Pretty cool: this site helps you find the Bandcamp of all artists in your Spotify year end list, so you can actually support them financially:

#spotify #bandcamp

replication is the sincerest form of flattery; it means you think the question that someone's asking is important enough to answer correctly.

(mind you, "riff off" here is distinct from "rip off", where someone else is turning a profit from something you made without changing it. don't do that, it's uncool.)

I think the people who don't want others to riff off of their work are the same people who worry they'll never have another idea again. that's never happened to me before, and it's not likely to happen in the future.

part of the reason I'm always on about open source and intellectual property rights is because I *want* people to build off my ideas/tools and use them as launching pads for their own original thoughts. so truly, I'm thrilled when people "copy" me. it means I've inspired someone! and that's all the impact I can hope for :)

mixed feelings

on the one hand: science good, knowledge advancement good, several people (that I know of) doing interesting research are working here

on the other: if this is fully funded by Toyota, what relationship does the corporation have with the institute? Does it set research agendas? Does it retain exclusive IP rights over anything created by the academics working here?

@ksteimel I wrote the HTML myself. I was generating the CSS using PHP because I wanted to be able to change the colors quickly... but that was kind of useless

SASS/SCSS would have also served the same purpose

Website update: switched over to a static site, cleaned up some other cruft, and added a rel="me" for verification!

(in preparation for other big things)

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@kate_wagner Hi there! I remember finding your blog a few years ago and laughing about it with my mom, who is an architect. Thrilled to see you here!

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hey please help out the trans woman single-handedly moderating your whole instance and not getting her deserved pay for it

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yeah I get that about the pen-and-paper thing too! some of that might be also that the computer is kind of limited/cumbersome in the ways you can record ideas—the "best"/easiest/most future-proof way being plain text... but not all my ideas come to me in a textual form, or at a speed where I can write them down fast enough.

re: privacy, my most creative moments have definitely been alone, with no one looking over my shoulder. sometimes you're just not ready to share!

For #urbanism and #architecture nerds - Urban Science is an open access, fast publication journal with some pretty cool articles:

on a far more positive note, I have a book suggestion for people who love , networks, infrastructures, Los Angeles, or all of the above: The Infrastructural City by Kazys Varnelis

It's not pessimistic enough to really hammer the point that LA is in "perpetual crisis mode" but it does situate the city as a weird & freaky place that can only exist thanks to infrastructural networks, and has been shaped by the development of these networks.

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Scholar Social

A Mastodon instance 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, 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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