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@John I use Zotero. I like how easy it is to get references in from journal web pages. That's most of what I need to read/cite. If I was just collecting PDFs it would be too much. But, I need citations and bibliographies to work in a lot of documents without having to think about it. Zotero solves that problem for me.

One thing that stopped me using Ulysses, and other things like it, was that citations seemed hard to manage.

I'm curious about how much JabRef has improved in the last few years.

The cat reacts to my reading metaphysics with loud screaming and attacking my notes.

Also, if something is CC-BY on Flickr, I'm assuming that I have attributed it if I include a link. I hope that's right.

I'm finding it surprisingly difficult to put a CC-BY image on my slides/handouts. When I include PNGs as images through Pandoc they are big and fuzzy, especially on Beamer slides. Neither the EPS or SVG works when making PDFs with Pandoc. (Except that it did work with one slide deck for a reason that I haven't discovered.)

I'm assuming that if I have the text and no image the legal status is the same, so maybe this isn't worth thinking too hard about.

This week I introduced students to J. L. Austin's theory of speech acts, and discussed how it could be used to make sense of Catharine MacKinnon's claim that pornography silences women (at least as that claim has been taken up by some philosophers of language).

I've created an account on, because I like the idea of a cooperative business model for social media. I'm going to try to use both accounts for different things. I will be following some people from there instead.

@ipt This looks like it does some of what we were talking about with PhilPapers:

Does anyone use Zotero for file management and citations? Any advice for someone just getting started?

Hi, fellow academics: if I were to make a personal website, what should I add on there besides my CV?

@BruceTindall @devastatedmasterstu Is there a reason why the journals don't use Chicago? Why invent your own near equivalent?

More generally, I'm puzzled by why there are more than, say, three, referencing styles in general use.

@jc @devastatedmasterstu I can't claim to have done as much research but I find Zotero to be excellent.

Hi! Can you guys give me a suggestion on which reference software to use? I'll be mainly citing from news articles, academic thesis / dissertations, a few papers from journals and conferences, and probably a few blogs

@dartigen I think that this gets messy because some people would say that what you're describing is just what AI is, by definition. But then a lot of work that gets called that isn't really.

The example that came to mind is AlphaGo My impression is that nobody thinks that it plays Go like a human. But does that mean it's not AI? We might just be debating terminology at that point.

@afterthehyphen Rejection letters are completely normal! But not nice.

@dartigen Fundamentally, I agree with you. But I take it that things that don't work much like brains could be intelligent. So that's an option.

@omniadisce I was really impressed with how quickly a minor bug I found got fixed. Definitely a project worth supporting.

I just found out that it's now possible to support the excellent work of Emiliano Heyns on Better Bib(la)tex at

BBT ( is a fantastic Zotero plugin that allows you to export your Zotero library to a fully featured Bibtex/Biblatex/etc. file, whether because you're writing in Latex or because you'd like to have a robust way to export and back up your Zotero data

it's been super useful to me, and you should check both it and the Patreon out!