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Immigrant. EU citizen 🇪🇺, Dane 🇩🇰 living in Venice 🇮🇹. Historian 📖 and keen photographer 📸. Servant of two dogs 🐕🐩.

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NBarreyre , to histodons
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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?


seindal ,
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@rjohnston @NBarreyre @histodons Burning the White House was not nice.

seindal ,
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@rjohnston @NBarreyre @histodons Ancient bio labs? Then you were totally justified.

fgraver , to academicchatter
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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.

seindal ,
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@fgraver @academicchatter Apparently it's a group of Japanese spammers exploiting poorly administered Misskey servers.

Make a filter on "こんにちは" and it'll go away.

ajsadauskas , (edited ) to tech
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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?


seindal ,
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@ajsadauskas @pluralistic @technology It'll go where Orkut went.

ml , to academicchatter
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Really not liking the new trend of non-visual arts academics using AI to create graphics for their blogs, slide presentations, videos, etc.


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.


seindal ,
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@ml @academicchatter AI is really AP - Automated Plagiarism

MemsDead , to genealogy
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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

@genealogy @genealogy @histodons

seindal ,
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@MemsDead @genealogy @genealogy @histodons What's the reason for the year written like that? Are there two calendars in play with different ideas of the new year?

That would have been the case in Venice.


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Mezzo (Calle di) – Curiosità Veneziane

“Mezzo (Calle di) in Ruga Giuffa, a S. Maria Formosa.” from Curiosità Veneziane by Giuseppe Tassini


seindal ,
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@info A while ago I wrote about the Insta-famous blue door in Venice, and this is where I found the first clues.

The "Curiosità Veneziane" by Giuseppe Tassini is a treasure trove of information about Venice before the 1900s. The first editions, from 1863 and 1872, are digitised and online.

The Italian is a bit archaic but perfectly understandable.

I've put the entire fourth edition online here, searchable and geo-tagged:

@histodons @venice

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seindal , to histodons
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BLACK FRIDAY OFFER: one hundred articles on the history of Venice, with no paywall or subscription. Offer valid for a finite period only!

Don't miss this great occasion to learn something.



seindal , to histodons
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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.



phistorians , to histodons
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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

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seindal ,
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Interesting how the guy is nude, but then not. He's wearing a very small and light mantel.

seindal ,
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@phistorians @histodons @antiquidons My guess is that the cloak marks him as a traveller.

atomicpoet , to fediversenews
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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! 😄



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@siderea @atomicpoet @fediversenews

The @info profile is using activitypub on WordPress.

Try to leave a comment na post and I'll tell you what happens. The site is mine.

I believe it'll follow the WordPress settings, so the comment will have to pass moderation.

seindal ,
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seindal ,
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@siderea @atomicpoet @fediversenews @info I mixed up some comments as more than one of you commented.

I've just noticed that apparently ActivityPub can provoke some request peaks on the web server, so you have to be careful with the configuration.

The History Walks site is on a small VPS, and it ran into memory problems due to too many Apache processes.

Barros_heritage , to histodons
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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."



seindal ,
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@Barros_heritage @academicchatter @histodons @sociology @culturalheritage

As one of the ever fewer residents of Venice I can only say that I hope it works.

I am not, however, confident that it will.

The current city administration is wedded to the economic interests of mass tourism. In the city government there is one (1) person who actually lives in the city.

Venice, in a historical opposite, is now being governed by the mainland.

That's one of the root causes of the problem.

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@timrichards @Barros_heritage @academicchatter @histodons @sociology @culturalheritage

It's not a matter of the price. The question is whether it'll help the city stay alive.

People are leaving, and have been for half a century, because over-tourism is making it ever less livable.

There are parts of the city where there are no longer any normal shops, only tourist shops, but you can't eat souvenirs for breakfast.

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@luca @timrichards @Barros_heritage @academicchatter @histodons @sociology @culturalheritage

Which absurdly might aggravate the problem of affordable housing.

Rents in Venice are already high.

seindal , to histodon
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Bridges in Venice

If everything is old in Venice, then what about the bridges? Well, surprise, most of them are not. In fact, 3/4 of the bridges are modern.

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