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[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

  • Architectuul looks at the history of brutalism in late 20th century Turkey.
  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait looks at the evidence for the Milky Way Galaxy having seen a great period of starburst two billion years ago, and notes how crowded the Milky Way Galaxy is in the direction of Sagittarius.
  • Centauri Dreams considers if astrometry might start to become useful as a method for detecting planets, and considers what the New Horizons data, to Pluto and to Ultima Thule, will be known for.
  • Belle Waring at Crooked Timber considers if talk of forgiveness is, among other things, sound.
  • D-Brief considers the possibility that the differing natures of the faces of the Moon can be explained by an ancient dwarf planet impact, and shares images of dust-ringed galaxy NGC 4485.
  • Dead Things notes the discovery of fossil fungi one billion years old in Nunavut.
  • Far Outliers looks at how, over 1990, Russia became increasingly independent from the Soviet Union, and looks at the final day in office of Gorbachev.
  • Gizmodo notes the discovery of literally frozen oceans of water beneath the north polar region of Mars, and looks at an unusual supernova, J005311 ten thousand light-years away in Cassiopeia, product of a collision between two white dwarfs.
  • JSTOR Daily notes how the colour of navy blue is a direct consequence of slavery and militarism, and observes the historical influence, or lack thereof, of Chinese peasant agriculture on organic farming in the US.
  • Language Log considers a Chinese-language text from San Francisco combining elements of Mandarin and Cantonese.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the terrible environmental consequences of the Vietnam War in Southeast Asia, and Shakezula at Lawyers, Guns and Money takes a look at how, and perhaps why, Sam Harris identifies milkshake-throwing at far-right people as a form of “mock assassination”.
  • The Map Room Blog shares a personal take on mapmaking on the Moon during the Apollo era.
  • Marginal Revolution observes a paper suggesting members of the Chinese communist party are more liberal than the general Chinese population. The blog also notes how Soviet quotas led to a senseless and useless mass slaughter of whales.
  • Russell Darnley writes about the complex and tense relationship between Indonesia and Australia, each with their own preoccupations.
  • Martin Filler writes at the NYR Daily about I.M. Pei as an architect specializing in an “establishment modernism”. The site also takes a look at Orientalism, as a phenomenon, as it exists in the post-9/11 era.
  • Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw reflects on the meaning of Australia’s New England.
  • The Planetary Society Blog notes how Hayabusa 2 is having problems recovering a marker from asteroid Ryugu.
  • Peter Rukavina reports on an outstanding Jane Siberry concert on the Island.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog shares a map of homophobia in Europe.
  • The Signal looks at how the Library of Congress makes use of wikidata.
  • The Speed River Journal’s Van Waffle reports, with photos, from his latest walks this spring.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel considers what the Earth looked like when hominids emerged, and explains how amateur astronomers can capture remarkable images.
  • Frank Jacobs at Strange Maps shares a controversial map depicting the shift away from CNN towards Fox News across the United States.
  • Daniel Little at Understanding Society examines the Boeing 737 MAX disaster as an organizational failure.
  • Window on Eurasia looks why Turkey is backing away from supporting the Circassians, and suggests that the use of the Russian Orthodox Church by the Russian state as a tool of its rule might hurt the church badly.
  • Arnold Zwicky takes apart, linguistically and otherwise, a comic playing on the trope of Lassie warning about something happening to Timmy. He also
    reports on a far-removed branch of the Zwicky family hailing from Belarus, as the Tsvikis.

[BLOG] Some Saturday links

  • blogTO shares ten facts about the Toronto Islands.
  • Centauri Dreams features an article talking about “exoanthropology”, a theoretical branch of that social science aimed at examining human adaptation to offworld environments.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper speculating that white dwarf NLTT19868 shows signs of having eaten a rocky world.
  • The Dragon’s Tales links to one paper identifying different species of bacteria which can grow under simulated Martian environments and notes another looking at the possibility of a subsurface ocean on Titan.
  • Languages of the World looks at patterns of religiosity in Russia.
  • The NYR Daily considers Donald Trump’s long-term strategy.
  • Peter Rukavina reflects on the new music of Jane Siberry and Brian Eno.
  • Torontoist notes some neglected public art by Fort York under the Gardiner.
  • Window on Eurasia notes core/periphery divisions in Moscow’s population.

[MUSIC] Jane Siberry, “One More Colour”

Torontonian Jane Siberry emerged in the early 1980s, part of the same Canadian Content/New Wave movement that also produced (among many, many other groups) Men Without Hats. Unlike many of these other groups and artists, Siberry–later renaming herself Issa–remained quite productive well into the 21st century. “One More Colour” is the first track off her 1985 album The Speckless Sky, and it was her biggest hit until her 1991 song with k.d. lang, “Calling All Angels”.

Although I have to agree with others that I really don’t like most of Siberry’s post-1980s music, which I find too obscure for my tastes, Siberry did achieve wonderful things in the 1980s with her songs’ “wit, intelligence, and poetic beauty.” For me, the adjective that comes to my mind whenever I listen to “One More Colour” is “pretty.” If only more popular music could have been (and could be) just as nice to listen to and as complex besides.

Written by Randy McDonald

November 3, 2007 at 7:15 pm