me giving advice Show more

weird small-scale phenomenon:
gifs of the Enterprise-D crew fighting cgi hot dogs.

Me: i follow too many people, i can't keep up with my home timeline!

Also me: *follows more people*

war of the bots Show more

I hope you will have a wonderful year, that you'll dream dangerously and outrageously, that you'll make something that didn't exist before you made it, that you will be loved and that you will be liked, and that you will have people to love and to like in return. And, most importantly (because I think there should be more kindness and more wisdom in the world right now), that you will, when you need to be, be wise, and that you will always be kind.
--Neil Gaiman, 2008
journal.neilgaiman.com/2008/12

Masto meta thoughts Show more

books, books, thoughts Show more

Since you've all already made the trek to join Mastodon, consider these more ethical, privacy-friendly alternatives to other social media, web browsers, etc.

switching.social/

just because white people couldn't do it doesn't mean it was aliens

christmas song Show more


Hi everyone! I'm a college senior about to graduate with a BS in biology and hoping to get a PhD in entomology or ecology after that! I'm also minoring in environmental studies and possibly biostatistics. This past fall I worked as a TA for an insect biology course. Eventually I would like to be a research scientist or professor working towards invertebrate conservation. I'm also interested in most other areas of natural history, as well as libsoc politics and political ecology.

Cultural literature (or any literature) can be boiled down to information. Orally, you're storing the information in the memory of brains and pass it to other brains by oral method. That is not a very reliable storage method in my opinion, at least if you prefer the longevity of the information stored. Because the information disappeares when the brain dies and isn't able/allowed to copy it.

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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, administratorsβ€”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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