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I, consumer (February 20, 2020)

Reading Be civil to all, sociable to many, familiar with few, friend to one, enemy to none. Benjamin Franklin, quoted in Treating People Well: The Extraordinary Power of Civility at Work and in Life by Lea Berman and Jeremy Bernard Listening So there it is. What news do political junkies demand? Outrage and gossip. Why? […]

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Anxiety is the theme of all our lives these days

File this under “my new favorite bands.” Spanish Love Songs hits my existential dread buttons in just the right places. I especially love this line: “Can’t even have my coffee without exploiting someone…What would it take be happy?”

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Death warmed over

Today was definitely one of those “I’m not alive until I’ve had three cups of coffee” types of days.

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Another post about email, but this time with recommendations

Introduction As the head of outreach for an academic library, I spend a lot of time thinking about how best to communicate with other people. Most of my job involves bringing people together, managing projects that involve multiple units, and keeping the right people in the loop at the right times. Determining the best method […]

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Ubi sunt

This evening, I had the pleasure of attending a discussion between Brian Stelter, host of the CNN show Reliable Sources, and Carol Costello, former host of CNN Newsroom. Their conversation floated effortlessly over, through, and between topics such as misinformation, the impact of mainstream media outlets like CNN and FoxNews, the Trump presidency, the intersection […]

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The door in my head remained wide open

This video hits close to home. I think most of my anxiety about work can be attributed to a habit of ruminating rather than recharging. This quote in particular struck me as telling: “We don’t stress about work at work the same way we stress about work at home.” Guy Winch I’ve been giving more […]

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A colony of beavers

Me [driving to kids’ daycare]: Hey Amiens, have you noticed that there are hardly any trees on Kenyon Ave? Amiens (4): Maybe a beaver got loose in the neighborhood and cut them all down. My son’s world is infinitely more exciting than my own.

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Consider the tail of the dog, how it wags

“The best thing for being sad… is to learn something. That is the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by […]

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Monitoring… tracking… it’s all surveillance

Three posts on student surveillance at colleges and universities came through my feeds recently. From Drew Harwell at The Washington Post, “Colleges are turning students’ phones into surveillance machines, tracking the locations of hundreds of thousands” focuses primarily on the SpotterEDU app, which calls itself an “automated attendance monitoring and early alerting platform” and is […]

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Building a quieter internet experience

This year, I want to change the way I experience the internet. In both architecture and rhetoric, we talk about ductus: simply put, the way in which the pathway influences our experience of the content. Imagine entering a cathedral and moving from a small, enclosed narthex to the nave and into the crossing. The experience […]