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[BLOG] Some Friday links

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  • blogTO notes an upcoming group photo of prominent Toronto musicians.
  • Centauri Dreams speculates about the sort of starship a Kardashev II civilization would build.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze has a couple of papers noting the interactions between hot Jupiters and their parent suns.
  • The Dragon’s Tales reports on Russian nuclear submarine advances.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that same-sex marriage in Slovenia is safe and observes the advance of civil unions in Italy.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes how revitalizing neighbourhoods can lead to complicated politics, politely put.
  • Marginal Revolution considers ways to improve the allocation of water in drought-hit areas like California.
  • The Numerati’s Stephen Baker wonders if Apple might be able to regain its lost customers.
  • Torontoist approves of a Haitian restaurant in a Scarborough strip mall.
  • Window on Eurasia notes the complexities of language policy in the former Soviet Union, looks at the institutionalization of Islam in the Crimea, and examines the issues of self-identifying Ukrainians in the Russian Far East.

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

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  • Centauri Dreams examines different ways in which starships can decelerate.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper examining the potential habitability of exomoons orbiting bright white main-sequence stars, between F5 and F9.5. Ultraviolet radiation is key.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes a Chinese ASAT weapons test.
  • Joe. My. God. notes the Swedish language now has officially added the gender-neutral pronoun hen to its vocabulary.
  • Language Hat notes an ambitious new project to digitize ancient Irish-language documents.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer is critical of the Democratic Party’s stance on abortion when it gets in the way of necessary policy, likening it to the Republican Party’s ongoing satisfaction of its base.
  • The Planetary Society Blog notes the final interesting weeks of Messenger‘s survey of Mercury, with photos.
  • Peter Rukavina remembers when in 1995 he was commissioned by the government of Prince Edward Island to set up a provincial website.
  • Torontoist reacts with humour to the impending merger of Postmedia and Sun Media.
  • Towleroad notes a lawsuit brought by a Michigan women against her former gym for being too trans-friendly.
  • Understanding Society examines the mechanisms connecting experiments with policies.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy argues against mandatory voting and mandatory jury service.
  • Window on Eurasia observes a controversial election among Moldova’s Gagauz and looks at the extent to which Islam in Russia is not under the government’s control.
  • Yorkshire Ranter Alex Harrowell goes on at length about the ridiculous Biryani project, a failed dirty tricks effort to sabotage the English Defense League and radical Muslims. Wow.

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

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  • blogTO notes that craft brewers would like to open their own retail stores in Toronto.
  • Centauri Dreams and The Dragon’s Tales both note that we now have the ability to detect starships travelling at very high fractions of the speed of light.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper further refining the HR 8799 system.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes Egypt’s plan to build a new capital city.
  • The Frailest Thing comments on the philosophical problems associated with the goal of extending life expectancy.
  • Joe. My. God. and Towleroad both note the failure of a Russian bid to prevent the United Nations’ offering of benefits to its married gay staffers.
  • Language Hat notes a Sanskrit humour column.
  • Marginal Revolution links to a study examining the changing nature of the language of World Bank reports.
  • Peter Rukavina notes that on some days, wind power is enough to supply all of Prince Edward Island’s electricity needs.
  • Spacing Toronto continues an ongoing examination of visual pollution.
  • Window on Eurasia notes a Russian interest, pre-Crimea, in emigration.

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

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  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes that a study of Epsilon Eridani’s debris disk hints at the existence of planets.
  • Inkfish notes that global warming is harming the nutritional value of rainforest leaves.
  • Joe. My. God. quotes Larry Kramer being an alarmist.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money examines the Ted Cruz candidacy.
  • Marginal Revolution reports on a study suggesting the continuing underrepresentation of women on television and in the movies.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog links to a report on the changing religious demographics of the United States.
  • Torontoist notes that the Scarborough rapid transit line is getting a makeover.
  • Window on Eurasia observes that irredentism is popular among Russians.

[BLOG] Some Monday links

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  • Alpha Sources’ Claus Vistesen argues that as a result of various factors including shrinking populations, economic bubbles are going to be quite likely.
  • blogTO argues that Toronto’s strip clubs are in trouble.
  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly wonders who is going to pay for journalism in the future.
  • Centauri Dreams looks at ringed Centaur objects.
  • Crooked Timber’s Daniel Davies describes his family’s recent experience in New Zealand. Want to find out how the Maori are like the Welsh?
  • D-Brief notes the return of wood bison to the United States.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper suggesting Alpha Centauri Bb is a superdense world.
  • The Dragon’s Tales note Indonesia’s upset with Chinese claims to the South China Sea.
  • Far Outliers reports on how NGOs feed corruption in Cambodia.
  • Language Hat links to a gazetteer of placenames in Jamaica.
  • Language Log’s Victor Mair looks at some Sino-English constructions.
  • Marginal Revolution points to its collection of Singapore-related posts.
  • The Planetary Society Blog considers Cassini‘s footage of Saturn’s F ring.
  • The Power and the Money hosts Will Baird’s argument that the Ukrainian east will soon see an explosion of violence.
  • Spacing Toronto and Torontoist look at the architectural competition for the Toronto Islands ferry terminal.
  • Torontoist reports on Martin Luther King’s 1962 visit to Toronto.
  • Towleroad notes a raging syphillis epidemic among gay men in New York City’s Chelsea neighbourhood.
  • Window on Eurasia notes changes in the Islam of Tatarstan, notes Russia’s transition towards totalitarianism, observes Russian claims of Finnish meddling in Karelia, and looks at polls suggesting Ukrainians fear Russia but do not trust the European Union.
  • Yorkshire Ranter Alex Harrowell describes what seems to have been a shambolic attempt to co-opt the English Defense League somehow. (I don’t understand it. All I can figure out is that.

[URBAN NOTE] “Montreal’s gay village seeking ways to reinvent itself”

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The CBC carries Guiseppe Valiante’s Canadian Press article

Whither Montreal’s gay village?

The area anchored by the Beaudry Metro station has for the past few years been faced with the challenge of reinventing itself. Merchants in the area are looking for new ways to attract people to the area after major cultural shifts in technology and LGBT acceptance have changed the neighbourhood’s makeup.

Business owners and gay activists point to mobile dating applications as a key reason for young LGBT people ditching bars and nightclubs as places to find partners.

“The determining factor is the internet,” says Yves Lafontaine, editor-in-chief of Fugues magazine, the largest French-language gay publication in the province.

“Before 2005–06 the only place gay people could meet was in gay establishments. Now, the paysage has changed.”

Lafontaine also believes young gay men and women feel more at ease in many parts of the city and don’t look only to the village to live, shop and party.

What’s left is a neighbourhood in flux as businesses rely more and more on the summer tourist season to stay financially sustainable.

Written by Randy McDonald

March 23, 2015 at 9:28 pm

[PHOTO] What I saw when I picked up the last Xtra!

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What I saw when I picked up the last Xtra!

I picked up the last print copy of GLBT weekly Xtra! from a kiosk on Bloor Street West. The paper still survives, don’t worry, but only as an online-only journal. Seeing the uses to which this and other kiosks are put to makes me think this might be for the best.

Written by Randy McDonald

March 19, 2015 at 8:20 pm


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