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Making a leftist energy drink and calling it Alerta

just did some quick and dirty math on ARL institutions from 1999-2019 and the average loss of jobs across that time period is 13% but the institutions vary wildly. Some institutions actually had small increases (5%) but others had serious decreases of like 40%. Love when my own data analysis validates my concerns that librarianship is at the precipice.

Yesterday, I gave the keynote at the . The session was recorded but not yet freely available. I’m hoping to rework the text for publication, but on request, I’m willing to share the text of my talk, so contact me accordingly.

The title was ‘Archives at Point Zero: Towards an Actually-Existing Archival Commons.’

Here’s aa mindmap of related topics from when I was first asked to give a talk for the canceled 2020 Western Archivists Meeting.

I used lots of images…

You can enjoy my amazing colleagues and myself presenting the new Rhizome ArtBase next Monday: -- if I survive the weekend of fixing the remaining issues 😉

This is a first step putting it all together: multiple versions per artwork, web archives, emulation, linked open data, SPARQL federation, post custodial infrastructure, etc. The legendary Annet Dekker of Networks of Care fame will be a respondent.

🔖 Interview with Jon Corbett - –

Great longform discussion with Jon Corbett, an Indigenous computational media artist, and creator of Cree# and the Indigenous Computing Framework.

> I started to see how the living and dynamic characteristics of culture can be represented as digital structures on which to build my programmatic language; and is also one of the reasons I needed to define an “Indigenous Computing Framework”. I needed to be able…

🔖 R.A. Hawley, "Middle Management" –

> The appeal of the centrist escape hatch for designers isn’t hard to grasp. You fall in love with something — skyscrapers, letterforms, robots, websites, cars — and dedicate yourself to its craft, only to run headlong into the cruel depravity of its mode of production. Caught between the thing you love and are paid to do and the political implications of doing it, a trap door appears beneath you: What if capitalism could be…

Writing a new programming language where instead of all strings being UTF-8, they’re MARC-8

Does anyone know of other projects like CollapseOS and that are developing systems for futures where current (network) infrastructures have stopped functioning?

thankless work like documenting a resourcesync implementation that almost definitely no one has used

experimenting with @edsu’s etudier to visualize some citation networks of vanity searches in Google Scholar.

This citation network is for the AIMS project’s final report. (

🔖 Foreign Objects X Eliza Collin X Genie Kausto An Introduction to the Bell System (2021) –

Still amazed by these jumpsuits from the Foreign Objects piece for Further Experiments in Arts and Technology.

> In An Introduction to the Bell System, we have made 5 embroidered jumpsuits exploring the history and working culture of the Computing Sciences Research Center at Bell Labs, between 1970-90. Though famous for the success of the Unix operating system and…

Liebe Menschen auf, liebe interessierte Außenstehende: von uns auch noch mal ein Statement in der Sache mit und uns.

Vorab: Wir bleiben bei der Entscheidung des Instanzblocks, den wir am 21.03. auslösen werden. Wir möchten aber gerne ein paar Dinge klarstellen und begründen, die in den letzten Tagen schief liefen oder nicht klar wurden:

🔖 Embracing radical prioritization –

Great post from Michael Della Bitta, DPLA’s Director of Technology:

> If the team takes on too many tasks, there’s a risk of not making tangible progress on any of them, leaving the organization no further along than when we started. So there needs to be a concerted accounting of what work is potentially on the table, and a process to scope, prioritize, and ultimately reduce the work to a finite and achievable set of tasks. …

🔖 Raw Signal Group: Can you talk about why everyone is quitting? –

> Back in the spring, we told you that every organization had a moment in front of them. A moment to decide what kind of pandemic employer they were going to be. Everything was on the table. And organizations made some wildly different choices. Choices they are still living with, a year on.
> This is a moment again. And this time the question is how you want to meet your team as they come out of all…

current status: making Hugo barf out G**gle Scholar compliant metadata

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