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Turning on the automatic email responder for the next month is super satisfying.

Sometimes students are brutally honest in their project peer evaluations.

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Does anybody know of University programs that allow full self study, and then simply taking a final? Similar to CLEP but for upper level courses

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Hey look! New article out and available for peer review.

"The principles of tomorrow's university"

:OpenAccess: :doi:

"Apart from water and air, humble sand is the natural resource most consumed by human beings."

Reading, "When the Hills are Gone"

Where can one purchase Mr. Rogers style sweaters?

I feel like there is some really cool physics going on here that I don't understand.


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part of the reason I'm always on about open source and intellectual property rights is because I *want* people to build off my ideas/tools and use them as launching pads for their own original thoughts. so truly, I'm thrilled when people "copy" me. it means I've inspired someone! and that's all the impact I can hope for :)

So I meet with a lot of students for advising. I need a better method for retaining notes about what was discussed. I'm thinking about starting to record the conversations so there's a transcript.

Generally this is also why I strongly prefer email over meetings.

Sometimes I think I'm missing out on something by being at a PUI and not having the opportunity to mentor graduate students. Then again I think that I probably wouldn't be very good at it.

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"Welcome to Magic School. Here is your schedule."
"Thanks! But..."
"This is just 'Ethics' and 'Human rights' and things like that."
"Correct, that's the first year curriculum."
"Do we have to learn all this?"
"Of course! What do you think this is, software engineering?"
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

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Blockchain study finds 0.00% success rate and vendors don't call back when asked for evidence

“Though Blockchain has been touted as the answer to everything, a study of 43 solutions advanced in the international development sector has found exactly no evidence of success.”

Man, it seems so bad you’d almost think I’d have a slide warning people about blockchain oil salesmen (they’re almost entirely men) in my talks or something…

#blockchain #bullshit

Store your files in Onedrive!

Oh, you want to share them? You should move them to Sharepoint!

Now you want project management? Move the files to Teams! No, you can't just add a Team to a Sharepoint site.

My university is trying to fully adopt the MS ecosystem and it is just soooo convoluted.

Sometimes I wish I got to wear a labcoat... :labcoat:

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Scholar Social

A Mastodon instance for academics

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, recognizing that there can only be academic freedom where the existence and validity of interlocutors' identities is taken as axiomatic.

"A Mastodon profile you can be proud to put on the last slide of a presentation at a conference"

"Official" monthly journal club!

(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 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.

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