Fuck Off Wednesday
Overthrow The Police State Thursday
If you started writing on medium.com because 'why not' and 'it's a slick process', consider the fact that the company has started pestering readers to sign up with pop-overs.
VC funded companies are not public works. Their investors will want that $134 million back.
How good is it being able to browse PhD theses? Essentially the rap bootlegs of academia, the show off shit left in before turning it into a book or series of papers.
excellent piece on feedback loops between recommendation engines and procedurally-generated content, specifically with regard to videos targeted to children on youtube: https://medium.com/@jamesbridle/something-is-wrong-on-the-internet-c39c471271d2 (content warnings in article)
reminds me of cathy o'neil's concept of "weapons of math destruction" in which data-driven algorithms feed back on data from the society that they create http://time.com/4471451/cathy-oneil-math-destruction/
Morning meeting was canceled today so when two students stopped by with some snacks from Hiroshima I had time to sit. Invited them and we had a wide-ranging discussion about why our faculty's curriculum is the way it is, why they have to put up with certain things they dislike, what professors actually do, what they wished we did differently, and things that they are into like which gym they go, a recent trip to the zoo, and stuff. Nice part of the job.
After 30 years I find myself enjoying this holiday again. I never liked the gruesome costumes typical here (UK) and my big children never did it... but to see the smiling faces of parents with little ones and older people as they greeted this one on their doorstep were lovely. It was all treats tonight 🎃
It's an old, often repeated mantra, but it's true: There's no such thing as the Cloud—just someone else's computer
why reward myself for sending out a job application with normal food when I can eat real cookies?
Guardian journalists are the most privileged twats around and I feel like most of them know this but they feel like they make up for it by having johrnalists of colour or women as if being either of those means you can't be classist and look down on poor people
I've been messing around with beautiful soup at the moment (and actually to develop some corpora of my own), and I'd be happy to tell you what I know; feel free to DM me
one issue, to my mind, is that you'd have to either make a list of the videos you'd want to scrape subtitles from by hand, or figure out some good way to generate one
My PhD is wrapping up soon
Starting to think about postdocs in: philosophy, philosophy of science, bioethics, meta-research, epidemiology, biostatistics
(Or who knows, maybe a professorship?)
Leads or boosts welcome!
New on my blog. How to make easy spoken corpora with YouTube. https://freelanceteacherselfdevelopment.wordpress.com/2017/10/26/easy-spoken-corpora-with-youtube/#corpus #linguistics
so tomorrow I get to do my workshop where I bring a dozen violins and cellos to people who have possibly never touched an instrument like them and we play... !
There are few times in life when grown-ups willingly buy in to playing (like wholeheartedly) and this is one of those times where they are invited, encouraged, and I get to play with them.
(I better sleep past 4:15 am tomorrow. <--- Listen to that, jet lag.)
Racism, Textbooks Show more
"On Thursday, Pearson, an education publishing company, apologized for publishing a nursing textbook section that contained racist material about treating patients from different cultural backgrounds who have acute and chronic pain."
Colleagues, I present to you the company we trust to make many of the textbooks and standardized tests used to evaluate us and our students.
I don't want to grade any more. Show more
It is a classroom policy that projects containing work that is not properly cited earn a zero. I have adhered to this policy for the past 9 years.
It is emotionally draining when I have someone who has been my student for as long as I've been in this school continue to not include citation.
This has happened more than once today.
I just spent over a week reteaching proper citation and the number of students who refused to cite anything went up.
Is there much less interesting than job applications?