Student exams, disadvantaged, privacy, AI in the time of COVID-19 

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Student exams, disadvantaged, privacy, AI in the time of COVID-19 

Students (or anyone), in a situation where you need to do more deep reading on a screen right now than normal... it might be a struggle. This Reddit thread has some good tips to help:

There is a large, open dataset of research made available by the Allen Institute for AI. Here's the link for background info on the data and how to get it: (CORD-19)

#COVID-19 Info Sources 

The Smithsonian announced today that they have released 2.8 million images into the public domain (CC0 license). In celebration of this I made a bot you can follow that will post one random image from the set every 8 hours:


For more on the imageset, see here:

It's 2020 (24 - 28 February). Fair dealing copyright exception enables people to use copyrighted works for certain purposes (like research or educational use) w/o requiring special permission from the copyright holder. Find out more --

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.

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