@badri Oh, nice list! I wonder why Google didn't give me it when I searched. Blasted algorithms :(

two-handed swords in Warring States China 

Two-handed swords were common in southern China by 300 BCE, but in Europe they don't become common until after 1200 CE.

Dr. Ben Judkins argues that this was possible not because of developments in metallurgy, but because of the mighty Asian rhinoceros and armour made from its hide chinesemartialstudies.com/2020 @eleanorkonik

Have you noticed that you can't see the numbers on the boosts and favourites from the timeline, only after you click on a post? This is another great feature, not a bug. This works against the gamification you see in corporate social media sites. Preventing the economy of likes and retweets that drives behaviours elsewhere. I personally love this.


Any recommendations for cosy or novels (or short story collections!) to sink my nose into? I'm thinking along the lines of Elizabeth Bear's white space novels, or basically anything by Becky Chambers.

I'm currently researching guard animals other than dogs and I feel like there should be more than two, but it's surprisingly hard to find a good search term that gives me results other than dogs or geese.

So if I want to "live" in one instance of Mastodon, but want to follow the stream of another instance, is that possible?

I don't like wading into Meta Discourse but since it is clogging my TL right now: if you want people to spread out better over the Fediverse etc etc, tooting that people shouldn't join Masto dot social is not very useful in isolation. Tell people where you think people SHOULD go instead, and not just "a smaller instance", share specific recommendations of "if you're interested in X, go to Y.Z" that will help people point their friends in the right direction!

I was just reminded that markdown+pandoc is a kickass, open source combo that not everyone might be aware of.

Markdown is a super simple rich text markup language that I use every day for notes, recipes, instant messaging, and longer texts like essays and blog posts. It's even supported on most Mastodon instances.

Pandoc is an "under the hood" tool that allows you to convert any document to pretty much any other format worth using. It supports bibliographies and citations in markdown files.

Was reading about smartwatches online that track health related information. They collect personal data and they all seem to require some kind of subscription to see your own data. Are there any projects or any projects for monitoring health related information such as sleep cycles, heart rate, etc?

So I guess it's time for my

I'm Andrea, a landscape archaeologist based in Rome. I did my PhD on spatial distribution of Iron Age archaeological sites along the Euphrates river.

Currently, I am working on remote sensing tools applied to cultural heritage and arch. landscape studies, plus on Historic Landscape Characterization in the Near East, and similar.

Super happy to have found this community on Mastodon!

@badrihippo I really like scholar.social, everyone is really helpful :)

Most people will throw out a cardboard cutout of a human being -- regardless of how or why they obtained it -- within the first year of ownership. The amount who don't is statistically insignificant.

But here's the spooky part. Recycling centers report receiving way fewer cardboard cutouts of people than surveys estimate are actually disposed of in curbside recycling every year.

So where are they going?

@alienghic ugh I really need to get through it, I'm on like chapter 3 but it's so dense I haven't had enough focus-time to really dig through it 😅

I'm having a weirdly hard time finding resources about rebellions in the pre-Columbian New World :( anybody know of any good starting points?

@Cyborgneticz I'm not super familiar with WWI, but have you considered doing something like a fake newsroom as a group project, where the students write as though they're embedded reporters doing a modern-day newsletter reporting "from the front"? Could even require them to roleplay as commentors.

Sort of a "if you were a journalist and WWI was happening now" kind of activity.

War isn't boring; it's terrifying. They should learn that, imo.

@Cyborgneticz to clarify: you're looking for research project ideas for WWI to make it less boring?

@Cyborgneticz of course! always! 💚 I think I've actually answered some of your teaching questions before

@mpmilestogo oh neat! hi!

This is actually the one tiny corner of the internet where I almost never talk about Obsidian so it's always kinda fun to run into somebody from that side of things here on mastodon 👀

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