A book list and a trip update

Book stuff I complained on Twitter about The Name of the Wind, which I’ve had sitting in my Audible library for a while and decided to finally listen to, now that I’m finished with Octavia Butler’s Xenogenesis trilogy (which is fantastic!). TNotW is clever, funny, well-written, and well-performed by the narrator, but there aren’t female characters, except for mothers and love interests. That annoys me, especially after reading so much speculative fiction that includes women. I shared as much on Twitter, and people asked for the list of what I’ve been reading. So, pulling from GoodReads, here are my recent … Continue reading

Post all the photos!

This made me laugh. "All of Canada - that way! Just Tok Junction - that way!"

I’m arguably through the prettiest part of the drive, so here are the photos I’ve taken so far. I might go a little out of my way to see Mt. Rushmore or the Badlands or something (which I’ve already seen and photographed, and anyway I want to show them to Dale, not just see them again myself, so maybe I won’t), but I recall there’s a lot of “flat” and a little bit of “fields of sunflowers” happening for the next part of the drive, so if there are photos, there will be fewer of them per mile traveled. (A … Continue reading

The trip so far

Anchorage to Tok, AK: 318 miles Tok to Whitehorse, YT: 394 miles (this was miserable) Whitehorse to Watson Lake: 275 miles (this was pretty great) This trip would be so fun with another human, especially, but maybe even alone with no birds to take care of. As I go through the Milepost, to map out the odometer reading for all the gas stations and restrooms (that’s how few there are and how likely they are to be out of order, relative to the ones on roads you might be used to) I see all of these neat stops that I … Continue reading

Driving South


When we came up to Alaska, Dale and I kept a shared blog. It was a fun way to chronicle a weird journey, both the drive itself and the transition to living in Alaska, which is a pretty unique place. It’s been useful to several people through the years, because they got to see what my move (driving from Pittsburgh) and Dale’s move (shipping a bunch of boxes and flying) looked like and get a sense of the pros and cons of each approach. But because we’re leaving Alaska, and because the blog’s title was “Moving to Alaska,” that doesn’t … Continue reading

Big news!


I have big news: I will be joining the Center for Open Science (COS) in Charlottesville, VA, as a Developer. COS’s mission is compelling: fix science! (Seriously.) While I’m a little sad to leave Alaska, web librarianship, and what has been a really good first post-MLIS position, I am very excited about this opportunity. Continue reading

Conference Inclusiveness


I don’t want to go to any more conferences that privilege “liberty” over hospitality. Because I’ve seen that there’s a better way. I get to learn more, from more people, and I also get to teach more at events that are truly inclusive. Why waste my time and money on events that aren’t? Continue reading

My problem with library conference codes of conduct

Yes, I continue writing blog posts to procrastinate on this code of conduct I agreed to write. I’ve come to realize, the reason for my procrastination isn’t so much that I’ve lost faith in codes of conduct—although they are insufficient, they are absolutely necessary (yes, a weak logic joke)—rather, discussions so far have led me to believe that I am not going to be allowed to write a really good one. Or, I can write it, but it’ll be voted down altogether or horribly nerfed; so, why not just avoid the pain and try to write something that will pass? … Continue reading

Codes of conduct aren’t enough

I am procrastinating on writing a draft code of conduct for a certain library conference (with the board’s permission and with at least two other people’s help) while I work through some feelings I have about codes of conduct, in general, and about the limitations that have been put on this code, specifically. I’ll do this as two posts, in fairly quick succession. A recent bad experience got me thinking – Codes of conduct probably aren’t enough. Until very recently I was on the organizing committee for the twice-annual Alaska Hackathon. We’ve had as many as three women on the … Continue reading

Need to tell a bunch of coworkers unpleasant tech-related news?

Test sites with http://filippo.io/Heartbleed/

So, here’s a thing I don’t see many people posting about: how and when it’s best to share unpleasant technical information. It seems really relevant today, when most of the web (well, OK, all the stuff I bothered checking) seems to be patched up after Heartbleed (more on that below, if this term is new to you), and therefore everybody ought to be changing all of their passwords soon. We had a discussion, in my department (Systems), about how best to share this information—and whether sharing it was the right call. There’s an argument that we should have waited for … Continue reading