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I had to go to the desert to find the future of library discovery.

Somewhere in Grand Rapids, Michigan, there is an ancient Commodore Amiga that is hard at work. For over a quarter century it has been controlling the heat and air conditioning at 19 different schools and running nonstop. It's still kicking, for now anyway.

Cons(train)ed music: a kit for the traveling ambient artist: A style overview of the gear I brought with me on my long-haul train trip to support creative work.

Just set off on a journey by rail from Seattle to Milwaukee and Chicago on the Amtrak Empire Builder. I’ll be using the time to reset and work on some creative projects while on the train. :)

My home for the next few days is this roomette. (

not really trying to humblebrag but 

Cliff Lynch cited a blog post of mine in the recent CNI report "Beyond the Pandemic: The Future of the Research Enterprise in Academic Year 2021-22 and Beyond" -

Happy SAA annual meeting week! I have a new blog post on why archivists should consider a decentralized hybrid archives conferencing model. Please share widely!

Looks like all the inside pages of #fantomesZine are done, illustrated, and laid out (all 60 of them)! That project has been quite a journey, thanks to everyone who submitted and encouraged me in the process :3 Next step: the cover, and then we can get to the printing phase!

🔖 Interseccionalitat i arxius. Un programa i quatre projectes — Servei d'Arxiu Municipal de Lloret de Mar –

Presented by Jordi Padilla-Delgado at . (

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?

tbh using smsgte with my HT allows me to relive the nostalgia of sending text messages on a featurephone

made a buttermilk cake.

desperate measures to use up overly ripe strawberries and boysenberries (

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. (

Looking forward to joining @CalArchivists for the First Fridays discussion on July 2 about my keynote at . More info and registration: (

🔖 Ruben Dedecker, Harm Delva, Pieter Colpaert, and Ruben Verborgh: A File-based Linked Data Fragments Approach To Prefix Search (

🔖 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…

On monday I'm presenting a paper on 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 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 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…

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