I wrote this some months ago, but wasn't happy with the interactive parts so I thought I'd work on it more later. Not sure if that is going to happen, so here's a somewhat interactive exploration on why there are so few women in computing.


The internet: A global, borderless world of its own where you have to keep explaining to people that you're not an American.

I was asked to review a paper written by someone old. How do I know that? They've double spaced between sentences. That hasn't been a useful habit since type-writers.

I'm making progress: now I'm only 2.5 years behind my reading.

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Pokémon Go, new study 

A paper we've been working for a while is out:

"Exploring Features of the Pervasive Game Pokémon GO That Enable Behavior Change: Qualitative Study"

We studied how different game features were tied to changes in people's reported behavior. Takeway:

"The respondents reported being more social, expressed more positive emotions, found more meaningfulness in their routines, and had increased motivation to explore their surroundings."


Brilliant project that tidies up public domain ebooks.

Gutenberg and Internet Archive are wonderful resources, but the texts are poorly formatted for actual use, especially on ereaders.

This is a volunteer driven initiative to bring these texts up to date with modern standards and make them look as good as possible on the page.


Old review of an old book 

I stumbled upon this review Noah Chomsky wrote about B. F. Skinner’s Beyond Freedom and Dignity and enjoyed reading it. It's demonstrates nicely how difficult it is to generalise from simple experiments to general theories.


Hate driven development

I hate computers so deeply that it drives me to write software in an attempt to fix this godawful fucking mess that we're in

Currently, the time between the oldest and latest paper on my to-read list a little over 3 years. That is, I need to catch up 3 years of reading to get to the paper I added to the list today. 😩

SMBC, analytic philosophy 

Bertrand Russell Invents Analytic Philosophy


Shout out to Mastodon, which is now so stable that all the new releases are really boring.

On this day, twelve years ago, Mr. Evan Prodromou published the first fediverse post. We are very happy to see how far the fediverse has come since then, and are looking forward to join it officially once our federation is working.

Happy Birthday, Fedi!


#HappyFedi2U #Fediverse12

🍍 Academic publishing is massively profitable
🍍 There is a shortage of stable long-term academic jobs
🍍 Most academic journal editors are unpaid volunteers
🍍 Editors are mostly people who are already professors or have another stable long-term job, and this just helps them to advance their career
🍍 Everyone has a story about how a journal editor dropped the ball and something bad happened to their paper

What if we—stay with me now—turned "Journal Editor" into a legit, paid, stable career path?

twitter link but here's an _excellent_ thread of threads about (video)games studies and racism: twitter.com/enibolas/status/12

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