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I'm a current PhD student at Edinburgh Uni, studying the learning dynamic of artificial neural text models. Information about me aside from that:
- I have a condition that makes it painful to type or write. I dictate all my code and interactions with dragon, talon, and voicecode.
- I play roller derby! My name is Gaussian Retribution. I'm back on skates from months of coalescing after tripping over the flower girl at a wedding.
- 🏳️‍🌈 ♿ 🔯
- I :HeartBi: :julia: & :python:

I'll be in Amsterdam for an event about analyzing neural networks for NLP this Friday. What should I do for the rest of the day?

I am Pleased to report that I dropped by my advisor's office today and Tweed Season has officially begun.

Another student has a project that justifies the use of Bloom filters and is NOT USING THEM. I have waited all my life for a reason to use Bloom filters and they're throwing it away!

I ask this question once a year: Does anyone have recommendations for research journaling apps? I am still waiting for a basic diary application with latex and markdown support.

'The case for inbox infinity'

"All of these coping mechanisms are inferior to one simple solution: inbox infinity. Adopting inbox infinity means accepting the fact that there will be an endless, growing amount of email in your inbox every day, most of which you will never address or even see. It’s about letting email messages wash over you, responding to the ones you can, but ignoring most."

Makes me curious how my fediverse friends handle the onslaught of emails...

It is imposible to hack me. I've set my password to "Windows rocks and mm/dd/yyyy is the best date-format", which is impossible for any hacker to type out without vomiting.

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Linguists all know WALS already so they don't think of it, and it shows up rarely enough in papers that a lot of people aren't aware of it. But if you are interested in data on how languages differ, it really is essential.

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"Big Tech's problem is Big, not Tech" by Cory Doctorow (video)

I missed this when it came out a few months ago, but this is a great talk. I'm becoming more and more convinced that the problems of technology centralization can't be solved without antitrust. Tim Wu's recent book "The Curse of Bigness" also comes to mind here.

This is an older article but I still agree with it. Coding as a blue collar job is why we also absolutely need labor and trade unions for coding. Too many coders are essentially wage slaves or old school gold panners, deluded by the notion that they're going to have The Idea and strike it rich. We need to organize, accept that the huge salaries are aberrations, dig in and protect our own from predatory employers.

HT @sng

There once was a fellow named Peter
Who couldn't figure out limerick meter
Though he penned many poems
They only drew groans
And his near-rhyme scheme wasn't much sweeter

But the Greatest Gift Of All is nine months without Christmas music

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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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