A large chunk of the Fediverse was scraped; your posts are being “released”
Matteo Zignani, Christian Quadri, Alessia Galdeman, Sabrina Gaito andGian Paolo Rossi from the University of #Milan scraped all english speaking instances (363) listed on instances.social, wrote a paper about it and are distributing the dataset.
“In this context, we release a dataset gathered from Mastodon, […]“
“These data have been collected by implementing an ad-hoc tool for downloading the public timelines of the servers, namely instances, that form the Mastodon platform, along with the meta-data associated to them.“
“The spider exploits the instance list obtained from the previous step and makes a pool of requests to the instance endpoint 4 which returns the latest toots of the local timeline. Since the time-lines implement a pagination mechanism, the spider extracts the URL for the next request and repeat this procedure till it reaches the end of the timeline.”
Anti-intellectualism needs to be destroyed. Why do you think scientific racism still exists? Why do you think the whole "XX AND XY CHROMOSOMES DETERMINE YOUR SEX" thing exists? Why do you think people deny climate change? Or think vaccines are dangerous?
There's a dangerous trend of anti-intellectualism and deliberate ignorance. It isn't the source of every problem but it sure as fuck needs to have something done about it. This is why I think it's so important for things to be explained for normies without jargon in ways they can understand. Otherwise, someone else will give them the wrong explanation... and it's that much harder to deprogram.
This is why education is important too. Just not the way we educate our children right now, which is as dull and boring as possible, and overworks them for no reason.
The Silent Book Club, +
"How two women quietly reading books in an SF bar started an introvert revolution"
"The format of a Silent Book Club meeting is simple: The group picks a time and a place, and everyone brings a book to read of their choosing. For the first half hour, people order drinks, share what they’re reading and get settled. Then, it’s an hour of uninterrupted quiet reading time.
After the hour is up, people are invited to start chatting again — or, keep reading if they so choose. Informally, they call it “Introvert Happy Hour.”
“It provides a space for people who want to get out of the house and spend some time with friendly-minded people, but don’t want to go through that whole awkward small talk,” said de la Mare. “You have a book in your hand, so it’s really easy to talk about what you’re reading. And when you get to that moment of not having anything else to say, it’s totally socially acceptable to go back to reading.”
health (-), emeto/vomit mention
My poor pup is sick with what appears to be some vomiting from what he ate a while ago, so I’m awake and keeping an eye on him to make sure he doesn’t wake up and suddenly need anything. Just sucks we all felt like trash but he got it the worst, and our mutual friend leaves soon too... dang.
He’s been asleep for about 30 minutes or so. I probably won’t sleep much, but I don’t have anywhere to go so it’s nbd.
Law grad wins discharge of his student debt in opinion criticizing 'punitive standards'
• gay blasian trans man (he/him) in nyc; 1L in law school; classics aficionado; horror fiend.
• demisexual rabbit furry, 怖い可愛い、always tired.
We are a Mastodon instance for LGBT+ and alies! ☺