@ntnsndr At work, where I have two monitors, this is less overwhelming than it might sound. But on my laptop, without an extra monitor? The barriers are so high that I've done almost zero book purchasing since the pandemic started.

I've also seen people use dual monitors for writing, especially when they're engaging with lots of pdfs, ebooks, etc.

Those are at least the things that have made me consider getting a cheap external monitor for my laptop at home, if it helps.

@ntnsndr It's very helpful when I need to do tasks that involve multiple websites, or when I unfortunately *have* to attempt to multitask using websites that don't resize well.

As a librarian, I'll occasionally need to simultaneously be logged in to our patron chat system while selecting & purchasing books from a vendor's very mobile-unresponsive website… which usually involves looking at multiple reviews on other sites, plus looking at Worldcat and email.

Cajun vs Creole - whats the difference? 

@Cyborgneticz @mplouffe I up in / still have family in Florida & I definitely absorbed some of these incorrect ideas through general cultural osmosis.

Thanks for the thread & the link!

academic publishing + 

@bookandswordblog Great news—thank you for sharing!!

@vickysteeves Uh, yuck.

Do you mean the in-browser view doesn't work on Linux or the vendors don't have a Linux version of their cussworthy DRM ebook reader applications?

Of course, it bites either way! I'm asking mostly in anticipation of one of our patrons running into this.

@benhamill That's amazing! I might even mimic that to play paper board games with our friends online.

@benhamill There's a great BBC series called "Monty Don's Italian Gardens" where he talks a little about how some Renaissance gardens had fountains. If I recall correctly, sometimes they'd use the downhill flow from the water source & other times more mechanical means.


The existence of microfiche implies the existence of megafiche.

…but what of giga, tera, or petafiche? 🤔

gorillaz "Tranz", gender and body dysphoria 

@cwebber Yes! And both of those are as intentional as the Black Power fist on Russel's t-shirt. If it was just "reflecting the lights," the guitar & bass would glow the same colors.

gorillaz "Tranz", gender and body dysphoria 

@cwebber So even if "Tranz"'s "effigy of me" lyrics are about contemplating the zombie body in relationship to the predeceased body, that already sounds like a type of body dysphoria… and those rainbow guitar strings? It's making me think of the zombie metaphor in a whole new way.

It's as trans as you read it.

gorillaz "Tranz", gender and body dysphoria 

@cwebber For whatever it's worth as a Gen X kid, Blur's "Girls & Boys" was the song that got everyone talking & thinking about trans identities and queerness. That song was always played at queer/LGBTQIA+ friendly indie pop / indie rock nights—and it would lead to a brief queer insurrection on the dance floor when it was played at other types of places.

@parsonsj A really good thing about sharing what you did that is that you can have them ask you why you chose what is in there, and what you chose to leave out.

"Abolitionist Teaching and the Future of Our Schools" panel 

Just watched a fantastic " Teaching and the Future of Our Schools" panel, with Dr. Bettina Love, Dr. Gholdy Muhammad, & Dr. Dena Simmons.

Initially thought it might be mostly about k-12—turns out it's all very relevant to college, too. Very much worth your time!


Juneteenth, Beauty Pill, Bandcamp, NAACP's Legal Defense Fund 

It's Juneteenth!

Beauty Pill is an amazing band whose primary songwriter is the son of the general counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in the 1960s.

Today, all revenue from Bandcamp purchases go to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, so it's a particularly good day to consider purchasing their music.

"Describes Things As they Are" and "The Unsustainable Lifestyle" are my personal favorite places to start:

Juneteenth, "Defund the Police" webinar on Sat, June 20 

And here's a link to Scholars for Social Justice itself:


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Juneteenth, "Defund the Police" webinar on Sat, June 20 

That webinar will be moderated by Adom Getachew, University of Chicago

And feature the panelists:
- Michelle Yang and Kosi Achife, UChicago Student Activists
- Robin D. G. Kelley, University of California Los Angeles
- Barbara Ransby, University of Illinois at Chicago
- Davarian Baldwin, Trinity College

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Juneteenth, "Defund the Police" webinar on Sat, June 20 

It's Juneteenth!

Have you signed up for the "Defund the Police: A Webinar on Police, Race, & Universities" organized by Scholars for Social Justice?

It'll be held 2020-06-20 at 12pm Central Time (US & Can) as part of the Juneteenth Weekend of Action. You can still register for free at bit.ly/SSJDefundthePolice

If it exceeds capacity on Zoom, it'll also be live-streamed and recorded elsewhere. Details are on the above link.

Juneteenth, Academics4BlackLives 

It's Juneteenth!

If you haven't already seen Academics for Black Survival and Wellness, please check out their site:


"Academics for Black Survival and Wellness was organized by a group of Black counseling psychologists and their colleagues who practice Black allyship. Guided by a Black feminist frame, we hope to foster accountability and growth for non-Black people and enhance healing and wellness for Black people."

Any "intro to GitHub / GitLab for sharing or crowdsourcing GIS data" guides online? 

I reached out to the person making this great map of protests suggesting that they consider GH/GL for sharing the map data. They said they'd like to know more… I'm under the impression that they're a student.


I'm not a GIS data use "insider" & couldn't find any obviously great intros online. So after 15 minutes of searching, I thought maybe someone here has suggestions?

Cops who quit 

@bgcarlisle I did see a post from one — I think a sheriff? — who claimed to quit at the end of his shift over moral grounds. I don't have a link to it handy.

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