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I am a computer scientist and an ancient historian by training, with interests in , , administrative , , and scholarly communication. For the last decade, I've served as the Associate Director for Digital Programs at New York University's Institute for the Study of the Ancient World. Long-running projects include the gazetteer of ancient places and the collaborative.

Links on my website at

Two-year postdoc in the Humanities and Digital Scholarship Show more

I'm not sure whether the mild dizziness and nausea is from bouncing around in the air or from trying to readapt my working tools to the latest twists and turns in the python whipsaw history of virtualenv, mkvirtualenv, pyenv, pyenv virtualenv, python -m venv.

Why, it's almost as straightforward as the history of python packaging!

workstream on weekend while traveling Show more

Reflecting on a day and a half discussing with a group of brilliant and congenial colleagues some possible next steps in applying linked open data approaches to dissemination, discovery, (re)use, and sharing of digital information about .

My face is smiling. My brain is tired.

Millions of archeological pieces from Ottoman through Byzantine, Hellenistic, back to prehistoric at construction sites in Turkey. Unbelievably huge task managed with GIS xyz coordinates.

Getting the context for a presentation on urban archeology in connection with city planning at . Rescue excavations in Istanbul are inherently multidisciplinary.

“Why deplore ‘collapse,’ when the situation it depicts is most often the disaggregation of a complex, fragile, and typically oppressive state into smaller, decentralized fragments?” (209) Scholars deplore it, Scott suggests, because states leave more records and archaeological traces. There’s often little to study left by dispersed populations.

uspol, voting Show more

uspol, Georgia Show more

Link ownership verification is explained in 'Edit Profile'. Basically you link to your mastodon account from your website and include a relationship marker of 'rel="me" '. The metadata fields in Mastodon automatically includes 'rel="me"' so you have established that the same person controls both properties. You can see what it looks like on my profile page:

Our aging dog moves slow. He has a brace to support his blown-out knee. But his long tail never stops wagging. Last night, moved by the knocking on the door by costumed kids, he kept getting up from his bed, slowly but methodically, to greet visitors on the porch. He got plenty of head pats and kind words, and never flinched at the odd assortment of characters. Who needs candy when a kind old dog is there to greet you on your journeys through the night? (We still gave out candy) #smallstories

One of the very first things humans learn when they are born is to alert someone when they aren't okay. Then a bunch of people tell you not to and give you whole layers of shame about what you can need, when you can need it, and how you are allowed to ask, and who is allowed to ask, etc., etc.

Fuck all that. We literally exist to help each other or else we wouldn't keep hanging out with each other and figuring out new ways to connect.

Ask for help when you need it because it's fucking normal.

tell me about your pets' real names and the nicknames you give them

Cash the dog says that battle with roaring, metal, cotton-eating dinosaurs may be imminent. @paregorios

The cotton harvest has come to Moontown at last, just ahead of the rain.

I figured out a reliable way to pull any page image from any book on the Internet Archive, and put the code in (an unreleased version of) olipy:

politics, anxious speculation about trans stuff, historical nazis reference Show more

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Scholar Social

A Mastodon instance for academics

Scholar Social is meant 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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