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Headline: Flutter 2: Google's toolkit for developers takes a big step forward

Me: Yeah, okay.

Buried in the article: Canonical will make Flutter the default choice for future desktop and mobile apps it creates.

Me: Wait... what?!


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Re: Your Privacy 

We care about your privacy.

Your privacy is delicious to us.

Your privacy is juicy-sweet and crunchy and wine-dark red and breathes a rich, savage musk-like scent, heavy on iron and with notes of truffle and mushroom and old, buried bones in the forest floor.

Your privacy dribbles gently down our lips as we chew, and after long, fragrant, eternities, swallow. Gulping, wolfing it down.

We would do ANYTHING to keep you handing us your precious, precious privacy.

Please click.

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Sci-Hub: Elsevier and Springer Nature Obtain UK ISP Blocking Order — TorrentFreak

Major UK ISP TalkTalk is reporting that in response to an order from a court in the UK, it is now required to block subscriber access to Sci-Hub. The injunction is reportedly the result of an application by academic publishers Elsevier and Springer Nature, who have teamed up in other regions to block access to 'The Pirate Bay of Science'.


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For academics answering questions after a seminar they give (or asking questions at a seminar they're attending), this article might be useful to keep in mind.


You are soliciting feedback when presenting. Not all feedback is equal, and you are free to ignore certain comments or questions because they're not applicable, or low priority.

There will be certain comments or questions that are critical to handle. Focus on those

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"And I compose the poem
a silence broken like a dog's
tooth drips in baroque
words dressed in hyena's blood
the night traces dead
leaves on our walls
and on our walls shivers
a skeletal dream
that harbors
all the dead of our Atlantic sea."
-- A "photogram" from Moroccan poet Ahmed Bouanani, translated from the French by Emma Ramadan

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Doing a little reading about grading. This has been around a while, but is open access.



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>How to bring a language to the future


"Last year, scientists changed the official guidelines for naming genes because Microsoft Excel kept misreading them as dates. In other words, scientific tradition buckled before computer formatting. The same thing, Ahmed warned, could happen culturally.”

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reporter: of course there is always the possibly that the former president could face criminal charges

me: he will not

reporter: sources close to him have stated this is something he is worried about

me: he has nothing to worry about. he's never been held to account for anything and he's not going to be

reporter: now that he is a private citizen there is nothing protecting him

me: nothing but money and power and fame and more layers of privilege that an onion

reporter: so we will see what happens now

me: what will happen is nothing

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There seem to be people who haven't seen the light of the donut and go it alone, some as angry as the capitalists who don't even need to see it. So much for empathy.

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A sign that you've become a co-op movement old had is that, at least once a year, you find yourself gently talking an idealistic upper-middle class 20-something out of the idea that a collective land project is a good use of their time and resources...


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Tfw when you suspect that your college's marketing dept. has learned to speak English from exclusively watching TED talk videos.

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The Lecturer's Union at UM has started bargaining

"LEO includes 1,696 non-tenure track professors from the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses. The union is looking to improve their contract through the upcoming negotiations. Some of the proposals on the bargaining platform include more flexible COVID-19 policies for mode of course instruction, increased pay, pay parity across all three University campuses and greater participation in University governance."

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Based on the name alone, I assume that tiktok is some sort of zoomer internet competitive timekeeping website

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New post on my blog:
"So in this way, by reducing the effects of suffering in our lives, we become freer, and less subject to ‘fate’ and unconscious trauma-generating actions, which could be said to be the only actions which are genuinely predetermined, given that if we do not deal with the suffering at source, we are going to be compelled to act it out in some way. "

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I want more nuance in public discourse, but I don't think we can expect complex truths to spread virally, there's always a flattening.

So the job is to design complex perspectives that are still useful when they're flattened.

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