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we couldn't afford to get alexa or google now so we just record our conversations and email them to the government instead

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Earthrise 1: Historic Image Remastered

Image Credit: NASA, Apollo 8 Crew, Bill Anders; Processing and License: Jim Weigang

apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap181224.ht #APoD

As promised, here is the public website for my intro to course that starts (gulp!) tomorrow.

canvas.ubc.ca/courses/21039

Some things will not work or will not show up on the public site b/c you need to be logged in (like the library online course reserves page).

Since you've all already made the trek to join Mastodon, consider these more ethical, privacy-friendly alternatives to other social media, web browsers, etc.

switching.social/

Nice little article about LGBT artists in the metal scene, about a 10 minute read. <3 OTEP! pleasekillme.com/gay-metal/

The New York Times reports Facebook gave Microsoft, Amazon, Spotify, Netflix, Apple, Yandex, Yahoo and others far more access to users' data than previously admitted, including access to private messages:

nytimes.com/2018/12/18/technol

There is never going to be a better time to #DeleteFacebook, the violations are only going to get worse.

If you know someone who wants to try alternatives and needs a simple non-technical guide, try sending them this:

switching.social/ethical-alter

(via @bobstechsite)

It's that time of year again! Annual Survey on the state of and how it is being used across the FE/HE sectors. go.alt.ac.uk/ALTSurvey2018

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

tumblr.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/ar

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

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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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