December self, planning a course: oh it'll be fine to grade over 100 short answer assignments a few times during the term.

January self grading those assignments: 120 never seemed like so many before.

Next December self: oh, it was totally fine to grade that many short assignments a few times during the term, I'll plan that again.




1 librarian, 1 reference event is happening Jan 15-Feb 5: participate by adding much-needed citations to Wikipedia! See here for more:

I made a Story Map to introduce Epicurus to my Intro to Philosophy course, in case anyone is interested in that ancient Greek philosopher:

Excellent reflection on listening, being unable to hear, and Miranda Fricker on epistemic injustice, by @mahabali

According to this data, majors make more money through their careers (in whatever, not necessarily as philosophy academics) than other humanities majors:

A super depressing thing about this chart, though, is that Education is at the very bottom. Really? Because it is *so* important!

Public Domain Day Is Finally Here!.

Copyrighted Works Have Entered the Public Domain Today for the First Time in 21 Years:

As promised, here is the public website for my intro to course that starts (gulp!) tomorrow.

Some things will not work or will not show up on the public site b/c you need to be logged in (like the library online course reserves page).

Because why not do late at night?

Night of Ideas events in 5 cities in U.S., one of them all night long! Houston, San Francisco, Washington DC, Los Angeles, New York (Brooklyn).

"We found that at least 61 percent of apps we tested automatically transfer data to Facebook the moment a user opens the app. This happens whether people have a Facebook account or not, or whether they are logged into Facebook or not."


Investigating Apps interactions with Facebook on Android | Privacy International

Slowly building my public course website (on Canvas) for Intro to Philosophy course that starts Jan 2. Race against time at the moment. Hope it gets done! Will share here when ready.

Finals at our uni went to Dec 21, then term starts up again Jan 2. If I were a student who went out of the country to go home over the break I wouldn’t return Jan 2. Only one day of class that week! Wondering how many students will actually show up Jan 2.

Hey hey! I am an undergraduate student from Canada studying Philosophy, and eventually I will be completing a minor in Cognitive Science as well. I'm not entirely sure what to say here? I like philosophy of mind, philosophy of Artificial Intelligence, feminist philosophy, and just about every aspect of virtue theory! Just looking for discussion partners concerning anything philosophy/politics/critical race theory/etc. :)

Hey. I'd like to get a little fediverse support group doing for writing more in the next year.

It can be blogs, long posts on here, fiction, non-fiction, thesis, uni work, etc. etc.

But I want us to band together and support and motivate each other.

I'm suggesting #AmWriting (capitalized for screen readers) as it's an already established hashtag, which I don't think would suffer if it was used more.

Still, don't give unsolicited advice, obviously.

Who's in?

I am serving on the program committee for the Creative Commons Global Summit in Lisbon in May 2019. Reading many proposals for the conference right now. Best part is learning about all the really cool open edu, open science, openly licensed creative and other works, and similar projects around the world I had no idea existed!

Proposals now being accepted for the Cascadia Open Education Summit in Vancouver, BC, Canada, April 2019. See here for info & proposal form:

Creative Commons Global Summit is May 9-11, 2019, in Lisbon. See here for the call for proposals as well as application for scholarship to help offset the cost:

Dear every university:

Stop bestowing crummy email addresses on us with arbitrary character limits that erase our surnames just because they're "too long" and let us tell you how we would prefer to be referenced.

Hi fediverse!

I'm teaching a class on technology ethics from a future perspective next week and want students to discuss real-life cases of tech and ethical questions in small groups. Does anyone have good suggestions for cases, especially beyond obvious ones like Cambridge Analytica?

I’m taking a MOOC from my own university called Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education. I’ve done a couple of recent blog posts on videos we watched.

On Lisa Jackson’s short film Savage: (film about Indian Residential Schools in Canada)

On Susan D Dion and Thomas King:

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