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I did get to visit the fascinating Filmmuseum in Potsdam, where I was shown the still-operational World Cinema Organ, an absolutely mind-blowing machine from the silent film era, used for providing the accompanying sound for films before the advent of soundtracks.

The whole thing is operated from a regular-looking organ in the front of the cinema, which contains pedals labelled "thunder", "train", etc.

I'm in the middle of a long transatlantic journey back home after a few days of stimulating discussions and presentations among colleagues in Europe.

I look forward to a day when I'm not expected to participate in polluting the air from multiple flights for meetings which we all now know can easily take place in virtual and hybrid formats.

Those of us at the start of our careers can't really say no to these things without hurting our working relationships and reputation, but those of you with more power can use it to change the culture around work travel.

I did at least get to experience this magnificent hotel bathroom art, which seems fitting for this platform.

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To this extent I'm really interested to know how the age breakdown of people on the #Fediverse. On one hand it would seem to make sense to me that most people here remember the "old internet" before the centralization and they're here to rekindle that flame of independence. On the other hand the youths are generally pretty up on this whole technology thing. I grew up on the internet and since then smartphones have become even more ubiquitous.

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An exciting personal discovery from the Fediverse: an awesome Goodreads alternative! 

The mainstreaming of the Fediverse has given me a push to move away from some other social media services I feel icky about using. Top of that list is Goodreads.

So I was thrilled to discover BookWyrm! For a young project, it's super feature-rich, including the ability to import from Goodreads data.

If you liked The StoryGraph ( but found it didn't quite cover the right bases (as was my experience), consider giving BookWyrm a try.

I joined a lovely instance at If anyone wants to follow me there (I don't read a lot so worry not about feed spamming), I'm @kiskadee.

Okay now I'm following a whole bunch of people from all over the place I should probably do another for the other servers.

👋 I'm a postdoc at the University of Alberta () working on gender inequities in screen sector collaboration . Formerly of the parish.

I also do a lot of stuff with character networks (particularly relating to women in film) so if you've seen me before, it was probably doing something like analysing all the dialogue in the Fast & Furious films or the MCU.

I promise not to only post for self-publicity purposes! is a microblogging network supporting scholars and practitioners across the humanities and around the world.