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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

[ISL] “Fear of Rattlesnake Island”

The NYR Daily’s Christopher Benfey reports about the controversy surrounding the reintroduction of snakes to a Massachusetts island.

We were sitting, my wife and I, at a summer dinner party by the pool, in honor of a mother and her college-age daughter visiting from Chicago. Just for a moment, as night was coming on, the subject of rattlesnakes—our Massachusetts Timber Rattlesnakes, Crotalus horridus, to be precise—edged out the incessant talk of Trump Trump Trump. Our visitors, full of the police troubles in Chicago, were unaware of the Great Rattlesnake Controversy, and Tara, our well-informed hostess, weighed in first.

Four towns in central Massachusetts, she explained, were deliberately flooded during the 1930s, their entire population—along with 6,000 graves, she added ghoulishly—“relocated” to create the Quabbin Reservoir, and bring water to Boston. Some quaint houses were salvaged from the general destruction and moved, wall by wall, to prosperous towns like Amherst (where we now live), but stores and other businesses, a state highway, even a railroad, were lost forever.

As two huge dams were set in place and the waters rose, eventually covering thirty-nine square miles, some of the higher elevations—like Mount Ararat after Noah’s flood—became islands in the vast expanse. One of these islands, closed to public access and located in the middle of the reservoir, is named Mount Zion, and it was here that the state of Massachusetts has proposed to introduce a small colony of Timber Rattlesnakes, beginning in 2017, to the vehement outrage of many local residents, who treasure the banks of the Quabbin for fishing and its pristine waters for boating.

Tara is a local, unlike the rest of us urban transplants, and I respected her sense of solidarity with the displaced. Their parents and grandparents were not asked if they were okay with abandoning their homes; they themselves were not asked if they wouldn’t mind having a few rattlesnakes as neighbors. But I myself would not have begun the story with the eradication of the four towns by government fiat, and the scattering of their population.

Written by Randy McDonald

August 19, 2016 at 9:20 pm

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

  • The Boston Globe‘s The Big Picture shares photos from this year’s Boston Marathon.
  • blogTO reports on the proposal to make the lower Don valley a new park.
  • D-Brief notes the impending emergence of cicadas.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to the potentially cataclysmic consequences of very large impacts on early Venus.
  • The Map Room Blog considers the process of mapping Pluto.
  • Shadow, Light & Colour shares adorable photos of turtles at the Brickworks.
  • Spacing Toronto is skeptical of the Special Investigations Unit.
  • Speed River Journal’s Van Waffle reports on the success of a men’s knitting retreat he organized.
  • Torontoist suggests Parkdale has become an independent coffee mecca.
  • Towleroad notes James Franco’s statement that he’s a little bit gay.

[PHOTO] Eleven photos from Allan Gardens, Toronto

Visiting Allan Gardens last week with a friend visiting Toronto, I had the chance to see the greenhouse complex as it was being prepared for spring.

Flowers, Allan Gardens #toronto #allangardens #gardens #flowers

Flowers #toronto #allangardens #gardens #flowers

Daffodils #toronto #allangardens #gardens #daffodils #flowers

Yellow daffodils #toronto #allangardens #gardens #flowers #daffodils

Goldfish, Allan Gardens #toronto #allangardens #gardens #fish #goldfish

Turtles and goldfish #toronto #allangardens #gardens #turtles #goldfish

Orchid in box #toronto #allangardens #gardens #flowers #orchids

Up at the dome #toronto #allangardens #gardens #architecture #greenhouse #dome

Flower, Bird of Paradise #toronto #allangardens #gardens #flowers #birdofparadise #streliziareginae

Red hibiscus #toronto #allangardens #gardens #flowers  #red #hibiscus

Crown of Thorns #toronto #allangardens #gardens #cactus #crownofthorns #euphorbiamilii

Written by Randy McDonald

April 8, 2016 at 10:26 am