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Saw a few people I follow on Twitter mention Mastodon, so giving it a shot.

I'm a computer scientist interested in (functional) programming languages. I teach at LIU in Brooklyn, NY, US. I dabble in Astronomy and wherever else I'm needed.

I'm gay, married, and a dad to Zoë, who is just over 2 years old. 💟

Watched parts of the SpaceX video with Ms. 2yo. When the side boosters separated, she said, "It broke?"
"No, they came apart, but it's supposed to do that."
"I can fix it, Papi."
"I'm sure you can, honey."

Later, she got down and walked over to the cat:
"Lilly, do you want to go to space with me?"

Oh no, Ursula K. LeGuin. Must add more of her works to the [re]reading queue.

“All Access”
“On Demand”
I'm not sure you're using those words correctly, CBS. I have one hour between when kid's asleep and I have to sleep… and no I guess. ⚛️

A take on the film "Call me by your name" Show more

“Please listen carefully as our menu options have changed”

Averted the productivity disaster of trying to adopt a new task management system. I suddenly recognized that I felt awful about and was avoiding the old system due the accumulated stale content; the system itself was fine.

So I declared bankruptcy on all existing projects and tasks, and just archived them. Some will creep back in, but on new terms — and meanwhile I can breathe and trust the system again.

On the plus side, if we're all in a simulation, looks increasingly likely we can break out.

Day 211 after the CPUcalypse : the only uninfected computer in the universe is the Voyager I probe.


A really fun, in-depth exploration of modern database keys in Postgres:

> After wading through sixty-four articles, skimming sections in five books, and asking questions on IRC and StackOverflow I think I’ve put the pieces together and have a recommendation to harmonize the various camps.

Dreamt that I was giving a lecture on how to calculate frequencies for the equal temperament scale, and comparing them to pure-scale integer ratios.

what blockhead called it cryptocurrency or bitcoin and not cache money

Skeptic/atheist new parent: I'm not going to lie to my kid or actively promote myths I know to be false.

Ms. 2yo, at bed time, adorably: Papi, I want Santa Claus. Santa is coming? To town?

Skeptic: Soon honey, soon.

You ever wonder how much of the present you could recreate if you were thrown back into the past?

I feel like I'd be kinda useless with any kind of machinery beyond maybe a bicycle. I could never do a marine chronometer or a refracting telescope. But I could be pretty good at things like Vigenere ciphers or finding flaws in the Enigma machine.

A lot of it depends on how far back you go; like if you go far enough then just the idea of an alphabet or abuguida over ideograms is a pretty big deal.

Facebook suddenly stopped loading on my phone, and I removed the Twitter app a week ago. So… positive developments all around. I await newfound insights and productivity.

If you catch me mansplaining, do call it out, but please be gentle. It's literally my job to explain things to people who know less about them than I do. Holding forth on some tech topic is a well-worn groove! 🤓🎓

kids, schools, danger Show more

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Scholar Social

A Mastodon instance for academics

Scholar Social is meant 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.

"A Mastodon profile 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 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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