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[PHOTO] Seven photos of Prince Edward Island from the air (#pei)

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Aerial flight is as close as I’ll likely get to spaceflight in my life. Ascending over Prince Edward Island this July, this flight travelling north of Charlottetown and flying along the north shore past Malpeque Bay to Toronto, the Island was laid out below me as if it was a map, recognizable shapes distorted by height and angles. If some of these shots are not as sharp as we might like, forgive me; I could not ask the pilot to stop, or to go back.

Prince Edward Island from the air (1) #pei #princeedwardisland #aerial #hillsboroughriver #airplane #latergram

Prince Edward Island from the air (2) #pei #princeedwardisland #aerial #tracadiebay #airplane #latergram

Prince Edward Island from the air (3) #pei #princeedwardisland #aerial #rusticobay #airplane #latergram

Prince Edward Island from the air (4) #pei #princeedwardisland #rusticobay #northrusticoharbour #aerial #airplane #latergram

Prince Edward Island from the air (5) #pei #princeedwardisland #aerial #malpequebay #airplane #latergram

Prince Edward Island from the air (6) #pei #princeedwardisland #aerial #malpequebay #airplane #latergram

Prince Edward Island from the air (7) #pei #princeedwardisland #aerial #airplane #latergram

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Written by Randy McDonald

November 20, 2017 at 9:15 am

[BLOG] Some Saturday links

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  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait notes the discovery of Ross 128 b, a nearby exoplanet that looks like it actually might be plausibly very Earth-like.
  • blogTO notes that, after a decade, the east entrance of the Royal Ontario Museum is finally going to be an entrance again.
  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly talks about the importance of self-care, of making time to experience pleasure.
  • Crooked Timber shares some of the 1871 etchings of Gustave Doré, fresh from the Paris Commune.
  • Daily JSTOR notes how one man’s collection of old tin cans tells a remarkable story about the settlement of the United States.
  • Dangerous Minds shares a vintage 1980 television report on the Los Angeles punk scene.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes a recent study of chemical abundances around Kronos and Krios, two very similar stars near each other, these abundances suggesting they are just forming planetary systems.
  • Gizmodo shares a revealing new table of exoplanets, one that brings out all sorts of interesting patterns and types.
  • Hornet Stories notes Courtney Love’s efforts to fundraise for LGBTQ homeless youth.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that Margaret Court, an Australian tennis star now more famous for her homophobia, called for Australia to ignore the postal vote for marriage equality.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money makes the point that Trump’s Russian links are important to explore, not least because they reveal the spreading influence of kleptocracy.
  • Lingua Franca shares a perhaps over-stereotypical take on languages being caught between drives for purity and for diversity.
  • The LRB Blog notes the murder of Honduran environmental activist Berta Cácares.
  • The Map Room Blog links to an interesting collection of links to future and alternate-history mass transit maps of Melbourne.
  • The NYR Daily links to an interesting exhibit about disposable fashion like the simple T-shirt.
  • Roads and Kingdoms notes a remarkable performance of a Beatles song in the hill country of West Bengal.

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

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  • Centauri Dreams takes a look at the exciting early news on potentially habitable nearby exoplanet Ross 128 b.
  • The Crux notes that evidence has been found of Alzheimer-like illness in dolphins. Is this, as the scientists argue, a symptom of a syndrome shared between us, big-brained social species with long post-fertility lifespans?
  • D-Brief takes a look at the idea of contemporary life on Mars hiding away in the icy regolith near the surface.
  • Far Outliers notes one argument that Germany lost the Second World War because of the poor quality of its leaders.
  • Gizmodo notes the incredibly bright event PS1-10adi, two and a half billion light-years away. What is it? No one knows …
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money celebrates the end of the Mugabe dictatorship in Zimbabwe.
  • The Map Room Blog links to some fascinating detailed maps of the outcome of the Australian mail-in vote on marriage equality.
  • Roads and Kingdoms visits rural Mexico after the recent quake.
  • Cheri Lucas Rowlands shares some beautiful photos of fantastical Barcelona.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel notes the insights provided by Pluto’s mysterious cool atmosphere, with its cooling haze, has implications for Earth at a time of global warming.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that Russia is not going to allow even Tatarstan to include the Tatar language as a mandatory school subject.

[NEWS] Four links: Ryerson poverty, Scarborough subway, G20 kettling, mapping the war dead of Canada

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  • Ryerson University students’ dependence on food banks only says terrible things about Toronto, higher education, and income inequality. CBC reports.
  • John Michael McGrath at TVO notes that the Scarborough subway simply cannot make sense as an economic transit project.
  • The rampant insincerity I am not only in detecting from the Toronto police service in the aftermath of the 2010 G20 kittling incident surely cannot serve them well. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Cartographer Patrick Cain maps the war dead of Canada, in cities across the country and in multiple conflicts. The sheer density of the dead is eye-opening. The maps are at Global News.

[NEWS] Three science links: ancient client change, fusion energy, mapping the Milky Way

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  • Climate change, it is newly realized, contributed to the fall of Ptolemaic Egypt. VICE reports.
  • I liked this long-form article looking at the efforts of two North American groups to make fusion energy viable, courtesy of Vice.
  • The progress we are making in mapping the entire Milky Way, even areas apparently hidden, is amazing. Universe Today tells the story.

Written by Randy McDonald

October 28, 2017 at 6:00 pm

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

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  • Anthropology.net notes evidence that injured Neanderthals were cared for by their kin.
  • James Bow shares a photo of Ottawa at night and considers the growing city with its greenbelt.
  • Centauri Dreams reacts to the immense discoveries surrounding GW170817.
  • Crooked Timber considers the vexed nature of the phrase “Judeo-Christian.”
  • Bruce Dorminey notes an American government study suggesting a North Korean EMP attack could cause collapse.
  • Hornet Stories reports that Russian pop singer Zelimkhan Bakaev has been murdered in Chechnya as part of the anti-gay purges.
  • Language Hat looks at lunfardo, the Italian-inflicted argot of Buenos Aires.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes that, with Trump undermining the US, the prospects of China’s rise to define the new world order are looking good.
  • The NYR Daily looks at reports of significant electoral fraud in Kenya.
  • Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw looks at the continuing Australian reaction to China’s Belt and Road project.
  • Roads and Kingdoms reports from Sichuan’s peppercorn fields at harvest time.
  • Drew Rowsome responds to Andrew Pyper’s new novel, The Only Child.
  • Strange Company looks at the mysterious 1900 woman of New Yorker Kathryn Scharn.
  • Strange Maps looks at an ingenious, if flawed, map of the Berlin metro dating from the 1920s.
  • Peter Watts considers the question of individual identity over time. What changes, what stays the same?
  • Window on Eurasia notes that a shift from their native languages to Russian will not end minority ethnic identities.

[BLOG] Some Sunday links

  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait looks at the discovery of rings around Kuiper belt dwarf planet Haumea, as does the Planetary Society Blog’s Jason Davis.
  • The Big Picture, from the Boston Globe, shares photos of the devastation of Puerto Rico by Maria.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the strong support of many–most?–on the American right for apartheid.
  • The LRB Blog shares an article by Mike Davis looking at the vulnerability of California, especially Napa, to wildfires.
  • The Map Room Blog links to a beautiful detailed map of the French railway network.
  • The NYR Daily reports from Catalonia on the edge of a meltdown.
  • North’s Justin Petrone writes about going hunting for mushroooms in Estonia.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel shares five especially noteworthy photos provided by NASA. (What, no Pale Blue Dot?)
  • Window on Eurasia suggests Russians in Tatarstan, unlike other groups, are unique in not wanting to learn Tatar.