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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.

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Hi, I am an academic , information scientist, computer scientist, (theoretically) and amateur into / , , political theory & economics, societal issues (esp. interested in issues involving ), and . An if you will. Re-posting and pinning my for any new folks. alt-tags:

Here’s a survey about the social network #Mastodon. You are invited to take part regardless of your level of involvement or how often you use it or how long you've been here.

I don’t work for them, I’m just curious.

#meta #survey

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Lately, I've noticed that packets of M&Ms (a colored-coated chocolate candy), seem (at least perceptually) to have more blue ones than any of the other colors... I wonder if that is because the Blue Lake 40 used to color them is cheaper than the other colorings...

I should do a study....

Promo for colleagues: Book on #teaching strategies and #assessment Show more

Naturally, any conqueror is going to play one group against another.
-- Noam Chomsky

#anarchism #quote #bot

tech is toxic Show more

This will sound a touch paranoid, but if you take one bit of wisdom from me let it be this: document everything. Especially if you ever have that "huh, this is weird" feeling.

Protect yourself.

Call for Proposals: Universal Design Show more

"If we understand the concept of 'technology' broadly, … ideas are no less products of technology than are computers. However, two features of idea technology make it different from most "thing technology".
[1.] ideas are often quite subtle. … a little like low-level radioactive emissions whose presence goes unnoticed until the damage is done.
[2.] idea technology, unlike thing technology, can have profound effects on us even if the ideas are /false/." – Barry Schwartz, The Cost of Living, p.145

One of the details I like about #protonmail is the use of thomas.anderson as an example email alias. Show more

"On the job, people, teams, and divisions are ranked, reward for the top, punishment for the bottom. Management by objectives, quotas, incentive pay, business plans, put together seperately, division by division, cause further loss, unknown and unknowable." -- Dr. W. Edwards Deming as quoted in Peter Senge's management classic The Fifth Discipline. (2/2)

"Our prevailing system of management has destroyed our people. People are born with intrinsic motivation, self-respect, dignity, curiosity to learn, joy in learning. The forces of destruction begin with toddlers-a prize for the best Halloween costume, grades in school, gold stars-and on up through the university." (1/2, see replies)

@ajroach42 @resist_berlin I would suggest three possibilities to explain why people are using the tools "sheepishly:"
1) many people are uncomfortable with the tools -- that their use is a Rorschach test taken for the benefit of data miners.
2) we may have vastly overestimated the creative/culture waiting for tools of expression. (Maybe we prioritize technological solutions because that's the easiest thing to do.)
3) Tools and Talent are nothing without Time.

@resist_berlin "WE have tools available that were considered ridiculously radical only a generation ago. Why are we using them so sheepishly?"

Damn is that ever a rallying cry.

Fight for the users, and all that.

I've seen a number of posts complaining about discovery, like it's all about follow metrics and entertainment -- but here's the thing, how hard is it to make connections IRL? With Mastodon setup in a way as to not force social context collapse, why shouldn't it be similar here? Building community takes work and lots and lots of patience.

Javascript programmers, do you use `eslint`? pay attention to this:

that github organization has been somewhat compromised, please check the version you use, and stay tunned.

#security #infosec #javascript