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"I’ve got a really good feeling about what these kids are going to do when we finally do get them back into buildings full-time. I don’t really care how much work they got done this year. I don’t.

We always confused work with learning anyway. We always confused a lot of things with learning anyway."

The "we confuse work with learning" is something that we should talk about.


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Mastodon works by aggregating people in distinct servers that are connected in a horizontal network, where people can interact freely.

In research, scientists usually work in research centers and collaborate worldwide in a distributed network.

The two things overlap nicely and could be potentially synergic. If we concentrated our efforts on building a Mastodon instance in every big research institution, we may grow a federated scientific network that is free from commercial apps.

Looking at our emotional relationships to work. When does work start and end?

miaaw.net presents Common Practice


Sophie Hope and Jenny Richards in conversation with Owen Kelly.

Miaaw presents Common Practice


Friday February 26 @ 12:34UTC

Sophie Hope and Jenny Richards started Manual Labours in 2013 to explore our physical and emotional relationships to work. In 2020, the Global Staffroom grew out of this, and began a series of livestreams on Twitch.tv.

Owen Kelly talks to them about thie process.

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my life is just a series of bad decisions that seemed like a good idea at the time, except for all the decisions i’m making now which are great

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on the birdsite, Kamal Munir on yoga:
"Movements often use the market mechanism to scale up. However, countercultural movements oppose the ideological underpinnings of markets. How are such movts made syncretic with markets?"

"We show how, before such a movement can be commodified, it must be de-essentialized, a process that requires stripping away key aspects of its history, context, and religious commitments and transforming collective goals into individual ones."

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Odd happenings at Google, Meg Mitchell (lead of the Ethical AI team) has been locked out of her corporate email account for 5 weeks, and was just fired by email to her personal email address.

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One really good episode with side questions like why cancel culture and de-platforming are bad, Trump phenomenon and what's wrong with politics and so on.

[The Portal] 42: Cashing Out My Trump & IDW Positions #thePortal
podcastaddict.com/episode/1185 via @PodcastAddict

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if you want to make a blockchain powered thing i recommend designing it, and then just removing the blockchain part. it will still be a cool project i promise you

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New Code for Thought episode out, this time focusing on the team at AfricarXiV who do great work making African more visible codeforthought.buzzsprout.com/

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Interesting article with much more to say than its title (Librarians vs. QAnon) suggests. theatlantic.com/education/arch Many thoughts related to info literacy E.g. "We are experiencing a moment that is exposing a schism between two groups: those who have faith that there is a way to arrive at truth using epistemological practices that originated during the Enlightenment, and those who believe that events and experiences are portents to be interpreted in ways that align with their personal values."

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Miaaw proudly presents
A Culture of Possibility

on miaaw.net

This Friday,
February 19 2021

Francois Matarasso & Arlene Goldbard talk with Amber Hansen & Reyna Hernandez, community muralists in South Dakota.

The conversation touches on the importance and challenges of portraying Indigenous themes in public art, particularly in rural America.

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Looking to migrate away from Google but still looking for free/affordable replacements without the hassle of hosting them yourself?

There are many choices, take your pick:)






Feel free to add to this list if I've missed any good ones:)


#framasoft #disroot #nomagic.uk #nextcloud #email #foss #trom #gafam #fuckgoogle

And this also provides a good starting point:


It discusses some aspects of E-Prime in more detail than the Wikipedia article.

A question I have found myself thinking about a lot recently:

If we want to change the language we use and the ways in which we use language, why do we not take another hard look at General Semantics and its (probably more relevant child) E-Prime?

Have these slipped out of view because they appear hard work? Because, from personal experience, I can testify they have proved easier to adopt as practices than I expected.

2 starting points: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E-Prime & generalsemantics.org/wp-conten

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finally deleted myself off the bird app. for reasons of affectation I held on to the username, as it is clearly an early adopters one.

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TOOT! Hi, :mastoart:

today is another kind of #anniversary. So far I posted 250 toots here, and it's just a beginning. Thank you #all for your interest, favs, boosts, and replies.

I'd like to stress that all of my #photos are licensed under CC-BY-SA 4.0. You can find more info at creativecommons.org/licenses/b

I've just set up #liberapay account, so you can support my work in case you like it. It is at liberapay.com/dogsleg/


#introduction #reintroduction #skyofmywindow #sky_of_my_window


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Genuine Inquiry Episode 2: big data

An audio essay: Sophie Hope inquires into the digital while thinking about evaluation.

How & why do people in the arts understand what they do? Who speaks and who listens?

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