re: museums, vaguely ennui-adj?, not really negative
Oh! Forgot my citation! https://www.aaronland.info/weblog/2019/11/25/toaster (the last two paragraphs, although the rest is worth a read)
long, museums, vaguely ennui-adj?, not really negative
Been thinking about this quite from aaron straup cope (for context: museum worker, mostly on digital projects, at Cooper Hewitt and SFO Museum among others) quite a bit recently.
"I think the question of whether or not to outsource curatorial practice is a good opening to discuss the broader practice of outsourcing in general in the cultural heritage sector. It certainly easier for more people to relate to than the question of whether or not we should outsource digital and technology roles. This is a larger debate that we, as a community of practice, should have because I think that one risk of relentless outsourcing is that museums (and friends) will become nothing more than centers of production rather than scholarship.
If we say that our only purpose is to facilitate the assembly of content in the service of culture then it's no longer clear to me what distinguishes the cultural heritage sector from any other for-profit entertainment company. If we are unable to articulate, even to ourselves, what distinguishes our work from that produced by the private sector then maybe it really is time to admit there's nothing special about what we do. And importantly there are other people who do it — where it is pure and selfish entertainment — better than we do."
I don't work in museums, though I do like to archive things as a hobby. But more than that: if you're doing something not because you enjoy it (but because it's work, or because you think it has to be done), sometimes it's worth thinking about what you're actually doing, and whether or not it's already being done better.
(And maybe it's not! That's not unexpected! But maybe there's something else more useful to do. But of course have fun too: ain't nobody having fun for you better than you can.)
fediverse question, monsterpit
Is anyone having an issue where *some* Monsterpit posts don't federate to them? I've had this a couple times over the last day, and just confirmed that I got the first post in a thread, and a later post in that thread, but not an intermediate post in my timeline. 😕
(They were unlisted, so I *can* pull the intermediate post by ID, but it's odd that it didn't get pushed to my timeline.)
I neither use nor advertise IPv6 on this server.
I can't be the only one who finds the recent Western Digital (white) drive labels to be well-designed, can I? They're pretty nice, despite being something that basically nobody is ever expected to see. Clean typography, appropriate barcodes, clear labeling.
Anyway, kudos to whomever designed them, wherever you may be.
general safety, i swear
It appears IKEA scented tealight candles melt to about 130-140 F, which makes them reasonably safe to touch briefly, or if some spills onto you. I've yet to try the cheaper unscented ones.
In case anyone was wondering and didn't want to get wax on their thermometer.
(This did in fact start from innocent wondering, but let me tell you that you end up with some interesting results if you try to search for it. And still nobody with actual numbers that I could find.)
A Day Without Rain is a pretty good album.
@gdkar Okay, commercial egg nog plus Kahlua per your suggestion is... better than it has any right to be. Huh.
cw request, subposty
Please tag your subposts.
Your timeline is not my timeline. It's a lot of work to try to reverse engineer your post to try to understand what you're saying, only to figure out that you're snarking at something you saw and don't want to point to.
(I want to understand what you're saying! If you don't send me in the right direction, I won't, but at least if I read something I know is a subpost and I don't get it, I know I can leave it alone.)
hot take and/or tech grumble and/or complaining about jerks
Script kiddies using the latest prepackaged "spam deauths to everyone" tool in a handheld form factor are not fundamentally different from people discovering spark-gap transmitters and deciding to see how many people they can inconvenience.
Sure, "eff the man" has its place, but that sentence doesn't end "and everyone else anywhere nearby".
(I believe this has been the case for a while, possibly back to around Unicode 10 when "person" was introduced, but it's somewhat surprising to see that it's *still* the case, lo these many years.)
The Twitter Twemoji (12.1.3) emoji for "people holding hands" (explicitly not gender-specific) is identical to that of "man and woman holding hands". Hrm. (They do have "person", which is its own non-gendered drawing, just not a pair holding hands.)
https://github.com/twitter/twemoji/blob/master/assets/svg/1f9d1-200d-1f91d-200d-1f9d1.svg ("people holding hands")
https://github.com/twitter/twemoji/blob/master/assets/svg/1f46b.svg ("man and woman holding hands")
Met a gentleman who expressed concern that someone else "might be one of those liberals who didn't like hot dogs because they're bad for the environment or something". Shortly thereafter, he revealed he felt people were bad if they didn't properly sort their recyclables.
Takes all kinds, huh?
I appreciate that @LadyMargaret stays on top of new emoji proposals and I don't even have to do anything for the interesting ones to just show up in front of me.
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