This week is #BannedBooksWeek.

- 2,532 individual banned books
- 1,648 unique book titles
- 1,261 different authors
- 290 illustrators
- 138 school districts
- 32 states
- 5,049 schools
- 4 million students

- 41% LGBTQ+ theme
- 40% prominent characters of color;
- 21% directly address issues of race and racism

Most books were banned in the red cancel culture states of Texas and Florida.

On the upside: the bigots clearly know their ideology is indefensible.

I keep seeing estimates of the carbon cost of streaming video. Has anybody done a comparison with torrenting? E.g., what is the energy used by one seed and 1,000 peers to share 1 GB of video over BitTorrent vs. the amount used by one high-availability server connected to 1,000 clients to stream 1 GB of video conventionally?

Is it green to pirate all your media?

machine learning jokes 

One thing I've done while on vacation, was to ask GPT3 to write me jokes. This is mostly a bad pastime. e.g.1: "A dog walks into a bar and asks for a beer. The bartender says 'You're a dog. You can't have a beer.' The dog says 'You're a bartender. You can't have a job.'" or e.g.2 "Why did the chicken go to summer camp? To get away from the ax!"

@juliana and often also those who *are* college educated. :-)

Visiting family in California. I brought the kid to Haight Street, SF & wow it changed. Surprised & intrigued at the odd form of gentrification it underwent. Still a few headshops and 2ndhand clothing stores but my memory as a teen/early 20s, 25-30 years ago is hard to reconcile.

This bit of #canpol is very serious as it relates to #censorship, #privacy and #netneutrality.

Canada's ISPs have been ordered to block IPs at will by large privacy copyright holders- bypassing normal legal processes.

As anyone who has been subject to an automated copyright notice or Youtube copyright assertion can tell you- they're often flawed, but in this case it's not simply a take-down but shutting people out of being able to access parts of the whole Internet.

#PeerTube v4.2 is out! 😍😍😍
▪ editing videos from the web interface
▪ detailed viewers stats for videos
▪ ability to adjust latency during a live broadcast
▪ saving each permanent/recurring live streaming session as a replay on a new url
▪ edit video subtitles directly from the web interface
Discover improvements and new features of this latest version on

The Xenobiology Codex is live, weee!

"An AI-generated compendium of 96 pages of alien flora and fauna with fantastical sketches, illustrations, and scribbled notes and annotations, resembling the Voynich Manuscript."

96 page high-res print-ready PDF. Images created in MidJourney.

#AIArt #MastoArt #DigitalArt

CW: AI-generated art

@bgcarlisle doing something similar but fortunately where we are nobody would contest it.

Listening to a great talk right now from Malvika Sharan of the Turing Way Project @turingway at the Open Science @ Concordia conference . Malvika is talking about shared spaces creating shared experiences in the context of open science. :OpenAccess:

Somewhat usable scrollbars in Ubuntu 22.04 Gnome 42.1 

1. Disable auto-hide

Run in terminal:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface overlay-scrolling false

2. Increase width

Save following code to file:



@import url("resource:///com/ubuntu/themes/Yaru/3.0/gtk.css");

scrollbar slider {
/* Size of slider */
min-width: 15px;
min-height: 15px;
border-radius: 0px;

/* Padding around slider */
border: 5px solid transparent;

@samwilson Good point! It does seem like it would be a good CC licence use case particularly with the way they have the remix part of the project working. I wonder why they have not gone that path. Thinking of asking them since I was considering participating. If I do, I'll post the response.

Open call for obsolete sounds! This project is really fascinating. They're requesting recordings of sounds from our environment, old tech, etc. that are no longer commonplace and then those will be reimagined by sound artists "to draw attention to the world’s disappearing soundscapes."

Hot off the cyberpresses, it's Reviews in Digital Humanities, Volume 3, Number 5 (May 2022), “Black DH” Special Issue Part II, edited by Jennifer Guiliano and Roopika Risam with guest editors Aleia Brown, Marisa Parham, and Trevor Muñoz.

Reviews include: Treasury of Weary Souls, Black Craftspeople Digital Archive, Forever Gwen Brooks, and The Oak of Jerusalem.

Concordia Library's 20th annual Research Forum, which recently concluded, now has the presentations available online from our site: (video recordings and slides)

The plenary session was a conversation on racial capitalism and knowledge production in LIS.

I enjoyed a session involving some Rwandan history from archival work with Lisa Ndejuru and Kristen Young ("Waking our Stories")

Bread is among my favourite things. A long time ago, traveling through Transylvania, I remember discovering this treat of coiled bread (chimney cake). It was really exciting when this shop opened a few blocks from me in Montreal (rue Rachel) specialising in these.

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