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[BLOG] Some Thursday links

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  • blogTO shares the new face of the Broadview Hotel.
  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly writes about the joys of the unscreened life.
  • Dead Things reports on a study suggesting that although humans are violent by the standards of mammals, we are among the least violent primates.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze reports on the discovery of five sizable planets orbiting HIP 41378.
  • Language Log reports on the perils of 7 and 9 in Cantonese.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money considers the usefulness of The Battle of Algiers.
  • The Planetary Society Blog reacts to the Elon Musk proposal for colonizing Mars.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer responds briefly to the question of what Mexico can do about Trump.
  • Window on Eurasia notes how the Russian invasion of Ukraine has spurred new arms purchases throughout the eastern half of Europe, even in Belarus.

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

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  • D-Brief notes the apparent discovery by Hubble of water plumes from Europa.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper noting different solutions to the mystery of Boyajian’s Star.
  • Dangerous Minds shares photos of deserted Pripyat in Ukraine.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that 80% of Chicago police dashcams were disabled by the police.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money and Noel Maurer respond to the American presidential debate.
  • The Planetary Society Blog notes that Europa is crying for exploration.
  • pollotenchegg maps electoral polarization in Ukraine in 2004.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog notes the official Russian stances on the country’s demographic issues.
  • The Signal links to the Library of Congress’ online collections.
  • Torontoist reports on waterfront litter.
  • Towleroad shares the complaints of Mykki Blanco that gay hip hop stars are not given a chance for stardom.
  • Window on Eurasia notes how the Circassians of Syria are denied a chance to return to their ancestral homeland in Russia.

[ISL] “Rural Internet Access Town Hall”

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Over at his blog, Peter Rukavina describes his part in bringing the Internet to rural Prince Edward Island.

Robert Morrissey was Minister of Economic Development in the Catherine Callbeck government in the early 1990s when I began work on the first website of the provincial government. As such, he was the first person I came to know as “the Minister,” and it takes every fibre of my being to call him Robert, let alone calling him “Bobby,” which is what he prefers, and what everybody else calls him.

In last year’s federal election, Robert (er, Bobby) was elected Member of Parliament for Egmont, the district on the western end of Prince Edward Island, and it was in this capacity that, through an intermediary, he reached out to me earlier this year to ask if I could help to facilitate a town hall on rural Internet access he was planning to host for his constituents. He needed someone impartial – which is to say, someone not in the Internet business themselves – to explain the basics of Internet access to those attending, and to sketch out what’s available on the ground right now, how much it costs, and, in the end, why it’s more expensive and slower than what we in urban PEI have access to.

I’m no Internet-access expert, but I know my way around the terminology, I’ve suffered from poor rural Internet myself (when I first crafted http://www.gov.pe.ca, it was on the end of a 14.4 Kbps modem connection), and I have some facility in explaining complicated things, so I agreed, and after some schedule juggling, this past Friday, September 23 was set as the date, and the St. Louis Community Centre, deep in the heart of West Prince, was set as the location.

St. Louis, in PEI terms, is a long drive from Charlottetown (the first time I had a meeting planning for the area, back in 1993, my coworkers were surprised to hear I wasn’t staying overnight). But it’s really not that far – 2 hours from door to door – and so I set off around 4:00 p.m. on Friday afternoon for a planned 6:00 p.m. arrival and setup and a 7:00 p.m. meeting.

Written by Randy McDonald

September 26, 2016 at 8:00 pm

[META] What blogs do you read?

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What sites do you visit regularly? What are you into?

Let me know in the comments.

Written by Randy McDonald

September 16, 2016 at 11:58 pm

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

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  • blogTO notes how expensive Toronto’s rental market is.
  • Centauri Dreams looks at the TRAPPIST-1 exoplanet system.
  • Crooked Timber engages with the complexities of racism.
  • The Crux shares some oral history about the detection of the first gravitational wave.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze reports about the difficulties involved with detecting exoplanets around red dwarfs and describes the discovery of a super-Earth orbiting an orange dwarf in the Pleiades.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that New York City ended free web browsing at browsing stations because people kept looking up porn.
  • Language Log notes that a partially shared script does not make Chinese readable by speakers of Japanese, and vice versa.
  • Marginal Revolution cautions against the idea that Brexit is over.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer talks about the usefulness of counterfactuals, especially good counterfactuals.
  • Torontoist argues that the TTC needs more cats. Why not?
  • The Volokh Conspiracy links to a comparative global study of settlements in occupied territories.
  • Window on Eurasia reports that Google has displaced television as a primary source of news for Russians.

[BLOG] Some Saturday links

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  • The Dragon’s Gaze looks at Proxima Centauri b, its atmosphere and its geomagnetics and its history and, of course, its potential habitability.
  • The Dragon’s Tales wonders about the origins of Titan’s channels.
  • Torontoist notes mental health care issues for those without a family doctor.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy notes European Union rulings on linkage.
  • Window on Eurasia notes the poor position of local recruits in the Donbas republics’ militaries.

[BLOG] Some Sunday links

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  • Antipope’s Charlie Stross looks at some outrageous but real figures from history.
  • Bad Astronomy’s Phil Plait notes UGC 1382, a huge galaxy that looks small to the naked eye.
  • blogTO lists some destinations for Torontonians on Labour Day.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes Finland’s launching of a guaranteed minimum income experiment.
  • Language Log looks at a multilingual restaurant advertisement in Japan.
  • Marginal Revolution considers the issue of interest rates in the United States.
  • The Planetary Society Blog shares photos that Juno took of Jupiter.
  • Otto Pohl links to an old article of his on black Eurasia.
  • Savage Minds considers ways anthropologists can archive for the longue durée.
  • Window on Eurasia looks on Russian public opinion on Russian policy in Ukraine, and reports on speculation about Western policy towards Russia if Russia goes further into Ukraine.
  • Arnold Zwicky links to a New York Times article on spam E-mail.