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[BLOG] Some Monday links

  • Bad Astronomer considers the boundaries of decades, of the 2010s and the 2020s, here.
  • Jamie Bradburn takes a look at the transition between 1919 and 1920, here.
  • Bruce Dorminey makes five astrobiology predictions for 2020, here.
  • Dangerous Minds shares the “cataclysmic” artwork of Hungarian painter Gábor Urbán, here.
  • Myron Strong writes at the Everyday Sociology Blog about the great potential of Afrofuturism, here.
  • Far Outliers shares some fanciful names for a baseball league in Shikoku, here.
  • Gizmodo asks an interesting question: Why is there no male birth control yet?
  • In A State of Migration’s Lyman Stone tells how he and his family circumnavigated Taiwan in the space of a long weekend, here.
  • io9 notes how Garfield cartoonist Jim Davis is putting up decades of art for auction, here.
  • JSTOR Daily looks how the dissolution of the monasteries led to the invention of the archive, to preserve vulnerable perishable documents, here.
  • Language Hat is skeptical of the idea that different language families are subtly different in their concepts of (for instance) emotions.
  • Language Log looks at an unusual restaurant sign in New York City’s Chinatown, here.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the catastrophe of the fires of Australia, here.
  • The LRB Blog writes about the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, an ancient factory in London that might yet find new life, here.
  • Marginal Revolution’s Tyler Cowen is still relatively optimistic about Modi, based in part on his assessment of the net failures of his predecessors, here.
  • Sean Marshall takes issue with the GO Transit fares on the Highway 407 corridor, here.
  • Roberta Brandes Gratz argues at the NYR Daily that upzoning is undermining the human-scale urban fabric of New York City, here.
  • Personal Reflection’s Jim Belshaw reports on how, in a time of drought and fire in Australia, he keeps his garden going. Cultiver notre jardin, indeed.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer looks at who voted where for Macri in Argentina, here.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog looks at the changing lists over time of the most populous countries in the world, here.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel explains why quantum entanglement cannot be used for faster-than-light communications.
  • Strange Company takes a look at how, in 1920, Harry Houdini detected an unusual fraud of a spirit lover.
  • Transit Toronto shares a video taken this Christmas at the Halton County Radial Railway, here
  • Understanding Society looks at studies of cases of non-action in the face of crisis.
  • John Scalzi at Whatever celebrates the 15th anniversary of his famous novel Old Man’s War, here.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that, in the 2020s, Russia is set to fall economically further behind its peers and neighbours.
  • Arnold Zwicky reports again on the electronic music of Swiss André Zwicky, part of his regular tracing down different Zwickys.

Written by Randy McDonald

January 6, 2020 at 11:58 pm

Posted in Assorted

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