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My undergrad degree was in philosophy and I passed the bar exam in 2012 (oof) so now I teach (yay). My interests are broad and varied; I enjoy reading academic papers on random topics like feudalism and the role of priestesses in ancient Rome.

I'm working on an epic fantasy novel inspired by the environmental crises in northeast Africa, but I won't talk much about the writing process nearly as often as I'll squee about obscure research dives.

Attending a highly interdisciplinary conference only 2 hours away with a mix of academic & community practitioners. The moderators have not contacted me & the chair has not answered my question about presentation logistics or getting the moderator's info. I come from a field that usually uses basic PPT slide decks for conference talks. My topic is highly technical but also very interesting to a broad audience if presented well (which I am capable of). Reader, what would you do in my situation?

Am currently looking into what commonalities different plains cultures share, particularly plains cultures that have historically had access to domesticated horses and were separate from nearby river valley cultures.

The Huns are an obvious starting point, but were there any warm-weather cultures? Most of what I'm finding is ~Russia and the American plains, but I'd like to look at more regions.

Have you ever thought about folk songs in fantasy worlds?

Preindustrial types sing a LOT. Shanties and hollers pace your work but without the coherent storytelling of ballads or protest songs, they get convoluted. F’rex “Black Betty” popularized by Ram Jam might be about a police wagon, a whip, a musket, a prostitute, all the above. Or “Haul Away Joe” probably existed for decades before adding a lyric about the French Revolution.

I'm using metadata to outline for the first time. Been fussing w/ the new features as part of for
-- now if only I could figure out keywords.

Anybody know if they're working right in the beta? Project keywords are fine but for scenes... I can't get them to indent or color-code or anything. Does anybody use Scrivener? Does anybody know if it's just a beta glitch?

I'm trying to get a sense of scale / distance for a fantasy map. From about how far away (in good weather) are mountains visible?

From what I can tell, Mesopotamia and Britain are about the same size. If there were steep mountains in Scotland, would you be able to see them in good weather? From London? York?

Dear authors,

Please stop using both ω and w in your equations.

People tired of squinting at papers trying to figure out which is which

Does anyone know which of the Roman Legions were involved in either the Battle of Marcianople or the mess at Adrianople? My Google-fu has failed me and I'm trying to figure it out for a book I'm working on. Knowing which legions Flavius Lupicinus specifically was responsible for would also help.


So I'm sure you're all familiar with the UN projection of the Earth that puts the Arctic at the center and shows all the land, but let me present to you the inverse of that, the Spilhaus projection, which centers the map on Antarctica and shows the world's ocean as the single, continuous mass of water that it is.

Why is it so hard to find unlined post-it or sticky notes that are between 4" and 5" in width for taking notes this is driving me insane.

3"x3" are too small for what I'm doing but all of the 4"x4" post-its I can find are lined and I don't want lines.


mastodon, academic conferences 

us pol, activism, contempt 

Trans-inclusive Design

Late one night a few years ago, a panicked professor emailed me: “My transgender student’s legal name is showing on our online discussion board. How can I keep him from being outed to his classmates?” Short story: we couldn’t. The professor created an offline workaround with the student. Years later this problem persists not just in campus systems, but in many systems we use every day.

If you want to seriously change inequality there is a small thing you can do. Support a small southern US black owned coop so they can pasteurize their awesome pecan milk to have a longer shelf life so they can ship it. This coop must survive but they are in a catch-22 where they do not make enough to qualify for a loan. Their product is so good that it will be a sustainable coop venture. Without us they have no real way out. Ideas are welcomed.

Heard of a cool tech-bro-weeding interview technique the other day. A male and female engineer conduct the interview session together. If, when the female engineer asks the candidate a question, he directs his answer to the male engineer, then he's out. They said it happens a lot

@arteteco sometimes people (especially with less power) have no way to get a word in edgewise other than to use such a strategy. if they asked "can I speak ," it could be misinterpreted as aggression. conversations so often in academia are biased towards people unwilling to cede the floor. point is that these filler words are symptom of broader problem in academic discourse. as a student grows more confident these fillers decline. but faculty often miss the forest focusing on one tree

Uyghur/Han politics; marriage as colonization 

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