Why I give to the Ada Initiative (and hope you will too)

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This blog post is a little late. Others have written really evocatively about this subject, already. But, late or not, it feels wrong not to say something. The Ada Initiative is my favorite non-profit (besides perhaps the one I work for? :)). They’re my smile.amazon charity, when I remember to use it. AdaCamp changed my life. And I think sometimes librarians might be inclined to look at the Ada Initiative as “a tech thing,” something not relevant to reference librarians or children’s librarians or school librarians … or really any librarian who doesn’t write code for their job. But Ada doesn’t look at it that way. Continue reading

Week one as a developer

I had hoped to document all of the stuff I was learning each day, or at least each couple of days, through my first few weeks in this job. I knew I’d have a lot to share. But I’m so tired at the end of each day that I don’t really have a blog post in me. I hear one gets used to non-stop thinking for 8+ hours per day and functions better over time. :) Continue reading

Day one as a developer

Day one of the new job: I don’t feel like a real developer yet. I didn’t write any code today. I did read through a good portion of our documentation; install the development environment on a shared machine (my laptop hasn’t come yet — and actually, getting the shared machine working is a step toward one of the things I want this organization to do, anyway, so it’s good); fill out all but one of my new employee forms; get access to the offices/parking; and add two steps that were missing from the “setup” directions to our docs. But since … Continue reading

What I’ve learned from the drive

Every time I came “back to America” from Alaska, I felt simultaneously excited, disquieted, and wistful about the proximity of other states to the state I was visiting. I would exclaim, “You can drive from here to other states! You just go that way on the interstate!” And perhaps people looked at me askance, but it honestly struck me, hard, every time.

I’m used to it now. Continue reading

A book list and a trip update

Book stuff I complained on Twitter about The Name of the Wind, which I’ve had sitting in my Audible library for a while and decided to finally listen to, now that I’m finished with Octavia Butler’s Xenogenesis trilogy (which is fantastic!). TNotW is clever, funny, well-written, and well-performed by the narrator, but there aren’t female characters, except for mothers and love interests. That annoys me, especially after reading so much speculative fiction that includes women. I shared as much on Twitter, and people asked for the list of what I’ve been reading. So, pulling from GoodReads, here are my recent … Continue reading

Post all the photos!

This made me laugh. "All of Canada - that way! Just Tok Junction - that way!"

I’m arguably through the prettiest part of the drive, so here are the photos I’ve taken so far. I might go a little out of my way to see Mt. Rushmore or the Badlands or something (which I’ve already seen and photographed, and anyway I want to show them to Dale, not just see them again myself, so maybe I won’t), but I recall there’s a lot of “flat” and a little bit of “fields of sunflowers” happening for the next part of the drive, so if there are photos, there will be fewer of them per mile traveled. (A … Continue reading

The trip so far

Anchorage to Tok, AK: 318 miles Tok to Whitehorse, YT: 394 miles (this was miserable) Whitehorse to Watson Lake: 275 miles (this was pretty great) This trip would be so fun with another human, especially, but maybe even alone with no birds to take care of. As I go through the Milepost, to map out the odometer reading for all the gas stations and restrooms (that’s how few there are and how likely they are to be out of order, relative to the ones on roads you might be used to) I see all of these neat stops that I … Continue reading

Driving South

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When we came up to Alaska, Dale and I kept a shared blog. It was a fun way to chronicle a weird journey, both the drive itself and the transition to living in Alaska, which is a pretty unique place. It’s been useful to several people through the years, because they got to see what my move (driving from Pittsburgh) and Dale’s move (shipping a bunch of boxes and flying) looked like and get a sense of the pros and cons of each approach. But because we’re leaving Alaska, and because the blog’s title was “Moving to Alaska,” that doesn’t … Continue reading

Big news!

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I have big news: I will be joining the Center for Open Science (COS) in Charlottesville, VA, as a Developer. COS’s mission is compelling: fix science! (Seriously.) While I’m a little sad to leave Alaska, web librarianship, and what has been a really good first post-MLIS position, I am very excited about this opportunity. Continue reading

Conference Inclusiveness

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I don’t want to go to any more conferences that privilege “liberty” over hospitality. Because I’ve seen that there’s a better way. I get to learn more, from more people, and I also get to teach more at events that are truly inclusive. Why waste my time and money on events that aren’t? Continue reading