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[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait looks at the dusty spiral of galaxy M81, here.
  • Crooked Timber reacts positively to the Astra Taylor short film What Is Democracy?
  • D-Brief notes that, in the South Atlantic, one humpback whale population has grown from 440 individuals to 25 thousand, nearly completing its recovery from whaling-era lows.
  • Dangerous Minds looks at The Iguanas, first band of Iggy Pop.
  • The Dragon’s Tales looks at consideration in South Korea at building an aircraft carrier.
  • Todd Schoepflin at the Everyday Sociology Blog looks at the division of labour within his family.
  • Far Outliers looks at 17th century clashes between England and Barbary Pirates.
  • JSTOR Daily looks at how antibiotics are getting everywhere, contaminating food chains worldwide.
  • Victor Mair at Language Log looks at the evidence not only for an ancient Greek presence in Central Asia, but for these Greeks’ contact with China.
  • Dan Nexon at Lawyers, Guns and Money notes that the attempt by Trump to get Ukraine to spy on his enemies was driven by what Russia and Hungary alleged about corruption in Ukraine.
  • The LRB Blog looks at the transnational criminal network of the Hernandez brothers in Honduras, a source of a refugee diaspora.
  • Marginal Revolution shares an argument suggesting that marriage is useful for, among other things, encouraging integration between genders.
  • Sean Marshall looks at how the death of the Shoppers World in Brampton heralds a new urbanist push in that city.
  • At the NYR Daily, Helen Joyce talks of her therapeutic experiences with psychedelic drugs.
  • Drew Rowsome reviews the Toronto play The Particulars.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel considers if inflation came before, or after, the Big Bang.
  • John Scalzi at Whatever has a short discussion about Marvel films that concludes they are perfectly valid.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests that central Ukraine has emerged as a political force in post-1914 Ukraine.
  • Arnold Zwicky considers the Indian pickle.

[BLOG] Some Saturday links

  • Anthrodendum considers the question of what, exactly, is the genre of ethnographic film.
  • Centauri Dreams features authors’ calls for a debate on METI, on sending messages to extraterrestrial intelligences.
  • The Crux reports on the continuing damage caused by the continuing eruptions of Indonesia’s mud volcano, Sidoarjo.
  • Imageo shares a cute time-lapse video from Hubble showing the motion of Phobos around Mars.
  • Language Hat responds to a newly-translated mid-19th century Russian novella, Nadezhda Khvoshchinskaya‘s 1861 novella Пансионерка (The Boarding School Girl).
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money has a depressing extended examination of Trump as reflecting structural crisis in the United States.
  • The LRB Blog looks at the genesis and continuing success of Nicaraguan Sign Language.
  • The Map Room Blog shares a satirical map of Washington D.C., defined by the names that its metro stations should have.
  • Ethan Siegel at Starts With A Bang lists the various worlds in our Solar System possibly hosting life, and notes how you could get an Earth-like world with wildly erratic seasons as in Game of Thrones.
  • Unicorn Booty notes that the German president has signed marriage equality into law. (Also, the country has good LGBT protections.)
  • Window on Eurasia notes that Putin is fine with an asymmetrical bilingualism in Russia’s republics, aimed against non-Russian languages.

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

  • The Big Picture shares photos from the war in Ukraine.
  • blogTO maps the distribution of young adults in Toronto.
  • Crooked Timber despairs at evidence in Spike Lee’s 1989 film Do the Right Thing with its (betrayed?) faith in elections.
  • D-Brief examines a binary star set to become a supernova in seven hundred million years.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper examining the formation of icy distant super-Earths.
  • The Dragon’s Tales links to a paper suggesting Mars’ salts formed from freezing and notes that chimpanzees apparently learn food calls from others.
  • A Fistful of Euros’ Alex Harrowell wonders what Russia wants in eastern Ukraine, just the Donbas or a broader sustained destabilization of Ukraine.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money calls for an end to New York City’s tipped minimum wage.
  • Marginal Revolution notes the complexities of Russia.
  • The Planetary Society Blog notes the relationship between the formation of planets and the evolution of life thereon.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer continues to look at the mechanics of the Nicaragua Canal and notes the complexities of Grexit.
  • Towleroad notes that the first same-sex couple married in Alabama is a pair of lesbian African-Americans.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy worries about the freedom of the press in Argentina.

[PHOTO] “The End of an Era: Steve McCurry and the Final Roll of Kodachrome Film”

Someone, someone, linked to this post at Petapixel hosting a National Geographic documentary 23 minutes long. This clip, freely available on YouTubge, followed famed photographer Steve McCurry as he travelled the world–well, New York City and India mainly–taking the best pictures possible with the last roll of Kodachrome film ever manufactured.

Says Petapixel,

The video is much more than just a chronicling of how McCurry spent that last roll of film. As with any great artist, when the NatGeo crew put McCurry on camera he inevitably managed to spout some phenomenal advice. It really makes you appreciate digital (or perhaps miss film) to see McCurry being so careful with his shots, making sure that each one did the Kodachrome roll justice.

In reality, the days already came and went when that roll was shot and developed; the last lab to process Kodachrome stopped at the end of 2010 and you can see the gallery of those final shots on McCurry’s website. But this documentary acts as yet another farewell to a film so loved there are plans for a movie about its demise.

Written by Randy McDonald

January 31, 2013 at 3:59 am