Have you heard of the Royal game of Ur?

It's a 4000 year old game found in a royal gravesite in the ancient city of Ur. What's truly amazing about it is that we've also found a clay tablet with the rules for it! The oldest rule book in the world!

I had not heard of it, until I found this beautiful Free and open source online digital version of it! It looks great, and it's fun too! And you can play two player locally

Give it a go and let me know what you think!

royalur.net/ #game

I know I'm not per se "around" these days, but thought I'd drop in to wish you folks a better 2021 than your 2020 was and share this nice deer I saw recently.

Best wishes, all :)

"Come on," someone calls, "the night is young!"
The Night shakes Her head. No, She is old. She was always old. There is no terror, no surprise, no joy She hasn't seen.
She walks hidden paths, lonely streets, silent hallways. Always moving.
The Night is alive; She is always alive.
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

author subtoot 

'The truth is if your book is good enough, it'll be published.'

That's ... not the truth. It's not just about quality and market. Trad pub has a limited number of seats at the table and a HUGE amount of bias.

So sick of people using their survivor bias as a means of making unpublished authors feel shittier.

Sure! Your book is great and got trad published. Most trad pub books are good books! That doesn't mean that all good books will necessarily get trad pub deals.

Account possible semi-hiatus 

Masto generally increasingly seems to be a space that isn't helpful or good for me, so I think I'll maybe be cutting down the amount I check in. I feel like what my masto bubble now looks like is a useful and valid space, but it does feel different to the one I hoped to curate and it's one that takes up a more mental energy than I have in my current state.

While out on the front veranda just now, I heard a rustle in the tree, so I grabbed my red-filtered torch and had a peek. There about 10m away on a branch was a tiny Feather-tailed Glider.

No chance of a photo due to the tiny size and lack of light and I didn't want to startle it with a bright white flash.

Nice to know they're still around.

(photo below is of one I rescued from our power meter box several years ago). #AustralianWildlife

UK Pol, Liberalism 

I wrote a thing on an often misunderstood aspect of what I think makes UK liberalism distinctive from other liberalisms: UK liberalism has evolved as a misfit's philosophy.

Full post on my blog:

The trees were so orderly in the woods I found myself in at first I thought it to be some sort of orchard; but the wolves, bears and pixies that made it their home dissuaded me of this notion.

The pixies welcomed me excitedly, but would not at all give me space to speak, volunteering answers to questions I had planned to ask and many I had not.

By the end of it, I was both their mayor and honorary pixie, but still hadn't found my car.

#TootFic #MicroFiction #Writing #TerylsTales #UrbanFantasy

UK Pol: if you want to know about the Liberal Democrat leadership contest for some reason, I wrote a bit about it:


anybody play the fiddle? And happen to want to teach a #Indigenous two-spirit autistic to play? I don't really know how to play the violin yet, but I've never had an instrument I didn't learn fairly quickly, though ADHD/mental illness have generally gotten in my way of doing something fun/cool with that ability

Would like useful book/website suggestions too :)


#actuallyAutistic #music #violin #fiddle #folkmusic

letting the men disembark the cruise ship first because it's i before he except after sea

Features that I often miss in a books/media-in-general database :
- Allow one work to be part of multiple series (e.g. main series and sub-series, or the work being a crossover that belongs to two series)
- Allow for organising series/franchises hierarchically (Inventaire has one series called "Elfquest Comics". There are about two dozen series of Elfquest comics, only two of which are only titled "Elfquest")

Hey :) This is an account for karrot - an open source community organising platform focused on resource saving and sharing.

We're currently being used by a bunch of groups around Europe who save and share food from being wasted (see karrot.world/#/groupPreview), but heading towards general community organising uses too.

We're into stuff like participatory design, democratic process, non/less-hierarchical structure.

We're open source (you can use our main instance, or self-host).


Also, I would hope it would go without saying but I can't ignore what web site I'm posting on SO:

Ideological purity being fake does NOT give you carte blanche to engage with whatever you want with no critical thought whatsoever

In fact, the opposite is true: there exists a moral obligation to engage critically with those things you enjoy so that you can identify those elements which are corruptible and learn to actively recognize them when they appear

I love high fantasy, it makes up the majority of what I read

This means I must be keenly aware of the racist, colonialist, and imperialist underpinnings of the genre so that I can recognize them when they creep into a story

Show thread

Basically ideological purity is fake and if you only engage with things that are 100% pure and impossible to corrupt and also perfectly align with your political views, you're gonna sit in a room alone forever

Our election results are out! All current regularly elected volunteer staff were re-elected unopposed: @JubalBarca as chair, Tusky as voting members' officer, and GMD as senior forum moderator.

Thanks to all who voted & who make up our community :)


Oops, didn't image describe. Image in the above toot is a bunch of grapes, one of which has blemishes that appear to be two eyes and a flatline mouth. Apologies!

Show thread

I have a disconcerting feeling that this grape is looking back at me and has Opinions.

Show older
Scholar Social

Scholar Social is a microblogging platform for researchers, grad students, librarians, archivists, undergrads, academically inclined high schoolers, educators of all levels, journal editors, research assistants, professors, administrators—anyone involved in academia who is willing to engage with others respectfully.