I have access to some professional development funding and am super interested in hearing about any retreats/boot camps/training institutes relevant to doing research in climate change and environmental justice, especially for people who do not have extensive quantitative training in these areas. Any recommendations?
made a buttermilk cake.
desperate measures to use up overly ripe strawberries and boysenberries (https://matienzo.org/2021/192/cake/)
I’m continually getting more sensitive to my own expectations around the rate of change within organizations. This is particularly true around the processes and structures need to enact and support sustainable change even when it is being rightfully demanded. (https://matienzo.org/2021/176/roc/)
🔖 Ruben Dedecker, Harm Delva, Pieter Colpaert, and Ruben Verborgh: A File-based Linked Data Fragments Approach To Prefix Search (https://matienzo.org/2021/168/dedecker/)
🔖 David James Hudson, Yoonhee Lee, Ebony Magnus, and Baharak Yousefi: Considering the MLS –
> But simply removing the MLS, without fundamental structural change, is not a path towards racial liberation. It is a path towards decredentialization and devaluation of our labour, which has hurt and continues to hurt our communities disproportionately. In articulating this position, we think not only of the context of the MLS and librarianship, but of other areas of work… https://matienzo.org/2021/166/hudson/
On monday I'm presenting a paper on solar.lowtechmagazine.com during the 'Computing within #Limits' conference.
In the paper I'm describing the design choices we made, such as designing for unavailability and how they were based on reducing a few key metrics such as data transferred, calculations per request and use of third party services. This opens up a way of thinking about #degrowth and ICT. We should be looking in to that waaaay more.
The paper also tries to implicitly answer the 'how do we do sustainable web design?' question and argues aiming for reduction (of bytes transferred, computation and infra required) as useful rule of thumbs guiding a design. That is to say, solar protocols, 'low tech look', 3.5MB dithered images, green CDNs etc ain't it.
However, it also self-criticizes solar.lowtechmagazine.com for the fact that it is so unreproducible and a very limited and 'easy' use case. So yeah no answer but thinking through degrowth should definitely be considered as the direction of the answer..
Bookmarked: Mikorizal Software http://mikorizal.org/ We are developing software for transitioning to the next economy.
Not this economy, the next economy. The next economy must be driven by human and ecological needs rather than profit. And it will be networked.
this RBMS talk on precarity labor that ended with ageism is why I am so hell bent on retiring in my 50s, come hell or high water. Ageism is extremely real even in librarianship, I expect it to get even worse, and tons of people are forced into early retirement due to workplace ageism. I would like to do it on my own terms as much as I can.
🔖 The Blue Tape List – Rands in Repose –
> I have a modified and simplified version of my contractor’s blue tape advice:
> 1. In a new context, you’re going to notice everything that feels off.
> 2. Make a list of everything that feels off, no matter how big or small.
> 3. Wait a bit, like a month, but address everything. …
> It’s a surprise when a month passes, and you review your blue tape list and discover how items that seemed urgent at the time now… https://matienzo.org/2021/159/rands/
Spending some time post-vacation catching up reading Ali Alkhatib’s CHI 2021 paper, “To Live in Their Utopia: Why Algorithmic Systems Create Absurd Outcomes”. It’s interesting to read this paper as a conversation with broader ideas of utopia, as well as imaginaries, as well as work like Fred Moten and Stefano Harney’s “The University and the Undercommons” (Social Text 22(2), 2004). (https://matienzo.org/2021/151/utopia/)
🔖 Kyra Yee, Uthaipon Tantipongpipat, Shubhanshu Mishra, "Image Cropping on Twitter: Fairness Metrics, their Limitations, and the Importance of Representation, Design, and Agency" –
The full paper related to Rumman Chowdhury’s blog post, “Sharing learnings about our image cropping algorithm”.
> Twitter uses machine learning to crop images, where crops are centered around the part predicted to be the most salient. In fall 2020, Twitter users raised concerns that the… https://matienzo.org/2021/139/twic/
Bill Atkinson's Polaroids documenting the design and development of the Apple Lisa user interface.
Years in the making, days in the drafting, I've finally done it: I dug into the full history of important features missing from iOS/Safari and made it (roughly) human-readable:
Recalcitrant archivist, information scientist, and ambient musician.
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