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I'm an educator and podcaster from the Seattle area currently teaching in Abu Dhabi. Like many of you, I've recently departed other platforms. My particular interests here are , & , , and the .

I also host a show called the Nerd Farmer Podcast and look forward to learning from you all and maybe interviewing some of you down the road

Hi scholar.social and the wider Fedi, are you a legal scholar or attorney that has informed takes on Clarence Thomas' expressed views on substantive due process (or do you know someone that does)? If so, I would very much like to interview you (or them) for an upcoming episode of my podcast.

If you're in the Seattle area (for an in-person conversation) that's better, but remote works as well.

One of my favorite books of 2021 was Sarah Frier's "No Filter," an exposé on Instagram, its acquisition by FB, and their horrific data and ethical practices.

I expected this be similar, a broad criticism of Big Tech privacy practices. Instead, Zuboff offers a wholesale indictment of modern post-industrial capitalism and the extent to which a gobsmacking amount of the current global economy is just companies swapping our "behavioral surplus" and "data exhaust" for ad revenue

This may shock you, but the internet is not bursting with objective analysis of Chinese, Iranian, or Russian domestic policy, political culture, and civil society. I teach Comparative Politics in a K-12 environment. This means I often run headlong into academic journal paywalls when looking for classroom readings.

I just wanna shout out folks that publish their pre-print and do other subversive acts to democratize knowledge.

Friday marked my sixteenth last day of school and my third working overseas here in the Gulf. A graduating Emirati student gave me this painting as a parting present. It's from a photo of my mother and me that sits on my desk. My mom is back in the States and not in the best of health. This painting may be the sweetest thing someone has ever done for me in my entire life. I absolutely bawled when I saw it.

I've been thinking a lot about my assessment practices, in particular how they impact student well-being. This year I made some changes with the hope of reducing student anxiety that were well-received... after some initial doubts in my classroom.

I wrote a bit about it for Teachers Going Gradeless (TGG²). teachersgoinggradeless.com/blo

Can someone explain to me, slowly, with large gestures if needed why despite soaring housing, tuition, and healthcare costs for years, only gas prices have seemed to take hold in US political discourse. Meanwhile, gas prices in the States are actually much lower than other OECD states, despite recent spikes.

Make it make sense.

Could someone please recommend a book about the causes and history of the Iran/Iraq War? It feels like the entire conflict has been memory-holed in English language media. It has to be among the least talked about 20th century conflicts relative to the massive million-plus death toll.

Thanks in advance for any recs.

I have a student here in Abu Dhabi who is working on a research project about the moment that shaped modern 🇨🇳. They've narrowed it down to the 1949 Nationalist defeat and the post-Mao ascent of Deng Xiaoping.

One of the required elements in the project is an "expert interview." They've sent nearly a dozen solicitations but have come up short.

Are there any Sinologists, historians, or other academics here willing to be interviewed on these topics? I'd love to connect them with you.

Ah, my first Mastodon typo: "an online home." I feel like I've found an online home.

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I initially joined mastodon.social in 2018, but it didn't click for me. But in April, like many of you I arrived back here, this time on scholar.social. I feel like I've found an online.

So this week on my podcast I interviewed one of the loudest evangelists of decentralized social networks, Darius Kazemi. He's a computer programmer, digital artist, and runs friend.camp. I enjoyed learning from him and hope you do too.

nerdfarmpod.com/2022/05/22/how

I'm on the Nerd Farmer podcast today, hosted by @natebowling, talking about federated social media:

nerdfarmpod.com/2022/05/22/how

It was a really fun conversation! For my favorite part of the conversation I explain the difference between the meaning of "decentralized" when web3 people use it versus when fediverse people use it

This week my students and I discussed climate change and its potential to drive future migration in Iran, China, and Mexico. We used this piece from Brookings and this video from South China Morning Post.

I'm wondering, is this anyone on here's academic niche? Do you have any other reads you think might be useful or want to share?
brookings.edu/research/the-cli

youtube.com/watch?v=KDaVS6hu0G

I'm an educator and podcaster from the Seattle area currently teaching in Abu Dhabi. Like many of you, I've recently departed other platforms. My particular interests here are , & , , and the .

I also host a show called the Nerd Farmer Podcast and look forward to learning from you all and maybe interviewing some of you down the road

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