Looking to sublet or rent month-to-month in Toronto

I am still very much in need of somewhere to live, though my priorities have shifted.

I am still looking for something near the subway – ideally, the western arm of the yellow line.

Something available October 1st would be ideal.

I am looking for a room in a shared house or apartment, or something that I can sublet on a month-to-month basis, since I do not know how long I will be in Toronto. $1,000 a month is about the most I can spend.

It doesn’t matter if it is very small, but it would be preferable for it to be relatively clean. Kitchen facilities can be minimal, but it would be nice if there is decent water pressure, non-gross flooring, and good internet access.

If you know anybody who is looking for a roommate in Toronto, please let me know.

Commuting calculations

My current commute takes about 90 minutes from door to door: a short walk, two long subway rides, and a bus ride.

Over the course of 52 working weeks, the commute adds up to 780 hours a year.

That means that every ten minutes I can eliminate from my bi-daily commute adds up to 43.3 hours per year.

That seems like reason enough to strongly favour housing options near subway stations, and ideally stations on the right line.

Lens rental fun

All weekend I am going to have Canon’s 50mm f/1.2L lens at my disposal. It should be good for the concerts on Friday and Saturday as  well as my cousin’s wedding on Sunday.

It lets you do more with ambient light than is possible with the 50 1.8 and it is reasonably affordable to rent (not to buy). It’s also a big brute of a lens – not the sort of thing you want in your travel photography kit.

What’s important and earning a living

Maybe the idea that you should seek a career doing what you really care about is flawed. Doing anything for money tends to involve many compromises and sacrifices of principle or aesthetics.

Perhaps it is wiser to earn your money in a field that you don’t really care about at all, so that you can be able to act freely in the areas that are really important to you.

Cross-platform crypto

The world really needs a secure, free, easy-to-use, cross-platform encryption system. At the most basic, it would allow you to have a USB drive with encrypted contents and be able to access those contents using a passphrase from any computer – Mac, PC, Linux, etc – you happen to use.

Big bonus points if you can run the software without administrative privileges. That’s important, since so many work, public, and borrowed computers will not allow you to install software that requires an admin password.

I pleaded for such a thing back in 2008, but I still don’t think it exists.