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Matthew Brown @mbbrown@scholar.social

I'm really happy to announce that the company I work for has just publicly opened a #Mastodon instance for all its 5000 employees.

This is the result of an initiative @moritzheiber and I have started a year ago and have pushed through with the help of many other colleagues.

So if you want to hear my voice as a #thoughtworker, you can follow me here: @judeswae

Or find others to follow at toot.thoughtworks.com

"The Nature of Technology", by W. Brian Arthur.

Unsolicited computer advice Show more

📣 PSA 📣

Looks like there is an influx of spam accounts being created on the federverse right now.

If you find any on our instances, please flag them and smush the report button.

I'm keeping an eye on things but may miss a few here and there.

If you know users looking for an account but have been squashed due to the influx of account creations, please let me know and I can send them a registration link.

Photosynthesis is basically magic.

That's my conclusion after 4 years of studying it.

I really need to get better at statistics.

Beginning June 11, no more free API key for Google Maps (now Google Maps Platform) if you don't provide a credit card.

A lot of custom Google maps that have been created over the years will likely no longer work.

Time to use #leaflet and #openstreetmap

leafletjs.com/
openstreetmap.org/about
cloud.google.com/maps-platform

#opensource

My PI is very particular when is comes to manuscripts. We spent an hour yesterday going through a draft of my paper, editing it line by line.

We got through the abstract.

Open Source voice assistant #Mycroft (yes an actual open source alternative of Amazon Alexa and Google Home) has not only almost hit 800% of its Indiegogo funding in Feb, but has recently switched to #Mozilla's #DeepSpeech project.

Deep Speech is just one of over a hundred projects taking part in #MozSprint May 10-11. They're especially seeking voices of NON ENGLISH speakers.

More new contributors added to these open projects = more real world innovative alternatives.

mzl.la/global-sprint

Hey everyone! As you might know already, a.weirder.earth suffered a catastrophic hardware failure, taking us down for about 2 weeks and forcing us to move to a completely new instance.

A lot of us (myself included) didn't back up our follows either. So we're very much on square one.

How you can help:

- Contribute to #ff (follow friday) tomorrow. Everyone could do with the follow suggestions.
- Check your follows. If anyone is from 'a.weirder.earth', refollow them on 'weirder.earth'.

Thanks!

I always thought experimental philosophy was a contradiction in terms. Didn't realize how many people were doing it.

aeon.co/essays/beyond-the-armc

my union is warning us to prepare for a lockout by the employer. we just got through a 5-week strike w/re another union on campus. FFS. indeed.

@noelle Along similar lines: archaeologists excavating the ancient Neo-Babylonian city of Ur unearth…a museum, complete with neatly labelled artifacts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ennigald

If you’d like an FAQ-style Guide to , @noelle has made a nice one here & is looking for people to it to languages other than English:
github.com/joyeusenoelle/Guide

movie rant Show more

Tomorrow is the scholar.social Mastoversary! We have been online for an entire year!

I just paid the VPS ($107.98) for the next year, and I'm in a good place financially to do so

If you were inclined to give money to support Scholar Social, donate it to another Masto instance or another worthy cause of your choosing!

politics, technology Show more

First draft of paper is done! Now my PI gets to rip it to shreds (but in a nice way).