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Why are printers and drivers so complicated? "I want a set of dots with this shade here, please" shouldn't need 200MB of software

Also protocols exist, but no printer made in the last 10 years seems to use them consistently

Never mind 3D printing, we need 2D printing fixed first

Tech company bashing Show more

Somewhat tech paranoia Show more

How do You track Your #books reading? Is there any good alternative to #Goodreads?


My supervisor was interviewed for an article in the BMJ news!

It's about preclinical evidence used to justify human trials

Don't say "Sci-hub" too loudly or the guy from Elsevier will come and break your kneecaps :librarian_hushing:

Upgrading my office computer software; hoping that it doesn't brick the machine O_o

Tech company bashing Show more

Star Trek Discovery Show more

ban all video-only documentation

Tomorrow I'm showing off my PhD work in our grad school colloquium. I'm talking about do-words that can stand for both causation and inchoation actions. You know, words that allow for constructions such as "If you don't solidify soon, I'm going to solidify you!" Catchy, ain't it?

A relentlessly viral song that incorporates notification sounds from many social media, thus causing a constant checking of phones everywhere

I'm reading "Queer City" by Peter Ackroyd

I'm 11 pages in, but it's already very funny

Also: I'm collecting a bunch of great anti-queer slurs that are no longer in circulation that are ripe for reclaiming

* effeminati (sounds like a powerful worldwide secret society of men who make straight men uncomfortable)
* indorser (from the boxing term for hitting a man's back side)
* fribble (so cute!)
* giving caudle (sounds adorable and it's from the Latin "cauda" for "tail")

State violence Show more

Wishful thinking re: tech regulation Show more

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Griping about advertisements Show more

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Scholar Social

A Mastodon instance for academics

Scholar Social is meant 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.

We strive to be a safe space for queer people and other minorities, recognizing that there can only be academic freedom where the existence and validity of interlocutors' identities is taken as axiomatic.

"A Mastodon profile you can be proud to put on the last slide of a presentation at a conference"

"Official" monthly journal club!

(Participation is, of course, optional)

Scholar Social features a monthly "official" journal club, in which we try to read and comment on a paper of interest.

Any user of Scholar Social can suggest an article by sending the DOI by direct message to and one will be chosen by random lottery on the last day of the month. We ask that you only submit articles that are from *outside* your own field of study to try to ensure that the papers we read are accessible and interesting to non-experts.

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