social criticism, birdsite 

Tanner Greer, The World that Twitter Made (focused on its effect on its users and why they behave so strangely and attack anyone who asks them to clarify their position, not on how institutions enact words from birdsite in the offline world)

names for dishonest argument styles 

tired: motte and bailey fallacy (its not a formal fallacy! involves aggressive western barbarians beyond the sea! gives a a bad name!)

wired: cursores and defensores tactic (honest that this is a devious trick! East Roman coolness! name encourages your humbled opponent to offer a generous bribe in gold when it fails!)

academic achievement unlocked 

I am almost done correcting the first proofs of my book! So far I have about 250 corrections and additions.

forthcoming book on economics and current events 

the blog post does focus on one kind of person in one country at the expense of the vast majority of the world (did you notice that in February and March and April, English-language media briefly acknowledged that the rest of the world and journalism and research in other languages exist?)

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forthcoming book on economics and current events 

Oh wow John Quiggin, a Keynesian / social democratic economist based in Australia, is writing a book called "The Economic Consequences of the Pandemic" for Yale UP


Welp, a post on my site just got linked from Hacker News. Brings back memories of my days as a developer for a Victoria startup! (and its nice to balance out the Roots of Progress guy)

pop sci podcast 

Excellent Canadian Science for the People has an episode on the design of indoor spaces for people stuck inside

communicating your research 

tired: elevator pitch for your research program

wired: mad scientist's monologue for your research program ("and when this project is complete we will ... bwahahaha!")

doxing, Scott Alexander there is an online petition to respect his wish to keep his blogging separate from his work and private life

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doxing, Scott Alexander 

Eccentric blogger Scott Alexander has taken down his blog after an American newspaper threatened to publish his legal name in a piece on him (he works as a psychologist in California)

weekly security newsletter 

Violet Blue's newsletter on and issues (mostly in California and Washington DC) is out

people who milk communities for money, sex, and fans 

New Post: how to build healthy geeky communities


A paper got accepted with suggested revisions! And they can print it fairly soon, so the turnaround between submission and publication will probably be about a year.

Are you interested in a federated alternative to Goodreads that doesn't use Amazon?

because I'm making a federated alternative to Goodreads that doesn't use Amazon

qn on academic job interviews in DE 

Does anyone know of a guide to academic job interviews in the German tradition for clueless Anglos? I read and speak German but there are still things about German academe that I don't know I don't know.

Nomen est omen, academic career nervousness 

Ok, I just discovered another young ancient military historian called Dr. Steele Brand ... Put my diploma back in its scroll case and send me back to the IT industry, I can't compete with that

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