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[BLOG] Some Monday links

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  • Nathan Burgoine at Apostrophen argues compellingly that stories featuring queer protagonists should also have other queer characters (among other things).
  • James Bow talks about the origins and the progress of his new novel, The Sun Runners.
  • Centauri Dreams looks at the recent hopeful analysis of Ross 128b, still a strong candidate for a relatively Earth-like world.
  • Crooked Timber starts a discussion on having elections in the European Parliament being based on transnational lists.
  • D-Brief notes a hauntingly musical study of the plasma of Saturn’s ring system.
  • Hornet Stories reports on N.K. Jemisin’s article that bigots are not good writers of fiction. I’m inclined to agree: People who cannot imagine the lives of others as legitimate have issues with plausible characterization.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that Nicola Sturgeon opened Pride in Glasgow on the same day as Trump’s visit, saying there was where she wanted to be regardless.
  • JSTOR Daily looks at the winding history of New York State’s Adirondacks, as a protected area.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money looks at the evidence for the unwitting involvement of Glenn Greenwald and Wikileaks as agents of Russia in support of Trump.
  • Lingua Franca, at the Chronicle, considers the genesis of the phrase “Sherpas of the Beltway.” How problematic is it?
  • Marginal Revolution suggests that Canadian public opinion in support of open immigration rests on borders being controlled.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel notes that the strange behaviour of Boyajian’s Star can be explained by dust alone.
  • Window on Eurasia speculates that Russia might be on the verge of another wave of regional reorganizations, amalgamating some provinces and other territories into others.
  • Arnold Zwicky points out the achievements of Samantha Allen, a journalist writing for The Daily Beast.

[ISL] Five islands links: Machias Seal, Newfoundland and Labrador, Orkneys, Haiti

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  • Global News outlines the state of the Machias Seal island territorial dispute between Canada and the United States.
  • Faced with mounting costs owing to an aging and dispersed population, is Newfoundland and Labrador headed for bankruptcy? What would happen then? The National Post reports.
  • The selection of names of beers from the new brewery of Dildo, NL, has been undertaken with great care. Global News reports.
  • The Island Review shares an extract from the new book by Robin Noble about the Orkneys, Sagas of Salt and Stone. http://theislandreview.com/content/sagas-of-salt-and-stone-orkney-unwrapped-robin-noble-extract
  • Ayanna Legros makes a compelling argument for the recognition of Haiti and Haitians as not being somehow foreign to their region, but rather for including them in Latin America.

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

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  • Anthro{dendum}’s Adam Fish looks at the phenomenon of permissionless innovation as part of a call for better regulation.
  • James Bow shares excerpts from his latest book, The Cloud Riders.
  • Bruce Dorminey notes how data from Voyager 1’s cosmic ray detectors has been used to study dark matter.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money begins a dissection of what Roe vs Wade meant, and means, for abortion in the United States, and what its overturn might do.
  • Ilan Stavans, writing for Lingua Franca at the Chronicle, considers the languages of the World Cup. The prominence of Spanish in the United States is particularly notable.
  • The LRB Blog gathers together articles referencing the now-departed Boris Johnson. What a man.
  • The Map Room Blog reports/u> on Matthew Blackett’s remarkably intricate transit map of Canada.
  • Alex Tabarrok at Marginal Revolution links to a study from Nature exploring how shifts in the definition of concepts like racism and sexism means that, even as many of the grossest forms disappear, racism and sexism continue to be recognized if in more minute form.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel looks at how a Japanese experiment aimed at measuring proton decay ended up inaugurating the era of neutrino astronomy, thanks to SN1987A.
  • Window on Eurasia reports on how a Russian proposal to resettle Afrikaner farmers from South Africa to the North Caucasus (!) is, unsurprisingly, meeting with resistance from local populations, including non-Russian ones.
  • Linguist Arnold Zwicky takes a look at how, exactly, one learns to use the F word.

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

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  • Bad Astronomy notes the wonders being witnessed by the Dawn probe in orbit of Ceres.
  • Centauri Dreams notes the potential of effectively immortal interstellar probes.
  • D-Brief notes the discovery of some genetic origins of loneliness.
  • The Everyday Sociology Blog notes the connections and potential conflicts between concepts of race and the British royal family.
  • Far Outliers shares the first part of the summary of an article examining contact between African and Japanese mercenaries in early modern Asia.
  • Gizmodo wonders if Uranus’ large axial tilt can be explained by some sort of massive collision.
  • Hornet Stories likes the way that Pose, a show set in queer communities in New York City in the 1980s, deals with HIV.
  • In the aftermath of the tumult regarding the New York Times’ coverage of Batman and Catwoman, io9 offers the paper some tips on covering pop culture.
  • JSTOR Daily shares a paper noting how and why, in belle époque Chicago, immigrant communities often sponsored Fourth of July celebrations.
  • Language Hat deals with the convention of many writers in English to italicize foreign words. Why do this, again?
  • Jonathan Freedland at the NYR Daily considers the import of the Fourth of July for the United States in 2018.
  • Science and Food looks at liquid nitrogen gastronomy.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel considers if the universe might be headed for a big rip.

[BLOG] Some Sunday links

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Many things accumulated after a pause of a couple of months. Here are some of the best links to come about in this time.

  • Anthrodendum considers the issue of the security, or not, of cloud data storage used by anthropologists.
  • Architectuul takes a look at the very complex history of urban planning and architecture in the city of Skopje, linked to issues of disaster and identity.
  • Centauri Dreams features an essay by Ioannis Kokkidinis, examining the nature of the lunar settlement of Artemis in Andy Weir’s novel of the same. What is it?
  • Crux notes the possibility that human organs for transplant might one day soon be grown to order.
  • D-Brief notes evidence that extrasolar visitor ‘Oumuamua is actually more like a comet than an asteroid.
  • Bruce Dorminey makes the sensible argument that plans for colonizing Mars have to wait until we save Earth. (I myself have always thought the sort of environmental engineering necessary for Mars would be developed from techniques used on Earth.)
  • The Everyday Sociology Blog took an interesting look at the relationship between hobbies and work.
  • Far Outliers looks at how, in the belle époque, different European empires took different attitudes towards the emigration of their subjects depending on their ethnicity. (Russia was happy to be rid of Jews, while Hungary encouraged non-Magyars to leave.)
  • The Finger Post shares some photos taken by the author on a trip to the city of Granada, in Nicaragua.
  • The Frailest Thing’s L.M. Sacasas makes an interesting argument as to the extent to which modern technology creates a new sense of self-consciousness in individuals.
  • Inkfish suggests that the bowhead whale has a more impressive repertoire of music–of song, at least–than the fabled humpback.
  • Information is Beautiful has a wonderful illustration of the Drake Equation.
  • JSTOR Daily takes a look at the American women who tried to prevent the Trail of Tears.
  • Language Hat takes a look at the diversity of Slovene dialects, this diversity perhaps reflecting the stability of the Slovene-inhabited territories over centuries.
  • Language Log considers the future of the Cantonese language in Hong Kong, faced with pressure from China.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes how negatively disruptive a withdrawal of American forces from Germany would be for the United States and its position in the world.
  • Lingua Franca, at the Chronicle, notes the usefulness of the term “Latinx”.
  • The LRB Blog reports on the restoration of a late 19th century Japanese-style garden in Britain.
  • The New APPS Blog considers the ways in which Facebook, through the power of big data, can help commodify personal likes.
  • Neuroskeptic reports on the use of ayahusasca as an anti-depressant. Can it work?
  • Justin Petrone, attending a Nordic scientific conference in Iceland to which Estonia was invited, talks about the frontiers of Nordic identity.
  • Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw writes about what it is to be a literary historian.
  • Drew Rowsome praises Dylan Jones’ new biographical collection of interviews with the intimates of David Bowie.
  • Peter Rukavina shares an old Guardian article from 1993, describing and showing the first webserver on Prince Edward Island.
  • Seriously Science notes the potential contagiousness of parrot laughter.
  • Understanding Society’s Daniel Little t.com/2018/06/shakespeare-on-tyranny.htmltakes a look at the new Stephen Greenblatt book, Shakespeare on Power, about Shakespeare’s perspectives on tyranny.
  • Window on Eurasia shares speculation as to what might happen if relations between Russia and Kazakhstan broke down.
  • Worthwhile Canadian Initiative noticed, before the election, the serious fiscal challenges facing Ontario.
  • Yorkshire Ranter Alex Harrowell points out that creating a national ID database in the UK without issuing actual cards would be a nightmare.
  • Arnold Zwicky reports on a strand of his Swiss family’s history found in a Paris building.

[PHOTO] Twenty-three photos of the works of David Hockney at the Met (#hockney, @metmuseum)

The winter’s David Hockney exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, conveniently located next to the Michaelangelo show, covered everything there was to see, from his student art to his latest iPad art. I have to say that Hockney really only came into his own as an artist once he moved to North America in the mid-1960s, and came to enjoy the sunshine and the space of California (among others). Seeing notable works like A Bigger Splash, or his double portraits of couples, or some of his photo mosaics, was truly an experience to be appreciated. Michael Valinsky’s recent Them article does a great job outlining Hockney’s importance, not least as a queer artist out practically from the beginning of his career.

My Brother is only Seventeen (1961) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #latergram

Cleaning Teeth, Early Evening (1962) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #latergram

Tea Painting in an Illusionistic Style (1961) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #latergram

The Cha-Cha That Was Danced in the Early Hours of 24th March (1961) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #latergram

Arizona (1964) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #arizona #latergram

Play Within A Play (1963) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #latergram

Domestic Scene, Los Angeles (1963) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #losangeles #latergram

Medical Building (1966) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #latergram

Man in Shower in Beverly Hills (1964) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #latergram

A Lawn Being Sprinkled (1967) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #latergram

A Bigger Splash (1967) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #latergram//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Savings and Loan Building (1967) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #latergram

Rubber Ring Floating In A Swimming Pool (1971) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #latergram

Pool and Steps, Le Nid du Duc (1971) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #latergram

Detail, Henry Geldzahler & Christopher Scott (1969) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #henrygeldzahler #christopherscott #latergram

Detail, Mr. and Mrs. Clark and Percy (1970-1971) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #ossieclark #celiabirtwell #latergram

Detail, Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy (1968) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #christopherisherwood #donbachardy #latergram

Detail, Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy (1968) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #christopherisherwood #donbachardy #latergram

Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy (1968) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #christopherisherwood #donbachardy #latergram

Don + Christopher, Los Angeles, 6th March 1982 #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #christopherisherwood #donbachardy #polaroid #mosaic #latergram

My Mother, Bolton Abbey, Yorkshire, Nov. 1982 #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #boltonabbey #yorkshire #latergram

Breakfast at Malibu, Sunday, 1989 #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #malibu #latergram

9 Canvas Study of the Grand Canyon (1998) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #grandcanyon #latergram

Hockney gone electronic #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

May 19, 2018 at 11:59 pm

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