After the months long slog with War and Peace - which I did actually enjoy - I polished off The Left Hand of Darkness in a bit more than a week. Loved it. And it’s reminded me why I love reading, and sci-fi.

Tumblr is banning all adult content

Highlight from their definition of adult content: "female-presenting nipples"

Trans / Michael Jackson humour Show more

Somewhat bad taste humour Show more

Ever seen what bunnies do when they're mega happy? 🐰😄 #bunposting #bunnies

I’d tell you a Fibonacci joke, but it’s probably as bad as the last two you’ve heard combined.

It's mystery plant time again! Gardeners of Mastodon, what is this lovely plant I saw today? #gardening

Spotted a Stannah Stairlift factory today in the Newcastle suburbs and I find this really uplifting

Officially announcing Pterotype, a WordPress plugin that gives your blog an ActivityPub feed. Show more

This morning’s tech fails were complemented this afternoon by a meeting in a room where I couldn’t work out how to turn on the lights 😑

Taiwan politics, same sex marriage referendum Show more

When your first teaching of the week is a disaster due to technology fail, that means the rest of the week will be a cake walk, right? Right!? *laughs hysterically*

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Scholar Social

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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