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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.

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.

alistapart.com/article/trans-i

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. pecanmilk.com/ 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 

I have a question re: Roman religious ideals.

How does the whole thing with the doors of Janus' temple only closing when Rome is at peace (which is apparently pretty rare) mesh with the ritual of ending warfare in October for winter (/harvest?) given the whole citizen-army thing?

Addendum: are there any long-lasting, stable, reasonably large countries/nations/states that... weren't basically constantly at war?

I'm reading a biography about Harriet Tubman and it's really driving home how different Christianity, and especially Evangelical Christianity, is in white and black American communities. It's so difficult for me to even conceive of Evangelism as anything other than a force for evil, at any point in history.

please remember to set your parent's homepage to snopes

gross solar panel anecdote 

Anyone know anything good to make nasturtiums into?

We have loads and we're not getting through them just in salads.

#flowerspondence #solarpunk

@raye and @interneteh I think I saw you fine folks posting about them?

Tip for newbies (and reminder for oldbies): those of us with cheap phones (i.e. 3yo Android that is not gonna get updated) will see your 𝒻𝒶𝓃𝒸𝓎 𝓉𝑒𝓍𝓉 (and a lot of newer emojis) as a bunch of character-not-found rectangles whenever we're on mobile. The occasional usage in a post is fine, but geez don't use it as your username if you expect a followback.

Why do monitors take so long to turn on?

Serious question, but I'll need simplified answers.

Let's try something:

Our goal for this week is to get the percentages to match the labels.

hundreds of opticians in silicon valley and not one of them thought of the name "see plus plus"

Today I learned that plants apparently "exhale" carbon dioxide during nighttime respiration, and that some people think that means people shouldn't keep plants in their bedroom because that's ~dangerous~ and I have bad news for those people about the relative safety of sleeping in the same room as a partner or pet...

Person A: "What is speleology"
Person B: "The study of caves. Here's a wikipedia link if you want to learn more."
Person C: "Wikipedia isn't a reliable source@!@!!!!"

Me: I wish people would stop mistaking "don't use this as an academic source for citations in a paper" with "this is not a reliable source for getting an overview of what something is." For non-controversial topics, Wikipedia is rarely inaccurate, and controversial topics are typically flagged.

I'm trying to see if I understand wormhole theory correctly.

Let's say it's the arbitrary year 3,000 on your planet and you go from point A to point B thru a wormhole. It would normally take 10 years for light to make the trip, i.e. point A and point B are 10 light-years apartment.

You wait ten minutes, and then go back from point A to point B.

Is it now 3,020 when you arrive back on your planet?

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