I was in the middle of teaching a class, trying very hard to answer a student's question. My alarm went off and I woke up from the dream very frustrated that it had prevented me from finishing responding to the student. It's been a full week.
The Internet lost a hero today. EFF is mourning the loss of our visionary co-founder, John Perry Barlow. https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/02/john-perry-barlow-internet-pioneer-1947-2018
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CBC: Eliminating criminal penalties for all drug use is a logical evolution of Canada's drug policy
I'm enjoying some ideas from reading this Aeon article about quantum entanglement of time. Or maybe the author wrote them for me to enjoy reading. https://aeon.co/ideas/you-thought-quantum-mechanics-was-weird-check-out-entangled-time
500 women scientists have had it up to here with self-promoting charlatan #BillNye's bullshit:
The punk rock internet – how DIY rebels are working to replace the tech giants
“I got into the web because I liked the democracy of it,” says Kalbag, who has just published a book titled Accessibility for Everyone… “I want to be able to be in a society where I have control over my information, and other people do as well … I think we have to have technology that serves everybody – not just rich, straight, white guys.”
A killer whale said "hello." Cool study on whale-learning and dialects, etc. but the audio clip cracks me up.
Here's a mainstream opinion piece on why Canada needs to develop a national data strategy to keep things in the public interest (rather than closed corps). Interesting also due to the fact that it's written by a former RIM CEO, Jim Balsillie. https://www.thestar.com/opinion/contributors/2018/01/30/jim-balsillie-canada-needs-a-national-data-strategy.html
Defending Internet Freedom through Decentralization : Back to the Future?
The paper gives case studies of a number of decentralized projects: #FreedomBox, #Diaspora, #Mastodon, #Blockstack, #IPFS (Interplanetary File System), #Solid (Social Linked Data), #Appcoins and #Steemit.
There are good standards publishers but I keep bumping up against ones doing bad business. Me: "a student wants to study this standard, I'd like to buy it for our library." Publisher: "We own the copyright and the only person that can read is the one that pays." Me: We're a library, that doesn't make sense." Publisher: "Tough." So they lose a sale and the student cannot learn/research. Student now unfamiliar & unlikely to use that standard/publisher in the future. Standard becomes value-less.
I had a request to mirror Project Gutenberg Canada ebooks, as I was thinking about posting when new ones became available
And then I thought: WHY NOT MIRROR ALL OF THEM
So here is a Dat archive that contains all the Public Domain ebooks from Gutenberg Canada:
(Warning: books that are in the #PublicDomain in Canada may still be under copyright where you are)
Call for Proposals from librarians for the True North Science Boot Camp 2018 #TNSBC18. Submission deadline for proposals is Feb. 12 by 9 AM. More information available here https://sites.google.com/view/truenorthsciencebootcamp/program/call-for-proposals-from-librarians
I can’t resist news about the Voynich Manuscript - https://goo.gl/PKCL4X A computer science researcher at the University of Alberta has tried a new approach, using AI to help decipher the manuscript. The manuscript may be written in Hebrew and use some techniques to complicate deciphering it.