March 12th, 2010

[LINK] Some Friday links

There's a few posts you might be interested in this evening.


  • 80 Beats' Andrew Moseman makes the point that when sorting out carbon dioxide emissions by nation, the carbon dioxide emitted by a country (like China) that manufactures goods for another country might not only be the responsibility of the manufacturing nation.

  • Bad Astronomy maps the colours of different classes of stars onto the colour codes of HTML.

  • Centauri Dreams examines estimates about the number of habitable planets and the latest experimental proof of the theory of relativity.

  • Charlie Stross announces the publication fo the first edition of The Laundry, a roleplaying game setup based on his wonderful "Laundry Files" stories. ("Cthulhu and hackers and bureaucracy, oh my!")

  • The Dragon's Tales reports on a research project examining the arsenic-laced sediments of Califonia's Mono Lake to see if arsenic-using lifeforms which might have evolved entirely independently from our won life might exist.

  • Edward Lucas reports on Russia's recent recognition that the Katyn massacre was committed by Soviets and its implications for Russia's foreign policy.

  • Far Outliers blogs about the disdain that migrants from the Netherlands felt for the native Eurasians in the Dutch East Indies.

  • Geocurrents' Martin Lewis points out that some maps--like ones which use the same colour to show central Mexico and marginal California in New Spain--can be very misleading and examines the autonomous Australian tax shelter island of Norfolk Island.

  • Joe. My. God. notes the happy news that Constance Mcmillen, the young teenager whose desire to bring her girlfriend to prom led the school board to cancel prom altogether, is fully supported by her parents. Family values.

  • Marginal Revolution points out that a country doesn't have to be an export superpower to be like Germany, that it just has to run its economic responsibly (hints re: Greece et al).

  • Norman Geras writes about how ill-thoguht tactical alliance by Iran's left with religious radicals in the days of the revolution led to the Islamic Republic's horrors.

  • Spacing Toronto's Sean Marshall writes about Bogotá's surprisingly efficient system of public mass transit.

  • Window on Eurasia blogs about the case for dismantling Russia's Soviet-era science cities and Belarusian citizenship in an East Slavic cultural space.

[NEWS] Some (more) Friday links

And here's some news links.


  • What would the 2010 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics have looked like, the Canadian Press' Stephanie Levitz wonders?

  • The Times of London's writes about the struggles facing the rapidly growing Latvian immigrant community of the United Kingdom throw a series of interviews with members of the community in the city of Peterborough.

  • The Globe and Mail's Patrick White writes about Winnipeg's ugly, badly-designed and unhealthy Public Safety Building, an artifact of mid-20th century North American architectural brutalism that (I hope) will get torn down for everyone's good.

  • The New York Times covers the reaction to new legislation in Catalonia mandating the dubbing of at least half the copies of all film imported from outside of the European Union in the Catalan language. No one really knows the consequences of this; the subject of Catalan in film really hasn't been prominent before now.

  • The National Post's Peter Kuitenbrouwer writes about how Toronto's growing language diversity is complicating the interactions of city government with an increasingly multilingual citizenry.

  • CBC reports on how the sight of an Acadian tricolour flag at the Olympics gold medal final hockey game led to a successful online search for the anonymous flagwaver.