Are you interested in a federated alternative to Goodreads that doesn't use Amazon?
because I'm making a federated alternative to Goodreads that doesn't use Amazon
Oh my gosh y'all, today is the day my game, Snake People: A Game of Anticipatory Grief went up on Kickstarter as part of #ZineQuest! Threading unlocked.
How to Turn Your Yard Into an Ecological Oasis
"Replacing grass with even a few plants native to your region can save insects and the ecosystems that depend on them."
One of the coolest #library displays I've seen: with my son at the #Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ). I walked right past but at my son's eye-level, he spotted it. Just in the stacks, a little projector hides behind some cut-out books and projects ghosts onto this display, which appear to glow.
Explanation of where two new Canadian government considerations unfold for the future communications, digital culture, privacy rights, etc.
I'm editing a series of open textbooks for Philosophy courses, and am learning a lot along the way. Here is a blog post about some things I've learned about accessibility and publishing open textbooks on the Pressbooks platform: http://blogs.ubc.ca/chendricks/2020/01/11/accessibility-open-textbooks/ #OER #OpenTextbooks #a11y
Beautiful essay on concentration, metacognition, etc. through chess play from grandmaster Jonathan Rowson at Aeon Magazine. "Developing concentration... entails developing the capacity to hold the emotional tension of mental complexity..." https://aeon.co/essays/playing-chess-is-an-essential-life-lesson-in-concentration Also true of other abstract strategy games, like Adomoc :-)
For real like Bandcamp is exactly the kind of service we *hoped* the internet would give us: “hey, people make things, they set their own price inc. free, we provide the storefront, you buy it and the money goes to the creator, you get it in a DRM-free format and can play it however you want, we just make money to keep going & improving and aren’t a VC-funded nightmare company of rampant reckless growth that will do something nightmarish and implode.”
We need more media platforms like that.
US / Iran / World Politics
Trump's order to kill Iranian General seems like the set-up for a situation to put the US into a state of emergency. Trump could take control of awesome power, becoming dictator, suspend rights, etc. Read about SoE powers in this prescient 2018 article: https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/analysis-opinion/what-president-could-do-if-he-declares-state-emergency
"Here's what happens when you report plagiarism to a journal editor [for an Elsevier journal]"
Counteracting misuse of the WWW and related information, The #WebFoundation has launched the Contract for the Web (https://contractfortheweb.org). Tim Berners Lee explains the motivation in this op-ed https://webfoundation.org/2019/12/i-invented-the-world-wide-web-heres-how-we-can-fix-it/ -- great initiative to encourage improvement.
Paranoia-inducing reporting on how you are being tracked
Did you know or suspect that you were being tracked? If you haven't thought about it, THEY have. And you are tracked. Read NY Times investigative reporting on phone geo location tracking. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/12/19/opinion/location-tracking-cell-phone.html
A number of folks asked for the slides & materials from the wikidata workshop I did with our cataloging department.
It outlines how I designed the exercise & includes zip file with slides/speaker notes, a worksheet, and two documentation pdfs I created.
Today is Wendy Carlos's 80th birthday!
She is a pioneer of electronic music, best known for composing the score of TRON (1982) and for her ground-breaking album, "Switched-On Bach" (1968.) In 1978, she came out publicly as a transgender woman, one of the few public figures to do so at the time.
If you enjoy electronic music today, you can thank Wendy Carlos!
Check out this BBC interview from '89:
Hello! You may have heard about #Retribute, a project we're developping whith the Funkwhale collective and as part of our mission.
It's a set of lightweight standards and an app built from the ground-up to help you support creators on fedi and elsewhere, according to your activity and your budget.
Yesterday, we've launched our official website at https://retribute.me/! Our next milestone is to finish the first drafts for the specifications.
If you want to help with that, or simply want to know more about the project, we have weekly meeting at https://riot.im/app/#/room/#retribute:matrix.org and you can of course ask us any question you may have here!
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