"The main takeaway, I think, is not just that we need to be more scrupulous about our location data settings. It’s that we need to be much, much more restrictive about the apps that we install on our phones." https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/j5zap3/delete-all-your-apps
Played a bit of Capsule today, and this aesthetic is Very My Thing. http://milsci.info
@luisprof In terms of “we’re all guilty, so no one gets prosecuted,” maybe. But Calhoun writes that there were actual assassinations planned as pledges of loyalty — there’s one in Thucydides, during the reign of the Four Hundred. Caesar’s assassination would differ from that in that killing Caesar was the point of the conspiracy, not just the pledge meant to hold it together.
Postscript: One thing that perplexed me in Thucydides was the mutilation of the Hermes.
Just ahead of the invasion of Sicily, a number of religious statues were mysteriously defaced. This eventually led to the expulsion of a number of citizens, most notably the general Alcibiades.
Found a theory in G.M. Calhoun’s “Athenian Clubs in Politics and Legislation”: that hetaery (political clubs) sometimes committed joint outrages — criminal or religious — to commit members to a conspiracy.
Hey new people on Mastodon!
For privacy reasons there's no automated "people to follow" suggestions on here.
However, there is an unofficial community site called #Trunk which is an opt-in list of people who are looking for followers, organised by topic:
Scroll down to find people to follow, or read the instructions at the top if you want to be added to a list.
For example, here's the list for "Science Fiction":
@luisprof His Hellenica is next on my list.
The lack of an account migration idiom on Mastodon really is fatal, it is sincerely a thing that keeps me from recommending Mastodon to people. The http://witches.town evaporation to me was kind of like a disproof of the fediverse and I feel like maybe the fediverse dev community should have treated it as such. There needs to be a way to recover your account, "toots", and follower network if one instance goes away.
Okay so tumblr is banning rotating cubes saying it's porn and facebook banned saying "i'm gay" saying it's sexual solicitation and Twitter always seemed like it could disappear at any moment
I feel like we need to be getting ready for Mass Migration to Mastodon, which means we need to fix anything that keeps Mastodon from being usable, and there is in fact something that keeps Mastodon from being usable, there's one specific thing, it's this:
Recently finished up the Sicilian disaster sections of Thucydides’ history (Books VI and VII), and it’s a testament to Thucydides’ narrative skill that the drama wasn’t undermined at all by knowing from Plutarch how the defeat went down.
At the same time, the unified narrative sweep of that section contrasts sharply with the “purer” historical writing of Books I–V.
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