Why is "do" pronounced "doo" and not "doh"? English is weird.

A number of younger academic philosophers in North America employ some weird convention regarding quotation marks I don't understand: single for mentioning expressions, double for "everything else", including direct quotation. I don't follow. Direct quotation *is* a form of mentioning, isn't it? Also, I cannot find any documentation for this convention anywhere. Anyone know about this?

Any recommendations for a general science podcast, aimed at nonscientists/nonexperts? Bonus points for lightheartedness/humor thrown in.

Hey, academics, want more journals to be open access? Step 1: Refuse to referee for closed access journals.

Crossing things off my todo list because I decided not to do them (rather than because I actually did them) still counts as productivity, right?

What's the FLOSSiest, privacy-respecting-est, but still cross-platform, alternative to Skype, Google Hangouts, etc.?

I still have a lot to learn about neomutt (and notmuch), but I'm gotten to a point where I think I like it better than any graphical mail client I've ever used (Thunderbird, Evolution, Geary, etc.) It's got a ton of cool tweakable features.

The University is choosing whether to migrate all faculty members to Outlook or to Gmail. They're about to get a real burst of righteous outrage from this Linux User, let me tell you.

I get that students might be tempted to enroll in a course even if they can't or don't want to attend its lectures regularly if they think they can self-learn, but what kind of madness would prompt them to email the professor directly and ask them if they think attending their lectures is "really necessary"?

I made this last night and thought it was really funny at the time. This morning I realize it's why 40-somethings shouldn't try to create memes. I blame .@SirCmpwn

@mprv The imap server is an ancient and almost completely neglected one at my university, and I don't have control over it. They moved all the new students over to gmail. The imap protocol doesn't support labels or tags -- it's a much older protocol -- but Thunderbird tries to proxy them with keywords. I don't think Geary does, or at least not in a compatible way.

Things keep distracting me away from the things that I *want* to distract me away from actual work.

Is wanting to (newly) learn to configure/use (neo)mutt for email in 2019 absolutely crazy? I'm just not happy with any of my other options.

Academics tend to share their work in either pdf or docx formats. Neither is remotely suitable in 2019. Pandoc's markdown, or maybe epub would be closer, but probably not right either. We need something platform/software/citation style independent, easily anonymizable, that supports comments. Does anyone use or know anything about TEI? I never hear it mentioned.

As a linux nerd, I really should have known about/appreciated the mkfifo command and named pipes before now. I feel as though I've just leveled up in my scripting abilities.

Is it normal for my ssh server to be constantly hammered by failed login attempts (mainly from China)? Should I change to a nonstandard port, or what? Or just learn to deal with the noise as long as they're unsuccessful?

A graphical pdf viewer that runs inside a terminal?? (Yes you read that right.) Fun. github.com/dsanson/termpdf (I went ahead and made an AUR package for it...)

I recently open-sourced the academic journal typesetting framework we use for JHAP: bitbucket.org/frabjous/journal Not sure if anyone else will find it useful, but maybe someone could use the (potentially standalone) web-based live-updating LaTeX editor?

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Scholar Social

Federated microblogging for academics

Scholar Social is a microblogging platform for researchers, grad students, librarians, archivists, undergrads, academically inclined high schoolers, educators of all levels, journal editors, research assistants, professors, administrators—anyone involved in academia who is willing to engage with others respectfully.

We strive to be a safe space for queer people and other minorities, recognizing that there can only be academic freedom where the existence and validity of interlocutors' identities is taken as axiomatic.

"An academic microblog that you can be proud to put on the last slide of a presentation at a conference"

"Official" monthly journal club!

(Participation is, of course, optional)

Scholar Social features a monthly "official" journal club, in which we try to read and comment on a paper of interest.

Any user of Scholar Social can suggest an article by sending the DOI by direct message to @socrates@scholar.social and one will be chosen by random lottery on the last day of the month. We ask that you only submit articles that are from *outside* your own field of study to try to ensure that the papers we read are accessible and interesting to non-experts.

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