#introductions Hi, I'm Dr. Brian Ballsun-Stanton. I do Philosophy of Data, build apps for archaeologists (field data collection while offline with a bunch of androids), Data ... manipulation stuff, and a whole bunch of website building. Currently working on a Visual Dictionary of Beni Hassan (benihassan.com)
On the weekends, I record for my youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgK3Tn1N6oMG4r0QUypYcTQ where I do rather long-form and quite philosophical Let's Plays of various games.
Old account: @DenubisX@mastodon.social
it's the economy, m'lord!
Supermicro and hardware supply chain attacks Show more
"An explanatory lecture on the finer points of algebra might be effective in conveying information pertaining to math, but it might also be a fine opportunity to practice falling asleep whilst sitting in a room with various degrees of directed noise. The latter is motivated by a very clear and directly applicable use value, while the former requires a higher degree of contextual introduction to come to pass. Both outcomes are equally likely, and both learners are equally motivated."
Last night I got to hear two bassoon concerti, one by Mozart and one a world premier written for the soloist. I freely admit I've got a soft spot for bassoon, but dang, y'all. I had no idea the instrument could sound _that_ good.
Not finding any recordings of the soloist, but here's the Mozart: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYOPQuhdoQM
@data oh, believe me, i have heard the good news. got that automatic Better (Bib)TeX going
Game studies, Hearthstone Show more
A new issue of Game Studies is out and includes an article by me and Marko Siitonen. We studied how players of Hearthstone use and abuse the emote system and how they argue about what is the right way to play the game.
You can find our article here: http://gamestudies.org/1802/articles/arjoranta_siitonen
Theory: Cats are self-contained distortions in spacetime
Also, early #naptime
(a notable exception being the UK where your “proof of ID” can be one or more utility bills to the great amazement of “continentals”) you see that there is a growing feeling of a “parallel government” whereby your identity is actually entirely in the hands of companies.
Recently the Republic of Geneva was asked by users why they could not use their Google ID to log into the site instead of obtaining either a login (with paper 2FA) or SuisseID (government-approved digital ID). “why?”… scary.
Announcement, Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri Show more
And so, after the briefest of pauses in publication, my longform exploration of Alpha Centauri is back and live once again! Come one, come all!
But come especially if you are interested in old Civ games, political science, science fiction or sociology. Or just want to see where even this crazy thing is going. Buckle up!
Yay! The administrative overlords have finally released my dissertation into the #oa wild! Behold "Perception and Practice: Doing Public #Archaeology" #pubarch #phdone https://pqdtopen.proquest.com/doc/2111872344.html?FMT=ABS
alcohol Show more
Ask a drunk academic ... stuff. (That drunk academic is me).
"They found that when a user gives Facebook a phone number for two-factor authentication or in order to receive alerts about new log-ins to a user’s account, that phone number became targetable by an advertiser within a couple of weeks."
Facebook uses information provided for security purposes to target more ads.
Philosopher of Data (PhD UNSW). Solutions Architect (Digital Humanities) Macquarie University. Software Carpentry Instructor. Typesetting (#ConTeXt)
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