writing centers & libraries, collaboration, good feelings Show more
Our writing center has a new director who seems like she'll be great to collaborate with. Writing centers and libraries overlap a lot, so it's exciting that we'll get to work more closely together. Makes me even more optimistic about this year!
Hey #Fediverse. When you post pictures, please please please with puppies on top fill in that description box for the visually impaired. You will be helping us out tremendously. We want to enjoy your pictures as much as others do. You don't have to write a novel, but just fill in some details.
Thanks with much love:
A Blind Dude
Meta; welcome! Show more
Welcome to new friends on https://scholar.social
* Put CW's on your posts
* Keep your Public posts on-topic (academia, learning, teaching—it's pretty broad)
* Add descriptions to your images
Check my pinned post for this month's #JournalClub
Make sure to read through the instance Terms of Service
And if you're a Nazi/white supremacist, a homophobe, anti-trans in any way, or a supporter of Jordan Peterson's or Milo Yiannopoulos', close your account and leave!
@jasminee @bgcarlisle I realized a while ago that I'll get hung up on having to give a baby idea a title & thereby formalize it way too soon. So now I have .txt files for each year, each titled something like `2018 academic ideas to remember`. Each new idea goes at the top w/ a heading & the date, so I can figure out the context later if necessary. The files are also on Dropbox so I can edit them w/ a notes editor on my phone, so I can pin down fleeting ideas even when I'm not near my computer.
This site feels OVERWHELMINGLY populated by men. Ladies, where you at?
hey so remember how I wanted a project gutenberg corpus with every plaintext file in an easy-to-use format? https://mastodon.social/@aparrish/100511033258021934
well I wanted it so bad I guess that I went ahead and made it https://github.com/aparrish/gutenberg-dammit
@bthall I find that a lot of SK posts are like that: they seem *~very~* otherworldly. Partially that’s bc I do OA work as a journal editor & as a librarian at a community college. And partially that’s bc I think their analyses & writing routinely miss the mark. This post would be vastly improved by jettisoning the intro where Anderson flattens nuanced arguments into simplistic characterizations. The ICIJ reports seem solid enough to focus on, with journals conducted almost like bitcoin miners.
Are you new to Mastodon? Show more
Have you seen the awesome Content Warning feature??
If you're posting about sensitive topics, consider putting them behind a content warning. This puts your post body behind a "Show More" button. Some common CWs, off the top of my head:
• uspol (US Politics)
• mh (mental health)
• +, - (indicating a positive or negative take, often used with mh)
Allowing people to read certain topics at their own pace (or not at all) is one of Mastodon's greatest features.
My #mastodonadmins friends: I think the wave of spammers is going to get worse, and I think it goes a lot further than just spam. Basically, I think Russia is going to try to use us the same way they used Twitter and Facebook in the 2016 elections. We can't let that happen.
I wrote a little about this at https://blog.freeradical.zone/the-russians-are-coming/ which includes something you can do on your own instance today to help.
Please consider writing your hashtags in upper camelcase so screen readers have a chance at figuring them out.
#whyistayonmastodon sounds like an giant undecipherable mess of sounds.
#WhyIStayOnMastodon reads out "Why I Stay On Mastodon" 😄
(Reason #44 I stay here: my previous requests like this have been generally well-received, proving that most people are awesome.)
academic writing style observation Show more
"I'm also grateful to the press's two anonymous reviewers, one of whom I am sad to disappoint by having retained the word 'amaroidial,' but with whom I share nonetheless, I suspect, a predilection for the dark reaches of the dictionary."
Maybe it's because I've been watching the Netflix series, but this line from Eric Hayot's acknowledgements in _The Elements of Academic Style: Writing for the Humanities_ smells wonderfully redolent of Lemony Snicket's prose.