Archiving session

 
Studying records and archives this semester. The first assignment for this class is to put together a presentation for undergraduate science students who are skeptical of the value of archives. Sadly it looks like archiving is rather more focused on communicative human artefacts than the preservation of broader information objects. Otherwise, I had been hoping to incorporate this video from the American Museum of Natural History as an illustration of why this work is important to their work.

Feeding the Monster

 
Social networks don’t want you to be able to block people.  Imagine a social network as a the monster plant from Little Shop of Horrors. It doesn’t care about you, or your friends, or anyone. It just wants to be fed. How do social networks feed? By the posts, reblogs, follows, likes, profile information, and anything else you shovel into its gaping maw.  When you think about it that way, no social network wants more than an excuse for a blocking tool. Blocking someone denies the...

Of begging for death

 
Visited my grandmother yesterday, at an aged care home in the limbo between being released from hospital and having a carer arranged so she can be back at her home. I don't know how to put that together into a coherent package. She's in a bad way. She needs a walker even to stand up at the moment, which she didn't earlier in the year when we visited her at home. Even more than last time she seemed to believe she'd been imprisoned some where for some reason. Hard to argue when every time she said she...

Friday?

 
Yesterday: Quiet, main achievement was folding laundry that had been sitting for a few days. Brief, quiet shift at work, main excitement was person who came in at 10 minutes to closing wanting some books but did not have his library card nor any ID we could use as proxy - in fact he hadn't been in so long his membership was no longer in the system; not about to let him use the account of the person he said was his son's either and potentially run up fines in someone else's name. Violated policy by...

Ghostpocalypse

 
When I read this post on ghosts and zombies immediately I thought it could potentially make a really interesting story, if only I could think where to go with it. Start with a zombie apocalypse scenario sweeping across the Earth, leading to almost the entire population of the world ending up as ghosts and... then what? The whole species having to decide "we've been wiped out, we're extinct but we're still here, now what do we do?" Visualising plot strands of despair, would-be suicidal reactions,

'Brief'

 
Derailed from plans day today. Washed the car to start with, as intended, but then largely meandered through the middle of it. In the evening the electricity went out for what turned out to be three hours. Batteries ran down fairly quickly thereafter which was a little annoying as there were plenty of things I could have worked on sans internet - stories perhaps, or some sort of blog post. Instead I ended up reading for most of the duration, aided partly by a torch I keep in my backpack. Am not going...

A diary's a diary even if protracted

 
I wanted to keep more of a diary again. Guess my first attempt at making a post of this getting accidentally deleted is as good an excuse as any. That's what happens when you have a part-written post in a browser window and then reboot the computer. Earlier in the week I finally got an ultrasound for my wrist. Unfortunately no sign showed of what is causing the pain I have been in experiencing there. People seem to be treating that as good news which puzzles me - if there'd been an affirmative...

Longer to write than to live

 
[there's some references at the end of this journal post because school and I felt like practicing] Lasering this morning. Daring to hope I might be done after this round, in half a year. That would not be too long a time. Little bit frustrating that I took up a desire and occasional accomplishment of morning walks right around when I am experienced a laser-induced need to avoid UV exposure, so I look forward to the banishing of one of those duelling tensions. Took a while to find where the...

Appar(el)ition

 
I should definitely make new boots a priority. Only had these ones not quite 2 years, but got a blister on my toe after just four hours of mostly seated work and 90 minutes (total) driving today and been getting lesions on my heels for probably a few months now. Seems clear that however nice they were to begin with these boots are now doing my feet more harm than...