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From the height of our 20th floor apartment, in spite of the new condo tower they're building right in front of me, I can see the CN Tower when I lean to my left. If you didn't know, the CN tower has changed its lighting: instead of projectors on the ground beaming white light on it, it is now covered with a ton of LEDs.

What would have been a sensible thing to do would have been to use the LEDs just to replace the ground lighting with white LEDs and save a lot of electricity. Instead, they installed a programmable, multicoloured matrix that allows for complex lighting. Now, this would be interesting if:
1) LED lights were available in an interesting palette of colours, and
2) these guys knew what they were doing.

Of course, LED technology is still limited, and you get these weird, cold colours. If you have paid any attention to the new LED christmas lighting, esp. side by side with the traditional incandescent technology, you will have noticed that LED lighting, while potentially brighter, is also much colder. Some people like this, but I find it atrocious. White LEDs are actually kinda grey, and the blue LEDs remind me of cold metal, which is not something I associate with the holiday season (except for "yes, sticking your tongue on the freezing shovel is a good idea!"). I mean, I love the 90% energy consumption decrease, and have replaced my own "festive" lightbulbs with LEDs. But they are somewhat lacking anyway.

So, they stuck probably a million LEDs or something on the CN Tower, and what do they do with them? Most of the time, the tower is a pink shade of red. It makes the tower look like a space outpost on Star Trek: TNG on an episode where the SFX team was having its Christmas party and they let the interns take care of the work. I mean, the CN Tower already looks like spacecraft, but this lighting makes matters worse. It looks like a giant popsicle. Now, do you want your city's nightscape to be dominated by a giant popsicle? The SkydomeRogers Centre has already started being illuminated by an awful set of colours, but that building is hidden from me by another apartment tower, so it doesn't irritate me as often as the CN Tower does.

So, that was the situation so far. But as I bid F good night on the stroke of midnight, I actually looked outside, and the tower was throbbing with red and green light. It was spectacularly ugly. It looked like a sea anemone, but anemones actually look good: this was nasty. The light show came back on around 1am, so I guess it happens every hour. I wish it was some sort of ride at the CNE or something, and that it would go next week. But we're stuck with this thing now. Check it out, tell me that you aren't stunned...

Date: 2007-07-20 05:49 am (UTC)
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it's charging a laser man!!!

Jesus, yes it scared the fuck out of me the first time I saw it, and then it still catches me off guard sometimes. It's like the ET's have landed.


Date: 2007-07-20 05:52 am (UTC)
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From what I hear, Vegas attractions are usually spectacular. But this--what is it? I can't tell.

Date: 2007-07-20 08:25 pm (UTC)
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Well, Vegas at night is really quite UNIQUE. There's all these massive black-lighted buildings sorta glowing at you. Makes you feel like you took the wrong pills this morning.

Date: 2007-07-20 06:12 am (UTC)
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Toronto has always been a classy city.

Date: 2007-07-20 02:25 pm (UTC)
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (red flag over TO)
From: [personal profile] sabotabby
Who put those lights up, and how much do they cost? Do we know?

Date: 2007-07-20 08:23 pm (UTC)
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Yes.. it cost about $2.5 million... The company who put them in place is Color Kinetics, from Boston.

I guess it was CN's idea.. They would of had to of had some permission from government. Not sure who had the idea.


Date: 2007-07-20 08:44 pm (UTC)
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (red flag over TO)
From: [personal profile] sabotabby
They couldn't have used that money to, like, bail out the TTC?

Date: 2007-07-20 08:55 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
That would of been a good idea, at the moment anyway.. What a fucking waste of money and property the Sheppard Line ended up being.

I dunno dude, you gotta think there's more problems with the TTC than throwing money at it can fix, unfortunately. as every time I've seen them get funding they give subway station updated colour schemes, or make those hideous less-functional new bus shelters.

The TTC needs something though, that much is for sure.

Date: 2007-07-21 05:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ehhh, did you also notice the extra frequency on many bus routes? That's quite good too. I've definitely noticed it on the 196 to York.

As for the Stubway, it's built now, might as well use it... It's already encouraged high-density development around there, we need more of that.

Date: 2007-07-21 05:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Meh, pocket change, and non-recurrent. It's a private matter anyway.
Raise their bloody taxes, is what I say. We all pay taxes through our rents yet a whole bunch of low-income people are going to bear the brunt of the probable rate increase? Bollocks.

We need catapults to "upload" provincial service costs back to Queen's Park...

Date: 2007-07-20 08:29 pm (UTC)
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You may be interested to know, this current system actually uses 10% less energy than the one they were using before.

That's a lot of bang for the energy buck.. If there's one thing good about it (other than laughting at it).

Date: 2007-07-21 05:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Well, considering that LEDs consume about 95% less energy than their equivalent incandescent brothers, it's quite stunning that the savings are only 10%. It's like they used the energy savings as an excuse to spend more energy doing even more useless stuff.

Date: 2007-07-21 05:19 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
Well I'd suppose the prospect of illuminating the entire tower and still saving power was appealing to them.. also it draws more attention.

They could just turn some of it off, or down.. I might them expect to do as much in due time.

Oh, also the system they had in the 80's used 60% more enegry... must of been fluorescent.

Date: 2007-07-21 05:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Alright, where's your bloody source article :]

It sure draws more attention, but to what purpose? People aren't coming more to Toronto, and I'm going to spend $40 a second time to go up the shaft... (although I might still do a Tower climb if I have the stamina... that was fun!)

Date: 2007-07-21 02:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Now, do you want your city's nightscape to be dominated by a giant popsicle?"


Date: 2007-07-21 05:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You know where you can stuff our giant popsicle? :]

Date: 2007-07-21 07:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh wow.

I couldn't understand what all your overreaction was all about (I figured: how bad could it actually be??)... until I happened to trip across a picture just now.


That's more hideous than Dubai usually manages to come up with...


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