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Yesterday my professor said something in class that explained a lot of my difficulties and frustrations with the class. From that vantage point, I think that I can complete the class with relative ease.

To paraphrase (and likely misinterpret): It is much less important for us to interpret things accurately than it is to gather together the correct things (theory, data) and present those things in a manner that enables others to draw their own conclusions.

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I've finally come up with a distinction between and that seems satisfying, especially in light of being conventionally considered nonfiction.

Nonfiction is writing in which the question of `what is the truth value of matters presented?` is significantly relevant. The matters need not always be true. A publication of known falsehoods might even be properly considered "nonfiction" — though only permissible if they're acknowledged as being false or possibly false.

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With the internet, the world can be a community college

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is cool, and I'm curious to see if there's such a thing for outside of the sciences.

Are any of you familiar with any groups that support , or scholarly work and conduct among persons outside of ?

Lars replied to my question (regarding beer that's served warm—in a good way!) in no time, complete with a link to a relevant post of his. This dude's such a treasure.

One of my favorite things from this semester was catching two of my professors hanging out, with one at the other's office hours, and the latter prof teaching the former theoretical stuff from the latter's domain of knowledge that is quite distant from the former's domain. 🤙

I misplaced the printed-out form of a paper that I need to read and dissect, so now I'm struggling to read the PDF of it off my phone. "Struggling" because the article's laid out as so: It's in a small font-size with a full-page column width, thin-ish font, 1.15 line-height ...

Is there a way to convert articles to ePub? This PDF has footnotes, etc. that likely makes conversion difficult.

LMAO thankfully, I remembered to take out the heading "Candidate for Exclusion"

Alrighty. I've turned the paper in and had a fun chat with the Prof. *finger pistols*

Okay everyone. I think that I'm done with the paper. I'm a bit afraid to turn it in with time to spare. I'd review it all but I feel like my mind is too fried to be of much help, there.

I'm making good progress on crafting the final paper. Less than 7 hours remaining. The professor and I have chatted a bit and he seems confident that I'll do well and pass. 😎

does anyone have any advice on not getting sucked into a research hole so deep that you don't have enough time to actually write your coursework?

I never know how/when to stop reading about a topic to the point where it's detrimental to the work that I (eventually) output

@bthall I've let students go over a few times because they do such a good job and everyone else is so engrossed in what they're saying. Sounds like your assessment of your presentation is a bit harsh!

I did okay on the presentation, but went well over time :/ The professors are acting like it's okay since I used the time well. 😅

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My presentation is tomorrow morning. I have to practice it more, but I feel decently prepared. I took lots of notes on what I liked/didn't like when watching others' presentations, and I'll integrate those into mine.

I'm mostly concerned about the paper, which is due Friday evening.

@bthall is usually used in terms of publication-type things, and those CAN be provided open access at any time. It's the *business* of academia that causes the bottleneck -- coming down to the basic problem of how do scholars survive while they are passing down their knowledge to students. I am a librarian and a scholar and will cheerfully ramble on about my vocations at the drop of a hat. (Compulsive librarianing!) But I also have to feed myself, my husband, and my cats.

Nah, forget that. Generally, I'm deeply struggling with being motivated enough to keep working on this project. I already was, and then my Prof was weird towards me again, and I'm having a difficult time with shaking off the stress, dread, etc. for non-brief durations.

@bthall Curriculum is the 'easy' part, I think. Most #openaccess projects understand the need for free curriculum and peer-reviewed papers.

I think the big need would be open forums — both online and in meatspace — to allow people to mentor one another, develop and implement research projects, and just be social.

Places like are actually a good starting point, although the format is still limiting for expressing the full breadth of interaction I think we'd need.

@bthall I think most of the important elements of mentorship and peership can already exist in an #openaccess form in the computer fields, particular in the hacker communities. Open source projects encourage global contributions and provides (albeit, sometimes somewhat negative) peership and there is generally little to no barrier-to-entry in the conference scene.

@bthall I think the answer is somewhere between "most of it" and "the question doesn't make sense", because the important parts of support are something you can't publish open access -- because they are things like seminars, mentors etc.

To what extent could a grad school experience — its access to scholars, its curricula (and whatever other important components that I'm overlooking) — be provided in an manner?

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