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[URBAN NOTE] Five links on cities: sister-cities, Brexit, farms, existentialism, trade cities

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  • JSTOR Daily notes the extent to which sister-city relationships actually do matter.
  • CityLab looks at how the relationship of British cities with their sister-cities in the EU-27, their “twin towns”, will be affected by Brexit.
  • This article at The Conversation makes excellent points about the need for major cities to support local farm economies.
  • Markus Moos at The Conversation suggests that the philosophical stance of existentialism provides useful angles for thinking about climate change in cities.
  • Politico Europe hosts an article justly skeptical of the idea of setting up semi-autonomous trade cities under European supervision in Africa to hold off migrants from that continent.

[BLOG] Some Saturday links

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  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait explains the astounding brilliance of distant quasar J043947.08+163415.7, as bright as ten trillion suns.
  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly considers elements of her personal style. (It makes me wonder about revising my own, to be perhaps more flamboyant.)
  • John Quiggin at Crooked Timber links to a Guardian article of his, imagining a democratic socialist Australia in 2050.
  • The Dragon’s Tales links to Project Lyra, a proposal for a rendezvous mission to ‘Oumuamua.
  • Far Outliers places the Three Gorges Dam construction, and the mass population displacements involved, in the context of a long Chinese history of like relocations.
  • Gizmodo examines a paper suggesting, based in part on lunar impact rates, an increase in the numbers of asteroids colliding with Earth in the era 300 million years ago.
  • JSTOR Daily looks at the watchers, the now-forgotten profession of women who would attend to the dying.
  • The NYR Daily looks at the problems that women encounter in getting their medical concerns taken seriously.
  • Towleroad writes about sex advisor Alexander Cheves.
  • Window on Eurasia notes a report that the inhabitants of the Belarus village of Oslyanka, transferred from Russia in 1964, have no wish to be transferred back.
  • Arnold Zwicky notes the publication of a study of the English auxiliary system begun by his late colleague Ivan Sag.

[NEWS] Five LGBTQ links: crystal meth, aging with HIV, Drama, Into, Nézet-Séguin

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  • Rod Knight at The Conversation looks at the need of gay and bi men with crystal meth addictions to be able to access integrated care.
  • This still-useful 2014 article from The Tyee by Emi Sasagawa looks at the issues of aging HIV-positive men, many who had not prepared for the aging process pre-HAART.
  • Ottawa’s English Catholic school board has returned the excellent Raina Telgemeier graphic novel Drama to school shelves, after pulling it due to parent homophobia, CBC reports.
  • Daily Xtra notes what a shame that it is that Grindr has fired the editorial staff of its media arm Into.
  • The New York Times has this lovely article looking at the relationship between opera director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and his partner Pierre Tourville.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Kingston, Montréal, Reynosa and McAllen, Sao Paulo, Dar es Salaam

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  • The reopening of Bellevue House, the old Kingston home of John A. MacDonald, has been delayed by Parks Canada. Global News reports.
  • MTL Blog shares a video taken by two people who visited each and every one of the nearly 70 stops of the Montréal subway system in just four hours.</li.
  • The mayors of Reynosa in Mexico and McAllen in the United States, sister cities on the Texas frontier, oppose policies and structures that would divide their binational community. VICE reports.
  • Guardian Cities reports on the difficulties of getting accessible Internet for many in Sao Paulo.
  • Guardian Cities looks on how Dar es Salaam, the emerging megacity of Tanzania, has developed an affordable and rapid bus system.

[BLOG] Some Friday links

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  • Zoe Todd at {anthro}dendum writes about white hostility in academia, specifically directed towards her Indigenous background.
  • Architectuul writes about 3650 Days, a book celebrating a architectural festival in Sarajevo.
  • Bruce Dorminey notes a proposal to look for Planet Nine by examining its impact on the local microwave background, legacy of the Big Bang.
  • L.M. Sacasas at The Frailest Thing considers the relationship between the natural and the artificial.
  • This remarkable essay at Gizmodo explains how the random selection of locations on maps by cartographers can create real-world problems for people who live near these arbitrary points.
  • Language Log looks at a visual pun in a recent K-Pop song.
  • Conrad Landin at the LRB Blog bids farewell to HMV, a store done in perhaps as much by predatory capitalism as by the changing music business.
  • Marginal Revolution notes the impact of the federal government shutdown on Washington D.C.
  • James Kirchick writes at the NYR Blog about pioneering activist Frank Kameny and his fight against the idea of a cure for gayness.
  • Speed River Journal’s Van Waffle shares a recipe for a quick Asian peanut soup, with photo.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel explains why a particular lava flow has blue lava.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that the new Ukrainian Orthodox Church, by virtue of its independence and sheer size, will be a major player in the Orthodox world.
  • Arnold Zwicky starts one post by noting how certain long-necked kitchenware bears a striking resemblance to extinct dinosaurs.

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

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  • Bad Astronomer notes a serendipitous photo of two galaxies, one in front of the other, and what this photo reveals about their structures.
  • Dangerous Minds notes how, and why, Robert Crumb rejected the Rolling Stones and Mick Jagger.
  • D-Brief notes that every hot Jupiter has clouds on its nightside.
  • Earther notes that, after a century and a half, iguanas have been reintroduced to the largest island in the Galapagos.
  • L.M. Sacasas at The Frailest Thing notes how the data self is a shadow of the social self.
  • Gizmodo shares a stunning photo mosaic by Hubble of the Triangulum Galaxy, third-largest component of the Local Group.
  • JSTOR Daily takes a look at the story of William Faulkner and his engagement with Hollywood.
  • Language Log looks at the possibility of outside influence, from other language groups including Indo-European, on a Sinitic word for “milk”.
  • Marginal Revolution links to a London Review of Books article looking at the different national reactions to Brexit from each of the EU-27.
  • The NYR Daily looks at how Israel is exporting its technologies developed during the occupation of the Palestinians globally.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog looks at the latest census data on the languages spoken in England.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel explains why astronomers have not yet been able to locate (or exclude as a possibility) Planet Nine.
  • Towleroad notes that the homophobia of Bolsonario began to be implemented on his first day as president of Brazil.
  • Daniel Little at Understanding Society takes a look at some sociological examinations of the research university.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that many congregations in the west and centre of Ukraine once links to the Russian Orthodox Church have switched to the new Ukrainian Orthodox Church, but that this has not happened in the east.
  • Arnold Zwicky takes a look at the appearance of a conlang in comics.

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

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  • 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.