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[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

  • Centauri Dreams notes how gas giants on eccentric orbits can easily disrupt bodies on orbits inwards.
  • Maria Farrell at Crooked Timber suggests that the political culture of England has been deformed by the trauma experienced by young children of the elites at boarding schools.
  • Dangerous Minds looks at the haunting art of Paul Delvaux.
  • The Everyday Sociology Blog looks at the work of Tressie McMillan Cottom in investigating for-profit higher education.
  • Far Outliers looks at Tripoli in 1801.
  • Gizmodo shares the Boeing design for the moon lander it proposes for NASA in 2024.
  • io9 shares words from cast of Terminator: Dark Fate about the importance of the Mexican-American frontier.
  • JSTOR Daily makes a case against killing spiders trapped in one’s home.
  • Language Hat notes a recovered 17th century translation of a Dutch bible into the Austronesian language of Siraya, spoken in Taiwan.
  • Language Log looks at the origin of the word “brogue”.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money looks at the payday lender industry.
  • Marginal Revolution notes a new biography of Walter Raleigh, a maker of empire indeed.
  • The NYR Daily looks at a new dance show using the rhythms of the words of writer Robert Walser.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel looks at how, in a quantum universe, time and space could still be continuous not discrete.
  • Strange Company looks at a court case from 1910s Brooklyn, about a parrot that swore.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy notes an affirmative action court case in which it was ruled that someone from Gibraltar did not count as Hispanic.
  • Window on Eurasia notes rhetoric claiming that Russians are the largest divided people on the Earth.
  • Arnold Zwicky looks at lizards and at California’s legendary Highway 101.

[PHOTO] A number of turtles, Allan Gardens

A number of turtles #toronto #gardendistrict #allangardens #turtles #reptiles

Written by Randy McDonald

September 27, 2019 at 7:45 am

[ISL] Five #islands links: Newfoundland, Komodo, South China Sea, Kiribati, Faroe Islands

  • This story about a genealogical mystery newly-found in the genetics of Newfoundland is fascinating. The National Post reports.
  • The island of Komodo has been closed to tourists to save the Komodo dragons from poachers. VICE reports.
  • China plans to build a city under its control among the islets of the South China Sea. Business Insider reports.
  • The Inter Press Service notes the spread of leprosy in Kiribati.
  • JSTOR Daily explains why, for one week, the Faroe Islands are closed to tourists to better enable cleaning and repairs.

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait reports on Supernova 2018oh in nearby galaxy UGC 4780, a star that demonstrated a most unusual bump in its light curve. Did the explosion engulf a neighbouring star?
  • Centauri Dreams reports on New Horizons as it approaches its next target, the Kuiper Belt object Ultima Thule.
  • D-Brief notes new observations of a black hole suggesting that gas around them forms not a rigid donut shape but rather a looser fountain.
  • Dead Things notes a new discovery that the icythosaur had blubber like modern cetaceans, demonstrating convergent evolution.
  • Cody Delistraty writes about changing perceptions of painter Egon Schiele.
  • Far Outliers notes how Japanese prisoners of war were often so surprised by good treatment that they reciprocated, by freely sharing information with interrogators.
  • Hornet Stories notes that, at least on Reddit, RuPaul’s Drag Race is the most discussed show currently playing on television.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that the Indian police was seeking two American evangelical Christian missionaries for aiding another to breach North Sentinel Island, both having fled the country.
  • JSTOR Daily looks back to a 1963 paper on the effects of automation on society by Leon Megginson, finding that many of his predictions were correct.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes that it is a sad day for Hungary that its government was able to drive the Central European University out of Budapest into exile.
  • At Lingua Franca, Roger Shuy takes a look at the dreaded PhD oral exam. (I know that seeing other students taking it was one thing putting me off from academia.)
  • The LRB Blog takes a look at the disastrous state of politics in Honduras, with a corrupt leader deeply compromised by (among other things) a dependency upon the United States.
  • The NYR Daily takes a look at the beautiful Tibetan Buddhist religious art on display in the Ladakh settlement of Alchi.
  • Window on Eurasia notes a conference in Moscow taking a look at a Eurasianism based on a Slavic-Turkic synthesis.
  • Arnold Zwicky takes a look at Santa Barbara in some of her many dimensions.

[PHOTO] Five photos of ancient reptiles, including two of one titanosaur, at the AMNH (@amnh)

The ancient reptiles of the AMNH were impressive, for their size and for their state. I was most impressed by the immense fossil of a Titanosaur, occupying the bulk of an entire room.

Ancient reptiles (1) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #amnh #fossil #reptiles #americanmuseumofnaturalhistory #latergram

Ancient reptiles (2) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #amnh #fossil #reptiles #americanmuseumofnaturalhistory #latergram

Ancient reptiles (3) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #amnh #fossil #reptiles #americanmuseumofnaturalhistory #latergram

Ancient reptiles (4) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #amnh #fossil #reptiles #dinosaurs #titanosaur #americanmuseumofnaturalhistory #latergram

Ancient reptiles (4.5) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #amnh #fossil #reptiles #dinosaurs #titanosaur #americanmuseumofnaturalhistory #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

February 10, 2018 at 3:45 pm

[PHOTO] Twenty-seven more photos of the Toronto Zoo (@thetorontozoo)

Otter #toronto #torontozoo #otter #latergram

Gila Monster #toronto #torontozoo #gilamonster #reptiles #latergram

Midland painted turtle #toronto #torontozoo #turtle #midlandpaintedturtle #reptiles #latergram

Path #toronto #torontozoo #path #winter #latergram

Ankole-Watusi cattle #toronto #torontozoo #cattle #cow #watusi #ankolewatusi #mammal #latergram

Hyena #toronto #torontozoo #hyena #mammal #latergram

South African created porcupine #toronto #torontozoo #mammal #porcupine #southafricancrestedporcupine #latergram

South African lion #toronto #torontozoo #cats #lion #latergram

Cheetah #toronto #torontozoo #cats #cheetah #latergram

Giraffe (1) #toronto #torontozoo #mammal #giraffe #latergram

Giraffe (2) #toronto #torontozoo #mammal #giraffe #latergram

Giraffe (3) #toronto #torontozoo #mammal #giraffe #latergram

Giraffe (4) #toronto #torontozoo #mammal #giraffe #latergram

Giraffe (5) #toronto #torontozoo #mammal #giraffe #latergram

Giraffe (6) #toronto #torontozoo #mammal #giraffe #latergram

Gaboon viper #toronto #torontozoo #snakes #gaboonviper #latergram

Royal python #toronto #torontozoo #snakes #royalpython #latergram

Nile softshell turtle #toronto #torontozoo #turtle #reptiles #nilesoftshellturtle #latergram

Egyptian goose #toronto #torontozoo #birds #goose #egyptiangoose #latergram

Cichlids of Lake Malawi #toronto #torontozoo #lakemalawi #fish #cichlids #latergram

Ngege #toronto #torontozoo #fish #ngefe #latergram

Red-lined torpedo barb #toronto #torontozoo #fish #redlinedtorpedobarb #latergram

Boelen's python #toronto #torontozoo #reptiles #snakes #boelenspython #latergram

Tiger #torontozoo #toronto #cats #tiger #latergram

Sheepshead wrasse (1) #toronto #torontozoo #fish #sheepsheadwrasse #latergram

Sheepshead wrasse (2) #toronto #torontozoo #fish #sheepsheadwrasse #latergram

Clouded leopard #toronto #torontozoo #cats #leopard #cloudedleopard #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

January 8, 2018 at 11:29 pm

[PHOTO] Twenty-six more photos of the Toronto Zoo (@thetorontozoo)

Frog #toronto #torontozoo #frog #amphibians #latergram

Reef #toronto #torontozoo #fish #coralreef #latergram

Seahorses #toronto #torontozoo #fish #seahorse #latergram

Lionfish #toronto #torontozoo #fish #lionfish #latergram

Reef (2) #toronto #torontozoo #fish #coralreef #latergram

Jellyfish #toronto #torontozoo #jellyfish #latergram

Polar bears #toronto #torontozoo #polarbear #bear #latergram

Jellyfish #toronto #torontozoo #jellyfish #latergram

Turtle Island memories #toronto #torontozoo #turtleisland #davidmgeneral #firstnations #latergram

Great horned owl #toronto #torontozoo #birds #owl #greathornedowl #latergram

Spectacled owl #toronto #torontozoo #birds #owl #spectacledowl #latergram

Boa constrictor #toronto #torontozoo #reptiles #snakes #boaconstrictor #latergram

Plush-crested jay #toronto #torontozoo #birds #plushcrestedjay #latergram

Jamaican boa #toronto #torontozoo #reptiles #snakes #jamaicanboa #latergram

Tamarins #toronto #torontozoo #tamarin #mammal #primate #latergram

Two-toed sloth #toronto #torontozoo #mammal #sloth #twotoedsloth #latergram

Green surf anemone #toronto #torontozoo #anemone #greensurfanemone #latergram

Strawberry anemone #toronto #torontozoo #anemone #strawberryanemone #latergram

Stingray #toronto #torontozoo #fish #stingray #latergram

Eastern loggerhead shrike #toronto #torontozoo #birds #shrike #easternloggerheadshrike #latergram

Golden frog #toronto #torontozoo #amphibians #frog #goldenfrog #latergram

Axolotl #toronto #torontozoo #amphibians #axolotl #latergram

Panamanian golden frog #toronto #torontozoo #amphibians #frog #panamaniangoldenfrog #latergram

American alligator #toronto #torontozoo #reptiles #alligator #americanalligator #latergram

American alligator (2) #toronto #torontozoo #reptiles #alligator #americanalligator #latergram

Spotted turtle #toronto #torontozoo #reptiles #turtle #spottedturtle #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

January 4, 2018 at 10:30 am