because i had watched a thing about how the egyptians actually did build the pyramids (through having a standard unit of length, and a 3-4-5 triangle to get the corners. and wheelbarrows)
netflix is now recommending me a fucking ancient aliens ""theory"" series
AND a fucking flat earth series
this is . how these algorithms slowly push ppl to the right wing
they can't tell what kind of tone anything like this has. they can just tell "hey, this is about the pyramids and history too". it's fucked up

imagining a world in which spelling bees aren't competitions about memorization and rules but gatherings where people work together to craft new spellings from scratch for words that haven't been spelled yet (or don't even exist yet), invent alternate and better/weirder spellings than those that words already have, think of new systems for spelling that don't even involve letters or characters or writing at all

Is anyone interested in joining and taking over the organisation? Currently empty, there's some interest on birdsite to keep it alive. I just want to pass it to someone who will use it


A project that started as a Digital Humanities project, transfered with the Principal Investigator to various institutions, and has now been copyrighted and monetized under the PI's for profit company. A good example of why understanding Free Culture as a social movement is relevant to Digital Humanities.

“If our goal is for students to read and understand the language, shouldn’t all assessments of student learning evaluate that goal?”

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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