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Jonathan Crowe
Worked at Health Canada
Attended University of Alberta
Lives in Shawville, QC
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For the third year running I'll be a program participant at Readercon 26, which this year takes place from July 9 to 12 at the Marriott in Burlington, Massachusetts. We've just been given the go-ahead to share our panel schedules,...
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Apple has announced a hard drive replacement program for some 27-inch iMacs with three-terabyte hard drives that were sold between December 2012 and September 2013. I entered my serial number at the link and it turns out that my iMac,...
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For much of the last year, Shawville has had two pharmacies instead of just one, but now we're down to just one again. From what I understand, here's what happened. After the death of pharmacist Richard Filion in an...
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Not at all surprised to hear that exploratory drilling for palladium is taking place on Grand Calumet Island (CBC News, Ottawa Citizen). This area has a history of small-scale mining for heavy and precious metals (the Pontiac Archives has a...
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The fantasy cartographer Jonathan Roberts has a blog post, reprinted at Tor.com, that shows some of the steps involved in creating the map for Sabaa Tahir's novel An Ember in the Ashes. I sometimes get asked how to do...
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Herewith some initial thoughts on a couple of proposed amendments to the World Science Fiction Society's constitution that will be discussed at the WSFS business meeting at Sasquan. These amendments propose changing the rules governing the Hugo Awards. Warning: Hugo...
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Our car, the Subaru XV Crosstrek, goes from zero to sixty in less than nine seconds with the manual transmission (Car and Driver, Motor Trend). Thirty years ago that would have been considered quite sporty, but the usual line in...
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Citing changing priorities, Yahoo announced today that Yahoo Maps is among the products that it will be shutting down; it'll go dark at the end of this month. "However," says Yahoo chief architect Amotz Maimon, "in the context of Yahoo...
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Swedish photographer Göran Strand has a review of Nikon's digital SLR for astrophotography, the D810A. It's interesting to see (a) how much additional detail the 810A's modified sensor picks up from the Hα part of the spectrum and (b)...
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The USGS's California Seafloor Mapping Program has produced a set of insanely detailed maps of the sea floor along the California coast. Downloadable as rather hefty PDF files; the map sheets are three feet across as paper maps. Above,...
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Google Maps had to apologize again last week, this time because searching for racist terms gave results like the White House and Howard University. The results were derived from online discussions: idiots using an offensive term to describe a place...
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Book reviewer, cat photographer, fanzine editor, map blogger, snake whisperer.
Introduction
Jonathan Crowe’s long-running blog, The Map Room (2003–2011), was called “one of the finest map blogs on the Internet.”¹ Other web projects include DFL, a blog about last-place finishes at the Olympics that made him world famous for 15 minutes in 2004; and Gartersnake.info, a website for garter snake keepers.

He reviews Canadian science fiction for AE: The Canadian Science Fiction Review; edits an Aurora Award-nominated science fiction fanzine, Ecdysis; and has published essays in The New York Review of Science Fiction and the Ottawa Citizen.

As a commentator on maps and the Olympics, he has been interviewed or featured by Agence France-Presse, the BBC World Service, the Boston Globe, CBC Newsworld, CTV Newsnet, Folha de São Paolo, the Hamilton Spectator, the National Post, the Ottawa Sun, Reuters, RTÉ, Sports Illustrated, the Toronto Star and the West Quebec Post, among others.

Jonathan studied European history at the universities of Winnipeg, Waterloo and Alberta, which circuitously led to stints as a reporter for a small-town weekly newspaper, a writer of briefing notes, and an editor of government regulations and ministerial correspondence.

He lives in Shawville, Quebec, with his partner, their three cats, and an uncomfortable number of snakes.

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¹ Mike Parker, Map Addict (London: Collins, 2009), p. 324.
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