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  • I've added Sean CW Korsgaard's Korsgaard's Commentary, a blog focusing on cultural reviews. In one interesting recent post, Korsgaard makes the case for the excellence of the 1999 film The Mummy.

  • Toronto writer and critic Drew Rowsome also has his own blog. He has recently shared his shortlist of picks for the Toronto Fringe festival.

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I've added two blogs this morning, one old and one new.


  • Aziz Poonawalla's City of Brass, a blog dealing with Islam and minority issues, is newly added. His most recent post there, drawing from the Chicago Dyke March Jewish flag event to that intersectionality is too limited a concept, makes an interesting argument.

  • LGBTQ-themed blog Unicorn Booty is a group blog that covers many queer issues. I would recommend one recent post reporting on the erasure of the nature of the Pulse massacre in Orlando by Trump (and others).

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Two links are being added.


  • To the news section, I'm adding the Canadian news website National Observer, which has interesting longer articles analyzing Canadian events. Of their recent articles, I would recommend Lorimer Shenher's "LGBTQ officers need to pick the right target", which argues that LGBTQ police officers should step back and consider the import of the police, as an organization, to many queer people.

  • To the blog section, I'm adding Strange Company, a great blog that assembles links of interesting and odd things around the world, in the past and present, and takes the occasional longer look at particular events. This link, examining the history of one Reverend Griffiths who was something of a ghostbuster in 19th century Wales, is a good example of the latter category of post.

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The start of a new year is a good time to add links to my blogroll, bloggish and otherwise.



Enjoy!
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Only two this time.

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Two bloggers, three blogs.


  • Ottawa-based writer 'Nathan Smith's Apostrophen examined the life of a gay fiction writer in the nation's capital. His recent post looking at how much he earns, from the perspective of what he could afford to eat with it, speaks about the economics of fiction writing.

  • New York City-based writer Philip Turner has two blogs, Honourary Canadian describing his life as an expat and The Great Grey Bridge looking at his take on New York City. His recent photo post from the shores of the Hudson River is beautiful.

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What other blogs do you read?

I'm curious, and also hungry for new blogs to add to my blogroll.
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Two new blogs are on the blogroll!

  • First is The Signal, the Library of Congress' digital preservation blog concerned with the archiving of digital information. There's plenty of activity on this group blog and interesting stuff to read, like Mike Ashenfelder's post describing the efforts of American public libraries to help ordinary Americans archive their lives.

  • Supernova Condensate is a great science blog owned by Livejournal's now-deported [livejournal.com profile] invaderxan. All sorts of fascinating space- and physics-related items are described at length, with photos, at this blog. The most recent post, describing the formation process of a remarkably symmetrical ice crystal in space, is as good a place to begin as any.


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    Five new blogs!

  • New Zealand blog BlueJacket 1862 is an interesting links blog, with commentary on all manner of things. This post looking at how jockeying over Israeli-Lebanese maritime boundaries near offshore natural gas deposits is contributing (politically, of course) to electricity shortages.

  • Tom's to thank for pointing me to Michael in Norfolk: Coming Out in Mid Life, a blog by a Virginian gay man with the title-stated biography concerned with GLBT issues, American politics, and non-bloggish stuff. He shared the news that Christopher Lee, an American senator who resigned just the other week for his Craigslist flirtations with a woman night his wife, may have resigned to avoid getting caught for trying to pick up transgendered women.

  • The Ukrainian-language [livejournal.com profile] pollotenchegg is a great blog concerned with showing--in maps!--Ukrainian demographic trends. This most recent one, showing natural increase in Ukraine--relatively strong in parts of the west, not nearly so much in the east, particularly the northeast, is characteristic.

  • The biology blog Progressive Download, by one John Farrell at the Forbes blog site, is sparse but interesting. This
    report
    on human genetic knowledge is noteworthy.

  • Finally, I can't say enough good things about the blog Technosociology, a blog by Zeynep Tufekci concerned with examining the interactions between Internet networks and physical social networks. Her most recent post about the inevitability of leadership's emergence in even the most decentralized groups is worth reading.


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    I'm pleased to note that Ottawa Citizen journalist Dan Gardner--author of the excellent Future Babble--now has a blog at the website of Psychology Today, also called Future Babble. In his first post he addresses the question of why futurologists who makes demonstrably incorrect predictions--indeed, almost always do that--are lionized.

    CNBC is right that Elaine Garzarelli forecast a stock market crash not long before the great plunge of 1987. It made her a superstar. But what about Garzarelli's other calls? How accurate were they? Was her successful prediction a typical result or was it more like the occasional bull's eye that even a chimpanzee could be expected to nail if it threw hundreds of darts at a board? The article doesn't say. The only reference to Garzarelli's record is that one spectacular hit.

    CNBC is right that Elaine Garzarelli forecast a stock market crash not long before the great plunge of 1987. It made her a superstar. But what about Garzarelli's other calls? How accurate were they? Was her successful prediction a typical result or was it more like the occasional bull's eye that even a chimpanzee could be expected to nail if it threw hundreds of darts at a board? The article doesn't say. The only reference to Garzarelli's record is that one spectacular hit.

    Here's what the story should have noted but did not: After Garzarelli shot to fame for calling the crash of '87, she struggled. Even though she continued to use the same analytical system that supposedly called the crash, the mutual fund she managed did poorly. In 1994, the fund was closed and Garzarelli's firm showed its former superstar the door.

    Maybe Garzarelli's current prediction will prove to be bang on. I don't know. But I do know that someone who knew only what CNBC said about Elaine Garzarelli would have a lot more faith in that prediction than someone who knew more.


    Why such popularity still? Here's one sentence fragment of note: ""The root of all superstition is that men observe when a thing hits but not when it misses," Sir Francis Bacon observed[.]"

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    Three new blogs for the blogroll for the New Year!


    • Francesca Elston's self-titled blog is an interesting one, where she writes "about how systems of people work". (Thanks for the link, [livejournal.com profile] nwhyte.) One good post is one where she reveals herself to be profoundly skeptical of Twitter's contributions to informed dialogue.

    • io9 is a group blog concerned with all matters science and science-fictional and geekdom. Paul Gilster's post wondering if a near-extinction event with an asteroid would spur space travel and colonization is good.

    • Flickr's Jen Tse has a photoblog, pencilprism. She does good stuff, like her photo of a Spadina Avenue Chinatown butcher's shop and how she reacts to Chinese food's omnivorousness generally.

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    It's that time again!

  • Clifford, fellow graduate of the 2003-2004 Master's English class at Queen's University, blogs at Love and Fiction, where he promotes his fiction writing and does a non-trivial amount of essay-writing himself. This essay exploring the reasons why people devote large amounts of time to their chosen specialties (see Malcolm Gladwell's thesis of ten thousand hours needed to become truly skilled) is a case in point.

  • Australian Russell Darnley's blog, Maximos' Blog, is concerned with the natural and built environment of Australia. His poist showing a trip on Sydney's only tram line is fun.

  • Recommended to my by History and Futility co-blogger The Oberamtmann, the New APPS blog is a group blog concerned with art, history, and politics. This post analyzing race in the Netherlands' Christmas figure of Sinterklass is a case in point.

  • Patrick Cain, once map blogger for the Toronto Star, has patrickcain.ca now. His maps--including this set showing where Toronto war casualties in certain battles died--are grand.

  • Finally, Tim Maly's Quiet Babylon examines the interactions between computer technology and human identity. This short fiction, examining an ordinary man's uneasy relation with a perhaps excessively technophile lover, is worth reading.


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    It's time for another big bang expansion!

    First, two housekeeping notes: Paul Gilster is the author of Centauri Dreams' posts, while Edward Lucas has moved to the Economist-hosted blog Eastern approaches.

  • Burgh Diaspora, maintained by geographer Jim Russell, is a blog that started--as the name suggests--by taking a look at the diaspora from the Rust Belt city of Pittsburgh, and provides interesting examinations of how such afflicted areas can recover. This post exploring Minnesota's desire to keep its high-school graduates from leaving by sending them to local colleges is nice reading.

  • Nissology PEI is the blog of Prince Edward Islander Hans Connor; "nissology" is the study of islands. With Japan's defeat by Paraguay, it turns out that there are no more island nation participants at the World Cup.

  • The Central Asia group blog Registan is the first place I go for Central Asia news. While the recent coverage of Kyrgyzystan has been great, the scathing criticism of cartoonist and commentator Ted Rall deserves reading.

  • Michael Steeleworthy, library student and mapper extraordinary, can be found at his blog The Zeds, where he explores "information and its spaces." His meditations on the differences between helping people with their research and being a research assistant are thoughtful.


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    • BAGnewsNotes, a group blog featuring the talents of Alan Chin, Nina Berman, and John Lucaites, analyzes news photos for their hidden symbolisms. The look at the sexist framing of Nancy Pelosi in a recent shot as a freak-show hysteric is classic.

    • Bruce Sterling's Beyond the Beyond covers an "eclectic range of technology topics." His observations about the bizarre pro-Saakashvili Russian invasion hoax in Georgia is interesting.

    • I don't know why I didn't link to [livejournal.com profile] czalex's blog before now, but it's now on my blogroll. It's an interesting blog examining Belarus and Russia. His commentary on Belarus' very weak bargaining position re: Russia on gas transit and other issues is worth reading.

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    I've three new ones here!


    • Neil Gaiman's Journal is self-explanatory.

    • GeoCurrent Events is a group blog that starts out each post from a map and goes on to show write about the differences and claims that the map represents, as in this post about the internal divisions between natives and settlers and other immigrants in the French Pacific island of New Caledonia.

    • Frederik Pohl is probably my favourite science fiction writer, and thanks to [livejournal.com profile] james_nicoll I've found out that he has a blog too, The Way the Future Blogs. Pohl has everything there, including all manner of stories from his life experiences as a science fiction writer of the Golden Age.



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    This will be the last big expansion for a while. I hope.


    • Cartophilia is a great map blog. Trust me, it's a compliment when I say that it reminds me of Strange Maps.

    • Over at eye weekly, Sean Micallef's Psychogeography is a worthwhile ongoing analysis of the greater city of Toronto.

    • Andy Young's Siberian Light is one of the best English-language Russia/Eurasia-themed blogs out there.

    • Anatoly Karlin's Sublime Oblivion provides an opinionated take on the world at large and its future.
    • The Russian-language [livejournal.com profile] demographer, the Russian Demographic Live Journal, has a lot of interesting content written by Ba-ldei Aga.

    • Globe and Mail journalist Ivor Tossell has an archive of his interesting columns at Ivor Tossell on the Web.

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    A while back, the Yorkshire Ranter had reminded me that the blogosphere isn't a unified entity but rather a collection of multiply overlapping social networks, these networks being separated from each other by language and nationality and specific interests. The examples that he gives are the Chinese and British blogospheres, each largely self-contained with their own concerns despite these concerns' relevance and interest.

    Myself, it took me a fairly big push to find the various social sicence blogs I've added in the past couple of months to my blogrolls, going onto the Internet rather than depending on blog friends' blogrolls. I just wouldn't have found them.

    So. What blogs--blogs I might have found on my own, blogs I might not have thought of--would you recommend for my reading (and, through [LINK] and other posts, my readers' reading)? I anticipate the results.
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    Croatian blogger Dragon Antulov's Draxblog III and the Population Reference Bureau's Behind the Numbers are now on the blogroll. Go, read!
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    Welcome four more blogs to my blogroll!


    • First is 80 Beats, a group blog based out of Discover magazine's website with a general science theme.

    • Next is Rebecca's A Rusty Little Box, a Tumblr-based blog that contains photos, original art, and assorted notes.

    • Vancouver journalist Douglas Todd's The Search is a penetrating study into religion in the 21st century postmodern world.

    • Finally, there's Michael Steelworthy's blog. A graduate student at Halifax's Dalhousie University, this is a library-heavy blog that also demonstrates some of the applications of library studies.



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