introduction! Show more
i have a computer science and creative writing background, and i've worked in lab/studio management at a photo program for a while. i've also been doing history and anthropology coursework in an unofficial postbac/predoc kinda way, and considering real grad school in the next few years.
my interests are identity construction/boundary making, knowledge systems, land/environment usage; i enjoy being a generalist, though, so i'm stoked to hear about what y'all do!
pseudonym use in social research? Show more
hey y'all, how do you feel about using pseudonyms vs identifiable names, for both people and places, when writing about social research?
there's the obvious factor of protecting people's privacy, but what if there's a person who *wants* their real name to be published? what about having accountability by letting others verify the work? what about the somewhat paternalistic trap of gatekeeping who gets to access the "real" place?
tired (~) Show more
i've been really tired but not too tired to try to enact decent self-care but almost too tired to stop myself from feeling bad about not being good enough at self-care.
gotta keep plodding through.
rejection Show more
second rejection in. making a point to reply to rejection notes and thanking them for their time.
what is the "analogue loophole"? why do people say that removing the headphone jack would allow companies to restrict your ability to listen to music? (long, serious) Show more
the "analogue hole" refers to the idea that no matter how hard you try to make sure nobody can make illegal copies of videos, music, or text, there's always a "hole" in the protection that occurs when it's no longer digital. digital content can be protected - video files can be encrypted, music players can limit you to five devices - but analogue signals can't be. for example, itunes can disallow you from putting a song on more than five computers, but if you play the song through your speakers and record it, what you do with it is beyond apple's control.
one of the few remaining analogue outputs on a modern device is the audio jack. this is where you connect your headphones or speakers. your laptop only knows that something's plugged in. it doesn't know what's connected. you could be playing it through earphones or a massive speaker system and it wouldn't be able to tell. meanwhile, HDMI is a digital output format. it can tell if it's been plugged into a TV or a recording device, and can automatically disable output if you're recording it to make it harder for you to make copies of movies.
if the audio jack is replaced by USB-C or bluetooth, it becomes possible to tell what you're connecting to the laptop or phone. your phone might disable audio playback on anything but headphones to prevent you from hosting a public event with the music. it could also detect a recording device that you're using to (for example) make a copy of a song you're listening to on spotify and turn off the playback.
of course, at some point, digital needs to become analogue. humans can't watch electrical pulses, we need to see patterns of light. we can't listen to streams of 1s and 0s, we need vibrations in the air. this means that it's impossible to truly defeat the analogue hole - no matter what you do, someone can always just point a camera at their TV. it'll have worse quality, but it can never be stopped.
the analogue hole is one of many ways to circumvent DRM, or digital rights management. you can read more about it here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Analog_hole
racism encounter Show more
sure did stand in line at airport security well before dawn and listen to an old white lady lean in for the conspiratorial put-my-hand-on-your-arm-and-stage-whisper to my (muscular white dude) partner about how she was spectating freshman move-in at the university that both of us attended and currently work for and that there sure were "a loooooot of orientals" now, while also stating how unbelievably long the line was
discussion group (+) Show more
felt a little nervous taking the lead on discussion group this morning, but i certainly had lots of opinions and a couple good questions to get things rolling. honestly, i love that kind of stuff, where you put some heads together and just talk about a paper? i was just worried about whether or not i got enough out of the reading to get things started.
anyway, nice thing to wrap up my week before spring break :)
jargon navelgazing Show more
while working on ethdography i made notes about 'transspecies pidgin' and 'perspectival multinaturalism' and if i take three steps back and look at the sort of human i've become, i feel rather ridiculous, wow, no wonder academics have a reputation for being stuffy eggheads
come on just say 'people and dogs talk to each other' and 'all sorts of beings have thoughts'
it gives me so much joy when i use my power of being in charge of stuff to tell students it's totally fine if they put down an alias or preferred name when they're signing up for something instead of a student id that refers to or outright exposes a legal name that i greatly suspect they'd rather not have to use every time they interact with paperwork.
(coming from someone with a force-assigned email id leftover from when i was a student that uses my entire legal first name)
bad sink joke Show more
Somewhat strained joke about an obnoxious phrase people use on the internet Show more
"Let that sink in," he said, before he realised
"No wait, I can explain! I'm renovating my kitchen, and that's the sink that I wanted—"
But it was too late
The law against ever uttering that sentence in any context was harsh, but even he knew as they dragged him away, that it was fair
bad sink joke Show more
let my sink go
rejection Show more
first rejected submission of the season! actually kind of relieved about this one because i didn't really want to follow through on it, it was just a soft thing to submit to and i had stuff prepped anyway.
the game is on!!! several more things i'm waiting on @_@
The ancient Greek word for "bear" was άρκτος.
The Arctic is named after the animal; it's the place where bears are.
Naturally, when you find a place at the opposite side of the globe from the Arctic and where there are no bears, it's the anti-Arctic - in other words, Antarctica.
So the Arctic is Bears Place, and Antarctica is Not Bears Place.
@nsaphra oh not to mention my boss gets confused but slightly charmed by my weird friends with weird names like nwf and munin who occasionally show up in my life and we talk excitedly about moderately sketchy-sounding things that he doesn't want to know too much about n_n
@nsaphra i am frequently found literally halfway inside a wall or a ceiling panel or under a sink or inside a cabinet trying to fix something at work, and my office/workbench is so scary that no one else wants to set foot in there in case they accidentally bump into something that might explode, and no one understands my notes except me (only sometimes me)
@nsaphra i know you said i'm your headcannon pepper but i s2g i have never identified with a character as much as kizzy chao, especially as i was taking apart my tool chest looking for a soldering iron and knocked over a box of assorted googly eyes, spraying them all over the floor, giving up immediately on cleaning them up, and then started disassembling random electronics for parts that were unrelated to the thing i needed to solder
Condescending phrase that needs to be retired forever and catapulted into the sun Show more
"You have way too much time on your hands"
up and coming ethDOGrapher
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