Dec. 6th, 2016

Linky links

Dec. 6th, 2016 09:09 pm
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A long time since I posted one of these, some old links...




Do not turn Brexit into Britain's version of Bush v Gore

Interesting comparison noting that attempts to involve the courts in the decision about whether or not parliament must vote on the triggering of Article 50 inevitable force the courts to make a political decision.

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Determine Which Shakespeare Play You Should See First With This Flowchart

Fun infographic/flowchart.

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My Dartmoor Walks: Friday 14th October - Fernworthy Reservoir Uncovered

Lovely photographs of two bridges, three stone circles and misc other stone things revealed by unusually low water levels at Fernworthy Reservoir on Dartmoor.

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The cult of Wetherspoons: why does the pub chain inspire such devotion?

It must be said I generally consider Wetherspoons' to be samey but reliable, so it is interesting to read this discussion highlighting aspects such as the lack of territorial locals and to learn about the carpets!

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Robotics team program new Tate Liverpool art installation - University of Liverpool News - University of Liverpool

Several people I work with were involved with this, including the boss! By some bizarre piece of circular acquaintance I'll also ran a Lego Rover workshop associated with it last weekend, though because the Tate asked the Girl Geeks who asked our Outreach Team and not because I work with the people involved!

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Donald Trump and the rise of white identity in politics

Interesting article that attempts (not entirely successfully) to disentangle the concept of a sense of white identity from racial prejudice (in, for instance, the form of ideas about white supremacy). One is left with the feeling that there is a whole lot more going on here than is touched upon in the article, but its clearly an area that is likely to become more important.

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Dad Spends $1500 On 3-Year-Old’s Halloween Costume; Recreates Scenes From New Wonder Woman Movie | fulltimephotographer

This is actually pretty cool and the finished results look great. While $1500 seems like a lot to spend on a three year-old's halloween costume I don't suppose the resulting Internet coverage has done her Dad's career any harm!

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Fact-checking Clinton and Trump is not enough

Interesting, if only for the analysis of how framing and delivery can influence our perception of the truth of a politician's statements.

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Facebook's problem is more complicated than fake news

Interesting counter to the idea that social media filter bubbles are responsible to the diametric assumptions and worldviews people seen to have.

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The surprising origins of 'post-truth' – and how it was spawned by the liberal left

Interesting article that seeks to (briefly and therefore somewhat superficially) trace the lineage of "post-truth" from the advent of post-modernism, through the dot-com boom and the rise of the spin doctor to our current reality.

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Why Trump is right, and wrong, about killing off the TPP

This article argues that recent "free trade" agreements have in fact not been free trade agreements. I'm not qualified to judge, but would be interested in [livejournal.com profile] philmophlegm's input.

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New study indicates Moon's formation was more energetic than previously thought.

I'm vaguely interested in the puzzle that is why the Moon is the way it is, not for any specific reason just that something that feels like it ought to be well-understood by now, really isn't.

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Deep in the Amazon jungle, Brazil's 'hidden cities' are in crisis

"The “deep” Amazon is now surprisingly urbanised yet its cities are largely invisible in academic and political debates. In the 21st century, it is generally taken for granted that towns and cities are connected by roads. However, in the Brazilian state of Amazonas almost a million people live in dozens of roadless cities of 3,000 to 70,000 residents. These settlements are wholly reliant on rivers."

I just had no idea. The rest of the article is fairly obvious once you grasp that fact, though.

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