The first iteration of an #incubator for #liverworts is made! It features PID cooling and heating, cool white light (day/night cycle) and fan speed control. A timed log of those parameters is kept on an SD card. It's still under development so I'll post more updates as we bring together documentation and add features. #openscience
#nowreading βehemoth by Peter Watts
Jackson heights has a great market feel. I really like this city.
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I skimmed the prequel novel Starfish (by Peter Watts) to refresh my memory. I was surprised that I forgot there was major #AI involvement. There is a neural net who was trained to filter out junk on the internet and later appointed as neutral body by global powers to administrate a strategy of sacrificing citizens in order to control an outbreak. The retraining didn't take into account a underlying preference for simplicity and the net decided it liked the outbreak scenario more.
After GEB I am ready for fiction! #nowreading Maelstrom by Peter Watts
If you are building tutorials for software, I really enjoy this tool for capturing animated gifs of screen area. https://github.com/phw/peek
You should be using a citation manager, because formatting data according to strict specifications is best handled by computers. But if you are not, you should use Zotero's new service: https://zbib.org/
What if this May scientists and conservationists made a concerted effort to publish an Letter to the Editor or OpEd, on the topic that matters most to them, in their local newspaper?
The Long-lasting Effects of Newspaper Op-Eds on Public Opinion: https://www.nowpublishers.com/article/Details/QJPS-16112
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So the project has been going on for a month and a bit so far. We're waiting on our Marchantia samples to clear the authorities, meanwhile we have been talking about how to build our incubator, we got some "wild" plant samples and are trying to grow them and we're figuring out how to best engage the most people in the work. I've already learned a lot of electronics I didn't think I would. Hopefully we barcode something soon. I sense things will speed up but right now it's a simmer :D
@nolan I thought this was quite succinct: "They turned all speech into public pronouncements, and thus all conversation into a strange form of activism, part of a zero-sum battle over which ideas will find a foothold in our collective attention."
I believe the most lasting consequence of social media is the trend towards "speech as performance". Whether it's your hobby or a conversation with a stranger, there's an audience to please and a personal brand to build.
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
AND with pictures:
The Death Ray by Daniel Clowes
on pause (because it's really long there are lots of holds on it and I had to return it to the library):
Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas Hofstadter
@jc lists are private, they basically function as extra timelines you can add people you follow into
you have to already be following someone to put them in a list which means that users are always informed when someone is receiving their posts (and this helps things work nicely with locked accounts, too)
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you mean we can simply write our possibly not too relevant everyday thoughts inside these things, and be sure that only those who actually care about them read 'em, while everyone else just walks on by without thinking less of us for wasting their time with endless verbiage?
that is so cool
also, extended soliloquies
you know you want to
Wrote a chapter on leaving #facebook about 5 years ago. Perhaps its time has come: www.networkcultures.org/_uploads/%238UnlikeUs.pdf (go to page 220)
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RT @firstname.lastname@example.org The Internet's One Percent:
1% of Reddit communities initiate ~3/4 of all conflict on the platform.
Communities creating conflict (in red) are rare and clustered in social regions. They attack communities similar in topic but different in view point.
Yesterday I did my safety training at Genspace and got my keyfob for entry. I can't wait to meet the other community members who want to work on the Open Plant project, read a bunch of papers, brainstorm and do some bench work (first time in over a year (not in my kitchen))
blog = "browsing log" = a place to share musings on digital artifacts stumbled upon. I find that thought very comforting and encouraging. Also makes me think about how powerful symmetric links are (also reminds me to use the related feature in Zotero more...)
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