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I'm a Post-Doctoral Fellow in atmospheric remote sensing at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I first came to Stack Exchange for practical reasons: Tex.SE has been of major help when I wrote my licentiate (midterm) thesis. Since then, I have discovered the joy of many websites. As my network profile will show, I'm interested in travel, outdoor, scientific skepticism, and as I work in academia, also in academia and LaTeX.


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comment How far away from artificial light do you need to get to experience the night sky without light polution?
@Flimzy this meta answer disagrees, and states that travel activities are on-topic. We have plenty of questions on hiking in spot X (also on-topic on The Great Outdoors), nightlife in spot Y, museums in spot Z, etc. — all popular tourist activities. I think this question fits in the same category, as would travel-specific photography questions. Either they're all on-topic, or they're all off-topic. We may continue this discussion on meta.
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comment In the high season in Ontario, is it possible to camp on campsites without early pre-reservations?
I came across a very nice one, secluded valley in the Niagara Escarpment, but perhaps it looked nice only because it was empty. On my topo maps I see literally dozens of campgrounds along the Niagara Escarpment, Bruce Peninsula, shores of lake Huron, Lake Simcoe, and the general area of the forests of southern Ontario. If I'm in an area where I can't camp in the wild, and I'm not near any provincial park either, then a commercial campground will do.
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comment In the high season in Ontario, is it possible to camp on campsites without early pre-reservations?
Aren't there quite many private campsites as well, that are not part of the provincial parks system? I arrived at one last Friday by bicycle, only to learn that it was still closed for the season (I had not done my homework properly...). The only one that was open was the Niagara Falls KOA campground (not exactly what I call "the great outdoors").
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asked In the high season in Ontario, is it possible to camp on campsites without early pre-reservations?
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comment How far away from artificial light do you need to get to experience the night sky without light polution?
For North America, you can find dark spots through this interactive web applet.
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comment How far away from artificial light do you need to get to experience the night sky without light polution?
I think this question is completely on-topic on Travel, as seeing the night sky is a very valid tourism/travel reason. I don't see why it would depend on where you are. I don't understand the close votes at all.
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comment Explain travel times and distances on flight
Are those nautical miles or imperial miles?
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comment How much do roof racks hurt gas mileage?
@MichaelBorgwardt Moreover, Three significantly different sizes are in current use: the imperial gallon (≈ 4.546 L) which is used in the United Kingdom, Canada, and some Caribbean countries; the US gallon (≈ 3.79 L), which is used in the US and some Latin American and Caribbean countries; and the least-used US dry gallon (≈ 4.40 L).. If a Canadian or Brit talks about "miles per gallon", what gallon does xe mean?
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comment How much do roof racks hurt gas mileage?
What's the purpose of a wind deflector, considering its effect is to worsen fuel efficiency?
Apr
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comment Abandoned theme parks in Iceland
Are those you know of actually open to the public? It seems dangerous to walk on high unmaintained constructions.
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comment What options are available for hunting feral boar on Hawaii?
Dryden, I'd consider it's on-topic on both in this case. I've had a minority viewpoint in the past, where I take a narrower interpretation of travel than others (I don't think any activity performed while travelling is necessarily on-topic). So I've stopped flagging for moving and I rather try to advertise The Great Outdoors (which needs more questions) at any relevant question.
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comment What options are available for hunting feral boar on Hawaii?
See also The Great Outdoors.
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comment Are any maps for sale at Jeju International Airport?
Do you mean I count rent a phone including both hardware and software, at the airport?
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reviewed Reject suggested edit on Sending luggage ahead of travel
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asked Can I get on and off Jeju Airport Limousine at any stop?
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revised Are any maps for sale at Jeju International Airport?
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asked Are any maps for sale at Jeju International Airport?
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reviewed Close Cheap flights from Bavaria to Norway in summer
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reviewed Leave Open Baggage limit for Cathay Pacific Airlines flights ex North America