Crooked Timber’s Daniel Davies writes about the end of his career as a financial analyst.
The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper discussing the brown dwarfs of 25 Orionis.
The Dragon’s Tales links to a paper suggesting that Uranus’ moon system is still evolving, with the moon Cupid being doomed in a relatively short timescale. It also wonders if North Korea is exporting rare earths through China.
Far Outliers notes the Ainu legacy in placenames in Japanese-settled Hokkaido.
Languages of the World’s Asya Perelstvaig examines the complexities surrounding language and dialect and nationality in the Serbo-Croatian speech community in the former Yugoslavia.
Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw notes the terribly high death rate among Europeans in colonial Indonesia, and how drink was used to put things off.
The Russian Demographics Blog examines the prevalence of sex-selective abortion in Armenia.
Torontoist notes Rob Ford’s many lies and/or incomprehensions about Toronto’s fiscal realities.
Towleroad suggests that one way to regularize HIV testing would be to integrate it with dentistry appointments.
Window on Eurasia notes a water dispute on the Russian-Azerbaijan border and argues that the election of a pro-Russian cleric to the head of the Ukrainian section of the Russian Orthodox Church is dooming that church to decline.
The Frailest Thing’s Michael Sacasas takes a look at the role of the Church in fostering technological and other innovation.
Joe. My. God. notes that ex-ex-gays are skeptical about claims of sexual orientation conversion, notes a study suggesting that Truvada does protect against HIV infection, and shares the news with Language Hat that the oldest ancient erotic graffiti has been found and turns out to be gay.
Languages of the World’s Asya Perelstvaig notes how ridiculous it is to talk about “simple” languages.
Language Hat notes a study comparing the intelligibility of Maltese with different nearby Arabic varieties and examines the origins of the shtetl.
Language Log disapproves of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes‘ depiction of emergent ape language.
Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the internal passports of whites living in the Confederacy and notes that farmworkers in California are suffering from the drought.
Marginal Revolution suggests that the languages of the world are more resilient to globalization than suspected, comments on immigration in Germany, and notes the study suggesting same-sex parents do a better than average job of raising their children.
The New APPS Blog traces the moral depravity of some pro-Israeli commentators and wonders if underfunding of infrastructure is bringing us to the days of the end of Rome.
The Numerati’s Stephen Baker notes that some drivers in Los Angeles appear to really dislike his ode to jaywalking.
Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw draws from memories of old horse-drawn Gypsy carts in Australia to talk about the importance of animal power in history.
Livejournal’s pollotencheggmaps the distribution of ethnic Russians in Ukraine.
The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer notes that China’s sex imbalances seem to echo historical Australian patterns.
The Search interviews online cuture scholar danah boyd.
Towleroad links to an Iranian government study of young people’s sexuality suggesting, among other things, that 17% of surveyed students are gay.
Whatever’s John Scalzi talks about the existence of transfolk in his Old Man’s War universe.
Yorkshire Ranter Alex Harrowell examines the political consequences of spam.
Discover‘s Collideascape notes that, even as agricultural land is falling worldwide, the productivity of this land is increasing even more sharply.
The Dragon’s Gaze links to one paper examining the extent to which saline water might make cooler planets better for live, and to another paper suggesting that planetary magnetic fields are so importance for life (and oxygen levels) that brief reversals in the history of Earth have led to mass extinctions.
The Dragon’s Tales notes a Ukrainian report that the country’s military has captured a Russian tank.
Joe. My. God. notes that vehemently anti-gay Minnesota archbishop John Nienstadt is being investigated for allegedly having sexual relationships with men.
Marginal Revolution notes that, despite economic collapse, there are some jobs (like low-paying fieldwork) that Portuguese just won’t do.
The New APPS Blog’s Gordon Hull notes the gender inequity involved in the recent Hobby Lobby ruling in the United States.
pollotencheggmaps the slow decline of Ukraine’s Jewish population in the post-1945 era.
Speed River Journal’s Van Waffle writes eloquently about his connections to and love of Lake Erie.
Strange Maps’ Frank Jacobs links to a cartographic examination of the time spent by French television news examining different areas of the world.
Towleroad notes a faux apology made by the Israeli education minister after attacking gay families.
The Volokh Conspiracy’s Jonathan Adler notes the future of contraception coverage under Obamacare.
Window on Eurasia reports on fears that Crimean Tatar organizations will soon suffer a Russian crackdown, and suggests that the West should reconsider its policies on Belarus to encourage that country to diversify beyond Russia.
Andart’s Anders Sandberg links to a paper of his examining the ethics of brain emulations. How ethical is it do make very life-like simulations of minds?
blogTO notes a public art movement tracing the former path of the Don River.
The Burgh Diaspora’s Jim Russell notes that population change in the US is a consequence of migration and natural change.
Centauri Dreams considersintergalactic travel. Given the huge travel times involved, travelling on a hypervelocity star ejected from a solar system may be more secure.
The Cranky Sociologists’ SocProf notes that not caring about a particular social issue until it affects you actually isn’t good for society as a whole.
The Dragon’s Gaze links to one paper suggesting between 5.3 and 10% of Sun-like star ssupport Earth-sized planets in their circumstellar habitable zones, and another identifying HIP 114328 as a solar twin.
Joe. My. God. notes the latest developments in marriage equality in Finland.
Marginal Revolution’s Tyler Cowen notes that Scottish devolution hasn’t changed much policy, perhaps passing over the possibility that perhaps devolution has prevented change.
blogTO notes that the Global Village Backpackers building on the northeast corner of King and Spadina is up for sale.
Centauri Dreams and the Planetary Society Blog both comment on the almost last-minute search by the Hubble space telescope for Kuiper belt objects to be targets for the New Horizons probe after it passes Pluto.
Crooked Timber’s Corey Robin speculates that the alleged boredom of Obama in office might be taken as a marker for imminent revolutionary sentiment.
The Dragon’s Gaze notes that the protoplanetary disk of protostar IRAS 16293-2422 is composed of two segments, both rotating in opposite directions.
Lawyers, Guns and Money approves of Mattherw Yglesias’ argument that some wars, like a proposed intervention in Iraq, are unwinnable.
Marginal Revolution has more on the court decision against Argentina for the benefit of its creditors.
Registan describes what the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan is doing in Pakistan. (Putting down roots.)
Savage Minds features a post by a pair of anthropologists advocating that the discipline take part in a boycott of Israel.
Torontoist profiles the #parkdalelove Twitter campaign mounted after Mammoliti’s ridiculous statements.
The Volokh Conspiracy reports on a lawsuit by a convert to the church that converted him, alleging that because they publicized his conversion from Islam contrary to his request his life was threatened in Syria.
Window on Eurasia suggests that Russia annexed Crimea because it thought alternative separatist movements in Ukraine were budding.