Best place get a Geiger counter and a bucket of plastic baby legs
349 Queen West, 416-593-0909
You never know what you'll find at Active Surplus, the ramshackle outfitter of choice for electronics hobbyists and inventors. It's like a post-apocalyptic market, stocking every conceivable cable or adapter at bulk-barn prices. It's also a top choice for a DIY home entertainment installation.
Best place to build a robot
INTERACCESS ELECTRONIC MEDIA ARTS CENTRE
9 Ossington, 416-599- 7206, www.interaccess.org
In its multi-level industrial building at the foot of Ossington, InterAccess presents cutting-edge electronic and new media art on a gallery floor, and a mad-scientist workshop in the basement. It's also got the goods to kick-start your project to life, including equipment rentals and practical workshops on everything from software to soldering.
Best justice league
1 Devonshire, www.citizenlab.org
Based at the Munk Centre for International Studies at U of T, the Citizen Lab combines think tank smarts with computer programmer savvy to promote Internet freedoms across the globe. Besides challenging governments and corporations, it offers practical means for browsers to get around online lockdowns, such as the just released Everyone's Guide To By-Passing Internet Censorship For Citizens Worldwide.
There are dozens of Toronto-centric blogs covering everything from cycling to fashion, but the one that stands on top of the heap is clearly Spacing Toronto (formerly Spacing Wire). Companion site to the beautiful Spacing Magazine, the blog serves up daily content about our city's public space in a concise and intelligent format. Budding urban activists should make Spacing's RSS feed part of their daily consumption.
Best webcomics superhero
Ryan North would already be a hero for his weekly Dinosaur Comics (www.qwantz.com), featuring a spaztacular T. Rex and friends caught in clip-art poses. But by promoting the entire webcomics medium through a self-made advertising service (www.projectwonderful.com) and a search engine (www.ohnorobot.com), he's helped ensure that other great online creators won't face early extinction.