Assorted Personal Notations, Essays, and Other Jottings
[BLOG] Some Monday links
Bad Astronomy’s Phil Plait remembers recently departed colleague Bruce Woodgate.
Centauri Dreams examines the possibility of layered subsurface oceans on Ganymede.
Crooked Timber’s Belle Waring quite likes the song and video “Tous les Mêmes” by Belgian musician Stromae.
The Dragon’s Gaze links to one paper suggesting that circumbinary exoplanets–planets orbiting two closely-orbiting stars–might be quite common and another modelling the temperatures on the surface of a tide-locked ocean world.
The Dragon’s Tales notes a DNA study of house mice suggesting that Vikings might have been the first to explore the island of Madeira and its neighbours, four centuries before Portuguese colonization.
Eastern Approaches visits east Ukraine and examines turmoil in Slovenia.
Far Outliers traces the evolution of the Melanesian island of Rabaul under Japan as a military base in the Second World War.
Joe. My. God. notes that anti-gay North Carolina Republican State Senate candidate Steve Wiles had a prior career as drag queen Miss Mona Sinclair.
Language Hat samples the beautiful strange poetry of the recently passed Rosemary Tonks.
Language Log’s Mark Liberman wonders, inspired by XKCD’s recent meditation on Morse code and Livejournal, how social media will continue to evolve.
pollotencheggmaps the changing relative proportions of Russians in different regions of Ukraine over more than a century.
Towleroad remembers the late disco great Sylvester.
Window on Eurasia links to warnings that Putin is a fascist bent on taking to Russia to war and concerns that so far, the Eurasian customs union isn’t boosting Russian ties with adjacent regions of Belarus and Kazakhstan.