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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.

Can anybody recommend alternatives to services like semantic scholar and ResearchRabbit, and — I seem to remember one that had more of a tree-like structure but I can't find it now. Trying to set up a good workflow for discovering relevant documents. Filters for things like language and ability to read the abstract inside the program (and click to open the doi) are preferred features.


@bookandswordblog awhile back I came across Miles Cameron's Traitor Son Cycle thanks to you and your blog and we talked a little bit about how much I loved it, but I finally got around to writing a proper gushing review about the parts I loved the most:

I was recently interviewed about my personal knowledge management system, and one of the questions I got asked was whether I would ever teach my students how to use for notetaking, since it's the program I use and I get a lot of value out of it, and it scales really well for studying and academia and such.

The answer I gave in the interview was a resounding "no," lol, but it turns out I had a lot more to say on the topic:

related is something I recall from an interview with career teachers: that they hold the institutional knowledge of what schools *can be* because that's what it was like at the beginning of their careers, whereas the parents of their students turn over every year and have no idea what resources once existed. Thus making the teachers a much more formidable force for fighting back against austerity measures. No wonder education reformers want to break teachers unions - it also breaks that memory

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Feminism and phenomenology:
This is a good primer
Uses pregnancy as an example of talking about embodiment within a feminist lens thru phenomenology

Do you redefine acronyms in the introduction of an article after being already defined in the abstract?

Arthurian romance, fencing 

Grotesques! Lancelot thinking with the wrong sword! The twelfth century! New Post: Sword and Buckler Fencing in Ulrich von Zatzikhoven

If you know anyone interested in , point them towards my new series.

There’s not much out there giving voice to civil engineers, so it has been great to catch up with some graduates so that they can tell their story.

@InvaderXan The more I think about this, the more I wonder how much, if any, critical writing has been done about the differences between Poison Ivy and the Punisher.

@InvaderXan remind me again why Poison Ivy comics are named after (and focus so much on) the villain Batman?

"A Dutch public broadcaster got rid of targeted digital ads—and its revenues went up" 

"the main Dutch public broadcaster… found that ads served to users who opted out of cookies were bringing in as much or more money as ads served to users who opted in."

"The results were so strong that as of January 2020, NPO simply got rid of advertising cookies altogether…"

@bookandswordblog This is sort of a random question and I feel kind of dumb for needing to ask it, but if you have a minute...

What was the basis of the Akkadian class structure? I understand that the Spartan ruling class were soldiers, and the Roman senators were large land-owners, and feudal warriors had a lock on war training and technology, but I'm pretty shaky on Mesopotamian social hierarchy beyond 6th grade level "there were kings and warriors and priests and government officials, yay."

Google, Paywalled Link 

But the decline in quality shows up most starkly in their primary product: search.

It's practically impossible to search easily for 'knowledge' on Google. For example, I had a ridiculous moment the other day, when I searched for "Old Bangalore Stories and Legends" and the first entry was for a computer game called Apex Legends featuring a character called Bangalore.

Pretty poor for a user living in the city of Bangalore, even if the name's now changed to Bengaluru.

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question about aerogels :BoostOkay: 

My husband sent me the wikipedia article about aerogels, but I'm having a lot of trouble wrapping my head around them. The wikipedia article alludes to more modern aerogels not being so prone to shattering as the silica ones.

I found this article ( which makes me wonder: could aerogels ever be superior to other building materials, like concrete or wood or steel (leaving aside questions of how expensive they are to produce)?

I came across Karen Haegemans' journal article about Dido: "Elissa, the First Queen of Carthage, through Timaeus' Eyes" while I was researching dynastic inbreeding. Since I'm a giant nerd I couldn't resist doing a detailed point-by-point analysis.

Apparently during the time of Dido, the Tyrian commoners preferred her brother Pygmalion as king, although no explanation is given as to why. Most sources I've come across said he was a murderous, incompetent tyrant.

Thank you @ksteimel for an amazing talk on universal dependency and Swahili.

We got to learn about the inclusion of Bantu languages, clitics, the layout of Swahili, and how do you navigate systems built for European languages.

is exploring languages in multitudes.

Join us tomorrow for Day 8 with @kimreece to learn about Math - specifically the Kronecker-Weber theorem

My fave joke format is:

"Who called it [technically correct phrase that nobody really uses] and not [extremely strained pun with similar meaning to the previous phrase]?"

fantasy ask, :boost_ok: 

what is a fantasy series with big, detailed, immersive worldbuilding/lore that’s not written by a cisgender white man?

Other than Le Guin ofc.

#books #fantasy

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