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 displays I've seen: with my son at the 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:

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..." 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.

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Over the holidays, I read Olga Tokarczuk's book, Flights. I loved how it played with time, historicity, through the scopes and structures of its characters. Anyway, that's just a bit to encourage people to check it out.

US / Iran / World Politics 

Past midnight, a morpheme slithers from my head. I haven't found where it comes from nor where it goes. Maybe there are many. It floats away.

Counteracting misuse of the WWW and related information, The has launched the Contract for the Web ( Tim Berners Lee explains the motivation in this op-ed -- great initiative to encourage improvement.

Paranoia-inducing reporting on how you are being tracked 

Call for Proposals! Concordia ’s 18th Annual Research Forum (April 17, 2020), presentations or posters on research or a case study in any area of , in English or French, due Jan 30, 2020 at 11am:

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:

#electronicMusic #queerHistory #transHistory

New tab in Firefox browser this morning had this little message at the bottom: "Blink182 is one of the most common passwords that has been hacked. If that's your password, you now have TWO reasons to change it." I think that's reason enough to use Firefox.

Levitated the evening on a Godspeed You! Black Emperor show. I could've been lost in there for weeks, except outside the hall things are as they were.

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! 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 and you can of course ask us any question you may have here!

cc @sporiff @robin @GinnyMcQueen

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