Three weeks into my new job starting an AR/VR research group at JPMorgan Chase (will drop job ads soon!), finally checking back in. How are things going in hci masto land?

Really drives home the “you think you’re at a top-tier university, but you're also working at a gov’t agency in a red state” message. Go Jackets!

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Well, at least your university isn't supporting the Big Lie, right? Fortunately, this won't be "my university" for much longer.

ajc.com/news/investigations/ge

"Roe. Miranda. Gun control. Church and State. All dismantled in a single week. The single worst week for civil rights and liberties in decades."

twitter.com/MrGordian/status/1

twitter should really turn off that "most people don't tweet things like this" warning today

I finally started having hexagon people in my feed on Twitter. Unfollow. Should probably block.

CAN YOU IMAGINE where science and medicine could be today if we had the nerve to smash the publishers in 1999 and had 23 years of building tools on an ecosystem of free knowledge????????? Let's not wait another 20 and collect the courage to look beyond our own careers NOW.

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Beach vacation coming to a close, just finished the second of my two beach reads.

Stories of Your Life and Others, by Ted Chiang. Short story collection with a wide range of entertaining and thought provoking ideas.

The Anthropocene Reviewed: Essays on a Human-Centered Planet! by John Green. A touching collection of short essays on life and the world.

Both are highly recommended.

Mid-afternoon, sitting in the shade on our balcony, looking out over the clear blue water, listening to the waves and Jimmy Buffet, sweating and smelling the sea air, reading a book that has absolutely nothing to do with my academic life. I recognize my good fortune.

I’m really surprised that the coverage of Sandberg’s departure hasn’t drawn stronger connections to accusations that she used her position to squelch coverage of accusations against her then-boyfriend Bobby Kotick. They’re almost certainly related!

From April 2022: theverge.com/2022/4/21/2303554

There's a simple solution: find other assessment methods than high-stakes tests. I have not been giving closed-book, high-stakes tests since the pandemic started, and probably never will again. Instead, I've been using an assortment of many low-stakes methods that also give frequent feedback and encourage learning.

tl;dr: Honorlock sucks
nytimes.com/2022/05/27/technol

I still wish symmetric 1GB fibre was available here, but the Comcost Xfinity is now connected to my UDM Pro gateway and it’s approx 10x faster than my ATT VDSL (860/44 vs 70/6). We’ll see how it performs over time.

Finally fed up enough with ATT VDSL being slow and unstable that I’m ordering comcast (which I swore I’d never do). We are moving in a year or so, so I’ll probably just keep both and hook them up to my Unify Pro gateway, making one a failover

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