#welcome tips for new users as gathered from experience: Show more
Use CWs as subject lines to give others more freedom of choice in what they read.
Help our vision-impaired friends know what we are talking about when we post images by adding a description.
Use #hashtags to make posts discoverable, if desirable.
Mastodon is about community, not celebrity.
It is perfectly fine to have more than one account, especially on different instances. Federation allows one to lessen context collapse this way.
I am planning on more frequently tooting passages from sources I'm reading and I am going to do so thus:
The *public* post will be reference information, comments, content notes, tags;
Interesting pull quotes/passages will be posted as comments in reply with a brief citation, so they are boostable. These will be reflective of things that can be considered in an edifying way, even if my personal opinion differs (a note may or may not indicate this).
Pinning this post for followers new & old.
Hi, I am an academic #librarian, #geospatial information scientist, computer scientist, #linguist (theoretically) and amateur #mathematician into #highered / #education, #public_policy, political theory & economics, societal issues (esp. interested in issues involving #social_emergence), and #systems_science. An #omnipologist if you will. Re-posting and pinning my #introduction for any new folks. alt-tags: #publicpolicy #socialemergence #systemsscience
Reading online news, 2008:
- go to website
- read news
Reading online news, 2018:
- go to website
- no, don’t share location
- hell no, don’t send me notifications
- consent to cookie warning
- consent to policies
- no, don’t open in app
- no, don’t want the newsletter
- skip inspirational quote
- close full page ad
- read news
birdsite Show more
and there's something really infuriating and nefarious about twitter/fb/google/whoever appropriating the word "algorithmic"—with all its connotations of fairness and impartiality and monolithicity—to mean "does whatever we want it to do at this particular moment" (instead of, you know, "following an unambiguous set of rules and steps")
- a microSD card weighs somewhere around 0.4g
- the highest capacity microSD that's easily available is 256GB
- a trebuchet can throw a 90kg projectile over 300m
90kg worth of microSD cards is 225,000 of them
Therefore a trebuchet can throw 57.6PB of data over 300m
This would have the highest throughput of any telecommunications network ever created
I wish "uses too much memory for what it does" was considered a bug by more programmers.
There should be a word... Show more
There should be a word for the strangers you see repeatedly, year after year, as on a common commute. You watch them grow older, their children growing up. You see them happy, sad, yelling on their phone. You see the clothes they pick for each season. Their struggles and joys are reflected and known in the tiny daily slices we witness. How could we not feel connected, even distant and nameless?
This only happens in the city. You see a lot of strangers in the city.
techpol, bitter Show more
On another front, have you Californians written your governor about #NetNeutrality? https://action.consumerreports.org/tech20180828comments9p7ylde
social media Show more
"Jaron Lanier interview on how social media ruins your life" https://youtu.be/kc_Jq42Og7Q
Great interview, and once again can't recommend his book on social media enough. The main problem he cites is algorithmic manipulation, although I think many of his points are also relevant for non-algorithmic social media like Mastodon. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37830765-ten-arguments-for-deleting-your-social-media-accounts-right-now
Just because something is (allegedly) immutable does not mean it is true.
"How do physical digital inequalities persist as technology becomes commonplace?"
Technology Problems and Student Achievement Gaps: A Validation and Extension of the Technology Maintenance Construct
"Findings quantitatively validate the technology maintenance construct, which
proposes that as access to information and communication technology peaks, the
digital divide is increasingly characterized by the (in)ability to maintain access."
Capitalism creep Show more
> "Is it possible for NASA to offset some of its costs by selling the naming rights to its spacecraft, or the naming rights to its rockets," Bridenstine said. "I'm telling you there is interest in that right now. The question is: Is it possible? The answer is: I don't know, but we want somebody to give us advice on whether it is."
Okay but how about—don't??
What is the point of Nectarines!?
Sadly, the #Marylhurst University is closing its doors for good this month, and today was the last day its Shoen Library was open. It was a great source of theological materials. For now the Marylhurst Digital Collection is still online. It seems that the university is shutting down all its digital presence in two weeks, so download theses and papers now when you can. http://library.marylhurst.edu
Thinking about the big picture/long term ethics of commercial data repositories that sell subscription "service" to lots of data we've already paid for (taxes) and data that has been privatized.... I feel like as convenient as these repositories are, it is unethical to support them. Especially as they support the trend of privatization of resources and the use of contracts to circumvent copyright liberties.
@bgcarlisle You're a (medical) ethicist, do have any professional opinion?
Academic Librarian. Cerebral Hedonist. Problem Solver, Pattern Hunter, Data Wrangler, & Intellectual Explorer. Sometime graphic design dabbler & creative.
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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(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 @firstname.lastname@example.org 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.