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Critical Hits in the Classroom – The Nib – Medium
How Teachers Use Dungeons & Dragons in Education
16 hours ago
gaycave: spikeghost: cup-o-fear: They never...
August 17, 2018 That’s not the year, that’s his kill streak.
17 hours ago
Taint Nothing | besidealife
My next door neighbour caught me in our shared alleyway (but let’s admit it, it’s actually my driveway, which her giant, looming house abuts) and told me that her garage bin smelled. Her housekeeper was bleaching and washing the garbage bin in the alleyway that I must now adamantly insist is actually my driveway. She nearly fell into the bin in the act of cleaning it; so large was it that it half swallowed her whole was she dove in, head first, to bleach its gaping insides. And then, with a kind of practiced fall, she tumbled out and rinsed the bin off with a bucket and a fistful of sopping rags. Like garbage, it smelled, even as it seeped into every crevice on the patchwork asphalt that makes up my driveway, even as it baked into the runoff from the lawn under the oppressive heat of the summer sun.
17 hours ago
xkcd: Equations
This means you're free to copy and share these comics (but not to sell them). More details .
17 hours ago
Windows Command-Line: Introducing the Windows Pseudo Console (ConPTY) – Windows Command Line Tools For Developers
In the *NIX world, this isn't a problem because *NIX provides a "Pseudo Terminal" (PTY) infrastructure which makes it easy to build the communication plumbing for a Console or service, but Windows does not ... Windows' new Pseudo Console (ConPTY) infrastructure, API, and several other supporting changes will remedy/facilitate an entire class of issues ... without breaking or damaging backward compatibility for existing command-line applications ! Whenever a user launches a Command-Line application like Cmd, PowerShell, or ssh, Windows creates a new Win32 process into which it loads the app's executable binary file, and any dependencies (resources or libraries). So, to remotely operate a Windows machine we need a communications broker of some kind - one that can transparently serialize data across some form of network connection and manage app instance lifetime, etc. The cmd instance operates as it always has: Gathers input delivered by the sshd service Does work Calls Console APIs to emit/style text, move the cursor, etc.
17 hours ago
Women's Pockets are Inferior.
In medieval times, both men and women had “pockets” that were tied around the waist, hidden underneath clothing, and more akin to highly embellished fanny packs. Women, on the other hand, kept rocking those fanny packs, reportedly stuffing them with all sorts of useful things like perfume, a small-tooth comb, spectacles, a box of bonbons, or a bottle of gin. By restricting the space in which women can keep things safe and retain mobility of both hands, we are also restricting their ability to “navigate public spaces, to carry seditious (or merely amorous) writing, or to travel unaccompanied.” If you think this idea is outdated, think about the last time a woman asked her boyfriend/male friend/anyone in men’s pants to carry her phone/wallet/keys on an outing. Many thanks go out to Sharon Owens for letting us include a segment of her poem “Dangerous Coats” in our header image (and for allowing us to hide the whole thing away in the seditious pockets of this essay). Also, many thanks to Parker Young for allowing me (Amber) to use his jeans as measurement guinea pigs, for listening extensively to my small-pocket rants, and for carrying my phone (and keys, and ID, and credit card) when I just don’t want to walk around the city with a purse.
17 hours ago
Aaron Starmer on Twitter: To make a living as a novelist today, you have to be promoting one book, while editing another, and writing another, and reading 10 others, and tearing pages from yet another and eating those pages one by one until you are the bo
@AaronStarmer: To make a living as a novelist today, you have to be promoting one book, while editing another, and writing another, and reading 10 others, and tearing pages from yet another and eating those pages one by one until you are the book and the book is you forever and ever and ever...
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Rutgers study: Pay doesn't affect students' major choice
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Alex Usher on Twitter: The *tiny* flaw with all those theories about how "more information" will make education markets "work properly" is that they are absolute bollocks and take no account of how field of study preferences actually form. https://t.co/GC
@AlexUsherHESA: The *tiny* flaw with all those theories about how "more information" will make education markets "work properly" is that they are absolute bollocks and take no account of how field of study preferences actually form. https://t.co/GCFqSrmhDj

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J. Michael Straczynski on Twitter: For #babylon5 's finale, Sleeping in Light, we shot a post-credits scene where I'm wheeled into medlab, unconscious but still clutching my keyboard, after writing 92 out of 110 episodes. I later cut it as too self-indulg
@straczynski: For #babylon5 's finale, Sleeping in Light, we shot a post-credits scene where I'm wheeled into medlab, unconscious but still clutching my keyboard, after writing 92 out of 110 episodes. I later cut it as too self-indulgent. Here's the one shot I have from that scene. https://t.co/QZuho00u6I

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yesterday
What is Docker and How to Use it With Python (Tutorial) - DEV Community 👩‍💻👨‍💻
The main problem with VM is that an “extra OS” on top of the host operating system adds gigabytes of space to the project. Docker gives you a unified image format to distribute you applications across different host systems and cloud services. In 99% of real-life cases, you won't start Docker containers manually – you'll use orchestration services (we'll cover docker-compose in ) or write a custom script to do it. Add context that changes a lot (for example, the source code of your project) at the end of Dockerfile – it will utilize Docker cache effectively. This is not just another technological trend promoted by a bunch of geeks – it's a new paradigm that is already being used in the architecture of large companies like PayPal , Visa , Swisscom , General Electric , Splink , etc.
yesterday
OpenCV People Counter - PyImageSearch
Building a person counter with OpenCV has been one of the most-requested topics here on the PyImageSearch and I’ve been meaning to do a blog post on people counting for a year now — I’m incredibly thrilled to be publishing it and sharing it with you today. We’ll use OpenCV for standard computer vision/image processing functions, along with the deep learning object detector for people counting. By default we skip 30 frames between detecting objects with the OpenCV DNN module and our CNN single shot detector model. Your burning questions about computer vision New project ideas and resources Kaggle and other competitions Development environment and code issues …among many other topics! To download the code to this blog post (and apply people counting to your own projects), just enter your email address in the form below!
yesterday
Thread by @gravity_levity: "1/ Who wants to hear some scientific intrigue? A few weeks ago, a group of physical chemists posted a paper online announcing the observatio […]"
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3 days ago
Request for Comment on Carpentries Mission and Vision
As announced two weeks ago, the Executive Council has been working on developing drafts of the mission and vision statements for the new joint organization. Requests for Comment (RFCs, also called Requests for Public Comment) are a tool used to solicit feedback on planned actions that affect a broad community. These RFCs build on those used during the merging of Software and Data Carpentry to ensure that these central guiding statements serve all members of our diverse community. Discussion on the two statements will happen separately using GitHub issues: We want to make sure that the words and ideas in these statements are inclusive to all and so actively encourage comments from members of underrepresented groups including people of color, members of the LGTBQ community, first generation students, and people for whom English is not their first language.
4 days ago
A data-driven election can be ethical - The Globe and Mail
Colin Bennett is a professor in the department of political science at the University of Victoria and researches the privacy implications of new technologies in the democratic process. In the run-up to the 2019 federal election, there needs to be far more transparency about how personal data is captured, processed, mined, communicated and profiled by our main political parties. Not so in Britain, where parties have to abide by the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and are subject to the jurisdiction of the Office of the Information Commissioner (ICO). For the first time, we get a glimpse into the complex world of voter analytics from a regulator who was able to use her powers to interview participants, to subpoena records where necessary and to bring enforcement actions where appropriate. The misuse, if not illegal processing, of personal data in contravention of modern privacy protection norms can influence electoral outcomes – from the Brexit referendum, to the Trump election and increasingly in developing countries like Nigeria and Kenya.
4 days ago
patrick wardle on Twitter: From my @DefCon talk: Apple's "User Assisted Kext Loading" is huge PITA for 3rd-party devs/breaks apps...but hackers can bypass trivially 😭 //0day bypass // 2x 🐭⬇️ on 'Allow' btn CGPostMouseEvent(point, true, 1, down);
@patrickwardle: From my @DefCon talk:
Apple's "User Assisted Kext Loading" is huge PITA for 3rd-party devs/breaks apps...but hackers can bypass trivially 😭

//0day bypass
// 2x 🐭⬇️ on 'Allow' btn
CGPostMouseEvent(point, true, 1, down);
CGPostMouseEvent(point, true, 1, down);

...blog soon📝 https://t.co/PZESutEsaO

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4 days ago
Jasmin Mujanović on Twitter: In retrospect, the most unrealistic part of 1987’s “Running Man” was not the social dystopia presided over by a blood thirsty game show host, set in 2019. It was the idea that the public’s support for him could be ero
@JasminMuj: In retrospect, the most unrealistic part of 1987’s “Running Man” was not the social dystopia presided over by a blood thirsty game show host, set in 2019. It was the idea that the public’s support for him could be eroded by secretly recorded footage exposing him as a serial liar.
4 days ago
Tim Ribaric on Twitter: So yes. There is a ton of archania with getting yourself all acquainted with the shell. Once you climb over that learning curve you'll be standing on the shoulders of giants. #LCB18
@elibtronic: So yes.

There is a ton of archania with getting yourself all acquainted with the shell. Once you climb over that learning curve you'll be standing on the shoulders of giants.

#LCB18
4 days ago
Thread by @Epidiah: "NERDS: Why do you have to make up funny names for GMs in all your games, Eppy? ALSO NERDS: 7 Astounding GM Tips That'll Make Your Players Sh […]"
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4 days ago
An Overview of Packaging for Python — Python Packaging User Guide
Some types of Python applications, like web site backends and other
network services, are common enough that they have frameworks to
enable their development and packaging. This approach, called freezing , offers wide compatiblity and
seamless user experience, though often requires multiple technologies,
and a good amount of effort. An increasing number of operating systems – including Linux, Mac OS,
and Windows – can be set up to run applications packaged as
lightweight images, using a relatively modern arrangement often
referred to as operating-system-level virtualization ,
or containerization . Whereas the virtual machines described above are primarily reserved
for the tech-savvy, you can find hardware appliances being used by
everyone from the most advanced data centers to the youngest children. Once you understand the natural boundaries between each
packaging solution, you begin to realize that the varied landscape is
a small price Python programmers pay for using one of the most
balanced, flexible language available.
4 days ago
How to Build a Democratic Smart City | Centre for International Governance Innovation
So, what are cities to do when big tech companies come to town with promises of better urban living and economic development, all within a matter of years, not decades? Her campaign has been described by some as a response to the previous mayor’s corporate smart city movement, and as a result, Barcelona has instituted policies to guarantee open procurement, resident control of data and technology-driven civic participation. Without the type of political leadership that Barcelona has shown, tech companies will try to exert their influence on cities and will be doing so in a policy vacuum. Finally, a fifth approach: Policies that exist today, from the municipal to the federal level, were largely developed prior to the internet era. This would put residents and cities on a path to prioritize local issues and define a coherent plan for a technology policy that supports them.
4 days ago
Searching for the Smart City's Democratic Future | Centre for International Governance Innovation
Wrapped top to bottom in bright, beautiful artwork by Montreal illustrator Cecile Gariepy, the building — a former fish-processing plant — stands out alongside the neighbouring parking lots and a congested highway. In February, The New York Times editorial board wrote that “we find ourselves at a moment of profound uncertainty about the role of technology in our lives, the influence of the tech companies and the correct direction of public policy to address all this change. Arguably, a number of avenues already exist to help support education campaigns on smart cities — public libraries have long been considered the civic institutions best positioned to convene and lead the work. In another nod to civil society at the centre of the smart city, Barcelona’s public libraries are being brought in to support the open data program component, an approach that Canadian community technology leaders such as Mita Williams have wanted for years. The approaches that this article outlines — open procurement, public education and engagement, responsible data management, a focus on local democracy and an agile policy process — aren’t easy, but they provide a path forward from the dystopian smart city.
4 days ago
More flooding, more questions for Toronto politicians | CBC News
The city's own resiliency office — tasked with preparing Toronto for the "shocks" of a changing climate — projects the future will get a lot wetter, with fewer but far more intense storms. However, Toronto's recent history with this kind of thing suggests finding political support for new measures designed to address extreme weather won't be easy. Faced with this, and more than a billion dollars in water-related projects in need of funding, councillors had two choices: raise water rates, or implement a new charge designed to make up the difference. It likely helped his cause that the stormwater charge would hit suburban homeowners and large commercial property owners more than condo- and apartment-dwellers, many of whom were projected to actually see a decrease in their overall water bill as the result of the move. His campaign website now boasts: "The mayor also killed a proposal for a separate stormwater charge — the so-called roof tax — that would have increased water bills for many residents in the city."
4 days ago
Improvisation for New D&D Dungeon Masters: Sly Flourish
Commonly this will happen when we expect a fight to break out but the characters instead figure out how to get around it through a discussion with the potential combatants or by subverting the confrontation some other way. Building interesting situations for our characters to explore and letting go of our expectations about how they will approach it is a huge step forward towards improvisational DMing. When we run our D&D games, some key mechanics can help us improvise situations and offer potential actions to the characters: skill checks, advantage, disadvantage, and inspiration. For example, if a character is willing to leap up on the stone table and dive in on the ogre, they can get advantage on their first attack if they make a DC 13 Acrobatics of Athleticscheck. Inspiration is a tricky mechanic to remember and work in but it can serve very well to reward players for making choices true to their character that also keep the story moving forward.
4 days ago
No Reservations: Narnia - Edonohana - Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations RPF [Archive of Our Own]
I stumble to the icy bank, where I stand shivering in the snow and glare at the distant white hills, the charmingly picturesque cottages, and the magnificent sunset blazing scarlet and purple behind it all. If I wasn’t a veteran of a thousand hangovers from vile concoctions like Dirty Schoolgirls and even, God help me, Slippery Nipples (Bailey’s Irish Cream and Sambuca, in two lethal layers), I might have keeled over on the spot. But this mass of slimy green tentacles, submerged in a murky brine that smells like it conceals old boots or the cement-encased corpse of Jimmy Hoffa, and still sends up the occasional bubble, is unlikely to replace sauerkraut or sunomono in my affections. But Hati and the boy are watching me with faint scorn, and the other Wers with such a lack of curiosity that I know they think I’ll never swallow, and Faseera with amusement, and Tracey with transparent glee at the prospect of me choking or spitting – either way, humiliating myself disgustingly – on air. grrlpup , Rose_and_Bones , fengirl88 , queen_kumquat , RudyRed34 , DandieeLyon , creightonsheart , clockworkwasp , Jetfeather , PhantomPhoenix_G_R_Sajie , MerinaGreen , torrential , addie_wordsmith , califmole , Fleur Rochard (fleurrochard) , antimony_medusa , resistanceisfutile , CanadianGarrison , Schuyler , Spiff , Scytale , myrmidryad , lassling , matrixaffiliate , bangles25 , GilShalos1 , shadowcatisajerk , nefretemerson (MrsNefretEmerson) , anomalation , Spiritfire24 , zhelle , readertorider
4 days ago
gganimate with sprites
A sprite is a 2d bitmap often used by games to represent objects. A number
of sprites displayed in sequence creates an animation. Convert the sprite to a data.frame of values for geom_tile() Remove the background colour Calculate a lookup table of colours to use with scale_fill_manual Stack all the individual frames together
4 days ago
Ariel Dumas on Twitter: Add an L, make it unpalatable: Hamblurger Plopcorn Chicken Flingers Klitkat
@ArielDumas: Add an L, make it unpalatable:

Hamblurger
Plopcorn
Chicken Flingers
Klitkat
4 days ago
Sean Carleton on Twitter: 1. With a twitter essay I wrote last year about confronting #JohnAMacdonald's controversial legacy with political cartoons from his OWN time making the rounds again, I wanted to offer a few new thoughts about "political correctne
@SeanCarleton: 1. With a twitter essay I wrote last year about confronting #JohnAMacdonald's controversial legacy with political cartoons from his OWN time making the rounds again, I wanted to offer a few new thoughts about "political correctness" + changing historical interpretation #cdnhist https://t.co/4aJX6D2V6J

https://twitter.com/SeanCarleton/status/1028032159062212608/photo/1
4 days ago
Getting Alexa to respond to sign language using your webcam and Tensorflow.js | News and podcasts for developers | Changelog
Abhishek Singh isn't deaf or mute, but that didn't stop him from asking the question: If voice is the future of computing interfaces, what about those who cannot hear or speak? This thought led to a super cool project wherein a computer interprets sign language and speaks the results to a nearby Alexa device. Live demo here and code here .
4 days ago
Joel Grus on Twitter: "So, wait, you're going to a conference for people who like something" "That's right" "Just to give a talk about why you don't like it?" "Yes" "And you've spent a lot of time preparing this talk?" "Yes, a lot" "Why are you doing this
@joelgrus: "So, wait, you're going to a conference for people who like something"
"That's right"
"Just to give a talk about why you don't like it?"
"Yes"
"And you've spent a lot of time preparing this talk?"
"Yes, a lot"
"Why are you doing this?"
"..."
4 days ago
Comrade El*n H*sk 🌽 on Twitter: A year ago this rally drew hundreds of open neonazis. Today it drew twenty. They admit it’s because they don’t feel safe. This victory is due to militant and occasionally violent antifascist organizing. This proves,
@Alysonesque: A year ago this rally drew hundreds of open neonazis. Today it drew twenty. They admit it’s because they don’t feel safe.

This victory is due to militant and occasionally violent antifascist organizing. This proves, concretely, that antifa tactics work.
4 days ago
A Brief Overview of What Trump’s Tariffs Have Wrought – Rolling Stone
“The layoff and closure is a result of the new tariffs that were recently and unexpectedly imposed on many goods imported from China, including the key television components used in our assembly operations,” the company wrote in a letter to South Carolina’s employment department. “It’s time to end this reckless trade war that has put so many Missourians’ livelihoods at stake — we’ve already seen 60 jobs lost here in Poplar Bluff, and without any action by the administration, we’ll lose hundreds more,” said Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) after touring the company’s plant June. “This is a trade war that’s damaging important alliances around the globe, harming so many downstream jobs across the country, and threatening the workers I visited with today, when we should instead be focusing our resources on going after cheating by China in a surgical manner, rather than the current sledgehammer approach.” The ASA has desperately tried to appeal to the Trump administration to reconsider its approach to alleviating the trade deficit, even going so far as to call for individual soy farmers to post pictures of their farms on social media along with statements detailing how the tariffs have impacted their business. '” The organization’s president, Vince Peterson, wrote in a press release that it’s “dismaying to see that common sense has not yet prevailed in preventing these protectionist measures.” He added that “if this administration isn’t careful, decades of efforts by our farmers could
4 days ago
Sir John A. Macdonald: 5 Frightening Facts About Our First Prime Minister
As Canada commemorated the 200th birthday of Sir John A. Macdonald on January 11, 2015, CBC personality Shelagh Rogers shared her thoughts online: One of these Copperhead conspirators, a man named Headley [...], set fire to a dozen large hotels in November of 1864, hoping to create panic in the North and divert military efforts. Regarding the invention of "confederation" as a term applied to the Canadian federal dominion state, Ryerson muses: "[W]as it derived from a politician's instinct to steal something from the Opposition or from the well-known Tory sympathy with the Southern Confederacy?" John A. Macdonald's policies of forced starvation helped clear First Nations from the prairies in order to build the railway, according to James Daschuk of University of Regina. Once on reserves, food placed in ration houses was withheld for so long that much of it rotted while the people it was intended to feed fell into a decades-long cycle of malnutrition, suppressed immunity and sickness from tuberculosis and other diseases.
4 days ago
Deplatforming Works - Motherboard
This is called "deplatforming" or "no platform,"—social media companies (sans Twitter, which says he hasn’t broken its rules ) have decided to stop being complicit in spreading Jones’s conspiracy theories and hate. It’s true that Silicon Valley’s lethargy on the far-right, aided by endless press coverage, helped amplify their message and turned the far right into a real, powerful political force in the United States. These platforms, too, were hyped as potentially powerful alternatives to the big social media players, but are largely struggling and arguably no more relevant than standard message boards that have been used by the far-right to organize for decades. “The good that comes with deplatforming is, their main goal was to redpill or get people within mainstream communities more in line with their beliefs, so we need to get them off those platforms,” Robyn Caplan, a PhD student at Rutgers University and Data and Society affiliate, told me on the phone. Most importantly, we need to remember that Jones’s banning, and to a lesser extent Milo’s, only became major national news because it fits into a false narrative that Silicon Valley censors only conservatives, which has been posited by Ted Cruz, Congressman Jim Jordan, and, recently, Donald Trump.
4 days ago
Another Angry Woman on Twitter: Jordan Peterson is flat-out making shit up. His background is psychology, specialising in clinical but with some research into personality. None of this is remotely close to evolutionary biology, which requires a whole diff
@stavvers: Jordan Peterson is flat-out making shit up. His background is psychology, specialising in clinical but with some research into personality.

None of this is remotely close to evolutionary biology, which requires a whole different career trajectory. https://t.co/xgdt8LYu9V

https://twitter.com/pzmyers/status/1028663623504326656
4 days ago
When Bots Teach Themselves to Cheat | WIRED
“We don’t want to wait until these things start to appear in the real world,” says Victoria Krakovna, a research scientist at Alphabet's DeepMind unit. The specimens collected by Krakovna and fellow bug hunters point to a communication problem between humans and machines: Given a clear goal, an algorithm can master complex tasks, such as beating a world champion at Go . “Today’s algorithms do what you say, not what you meant,” says Catherine Olsson, a researcher at Google who has contributed to Krakovna’s list and keeps her own private zoo of AI bugs. A recent paper that Clune coauthored, which lists 27 examples of algorithms doing unintended things, suggests future engineers will have to collaborate with, not command, their creations. Goldilocks Electronics : Software evolved circuits to interpret electrical signals, but the design only worked at the temperature of the lab where the study took place.
4 days ago
The Nightmare of Conference Visa Applications – Diary of A Technophile and An Equity Advocate
Many thanks to a Canadian friend who encouraged me to continue and apply, I am off to Tokyo tomorrow to submit the documents on Monday and here I would like to share some of the tweets by Naveen Minai about the challenges of academics in, [and from], the Global South. Before she starts, she emphasizes that she knows the term ‘ Global South ’ is still problematic and contested but she needs a shorthand for Twitter. Application form Copy of the personal information page in my passport Copy of my alien registration card One colored passport photograph Travel insurance Reservation for travel tickets Hotel reservation Itinerary Bank statement for the last six months Bank account balance statement Certificate of studentship Certificate of Japanese Government Scholarship (Monbukagakusho) Receipt of the conference registration Payroll statement: Princeford English College, Kobe City University of Foreign Languages, Kobe Women’s University, Konan Women’s University Invitation letter from EUROCALL2018 My supervisor’s letter saying that all the expenses will be covered by Osaka University My business card Copies of job contracts Certificate of marraige My husband’s alien registration card and personal information page in his passport Both of them got accepted, I registered for the conference and paid 160 Canadian Dollars, but I had to withdraw simply because I found the application for Canadian visa too complicated especially because the Visa and Immigration Section at the Embassy of Ca
4 days ago
Ontario puts new overdose prevention sites approvals on hold | CBC News
Ontario's Ministry of Health and Long Term Care says it is pausing the approval of any overdose prevention sites not yet open to the public. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)Ontario's Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care says it will not approve any new overdose prevention sites. It does not appear plans for supervised consumption sites are included, although the letter does note Health Minister Christine Elliott will be "reviewing the evidence and speaking to experts to ensure that any continuation of supervised consumption services and overdose prevention sites are going to introduce people into rehabilitation and ensure people struggling with addiction will get the help they need." The Region of Waterloo is one municipality in Ontario looking to create supervised consumption sites to tackle the opioid crisis. Julie Kalbfleisch, spokesperson for public health, said they have no plans to stop working on finding two locations for the sites, one in Kitchener and one in Cambridge.
4 days ago
Why Every Good Economist Should Be Feminist -
The university employing the alleged harasser has even less of an interest in appearing on the front page of newspapers as an institution unfriendly to students or younger faculty. The problem is often resolved with a settlement, a nondisclosure agreement, and the move of the alleged harasser to a different institution—actions similar to how the Catholic Church handled priests charged with pedophilia. Ravina stated that when she rejected him, Bekaert retaliated by badmouthing her in the academic community and stalling their joint research project, in which he had control of the data. It also emerged that once Ravina had invested long amounts of time in cleaning the data, Bekaert was in a position to hold her up, in the most traditional sense of the word. There will never be gender equality in academia until men care about sexual harassment as much as women; until creating a gender-unbiased environment is as important as being a good teacher; until the power conferred by the control of data is not left to the arbitrariness of the individuals.
4 days ago
Joshua McEvilla on Twitter: A little taste of history of @TPLLillianSmith, where we'll be going on Monday #SMC229fun! @torontolibrary | We'll be learning about children's literature and science fiction! #ChildrensBooks #sciencefiction (Photos 2-4 via @oaa
@JJMcEvilla: A little taste of history of @TPLLillianSmith, where we'll be going on Monday #SMC229fun! @torontolibrary | We'll be learning about children's literature and science fiction! #ChildrensBooks #sciencefiction (Photos 2-4 via @oaarchitects's webpage) https://t.co/YCowLAReUw

https://twitter.com/JJMcEvilla/status/1028426046503362562/photo/1
4 days ago
How Ikea quietly tweaks its design around the world
As Ikea has expanded into Asia over the last five years, this has been a crucial part of its strategy–along with preserving the company’s instantly recognizable brand and its famed shopping experience. [Image: courtesy Ikea] In the hot, humid climate of southern India, untreated pine furniture–which might work in cooler climates–is a no-go. When the company was expanding into the United States, it made the mistake of putting the dimensions in centimeters rather than in terms of “queen” and “king” sizes, though it quickly fixed the error. The Times writes that this is “to accommodate the more leisurely dining style of Indian families,” though that might mean that Ikea is aware that trekking out to the store might be an activity for the entire extended family–and all of the cousins will be invited. Eventually, executives realized that Americans were buying the vases to drink out of, as the Swedish company’s glasses were too small for local tastes.
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She’s the world’s top empathy researcher. But colleagues say she bullied and intimidated them | Science | AAAS
Tania Singer, a celebrated neuroscientist and director at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany, is known as one of the world’s foremost experts on empathy. Singer, one of the most high-profile female researchers in the Max Planck Society (MPG), sometimes made harsh comments to women who became pregnant, multiple lab members told Science . “Problems associated to my exhaustion due to having to carry and be responsible for [a] huge and complex study,” were partly to blame, she wrote in a 12 February 2017 email to representatives of the department who had complained about working conditions to the institute’s scientific advisory board. In a statement also issued on 7 August, MPG acknowledged it had learned of the allegations against Singer last year and said the society’s vice president, Bill Hansson, had investigated them, but that details are confidential. Tania Singer, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences Contemporaneous notes from the researchers who took part in the 2017 meeting with the scientific advisory board—held after years of informal discussions and talks with an ombudsman that had led nowhere—include numerous other complaints, including “emotional abuse, threats, devaluation of work, and personal abilities.”
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Thread by @EmilyGorcenski: "A year ago I made a decision that would change my life. I decided that the world needed to see Nazi violence, but not how the media would fi […]"
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Greg Wilson on Twitter: Good shoes are more important for good teaching than most people realize.
@gvwilson: Good shoes are more important for good teaching than most people realize.
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Dr Raul Pacheco-Vega on Twitter: | ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄| | Qualitative analysis IS | | empirical analysis. | |___________| (__/) || (•ㅅ•) || /   づ
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Thread by @IndigenousXca: "It was a beautiful day in Deshkan Ziibiing as we expressed our Nationhood and sanctioned all that we are responsible for: a thread This foun […]"
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Press Release: Saudi students in Canada initiate “Coordination Committee” – تنسيقية الطلبة السعوديين في كندا
Today, we, of the Saudi scholarship system in Canada came from universities, have held an extensive meeting for several hours with a good participation from a wide range of students in master’s, doctoral and professional programs. Therefore, the committee calls for the immediate review of our government’s decision, which will have many negative repercussions that will blow our scientific, professional and academic future. The decision to cut political relations and stop the scholarship programs will also affect the kingdom’s pioneering and ambitious plans, which attract thousands of Saudi students abroad to obtain knowledge and science to the benefit of our dear country. Accordingly, we kindly urge the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and the Crown Prince to instruct the government to immediately reverse its decision and work to stop the repercussions of the Saudi government’s policy which will affect the future of thousands of graduates in the programs of graduate and postgraduates studies. In our meeting today, we, the students and the committee members, express our deep sadness over this political turmoil and its implications on us which did not take into account our educational and professional achievements.
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18.5.3. Tasks and coroutines — Python 3.5.6 documentation
return expression – produce a result to the coroutine that is
waiting for this one using await or yield from . The diagram shows the control flow, it does not describe exactly how things
work internally. For example, the sleep coroutine creates an internal future
which uses to wake up the task in 1 second. The coroutine function is responsible for the computation (which takes 1 second)
and it stores the result into the future. Unlike other functions from the module,
requires the loop argument to
be passed explicitly.
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Elizabeth Adams on Twitter: This one’s easy. —“I don’t read *fiction*” he said, disgust dripping from his voice. — I was young and dumb and stuck it out through dinner in hopes of him having some kind of redeeming quality. He did not. https://
@nightshaderose: This one’s easy.
—“I don’t read *fiction*” he said, disgust dripping from his voice. —
I was young and dumb and stuck it out through dinner in hopes of him having some kind of redeeming quality. He did not. https://t.co/XHPBIvOXyC

https://twitter.com/showupforthis/status/1028147665266073600
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Thread by @Pinboard: " nytimes.com/2018/08/10/tec… One thing Facebook and Twitter share in common is that they have socialized the high costs of a tech bro's jour […]"
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Inside Twitter’s Struggle Over What Gets Banned - The New York Times
While Apple, Facebook and Google’s YouTube earlier this week purged videos and podcasts from Mr. Jones and Infowars — which have regularly spread falsehoods , including that the Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax — Twitter let the content remain on its site. During the one-hour gathering, a picture emerged of a 12-year-old company still struggling to keep up with the complicated demands of being an open and neutral communications platform that brings together world leaders, celebrities, journalists, political activists and conspiracy theorists. Karen Kornbluh, a senior fellow of digital policy at the Council of Foreign Relations, said Mr. Dorsey had mishandled the Infowars situation but added that dealing with matters of free speech on social media is highly complex. Mr. Dorsey discussed that decision on Tuesday in an internal post on Periscope, the live-streaming video platform owned by Twitter, according to an employee who watched the stream and who was not authorized to speak publicly. In Friday’s meeting at Twitter, the 18 attendees, all standing around a wooden conference room table, debated topics including whether tweets that disparaged immigrants could be considered dehumanizing.
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Kameron Hurley: Making Excuses for Science Fiction – Locus Online
My mom used to tell people I wrote ‘‘novels like Stephen King,’’ even though I can’t watch a movie more supernaturally terrify­ing than Ghostbusters without enduring fierce nightmares, insomnia, and night sweats. When I published my first novel 20 years later, I found myself faced with the same challenge: how do I talk about this book to people whose entire conception of science fiction and fantasy are built around Star Wars and The Hobbit ? Nobody says, ‘‘Well, you really have to be into cryptology and conspiracy theories to enjoy this.’’ And even though A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius certainly made my head hurt, it didn’t stop a lot of people from buying from it. No one ever tried to sell me on Carrie by say­ing, ‘‘You really need to have a solid understanding of telekinesis.’’ Not a single Hunger Games fan said, ‘‘You’ll only get it if you’ve already read Battle Royale .’’ Instead, they talked plainly about the stories – the bullied high school girl who gets revenge. After she got into healthcare work, she started reading some true crime novels while soaking in the tub, but for the most part, she preferred chatting people up to squinting at words on a page.
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Jules Suzdaltsev on Twitter: Can we all just appreciate that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said, “I’m not debating you because, like a catcaller, you’re approaching me in bad faith”. To which Ben Shapiro, along with every awful conservative responded i
@jules_su: Can we all just appreciate that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said, “I’m not debating you because, like a catcaller, you’re approaching me in bad faith”.

To which Ben Shapiro, along with every awful conservative responded in bad faith to a single out-of-context word of her reply. https://t.co/Eb6XpRQsqk

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