Electron mines burn coal to find that super special prime. /
Bit and doge computed digits in the cloud throughout the night /
We hope the mighty blockchain will solve our money woes! /
Hail the alpha bro!

Metrics, metrics, segmentation!
Metrics, metrics, segmentations.
metrics, metrics, segmentations.
Hail the alpha bro!

I have read a fiery clickbait writ in burnished rows of bold; /
As ye deal with propaganda so with you my grace shall deal; /
Let the Dudebro born of Rand, crush our morals with his hiel. /
Damn ye, Overton!

Metrics, metrics, segmentation!
Metrics, metrics, segmentations.
metrics, metrics, segmentations.
Damn ye, Overton!

I have seen Ads in the side-bars of a thousand media sites, /
They have builded Them an altar in the masthead and the grafs; /
I can watch their righteous vid in the modal overlay. /
Mute that auto-play!

Metrics, metrics, segmentation!
Metrics, metrics, segmentations.
metrics, metrics, segmentations.
Mute that auto-play!

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the great engagement plan. /
It is written so vapid it would offend even the Lord. /
In a most ungodly manner, to create a wild uproar. /
Profit governs all!

Metrics, metrics, segmentation!
Metrics, metrics, segmentations.
metrics, metrics, segmentations.
Profit governs all!

ICIJ released the Paradise Papers today, and boy howdy is it big. 13.4 million papers (smaller than their Panama Papers release two years ago, but still).
icij.org/investigations/paradi

“If you've already sent a letter, PLEASE copy & paste it to her email as well so the higher up admin get supportive letters too ❤️”

Just got more info about this. @mckellogs@twitter.com says “an admin you can email support too is Joanne Mitchell, Penn's Chief Diversity Officer, at joannm@upenn.edu.”

White supremacists on twitter just doxxed my friend and have convinced the University of Pennsylvania to condemn (and possibly remove her) for talking about pedagogical practices for equity. If you have any standing in academia, please email Kathleen Brown, Beth Wenger, Peter Holquist, and Eve Troutt Powell at UPenn’s history department and tell them what a mistake they’re making. More here: twitter.com/jccwrt/status/9208

California just passed and signed a law allowing nonbinary genders on state IDs and no longer requiring a physician’s sworn statement. Goes into effect in 2019.

This is huge news. sfgate.com/politics/article/Go

Thursday I fly to Denver for State of the Map, speaking on Saturday.
Sunday I fly to Full Stack Toronto to speak on Monday.
Tuesday I fly to London for Mozfest (on staff as a part of OpenNews running the journalism track).
And return to the US November 1.

This will be my first time flying internationally as trans, but with the wrong name/gender markers. Fun.

As a person who makes my living with words, not having the words to describe the depth of my malaise is…something.

Got the TSA groping for my flight from RDU yesterday. That was not fun.

When did complex statistical modeling become something random people could do without a research lab’s computing resources to back them up‽

Civic Tech Fest is going on in Taipei rn, a few friends are there and I am hugely jealous.

But there are collective notes available: beta.hackfoldr.org/civictechfe

Take care of one another out there. We’re all we’ve got.

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A Mastodon instance for academics

Scholar Social is meant 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.

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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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