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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.

[CAT] Six cat links: cat ladies, Carly Rae Jepsen, ferals, psychopaths, yoga, Captain Marvel

  • This article by Mirjana Milovanovic at VICE interviewing self-described cat ladies and letting them explain why they prefer cats to men was informative, and fun.
  • Vulture reported that the new Carly Rae Jepsen video, “Now That I Found You”, is all about the love of a woman for her cat.
  • The plight of feral cats in Kingston and wider Frontenac County is serious, but volunteers are doing their best to help. Global News reports.
  • Are cats not psychopaths, but simply misunderstood? The Atlantic makes the case for human ignorance.
  • The Guardian shares photos from the Brooklyn Cat CafĂ©, where yoga with cats is a thing.
  • Emma Stefansky at Thrillist interviewed cat trainer Ursula Brauner, about cats in movies generally and the cats featuring in Captain Marvel specifically. (I really liked Goose.)

[NEWS] Five LGBTQ links: STEM, punk, Brooklyn, Babadook, Ron and Lloyd Cameron-Lewis

  • Them looks at issues with queer representation in the STEM professions.
  • Them reports on a new exhibition at the Museum of Sex in New York City, looking at the queer history of punk.
  • Towleroad examines the new book by Hugh Ryan, When Brooklyn Was Queer, looking at the LGBTQ history of Brooklyn from the 1850s to the present day.
  • VICE takes a look at the latest stage of the development of the Babadook into a queer cultural icon.
  • Rachel Levy-McLaughlin writes at Daily Xtra about Ron and Lloyd Cameron-Lewis, a couple whose relationship 50 years long has been recognized by the Canadian government, relatively recent advent of marriage equality notwithstanding.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: governance, housing bubbles, monuments, fiction, Brooklyn

  • Wayne Roberts at NOW Toronto makes the point that, in the wake of the Doug Ford government, cities in Canada need to get solid grounds for autonomy.
  • Toronto and Vancouver rank alongside world cities including Hong Kong, London, Amsterdam, and Munich as being at risk of housing bubbles. CBC reports.
  • Guardian Cities takes a look at what cities around the world are doing with regards to contentious public monuments, here.
  • CityLab has an interesting roundup of recent online fiction about cities, here.
  • Justin Fox at Bloomberg View makes the case that Brooklyn is setting a general good standard for the atmosphere of American cities generally, notwithstanding issues. (I’d add that the influence of the Brooklyn model is not limited to the United States.)

[URBAN NOTE] Five New York City links (#nyc): subways, global warming, Coney Island

  • This CityLab explanation why new York City stopped building new subway lines is sad.
  • The libertarian Manhattan Institute notes just how much the metropolis depends on its subway system, here.
  • CityLab notes that temperatures on the subway system of New York City in summer are becoming dangerously high.
  • The L Train shutdown is pushing down rents in parts of Brooklyn, VICE reports.
  • JSTOR Daily notes how the amusement park of Coney Island once was a major showcase for babies receiving medical care in incubators, and why this was the case.

[NEWS] Five LGBT links: Village killings of the 1970s, Grindr, Fire Island, Steve Rogers’ Brooklyn

  • This long-form CBC article on a string of unsolved murders of gay men in the late 1970s is compelling, frightening reading.
  • Daily Xtra recently shared a Body Politic article from the 1970s by the late great Robin Hardy on the mysterious killings of gay men at the time. (Visibility, as Hardy suggests, can save lives.)
  • The suggestion that excessive dependency on Grindr and similar apps is not helping queer men form rewarding relationships does not sound inherently implausible to me. Vox has it.
  • Hornet Stories shares a guide to Fire Island, here.
  • Things With Wings looks at the history of New York City and Brooklyn and finds out that the neighbourhood where Steven Rogers lived in the 1930s and 1940s, Brooklyn Heights, was actually a mecca of out queer people and communities.

[PHOTO] Matzo ball soup, Emphasis, Brooklyn

The matzo ball soup of Bay Ridge’s Emphasis diner (6822 4th Avenue) is strongly recommended.

Matzo ball soup #newyorkcity #newyork #brooklyn #bayridge #emphasis #matzoballsoup #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

February 4, 2018 at 11:45 am

[PHOTO] Track level, Borough Hall, Brooklyn

The Borough Hall/Court Street station in downtown Brooklyn was my first real introduction to the borough of Brooklyn, and to the maze of subway passages in New York City. The TTC has nothing on the MTA!

Track level, Borough Hall #newyorkcity #newyork #brooklyn #mta #subway #boroughhall #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

January 31, 2018 at 10:45 am

[NEWS] Four links on relationships,sexuality: Brooklyn drag, Tom of Finland, bromance, online dating

  • VICE suggests that drag in Brooklyn is having a big creative moment.
  • This interview with the director of the Tom of Finland biopic sounds like he has grasped the issues.
  • LiveScience tells of a formal study suggesting heterosexual guys prefer bromances to straight relationships … huh.
  • Does online dating have the ability to transform society, by making all kinds of unexpected links across boundaries? Technology Review reports.

[URBAN NOTE] Four articles about changing Toronto neighbourhoods, and Hamilton as Brooklyn

  • NOW Toronto recently had a cover article looking at the history of the Annex’s Brunswick House, now converted to a Rexall. Could it have been the Bloor’s equivalent to the Drake?
  • The Toronto Star reports on growing tensions in Parkdale over the Metcap rent strike.
  • NOW Toronto looks at how artists are starting to take over the Galleria Mall, to imagine what could be.
  • NOW Toronto suggests that Hamilton could, maybe, be about to evolve into the GTA’s equivalent of Brooklyn.