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Initial Date Submitted: 16 Aug 2020
Status Date: 23 Oct 2020
Current Status: Editor Assigned

why does our field suck *so* much

...with people who they might otherwise lose touch with. Anybody do, like, regular e-mail correspondence? Paper correspondence? Any tips for how to organize it or keep track of it? Ideas that worked or ideas that failed are extremely welcome.

I feel like I need a social media replacement for people who can't be bothered to figure out the Fedi, and then I would be much better able to do some serious cord-cutting. 2/2

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Advice question thread time ( :BoostOkay: ):

As an expat (whose new country is probably about to go under reconfinement this afternoon), I've been feeling *super* conflicted about Facebook lately. On the one hand, I hate it with the intense passion of a thousand suns, and it almost always serves to make my life worse. On the other hand, it's my only source of connection with a surprisingly large number of folks.

I'm wondering what strategies people have tried for keeping up contacts... 1/


Finally getting my distances back up again. Second 10k in two weeks, this one tantalizingly close to sub-1h. I haven't *really* run regularly since... *checks notes* late 2017, so the last few months have been way overdue.

Hey @keyoxide, I'm having trouble with my Mastodon proof for this account. (

Notations for GitHub and Twitter worked great, perhaps (shooting in the dark here) it's not seeing ".social" as a possible domain name for Mastodon instances?

deep learning (lol) 

p.s. hey, I'm back, I was gone for a while because social media was eating my brain, but I missed the broader universe, hope you're all doing the awesomest

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deep learning (lol) 

My research, as categorized by Microsoft Academic.

Highlights: I do not work in decision theory. I am also now an expert in "Framing (construction)."

(My uncle is *actually* an expert framer, he's going to think this is *hilarious.*)

As I have done every single year since I was 5, I'm off to the first day of school again this year!

Let's hope it goes better than all the case studies in the US.

So my wife found and backed on Kickstarter this 2-4 player board game of the Origin of Species as a present and I cannot waaaait to get home from work and try it out.

I have no idea what's going on on fedi today, and tbh, that's been the defining experience on masto for me

Microblogging was a mistake. An attractive, candy-colored, addictive mistake. 

Microblogging was a mistake.

An attractive, candy-colored, addictive mistake.

I will never actually implement it but sometimes I look at what the popularity of Twitter has done to the shapes of our conversations and I want to mandate a *minimum* post length here.

Mastodon's default limit of 500 is a start but not really enough. Every instance that raises the limit into the thousands of characters or beyond is doing a great thing by providing a way to wean people off of short, staccato exchanges and give them the opportunity for thought and nuance in a text box they have been trained to dump thoughts into. It looks short at first but it just keeps on growing and growing as your thought takes shape, and you can actually go back and *edit* the fucking thing.

But really I still miss when goddamn Livejournal was where all my online social shit happened. People could still be dicks on it, don't get me wrong! it wasn't set up to encourage and enforce hot takes, though; it wasn't built to make a ton of money by farming your outrage and stress and turning it into ad views!

(Which is really a problem with ALL modern social sites, everyone wants to become the next Zuckerfuck and there is no way to do that without strip-mining your users' attention. But I've sung that song more than once and don't care to sing it again today; I've got shit to do.)

(This post brought to you by watching a disagreement actually get *resolved* thanks to the power of replies that are long enough to have some fucking nuance, instead of blowing up into a multi-day shitstorm of too-short replies going back and forth.)

It also dawns on me that getting mastodon.el working so that I could post devlog updates straight out of :emacs: would be even *lower* friction...

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Way, way back in the day (hey, anybody remember ?) I used to run a development log, as a sort of public way to keep myself accountable for whatever nonsense projects I was working on in college.

I feel like I've been bad at staying on top of dev work for my DH projects lately, and getting into a habit of externalizing that and writing it out could be really helpful.

Might try to bring that back here... Anybody using Mastodon or other tools for similar low-friction blogging?

covid, academia 

It's not like I had a hugely high opinion of the institutional structure of 21st-century academia before the pandemic, but watching the systematic failure of the vast majority of academic institutions (worldwide!) to respond in anything like a humane/empathetic/functional manner is somehow still *SO* depressing.

Working through a week of grading, with 4 master's theses and the "retake exams/papers" for four or five students. Going to be a long one, send caffeine.

Hey fediverse: I remember someone linking here a book-sale search engine that showed you a bunch of small (maybe even minority-owned?) booksellers instead of Bezos MegaCorp. Does anybody remember what that was?

OH: "GNU Emacs, which is a sort of hybrid between Windows Notepad, a monolithic-kernel operating system, and the International Space Station."

New video by folks at , "Beyond the Binary at UBC": an educational resource to learn about gender diversity & inclusive practices. Includes info on gender identity, expression, pronouns, and much more.

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