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[BLOG] Some Monday links

  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper examining a potential relationship between stars’ magnetic fields and exoplanets.
  • Hornet Stories links to the Instagram account of Tom Bianchi, still taking photos of Fire Island.
  • Language Hat notes the death of Ognen Cemerski, a Macedonian who went to heroic lengths to translate Moby Dick into his language.
  • Language Log notes an unusual hybrid Sino-Tibetan sign for a restaurant.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money is appropriately savage with Hillbilly Elegy (at least of uncritical readings of said).
  • Marginal Revolutions links to a paper noting French cities, unlike British ones, are much more tightly tied to old Roman settlements, away from the sea.
  • Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw calls for the return of the Australian $2 bill.
  • Roads and Kingdoms looks at the aftermath of rampant electoral fraud in Angola. What will come next?
  • Drew Rowsome takes a stand against, particularly in the context of Stephen King’s It, the now-common fear of clowns.
  • Understanding Society takes a look at Erik Olin Wright’s thinking on possible utopias.
  • Window on Eurasia notes potential contributions of Russophone Belarusians and Ukrainians to the Russophone world, and notes some controversy in Moscow re: widely-observed Muslim holidays at start of the school year.
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[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait notes how data mining of stellar surveys led to the discovery of a new star type, the BLAP.
  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly tells about her enjoyable recent stay at Fire Island.
  • Centauri Dreams notes the latest maneuvers of asteroid probe OSIRIS-REx.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper considering oxygen in exoplanet atmospheres as a biomarker.
  • Joe. My. God. notes how racist Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio is upset at being called a racist.
  • Language Log notes how China censored images of the Tibetan-language tattoo of MMA fighter Dan Hardy.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes how deportees to Mexico are beset by that country’s crime syndicates.
  • Marginal Revolution links to a paper considering how many sellers a market needs to be competitive.
  • The New APPS Blog considers the racism of Donald Trump in the light of Agamben’s concept of the homo sacer.
  • Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw considers the issue of monuments in Australia in the context of Aborigines’ sufferings by the subjects memorialized.
  • The Planetary Society Blog shows the Jupiter approach videos taken by the Voyager probes.
  • Towleroad explains why Diana, with her embrace of (among other things) fashion and AIDS victims, is a gay icon.
  • Arnold Zwicky notes the official registration in Scotland of a tartan for LGBT people.

[BLOG] Some Monday links

  • Charley Ross reflects on the story of Carla Vicentini, a Brazilian apparently abducted from New Jersey a decade ago.
  • The Everyday Sociology Blog reflects on the concept of anomie.
  • Far Outliers looks at the southwest Pacific campaigns of 1942, and reflects on Australian-American tensions in New Guinea in the Second World War.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money reflects briefly on the disaster in Houston.
  • The Map Room Blog links to two interesting longform takes on maps in fantasy.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer considers the extent to which urban policy has contributed to Houston’s issues.
  • Roads and Kingdoms tells the story of a Shabbat celebration in Zimbabwe, and of the country’s Jewish community.
  • Strange Company tells the story of the mysterious disappearance of Lieutenant Paul Byron Whipkey. What was done to him?
  • Unicorn Booty reports on how the Supreme Court of India has found people have a legal right to their orientation.
  • Window on Eurasia reports on the growing number of Russian citizens with Chinese connections.
  • Arnold Zwicky talks about Tom Bianchi’s vintage Fire Island photos.

[BLOG] Some Friday links

  • D-Brief shares rare video of beaked whales on the move.
  • Dangerous Minds notes that someone has actually begun selling unauthorized action figures of Trump Administration figures like Bannon and Spencer.
  • Language Log looks at a linguistic feature of Emma Watson’s quote, her ending it with a preposition.
  • Marginal Revolution’s Tyler Cowen considers, originally for Bloomberg View, if Trump could be seen as a placebo for what ails America.
  • The New APPS Blog takes a Marxist angle on the issue of big data, from the perspective of (among other things) primitive accumulation.
  • The Search reports on the phenomenon of the Women’s History Month Wikipedia edit-a-thon, aiming to literally increase the representation of notable women on Wikipedia.
  • Towleroad notes the six men who will be stars of a new Fire Island reality television show.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy finds some merit in Ben Carson’s description of American slaves as immigrants. (Some.)
  • Window on Eurasia argues that Belarusians are beginning to mobilize against their government and suggests they are already making headway.

[BLOG] Some Friday links

  • blogTO reports on a very futuristic and upscale condo planned to be built in North York.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper arguing that Kepler-93b is likely a super-Earth, not a mini-Neptune.
  • The Dragon’s Tales looks at a spectrographic study of part of Mars’ Valles Marineris.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that a business district in Fire Island is going up for sale at an unexpectedly low price.
  • Language Log notes the declining usage of the definite article “the” and increasing use of the indefinite “a”.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money calculates how much money Yale spent on educating The Great Gatsby‘s racist boor Tom Buchanan.
  • Marginal Revolution notes a 1991 paper suggesting international terrorism is rare because it is costly.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer notes that American oil exports to Mexico aren’t noteworthy, being relatively low-volume and of fuel Mexico can’t manufacture.
  • Savage Minds follows an anthropologist in Bulgaria as she reacts to the death of one of her informants.
  • Torontoist and blogTO both report on the three new charges of sexual assault brought against Jian Ghomeshi.
  • Towleroad has a funny video of gay couples reading Grindr exchanges to each other.
  • Window on Eurasia notes Estonian criticism of Russian assimilation of Finno-Ugric minorities, and predicts crisis in the North Caucasus.

[URBAN NOTE] “The Architecture of Seduction”

Guy Trebay New York Times article making the case for the importance of the Long Island resort community of Fire Island for gay communities makes interesting arguments. I’m not sure Fire Island it has the broad contemporary importance to all gay people (men mainly, it seems) that it has been made out as having (I’ve read about it, yes, but I think I’m relatively rare among my peer group in Canada having read about it) but it certainly has historical relevance, inasmuch as New York City is where the gay rights movement and gay culture got kickstarted.

“My line to people is that the Pines is to gay people what Israel is to Jews,” Andrew Kirtzman, a longtime Pines resident and real estate developer, said recently. “It’s the spiritual homeland. There’s just a sense of history in the air, almost tangible but not quite. You just feel like you’re part of some kind of grand creation meant solely for gays.”

History is on people’s minds this season, as the Pines marks the 60th anniversary of its founding: two newly published books examine a period many here see as a golden one; homeowners are returning to restore and rebuild houses inundated by Hurricane Sandy; and the Pavilion, the harborside dance hall that long served as an anchor of social life in the community, is reopening as a boldly reimagined version of an unloved structure that in 2011 was destroyed by fire.

Regeneration is a word not often associated with summer towns — ephemeral by definition and seldom more so than on an island whose geography is entirely at the command of a mercurial ocean. Yet it’s in those forces, the ocean’s tidal surges and ebbs, the wind-carved dunes, that clues can be seen to the particular powers this landscape has exerted on those who inhabit it, said Christopher Rawlins, the author of “Fire Island Modernist: Horace Gifford and the Architecture of Seduction,” an overdue monograph about a little-known architect to be released this week.

“It’s an inherently erotic landscape,” said Mr. Rawlins, who found in Mr. Gifford’s work motives and inspirations of a kind that were once considered joyous, until a plague came along and cloaked them with a shroud.

“The Stonewall generation invented what I call this architecture of seduction,” Mr. Rawlins said, referring to a style marked by spare interiors engineered to foster outdoor living; by spare but theatrical geometries; and by stage effects like mirrored ceilings and expanses of window wall.

Written by Randy McDonald

May 23, 2013 at 6:46 pm

[URBAN NOTE] “Officials ban nude sunbathing on Fire Island”

Joe. My. God. and Towleroad both linked to Candace Ruud’s Newsday article announcing that soon, there’s going to be a ban enforced on nude sunbathing on iconic Fire Island. (Environmental concerns following the scouring of the dunes by Hurricane Sandy seem secondary compared to the concerns over public displays of inappropriateness.)

Speaing as someone who has enjoyed Hanlan’s Point on the Toronto Islands, I can see the points being made. I am somewhat surprised that nude sunbathing wasn’t legally protected on Fire Island as it is at Hanlan’s Point.

A decades-long tradition of nude sunbathing on Fire Island beaches is coming to an end this summer: Fire Island National Seashore authorities have announced plans to enforce long-standing laws banning the practice.

The surging popularity of Lighthouse Beach in particular has led to increased complaints and observations of assault, sex, masturbation and prostitution, said Fire Island chief ranger Lena Koschmann. On some summer days, as many as 4,000 people descend on the narrow strip of land east of Robert Moses State Park Field 5, in the shadow of famed Fire Island Lighthouse.

“We’ve been struggling to make it work because Fire Island has a history of that type of use and people have been coming there for years,” Koschmann said. “The more we talked about it and researched it, the more we realized that that use wasn’t compatible with an area like Lighthouse Beach.”

The beach’s proximity to the lighthouse generated complaints from tourists about public nudity, which now would be seen more frequently because the beach’s dunes, decimated by superstorm Sandy, no longer obscure sightlines, she said.

Since the beach has no lifeguards, bathrooms or trash cans, Koschmann said thousands of nude sunbathers pose a public health risk in an area that wasn’t meant to be heavily used.

“There has been a huge change in the demographic and the types of activities happening there in the last 10 or 15 years,” she said. “Now when you go out there it’s a party atmosphere. There’s DJs and music, and people partying and drinking.”

Koschmann also said some social media sites carry invitations to meet for public sex on the beach.

The fact that public nudity is illegal in New York was another compelling reason to change the policy, since FINS maintains joint jurisdiction with the state, she said. The ban also will be enforced at four other Fire Island beaches where nude sunbathing is known to take place — including the tract of land in front of Sailors Haven, from Point O’ Woods to Cherry Grove.

Written by Randy McDonald

February 28, 2013 at 12:24 am