Pinned toot

My on another site: I'm a microeconomist who spends his days searching for better models, but I mostly use this site for one-liners.

Am a heavy music consumer, and may post track links w/background. I do a lot with intellectual property, migration, and computational statstics, which I think are important topics with a lot of room for curiosity and creative exploration. I make soap, bike everywhere, often sleep in tents, and am generally an introverted hippie.

I'm trying to come up with a list of intellectual property issues that we, The Internet, care about. What have I missed?
* copyright and orphaned works
* software patents
* exportation of US policy via the US Trade Representative
* open access to research
* [your issue here]
* [and here]

My mnemonic for remembering how to spell subcommittee is that they're always overstaffed so double everything.

More about US Census history 

Remember when the US Census coöperated with the Japanese concentration camps during WWII? Everybody at Census does. More than not being a secret, it's a lesson everybody there has internalized: do not give information to those who would put the public at risk. (Or anybody else, for that matter. Who knows what they'll do.)

See census.gov/about/policies/priv for details.

Person who has spent a lot of time in the Census HQ building here. The culture there is technocratic and absolutely paranoid about data leaks. Over and over again, the messaging to employees was that we don't give data to FBI, ICE, state police, or any other agency.

A lot of people want the public to think this isn't the case, so they can be duped into not filling in their Census and so lose their voice. Fuck those people. Be counted.

You're wearing a mask because you care about your community, and nudging family and friends to do the same? Awesome.

Now, for your community, fill in your U.S. Census form here and encourage everyone to do the same: my2020census.gov

PS: you can skip the 12-digit PIN page.

b boosted

🌳 Lake Superior: its character, vegetation, and animals, compared with those of other similar regions.
Boston: Gould, Kendall & Lincoln, 1850.
biodiversitylibrary.org/page/3

b boosted

Cats do indeed have 9 lives. The other 8 are on an n-dimensional hyperplane intersecting our universe

And that's why they sometimes stare off into a distance for no particular reason

#ScienceFax

b boosted

A haiku about drug regulatory information that is available to researchers; Strong language 

Undocumented
FDA databases
Holy fucking hell

b boosted

About to attend the #summerschool conference on patent law and I'm so excited!!!

b boosted

What album covers do open source music player projects put in their demo screens, thus implicitly hinting at the target community?

Amarok: Tubular Bells. youtube.com/watch?v=TXvtDm820z

Clementine:
Arven, Music of Light youtube.com/watch?v=mCeuvT1pjP [Plus Led Zeppelin]

VLC: Coldplay live youtube.com/watch?v=xRT7Lcr76p

Audacious: Dvorak [sic], Serenade for Strings youtube.com/watch?v=7psI60ZCOd

I'll be giving a 15 minute talk explaining why patents don't work for complex inventions like software or whatever you're reading this on. There will be bonus slides about how Amazon et al use patents to avoid taxes.

7/28 @11pm UTC (so 7PM EDT, 4PM PDT).
It's part of the incredible program put together by the scholar.social Masto instance. Sign up here: docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAI

Star Wars storm troopers are sci-fi nazis and so many people think it's fun to cosplay as them.

b boosted

There is now a Mastodon instance for publishing scientists: FediScience.

Everyone is welcome from PhD student to professor, as well as researchers from outside of academia. You are welcome to stay afterwards, but it is also easy to change to another server.

There will be a lot of science talk on this server, but there is no need to only talk science

fediscience.org/invite/j6X8z7q

Boosts are appreciated to let others know about this new instance.

Show thread

It's on the edge of memory so I can't be sure, but I think I went up this as an infant.

b boosted

Speaking of the _Foundation Trilogy_, a brief commentary from a friend: planspace.org/20200714-foundat

Poll: I was born on the 10th (of a different month) at high noon, on the East coast of Australia.

I now live on the East coast of the USA, where it was 10PM on the 9th.

Birthday celebrations should be:

b boosted

The Paradox of Tolerance has been on my mind lately. Here's Karl Popper, in _The Open Society and its Enemies_

"If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them."

If you meet a free speech absolutist who insists deplatforming nazis is unethical, that means they haven't thought through the Paradox.

Show more
XOXO Zone

The social network of the future: No ads, no corporate surveillance, ethical design, and decentralization! Own your data with Mastodon!