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[BLOG] Some Friday links

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  • Matt Thompson at anthro{dendum} writes about the complex, often anthropological, satire in the comics of Charles Addams.
  • Architectuul looks at the photography of Roberto Conte.
  • Bad Astronomy’s Phil Plait notes a new computer model suggesting a supernova can be triggered by throwing a white dwarf into close orbit of a black hole.
  • D-Brief notes how ammonia on the surface of Pluto hints at the existence of a subsurface ocean.
  • Bruce Dorminey notes how the bombardment of Earth by debris from a nearby supernova might have prompted early hominids to become bipedal.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes that NASA has awarded its first contract for its plans in lunar space.
  • Far Outliers notes the reactions, within and without the Soviet Union, to the 1991 Soviet coup attempt.
  • Matt Novak at Gizmodo’s Paleofuture notes how, in 1995, Terry Pratchett predicted the rise of online Nazis.
  • io9 notes the impending physical release this summer of DVDs of the Deep Space Nine documentary What We Left Behind.
  • JSTOR Daily suggests some ways to start gardening in your apartment.
  • Victor Mair at Language Log claims that learning Literary Chinese is a uniquely difficult experience. Thoughts?
  • The NYR Daily features a wide-ranging interview with EU official Michel Barnier focused particularly, but not exclusively, on Brexit.
  • The Planetary Society Blog notes that an Internet vote has produced a majority in favour of naming outer system body 2007 OR10 Gonggang.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer considers the possibility that foreign investors in Mexico might be at risk, at least feel themselves at risk, from the government of AMLO.
  • The Signal looks at how the Library of Congress archives spreadsheets.
  • Van Waffle at the Speed River Journal looks at magenta spreen, a colourful green that he grows in his garden.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel notes how we on Earth are carelessly wasting irreplaceable helium.
  • Window on Eurasia refers to reports claiming that a third of the population of Turkmenistan has fled that Central Asian state. Could this be accurate?

[PHOTO] Boundary helix, Church and Wellesley

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Boundary helix #toronto #churchstreet #churchandwellesley #rainbow #sculpture #helix #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

May 31, 2019 at 11:30 am

[PHOTO] Three photos of the tomatoes of Pusateri’s

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Tomatoes of Pusateri's (1) #toronto #churchstreet #churchandwellesley #tomatoes #tomato #pusateris #latergram

Tomatoes of Pusateri's (2) #toronto #churchstreet #churchandwellesley #tomatoes #tomato #pusateris #latergram

Tomatoes of Pusateri's (3) #toronto #churchstreet #churchandwellesley #tomatoes #tomato #pusateris #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

May 31, 2019 at 10:30 am

[PHOTO] Blossoms on Church Street, above Maple Leaf Gardens

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Blossoms on Church Street #toronto #churchstreet #churchandwellesley  #mapleleafgardens #spring #blossoms #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

May 31, 2019 at 9:30 am

[NEWS] Five JSTOR Daily links: Blaschka glass, Priestley, crime, Humphrey, writing

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  • JSTOR Daily looks at the remarkable glasswork of the Blaschka Invertebrate Collection.
  • JSTOR Daily looks at the political radicalism of inventor Joseph Priestley.
  • JSTOR Daily looks at how Midwesterners responded to the 1930s craze of bank robberies with their own improvised systems in the face of police failures.
  • JSTOR Daily explains why Hubert Humphrey, despite his conventional strengths, was not going to be a winning Democratic candidate for President.
  • Austin Allen writes at JSTOR Daily about the complicated aesthetic and political radicalism of W.H. Auden, George Orwell, and James Baldwin.

[URBAN NOTE] Five links on cities: housing, public space, Millennialks, mass transit, beauty

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  • Increasing the housing supply will not necessarily decrease inequality. CityLab reports.
  • American cities need more public spaces, for the health and well-being of all. The Atlantic reports.
  • Having large populations of educated Millennials is a good problem for cities. Bloomberg reports.
  • Atlas Obscura profiles some cool systems of mass transit from around the world.
  • CityLab observes how beauty in a city can boost its growth.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Kitchener-Waterloo, Bowmanville, Kingston, Laval, Québec City

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  • Grand River Transit, in Kitchener-Waterloo, is running a contest giving a winner a chance to ride the first Ion train. Global News reports.
  • Can the eastern GTA city of Bowmanville get included in Metrolinx’s plans for GO Transit expansion? Global News reports.
  • Kingston, Ontario, is preparing for a new tourist season, capitalizing on its many museums and history sites. Global News reports.
  • Le Devoir reports a new REM train station in Laval might be in a flood risk area.
  • This year, Québec City is trying to balance the needs of tourists and residents in Vieux-Québec. CTV News reports.