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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.

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

radicalphilosophy.com/article/

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 bookandsword.com/2020/08/29/sw

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.

anchor.fm/beingcivil/episodes/

Honestly, touchscreens on a phone have some excuse. It's small.

Touchscreens on something you're going to be looking at anyway like an ereader might be fine, if all it does is display information for you to look at.

But touchscreens anywhere/for anything else are just fashionable nonsense eating functionality.

Who wants to have to /look at/ a blender or stove to turn it off and on?

@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…"

wired.com/story/can-killing-co

@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 (robaid.com/tech/less-brittle-a) 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.

eleanorkonik.com/haegemans-eli

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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Has anybody seen any good longform writeups about what went down at the Hugos last night?

In "The Tree Who Set Healthy Boundaries," Topher Payne rewrites the ending of "Giving Tree" to unpick the expert, Silversteinien knot of shitty ideas tied so well that you can easily miss them.

topherpayne.com/giving-tree

Not only is this hilarious stuff, it's also incredibly, VISCERALLY satisfying, as the tree tells off the boy for being such a colossal asshole.

2/

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monument removals & plato's republic 

If you're curious about where I come down on the side of wealthy oligarchs or mob rule, here's my in-depth response to the idea that "destroying American monuments is ludicrous!" -- eleanorkonik.com/removing-monu

tldr; Plato was born an aristocrat and prefers aristocratic forms of government. I was born middle class and prefer ... competent, ethical government.

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monument removals & plato's republic 

The "cancel culture is what Plato warned us about!" article was really thought-provoking for me, and I wish I had the credentials to do a thorough analysis of and Plato's Republic from the perspective of modern thoughts on -- but more importantly, it helped remind me that Plato came from aristocracy.

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monument removals & plato's republic 

I'm not sure I've ever been called a "drone" before, but it's an interesting echo of the op-ed I was originally responding too -- the idea that riotous anger can only come from "ignorant masses" with an implication that such anger never comes from a place of thought or education.

The original op-ed: washingtonpost.com/opinions/20

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