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Y’all: Don’t loot Target because someone has to pay for that🤧.

The CEO of Target: I completely support the protests and am literally a billionaire. I could rebuild those stores ten times over.

Y’all: OK, well it’s not fair bc what about Lee Rigby?

Lee Rigby’s family: We do not support the use of Lee’s case to silence the Black Lives Matter protests as we support them and the two aren’t comparable as one is an extremist attack and one is police brutality.

Y’all at a party or on the beach: OK, well what about the infection risk?

Disease experts and health experts: *write an open letter to the public supporting the protests as they say “racism is a much deadlier and long lasting health epidemic than covid 19”*.

Y’all: The cases in America are already spiking.

Actual doctors: The time for symptoms to develop is 7-14 days so that spike is actually because of your parties, beach days, and protests that you couldn’t get a haircut.

Only took three drafts to get that written right, I really need more coffee this morning.

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One of my favorite tiny tips (forget now where I saw it): you get really nice line-breaks and spacing around an ellipsis if you use "~\dots\ ". (That's tilde-\dots-backslash-space.)


cardboard scratching box is best safe place :BlobCatHeart: :BlobCatHeart:

In a bad place right now. Not mentally, I just live on Earth during 2020.

Stress levels off the charts today. Getting harder to deal with the fact that my former home is on fire while I sit here comfortably in Brussels and look out into my sunny garden. Cognitive dissonance abounds.

nonspecific uspol reference 

I swear every morning I wake up (in Europe, so, time zones) and have to spend a good twenty minutes figuring out what fresh hell the US is descending into

So, last year I graduated from uni with a degree in philosophy. To celebrate, I put together this meme to sum up what I've learned.

I think this is what's now settling in the worst about the pandemic: academia for me is really a *planning*-based affair. I need to think now about book proposals and syllabi and conferences and projects for next year. I need to build my writing calendar, start opening coauthored collaborations. But, given everything... I just can't. No data to go on, not much inclination to do it. So it's just day by day, a surefire way to move sideways. And the tenure clock ticks.

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Last "class" of the "semester" today. Weirdly mixed feelings. Glad to be done. Wish I knew anything about the future.

This has really been a year for me of thinking about unbundling and decentralizing my internet presence. (Pandemic silver linings?) I'm moving backups over to, doing more social media here, code at Codeberg, mail moved to Mailfence.

Anybody have a super-clean, inexpensive replacement for AWS-type static site hosting? I'm almost certainly stuck with EC2 for my (grant-funded) web application cluster, but I could at least get my plain site hosting elsewhere...

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Hey, @steko and others, thanks for the heads-up about @codeberg! Just opened an account, going to move my repos over this weekend, and will probably start paying in as a full member shortly.

The Great Man Theory, Musk 

Teaching history as a series of great things done by great individuals who changed the world exacerbates the worship of people like Elon Musk.

It makes it easier for people to believe it when Musk says he's going to revolutionize the world by selling you another product. After all the schools taught us that that's what Ford did!

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There's something both reassuring and zen-garden-calming about working through data management and backup procedures. Ah... safe data... nice...

Can I use my formal academic affiliation in a peer-reviewed article I coauthored in my free time? The topic is off my research at work.

swearing, bad news, academic complaining 


Just got rumors from our administration that we're out of office now until September.

I'm in the middle of an ECR grant funded project. This crisis is now going to cut out months 9-15 of a 24-month project. There's no recovering from this anymore and really doing the project, I just have to try to play damage recovery.

Unless I'm misreading it, our masters degree reform project dissolves something like half the courses I planned to teach in my long term planning. More than that short term, as I have a course release for a few years pre-tenure.

So that's great. Glad I've spent two years working on these syllabi. I have no idea what I'll even be doing here in 2 years.

C19, idiots 

I find it incredibly ironic that the Venn diagram of

- people who complain about effeminate latte drinking soy boys


- people who are throwing temper tantrums and giving up on social distancing because they couldn't go to the beach for two weeks

is a perfect circle

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