some academic bird site shenanigans 

they have now resurrected
at some point, in some backroom zoom, Discussions have been had

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some academic bird site shenanigans 

Social media manager: so, uh
Vice chancellor: yes?
Social media manager: we got hacked. by a crypto spambot
Vice chancellor: a what with the what?

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some academic bird site shenanigans 

last week, the twitter account of my local university was hacked/hijacked/backdoored by a crypto scam bot, which kept posting the same message again again and again. eventually, it got suspended

it's still thus, and I can't help but feel sorry for the uni employee who have to explain that, no, we're totally a legit uni, the crypto thing was a haxxorz

University: what are your teaching qualifications?
Me: I have a literal master degree in education, on top of the master degree I also have in the topic at hand
University: but what teaching qualifications do you have?
Me: I also got bored one year and got this bachelor in rhetoric
University: but what teaching qualifications do you have?
Me: I'm beginning to suspect you are not asking the question I'm answering

I just experienced a vivid recollection of when I was writing my master thesis. I had, after much ado, reached a point where I could very confidently call myself finished. Not completely finished, mind, but sufficiently that any hurdles that had to be surmounted were firmly mounted. At that very moment, the Skyrim OST shuffled into a movement with something akin to an angelic choir, and I thought
yus
I've finally achieved a diegetic soundtrack

Anyone: Well it's all been done before
Me: NOT TRUE THERE IS ALWAYS A GAP IN THE LITERATURE

just ignore the size of the gap and you're good

Time for your corporate workplace team-building exercises! :)

*forms union*

No, not like that!

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Me: sociology and rhetoric are the same thing
A sociologist and a rhetorician in unison: I don't understand
Me: we are off to a great start

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Most of it consists of remembering what each discipline is and which references correspond to either

The most dangerous thing you can do is lose contact with practitioners and let the subject matter synthesize in your head. It leads to a lot of "I don't know who that is"

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I keep thinking about the inherent irony of multi- or interdisciplinarity gradually becoming a discipline unto itself

I don't know who needs to read this, but 

I am looking at my local uni's statement of pedagogical principles, and it's all generic non-words that do not favor or exclude any pedagogical practice in particular

I reckon I am not alone in feeling a certain sense of dread at the whole phenomenon

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I don't know who needs to read this, but 

"Good writing always has some give in it. It is open to dispute by a reality that the writer does not own and the reader might see differently. Managerial blah, by contrast, runs along a closed circuit that permits no response. Without any sense of voice or audience, it feels tone-locked, written by no one in particular to be read by no one in particular. It is anti-language, a weary run-through of the verbal motions."

joemoran.net/2021/09/06/manage

Generally, I'm like "no, I love all my babies equally" when people ask which my main discipline is, but sometimes
sometimes
the sociologist in me shines through

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Nothing to make you feel like a sociologist like writing an impromptu hundred word footnote on Zygmunt Bauman

thesis memories 

"but what about the ontological status of video games? how do we define them in such a way that Science can be done to them?"
mechanics
solved it

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thesis memories 

thesis work is 500% finding a definition and sticking to it

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thesis memories 

sometimes, in this life, I think back on my media studies thesis, where I found a (1) definition of what constitutes a video game and then forced it through with sufficient willpower to make it work through the entire text

definition: a video game consists of mechanics

me: that's it, give me this one free miracle and the rest will follow

Mathematicians who are also skateboard academics 

Apparently, there are exactly four (4) flips a skateboard can do
arxiv.org/abs/2108.06307

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