New post: when and why did militaries join the cult of youth? (cw: 600 year old mass murder)

Journalism studies scholars:

Do you have any recommended articles examining how journalists cover technology? Not how journalists *use* technology, but about the "technology beat"?

Got the printed version of an article which had been waiting to be printed since 2015! I only found four small mistakes in their version.

surveillance catch-22 

To log out of Amazon's online store, so they can't use the cookie to track you across the web, you have to enable their Javascripts - the dropdown menu with the "sign out" option is otherwise hidden

where's that "Thomas the Tank Engine is fascist propaganda" article when I need it?

What does everyone use for print layout? (Boosts appreciated.)

Does anyone have a good workflow for converting articles & blog posts on the web to epub (preferred) or pdf for later reading on an ereader?


After writing my current booklet as a Markdown file in a text editor, I finally printed it. The editing is going much faster now!

Wikipedia NPOV fail 

"The period was fatal in the extreme to the Jacobite Pretender. The whole body of his adherents in the south had fallen into the hands of generals Willis and Carpenter at Preston, and Inverness, with all the adjacent country, had been recovered to the government" -

major event in Internet culture in 2013 

Alberto Brandolini coined Brandolini's Law of Bullshit on 11 January 2013: "the amount of energy needed to refute bullshit is an order of magnitude bigger than to produce it"

Clever fools 

A financial journalist got confused why some people have lots of books, wracked the place inside his skull and his memory of how economist-pundits talk to him, and decided that "old books are rarely useful" so it must be about impressing visitors 🙄. Has he never encountered the concepts "transaction cost" (tracking down a set of your favourite trashy novelist costs time and often money) or "reference library"?

I wonder how many educators are on here.

There were thriving communities of educators on Tumblr and Twitter, but Tumblr's went to heck after moderated hashtags went away and Twitter is ... Twitter.

The fediverse has, but that's more of an instance for college/university level academics. I'd like to connect with other K-12 educators.

Do you use a web browser fingerprint randomizer?

Comments are very much welcome. #Boost can help getting more comments and votes and is very much appreciated.

terminally ill sci-fi and Internet person 

Winchell "Nyrath" Chung, the artist for the OGRE wargame and host of the project rho / atomic rockets website has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Condolences at patreon at

frustrations of using the post-smartphone web 

I am locked out of a PayPal account because it added two-factor authentification by SMS or phone call to my old Austrian cell phone number which has not worked since the T-Mobile hack. I don't see any alternative- resetting the password does not work. More and more, if you take elementary precautions the web is hostile to you.

Are there any good ad networks somewhat like the now-deceased “The Deck” that explicitly focus on serving “dumb” digital ads? (i.e. non-targeted/privacy-respecting)

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