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 :-)

@Cyborgneticz Tough question. I don't know that a good comparison comes to mind. For some reason, the first thing I thought of was David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas in terms of structural technique (not subject matter or style) but more fragmented, insightful links, and better written. But that's really not a good comparison. Then I thought of William Carlos Williams' Patterson... which I can't fully articulate why but it may be through some spirit of a thematic comparison--rather different though.

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 

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.

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