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I need to produce a version of a document where the changes compared to an earlier version are marked (as red text, specifically). Both are markdown. What is my best option?

The first thing that occurs to me is to turn them both into LaTeX and use latexdiff. Is there a better way?

Some of you know I've started a blog called FOSS Academic ( I'm exploring life as an academic who tries to use as much free and open source software as possible. You know, being a lonely humanities Linux user at a university.

I'm writing to solicit questions people might have about being a FOSS Academic. Or maybe to solicit comments on the FOSS Academic Lifestyle Dream. Not that I know all the things, but I'm curious what questions people have about this area, if any.

Looking for recommendations of software/services to live-subtitle my own talk when presenting through a platform I have no control over.

Context: I'm giving a presetation via GoToWebinar. GTW's transcription & subtitling is awful so the organisers have, quite reasonably, asked me to turn on the subtitles feature in Powerpoint. Except... I'm not using Powerpoint. :BlobCat:



I am a philosopher working on philosophy of language and metaphysics. I mostly think about questions raised by Frege, Russell, and Wittgenstein.

I haven't been in the habit of posting much, but maybe I will get back to it.

Neurodiverse vs. Neurodivergent question 

One of my survey responses mentioned that Neurodivergent was coined as an explicitly inclusive term after discussion about whether non-autistic people could call themselves neurodiverse

I hadn't heard about this but I'd love to know more! Does anyone have more information about this or a link to somewhere this discussion has happened?



Before I throw my Gallaxy A50 in the dump, does anyone know of any compatible opensource (privacy oriented) OSs?

I've looked into:
∙ Lineage OS
∙ Graphene OS
∙ /e/ OS

and they are not compatible 😭


Fediverse, what's your favourite #gemini server?

I'm kinda testing the waters with this now and I'm really liking it.

Currently I'm testing locally with jetforce as it was the easiest to install.

BTW if you have info docs tutorials on
a) how to export to HTML in order to run a WWW replica?
b) how to best set up a public server?
c) what hosting service is your fav?
d) anything else you might deem useful to a newcomer
it's most appreciated.

Boosts welcome.


I would like to define a link target in JATS, like a LaTeX \label. Do I do this with <target>?

It looks like I have to put the <target> within certain other tags, such as <title>.

Would this be OK?

<target id="foo"></target>
<p>Title text</p>

Or should <target> wrap the <p>?

Maybe somebody is an expert on JATS and can help me check that I understand what I'm doing.

Anyone got favourite resources for beginners learning to use commands and scripting?

Looking to point a student somewhere that will quickly orient them with basic filesystem navigation, input redirection and pipes, file manipulation with grep, sed, awk, etc. and some light shell scripting,

Are there any ethically and environmentally good computer hardware manufacturers?
Would love to see something equally good as Fairphone, but anything better than buying at amazon is welcome.

#computerhardware #fair #environment


I have been given a link for free access to the review. I am not allowed to post it on social media. I am allowed to post it on my site. It is here:

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writing project 

I am just about in a position to send it out for feedback. I seriously overestimated how much I could cover in 5000 words.

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pandoc, GitHub 

I'm going to try to help out with this in the near future:

Suggestions welcome.

Anybody here used Trilium or something similar?

I'm slowly compiling a list of graphical outliners that I can suggest people who wouldn't or couldn't use Org mode.

Boosts welcome.

The one with the quotation is puzzling. The version I submitted got it right, so I can only assume some strange rule about quotation marks was (mis)applied. I only noticed when I looked at the paper again years later.

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I added an errata page to my site to collect mistakes in my papers:

Ok, GLAM/cultural heritage & adjacent folks: I'm trying to start up a network for those of us interested in data science, and I'd love your thoughts and feedback on what would help and work for you.

Here's a blog post with some initial goals

alc mention 

Last night, a can (of alcohol-free Żywiec) on the balcony froze, and burst with a disturbing bang.

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