Turns out it was an amazing largely one-person performance by Matthew Heitl, with some assistance from puppets and shadow theatre.

Off to see a local production of A Christmas Carol with the family. No idea what to expect!

I had been using a convoluted approach with an rPi 1 to provide a Google Cloud Print interface, but this is far better.

And Google Cloud Print is going away, of course: support.google.com/chrome/a/an

Last night I set up a Raspberry Pi 2 as a print server for our 13 year old (!) Brother HL 2040 printer at home.

The rPi is running Fedora Server 31 so it's getting regular updates, and provides a nice web-based management UI through Cockpit.

I relied on gist.github.com/leafstorm/b2e9 for the bulk of the printer setup info.

Should have been working on my research but was in a mood to solve this long-standing problem.

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University printing user experience 

Library homepage maintenance woes 

Library homepage maintenance woes 

Library homepage maintenance woes 

Just turned off "Automatically display images in my email" (uni is a Google Suite operation, so Gmail) because a colleague has been using mailtrack.io to track who has been opening / reading their email. So obnoxious.

Really should have turned that off long ago.

<subfield code="a">Indians of North America -- Canada -- Economic Autochtones -- Canada.</subfield>

No this is not how subject headings work!

I replaced over 18,000 instances of the "Indians of North America" subject heading with "Indigenous peoples--North America" in our catalogue, based on:

Bone, Christine. (2016). Modifications to the Library of Congress Subject Headings for use by Manitoba archives. Paper presented at: IFLA WLIC 2016 – Columbus, OH Retrieved from: library.ifla.org/1328/

Now working on over a thousand other records with variations such as ending in a period...

Curse you MARC punctuation!

Linked data dev friends: job opening at @uOttawa Humanities Lab working on the LINCS project. 24 month contract, $69K-88K salary. Apply now, closes Nov. 17th!


Survey text length limits

If your survey/exercise asks me to explain why I chose a specific response, don't limit me to 255 characters! Argggggh

I learned about (and started following) I learned about (and started following) @privacytools today.

As privacytools.io/about/ states, they focus on transparency in their reviews and recommendations for privacy tools and invite the community to participate. Good stuff.

tsocks is gone, now using proxychains-ng

I guess I'm a relic, I've been using tsocks to SOCKSify applications for years, and it took me longer than I care to admit to find proxychains-ng has replaced it.

But now I'm good!

Help I ran a Pomodoro-based writing circle for grad students and the two hours was up 15 minutes ago and people are still writing in this room (yay) and I can't leave them because it's my job to oversee this room (boo) and it's awesome that they're getting shit done (yay) and I don't want to stop them but I also want to go home to my family and get some food

And we're done! It took 48 hours and 23 minutes. Far slower than Cyberduck CLI, but it did the job correctly, which is worth... everything.

And now I have a Raspberry Pi ready to perform this sort of batch upload in the future, if (who am I kidding? WHEN) other such disks turn up.

Like, really slow. Cyberduck CLI took about 17 hours to upload this batch of files; it looks like python-swiftclient is going to take 48?

There's a major caveat, though, in that Cyberduck CLI errored out at the end, and even though it was only 5 GB out of 693 GB, that's a *lot* of breakage for something that you want preserved.

I'll take slow and steady and trustworthy over that any day.

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