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Extra, Extra: Rob Ford’s Accomplishments, Local Bat Activity, and Toronto’s Internet of Everything

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  • Rob Ford has launched his campaign website. It features a list of accomplishments. There may be some issues with this list, as some of the accomplishments may have been not at all or only partially accomplished. We will not enumerate the issues and questions raised by the items included, because Matt Elliott has already done that.
  • Here is a hypnotizing .gif that illustrates how the addition of all the transit lines that currently have funding will change the familiar TTC route map between now and 2021.
  • Do you like bats? Then you might want to learn about their habits while participating in nature walks arranged by the High Park Nature Centre and then borrow bat detectors so that you can measure the bat activity around your home. Do you fear bats? Well, then you still might want to learn about their habits and measure the bat activity around your home. The data collected will contribute to our understanding of the Toronto bat community and how it can be protected.
  • Cisco Systems Inc. announced today that it will be building “Internet of Everything” labs in four different cities, and that Toronto will be one of those cities. The “Internet of Everything” apparently has something to do with making it possible for all the technological things in our lives (heart monitors, cars, etc.) to communicate with one another—something that will produce only positive developments and never result in a cruel refrigerator overclass.

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  • OgtheDim

    I wonder if the Santa Claus parade appreciates him using a pic of him handing out stuff at a past parade?

    And does LIUNA 183 support him now?

    And that pic of Drake?!!?!?!?!


    Quick somebody ask Drake if he approves.

    • dsmithhfx

      Drake is still angry about the cover of Rolling Stone. Really, really angry.

  • Jim

    Cisco runs the fasted world class routers which run on BlackBerry’s QNX. Everything we do on the internet runs directly through BlackBerry code. Nice.

    • HotDang

      QNX was around long before blackberry bought them. Hard to give Blackberry the credit when there was 30 years of development before the acquisition.

  • Spek

    Considering it’s one of his favourite words, Rob’s website can’t seem to nail down whether it’s “taxpayers” or “tax payers”. Then again, this is the same team who said Ford & Co. “payed” their own way to LA.

    • estta

      The site reads like they told the designer to throw in some filler text and never bothered following up.

      • citizenontherun

        Just say “‘subways, subways, subways’ and toss in a few ‘taxpayers’”

        • Notcleverguy

          Hey, the site isn’t perfect, maybe you are. :)

          • citizenontherun

            Well I don’t like to toot my own horn…but I’m the most perfect person this city has ever had. ;)

      • dsmithhfx

        Someone point JC at it.

  • bobloblawbloblawblah

    “Made Nathan Phillips Square Safe and Inviting for Citizens”

    I for one am glad Mayor Ford worked hard on this. Gawd, remember what Nathan Phillips Square was like during the Lastman and Miller years? All those zombies wandering about aimlessly, trying to devour tourists! It’s waaaay better now.

    • Notcleverguy

      Nathan Phillips Square, where roving gangs aren’t a problem anymore.

  • torontothegreat

    Ford should have paid more for hosting. The site is constantly down or timesout

    • dsmithhfx

      I wonder if Decco is still on sympatico.

      • torontothegreat

        It’s hosted by GoDaddy and the server is located in Scottsdale AZ. U.S.A.

        • Punned_It

          Wonderful. Dozens of hosting services in the city, hundreds in the country, and he goes to the US. Way to show your pride in Toronto Rob, not to mention your support for the local economy!