mh (-) very sick pet 

Our son's bearded dragon, Char, suddenly started having seizures yesterday. She's been a feisty and active part of our family for 4 years, so to witness such a rapid decline was shocking. Over the last two days the vet hasn't been able to determine any cause for her symptoms, which look like her intestines have shut down, so I'll be giving her shots of calcium and doses of antibiotics in the hopes of a miracle. But the prognosis is grim. I've been shedding a lot of tears.

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A followup to my #SummerSchool presentation; I blogged on the existence of the new OpenStax Organic Chemistry textbook.

From the perspective of those of us pursuing zero-textbook-cost in our courses, what OpenStax has negotiated with Cengage to get the McMurry Organic Chemistry license isn't an unambiguous good.

To see that, formulate a web search.

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teaching in-person, impending monkeypox and covid outbreaks 

This fall is going to be a nightmare with both Covid and monkeypox circulating unimpeded throughout college classrooms and dormitories. It's Fall 2020 all over again, with even fewer protections for workers + teachers, let alone students. I personally am keeping a mask requirement in my classroom, but I worry about "enforcing" it if the campus policy is even more *shrug* than the CDC's new bullshit

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weird how "back to normal" is just the pandemic continuing with 2 more pandemics added

To be clear, filling in the seconds field with "00" does not resolve the error message.

Google Forms just doesn't want humans to say something took 90 minutes instead of 1 hour 30 minutes.

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selfie, C19 mask 

Of course, our family is only as protected as the weakest link. I'm hoping our kids will consider upgrading as well.

My spouse, a college professor in a health & physical fitness program, will be a very tough sell though :/

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selfie, C19 mask 

Yesterday, I tried on my Dentec Nx400 elastomeric respirator (with N95 filters, the P100 filters should arrive soon).

For context, our entire family wears (K)N95 masks.

My son's reaction: "Wow you have a gas mask!"

Spouse's reaction: "Don't you think you're going a little overboard?"

Sadly, no, as the rest of the world stops wearing masks this is what those of us who want to protect ourselves have to do.

I'll wear it to help normalize it for others.

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There are four good things worth practicing. Being kind toward everything alive. Staying level and steady. Feeling happy for any creature anywhere that is happy. And remembering that any suffering is also yours.

Bewilderment / Richard Powers


Elastomeric P100 mask has shipped. I will be ready for the fall term.

Thanks for the extra little push @victoria !

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Welp, looks like I'm part of a round of layoffs. If anyone out there's is hiring, or has leads, I'm on the market. I'm specifically looking for a remote, backend-focused senior position at a mission-driven company. My last ~10 years has been in fintech, but anything trying to make the world a better place is interesting to me.

Use of Lisp, Rust, or some other interesting language is a big plus.

Boosts appreciated! #fedihired

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My workplace sent out a notice that COVID cases are on the rise and asks you to "do your part to help stop the spread." BUT do you notice anything that's missing in this list? Like, ooooh, I don't know -- MASKING? 🙄


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who is writing - in specific detail, not just generalized hand waving gestures - about all the shit that academic libraries *used to do* that isn't happening anymore because of widespread understaffing?

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However it turns out that our University Librarian is *also* on vacation. (They hadn't created any entries on the Library & Archives absence calendar because why would they? They're above that sort of thing I guess.)

So I followed up with my colleagues to say "So unfortunately it seems that nobody with authority over circulation or ILL will be available until the 20th."

I guess this is what happens when a power-hungry clown runs your library.

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I just wrote the sentence "librarians at Laurentian are not allowed to have any responsibility for circulation or ILL" in response to a question from colleagues at another university and they must think we live in bizarro land.

We do! It's unbelievable.

The non-librarian manager to whom those responsibilities have been transferred is on vacation, so I referred my colleagues to our University Librarian.

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Ex Libris's seeming dark pattern of purposefully taking up so much time of any user who dares to choose to refuse non-essential cookies is so farking annoying.

I will always choose this option and just wait two to three minutes before I can do my work, but I know what they're doing and it pisses me off.

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There is this conference "Semantic Web in Libraries"(SWIB) which I am involved in organizing. Each year, there's a great bunch of people meeting.

You have something interesting to share about #LinkedData in libraries or related institutions? Or have some ideas on how libraries could contribute more to the growth and maintenance of the Fediverse?

Please consider a submission (which is only an abstract). The deadline has just been extended to 11 July 2022:

Successfully pulled off a surprise party for my wife tonight, and I am jazzed. She was surrounded by friends and love. She deserves it so much!

It was a heck of a 180 from the depths to which I had led her expectations, like "oh maybe we'll go out for dinner somewhere, and hopefully a few people feel by this week weekend".

Instead, as we were paddling back to the docks, there were an unusually large # of people gathered there who all started singing... It was an awesome night.

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