video: Latin “watch, see”, cf. εἴδομαι
game: from Proto-Germanic *gamaną (“amusement, pleasure, game", literally "participation, communion, people together”), cf. γάμος “wedding”

Kids, the original “videogame” was watching a wedding

I was interviewed re the open digital archaeology podcast. Aside from saying "imposter" like a ferengi...

dear parents who justify using DNA genome sequencing services:

if you sequence your genome, you're also sequencing half of your kids' genomes.

if both parents sequence their genomes, then 100% of your kids genomes are also sequenced. why? because the data companies can create composite genomes which have a high likelihood of matching your kids.

so your kids will get to deal with the consequences of your indiscretion through higher health insurance costs and possible denials of care on genetic grounds.

in other words, you're contributing to making the world a worse place by having your genome sequenced by these for-profit companies.

beyond that the ancestry features don't even work: my mother is registered Choctaw with 1/4 blood quantum and yet the results said 97% white, 2% native american, 1% black.

this is because genetic testing for DNA markers and associating them racially is not real science, it's genetic homeopathy. anyone can carry any genes at any time.

anyway point is don't sell out your kids by using these for-profit services. they sell your data and the consequences are devastating.

My collaborators & I have been working on a little project. It's at the point where we can show it to the world, on the understanding that yes there are errors and rough bits here and there, but with time these will iron out.

So, welcome to the Open Digital Archaeology Textbook Environment!

We’ve got another opening at the Northeastern University Library: Digital Metadata and Ingest Supervisor — join us!

If you're into boardgames--my collaborators and I have made a game about Roman power, history, and money-

FORVM: Trade Empires of Rome.


Call for : The Reader (maker culture, critical applied research methodologies…). Proposals (500 words max.) due before December 14th, 2018

“The challenge for progressives who love the classics is to present a vision that’s just as vital and relevant, but that sees ancient racism and sexism, where they exist, as topics to be explored thoughtfully rather than mindlessly celebrated.” @donnazuck

so, as i understand it, this:

1. parses search results
2. looks at 'location' for each result. If not null, it parses the location id to get actual long lat
3. but as posted on github, it always returns 0, 0.
4. I modified it to also return # of likes
5. which works; and if location is 'null', all data returned appropriately.
6. if location is not null, totally throws error, collects nothing for geotagged posts.

What gives? hurts my head.

Netflix now "personalises" artwork based on individuals' data:

This is hypertargeted advertising: different people see different info about same film, most get misled about its nature.

Same thing is now happening with political advertising:

Same candidates, but different individuals see totally different information about them. Most get misled about candidate's nature.

With a film you can stop watching when you find out truth, but after an election it's too late.

I installed hackmd, then made a cosmetic change to one of the templates, pushed, broke everything, tried to revert, couldn't, panicked, made a right mess... Sigh...

European funding agencies announce Plan S, an uncompromising push toward true open access for research publications by 2020.

I put it on github in case you also want to write tracery grammars in jupyter notebook

rJava was put on this earth, to torment us poor souls.

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Blog post about some stuff I'm doing - Jupyter Notebooks for Digital Archaeology (and Digital History too!)

interactive notebooks in your browser for teaching and learning digital archaeology. I built many of these; edits welcome.

We built a boardgame, trying to sneak our vision of roman economics into the world...

FORVM Trade Empires of Rome

preview video:

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