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The Computation + Journalism Symposium in Boston in March of this year is offering diversity scholarships. More info here:

There are also different shapes and forms of radicalization, independent of political ideology. I lack the language to talk about it but one thing I think about is "radically open" and "radically closed" spaces but unfortunately these are still fuzzy concepts for me.

I think there is a conversation to be had about the shapes of radicalization that technology encourages. But to start from a position where all radicalization is bad leaves an awful taste in my mouth.

I've been asked in multiple interviews in the last six months about how we can prevent private or semi private social media from becoming a place where people are radicalized. The only honest answer I can give is that I'm not opposed to radicalization per se. I'm opposed to right wing radicalization and I'm also opposed to the status quo and centrist incrementalist notions of justice and progress. I think we need more spaces online and offline for left radicalization.

flowers 🤝 smelly feet
being able to smell bad

I am so extraordinarily pleased that there is a server for dads and that it's running Hometown. If you know any dads who are looking for a Fediverse home, this seems like it could be a nice place

:mower: is now on the #hometown fork of mastodon, by @darius! :catch:

All the features of Mastodon 3.0.1, plus local-only posting (posts only dads can see!), rich text, the ability to follow article-type posts from ActivityPub, and more (check out for details).

There's never been a better time to join this little instance, now on a super-speedy little server of its very own. If you've got kids and identify as a dad, hit me up for an invite!

Incidentally, the journal of manga and anime studies is called, get this, Mechademia:

All transit in Wuhan being shut down is hard to imagine for anybody who doesn't know the city:

It is about the size of greater London, but replace the Thames with the Yangtze which is about 500m wide as it cuts the city in half. Now remove all buses, the Tube, trains and river ferries. Without transit, most of the 11 million people are essentially under house arrest.

MAJOR shout out to this developer based in Lagos who 3 years ago posted the only reasonable "get a React app set up with minor fuss" I have ever encountered. The only change I had to make was installing `babel-loader@7` and `webpack-cli` as dev dependencies.

@darius this naturally prompted the following thought:

🎶 Koyaanisqat C 🎶

Idea: write a version of Terry Riley's "In C" but with lyrics about things that can happen in the C programming language

imagine a world where Signal Desktop more than just kinda sorta works

Oh wow. So that really famous centralized vs decentralized vs distributed diagram that I quote above? Well, in one of the companion papers, Baran provides this iteration on it, which in my opinion is far superior and I'm going to start using in my presentations.

Full paper:

this same ranking could be "Pynchon novels sorted by the number of truly bad puns I remember from each book, in descending order"

Pynchon novels ranked 

This is delightful - a deep dive into the history and semiotics of the packaging of 70s code-cracking board game "Mastermind"

"The two people featured on the cover, however, were not, in fact, an oligarch and his consort, but Bill Woodward—the owner of a chain of local hairdressing salons who lived near the Invicta Plastics factory—and Hong Kong-born Cecilia Fung, a computer science student at the University of Leicester who had been approached on the street by the agency organizing the shoot."

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