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Are UK museums and heritage sites accessible enough? Take the Museum and Heritage Access Survey 2020 and tell us about your experience bit.ly/museumaccess2020

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> This is a wretched state of affairs. Entering a URL does not represent consent to install software. Imagine an app store where even examining an app meant you had already installed it. Would you want to use that app store? I wouldn't. So how in heck have we arrived at that pattern for browsing the internet?

> The profitability of surveillance has coalesced into a present where sites shame us for blocking the execution of JavaScript, or for executing it selectively to avoid ads and malware. They believe that a refusal to be surveilled threatens their livelihoods.

garbados.github.io/my-blog/bro

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This tree is named Hyperion. Standing at a height of 115.61 metres, it is Earth's tallest known living tree.

Hyperion is a coast redwood (sequoia sempervirens) and it lives somewhere in Redwood National Park in California. The exact location is remote, and is being kept secret to avoid any potential ecological damage or vandalism which too many visitors might bring.

Excellent explainer on why you're seeing so many wildly different predictions about coronavirus right now, and why that doesn't make those predictions useless for experts. From fivethirtyeight.com and Zach Wienersmith of SMBC.
fivethirtyeight.com/features/a

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Today I learned that many/most color laser printers layer an array of yellow microdots on top of documents 🔬

This Machine Identification Code en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Machine_ encodes a print date and a serial number unique to the machine. It only became public knowledge in 2004, ~20 year after deployment 😑

The Technical University of Dresden released a tool 2 years ago to layer on _even more dots_ to render the MIC unreadable and aid whistleblowers publishing github.com/dfd-tud/deda

If you haven't seen it yet then I thoroughly recommend watching this full recording of the National Theatre's production of One Man, Two Guvnors. Superb acting fur the whole cast, exquisite comic timing, awful puns, physical comedy and James Corden spit-taking with soup, this has it all. Had me in stitches for the full 2h40m.
youtu.be/XzqcRwWVv8k

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Spent the day in a collaborative hackathon making a birdsite bot that analyses code repos and provides recommendations - won the hackathon, then promptly got my account suspended 🤣 here's the awesome code: github.com/RSE2-D2/RSE2-D2

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OMFG A FEDERATED SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATIONS PLATFORM!

I literally cannot wait to dig into this!! It's what I've been wanting!

olki.loria.fr/platform/

It only took 45 minutes of this RDA plenary session for this to come up.

As any conversation of data provenance goes on, the probability of someone suggesting blockchain as a solution approaches 1.

selfie, eye contact, rubbish video conferencing joke 

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"I’m an epidemiologist. When I heard about Britain’s ‘herd immunity’ coronavirus plan, I thought it was satire"
theguardian.com/commentisfree/

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In Capitalist America, advertising buys you

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Today, my class on designing speculative fiction scenarios about dystopian futures has been postponed due to a viral pandemic outbreak.
I feel like the universe is looking at my design fictions, and says "Hold my beer"

Heartfelt article that pulls no punches in identifying who's to blame for climate change:

The big lie we’re told about climate change is that it’s our own fault
vox.com/first-person/2018/10/1

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Finally found the spaceship size comparison, originally published by Dirk Loechel in 2013 and continually updated since

deviantart.com/dirkloechel/art

This has been floating around the Internet in various stages for years without attribution and it's good to see the source

#Art #SciFi

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"If a person can’t get out of bed, something is making them exhausted. If a student isn’t writing papers, there’s some aspect of the assignment that they can’t do without help. If an employee misses deadlines constantly, something is making organization and deadline-meeting difficult. Even if a person is actively choosing to self-sabotage, there’s a reason for it"

This is such a good article. CW discussion of ableism
humanparts.medium.com/amp/p/3a

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