Internet matters

Back in November, Amanda Harvey-Sánchez and Julia DaSilva released a podcast episode for Climate Justice Toronto about the first generation of fossil fuel divestment organizers at U of T. That episode covered from the inception of the campaign in 2012 until the People’s Climate March (PCM) in New York City in September 2014. They have […]


In the last week or so, I have been deluged by “calls for papers” from a variety of similar sounding so-called journals which I don’t think really exist or, if they do, which are exceptionally scammy. Keep an eye out for: International Journal on Bioinformatics & Biosciences (IJBB) Machine Learning and Applications: An International Journal […]


Several recent articles have described text-generating AIs like GPT3 and ChatGPT: AI bot ChatGPT stuns academics with essay-writing skills and usability The Undergraduate Essay Is About to Die: Nobody is prepared for how AI will transform academia I have been hearing for a while that the best/only way to deal with the enormous problem of […]


The first episode of Amanda Harvey-Sánchez and Julia DaSilva’s podcast about the / divestment campaign at the University of Toronto is online. This one features three organizers from the early campaign in 2012: me, Stu Basden, and Monica Resendes.

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I’m sorry this site is being so unreliable at the moment. I have contacted DreamHost about the terrible load times and unstable performance, despite how almost nobody reads this site. They sent complex instructions for back-end changes to how it is run, but I don’t have time to do that now. My hosting worked pretty […]


1. Look for square brackets and underscores inside footnotes (2022-07-28)


I have seen a lot of discussion about Jonathan Haidt’s recent article in The Atlantic about how social media has broken US politics. It contains some important criticisms of the progressive left, as well as the authoritarian right — particularly about their demand that all speech and thought should conform to their ideological agenda. On […]


As I have been writing drafts of my PhD dissertation, I am working in Microsoft Word for the sake of interoperability with committee members, with the intention of submitting the dissertation in LaTeX format after the defence. My footnotes are just unique identifiers to sources listed in my developing public bibliography. In it’s way it […]


Because the spoken word content on Spotify is so-so most of the time (aside from podcasts like Ologies and the Spycast), I have been trying Audible to provide better quality listening material during walks. So far I have finished James Donovan’s book “Strangers on a Bridge: The Case of Colonel Abel” about the espionage trials […]


There’s a voguish argument that in an era of easy information availability there is less cause to have any substantial body of knowledge memorized. I have seen articles arguing that the crucial cognitive skills for young people today are the ability to find what they are looking for, given access to the internet. I think […]