-7 7-6 (8/6) 6-4), and then stat to watch Andy Roddick defeat Juan Ignacio Chela (6-1 6-4).


  • I also managed to polish off Ken Macleod's "Newton's Wake" and Chariles Stross's "Iron Sunrise", after much anticipation.

    Of the 2 I enjoyed Surnrise more, but that may be because its a sequel (more familiar) and its story universe is a little more interesting (to me) and messy.

    Ken's writing has a background about the collision of societies (and its ideologies), where as Charile's is about the collision of technologies (and its ideological implications), which inform the stories they tell.

    I look forward to read more from both authors placed in these settings.


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