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GeoCities like you've never seen it before (because you're an investor in 1998).

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Looking at the small amount of records from internet companies that are available for public access, I'm more worried about that side of internet history at this point than I am about old web pages.

bbc.com/future/story/20190401-

There are quite a few stories about the last time someone saw an internet company's records: after a crash, after a merger, destroyed on a regular schedule for "compliance" reasons, gathered up to be saved but corporate legal counsel wouldn't sign off, etc.

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I know I should know this but.... is there a registry somewhere of public digital repositories that have significant born-digital institutional (preferably university) record content in them?

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In case someone here needs to hear it, telling someone "we literally cannot take everything you want to give to the archives because we have resourcing issues" is always a valid decision and a hill you *should* die on. Think of it as a favor to your future self.

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Memo to folks in helpful professions. Sometimes it’s good to remind yourself “you are not the asshole whisperer.”

You can’t actually fix people. You can just do your best.

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This morning University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign posted and then pulled a posting for Adjunct Instructor/Lecturer position IN SOCIAL WORK:

"This is a 0% FTE, unpaid position. If considered to teach future courses, salary will be offered."

... fuckity yikes.

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This GoFundMe is for the family of a woman who died unexpectedly. She worked at the same place as a good friend. They're raising the money for funeral expenses.

gofundme.com/vqvxda-angela039s

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SAA elections 

I'm so excited Talya Cooper is running, and I hope folks vote for her. Here is my take

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@rekh127 OMG I found a Libguide which explains it. simmons.libguides.com/anti-opp

... for a non-librarian, this is... yeah a useful libguide? magic.

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If you boost this picture of my cat, then others will have the pleasure of viewing it

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From Netanel Ganin:

i never thought i'd see the policy office discuss the distinction between solo witches and a coven and the spectrum between the two wish i coulda been at that editorial meeting

loc.gov/aba/pcc/saco/cpsoed/ps

... I'm delighted.

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chicago, fire, dog tragedy, fundraisers for people and groups (this is really sad) 

A Chicago dog boarding facility which was particularly friendly to "bully breeds" and pibbles had a horrible fire which killed over 30 dogs at this point. Another 20+ were rescued. There are fundraisers for both the owner (who was out of town and lost all his own dogs in the fire):

gofundme.com/support-for-garre

and the various rescues who need to find new places to board their pups now:

gofundme.com/chicago-animal-re

💔

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do you ever just think about academic librarianship and want to laugh/scream forever?

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If anyone else out there is #ApplyingWhileTrans with an unofficial name, I might have some helpful tips for you now that I'm done with the process. HMU if you want.

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NAACP returns Facebook donation, calls for boycott

Interesting: The NAACP has returned a donation from Facebook and called for a daylong boycott of the social network Tuesday following revelations of how its platform was used to manipulate black voters in the 2016 presidential election.

They want a boycott of fb and twit Tues, Dec. 18th.

axios.com/naacp-returns-facebo

I'd like to do my part, but I boycott 24/7/365 so I doubt they'd notice my absent absence :-)

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Anyone worked/published with a micropublication? I'd be curious to know what kind of value you found in it. I went to a talk a while ago about wormbase.org and how they got the publication going (working on peer review, becoming reputable, etc.). Not sure that I'm going anywhere with this but it keeps circling in the back of my mind what some other possibilities for micropublications might be.

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smart things, planned obsolescence  

I don't want smart TVs, smart fridges, smart whatever, I want plain dumb and easy to repair things without planned obsolescence

I have a plain dumb bike that I repair every so often with a 5€ adjustable wrench that fits in my pocket, in at most three minutes if I don't need to change an air chamber

It's cool because it's cheap, it's cool because I don't have to buy a new bike everytime the chain goes off, it's cool because I get to do something with my own hands, it's cool because even if it's too complicated for me I can just go and ask anyone who knows how to repair it, not a certified™ repairer for my bike brand that may not exist anymore or not be present in my neighborhood
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