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[NEWS] Five LGBTQ links: Andrea Constand, Harry Styles, The Gay Cookbook, UCC homophobia, Brian Sims

  • This older article notes the importance of the fact that Bill Cosby’s leading accuser, Andrea Costand, is lesbian. Yahoo has it.
  • This them.us article explores the phenomenon of queer women finding Harry Styles concerts to be enjoyable safe spaces.
  • Atlas Obscura notes a remarkable book of the mid-1960s book, Lou Rand Hogan’s The Gay Cookbook. In many ways, it was a precocious text.
  • Cheri DiNovo’s suggestion that the United Church of Canada make a formal apology for past homophobia appeals to me. (I was raised in that church, incidentally.) CBC reports.
  • I quite liked this Queerty interview with out Pennsylvania legislator Brian Sims, covering everything from his opinions on Cynthia Nixon’s run for New York state governor to his status as a sex symbol.
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[NEWS] Three links about sci-fi and pop culture: Westworld and AI, machine learning, Janelle Monáe

  • This fascinating look at Westworld takes a look at how changing representations of artificial intelligence influence storylines in pop culture, as we shift from fear of AI to potential sympathy. The AV Club has it.
  • Machine learning these days is demonstrating an astounding ability to understand complex systems. Quanta Magazine has it.
  • io9 notes an upcoming queer Afrofuturist film from Janelle Monáe (also starring Tessa Thompson as a love interest) that sounds amazing.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Montréal, Utrecht, Vilnius, Saint-Louis, Sydney

  • For perhaps understandable political reason, Québec premier Philippine Couilllard wants Bombardier to get the Montreal metro renewal contract. Global News reports.
  • Utrecht, Noisey notes, has a thriving black metal scene worthy of extended exploration.
  • The bohemian enclave of Užupis, in the middle of the Lithunian capital of Vilnius, is starting to face pressure from gentrification. Politico Europe reports.
  • Ciku Kimeria at Okay Africa makes the case for the old colonial capital of Saint-Louis, in Senegal, to become a major destination for international tourists.
  • The Guardian profiles a serious proposal to split Sydney into three different cities, each with its own development needs, to better manage the wider conurbation.

[MUSIC] Five music links: Tom Lehrer, Toronto hip-hop, TTC music, Ladytron, Eurythmics

  • This Nature feature on the musics of the brilliant satirist Tom Lehrer is a must-read.
  • Lidia Abraha argues at NOW Toronto that more investment needs to be directed towards the burgeoning hip-hop talent of the city.
  • Transit Toronto notes that auditions for the next crop of musicians licensed for TTC stations are now ongoing.
  • Ladytron is back, Noisey notes, with a new video for their new single “The Animals”.
  • This article in The Independent interviewing Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox about their joint musical achievements in the Eurythmics, as their albums are set to be reissued on vinyl, makes me want to buy a record player.

Written by Randy McDonald

April 12, 2018 at 10:30 pm

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

  • Anthro{dendum} links to a roundup of anthropology-relevant posts and news items.
  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait shows how the impending collision of galaxies NGC 4490 and NGC 4485 has created spectacular scenes of starbirth.
  • Centauri Dreams notes the upcoming stream of new observatories and satellites that will enable better charting of exoplanets.
  • Kieran Healy shares a cool infographic depicting the scope of the British baby boom.
  • Hornet Stories shares the amazing video for the fantastic new song by Janelle Monáe, “Pynk.”
  • JSTOR Daily notes what happens when you send Frog and Toad to a philosophy class.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money makes the obvious point that abandoning civil rights of minorities is a foolish strategy for American liberals.
  • The LRB Blog shares a reflection on Winnie Mandela, and the forces she led and represents.
  • The Map Room Blog links to detailed maps of the Rohingya refugee camps.
  • Marginal Revolution takes issue with a proposal by Zeynep Tufekci for a thorough regulation of Facebook.
  • The NYR Daily notes how Israel is making full use of the law to enable its colonization of the West Bank.
  • The Planetary Society Blog’s Emily Lakdawalla reports from inside a NASA clean room where the new InSight Mars rover is being prepared.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer talks about what is really wrong with a Trump Organization letter to the president of Panama regarding a real estate development there.
  • Strange Company looks at the life of 19th century fraudster and murdering John Birchall.

[URBAN NOTE] Five cities links: Humboldt, Hamilton, Kingston, Berlin, Sidangkou

  • At MacLean’s, Meaghan Campbell reports on how the devastating crash of the Humboldt Broncos has hit that small Saskatchewan farm town.
  • Hamilton police announces the arrest of local anarchist Peter Hopperton in connection with the actions of a crowd bent on vandalism on that city’s Locke Street. CBC has it.
  • Queen’s University is participating in a summit with the city of Kingston on how students and long-term residents can be accommodated in the changing city. Global News reports.
  • Attacks by right-wing groups in the Berlin district of Neukölln make many locals worried. DW reports.
  • The small Chinese centre of Sidangkou, in the area of Tianjin, has become a world centre of saxophone production. The New York Times reports.

    [URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Lower Bay, housing, Villiers Island, Saigon Flower, Little Jamaica

    • blogTO reports on an upcoming concert scheduled for the TTC’s Lower Bay station on the 11th of March.
    • A new student residence for Ryerson University with prices actually comparable to prevailing rents for a studio apartment downtown seems like not the best solution to student housing issues. blogTO reports.
    • The upcoming formation of a new island, Villiers Island off the mouth of the Don, as part of the Port Lands renewal is very cool. blogTO reports.
    • Julien Gignac writes at the Toronto Star about the Saigon Flower, a Vietnamese restaurant on Queen Streeet West in the shadow of the Drake with an owner who refuses to sell. I have eaten there, and enjoyed it; I applaud her.
    • The disruption being inflicted on Little Jamaica, an enclave stretching along an Eglinton Avenue West being disrupted by Crosstown construction, is sad. Is there any alternative, though, if we want more transit? What can be done for the neighbourhood? The Toronto Star reports.