(Quantitative) cultural studies 🚣
Building Dynamic Knowledge Graphs from Text-based Games
Steps towards playing arbitrary text-based games. From the first paragraph: "Text-based games are complex, interactive simulations in which text describes the game state and players make progress by entering text actions. They can be seen as sequential decision making tasks where accomplishing certain goals earns rewards (points). Solving these games requires both Reinforcement Learning (RL) and Natural Language Processing (NLP) techniques."
PodcastRE: A searchable, researchable archive of podcasting culture
Interesting project. Seems to have a pay-to-access data download available.
How to Block Amazon, Google, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft
This (part of) a superb piece of reporting. It's the technical side of this article/series: https://gizmodo.com/c/goodbye-big-five "When Gizmodo reporter Kashmir Hill, or Kash, as I call her, approached me about her desire to rid herself of these companies, I was excited. As consumers, we are afforded only a few avenues of acceptable dissent—the most reasonable of which is that, if you don’t like what a company is doing, you can move your money and data elsewhere."
Scholarly communication 🦓
Reimagining the Annual Meeting for an Era of Radical Climate Change | Society for Cultural Anthropology
Inspiring. Includes a description of efforts by American Academy of Religion and American Association of Geographers to reduce the climate footprint of annual meetings.
Articles from blogs I follow around the net
The whole world knows about BLM (Black Lives Matter). Native speakers of English (at least American English — I can't vouch for other varieties) instinctively know what the innately idiomatic intransitive verb "matter" means in this constructi…via Language Log January 12, 2021
Filmmakers responded with enthusiasm and creativity to a call from the Internet Archive to make short films using newly available content from 1925 in celebration of Public Domain Day. They discovered a new freedom in being able to remix film clips with G…via Internet Archive Blogs January 12, 2021
Worum geht es? Das bis Ende März 2021 geförderte BMBF-Projekt CLARIAH-DE führt die Angebote von CLARIN-D und DARIAH-DE nachhaltig zusammen, um Synergien sowie neue Nutzendengruppen zu erschließen. Gerade mit Blick auf generische Dienste oder Basisinfrastr…via DHd-Blog January 12, 2021
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