"If Disney Princesses Were Earth and Environmental Scientists…" https://eos.org/geofizz/if-disney-princesses-were-earth-and-environmental-scientists
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
and with pictures:
Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel
Rifters trilogy spoliers: tldr; I don't reco Show more
There were cool ideas of tech ultimately preserving the inequalities of power as a minor but persistent backdrop to a story which engaged in too much explicit description of abuse for my likes. Nuance in characters was washed out by cyberpunk action sequences where the takeaway was "people can be awful to each other" and "sometimes there is limited justice". The world was great but various threads of tech and trauma didn't come together cohesively.
This is a long shot, but anyone on Masto know anything about mass concrete requirements?
Philsci preprint via @firstname.lastname@example.org:
It considers that current merit rankings fail to account for systematic bias and coverage of epistemic space. Argues for the use of lotteries to maximize efficiency and sense of fairness in science funding.
Draws heavily from Boyle 1998 https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9884.00133
birdsite, really nice biology department seminar posters from Laurier. Show more
RT @email@example.com Since Storify is now defunct, I've reassembled my collection of 73 (to date!) #LaurierBiology departmental seminar posters on @firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
book spoiler Show more
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
open plant Show more
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
NOTICE: Registration on scholar.social is open to anyone who is willing to abide by our Community Standards. Email scholar dot social at protonmail dot com if you want an invite!
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 in academia, recognizing that there can only be academic freedom where the existence and validity of interlocutors' identities is taken as axiomatic.
"An academic microblog that you can be proud to put on the last slide of a presentation at a conference"
(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 @email@example.com 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.