@sydneyfalk I'm a big proponent of Occam's Kitchen Razor: "Logic boards should not be multiplied without necessity."

me, joking: it's the future. why doesn't every object have am antenna poking out on top

me, seriously: why do we have to create the grand internet of every fucking object out of perfectly good appliances, drink containers, and lotion bottles ffs

Two of the most astute IP scholars I know also happen to be two of the best legal writers I know, and also happen to work at one of the worst IP abusers in the country: Jennifer Jenkins and James Boyle, of Duke University, the nation's leading academic trademark abuser.


Scholarly publishing; Elsevier; not directly rated to Elsevier being evil 

Apparently over 400 works have cited a nonexistent paper... that Elsevier provides as an example reference in its author's guide / paper template.


controversial technology opinion 

I seem to be in the minority here but a web page should be able to load its content without needing JavaScript. If your page only loads an empty wireframe without JavaScript, you’ve failed at the web. Bare minimum, load the fucking content. If it’s being pulled dynamically, do that server side and then generate a damn page.

The unreasonable effectiveness of simple HTML

I've told this story at conferences - but due to the general situation I thought I'd retell it here.

A few years ago I was doing policy research in a housing benefits office in London. They are singularly unlovely places. The walls are brightened up with posters offering helpful services for people fleeing domestic violen


#/etc/ #html5 #web #weeknotes #work

Protip: if you style yourself to be a web "expert" ("maven", "guru", "ninja", etc), but still make your website so JS-heavy that it's basically unusable, you should reconsider your life choices.

No, JS-based parallax effect is not "cool" if it makes scrolling a slideshow on a rather beefy 2-year-old laptop.

Go to your room and think about what you did.

Anarchism, information literacy 

"...[V]alue may also be leveraged by individuals and organizations to effect change and for civic, economic, social, or personal gains.... [T]he individual is responsible for making deliberate and informed choices about when to comply with and when to contest current legal and socioeconomic practices..."

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Anarchism, information literacy 

"Instead of seeking discrete answers to complex problems, experts understand that a given issue may be characterized by several competing perspectives as part of an ongoing conversation in which information users and creators come together and negotiate meaning."

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Anarchism, information literacy 

"... Authority is a type of influence recognized or exerted within a community. Experts view authority with an attitude of informed skepticism and an openness to new perspectives, additional voices, and changes in schools of thought."

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Anarchism, information literacy 

When excerpted correctly, the ACRL Information Literacy framework reads like anarchist philosophy.

"Authority is constructed in that various communities may recognize different types of authority. It is contextual in that the information need may help to determine the level of authority required...."


Christianity, Santa Claus, boost ok 

Actual serious question about Christian traditions and Santa Claus culture: how does the "faith vs good works" schism play out in Santa mythology across denominations? Do Christian kids from a "faith" denomination just have to believe in Santa in order to get on his "nice" list?

@brainwane The joke is its own punchline:

¿Que hacen las vacas cuando tienen tiempo libre? ¡Se toman vacaciones!

Australians: have you ever (gone to) put on an item of clothing and discovered a large spider inside it?

Pls boost for larger sample size

#SizzlinScholars - Riley's gumbo 

@Cyborgneticz Here's a recipe for That Gumbo I Was Making At :

What you need:
Big dutch oven
Onion, garlic, bell pepper, celery, maybe a carrot why not
1 lb andouille or (GASP) similar smoked sausage
1 lb some sort of meat (shrimp good, chicken acceptable, whatever really)
2 qt Stock To Match The Meat, homemade if you can swing it
Diced tomatoes
Some okra, frozen OK
Gumbo file
Bay leaf?
Cayenne if you want, I'm not your boss

block recommendation (spam instances, right-wing agitprop, antivax, etc) 

A group known as "fightbigtech" has been creating a ton of spammy instances full of rightwing agitprop.

Here's a list of the ones I could find:

- tweety.icu
- katiehopkinspolitical.icu
- voicenews.icu
- antivaxxer.icu
- theduran.icu
- censorship.icu
- political.icu

I would recommend general suspicion of any .icu domain, seeing as they're cheap — don't autoblock them, but perhaps check their content if they show up.


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