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me, between paychecks:
"Libraries are a superior institution, tying communities together around traditions of sharing and a love of knowledge, viva la bibliotheca!"

me, on payday:
"Yes, I'd like to purchase all of these books, and could someone please help me load them into the trailer I've rented, thanks."

"Meet me in the middle," the unjust man says.

You step forward, he steps back.

"Meet me in the middle," the unjust man says...

The reset process for GE "smart" lightbulbs is fantastic. Modern technology is incredible. I think my favourite part of this is that someone realised how awful this process was and that they needed to change it, but only made the entire thing worse.

theregister.co.uk/2019/06/20/g

Deepfake algorithms can now take a single photo of you and animate it to make you say anything. The thought occurs, why are we doing this? What are the possible positive results of this research and technology? Or are we just doing it to see if we can?

theregister.co.uk/2019/06/19/d

Transphobia, Disappointment - 

Transphobia 

Caroline Criado Perez’s Invisible Women. I have a feeling this is going to prove an important book for people in tech. Been on my radar for a while and just from the discussion around it I’m getting ideas that I could pursue in my as yet theoretical PhD / EdD.

:
We do not know what it is.
There seems to be huge amounts in the Universe.
We have no idea why.

:
We know exactly what it is.
There seems to be almost none in the Universe.
We have no idea why not.

This is a great long read in the Times Higher about the current state of English studies across the English speaking world, behind a paywall alas. Very timely and relevant for me as I'm starting to seriously consider the dreaded and oft delayed doctorate.

timeshighereducation.com/featu

It should not be safe for Nazis to be outside.

They should not feel safe expressing their opinions.

When your "free speech" means the death of other people, your opinion is not welcome.

And don't give me your paradox bullshit. :bloboff:

Puns inside 

me showing the New Cool Science Thing to all my friends

Review of Caroline Criado Perez's book, Invisible Women, about how women are disadvantaged by data bias, with a focus on what the book covers in relation to the higher education sector. Added to reading list.

hepi.ac.uk/2019/04/08/invisibl

during autism awareness month, please remember that autism speaks is a terrible organization, and very few autistic people like them at all.

instead of supporting them or "light it up blue", you should instead support ASAN, the autistic self-advocacy network, and you should remind allistic people that A$ is a horrible company.
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