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[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait writes about the ephemeral nature and historically recent formation of the rings of Saturn.
  • Centauri Dreams hosts an essay looking at the controversies surrounding the arguments of Avi Loeb around SETI and ‘Oumuamua.
  • D-Brief links to a new analysis of hot Jupiters suggesting that they form close to their stars, suggesting further that they are a separate population from outer-system worlds like our Jupiter and Saturn.
  • Colby King at the Everyday Sociology Blog takes a look at the sociology of the online world, using the critical work of Zeynep Tufekci as a lens.
  • L.M. Sacasas at The Frailest Thing makes a great point about the seemingly transparent online world: We might, like a protagonist in a Hawthorne story, confine ourselves falsely that we know everything, so becoming jaded.
  • JSTOR Daily notes how, in the early 20th century, US Park Rangers were actually quite rough and tumble, an irregular police force.
  • Language Hat looks at the overlooked modernist fiction of Dorothy Richardson.
  • Language Log examines the origins of the phrase “Listen up”.
  • The LRB Blog visits a Berlin cemetery to note the annual commemoration there of the lives of Karl Liebknecht and Rosa Luxemburg.
  • Marginal Revolution considers the proportion of centenarians on Okinawa, and considers if a carbohydrate-heavy diet featuring sweet potatoes is key.</li<
  • Tim Parks at the NYR Daily engages with the idea of a translation being an accomplishment of its own.
  • Roads and Kingdoms has a fascinating interview with Tanja Fox about the history and development of the Copenhagen enclave of Christiania.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel notes that early returns from New Horizons suggest Ultima Thule is a typical “future comet”.
  • Strange Company shares the story of the haunting of 18th century Gael Donald Bán.
  • Towleroad shares the account by Nichelle Nichols of how her chance encounter with Martin Luther King helped save Star Trek.
  • Window on Eurasia notes the different quasi-embassies of different Russian republics in Moscow, and their potential import.
  • Arnold Zwicky, looking at penguins around the world, notices the CIBC mascot Percy the Penguin.

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

  • Charlie Stross at Antipope notes</u. the many problems appearing already with 2019, starting with Brexit.
  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait examines the mysterious AT2018cow event. What was it?
  • blogTO notes that the Ontario government seems to be preparing for a new round of amalgamation, this time involving Toronto neighbours.
  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly writes about her strategies for minimizing her personal waste, including buying expensive durables.
  • D-Brief shares Chang’e-4 photos taken on the far side of the Moon.
  • Bruce Dorminey notes an innovative design for a steam-powered asteroid hopper.
  • Karen Sternheimer at the Everyday Sociology Blog writes about verstehen, the process of coming to an understanding of a subject, as demonstrated in the Arlene Stein study Unbound about trans men.
  • Gizmodo looks at the remarkably complex nascent planetary system of the quarternary star system HD 98800.
  • Imageo shares a visualization of the terrifyingly rapid spread of the Camp Fire.
  • JSTOR Daily debunks the myth of Wilson’s unconditional support for the Fourteen Points.
  • Language Hat notes a new study that claims to provide solid grounds for distinguishing dialects from languages.
  • Language Log looks at what David Bowie had to say about the Internet in 1999, and how he said it.
  • Christine Gordon Manley writes about her identity as a Newfoundlander.
  • Marginal Revolution notes the very variable definitions of urbanization in different states of India as well as nationally.
  • Emily Lakdawalla at the Planetary Society Blog shares a few more images of Ultima Thule.
  • Drew Rowsome reviews a new Toronto production of Iphegenia and the Furies.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel notes how a fifth dimension might make the instantaneous spore drive of Discovery possible.
  • Window on Eurasia links to an article examining eight misconceptions of Russians about Belarus.

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait notes the landing of the Franco-German MASCOT probe on asteroid Ryugu from the Japanese Hayabusa-2 probe.
  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly shares a powerful New York Times article she wrote about her health status.
  • Centauri Dreams notes the continued fine-tuning of the New Horizons probe as it approaches Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69, also known as Ultima Thule.
  • D-Brief notes how the Gaia satellite has detected hundreds of hypervelocity stars heading towards the centre of the Milky Way Galaxy, perhaps coming from other galactic neighbours like the Large Magellanic Cloud.
  • At the Everyday Sociology Blog, Karen Sternheimer writes about the possibilities opened up by learning another language.
  • JSTOR Daily notes that, once, working-class children regularly roamed the night.
  • Language Hat notes how the Maori remembered in their proverbs the disappearance of the moa, long after that species’ extinction in New Zealand.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money rejoices at the despair of the alt-right on learning their favourite pop star, Taylor Swift, supports the Democratic Party.
  • Lingua Franca takes a look at the past usage of the phrase “cold civil war”.
  • The LRB Blog writes about the profoundly disturbing case of the apparent murder, inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
  • Tyler Cowen at Marginal Revolution has a critical take on the concept of “Airspace”, the sort of shared minimalist public spaces enabled by modern technologies.
  • Strange Company reports on the mysterious Napoleonic-era haunting of the Upper Silesian castle of Slawensik.
  • Frank Jacobs at Strange Maps reports on the most common last names in different European countries, finding that local variations on “Smith” are exceptionally common.