How is this comfortable?
How is this comfortable?
New issue of my newsletter: “Humane Ingenuity 23: Reframing Time & Saving Culture”—thoughts on “reopening” a library; how to lengthen your time horizon; preserving local music; strikingly modern images from 1430 & 1880. (Subscribe)
When my mask is dangling around my neck I like to pretend I’m Dr. Fink
Fellow library directors: I’ve found this IFLA page on reopening strategies/techniques helpful. (Also, I don’t like the word “reopening”; my library is open in many ways, providing digital resources/virtual services—it’s just the building that’s closed.)
Truth really is stranger than fiction
New issue of my newsletter: “Humane Ingenuity 22: More Creative Reuses”—re-enacting works of art on Instagram is fine, but here are much more creative approaches to reusing art; the tech of remote learning 2000 yrs ago; and more. (Subscribe)
Possession is nine-tenths of the law
My method for delivering packages safely to my mother is now indistinguishable from the handoffs used by spies.
A reminder that the Digital Public Library of America has thousands of high-quality ebooks in EPUB format to download to e-readers, as well as millions of digitized public domain and other freely available books.
In the alternate timeline, my kids would have gotten their driver’s licenses today. ☹️
Time Machine Quarantine would be an amazing band name
Just realized that today was my 40th day of isolation = a quarantine. Next up, in 10 days: a cinquantine
I remain confused by the operation of our dog’s legs
On the latest What’s New podcast from the Northeastern University Library, my conversation with Moya Bailey and Brooke Foucault Welles about their new book, Hashtag Activism. Tune in!
Most of today’s good pop songs would be great pop songs if Bernard Edwards played bass on them.
New issue of my newsletter is out: “Humane Ingenuity 21: Functional and Eternal”—learning about Egyptian hieroglyphs; a clever plan for invasive green infrastructure; add a live stream from your home to a web-based community-access TV station. (Subscribe.)
These faux-reos are non-gebrokts
New issue of my newsletter: “Physical Distancing, Social Cohesion”—The first archives of COVID-19; a 3-D 18th-century mechanical theater as stay-at-home craft project; the synth sounds in half of 1986’s #1 hits; streaming hushed library sounds. (Subscribe to Humane Ingenuity.)
On the latest What’s New podcast from the Northeastern University Library, I talk with Steve Flynn, director of the Global Resilience Institute, about the road back to normal from where we are right now. If you need some reassurance, it’s worth a listen.
Life hack: Step 1: Find a photo of an idyllic place you would like to relocate to. Step 2: Use that photo for 2 weeks as your Zoom background while working from home. Step 3: Relocate to the idyllic place over a weekend. Step 4: Resume Zoom calls with real background, like a boss
Pro tip: If you are an author (or other copyright holder) and want to make your books widely available to the public, you can fill out this form and HathiTrust will open access to their digital copies with a Creative Commons license you select.
We have been at home so long that our dog is offering free hugs
New issue of my newsletter is out: “Humane Ingenuity 19: Credit Where Credit Is Due”—more on the Smithsonian’s new open access collection; a time machine from the early 1980s; two ethical apps (with a shout-out to @manton); 16th-century steampunk. (Subscribe to Humane Ingenuity.)