It's #FOSDEM 2019 and you can join the fun remotely! Here are links to all the live streams:

fosdem.org/2019/schedule/strea

Why does that sound familiar? 😅

(can't find the original source unfortunately)

A comparison of messaging software 

With all the recent news about WhatsApp and FaceTime, I thought this might be of interest. (I am not the author/curator)
docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d
@ashwinvis

In the time it took you to read this toot, planet Earth lost over 200 trees as over 3 acres of forest were destroyed. 😔🌳

climate crisis / deforestation / solarpunk 

@rick_777 @InvaderXan Another thing that doesn't get as much attention is that higher atmospheric CO2 means more acidification of the oceans.

Oceans absorb about a third of human-added CO2. The average ocean pH has already dropped from ~8.2 to 8.1. This especially impacts shell-forming animals.

Computer Humour 

ME: Right, time to get working on a second draft of this important paper.

COMPUTER: BWAHAHA! DISK ERROR! I no longer boot!

ME: Dang, good thing I have four backups of that stuff.

COMPUTER: THAT'S RIGHT, KNEE- wait, what?

ME: And this computer has my home directory on a RAID1, so I don't need them.

COMPUTER: ... Who does that?!

ME: Maybe I'll use this as an excuse to switch back to Debian. I bet I can work on the paper during the install.

COMPUTER: I need to up my game.

Mozilla: We're going to block trackers!
Google: We're going to block the thing that blocks trackers

Hello! I'm a first-year PhD Student in information studies at McGill University in Canada, working on the transition of library systems to linked data.

I'm also an associate librarian at Laurentian University (currently on leave). In that role I'm responsible for (amongst other things) systems, scholarly communications, and digital preservation.

My other interests include ( is my go-to language), web dev, privacy, OERs, and procrastination via social media.

TIL: if you use “share my location with this site” in Firefox, your location is shared with that site and Google: google.com/privacy/lsf.html

2018 was incredible for the Matrix ecosystem - huge progress in a multitude of projects. Take a look at matrix.org/blog/2019/01/17/ben and see what @benparsons@twitter.com, Developer Advocate for Matrix thought went well #opensource #decentralization

Publishing open acces as an independent scholar? 

Publishing open access usually means paying a rather large fee to the publisher. From where can an independent scholar get such money? Is that a potential problem with open access? It excludes independent scholars?

Me, talking to new students 

Person: hey, you know stuff about academia, can you help me study?

Me: well, I do know a thing or two. what's up?

Person: how do I take this book of boring facts and transform it into actionable units of information in my brain in a short period of time?

Me: that's... probably not the best state of mind for creating long term integrated memories of what these words mean and how to use them in daily efforts

Person (impatient): can you help me or not?

The science are multiplying!

I don't know the lower left moon language, but I'll try to translate the Swedish one:

'An inventor living in some backwater
wrote to the patent bureau last quarter
"I've halted the flow,
made vacuum-dried H2O,
you only need to add water!"'

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