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information as part of the physical world 

Loving this quote from physicist Rolf Landauer: "Information is not a disembodied abstract entity; it is always tied to a physical representation. It is represented by an engraving on a stone tablet, a spin, a charge, a hole in a punched card, a mark on paper, or some other equivalent. This ties the handling of information to all the possibilities and restrictions of our real physical world, its laws of physics and its storehouse of available parts."

Ooh, super excited to see action happening with @sandstormIO! An amazing project. Maybe I'll re-up my subscription (especially if they adopt a co-op model).

Antiracist resources (link to post on a corporate social media site) 

Here's a link to a meta-thread with antiracist resources, compiled by a medievalist:

disciplines, interdisciplinarity, forms 

That simultaneously seems like a good insight and profoundly unworkable, since what I consider my best products & my best ways of working have always been connected to sustained ADHD hyperfocusing… ways of using my brain & time that really aren't compatible with the daily structures that come with any life rhythm beyond 24/7 grad student living.

Here's to making new practices & dispositions, I guess?

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disciplines, interdisciplinarity, forms 

Running with the music analogies, maybe what I need to do is *~practice~* writing like I have in the past practiced guitar / bass.

Then each article submission or conference paper would be more like playing a show or recording a song: a smaller set of movements I want to showcase, having honed and discarded related movements elsewhere.

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disciplines, interdisciplinarity, forms 

Feeling those interdisciplinarity blues & wondering what sort of genre/form would suit the ways I think.

If academic disciplines are roughly equivalent to ways of knowing, each of which correlates to a preferred genre / mode for expressing knowledge… what's an adequately interdisciplinary form?

A dj mix? A (sequenced, unmixed) mixtape? A field recording of a listener scrolling through radio stations? A compilation / anthology with reading notes?

Humanities: the semantic meaning of content warnings might be complex, vary depending on context, and may not be apparent on their face.

Social sciences: people use systems in unique and surprising ways, and biases you bring and impose on your research will blind you to them. You should definitely studies carefully to mitigate that effect.

STEM majors: we had a brain genius idea, ran some stolen info through an algorithm, and came to an infallible conclusion. Where's our money?

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I'm editing an open book available publicly available on web & also downloadable in PDF & ebook. I have a question about the accessibility of how I'm doing premises and conclusions for philosophical arguments with ordered lists <ol>. Please see this post (replies here or there welcome!)

maybe making a website theme? 

Clearly, the question is: what to call it?

I want the name to nod to its origins, possibly be funny, …and to be honest, possibly *discourage* its adoption by anyone who'd expect lots of maintenance / free labor from me.

Ideas so far:
- Remote Academic Mistakes
- Distance Learning
- Minimal Academics

If anyone has inspiration for names or ideas about the theme, I'm interested.

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maybe making a website theme? 

Now that I'm back in the mindset of updating my website, I might spend time the next few days / weeks making an academic-oriented fork of Minimal Mistakes^1 that incorporates some of the AcademicPages^2 techniques for creating a CV.


The new version of Minimal Mistakes has a remote gem option, which basically simplifies maintenance by letting its creator update a source that everyone else's site pulls from.

ADHD, experimentation, + 

As part of my emerging "hey, infrastructure" theme, I've been trying out a sort of "interface layer" between my daily tasks & my longer-term goals (weekly, monthly, choose yr fave longer-than-a-day increment).

So far I've been doing this in a single file with headers.

It simultaneously feels like a powerful addition to this way of tracking tasks & a really dangerous deviation from how I've managed everything the last few years.

Impossible Foods introduces its brand-new Contradiction Cake!

"Have it, and eat it too!"

ed tech, possibilities for resisting surveillance capitalism 

Getting yr syllabi ready? Starting to grapple with what ancillary things you might model / teach in addition to what you intend?

That means it's a great time to read Erin Glass's 2018 "Ten weird tricks for resisting surveillance capitalism in and through the classroom… next term!"

(Apologies to whomever mentioned this lately; I'd give thanks directly but can't remember who you were!)

writing, music, + 

Kinda struggling to put a number of vague, big Thought Katamari inklings into sentence & paragraph form. So I put on some reliable instrumental music and everything's quickly feeling more doable.

What's the opposite of maladaptive? Beneficial adaptations?

Whatever the term is, I hope you find the things that work for you.

CryptPad v3.8.0 introduces the ability to suppress notifications from users that annoy you and to invite users to teams via one-time-use links. This is our last release of the year, as we'll be taking some time to gear up for 2020!

academic writing 

TFW your article proposal modulates from analytical to fiery and you simultaneously realize you've discovered what you want to say AND wonder whether it'll be better suited to a blog post than a peer-review process

I'm the series editor for a series of for Introduction to Philosophy courses, and we now have two books published (out of nine planned)!

Philosophy of Mind:


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