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[BLOG] Some Friday links

  • Architectuul looks at the Portuguese architectural cooperative Ateliermob, here.
  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait looks at how white dwarf WD J091405.30+191412.25 is literally vapourizing a planet in close orbit.
  • Caitlin Kelly at the Broadside Blog explains</a< to readers why you really do not want to have to look for parking in New York City.
  • Centauri Dreams looks at the slowing of the solar wind far from the Sun.
  • John Holbo at Crooked Timber considers the gap between ideals and actuals in the context of conspiracies and politics.
  • The Dragon’s Tales reports on how the ESA is trying to solve a problem with the parachutes of the ExoMars probe.
  • Far Outliers reports on what Harry Truman thought about politicians.
  • Gizmodo reports on a new method for identifying potential Earth-like worlds.
  • io9 pays tribute to legendary writer, of Star Trek and much else, D.C. Fontana.
  • The Island Review reports on the football team of the Chagos Islands.
  • Joe. My. God. reports that gay Olympian Gus Kenworthy will compete for the United Kingdom in 2020.
  • JSTOR Daily looks at how early English imperialists saw America and empire through the lens of Ireland.
  • Paul Campos at Lawyers, Guns and Money does not like Pete Buttigieg.
  • The LRB Blog looks at the London Bridge terrorist attack.
  • The Map Room Blog shares a map of Prince William Sound, in Alaska, that is already out of date because of global warming.
  • Marginal Revolution questions if Cebu, in the Philippines, is the most typical city in the world.
  • The NYR Daily looks at gun violence among Arab Israelis.
  • The Planetary Society Blog considers what needs to be researched next on Mars.
  • Roads and Kingdoms tells the story of Sister Gracy, a Salesian nun at work in South Sudan.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog shares a paper noting continued population growth expected in much of Europe, and the impact of this growth on the environment.
  • Strange Maps shares a map of fried chicken restaurants in London.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel explains why a 70 solar mass black hole is not unexpected.
  • John Scalzi at Whatever gives</a his further thoughts on the Pixel 4.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that, last year, 37 thousand Russians died of HIV/AIDS.
  • Arnold Zwicky starts from a consideration of the 1948 film Kind Hearts and Coronets.

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

  • Bad Astronomer notes the circumstances of the discovery of a low-mass black hole, only 3.3 solar masses.
  • Crooked Timber shares a photo of the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul.
  • The Crux looks at Monte Verde, the site in Chile that has the evidence of the oldest human population known to have lived in South America.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes that Russia may provide India with help in the design of its Gaganyaan manned capsule.
  • L.M. Sacasas at The Frailest Thing talks of his work, including his upcoming conference and his newsletter, The Convivial Society. (Subscribe at the website.)
  • Gizmodo shares the Voyager 2 report from the edges of interstellar space.
  • JSTOR Daily looks at the East India Company and its corporate lobbying.
  • Language Hat shares an account from Ken Liu of the challenges in translating The Three Body Problem, linguistic and otherwise.
  • Language Log looks at the problems faced by the word “liberation” in Hong Kong.
  • Dan Nexon at Lawyers, Guns and Money looks at the implications of the surprising new relationship between Russia and the Philippines.
  • Marginal Revolution seems to like Terminator: Dark Fate, as a revisiting of the series’ origins, with a Mesoamerican twist.
  • Sean Marshall announces his attendance at a transit summit in Guelph on Saturday the 9th.
  • Garry Wills writes at the NYR Daily about his experience as a man in the mid-20th century American higher education looking at the rise of women.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel looks at the strangely faint distant young galaxy MACS2129-1.
  • Window on Eurasia considers the possibility of Latvia developing a national Eastern Orthodox church of its own.

[URBAN NOTE] Ten city links: Montréal, Lac-Mégantic, Halifax, Calgary, Edmonton …

  • Tracey Lindeman writes at CityLab about how Montréal is trying to keep the redevelopment of the Molson-Coors Brewery site from killing the Centre-Sud.
  • In the Montréal neighbourhood of Park-Extension, evictions–renovictions, even–are on the rise. Global News reports.
  • Lac-Mégantic now has a train depot that bypasses the heart of this traumatized community. CBC Montreal reports.
  • Halifax is now celebrating the Mosaic Festival, celebrating its diversity. Global News reports.
  • Jill Croteau reports for Global News about Club Carousel, an underground club in Calgary that played a vital role in that city’s LGBTQ history.
  • This business plan, aiming to bypass long lineups at the Edmonton outpost of the Jollibee chain, is ingenious. Global News reports.
  • The Iowa town of Pacific Junction, already staggering, may never recover from a recent bout of devastating flooding. VICE reports.
  • Avery Gregurich writes for CityLab about the Illinois town of Atlas, a crossroads seemingly on the verge of disappearing from Google Maps.
  • The proposal for Metropica, a new sort of suburb in Florida, certainly looks interesting. VICE reports.
  • Guardian Cities shares a cartoon looking affectionately at Lisbon.

[URBAN NOTE] Seven Toronto links: transit, Christie Pits, Bathurst, Jollibee, King, Galleria Mall

  • At Spacing, John Lorinc notes that mayor John Tory is allowing waterfront transit plans to get delayed.
  • blogTO notes that there is apparently controversy over the correct spelling of Christie Pits.
  • CBC Toronto profiles the humble apartment at Bathurst and St. Clair that was home to Ernest Hemingway.
  • These photos of stackt, at Bathurst and Front, look amazing. Retail Insider has them.
  • blogTO notes that three new Jollibee locations are scheduled to open in 2020, including one downtown at Yonge and Gould.
  • Making the King Street pilot project permanent is at least a small victory for Toronto. CBC reports.
  • Urban Toronto shares the remarkable plans for the transformation of the Galleria Mall.

[NEWS] Five sci-tech links: Southeast Asian hominins, dinosaurs, robots

  • National Geographic reports on the discovery of animals slaughtered by mysterious hominins present in the Philippines some 700 thousand years ago. Who were they?
  • National Geographic notes a new study suggesting that, before the Chixculub impact, the dinosaurs were doing fine as a group of animals, that they were not on the verge of dying out. The dinosaurs simply had bad luck.
  • CityLab notes how the jobs typically filled by women, particularly, are especially vulnerable to roboticization.
  • CBC recently reported from a conference in Las Vegas, where robots demonstrated their ability to fill any number of jobs, displacing human workers.
  • Matt Simon at WIRED wrote about the potential for robot and human workers to co-exist, each with their own strengths.

[BLOG] Some Sunday links

  • Cody Delistraty considers the new field of dystopian realism–of dystopia as a real thing in contemporary lives–in popular culture.
  • D-Brief notes how direct experiments in laboratories have helped geologists better understand the mantle of the Earth.
  • Far Outliers shares a terribly sad anecdote of a young woman in China who killed herself, victim of social pressures which claim many more victims.
  • Imageo notes how recent headlines about ocean temperature increases are misleading in that they did not represent the steady incremental improvements of science generally.
  • Joe. My. God. notes the unexpectedly rapid shift of the location of the northern magnetic pole.
  • JSTOR Daily links to a paper that links to the quietly subversive aesthetics and politics of the 1950s and 1960s surf movie.
  • Language Hat links to an intriguing paper looking at the relationship between the size of an individual’s Broca’s area, in their brain, and the ways in which they can learn language.
  • Language Log shares a poster from Taiwan trying to promote use of the Hakka language, currently a threatened language among traditional speakers.
  • Dan Nexon at Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the extreme secrecy of Trump regarding his Helsinki discussions with Putin, going so far as to confiscate his translator’s notes.
  • Justin Petrone at north! writes about the exhilarating and liberating joys of hope, of fantasy.
  • The NYR Daily examines the new Alfonso Cuarón film, the autobiographical Roma.
  • Drew Rowsome takes a look at the interesting show by Damien Atkins at Crow’s Nest Theatre, We Are Not Alone.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel reports on what a report of the discovery of of the brightest quasar actually means.
  • Window on Eurasia notes the historical cooperation, before Operation Barbarossa, between the Nazis’ Gestapo and Stalin’s NKVD.
  • Arnold Zwicky shares a video examining Chavacano, the Spanish-based creole still spoken in the Philippines.

[NEWS] Five culture links: maroons and pirates, witchcraft, Jane Austen, Korea/India, baybayin

  • This Joseph Kelly extract at Longreads looks at how maroons and pirates made common cause in the Caribbean in fighting for their freedom.
  • The Atlantic reports on how witchcraft is becoming popular among many African-Americans, especially African-American women, who reject Christianity.
  • The Conversation looks at the feminist critiques of the novels of Jane Austen, only barely hidden.
  • The BBC notes how an ancient myth of a Korean queen’s origins in India is being used to build a new relationship between South Korea and India.
  • Ozy takes a look at a Filipino man who is trying to save the ancient baybayin script of the Philippines.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Richmond and Vancouver, San Jose, New York City, London, Bristol

  • Vancouver and its neighbor, Richmond, have each opted to adopt very different policies towards marijuana sale and use. The National Post reports.
  • CityLab notes the efforts of San Jose to build affordable housing for its teachers, and the opposition of many residents to this seemingly sensible move.
  • Guardian Cities shares a beautiful series of photos looking at the New York City skyline over time.
  • Metro reports that the opening of the first restaurant in London of Filipino fast food chain Jollibee’s saw huge lines.
  • Open Democracy features a fascinating interview on the subject of the English city of Bristol, as a place of creative resistance.

[BLOG] Some Monday links

  • The Dragon’s Tales notes that Raytheon has been awarded a contract to deliver a 100 kilowatt laser weapon system.
  • Hornet Stories offers a guide to LGBTQ sites in Manila.
  • JSTOR Daily explores the writing career of mid-20th century SF writer “James Tiptree Jr”, the pseudonym of Alice Bradley Sheldon.
  • Dan Nexon at Lawyers, Guns and Money explores the idea of a liberal world order, particularly as a manifestation of American policy post-1945.
  • Ben Yagoda at Lingua Franca takes a look at how Big Data–specifically, large archives of the written word–can illuminate lots about patterns of language usage, noting some examples.
  • The Map Room Blog looks at the way that maps of population density are being used in the United States to legitimate or delegitimate specific groups of voters.
  • Marginal Revolution’s Tyler Cowen considers the concept of “reciprocity anxiety”, of owing people.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer reports on some swear words in Argentine Spanish as well as a case of government expropriation of Mapuche lands.
  • Drew Rowsome takes an extended look at Scotty and the Secret Life of Hollywood, an extended documentary looking at the life of scotty Bowers in closeted 20th century Hollywood.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Mississauga, Buffalo, Surrey, Helsinki

  • CBC reports on a terrible hate crime committed against a Mississauga man.
  • The second Jollibee in the GTA, this one in Mississauga, is slated to open tomorrow. blogTO reports.
  • Making an old elementary school in Buffalo into a platform for solar panels and community activities is ingenious. Curbed reports.
  • MacLean’s reports on how a growing community of feral peacocks is complicating life for people in the British Columbia city of Surrey, here.
  • This description in Guardian Cities of the new central library in Helsinki makes this place, and Finland’s thriving library culture, sound very attractive.