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[BLOG] Some Monday links

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  • blogTO shares a visual history of the Toronto Islands. (I really will have to get there this year.)
  • At Broadside Blog, Caitlin Kelly draws lessons from the experience of a journalist who literally overworked himself to death. When should people note their limits?
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes that close-orbiting hot Neptune GJ 436b, even with its comet-like tail produced by heating from its sun, isn’t going to lose its atmosphere.
  • Eastern Approaches notes that Poland’s Donald Tusk is presiding over new military spending inspired by the Ukrainian crisis.
  • The Financial Times‘ The World blog and Eastern Approaches both deal with the international consequences of ongoing Russian involvement in eastern Ukraine, the former calling for broad sanctions.
  • Marginal Revolution wonders if the Russian-majority city of Narva in northeastern Estonia will be the next target of Russia.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer discusses the implication of Russian gas price increases for Ukraine.
  • Torontoist notes the impact of CBC’s announced job cuts.
  • Towleroad links to a teaser for the new HBO movie version of The Lonely Heart and reports on Barbra Streisand’s explanation as to why she couldn’t get the movie made.
  • Une heure de peine’s Denis Colombi writes (in French) about the sociology of working hours in France and among the French.
  • Window on Eurasia argues that rising xenophobia in Russia is alienating many non-Russians and reports on one Russia who argues that there isn’t a necessary conflict between liberalism and imperialism.

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

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  • At the blog Buffer, Kevan Lee shows what lengths–in characters and in words–tweets and blog headlines and blog posts should be, according to science.
  • Patrick Cain notes that Canadians have no way of knowing how many banned guns there were under the former registry since its junking.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper examining what, exactly, is needed for a planet to become Earth-like.
  • The Dragon’s Tales, meanwhile, links to a paper claiming that the Cambrian explosion of biodiversity was a product of a nearby gamma-ray burst.
  • Geocurrents explores the question of whether and how it matters to call the eastern European country “Ukraine” or “the Ukraine”.
  • Joe. My. God. links to a site gathering the first and last lines from noted gay novels.
  • At Lawyers, Guns and Money, bloggers question whether the American soldiers who perpetrated genocide in the Wounded Knee massacre of 1890 should have their Medals of Honor stripped from them, and have no truck with the idea that American airpower can save Ukraine.
  • John Moyer responded to OKCupid’s boycotting of Mozilla for its anti-gay president by quitting Mozilla, and explains why.
  • At the Planetary Society Weblog, Emily Lakdawalla examines the latest thinking on Titan’s methane lakes and oceans. Where do they come from?
  • pollotenchegg maps the distribution of Hungarians in former Hungarian territories in central Europe.
  • Strange Maps examines how maps are used to lie in George Orwell’s 1984.
  • Torontoist shares a picture of a vintage streetcar on the streets of east Toronto’s Scarborough.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy comments on the International Court of Justice’s ruling against Japan on the subject of its supposed scientific whaling program, and argues that a federal system for Ukraine might not be bad notwithstanding Russian bullying.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that Russia’s military depends heavily on the technological and industrial output of southeastern Ukraine, relying on now-suspended cooperation.

[BLOG] Some Monday Crimea links

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  • Eastern Approaches follows the story of Crimean Tatars who are now refugees in western Ukraine.
  • At the Financial Times‘ The World blog, John Reed examines the unlikely media star who is Crimean attorney-general Natalia Poklonskaya.
  • A Fistful of Euros’ David Weman notes the United Nations vote against the annexation of Crimea by Russia.
  • Geocurrents has a series of posts on Ukraine and its area: one on the Moldovan region of Transnistria, a possible western anchor for Russia; one on Transcarpathia, a Ruthene-populated enclave in western Ukraine not quite Ukrainian; one on Ukraine’s energy reserves.
  • At Lawyers, Guns and Money, Robert Farley notes the Russian takeover of the Ukrainian Black Sea fleet ships based in Crimea.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy’s Eugene Volokh points out the many, many ways in which Kosovo does not compare to Crimea.
  • Window on Eurasia has a veritable brace of posts. Crimeans aren’t taking up Russian passports with much enthusiasm, it seems, while the financial costs of annexation will be significant indeed. A Russian war in southeastern Ukraine would be a difficult war to fight, while post-Soviet space has already been destabilized (1, 2). Will South Ossetia be next to be annexed? (Northern California is not so likely.) Meanwhile, Turkish support for Turkic peoples can be destabilizing.
  • Understanding Society’s Daniel Little takes a social science approach to the Russian annexation. What does it mean for the international system’s future? Will there be more annexations?

[BLOG] Some Friday links

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  • Centauri Dreams’ Paul Gilster comments upon Brian Stableford’s argument that modern science fiction traces its origins to 19th century France.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes a new study suggesting that 0.5% of G dwarf stars and 0.8% of K dwarf stars have very close-orbiting planets.
  • At Eastern Approaches, Joe’s Biden’s reassurance to Poland that NATO would defend Polish frontiers in the case of conflict is noted.
  • Far Outliers observes that, at the beginning of the Second World War in the Pacific, Australian defenses in Melanesia were quite weak, additionally commenting on the first Japanese naval deployment south of the equator.
  • The Financial Times‘ World blog notes that, while the Cypriot economy is doing less badly than predicting, the ongoing dependence on Russia is a problem.
  • Language Log’s Victor Mair is critical of a new system for learning Chinese script.
  • Marginal Revolution’s Tyler Cowen observes, after the New York Times, that the economy of South Ossetia five years after the Georgian war isn’t doing very well.
  • Open the Future’s Jamais Cascio, reacting to the Crimean crisis, doesn’t think much of futurological methods which keep making errors.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer notes Ukraine’s exceptional economic dependence on Russia.
  • Visiting Toronto, Peter Rukavina quite likes the inexpensive integration of the TTC into Pearson International Airport.
  • Towleroad notes that Susanna Atanus, a Republican congressional candidate in Illinois who said autism was God’s punishment for same-sex marriage, won the party primary.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy’s Eugene Kontrovich observes the difficult situation of France, which has contracted to sell helicopter carriers to Russia.
  • John Scalzi at Whatever commemorates twenty years of his online presence.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that the Russian annexation of Crimea is accelerating the disintegration of the post-Soviet space and warns of a crackdown on Russian civil society.

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

  • io9 links to a map showing the Milky Way Galaxy’s location in nearer intergalactic space.
  • The Big Picture has pictures from the Sochi Paralympics.
  • blogTO shares an array of pictures from Toronto in the 1980s.
  • D-Brief notes the recent finding that star HR 5171A is one of the largest stars discovered, a massive yellow hypergiant visible to the naked eye despite being twenty thousand light-years away.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes recent studies suggesting that M-class red dwarfs are almost guaranteed to have planets.
  • Eastern Approaches argues that the lawsuits of Serbia and Croatia posed against each other on charges of genocide at the International Court of Justice will do little but cause harm.
  • Far Outliers explores how Australian colonists in the late 19th century feared German ambitions in New Guinea.
  • The Financial Times World blog suggests that, in its mendacity, Russia is behaving in Crimea much as the Soviet Union did in Lithuania in 1990.
  • Geocurrents notes that the Belarusian language seems to be nearing extinction, displaced by Russian in Belarus (and Polish to some extent, too).
  • Joe. My. God. notes the protests of tens of thousands of Orthodox Jews in New York City against mandatory conscription laws in Israel that would see their co-sectarians do service.
  • Marginal Revolution notes that, in pre-Israeli Palestine, local Arabs wanted to be part of a greater Syria.</li?
  • Otto Pohl notes the connections of Crimean Tatars to a wider Turkic world and their fear that a Russian Crimea might see their persecution.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer notes that Venezuela has attacked Panama in retaliation for a vote against it by confiscating the assets of its companies there. In turn, Panama has promised to reveal the banking accounts of Venezuelan officials in Panama.
  • John Scalzi of Whatever is unimpressed with the cultic adoration of Robert Heinlein’s novels by some science fiction fans.

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

  • io9 links to an online version of a 1984 text game, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
  • After disproving the existence of Tyche, Centauri Dreams meditates on the rich data provided on the interstellar neighbourhood by the WISE infrared telescope.
  • The Dragon’s Tales maps the distribution of Russian and Ukrainian military forces.
  • Eastern Approaches visits the western Ukrainian village of Chervone, a community dependent on remittances from guest workers that finds itself getting along increasingly well with Poland and Poles. (Russia and Russians, not so much.)
  • Joe. My. God. notes that seven billionaires on Forbes’ famed list are openly gay.
  • Language Log has issues with the reported sensitivity of the new test for Alzheimer’s.
  • Marginal Revolution follows up on Edward Hugh’s suggestion that all Abenomics in Japan has been doing is boosting the Japanese trade deficit.
  • Livejournal’s pollotenchegg maps the demographics of Ukraine. Despite a significant recent improvements, the west and cities in the center of the country are the only ones avoiding population shrinkage.
  • Savage Minds features a post from anthropologist Robin Bernstein talking about how she likes grant writing.
  • Strange Maps notes a Dutch doctoral thesis arguing that the portolan charts of the early modern period are much too good to have been done in the medieval period. Are they legacies of Greco-Roman civilization?
  • Towleroad notes the testimony of a gay singer-songwriter Justin Utley before a state committee in Utah as to the persecution he has experienced on account of his sexual orientation.
  • Transit Toronto’s Robert McKenzie notes the expansion of parking at the Pickering GO station.
  • Yorkshire Ranter Alex Harrowell complaints that his Firefox is crashing repeatedly and with frequency aren’t things I’ve experienced yet, fortunately.

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

  • 3 Quarks Daily notes the growing Saudi-Pakistan alliance, something increasingly aimed against Syria (Pakistan is training an armed force funded by Saudi Arabia).
  • The Big Picture shares 17 pictures from Ukraine.
  • Centauri Dreams’ Paul Gilster suggests that we now have the beginnings of a model for the formation of planets around pulsars, with debris from the supernova explosion spinning towards the pulsar and condensing into planets.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a study suggesting that photosynthesis is possible on worlds locked into 3:2 resonances about their local sun, i.e. rotatomg three times on its axis for every two orbits around the sun.
  • The Financial Times‘ World blog wonders if Venezuela might follow Ukraine.
  • A Fistful of Euros’ Doug Merrill notes that Ukrainian revolutionaries are just beginning the real work.
  • Marginal Revolution notes the writings of an economist employed by Facebook. What does he do?
  • John Moyer, still in Iceland, meditates on solitude.
  • Naked Anthropologist’s Laura Agustín takes issue with the term “loverboys” used to describe studies of transnational prostitution.
  • The New APPS Blog considers what it means if animals feel love.
  • Justin Petrone, writing about the noise surrounding the Ukrainian revolution, argues in favour of radical skepticism of both sides as likely to lead to the truth.
  • Strange Maps considers the various plans for partitioning California into smaller units, including the most recent one.

[NEWS] Some Wednesday links

  • Thanks to Michael for linking to a Slate photoessay drawing from years of photography of the Brooklyn neighbourhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant.
  • Universe Today notes that Fomalhaut C, a dim red dwarf companion to the brighter A, has a debris disk of its own.
  • io9 notes a Type Ia supernova in neighbouring galaxy M82, 12 million light-years away.
  • CBC reports a recent international survey suggesting that housing across big-city Canada isn’t especially affordable, and that Vancouver is worst.
  • The Carthaginians actually did practice infant sacrifice, The Guardian reports.
  • Conrad shared a report of anti-African racism in Delhi.
  • Der Spiegel notes that France, most recently in Africa, is the only European power actively intervening anywhere. This has import for the European Union.

[BLOG] Some Monday links

  • James Bow reflects on Toronto regional mass transit in the aftermath of the ice storm, and on the events of his life.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes a proposal for a 550 kilogram probe to Uranus that could make the trip in six years via electric sail and do good science, and links to a paper taking a look at the ecological consequences of urban living in medieval Cambodia.
  • Far Outliers quotes from Keith Lowe’s Savage Continent about how the Second World War included many smaller regional wars.
  • Geocurrents profiles the ongoing (but not very successful) movement for autonomy in the French region of Brittany.
  • Joe. My. God. and Towleroad both note that the Russian Orthodox Church has called for a referendum in Russia on criminalizing gay sex.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money links to a report on a crackdown on striking Cambodian garment workers and remarks on a 1986 paper talking about “sissy boy syndrome”.
  • Matthew Ingram shares excerpts from an issue of The Globe published in 1864. What an interesting look at period history they provide!
  • Torontoist’s Kevin Plummer describes the story of Kathleen Boyle, a young woman 17 years old who surprised Toronto in 1930 when she took part in a bank robbery.
  • Towleroad reports on a study that gay men, because they have processed more, tend to make better bosses than their straight counterparts.
  • Window on Eurasia debunks the idea of Russian flight in Tatarstan, wonders if Russian internal migrants coming to the metropole from its Asian and northern frontier will transform Russian politics, and notes the role played by Chechen leader Dzhokar Dudayev in protecting Estonia from Soviet wrath in 1990-1991.

[PHOTO] Prince Edward Battery, Victoria Park, Charlottetown

The Prince Edward Battery, located roughly in the middle of Charlottetown’s Victoria Park, was incorporated into Charlottetown’s main park in 1905 upon the departure of British forces from Prince Edward Island. More visible in the second photo in this series is the steep slope below the cannons, suitable for this was commanding position.

Prince Edward Battery and Magazine, Victoria Park, Charlottetown (1)

Prince Edward Battery and Magazine, Victoria Park, Charlottetown (2)

Prince Edward Battery and Magazine, Victoria Park, Charlottetown (3)

Written by Randy McDonald

January 13, 2014 at 5:59 pm


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