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Jonathan Crowe
Worked at Health Canada
Attended University of Alberta
Lives in Shawville, QC
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Google Maps turned 10 years old on Sunday -- a milestone observed by Samuel Gibbs in the Guardian. See also Liz Gannes's retrospective at Re/Code. My reaction on launch day was pretty effusive -- I was blown away mainly...
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Someone was responsible for the maps developed for the film adaptations of The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and other movies (on-screen and in promotional materials), and that someone is Daniel Reeve, a freelance artist who also did a...
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What is the definition of a snake? If you said "legless reptile" you'd be wrong: there are two families of legless lizard as well as amphisbaenians (which are just weird, especially these things). If I remember correctly, a snake is...
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Some thoughts on my new book reviewing gig.
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Satire doesn't translate well. Unless you speak French and have spent a significant amount of time in France absorbing the culture, you will not be able to pick up the nuances of French humour and satire of the sort found...
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I keep seeing that "Jesus is Charlie" thing around - what's that mean? 
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Emily Garfield's art is a pen-and-watercolour exercise in the cartography of imaginary places. Her drawings "are inspired by the visual language of maps, as well as the fractal similarity that cities share with biological processes such as the patterns...
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Nikon has just announced its first digital SLR optimized for astrophotography: the D810A. Like the D810 on which it's based, it's a 36-megapixel, full-frame camera. Unlike the D810, but like the Canon EOS60Da and digital SLRs modified by third...
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Remember the incident in Campbellton, New Brunswick in August 2013, in which a 14-foot African Rock Python escaped from its cage at an unaccredited zoo/pet store and killed two small boys? There's been a development: the owner of the facility,...
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In which the CBC posts a story full of health woo and I go ballistic.
This morning, CBC Ottawa posted a story about how mistletoe extract helped a woman with stage four colon cancer, backed up with quotes from a naturopath, with only the most perfunctorily added disclaimer from the American Cancer Society that such...
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My review of Irregular Verbs and Other Stories,  +Matthew Johnson's short story collection.
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In which I look very narrowly at how much money is saved by opting for a more fuel-efficient CVT over a manual transmission. (For the record, we got the manual.)
Warning: automobile fuel economy neepery ahead. Cheaper gas makes fuel efficient vehicles less appealing, in part because what makes a car more fuel efficient can make the vehicle more expensive. Diesel and hybrid versions of a vehicle costs more than...
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Introduction
Among other things, I’m the author of The Map Room, a blog about maps, and DFL, a blog about last-place finishes at the Olympics. When I’m not blogging, writing or correcting other people’s grammar, I raise snakes, play the piano, and look through my telescope.
Education
  • University of Alberta
    Ph.D. student, History (incomplete), 1996 - 1999
  • University of Waterloo
    M.A., History, 1994 - 1995
  • University of Winnipeg
    B.A. (Hons.), History, 1990 - 1994
Basic Information
Gender
Male
Relationship
In a relationship
Work
Occupation
Blogger, editor, writer
Employment
  • Health Canada
    Senior Editor/Writer, 2009 - 2009
  • Public Works and Government Services Canada
    Writer/Editor, 2008 - 2008
  • Health Canada
    Senior Editor/Writer, 2007 - 2008
  • Pontiac Printshop Ltd.
    Reporter, 2003 - 2004
  • Department of Justice (Canada)
    Legislative Revisor, 2000 - 2003
  • Human Resources Development Canada
    Planning and Analysis Officer, 1999 - 2000
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Currently
Shawville, QC
Previously
Winnipeg, MB - Waterloo, ON - Edmonton, AB - Ottawa, ON - Gatineau, QC