Found thought objects

 
Current assignment - still the same assignment - is a pseudo-presentation for undergrad science students on the importance of records and archives. Consequently have been focusing reading on records practice in science, the use of records as evidence and the personal process of developing record-keeping style as part of being enculturated to a community of practice. Consequently consequently, was interested to listen to this Science Friday segment on part of the drive home. The show's Science Club...

Not asleep

 
Awake too early thanks to bad dreams. Dreams of a screaming, fist-pounding, equipment-endangering outburst of frustration and then having to put back on the happy, untroubled face for my family so they wouldn't condemn or press for explanation. The only part remaining I can put into words. Awake too early because I was awake and the sense of some dread, amorphous feeding presence made sleep too fearful. And because sleep had fled in the face of perhaps adrenaline. I would like to sleep more - I've...

And the world rewards you for it

 
It’s not that I’ve forgotten how to self-care, it’s that I’ve actively dismantled my ability for it, not just for days, weeks, or months, but years. There was a moment during high school where I went, “if I’m only worth my ability to work, then to hell with how I feel about it.” I became not only a hard worker, but an obsessive, relentless worker that forgot about vacations and most concepts of working hours. If it had to be done, I’d be the one to do it. This was fine for a...

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...