On Sol 414 the Ingenuity mars helicopter scouted the crash site of the parachute and backshell that brought it and the rover safely through the atmosphere before it was jettisoned and crashed on the surface.
Interactive version on Sketchfab: skfb.ly/ouWG7

Congratulations to @groceryheist for winning the @UWComm dissertation award and to @kayleachampion for winning the graduate teaching award!

(Sorry this seems to be turning into a foodie account but..) OMG Baekjeong aka my favorite KBBQ place in LA is coming to Seattle (Lynwood to be exact)!!!!! seattle.eater.com/2022/5/20/23

I think that #LandBack is so terrifying not because it's impossible, but rather because it's so plausible. When you start thinking with an abolition mindset, you begin to see opportunity everywhere you go. There are vast amounts of crown land and relatively undeveloped rural land that would be pretty straightforward to cede control of.

New paper by @jdfoote from my research collective!
RT @comdatasci
Online communities are deeply interconnected and interdependent.

@jdfoote argues that systems theory can help us to study interdependencies, and that online platforms have the sort of data that is enabling really exciting new research. blog.communitydata.science/a-s

🎉Within-chain parallism has landed in stan's brms interface. This is going to save me a 3 week wait on results from these robustness checks.

Our ICWSM paper (with @axz and Tim Althoff) looks at what it actually means to make online communities "better."

Thru surveys of 6k+ redditors ✒️ , we find that while quality and variety of content are generally considered most important, and size and democracy are least important, there is immense variety in values 🌈!
▶️ no one size fits all solution! 🗜️

Moderators think democracy is less important than non-mods, and there is extra disagreement over safety.


I have a "zombie" project that I started the very first quarter of my PhD. I'm finally trying to get it published soon, and ensuring that its replicable and robust. Very thankful to past me for being reasonably organized with git and makefiles so this is tractable.

Twitter Dril AI-generated images 

RT: Typing @dril
tweets into @midjourney
’s AI tool, a thread:


how to tell if a pear is ripe, this will change your relationship to pears 

None of you know how to ripen a pear and that’s okay! I am here to help. A perfectly ripe pear is one of life’s great joys but most folks don’t know how to identify one! So they get a bad rap.

The thing is, pears ripen from the core outward, so by the time the flesh is soft on the outside it’s too late! What you want to do is feel the flesh right around the stem, when it's soft the pear is ripe. Try it! 🍐

NLP Science Statistics 

I think this is an important point for people trying to use trendy NLP in social science.


We are coming to Paris for next week! Check out this blog post to get stickers and see presentations by @groceryheist @carlcolglazier @FloorFiers @jdfoote @kayleachampion @makoshark and @aaronshaw! @icahdq blog.communitydata.science/com

Linux / Academic Paywalls 

The University of Washington libraries finally kicked my account off of their proxy for academic journals. So I had the inconvenient task today of hacking a way to use the Northwestern VPN instead. I used openconnect with ocproxy to setup a SOCKS5 proxy and then used the SmartProxy browser extension to just use the proxy for academic sites. This actually ends up being a more seamless setup than what I had at UW, since I can keep the proxy connection alive indefinitely.

org-mode buffer getting full of notes and it's like, fuck yeah

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