In the last few months:
- Tumblr purged adult content (and a bunch of stuff it misindentified).
- Flickr purged free storage above a limit of 1000 photos/account.
- Myspace deleted 12 years' worth of music.

And Google+ only has two weeks left before Google pulls its plug.

Back up your accounts!

And if you can, consider donating to the Internet Archive. archive.org

... and it’s gone. Got signed out on my iPad, now I can’t sign in because I have it on 4 devices. Now I have to ask myself who I hate least - Microsoft or Google? :/

death metal, vore, link to the BBC Show more

Be a pronoun professional in three easy steps:
1) Add your pronouns to your profile
2) Discover and use the pronouns people have in their bios before interacting with them
3) If you don't know their preferred pronouns default to they/them and don't presume anything

Turnitin sold to Advance for £1.3 billion, a US media company that owns the Discovery Channel, Wired, most of Reddit, and much more.

Why this is of concern from the THE article: "it reinforces a business model that relies on the collection and use of student data at students’ expense and without compensating them”.

timeshighereducation.com/news/

A thing of beauty:

“Hipster whines at tech mag for using his pic to imply hipsters look the same, discovers pic was of an entirely different hipster”

theregister.co.uk/2019/03/06/h

Technology rant / swearing Show more

Technology rant / swearing Show more

Good article about the suppressed contributions of women in science. While I would optimistically like to think that most people know about Rosalind Franklin's contribution to the discovery of the structure of DNA now, the problem goes much deeper.

theatlantic.com/science/archiv

Accessibility isn't just for "disabled" people.

Accessibility benefits EVERYONE, from the people who are severely impacted to those who find the extra options convenient, and everyone in between.

THERE IS NO DOWNSIDE to making your stuff more accessible.

"...surveillance capitalism's unusual products manage to be derived from our behavior while remaining indifferent to our behavior. Its products are about predicting us, without actually caring what we do or what is done to us."

thanks to whoever defined plethora for me

it means a lot

Phenomenology of Mastodon Show more

Phenomenology of Mastodon Show more

Reviewing old assessments for a module I’ve taken over, comment to student: “The Guardian is not a credible academic source”. Poor Guardian! ^_^

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Scholar Social

Federated microblogging 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 in academia, recognizing that there can only be academic freedom where the existence and validity of interlocutors' identities is taken as axiomatic.

"An academic microblog that 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 @socrates@scholar.social 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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