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has anyone here ever enrolled in or is currently enrolled in a graduate level #creativewriting program?
would you be willing and able to answer a few questions about your experience, if so?

#writing #university #school #phd #mfa #ma #nonfiction #fiction

Going to spend next three days with partner and our son at an indoor water park. Good weather for it—it’s rainy and cold, so might as well be inside!

He sees you when you're sleeping
He sees you when you're sleeping
He sees you when you're sleeping

Hey everyone, I'm working on a guide on how to thrive on Mastodon. If youve been here for more than three months, I'm curious if you would have any advice for a new user to get them to stick around and not bounce off.

All comments welcome, feel free to boost.

Siri, define white privilege

Sometimes it’s depressing living in a place where it rains so much in winter. But sometimes there are upsides:

We don’t often have to deal with driving in the snow.


I’ve been seeing a hummingbird in the same set of trees several times this week.

Maybe hummingbirds don’t migrate in winter...I don’t know. But to me they signal non-winter and it’s been lovely to see this one. Or its friends on different days.

Xmas songs, goats Show more

Yay Yay Yay Yay Yay!

Just got called to give my oath of citizenship for Canada, the last step for Canadian citizenship! So , so excited. It will be early January.

Then I can vote and also get a passport and finally will be a real Canadian!
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thanks to Botnik Studios there's this: a chapter of Harry Potter written by a predictive text bot w/the entire Harry Potter series as its dataset. Things escalate fast

"Magic: it was something that Harry Potter thought was very good."

"To Harry, Ron was a loud, slow, & soft bird. Harry did not like to think about birds."

"Harry tore his eyes from his head and threw them into the forest. Voldemort raised his eyebrows at Harry, who could not see anything at the moment."

“Just by watching you open your email, [a curious person or] spammers can learn your schedule (‘based on the time you check your email’), your itinerary (based on how you check mail at home, on the bus, or so on), and personal preferences (based on where they harvested the email; say, a sports forum, or a music fansite).”

alabama race &tc Show more

I found this great resource for #philosophy: a list of texts one might use for teaching university courses, from traditions and people not in the usual list of what is taught. From Bryan Van Norden:

Hey folks! When Star Wars Episode 7 came out, I ran a slack instance for folks to discuss the film so as to keep spoilers away from those trying to avoid them. I'll be doing the same for Episode 8. If you'd like an invite, DM me.

Today I went for a walk in the fog. And at one point there were what seemed like hundreds of crows in one area, in the trees, on buildings, on fences. Not sure why they were all gathered in one place. Is that a crow thing?

Do you think it's possible to build a researchers social network to share science papers, articles and bibliographic databases on a federated model? Maybe something using mastodon and ActivityPub. Of course, as free software! @Gargron boost plz

York University (Ontario, Canada) on requiring students to pay for digital ancillary resources like homework tools—can’t count for more than 15% of course grade, has to be purchasable separate from book, & more.

U Toronto has similar policy:

The Ministry of Higher Ed in Ontario considers tuition to cover instruction & assessment, so adding digital assessment tools is like making students pay on top of what already paying for tuition.

Because I needed it recently, a reminder:

It's ok to turn off push notifications from apps. It's ok to unsubscribe from email lists. It's ok to unfollow. Your attention is yours to give.


The length of copyright expiry is fucking insane

I was thinking "oh hey, I should build a gopher site, I wonder what I should put in the misc. files section"

I thought, hey, episodes of the goon show would be nice

The Goon Show was broadcast between 1952 and 1960

You'd assume that they'd be out of copyright by now


They come out of copyright in 2083

ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY THREE YEARS after the last episode aired

I'm not big on December holidays, but living in a part of the world where it gets pretty dark for a lot of the day this time of year, I must admit I really get a lovely feeling with all the small lights around. It provides a kind of reminder of light that will return again. Now it's small lights in the dark as a glimmer; later the long lights of summer will return.

And the days start getting longer shortly here in the Northern Hemisphere!