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[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

  • Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly considers what it means to live a kintsugi life.
  • The Crux looks at the difficulties facing the researches who seek to understand the undeciphered script of the Indus Valley Civilization.
  • Karen Sternheimer at the Everyday Sociology Blog notes the importance, and relevance, of studying sociological research methods.
  • L.M. Sacasas at The Frailest Thing revives from the archives an old article from the 1980s looking at the impact of VCRs on their users.
  • JSTOR Daily examines the new challenges facing makeup artists in the early Technicolor era of Hollywood in the 1930s.
  • Marginal Revolution links to a paper examining the economic motives for well-off Chinese households to engage in the footbinding of young women.
  • Gabrielle Bellot writes at the NYR Daily about a remarkable overlooked work by James Baldwin, the children’s book Little Man, Little Man illustrated by Yoran Cazac.
  • The Planetary Society Blog notes that the Opportunity rover on Mars is still silent, though there is still hope for the robot that could.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog shares a map examining the distribution of speakers of English in the Russian Federation circa 2010.
  • Drew Rowsome reviews a collection of the comic horror short stories of Isaac Thorne.
  • Speed River Journal’s Van Waffle meditates on lichen and dogs in the park.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel reports on NGC 1052-DF2, a diffuse galaxy that seems to have been formed in the aftermath of a sort of conflict with dark matter. https://www.forbes.com/sites/startswithabang/2018/12/27/the-galaxy-that-challenged-dark-matter-and-failed/
  • The top post of 2018 at Strange Company was this post looking at the mysterious 1911 murder in Indianapolis of German-born doctor Helen Knabe.
  • John Scalzi at Whatever notes, in response to a recent survey suggesting authors have very low incomes, that most authors have never earned that much.
  • Window on Eurasia takes a look, in the wake of the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, controversy in Belarus over a possible similar move there.
  • Yorkshire Ranter Alex Harrowell notes the sheer complexity of the potential options for the United Kingdom with Brexit makes simple strategies–and a simple referendum question–exceptionally difficult.
  • Arnold Zwicky has an enjoyable rumination starting from a Owen Smith parody of the Edward Hopper painting Nighthawk on the cover of The New Yorker.
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