It looks like the Chinese scholarly world is backing by supporting Plan S.
This could be big:

I'm fascinated by where hate speech stands as a concept in America today.
On the one hand, there are policies, lawyers, and politicians publicly stating that hate speech is not protected under the First Amendment.
On the other, there are policies, lawyers, and politicians publicly stating that hate speech *is* protected under the First Amendment.

It's like a Schrödinger's cat experiment, and we haven't yet made the decisive observation.

Another challenge I face in using Mastodon: few people actually use it.
Yesterday I helped lead a small (200+ ppl) academic conference. The organizers wanted to increase interaction, so we floated different means, inc. tech. Twitter won out, because >1/2 the audience was actively using it, as were their offsite peers.
Nobody was using Mastodon, except me.

Tim Cook and Ivanka Trump appear in public together to celebrate iPads for schools.

I am far too sleepy to comment cogently on this:

I'm impressed that student loans show up as a horror story plotline in the third season of .

6m6 minutes ago
My first picture on ! My lens cover isn’t off yet, but I just had to show you a first look at my new home."

Here's a potential faculty hire:
teaches 4-4.
Must teach online and offline.
High service expectations.
May also teach in PhD and museum programs.
The kicker? It's not tenure track.

Re-listened to half of the Ring Cycle today. Perfect music for writing and thinking in the dark, cold north country.

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Scholar Social

A Mastodon instance for academics

Scholar Social is a microblogging platform 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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