Okay here’s an opinion. Markov bots should have a CW on every toot they make, that reads “output of markov bot” or similar. Because when they get boosted onto my timeline with no CW I’m left stressing out trying to work out why I don’t comprehend what this person is saying, until eventually I work out it was a bot and I wasted that energy because it was meaningless. Can y’all see why an autistic person would find text that looks like real language but doesn’t make sense a trigger and a drain of energy? And that it’s a valid position to not want to waste my time reading words recycled by an unthinking computer script even if other people find them hilarious?
Even putting “bot” or “ebooks” in the display name isn’t good enough because people do that too as a joke! But it’s more ableist than it is funny.
It costs $25 to attend, but you can request a fee waiver.
Also, the recordings will be made available afterwards.
Here's our program: https://irtf.org/anrw/2020/program.html
nonbinary identities in French? please boost
How do you and your Francophone loved ones manage grammatical gender in French? I have a nonbinary friend who's a native English speaker and is learning French. They're trying to figure it out for themself. They're aware of «iel», and I'm planning to tell them about e.g. «amusant·e·s».
I'm much more interested in direct experiences from nonbinary Francophones and their loved ones than theory. Thank you <3
mfers really gotta learn that queerness is about Breaking The Rules On Attraction And Gender, not making a new set of "more inclusive" rules. the cishets won't respect you anymore if the Queerness Rules are more coherent.
"if you allow bi lesbians, cishet men won't respect lesbians' lack of attraction to men!" is an inherently flawed and self-defeating way of thinking. the cishet men won't respect you any more either way; stop trying to *earn* their respect, and start *demanding* it.
Does Density Aggravate the COVID-19 Pandemic? Early Findings and Lessons for Planners
"In this [...] study, we find that density is not linked to rates of COVID-19 infection, after controlling for metropolitan area population, socioeconomics, and health care infrastructure in U.S. counties. Surprisingly, we find that COVID-19 death rates are lower in denser counties and higher in less dense counties, at a high level of statistical significance."
Status update / continuing my thread about moving to the US:
It's been more than 3.5 months.
I've finally got my own apartment now (as opposed to temporary housing, for which I'm really grateful to $job).
Yesterday my furniture and household stuff arrived. Today I got an Internet uplink set up -- Gigabit fiber for the first time! <3.
Things are getting better.
Slowly, I'm arriving.
Block and mute early
Block and mute often
Do it for reasons that are entirely "selfish"
No one is entitled to your attention
There will not be a test
Nothing bad happens if you don't hear them
Too many techbros? Mute 'em all
That one guy's jokes need a CW? Your timeline can be full of other stuff
You can even mute that one person's boosts while keeping their posts
It's not censorship; you're not hurting that person
And you don't ever need to explain it or tell anyone
An interesting look into managing loneliness by developing a relationship with yourself. Might be why some folks didn’t find lockdown all that uncomfortable
I hate cops cause I'm queer and I know my history
Cops are responsible for upholding the Law. Historically, the Law where I live in France, the Law in the US, and in even more countries to this day has been written and geared against queer people like me. Being a cop meant and means having the duty to oppress, intimidate, kill me.
If you're queer you should know this. If you're queer you should show solidarity to black people and people of color who still face this issues to this day.
Crass language; Techbros
this is where I wish that academia could come together and actually build a fucking commons
imagine a massive nextcloud instance federated together from all unis globally. collabora online to replace google office suite. nextcloud talk to replace google meet. nextcloud deck for trello. all self-hosted in each institution and then federated to make sure people can ALWAYS talk to each other/collaborate cross-institution
(i wish this for everyone ever too)
White people have this weird pessimism and doomsday mentality when they become aware of social injustices and inequalities that have been at play for hundreds of years. Not affected by, just aware.
I've always thought this was ironic b/c it shows how far removed they are from the cultures that have fought so they could be here and fully swallowed whiteness to define their world view.
It's almost as if there is no space for hope, optimism and joy in whiteness.
What a brutal way to live.
I'm looking for first hand experience on photo organizing, best practices, software setup
what I'm trying to do
- organize 100+ GiB photos
- tag them
- have a nice way to back them up
- it's a plus if albums are easy to share through web, in that case it should serve lower resolution versions
- if it could deal with different versions of the same photo that'd be great (handling of RAW+JPEG)
- you know, the usual deal
After "Meh, all the interesting events are happening in $City", apparently the new thing is "Meh, all the interesting events are happening in $Timezone"...
Dear people who are organizing an online conference:
In addition to the conference date(s), could you please announce anticipated times, with >>> timezones <<< ?
(Like, before you have an actual program)
That would help me figure out if there's a chance for me to participate during awake hours or not.
"How to Run a Zoom Cocktail Party"
This seems like a pretty good script for a structured social event using videoconferences.
It is also adaptable to other videoconferencing technology, but without breakout rooms, it's harder.
Another thing I saw which I thought was cool:
Someone just posted that they'd host a videoconference at a specific date and time, and everyone who wants to catch up can just join that conference.
So I guess it helps if you can see that someone you know is currently available and happy to chat.
The digital hallway saves you the effort of having to reach out to everyone directly who you want to catch up with.
I think that's pretty convenient.
Network geek and researcher. Recently moved to the Bay Area. Queer feminist, bisexual, fights for social justice.