november 16, 2017

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“Powerful avalanches begin with small shifts.” ~ Unknown

 

nutty nerds (snapseed)

 

This is my friend Ana Krahmer. We’ve known each other for many years, but we only get to see one another at conferences. She runs the newspaper program at UNT in Denton, Texas. We have a lot in common in addition to newspapers. One such thing is a quirky sense of humor. We’re on the standing committee for the IFLA News Media section. We have two other friends on that committee, Mary Feeney and Niels B√łnding, whom share our quirky humor. At the last IFLA meeting, they began taking selfies and posting them to Facebook as a way to say “Hi, we miss you, Kopana.” Ana and I decided to return the favor, but instead of one selfie, we did three, and posted them throughout the afternoon. Nobody on facebook would have understood what was happening, I’m sure, but Mary and Niels did. Meanwhile, Ana and I had a big laugh, followed by a great dinner of extremely fresh sushi, and a really meaningful, important conversation about everything from politics to dogs to jobs. Her friendship and collegiality is invaluable to me, and I’m so thankful to know her.

november 15, 2017

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“Never forget the three powerful resources you always have available to you: love, prayer, and forgiveness.” ~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

 

two dudes on a mission

 

Today was day one of the Dodging the Memory Hole conference. Like yesterday’s meeting, it’s being held at the Internet Archive headquarters. Today’s keynote speaker was IA founder Brewster Kahle pictured here with Eric Weig whom you’ve met before. Eric followed Brewster on the program in part because he has developed a content management method for our historic newspapers utilizing the IA as the object store. His was a mighty impressive presentation and I was so proud for him to show off his hard work. He’s really done an incredible job with a number of projects, not just this one. Plus, he knows every song lyric ever written and can speak whole conversations in nothing but lyrics. Hilarious. And, hey, Brewster was pretty awesome, too. Another winning day.

november 14, 2017

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“Your beliefs don’t make you a better person, your behavior does.” ~ Unknown 

 

pew seating

 

A few years ago Eric Weig showed me a (different) picture of these people in a pew. He kept saying he wanted one, or he wanted to be one, I don’t remember now. I didn’t understand what he was talking about until he told me the story. I had forgotten that story until today, when I walked into the Internet Archive’s main building in San Francisco. I was there for a meeting being held in the main auditorium. The Internet Archive is a former Christian Science Church (it’s not the same as Scientology, just to be clear). When they took over the church, they left the sanctuary intact. In fact, most of their offices are downstairs in the “Sunday School.” Anyway, IA’s founder, Brewster Kahle, was inspired by the Terracotta Warriors, so he commissioned an artist to make clay statues of everyone who works at IA for at least three years. Once made, they’re placed in the pews or along the sanctuary walls. It’s both hilarious and unnerving the first time you walk in, or at least it was for me because I had forgotten Eric’s story. Each statue is about 3 feet tall, give or take, and made of clay. The sanctuary houses over 100 people now. A group of us had lunch with one of IA’s main programmers, and I have to say, I’d work for them long after my clay mini-Ko took her spot on a pew. It’s such a  refreshingly forward-thinking group, and the meeting I was in today was filled with equally progressive minds. I chalk this up to one great day.

 

from the front