Started the day with an awesome bike ride on some trails that looped around a lake. It's pretty hot here so after breakfast I was hiding out in a dark room to cool down. Felt strangely low energy and ended up doing almost nothing but dozing for many hours.

Then around 16:00 realized I forgot to take my meds this morning. OMG!

@ieure *I* like it. TI-99/4A was the first computer I typed a program in from a magazine, at my uncle's place.

@tomasino when I was a rising star at IBM I told my manager that I would happily take more vacation time in lieu of a raise. He basically laughed in my face

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I just wandered by the late-stage capitalism temple to wage-slavery known as LinkedIn. There was a survey there that was interesting mostly for the hellscape of comments it drew. I'll ask same question here where I hope to read much more sane commentary.

Would you rather make:

While much of this year has been crap, our rhubarb seems to have used it as fertilizer. Crumble coming up.

@victoria You're not wrong. Have been discussing short-term and long-term strategies with my partner. If things don't get radically better in the next few years I am nope-ing the hell out of here.

Or sooner if a suitable fully remote gig comes up.

@hugh I know right? Also our collective agreement suggests that our workload is normally composed of a 40/40/20 split of librarianship, research, and governance.

So assuming a 40-hour workweek, I should be able to fit all of that into 16 hours. No sweat.

Oh and there are no staff members to assist with systems. Or scholcomms. Or RDM. That's all on me.

Here's my draft workload as a librarian for the coming year:

Liaison, School of Architecture only
Liaison, Faculty of Arts (English programs)
Liaison, Faculty of Health and Education (English programs)
Interlibrary loans
Data & Statistics (English)
Research Data Management
Scholarly communication & publishing
Technical services

If it isn't obvious, this is *ridiculous*. The equivalent of at least 4 separate positions.

Even better, when I enter "2430", it says "The information supplied does not appear to be a valid time. Please use the HHMM format."


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No no no!!! That's not how time works. There is no "2459"--especially if you're making me choose between AM and PM!

Peer reviewing hijinks 

That made my reviewing job significantly easier.

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Peer reviewing hijinks 

I was asked to review an article in my research area. Okay, cool, I'll do my academic duty.

By the time I finished setting up my reviewer account and downloading the paper to start reading it, I received a *ping* from a vanity service telling me one of my own papers had received another notification.

Curious and grateful for the opportunity to procrastinate, I checked it out, and it was *the exact same paper that I had on my screen* but published in a different journal!

Hey Sudbury Ontario friends, Cambrian College is hiring a full-time Professor of Game Design!

Salary $67K - $115K. @victoria

@victoria Copied straight from the interface. Unbelievable, eh?

Every time I change something in our Ex Libris Alma system and then go to create a report based on it, I am reminded that the report database uses an ETL process that runs once a day.

So of course things are out of sync.

Data available as of: 2021-05-04 24:31:51
Data updated as of: 2021-05-03 20:00:00


Just completed point-and-clicking to apply a minor config change to 212 collections in Ex Libris Alma because they decided not to provide an "update batch job" (unlike most of the other entity types) and instead offer an "E-collection quick edit cloud app"... which failed to update 18/20 and 41/50 of the collections in my first two test runs.

Guess I should have used the API. I just can't believe how hostile this program is.

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