Stranger In An Even Stranger Land - blog by Gurdur


A blog of random jottings on events, science, renfairs, travel, reading, music, humanism, religion, atheism, and even the odd spot of gardening.


The women nobody wants to see: public virtues and private viciousness

Posted 04-Jul-2015 at 12:10 PM (12:10) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)

There are women who are very much in the news without being in the news. In an enforced black-hole of public memory and sanctimony, their presence is only obvious because of people refusing to admit their existence. Let's cover some examples here. A few years ago I supported a woman who had been accused of fortune-telling and of inciting a mob to destroy a crocodile sanctuary. Those who leaped upon the bandwagon to denounce her didn't even know she was a woman. Her being a person, let alone a...
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You do not get to hog suicide risk or depression all to yourself: @mjrobbins, @BoraZ, #scioX and implosions

Posted 03-Jan-2014 at 06:18 PM (18:18) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 03-Jan-2014 at 09:44 PM (21:44) by Gurdur

At an awkward time for me personally, yet again the science communication (#scicomm) world implodes, and that fairly close to an upcoming conference, the #scio14 one in Raleigh, North Carolina. I am on an urgent trip to Australia for only one week, from where I live in Germany, for the funeral of my father in Perth. While here I have also been informed that my paternal aunt is also dying, in Sydney, right on the other side of Australia (the very last relative left on my paternal side); I am simply...
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The amazing hard workers of the scicomm people in Raleigh, NC

Posted 21-Apr-2012 at 06:18 AM (06:18) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 21-Apr-2012 at 05:08 PM (17:08) by Never (fixed typo)

I have tons of photographs and observations of the general people visiting the opening of the new science museum wing in Raleigh, North Carolina, to post and to talk about. I found the crowds fascinating and greatly encouraging - and to any North Carolinans reading this, I found a subtle but acute divísion in people and behaviour roughly marked by where the Capitol building is in Raleigh, between folks on one side by the museum, and folks on the other side down in roughly the central business district,...
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First #scio12 videos - the introductory remarks

Posted 20-Jan-2012 at 06:36 PM (18:36) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 04-Feb-2012 at 04:17 AM (04:17) by Gurdur

I made impromptu videos of the introductory speeches of the Science Online 2012 (#scio12) conference. Since it was all done off-the-cuff, they're terrible videos. Sorry about that, but hey, I did my best without adequate preparation.

Anton Zuiker (@MisterSugar) doing introductory small speech at #Scio12

Karyn Traphagen (@ktraphagen) doing introductory
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Why this matters to YOU: Upcoming conference Science Online 2012 in January, North Carolina, USA

Posted 07-Dec-2011 at 02:11 PM (14:11) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 08-Jan-2012 at 07:02 PM (19:02) by Gurdur

I will be attending the Science Online 2012 (#scio12) conference in January, which will be held in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. This post is all about why this conference is important to you even if you don't think so at all, even if you don't do science at all, and how I will be doing my best to report on it back to you in full. If you want more control over your life and more influence upon your society, then a basic understanding of the science issues of today and the coming years is necessary,...
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The power & vital necessity of the narrative, in #arseniclife, #SoLo11 and all science communication

Posted 09-Sep-2011 at 08:15 PM (20:15) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 11-Sep-2011 at 12:13 AM (00:13) by Gurdur

One great talk at the Science Online London conference, which I didn't mention in my summary given in my preceeding blog post, was a breakout-session talk, "So many ways to tell a story", given by Anton Zuiker (@MisterSugar) and Bora Zivkovic (@BoraZ). It was all good, but needed far more time and follow-up sessions; as I tweeted during it, one thing I personally missed was discussion of when narratives compete with each other, and discussion of how to analyse underlying narratives.
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At the Science Online London conference so far, and @BoraZ throws a ball

Posted 02-Sep-2011 at 01:33 PM (13:33) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)

Now it's just past midday, and the Science Online London conference has been underway all morning. The opening talk by Michael Nielsen was excellent, looking at how to make cooperative effort succeed in Open Science atttempts, using for example parallels between trade-unions and Open Science projects. However, there was some feedback afterwards to the effect that he had not sufficiently allowed for rivalry in science and science-journal publishing.

Then there was a panel, then a...
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Klout is about networking to change the world, not just reflecting it: why @BoraZ has more Klout than @NiemanLab, @jeffjarvis or @jayrosen_nyu

Posted 30-Jun-2011 at 06:14 PM (18:14) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 02-Jul-2011 at 09:18 AM (09:18) by Gurdur

I recently blogged about the Klout score and how to use it - in short, use it to build up any parts of social-media use you have been neglecting, don't use it in comparison to others. Yet comparative scores still matter in a way, as when @BoraZ recently tweeted about Klout that: "any algorithm (Klout) that gives me a higher score than @NiemanLab @jeffjarvis and @jayrosen_nyu makes no sense". BoraZ would get even more of a shock if he knew his Klout score is greater than Rachel Maddow's. So let's...
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The data for the Klout and PeerIndex comparison

Posted 30-Jun-2011 at 06:14 PM (18:14) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)

Here is much of the data used for my previous blog post, "Klout is about networking to change the world, not just reflecting it: why @BoraZ has more Klout than @NiemanLab, @jeffjarvis or @jayrosen_nyu". I do not have enough time right now to be able to give a short bio for each person here; this includes a mix of people from the fields of journalism, news commentary, politics, and (heavily) history and/or science blogging. With the exceptions of Stephanie Rosenbloom and Alex Braunstein, all of the...
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