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Joshua Chalifour

We built a boardgame, trying to sneak our vision of roman economics into the world...

FORVM Trade Empires of Rome

preview video:

One of the most important things to know if you're migrating here from Twitter is that simply liking a post does NOT cause it to show up in anyone else's timeline. That only happens if you actually boost ("RT") the post.

This is especially important when creators you care about are trying to get the word out about their work. It is unbelievably disheartening to send out something important (like a Kickstarter link) and see everybody like it but nobody boost it.


dog vs. focus Show more

How 5 companies publish more than half the research papers. This CBC News article is based on Vincent Larivière's research (Université de Montréal) and includes a PLOS One link to the source.

Complaining about Android Pie Show more


Decentralized Identifiers (DIDs) are a new type of identifier for verifiable, "self-sovereign" digital identity. DIDs are fully under the control of the DID subject, independent from any centralized registry, identity provider, or certificate authority. DIDs are URLs that relate a DID subject to means for trustable interactions with that subject. DIDs resolve to DID Documents — simple documents that describe how to use that specific DID.

Mastodon / meta Show more

My librarian colleague, Tara Mahwinney at McGill wrote about the entry from Team Montreal. There are 99 Concordia and McGill students collaborating to design and build a net zero energy home in a semi-traditional Montreal row-house style, which they've brought to the competition in China. It's quite impressive. The team took a little bit of our libraries with them :-) There's a bit more about the competition here

German and Swedish universities seem to have no more access to Elsevier journals due to their attempts to renegotiate an open access friendly change to the publishing model. Unfortunate that things sound stalled but this seems like a promising bit of change if it works out.

Enjoyed browsing through the schedule that was just posted there are so many interesting sessions to pick from.

Here's a smart editorial arguing that our government (in Canada) shouldn't frame its recently launched Digital and Data Consultations through the language of ownership, pitting the economy against privacy. I really like that Lisa Austin (Chair in law and technology at the University of Toronto) argues against treating data as a "natural resource."

Ideas on , which I love, and the description of turning the eating of a fig into a ritual here.

Also brings to mind some of my favourite advice from Agent Cooper () to once a day, every day, give yourself a gift (though I think he might of been referring to coffee or pie, I don't recall, but I take it seriously for coffee too).

Any opinions of collaborative LaTeX tools/services? I'm investigating Overleaf/ShareLateX, Authorea, Papeeria, SciDock, etc. I'd be curious to hear about anyone's experiences.

Pushing scholarly toward a 100% model.

This Aeon article includes discussion on improving the way peer review, etc. works. The author (Tennant) says" "All of the technology and traits to build a hybridised scholarly commons infrastructure already exists. It is up to academic communities themselves to step away from their apathy and towards a fairer and more democratic system for sharing our knowledge and work."

Tim Berners-Lee talks a little bit about his new work on Solid (to re-democratize the Web) in this Vanity Fair (?) article. It mentions Mastodon too.

Not that I'd advocate promoting information literacy through sarcasm.

Showing how social media use links to mental illness, The Economist reported on a study from the Royal Society for Public Health (UK).

Since wasn't listed among the culprits, it must be ok! 😉

Request for federated blog software rec's Show more