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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). (

"if you can't say something nice about a project, don't say anything at all" leads me to say very little about certain projects in my field

🔖 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…

I had to shift priorities with my recent move but I'm getting back to work on my zine Fantômes, there's only a couple of illustrations left to do and it'll be ready for print! (this one is for a great ghost story written by @jameschip )
#theWorkshop #fantomesZine

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:

🔖 WebAnnotation in the Browser –

> Very generally: annotations are _content about content_.

And I thought we had challenges describing metadata as data about data… Anyway, this is interesting, especially from the standpoint of annotation discovery and moderation. (

Thanks to all of you who attended my @calarchivists keynote in real time! I’m thrilled to announce that the recording is now available: (

🔖 Rally to Sell Shares of Rare Declaration of Independence | Art & Object –

> Rally … will offer 80,000 shares of a rare copy of the Declaration of Independence to the general public this month. … The copy is a Walsh 15 Broadside—printed in July 1776 in Exeter, New Hampshire … one of only 20 Walsh copies created and currently in private ownership.

Once again, I ask: How have the New Enclosures been worked? (

🔖 Digital Library Software Developer, Access and Discovery Team (3 positions) | Stanford Libraries –

We’re hiring for three software developer positions, at junior, mid-, and senior levels, to join our team at Stanford Libraries. Remote-friendly; great colleagues, and rewarding projects. Apply by May 28 for earliest consideration! (

please give me your favorite hawthorn recipes because we have a big tree

Really enjoying leaning into writing with Ulysses - it’s kind of a dream come true from the standpoint of working with Hugo. It’s nice on desktop/iPad, but wish the Working Copy integration on iOS were slightly smoother. (

Because my Sourcery post was so controversial^W popular I had to adjust the Webmention configuration to show more replies. Nice problem to have, I guess? (


[1] "What would it take for historians to be able to share archival material?"

[2] The difference between being a non-profit and not making a profit (while being supplied with venture capital) does seem important here. The fact is that there is already a contract researcher model for archives. The gig economy is less about creating new kinds of work than it is about setting the conditions under which people work.

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I'll admit it: I'm no futurist. When I wrote a blog post almost a decade ago about potential ways for historians to share copies of archival materials with each other[1], I hadn't thought about third-party image hosting supplied via the gig economy labor model[2], as @anarchivist writes about here:

do you ever think about how saying the name of a voice assistant before asking it to do something is basically the same as hitting the escape key in vim before typing a command

More than half our development and dev support teams plan to be 100% remote even after COVID restrictions have been lifted. The remaining will be remote 3-4 days a week.

MPOW has always been remote-friendly, but I think we've turned a corner on this. As a long time 100% remote worker, it's nice to see!

#worklife #remotework

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