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armed-with-articulation·16 days agoText

February 7, 2020 / day 97

This semester so far has been all about giving myself space to learn and to create life processes and habits that help me. Making the decision that it was okay to stay up only if it was for taking care of myself / my space: dping dishes, folding laundry, has totally improved my quality of living!

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armed-with-articulation·a month agoText

January 24, 2020 / day 92

haha i’ve been awol for like three months but in my defense i stage managed a show and was hospitalized for a week. but! i’m back with a Light courseload, and a crapton if determination to finish this godforsaken challenge.

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armed-with-articulation·2 months agoText


also if ur lazy like me or just straight up cant figure out how to do this without deleting 90% of the page 

theres this extention called Poper Blocker

which not only.. blocks popups. but also has this thing called “Remove Overlay” when u right click which works a good 99% of the time in my experience in getting rid of paywalls.


75% of the time if something is paywalled, fucking around in developer mode looking for a link to the real thing or finding and deleting the content blocker works like a charm


And this is tiktok we need


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armed-with-articulation·2 months agoPhoto


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armed-with-articulation·2 months agoText










They don’t teach kids math from proofs on up in the usa because it would give children tools to create their own world to rules they made. To think outside of a capitalist framework is to sow the destruction of the bourgeoisie. 

people think mathematics is just formulas and numbers … lmao it’s not, we had to invent those formulas from scratch, capitalists want you to think all there is to life is memorizing baseless bullshit to accomplish useless tasks that only benefit them. 

real math isn’t like that at all.

real math is creating a universe that doesn’t even follow this universe’s rules. you can do whatever the fuck you want in mathematics it’s a tool you can use to paint whatever you want when you know how to use said tool.

They don’t contextualize math



what rad education did you get? We only got proofs at gcse highers here.Tell us the secret forbidden math.

Let me tell you my tale:

When I was in college I decided to study economics, because I love people, and wanted to do something with it

I got amazing grades in my economics classes, and so my economics advisor took me aside one day and was like “I need to tell you something… economics? it’s bullshit. it’s all bullshit” ON GOD THESE WERE HIS WORDS HIS NAME IS NICK SLY AND THESE WERE HIS WORDS “if you want to do something with your life get your bachelors in mathematics, it will help you understand the world much better than any of this will. I’m not teaching anything of substance, if you want substance go to the mathematics department. I only tell students who genuinely care. The rest can get the degree.”

and I’m like “damn that’s pretty deep.”

so I go to the math department and I’m like “I want to study mathematics but I am bad at it.”

and this fucking old russian professor [arkady vaintrob] who learned how to prove shit in mathematics in third grade in soviet russia was like “None of us are good at mathematics. None of us will ever be good at mathematics. You should not do things just because you are good at them. You should do things that make you feel fulfilled. Even if you are bad at them they can help you in life.”

I’m still skeptical though, so I take some classes, and then I take some more classes, and the only people who claimed to be good at mathematics dropped the major, terrified of failure.

No one is good at mathematics, it is very difficult, we learn because it is wholesome. We learn because it helps us in life with other difficult things.

Please study math, all of you. It’s hard as fuck, it isn’t easy, it’s so fucking hard. I sobbed over studying mathematics and not understanding. It’s because I spent 13 years in the education system learning vapid trash, and had to unlearn that all… and it only took me 2 years to unlearn a lot of it … for it to help me in life forever more.

Please study math.

If you want to get into math I suggest you take up The Art of Problem Solving: The Basics, it’s anything but basic. Usually they hand these out for free at math competitions, but if anyones got a torrent I’ll spam the shit out of it, you need both the book and the solutions manual. I swear to fuck it’s the best thing you can do for yourself.

The Art of Problem Solving series IN GENERAL is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. I’m not a shill for them I just … learn so much every time I go back through their books.



on library genesis libgen(.)is/book/index(.)php?md5=300911F1614E5B9DF6319539DED64C2A

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armed-with-articulation·3 months agoPhoto






Fr? Lemme check this out

Here’s the link to all of the free online classes offered by Harvard:

But TBH I prefer the MIT Open Coursewear approach. Feel like taking a class on the policy and economics of nuclear engineering? MIT’s got you covered:

In fact they’ve got  you covered with A LOT of their courses, everything from fine arts to immunology.

Have fun :)


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armed-with-articulation·3 months agoText

out of sheer desperation, have begun re-titling improperly named project files from my students along the lines of “name_your_fricking_files_kids_i_stg.xml”

this is proving to be an amusing pastime

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armed-with-articulation·3 months agoText






A research tip from a friendly neighborhood librarian! 

I want to introduce you to the wonderful world of subject librarians and Libguides. 

I’m sure it’s common knowledge that scholars and writers have academic specialties. The same is true for subject librarians! Most libraries use a tool called Libguides to amass and describe resources on a given topic, course, work, person, etc. (I use them for everything. All hail Libguides.) These resources can include: print and ebooks, databases, journals, full-text collections, films/video, leading scholars, data visualizations, recommended search terms, archival collections, digital collections, reliable web resources, oral histories, and professional organizations. 

So, consider that somewhere out there in the world, there may be a librarian with a subject specialty on the topic you’re writing on, and this librarian may have made a libguide for it. 

Are you writing about vampires? 

How about poverty? 

  • Michigan StatePoverty and Inequality with great recommended terms and links to datasets 
  • Notre Dame: a multimedia guide on Poverty Studies.

Do you need particular details about how medicine or hygiene was practiced in early 20th century America?

  • UNC Chapel HillFood and Nutrition through the 20th Century (with a whole section on race, gender, and class)
  • Brown UniversityPrimary Sources for History of Health in the Americas
  • Duke University: Ad*Access, a digital collection of advertisements from the early 20th century, with a section on beauty and hygiene  

You can learn about Japanese Imperial maps, the American West, controlled vocabularies, Crimes against art and art forgeries, anti-Catholicism, East European and Eurasian vernacular languages, geology, vaudeville, home improvement and repairs, big data, death and dying, and conspiracy theories.

Because you’re searching library collections, you won’t have access to all the content in the guides, and there will probably be some link rot (dead links), but you can still request resources through your own library with interlibrary loan, or even request that your library purchase the resources! Even without the possibility of full-text access, libguides can give you the words, works, people, sites, and collections to improve your research.

Search [your topic] + libguide and see what you get!

This is…amazing.
I am angry that I didn’t know about this until now.
Now I can ~academically~ indulge my fascination with the 1918 flu pandemic?
When I have organic chem homework and a lab report due tomorrow?
I both love this and hate this.

I have terrible news. 

At a quick glance, Christopher Newport University, Goodwin College, and Harford Community College all have libguides on the 1918 flu pandemic. 

LibGuides are magic.

(also let us know if you find dead links, we can fix them!)

An even better way to search for libguides?

Use the libguide community site and search by topic, institution, or even your friendly neighborhood librarian! (If you have a librarian or two who you trust to put you on the right path, you might be able to get that guidance even if you don’t have time to reach out directly!) If their site says “LibGuide” it’ll show up in THAT community somewhere!

Looking to see what books are being used in a particular class in a particular university? Course specific libguides usually have those!

Interested in browsing until you find something that catches your attention? Springshare (the vendor that manages LibGuides) curates lists of interesting, amusing, and innovative libguides! (Okay some of these are boring because they’re geared towards UX and data visualization for librarians, but still…)

Interested in seeing the stuff that YOUR local or institutional librarians are trying to promote? Looking for ways to make the most of the resources that are freely available to you just down the road? Libraries from Atlantic City to Saratoga Springs to South Australia are making guides for their various resources, which describe everything from how to search databases to how to read call numbers to how to access online resources like e-books and video subscriptions!

Even major institutions like the New York Public Library have guides, on everything from genealogy to the history of New York neighborhoods!

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armed-with-articulation·3 months agoPhoto


listen, the studyblr community can be a wonderful place - but there’s this emphasis on absolute perfection that really doesn’t help a lot of students dealing with other issues on top of their studies. here are five unconventional study tips that might not fit the studyblr aesthetic but have helped me get straight as whilst learning to live with mental health and family problems too!

1. don’t study whilst commuting

i walk to school, so posts about studying on the bus just aren’t helpful - i don’t have the option to do that! even if i’m taking the train somewhere, the last thing on my mind is studying. i’m thinking about my bed and how early it is and whether or not my coffee is cool enough to drink without burning myself yet. not all of us can start working the second we’re awake, and that’s okay!

instead: record your lessons and listen to them as you travel!

even if you’re not paying attention, you’ll remember more than you think! this is especially useful for languages - i recorded myself reading a few essays and listened to them as i walked, which made noticing grammatical errors so much easier!

2. don’t rewrite all your notes

i love the studyblr aesthetic as much as anyone, but i honestly don’t have the time to write out pages and pages of notes in the hope of gaining a few followers. of course it’s nice to have pretty-looking notes, but when you have a huge list of tasks to do, it can become a way of procrastinating work that’s actually needed for a grade.

instead: organise your class notes!

check the material you’ll study before the lesson! if you’re into the brush lettering aesthetic, write out or print titles off ahead of class so you can stick them on your page without having to waste valuable lesson time drawing them. plus, knowing what you’re going to study before you actually come to it means you can prepare a list of questions to ask the teacher and improve your understanding of the subject! this way, you’ll have organised, clear notes from the beginning, so you won’t have to copy anything out at home.

3. don’t buy expensive stationery

i know everyone seems to have those tombow brush pens and leuchtturm journals. as someone who can’t afford them, trust me when i say i get how it feels. but spending money on expensive products (especially ones you don’t know how to use) is just counterproductive - your grades won’t magically go up if you start shopping at muji.

instead: try budget alternatives!

would you buy a £90 contour kit if you’d never used foundation before? the same goes for stationery! substitute for cheaper products from your local stationery stores whilst you get a feel for what’s helpful for you, not what anyone else has. for example, i tried so many types of pens before realising that my writing’s nicest with gel pens, so now i let myself get more expensive ones - but i didn’t waste more than £5 figuring this out because i’m #cheap. this list of popular studyblr dupes is constantly being added to if you really need to try something, but stressing about your stationery is not going to help you in the slightest.

4. don’t worry too much about being organised

look, we’d all like to be organised, but i’m an adult who’s lived with depression since i was thirteen, and i know it’s not always possible to have that pinterest-ready study den. sometimes your homework will be done on a bed that’s not been made in weeks of it’s going to be done at all, and that’s okay.

instead: do what you can.

had a bad day? stick on some guns n roses and do the work later. too exhausted to function? just finish that last maths problem and go to bed. it’s okay to not have a picture perfect lifestyle - most of the people who post those photos don’t have it either. just do what you have to do to get through the week.

5. don’t ignore your mental health

there’s such a weird culture of perfectionism here and it’s so damaging! of course no one has to post about their personal lives on their studyblrs - but please don’t let that lead you to believe it’s not important. this mentality of “everything is fine and i must be perfect” isn’t healthy.

instead: talk about how you feel!

it doesn’t have to be on your studyblr, but if you’re feeling suffocated by pressure to achieve, or you think you’re depressed, or you’re just going through a tough time and need to vent, talk to someone! bottling things up is not a healthy way to live life - believe me, i’ve tried it. it doesn’t work. there are so many young people here and we need to stop acting like our studies are all we can ever be.

i’m not trying to “call out” anyone who finds the minimalist note taking and study devotion helpful - everyone here is different, and i’m glad it works for you! but not all of us can do that, so this is for the people who can’t.

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armed-with-articulation·4 months agoText





I’ve been thinking on from that tag rant on my other post, and while I’m not sure I can adequately articulate all of my thoughts yet, I am convinced that I have figured out at least one of the reasons I’m so annoyed by this whole ‘dark academia aesthetic’ trend. 

It’s that it basically turns university education - and particularly an education in the humanities - into an object of aesthetic consumption rather than appreciate what it - in my opinion - actually is, i.e. a toolkit for engaging with the world in a critical and nuanced manner, be it through the medium of art, literature, or history. The moment university education becomes all about the aesthetic rather than about the content and trajectory of one’s studies or their relation to issues outside academia, the whole academic endeavour becomes somewhat pointless. If I’m not using the critical thinking skills and analytical tools the institution I attended provided me with to critically examine said institution, what am I doing with them in the first place? 

It also decontextualises universities (and, again, the humanities) from their roles as places of critical thought (often in opposition to current political opinion), depoliticises them, and turns them into something that is easily digestible, ‘pretty’, and uncontroversial. I do not think that is desirable; heck, it might even be downright dangerous. 

Simply put, I don’t think education should be an aesthetic - especially not one one buys into with the ‘right’ kind of clothes, free-time activities, food, and study subjects.* Not when obtaining such an education - or any education, really - is still virtually unattainable for a lot of people. 

*And an aesthetic which, by virtue of its role models and aesthetic ideals (think: Classics, think The Secret History, think Oxbridge style, think Anglo-American academia) necessarily excludes everyone who does not fit said aesthetic by virtue of being too black, too brown, too Asian, too poor, to foreign, too queer/LGBTQ+, too feminist, too fat, too unconventional, too from the wrong part of the world. 

(Look - I get romanticising shitty work environments to a certain extent, but at least in my experience the whole ‘dark academia aesthetic’ has very little to do with actual research and really only works if you’re based at a handful of - exclusively Anglo-American, exclusively elite, and overwhelmingly white - institutions anyway. The world of universities doesn’t end outside Oxford and Cambridge, and most archives are actually drafty, dusty, and have shitty opening hours.) 

Also paints the humanities in particular as a leisure pursuit of rich snobs rather than something that takes actual effort or has actual uses in the real world and reinforces the science is practical/humanities are useless stereotype…

I’ve encountered people who, without having been to college, think entire humanities fields are just elitist as a concept (eg Classics, Art History) and only designed to reinforce racist/Western-centric values, and the cultural perception that the humanities is just entertainment for rich white kids prior to entering The Elite is supremely annoying for that reason.

It sucks to be told “this isn’t For You,” overtly or subliminally, within institutional settings themselves, but I also see a lot of peer-to-peer “don’t even bother, this isn’t For Us” stuff that comes at least in part from this sort of pop culture thing on this site specifically which fuels/is fueled by tumblr anti-intellectualism

Yes! Thank you for this excellent addition!

I’ve encountered people who, without having been to college, think entire humanities fields are just elitist as a concept (eg Classics, Art History) and only designed to reinforce racist/Western-centric values (…)

I think this part in particular touches on something I’ve been ruminating about but could not quite put into words: There seems to be a real disconnect between the popular perception of academia (and the humanities in particular) on this website and actual debates among academics about reshaping the humanities into a more inclusive, open space that welcomes ‘minority’ perspectives.*

Reducing the humanities to ‘an aesthetic’ negates the very real, very hard work humanities scholars have put in over the last decades trying to finally get rid of that image of inherent elitism/racism some humanities subjects have had for a long time. (And, historically, not without reason.) 

It’s like telling countless LGBTQ+ and PoC academics ‘you know, I actually don’t care that you have to deal with bigoted idiots on twitter on the daily, I just take the pretty pictures and the architecture’. 

I really can’t see why that should be desirable. 

*I’ve put ’minority’ in quotation marks here because I actually do not believe that these perspectives should remain a minority. In many cases, they unfortunately still are, but maaaan, we’ve been working on this sh** at least since the 1980s. 

YES thank you! It’s exactly this! And because of that there’s also I think a sense in which the Internet tendency to either romanticize or bash them steers PoC/LGBT+ people etc away from the so called “elitist” fields such that they don’t necessarily get to encounter the scholarship that’s done by people like them! Which sucks because it does a disservice to both students and academics.

And what the aesthetic-academia part does to that is take up space that defenders of actual academia might be trying to occupy (by explaining what really goes on and CAN go on in these fields/promoting modern scholarship etc) and kind of going “yes your impression of this all as WASPish and exclusive is right, and that’s fine and not a problem, allow me to glorify it,” which isn’t helpful because it still serves to erase the very real students and scholars who despite not “fitting the aesthetic” are and continue to exist and work in those spaces

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armed-with-articulation·4 months agoText




wholesome student life things that we should collectively start romancizing

  • waking up and being genuinely thrilled to go to class because today is THAT CLASS you love so much you’d like it to never end
  • coffee breaks with friends, chatting and joking about this particularly hard essay and the prof’s mannerism
  • coffee breaks on your own, as you absent-mindedly watch the people around you, while thinking about what you’re working on
  • finding this book you’ve been dying to read for so long, and borrowing it from the library
  • the feeling of excitement that goes through you whenever you remember The Book is in your backpack
  • understanding everything during demanding classes and being genuinely interested in the subject
  • buying a New Special Pen and taking colorful notes that look super pretty
  • not being able to shut up about your school projects (no your friends dont really care about the intricate details of what you’re working on, they don’t even have the same major as you, but they’re happy to hear you rant with such a burning passion)
  • actually doing the extra reading and having your curiosity so piqued by what you’re reading that you go on and on and suddenly its 1am and what happened
  • printing the project you’ve spent so much time and energy on and feeling the paper’s warmth
  • actually submitting that project without feeling awful about it because you know you did your best and aren’t responsible for what happens next
  • when you finally finish this Super Hard And Important Essay at like 3am, open the window and feel the cold night air on your burning cheeks and everything is dark and quiet and you can see the moon and you’re at peace with everything for a few minutes
  • when this professor you admire says you did a great job and/or that you’re talented!!!!
  • realizing two concepts that seemed so far away from each other and that you discovered in wildly different contexts are actually interlinked, then Realizing™ things and linking concepts/works/articles to each other at the speed of light & being super excited about it
  • being so deeply immersed in your work that you didn’t realize two hours have passed
  • finding the Perfect Spot at the library
  • that Pure Joy moment when you FINALLY understand that super obscure sentence/text
  • when you feel anxious because you’re not done with your homework & the deadline is super tight & your friend tells you they aren’t done yet either
  • same but with an even more intense relief feeling when you realize you both haven’t even started yet
  • when the professor starts a new reasoning and you can predict what the next idea/the final conclusion will be
  • when the professor mention your favorite novel/author/fictional character in class and you feel like your internal screech of joy could shatter glass
  • the Academic Salt™ that has you like 👀👀
  • when the professor tears apart an author or scholar you hate and you’re like YES I WANT BLOOD GIVE ME BLOOD
  • when you learn that Cool New Fact that makes you reconsider your whole life
  • leaving the library after a long productive day and feeling like nothing is real but experiencing everything more intensely
  • leaving the library at night after a long study session and everybody has left already and its just you and the long neon-lit corridors then stepping outside and smelling the crisp night wind

feel free to add your own!!!

  • when you learned a thing that interessted you and two days later someone completly unrelated to your work will say “hey i wonder how this works?” and you’re so excited to explain it because you KNOW THAT
  • when you’re anxious af for a class and the professor is actually super friendly and you feel confident enough to ask questions
  • and suddently thank to this one professor EVERYTHING MAKES SENSE
  • understanding that One Difficult Point and suddently you feel like you UNDERSTAND THE FABRIC OF THE UNIVERSE
  • sometimes you can feel like you have too much in your bag but then one friend has a problem and they are pleasently surprised when you have Just The Right Thing
  • Running half the campus because you’re so excited to see your friend and to eat with them !!!!!!!!

This is the light academia aesthetic I strive to embody

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