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Is there a status page or story as to what's been ailing ?

"TMYK: unix greybeards get their grey from staring into the abyss of Lovecraftian horrors which is the history of all computing machines, and keep their beards because they don't trust themselves with blades near their throats after the things they've seen."

Cory “All Cats Are Beautiful” Altheide‏ twitter.com/coryaltheide

For now, installed Firefox. Switched default search to DuckDuckGo, disabled all the other search engines except for Wikipedia, enabled Offer to Open Copies Links, enabled Close Private Tabs, set Block Lists to Strict, disabled Send Usage Data.

The Information Age and the Printing Press (2000)

Long-form, strongly premised on Elizabeth Eisenstein's "The Printing Press as an Agent of Change".

Very strongly recommended.


This is a thread about computers.

I have a lot to say.

I might not be able to finish right now.

I'm going to post unlisted.

I trained a recurrent neural network on all of the titles of papers in my Zotero and my research and practice got completely roasted gist.github.com/aparrish/3d95b

@fruchtblase @DialMforMara no a large part of why I use LaTeX is that it's far easier to write in in the first place. depending on what I'm writing of course. it's spell check isn't nearly as good to be honest, but it doesn't randomly screw things up on me or try and be clever, and actually writing anything with chemical formulas or math is just plain easier.

"This particular business model, surveillance and targeted advertising, is not compatible with a healthy democracy"

-- Zeynep Tufekci

That's Facebook, Google, Twitter, Reddit, AdTech, all of Silicon Valley, VC, and most of infotech.


Any scholarly tooters have opinions about zotero as a reference manager?

I LOATHE the user experience of endnote, and I just realized that mendeley (which I've been using for years) is run by Elsevier. This makes me sad, and I would like to start using something else.

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Someone once posted an infographic of what all the directories at the root of a Unix/Linux operating system are for, and it was beautiful and instructive, but I did not save it and now it is gone forever

I should probably do a proper masto #introduction

I'm Vicky. I'm a librarian focusing on research reproducibility + research data management.
I gave an interview about me/my work recently: acrl.ala.org/dh/2018/04/04/rep

I love FOSS, open access, open educational resources, open EVERYTHING

I hate the corporate capture of scholarship

I co-founded an open source, open access repo for LIS scholarship: lissarchive.org

I also love my super cute black cat Little Boss & my partner @remram44

TIL: The etymology of "Jupiter" is, literally "sky father".

from Latin Iupeter, Iupiter, Iuppiter, "Jove, god of the sky and chief of the gods," from PIE *dyeu-peter- "god-father" (originally vocative, "the name naturally occurring most frequently in invocations" [Tucker]), from *deiw-os "god" (from root *dyeu- "to shine," in derivatives "sky, heaven, god") + peter "father" in the sense of "male head of a household" (see father (n.)).


Who put the shamble in the shamble-lama-ding-dong?

Questions for the

To me it is obvious what happened: it was a knowingly forgetting of a working class organizer and publisher. He was a key figure of the anarchists before WW1, and was withdrawn from history on purpose.

So today I found this book, a collection of social features/reportages from 1880-1918 in the dumpster section of the library. It contained one by Albert Weidner and the editorial apologized not to know anything but the name, the publisher was aligned to the social Democratic Party.

Is the phrase "I need to back up my car" ambiguous yet?

"The algorithm I worked on at Google recommended Alex Jones' videos more than 15,000,000,000 times, to some of the most vulnerable people in the nation."

-- Guillaume Chaslot


Spent a good part of the morning consolidating passwords. Cleaned everything out of the browsers, merged it all with an export from a recent 1Password test. Imported all that into LastPass and crawled through that to reduce the entries from over 1,000 down to a mere 573.

Most of that was leftovers from my previous I.T. job and a stint as a front-end web dev. Still *way* too many left in there.

Web Annoyancess CSS

This is a stylesheet I've been crafting over the past few months to nuke various WWW annoyances.

Mostly nags, some adverts, cookie reminders, and so very, very, very many "social" icons.

It is aimed to break as little as possible, though no guarantees.

But this one should work globally with Stylus, the CSS manager extension for Firefox, Chrome, and Safari.