2016 Full Bore Ahead

It’s already 2 months into 2016. Time continues to fly as usual and life remains relatively uneventful. The most exciting thing going on right now is in making the decision on if I should cut my hair or let it grow out a few feet again. As much as I enjoy having long hair, the cat likes to eat it, which is hazardous to her health if she manages to get it wound up in her intestines, so for that and other reasons (laziness) my years of 3ft. long locks may be well and truly past.

My time nowadays is saturated in multiple small commitments. I play a tabletop RPG with friends every Sunday, help run a board game group two nights a month, belong to two bookclubs, and still volunteer at the Quatrefoil library. On top of that I’ve somehow found myself on the committee of a local convention. How did this happen? Granted, I still spend a lot of my time relaxing at home and playing video games. Even though it’s a distant dream, I spend a lot of time learning about game design and writing too. I find I’m a much less happy person when I’m not pursuing some sort of creative project, and in the last few years my activity on that end has fallen drastically. So now I’m writing a text game. Like most of my creative projects it will probably never be completed, but as a hobby project it still provides its benefits.

Work continues on without much change. I’ve already had my first fair of the year at Pasadena. California as a state is not my favorite, but the Cali fair itself attracts some wonderful dealers. There wasn’t much there for me to buy as it’s a higher end fair, but one dealer was gracious enough to point me to a box of kabuki postcards notable for the fact that almost every one of them were annotated in the back with information on the play depicted. When I didn’t show as much enthusiasm as he did he went in with my boss “so that I’d have them anyway,” and when I realized they had essentially beat me to it he let me buy out his half. It was extremely generous of him, considering the amount profit he thought could be had with the item. The reason I looked so incredulous was the price tag. It’s still hard for me to be willing to invest a sizable amount of money into a single thing, even when that thing seems to be a steal. But when the risk is shared it becomes a more palatable prospect.

I’ve benefited a lot from simply listening to other dealers talk amongst themselves, and one of the themes that comes up constantly is whether or not certain people have the personality for this sort of work. They talk about whether or not so-and-so has it in them to “take the blows” and “get knocked around.” A bad few months, a disastrous purchase, shifting collecting trends that render a specialty unsellable: there is so much risk in this business that those who are timid about it simply don’t last. I’m still learning whether or not I have it in me to take those risks. It’s harder to do, knowing that my personal wealth is in the negative dollars, thanks to my student loans, but I suppose we’ll see.

It occurs to me that money comes up often in these little posts. I don’t think that will change in the future. I’ve never been one to buy into the common wisdom that one does not talk about one’s finances. I think there’s much to be learned in hashing it out and recognizing that money drives our behavior in a myriad of ways, no matter how much of it we have.

Anyway, the fair itself was remarkably well run, Pasadena was a bit of a bore, but it had good restaurants, and dining out is half the reason I think dealers till do these fairs. I had myself some decent ramen, and a shake as thick as cement, and managed to dodge the illness that was spreading through the fair floor like wildfire. Now all there is to do is catalog and hope that my investment will pay off.

Books Read So Far

Every year I tell myself I will try to read 52 books in a year. I fall short by a great deal every year, and then the next year tell myself the same thing again. Since we’re halfway through 2015, it’s time to take stock.

1. George R. R. MartinA Clash of Kings: I’m trying to read these before I watch the show, which means that I’ve been dodging spoilers as much as possible but haven’t been entirely successful. As the second book this builds up on what the first laid down very well, but since everyone and their mother has read these things I’m not going to invest much time in a review. The worldbuilding has gotten more interesting, which is something I may have to come back to in a later post.

2. Melissa Scott - Point of Hopes: Another series book. This is the first, and is a sort of mystery in a weird alternate fantasy world that has the trappings of some Elizabethan steampunk era but not quite. It’s okay, but not something I’d recommend. The plot is stagnant, the worldbuilding has some novel elements but doesn’t think them through, and the characters are dull.

3. Graeber DavidDebt, the first 5000 Years: My favorite book so far. An anthropology of debt that challenges the myth of the barter society evolving into fiat finance. This was written in the context of the Occupy Wall Street movement and has a clear political bias, but even so I thought the angle the book takes in fascinating, and there is a lot that can be pulled from it, not just for people interested in how our economy has become the thing it is, but for those interested in alternatives.

4. Hiromi GotoKappa Child: Hated it. Limp magical realism that never really satisfies, low level domestic abuse that serves as a constant frustration, weird quirks of character that makes everyone feel surreal without balancing them out with humanity, and so on. Least favorite of the year.

5. Johanna SinisaloTroll, a Love Story: Weirdest of the year by far. A guy finds a baby troll and brings it home. Disaster ensues. The narrative format was a constant bounce between POV characters interspersed with “excerpts” from non-existent sources on trolls, and even though there were bits that seemed meaningless or drifting, the book as a whole succeeded in building up a lot of suspense.

6. Sam van Schaik- Tibet, A History: The book I’m on now. So far an engaging attempt at a succinct history from beginning to now. It’s main flaw is that it has to sacrifice a lot of nuance and depth in order to cover so much history in a single book, and things start to blend together somewhat. But as an introduction I think it’s great.

7. Maurice Olender - The Language of Paradise: A fascinating book about something that I didn’t really know anything about before reading it. The beginnings of Philology were rooted in certain notions of race, history, and truth, and those foundations had an important effect on modern history. Reading it brings to light the development of ideas that many people probably assume came out of common sense without really interrogating it.

It appears I’ve been reading 1 book a month instead of four. Ah well. I am ever the optimist.


What I’ve been up to these past few months

Time flies when you are a habitual project starter. July and August were both crazy. My time spent in Virginia, and then immediately after in Colorado Springs, was an amazing, once in a lifetime thing, that reminded me why I’ve taken the path that I have and helped me refocus myself. The first leg of my two week intensive book tour was at the Rare Book School, where I took a course on the basics of bibliographical description. The class was intense, the instructors excellent, and the experience as a whole was just as amazing as everyone says it is. There’s a sort of bliss that comes with being surrounded by people who not only love what you love, but are so mature in their love that you are constantly in awe of the vast depths of knowledge to which one can plunge in pursuit of it.

The students in my bibliography class joked that we would never be able to explain to other people just what it was that we had been doing all week, because it was so esoteric, but for me one of the great things about getting to really understand a subject is that it makes it easier to help other people understand that subject. That part of my personality has gotten me in trouble for being a bit of a know-it-all at times, but when something is interesting it’s really hard for me not to tell everyone all about it.

And, in fact, I got a chance to apply my new found education immediately after my week at Rare Book School ended, when I flew out to Colorado Springs to work as staff for the Colorado Antiquarian Seminar. This year the faculty was trying something a little different, and gave seminarians a challenge to “Adopt” two books and spend the week applying what they were learning to the cataloging and description of those books. Collation (describing how all the pages and leaves are put together in the binding) was not explicitly part of that, but after Terry Belanger’s talk on collation everyone turned to their adopted books and started struggling to put their new found knowledge into practice. What I had spent a few books of study and a week of lab time on, the CABS folk were attempting to do after 2 hours of instruction.

And they did remarkably well. A lot of people were a little intimidated by the terminology and notation in the beginning, but I was still in COLLATE ALL THE THINGS MODE and was practically begging people to ask me questions so we could collate something together. Occasionally we would come to something a little complex and I would say it wasn’t necessary to get too deep into it, which only resulted in them going to Terry, who would sit down and do it all, no shortcuts. I should have known better than to think that CABS folk wouldn’t want to know it all.

Over both weeks I ended up meeting some amazing people, refocused and reinvigorated myself, and drank more beer than I usually do over the course of an entire year.

Since then I’ve been occupying myself with the usual endless list of projects, which are below if anyone is interested.


A few weeks ago I finished working on the digital catalog of Thomas G. Thrum‘s library for Librarything. Thrum was white man who moved to Hawai’i at a young age, and is primarily remembered as a folklorist and compiler of almanacs. His library was recorded by an anonymous bookman, most likely as part of estate proceedings after his death, and the majority of the books appear to have found a home at the University of Hawai’i. When his project came up I couldn’t resist snatching it up, since it was so closely connected to my alma mater, and the catalog looked straight forward enough, but it actually ended up taking some time to get everything written out.

For one thing the bookman who recorded the library did so with a shortlist only, and one in which he was in the habit of truncating titles to the point where it took some doing to find out just which “Report” was being referenced. The second problem was in the obscurity of some of these titles, particularly with the serials. I would say that almost half of Thrum’s books had not been previously cataloged on librarything, and many were not in enough libraries to pop up doing a broad search. A number of times I had to use the UH library system catalog to find the item, and then bring that information back to librarything. But persistence paid off, and now if you want to know what a scholar of Hawai’ian folklore from the 19th century liked to read all you need to do is go here.

I also managed to watch all 140 some episodes of Hunter X Hunter. It can’t be work time all the time.


Notice I only really have one thing “finished.” Such is my life. Recently I’ve been working on:

  • Getting 52 books read by the end of the year. I’m currently at… 17. Haha… ha… ha… Well, that’s still a decent average for me. I haven’t actually hit 52 ever, even though I always say I’m going to aim for it.
  • A worldbuilding toolkit. For almost ten years I’ve been managing a “contest” of sorts where participants have been challenged to answer a series of prompts about different aspects of an imaginary world that they create. The platform that I had been using was not optimal for this sort of thing, so I’m migrating it to something I have more control over, and in the process I’m fleshing the whole thing out into more of a toolkit. With 400+ original prompts to migrate, and a lot of editing work required to get them into the new format properly, this is a project that will take some time.
  • I’ve picked up Japanese again and am making my painful way forward with it. Trying to work back to fluency is both painful and gratifying. I’m hating myself for how much I’ve forgotten, but it’s surprising how much I’ve managed to retain. My biggest hope is that my next step in life will be utilizing Japanese more centrally, but for that to happen I need to get serious.


  • NaNoWriMo is in a month. I haven’t won in a very long time, but I’m getting tired of the dry spell.


The Difference a Year Makes

It has been almost 11 months to the day since my last update, which I believe is officially the longest I have gone without a blog post since I started blogging some time around the year 2000. In one way the silence is good. I’m busier than I’ve ever been, and almost everything that I’ve been doing has been a positive experience. On the other hand, I do miss keeping track of life via blog.

A very quick update:

In October of last year I moved from Denver to the Twin Cities to work for Rob Rulon-Miller, a rare book dealer. I’ve been with him ever since, and have been enjoying the job immensely.

Now that I’ve graduated it’s clearer to me how miserable I was while in school. Getting my MLIS was a soul sucking experience for me, but the details of that can wait for another post.

Even though I technically have less time to myself due to the full-time job, I feel like I’m doing a ton more than I had been before. I’ve been working on some personal projects surrounding my pet hobby of worldbuilding and conlanging, go to a local zendo slightly more than occasionally, and have a regular gaming group. Not only am I doing a lot of stuff, I’m doing it consistently. I have the emotional capital to spare, now that my energy isn’t being taken up on angsting about grades and papers.

The place where I put the most of my free time (outside of just chillaxing at home and arguing with the cat) is the Quatrefoil library. The Quatrefoil is a GLBT library in Minneapolis that is entirely volunteer run and maintained. I found out about them shortly after arriving in the Twin Cities, and since I’m not flexing my librarian muscles at work, I thought this was a great way to keep my cataloging fu sharp while also doing helpful work for the community. So every week I go in to do my small part in managing the flood of donated materials. Because the library is volunteer run, there is always more to do than there are people to do it, but now that I’m getting comfortable with the workflow I’m starting to eye some special projects that the “bosses” have said they would like to have done.

That’s life in a nutshell for the moment. The near futures is coming up with some fun stuff, some of which I’m really excited for.

In a few days I’m going to attempt a haircut. I say attempt because I am taking my ~2ft of hair to a German Festival, where I am told a salon will be putting up a booth to donate to Wigs for Kids. I’m not sure what the logistics will be, but if all goes well my butt-length mop will be cut down to a few inches.

The last week of June is the Twin Cities Antiquarian and Rare Book Fair (a mouthful). We’re exhibiting there, but I personally have been deputized by the organizer to help manage the thing. I haven’t build up that curmudgeonly patina that so many other dealers seem to end up with concerning fairs, so I’m looking forward to it, and hoping there is nothing there that strikes my fancy. My wallet can’t take it.

Then, next month I’ll be flying down to Virginia to attend the Rare Book School, specifically the course on bibliographical description. The pre-course readings alone have been more educational than a years worth of library school. Once the course is over I might say it was more valuable than the whole degree, and at 2% the cost.

After that, who knows. My hope is still one day to be working at an archives or special collections department, but my immediate concerns are more humble. With the amount of student debt I’m facing, a well paying job in another field is looking more and more attractive.

Out of the Frying Pan

The weather right now is awful. Shortly after my last post Colorado decided that it was done with the blizzards and it was time to turn on the heat. Things have been slugish and miserable ever since, and my laptop has finally given up the ghost, so I’m now working on putting together a new machine. The tower and powersource have already arrived, but the graphics card that I’m looking at has been out of stock, so I may end up downgrading or finding something else. I don’t expect to do anything all that impressive with it. My main concern is getting an operating machine that will let me finish that damn Omeka site.

Another recent loss has been in the shoe department. I’m not a shoe person. I own something like five pairs, counting my flipflops, so when one pair goes it’s a loss. A few weeks ago I was watching the Star Trek movie with my friend, and when I was walking back to the car I noticed something was weird with my old canvas shoes. I had bought these things in Japan, back in 2006, and they were probably the rattiest things I owned at the time, but I loved them, and they reminded me of a great time in my life. When I got back to the car and tried to figure out what was up, the entire inside lining had disconnected from the sole and fell right out. Now, I had worn these shoes down so much that there wasn’t much of a sole to begin with. When I walked in them a good portion of my heel was hitting pavement and dirt, but they had still been comfortable. With the lining gone, so goes the comfort, so I had to admit defeat and declare those shoes dead.


RIP shoes.

My bike has been another point of frustration for a while now. The front tire kept on going flat, even after I patched the tube, and then replaced it completely. For a while I let it sit around, useless, but now that the snow is all gone and I’m getting sick of walking 30 minutes to and from work in the heat, I’ve renewed my attempts at getting it in working order. The bike was a hand me down, and while it’s been useful it’s started to be more of a pain than it’s worth. A single tire is something like 50 dollars! On top of that, the gears are jammed, so it’s essentially a fixie mountain bike. I struggled and cursed with the wheels and brakes all day to day, and everything appears to be in working order, but I’ll know tomorrow when I check whether or not the air is staying this time. I haven’t been able to get the back wheel off either, and that one appears to have a very slow leak too. The only thing worse than walking to work is having to drag a bike with flats along with you.

The job hunt has been slow going. I graduated in late May, and found myself in a real slump immediately after. I’m enjoying the job I have quite a bit, and have been learning more and more as I’m given more and more responsibility, but it’s a part time job that will likely disappear in the fall. This coming August is the Book and Paper Fair, followed by CABS. My volunteer work last year has earned me a paid position at the fair this year (woo!) and I will be driving down for the CABS keynote speech, since that is open seating. I’d love to spend another week at CABS, since last year was so fun and educational, and this year their specialty dealer works in Asian materials! But unless they let me sneak in for a few hours, I think the keynote will be all I’m getting.



I don’t have all that much on my plate nowadays but all of it is piled up on Monday. Part of the problem is that parking is either inconvenient or expensive on campus, and walking home between work and class is an hour round trip, so I end up leaving for work at around 8:30 and don’t get home until 10 PM at night. Good thing we have a library for me to hide in again. It gives me time to do my homework.

Work has been getting more and more interesting. After a year I’m finally moving past basic code monkey stuff and getting deeper and deeper into the workings of the system. When I started I was afraid to change anything in the offchance that it was a vital component that would break the entire site (and I did end up breaking the site once). But now I generally know what things do and why, and am not so timid about making changes without asking permission to change very comma or what have you. I was told that I would probably be able to keep working through the summer, which means I will have something resembling an income as I continue to look for a full time job, which I’m thankful for. I can’t wait to finally end up in a position that lasts for longer than a year though. It feels like every time I’m starting to hit a new level of expertise it’s time to move on to something else. When you’re an undergrad jet-setting across the world you’re not really thinking about developing a history of long term employment, but now I kind of wish I could say I’ve been doing something for more than 2 years at a time.

It’s not that big of a deal though. What I don’t have in terms of length I make up for with a large variety of experience and a lot of adaptability.

Last week had a couple nice breaks from the monotony of daily life. I wrangled one of my good friends Amanda into going to a wind ensemble concert and had a great time. I still prefer wind ensemble to any other form of classical-type music, so it’s nice to have free access to it through the student concerts at DU.

One of the pieces performed was Colonial Song, by Percy Graham.

Not a bad way to spend a night out.

This weekend was a fellow DU student’s birthday. Her house is amazing and includes a common backyard with her next door neighbors in which cats dogs and chickens roam around doing their thing. A good time was had by all and I got to hold an irate chick.


These birds have been bred so that they literally cannot see past the fluff on their faces. It’s both hilarious and sad all at once.


The Academic Commons

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After almost two years, our campus has a library again! I can’t even explain how happy this makes me. So much seating, so many study carrels, so many outlets! And most of the books have come back from storage!

At first I was skeptical about the move to an “academic commons” platform, but I couldn’t be happier with the setup now. 80% of monographs are on site(iirc), and item requests take less than 2 hours to be delivered from off site. I have to hand it to the library team, the transition out and back in to the building has felt seamless from the user end.

The idea of the academic commons is a relatively new one, and not without some controversy, so I figure a quick digital tour might help explain just what it is that DU is now doing different with it’s library system.

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Here’s the building. Before it was just that beige box section, and the construction made it look a bit less soul crushing by adding that curvy front entrance and the little pillared addition on the left. The bike rack count has doubled, but it’s still not enough. Bike parking remains a problem on campus.

It took 2 years or so for this renovation to be completed, which is almost the entire time that I’ve been enrolled. Not having a physical library sucks, let me tell you. A ballroom was repurposed for study space and computers, but it wasn’t enough.

Why the long wait? There was so much asbestos that once the library decided on a renovation they decided to just go all out and redo everything. While there are some familiar areas of the interior the building was all but gutted and rebuilt from the floor up. The bad part about this was that it took forever. The cool part is they got to do some great things.

A small bit of me gets irate when I see the copper plating, because tuition at DU is high, but most of the weird superfluous things in the library, including the fireplace(?!) were the result of direct donations. Apparently donors were eager to fund these little aesthetic touches but wanted to restrict the number of electric outlets that would be available! Thank goodness librarians know how to argue with facts or this whole thing could have been a disaster. Imagine floors of nothing but study spaces but no where to use a laptop for longer that 2hrs max.

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When I arrived at the official opening this huge touch screen wasn’t properly functioning, but it seems to be working well enough now. It greets you as soon as you come in. They went a little crazy with the tech. Every study room, and there are many, has its own little electronic schedule panel on which you can make reservations. Those weren’t working either when I tested them. Apparently the vendor assured the library that the technology would work with the already existing reservation system for the school and it turned out they lied.

The lesson here is that when adopting new technology, don’t believe it when the salesmen says it does everything under the sun.

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This is the first floor of the library, and look, books! Although a large portion of the collection is off site (like all govdocs and bound periodicals) there are still a lot of books. The first floor is dedicated entirely to new arrivals and is a lot of fun to browse. In the back there is the writing center, and to the right the tech center. While both of these services aren’t under the direct control of the library, it makes sense that they share the same roof. The research center is here also. The idea is to make the commons the one stop shop for all academic support needs. (This includes a full cafe, which is always extremely busy when I stop in.)

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In the old building the archives and special collections got a tiny room in the basement and a few mobile shelves. Now the special collections have pride of place in the basement, and instead of the basement being a sunless dungeon a wall has been knocked out and replaced with full length windows. The display space throughout the library has greatly increased. Basically, the every day book has been packed away and now room is available for the special stuff to come out.

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This is what the general collection looks like now. A good number of books are back, but I rarely see students going through here. Browsing is a bit more of a pain but it is possible, and the library’s estimation of how much study space is needed has been pretty spot on. Besides these shelves and the special collections room the bottom floor is almost entirely dedicated to study carrels, they are almost always busy when I come down to use them.

A nice plus is that you can remotely request a book while you are in the library, and clerks will pull it for you and notify you when it hits the front desk.

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This is the deep quiet room, for people who can’t even suffer the clicking of computer keyboards. The clear windows were added so that one could peek in and see if there was room to study before disrupting people by opening the door. Not a bad idea, but I just bring headphones because…

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These are the most amazing things ever. Almost every part of the library has enough space but when I come down to these carrels there is often only one or two left unoccupied. They are cozy, private, clean, and just look awesome. I have 5 hours between work and class to kill on Mondays, and I spend those hours in one of these. I almost want one for my room.

Out like a what again?

What Denver giveth Denver taketh away. We’ve had a few weeks of excellent spring weather, and last evening the wind picked up and the snow started falling. It is now a mess outside. We were hearing emergency sirens all day long, but the snow has finally stopped falling (for now) and most of the first volley melted, so there isn’t as much on the ground as there might be. If we’re lucky it will warm up right after and everything will be melted by Tuesday.

My roommate and I ended up having to drive through the worst of it, because we were at IKEA when it started, enjoying a traditional Swedish Easter smörgåsbord. We were joking with each other because there were very few people other than families with small children and retirees that seemed to think coming to IKEA for an Easter buffet was the thing to do, but there were piles upon piles of smoked salmon involved, so it was worth it, even if the drive home was a snowy mess.

It was technically spring break last week, but because I had no classes it felt like any other week. The last two classes I need to take for my degree start on Monday, and then at the end of May my schooling will be over! I have no idea what will happen after that, but one thing at a time.

Library Student Day in a Life

Hack Library School is doing a Library Student Day in the Life week, so this is my contribution.

A quick bit about me for those who are not familiar: I’m a student at the University of Denver, and my academic focus is on archives management. It took me an extra year to graduate because I decided to do my practicum in India this past winter, and now I’m expecting to wrap everything up during the spring quarter. DU is on a quarter system, which means we only have 10 weeks per class, and I took winter quarter off, so at the moment I’m not taking any classes.

I work a part time job at the University Tech Services, doing back end work on the university websites, making our analytics system more robust, and cleaning up myweb for an incoming migration to a new system. It’s not exactly library science work, but I did get to enforce some metadata standards with the events tagging we’re doing.

Because it’s apart time job, I get Mondays and Fridays off! This Monday was typical. I slept in, rolled out of bed around 9:30 and cursed the morning with heartfelt passion, grabbed some breakfast and then started working on an Omeka project. Part of the practicum I did in India involved collecting info and images relating to thangka painting to use for a website once I got back to the states, so now I’m working on getting that website up.

Omeka is a deceptive little beast. It looks simple and user friendly unless you want to do something a little different, like, say get the stupid element descriptions to stop being so item type specific, and then suddenly you have to know php! Well, luckily, I know enough php to not blow up the site, but I’m also doing this work on Ubuntu, which is an OS I am still getting used to, and I don’t know enough php to actually know what I’m doing, so it’s been a fun adventure. I spent most of the morning doing some general reading on how omeka files are set up, and reading a lot of forums on the image magick program giving people ulcers, and then started developing my own image magick ulcer as I tried to get it an omeka to communicate.


After banging my head against that for a while I went off and drove 16 miles to see Les Miserables. I could write a post just about that, and I probably will, so suffice it to say my fear that I would hate it was unfounded and I sobbed like a child in a theater with no one be me and a bunch of older couples in it. That’s what happens when you go to a matinee at a dollar theater. Also Colm Wilkinson suddenly showed up on the screen in all his glory and I had myself a little fit in my chair but seriously I will write a post all about this later.

Since Monday is an off day for me it’s also chore day. That means laundry, groceries, all the dull stuff like that. Luckily for me Denver has a very large asian market, so after the movie my roommate and I drove over and bought enough food to last us the rest of the month. By the time we got home it was seven, and I ended up passing out soon after eating supper. I hadn’t gone to sleep before 2AM the whole week prior, so I needed it.

Today was a work day, so from 9 to 3 I was making spreadsheets and wrestling technology. Right after that I submitted myself to being a human guinea pig at the university psych department. I learned in undergrad that one can make good money playing test subject for a half hour or so. I read fast, so after clicking on a few “Strongly Agree – Strongly Disagree” buttons for thirty minutes I was handed fifteen bucks and sent on my way. It’s the only place I can get paid $30 at the moment!

After that was cartoons to wind down, dinner, and now I’m working on a few personal projects. This blog is one. Working on my resume is another. At the moment I’m a little paralyzed about applying to the Digital Stewardship program in DC, because I don’t feel qualified enough, but all I can do is put my best foot forward and let the selection committee tell me if I’m qualified or not.


Rufus had to be put down earlier this week. It was a sudden and unexpected thing. He spent all day being his usually dorky self, and then later that night blood clots had cut off the circulation in his front legs. We rushed him to an emergency vet and left him overnight to be treated and monitored, but the next day Shannon had been advised to let him go. So this week has been rough. He was an atypical little cat, a pleasure to be around when he wasn’t being a bossy jerk, and he is already dearly missed.