Immigrant. EU citizen 🇪🇺, Dane 🇩🇰 living in Venice 🇮🇹. Historian 📖 and keen photographer 📸. Servant of two dogs 🐕🐩.
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A question on Canadian History.
I teach for new graduate students in US history an historiography seminar, where I assign 2 articles/chapters per session. And I'd very much like to include articles on Canada, 19th & 20th century. They're becoming good critical readers of scholarship, but know nothing about Canadian history (except what I did with them on early modern period). Any recommendations?
Not sure what’s up with all the spam for some strange discord group, @academicchatter, but I’ll refollow after you’ve got it sorted out.
My real worry with Google's voyage into enshittification (thanks to Cory Doctorow @pluralistic the term) is YouTube.
Through YT, for the past 15 years, the world has basically entrusted Google to be the custodian of pretty much our entire global video archive.
There's countless hours of archived footage — news reports, political speeches, historical events, documentaries, indie films, academic lectures, conference presentations, rare recordings, concert footage, obscure music — where the best or only copy is now held by Google through YouTube.
So what happens if maintaining that archival footage becomes unprofitable?
Really not liking the new trend of non-visual arts academics using AI to create graphics for their blogs, slide presentations, videos, etc.
VALUE HUMAN LABOR & CREATIVITY
We already know that this AI was created by ripping off visual artists without consent or compensation. When you use AI to goose up your work instead of using public domain, the right CC license, legit stock licensing or work you've commissioned. you are engaging in academic misconduct, in my opinion.
On this day in 1752, Sarah Napier White died. Her gravestone details her family tree. See more gravestone inscriptions from Belturbet, Co. Cavan, in the Journals: http://tinyurl.com/white1752
Learn about the Journals at https://MemsDead.com
Festa della Salute
The Festa della Salute each year on November 21st is an important holiday in Venice. The event celebrates the end of the plague in 1631.
This relief was found at Hadrian’s villa in Tivoli. The young man (Castor?) seems to be in a tousle for control with the horse while a dog watches on. Likely Roman in manufacture, but definitely inspired by the Greek style!
🏛British Museum, 1805,0703.121
ActivityPub 1.0.0 for WordPress has officially been released! 🎉
One of the biggest additions is the ability to set up blog-wide "catch-all" accounts, which is a fantastic new feature. It provides more flexibility compared to the previous account setup.
In terms of adoption, the plugin has already been installed on an impressive 42,831 WordPress blogs! It's amazing to witness how ActivityPub for WordPress is gaining popularity day by day.
But here's the news that truly gets me pumped up: ActivityPub support for Wordpress.com (also known as "Dotcom") is on its way! This means millions of WordPress.com users are going to join the Fediverse. Just imagine the possibilities! Currently, there are around 70 million new posts and 77 million new comments made on WordPress.com each month. The addition of ActivityPub will open up the Fediverse to a whole new level!
While Threads joining the Fediverse has sparked a lot of discussion, I believe the inclusion of WordPress (both self-hosted and Dotcom variants) could have an even more significant impact. It's an exciting time indeed! 😄
Venice to start charging visitors entry fee next year (Reuters).
"Venice plans to experiment with an admission fee of 5 euros($5.35) for day trippers next year to try to manage the flow of tourists drawn to its historic canals, the city council said on Tuesday.
The fee will be applied on a trial basis on 30 days next year, focusing mainly on spring bank holidays and summer weekends when tourism numbers are at their peak. All visitors over the age of 14 will have to pay it.
The aim was to find "a new balance between the rights of those who live, study or work in Venice and those who visit the city," Venice tourism councillor Simone Venturini said."