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[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

  • Centauri Dreams notes how gas giants on eccentric orbits can easily disrupt bodies on orbits inwards.
  • Maria Farrell at Crooked Timber suggests that the political culture of England has been deformed by the trauma experienced by young children of the elites at boarding schools.
  • Dangerous Minds looks at the haunting art of Paul Delvaux.
  • The Everyday Sociology Blog looks at the work of Tressie McMillan Cottom in investigating for-profit higher education.
  • Far Outliers looks at Tripoli in 1801.
  • Gizmodo shares the Boeing design for the moon lander it proposes for NASA in 2024.
  • io9 shares words from cast of Terminator: Dark Fate about the importance of the Mexican-American frontier.
  • JSTOR Daily makes a case against killing spiders trapped in one’s home.
  • Language Hat notes a recovered 17th century translation of a Dutch bible into the Austronesian language of Siraya, spoken in Taiwan.
  • Language Log looks at the origin of the word “brogue”.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money looks at the payday lender industry.
  • Marginal Revolution notes a new biography of Walter Raleigh, a maker of empire indeed.
  • The NYR Daily looks at a new dance show using the rhythms of the words of writer Robert Walser.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel looks at how, in a quantum universe, time and space could still be continuous not discrete.
  • Strange Company looks at a court case from 1910s Brooklyn, about a parrot that swore.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy notes an affirmative action court case in which it was ruled that someone from Gibraltar did not count as Hispanic.
  • Window on Eurasia notes rhetoric claiming that Russians are the largest divided people on the Earth.
  • Arnold Zwicky looks at lizards and at California’s legendary Highway 101.

[ISL] Five islands links: Unalaska, Haida Gwaii, Taiwan and Polynesia, Greenland, Madagascar

  • The BBC reports on the Alaskan island of Unalaska, part of the Aleutian chain and fought over during the Second World War.
  • Airbnb and short-term stays are apparently contributing to a housing crisis on Haida Gwaii, also known as the Queen Charlotte Islands. Global News reports.
  • Duncan De’Aeth at Taiwan News writes about the Hawaiki Project, an initiative to connect the indigenous tribes of the Pacific with the tribes of Taiwan, distant relatives on Austronesians’ island of origin.
  • Though the shedding of icebergs from icecap in Greenland may attract tourists, it also endangers local communities. Wired reports.
  • Marginal Revolution reports that, despite its deep poverty, Madagascar has some of the fastest broadband internet speeds on the planet.

[BLOG] Some Saturday links

  • Dangerous Minds shares one video club of David Bowie in London in 1967, and another of the controversies around the Cocteau Twins in 1985 Ohio.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes a study of the winds of hot Jupiter HD 189733b.
  • The Dragon’s Tales looks at the evolution of Titan’s atmosphere from an early date.
  • Joe. My. God. and Towleroad each note the failure of PrEP to protect a Toronto man against infection.
  • Language Hat links to a study looking at the spread of Austronesian languages.
  • Marginal Revolution writes on the economics, and the culture, of used book sales.
  • The NYRB Daily notes the problems with staging Wagner.
  • Savage Minds shares a list of new ethnographic texts.
  • Torontoist examines how Ontario’s cap and trade and other green initiatives could impact Toronto.
  • Towleroad and Joe. My. God. note the Australian government’s belated apology for the repression of gay demonstrators in Sydney in 1978, during the first Mardi Gras.
  • Window on Eurasia writes about the reasons for the support of diasporic Russian Jews for Putin’s Russia and notes the Russian government’s hostility towards open regionalism on its borders.
  • Arnold Zwicky shares and dissects a Japanese-style poem of his.