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Android Wear is driving me nuts lately; crashing and (seemingly random) insane battery drains.

Funny, I wonder if it's jealous that I'm rocking a Pebble Time Steel this week...
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We'll have to compare PT and PTS ;)
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I just donated $5 CAD. We all get a massive amount of value out of Wikipedia. Let's pay it back a bit.
 
I donated my morning coffee ($ 3) to #Wikipedia.  Asking all my friends to do the same right now.

SEO and Semantic Researchers, also know how very dependent we are on the curation efforts of thousands of unpaid volunteers.  Give thanks to them by donating your morning coffee as I did.
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schema.org and semantic search for the masses

Our local radio station has been doing a series of interviews with researchers at +Laurentian University - Université Laurentienne, and this morning was my turn!

I think they did a good job of summarizing what I was trying to say, and editing my babbling--heh! It's nice to expose some of the work we do to the general public in a hopefully intelligible way.

Aside: CBC uses OGP and Twitter metadata, which G+ puts to good use, but no schema.org to disambiguate the names of their interviewees, etc. Heh!
Systems librarian Dan Scott is searching for the best ways to ensure material from academic and cultural institutions shows up in search engines like Google.
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+Dan Scott A Professor Aaron Bradley has long outranked me on Google, but  at least nobody has expressed the same acrimony for the good Dr. as you encountered for that other Dan Scott!
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schema.org adds support for Comics (through the bibliographic extension)

I'm pleased that schema.org now (as of today's 2.1 "ganymede" release) has decent support for describing comics through the bibliographic extension, with the addition of such types and properties as:

o http://bib.schema.org/ComicCoverArt
o http://bib.schema.org/ComicIssue
o http://bib.schema.org/ComicStory
o http://bib.schema.org/ComicSeries
o http://bib.schema.org/artist
o http://bib.schema.org/colorist
o http://bib.schema.org/inker
o http://bib.schema.org/penciler
o http://bib.schema.org/publisherImprint
o http://bib.schema.org/variantCover

It has been a long time coming. +Peter Olson put together the first proposal ages ago in January, 2012, with Henry Andrews of comics.org and +Thad Guidry rapidly joining in the conversation.

I picked it up in late 2013 primarily to work on the Periodicals side of things, but also wanted to carry through the Comics effort. Periodicals went into core schema.org with a little bit of pain, but it's taken until now to get Comics into the shiny new bib extension. Thankfully +Sean Petiya of the Comic Book Ontology gave it a positive review and helpful suggestions in April (https://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-schemabibex/2015Apr/0020.html) to polish the vocabulary.

Many thanks to +Dan Brickley and +Richard Wallis for their work in finishing off the extension infrastructure and making this possible. I'm looking forward to a world of structured comic data!
Schema.org is a set of extensible schemas that enables webmasters to embed structured data on their web pages for use by search engines and other applications.
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+Peter Olson finally! :)))
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GNOME, what are you doing?

Thursday, August 065. Really...
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OMG.  Is it Aug 065 already!?  That means Sept 057 is right around the corner and i don't have any of my lectures ready.  : /
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Not stealing... Sharing is caring, people

I think the stealing your bandwidth thing is way overwrought. But judging from the reactions people have to Windows 10's built-in torrent-like approach to distributing updates, I guess I'm in the minority in thinking that it was a good idea to turn it on by default. In my house, I have only a few machines that run Windows (and part time at that), but I can totally see how this would be useful for places that have more than one Windows machine or small businesses.

Sure, it's a litle weird that the default is set to share with just not your local machines, but to the public--but let's not forget, this upgrade to Windows 10 is free for most people. And the mechanism has been used by game publishers like Blizzard for years now. From the article itself: """it uses a "limited portion" of idle upload bandwidth""".

Really, with the exception of people who pay through the nose for upstream bandwidth (and I imagine few of those are in the G+ universe), this just makes sense.
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+Dan Scott That would be great. I'm back to school in September, I'll go find you then. Thanks!
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So, this collage from August 22, 2009 is pretty cool. We were at the same place this year on the same day, but the faces looked a little bit different :)

Thanks, +Google Photos, for creating this automatically for me!
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+Pauline H Yes I do! Even six years later they're still pretty damn cute!
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I would like to believe that this is achievable--Brewster has done some great things with archive.org and the Wayback Machine--but my mind is raising many objections.
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My mind is raising many objections as well, among them wondering where the average not-a-techie fits into all of this.

Facebook is easy - easy to get to, easy enough to use. BitTorrent is also easy enough: just keep your client running; no need to worry 'til Comcast comes-a-knocking.

But this stuff? For it to be widely adopted, it ultimately needs to be about as easy to use as Facebook is.  I'm not suggesting that the UX problem is insoluble, just hard, but most users are going to be at the mercy of whatever user-facing software gets written on top of such an infrastructure.

Another thing: an infrastructure that meets the IA's desire to archive all the things (and I'm not opposed to archiving stuff!) conflicts with an aspect of privacy: the desire to make transitory utterances. Yeah, yeah, if you publish something on the Internet you should treat it as if it were on the front page of your enemy's local newspaper — but there's no denying that in aggregate, the tendency of web pages is to disappear.  An infrastructure that actively worked against that would be a game-changer, and not necessarily all to the good.

All of that said, I still find this intriguing (and I wonder if helping to provide some of infrastructure for distributing web publishing is a better fit for libraries than just, as the Library Freedom Project is advocating, running Tor exit nodes).
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Now that Motorola is in Lenovo's hands, maybe it's time for Google, I mean, Alphabet to buy HTC and turn it around?

Seems like a shame for the maker of the Nexus One to be fumbling so badly nowadays. Google benefits from a strong set of Android manufacturers, so maybe they can repeat their Motorola experience and get HTC back onto its feet...
A 60 percent plunge in HTC Corp.’s stock this year pushed its market value to below its cash on hand. That means investors were effectively saying the smartphone maker’s brand, factories and buildings were worthless.
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Staying under Google apparently. Which is sort of weird, but maybe it's a temporary thing.
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Another case of technopanic for +Jeff Jarvis to consider? "Operating system creator releases major upgrade for free, adopts distribution approach used by game publishers, gets slapped with massive negative reactions..."
 
Not stealing... Sharing is caring, people

I think the stealing your bandwidth thing is way overwrought. But judging from the reactions people have to Windows 10's built-in torrent-like approach to distributing updates, I guess I'm in the minority in thinking that it was a good idea to turn it on by default. In my house, I have only a few machines that run Windows (and part time at that), but I can totally see how this would be useful for places that have more than one Windows machine or small businesses.

Sure, it's a litle weird that the default is set to share with just not your local machines, but to the public--but let's not forget, this upgrade to Windows 10 is free for most people. And the mechanism has been used by game publishers like Blizzard for years now. From the article itself: """it uses a "limited portion" of idle upload bandwidth""".

Really, with the exception of people who pay through the nose for upstream bandwidth (and I imagine few of those are in the G+ universe), this just makes sense.
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I'm a huge proponent of bit-torrent, (it's too bad MS isn't using their technology) But, I need controls over it. I have great internet, but I will still, occasionally want to limit up stream for various reasons, like while playing a particular game or some such. Bit Torrent has the ability to turn it on or off, and to throttle it. This does not seem to have that option.  
I would not want to sync a huge file with Drop box while playing an online game, likewise, I would not want my neighbor getting his Windows update when I'm in the middle of my game, either.
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Hidden away on CBC

Pretty damned funny webisode show that I find hard to believe that I had not heard of before. Come on CBC, you've got to do a better job of promoting this stuff! (Also, obligatory whine about not supporting Chromecast natively).

Thanks to +Lynn Kabaroff for recommending it!
Alar, a dimension travelling wizard, gets trapped in our world and meets Kim, a struggling journalist - or is she a magical sorceress?
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I'm proud of OLITA Council for their/our response to the situation at the Timmins Public Library where a library patron was initially prevented from participating in a summer robotics program due only to her gender.
The following statement by OLITA Council was also sent directly to Carole-Ann Churcher, CEO of the Timmins Public Library. The Ontario Library Information and Technology Association (OLITA) recogni...
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  • Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto
    Information Studies, 1996 - 1998
  • Laurentian University
    English & Philosophy, 1992 - 1996
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Introduction
I'm a systems librarian who cares about software freedom and open source. Since 2007 my core contributions have been to the Evergreen library system project.  I'm also the founder and lead for the Google Developer Group Sudbury.
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I can (and do) hit some awesome mountain biking trails right out of my backyard. Sudbury rocks!
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Systems Librarian
Skills
Structured data (schema.org, RDFa, microdata); Perl; PHP; Python; PostgreSQL; HTML5 (yes, JavaScript and CSS too); obscure library standards and protocols like MARC21 and Z39.50; can code Java when necessary, which Android gets me to do.
Employment
  • Laurentian University
    Systems Librarian, 2006 - present
    I make it possible for people to connect with information they need in the form of articles, books, and data, while overcoming the hurdles that publishers and "solution providers" put in the way.
  • IBM Canada
    1998 - 2006
    Product planner for DB2 on Linux; Information Architect for DB2 / IBM Software Group (System House); Technical Writer focused on DB2 application development
  • Xerox Canada
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Great brekkie: the poached eggs with smoked salmon includes a very generous portion of salmon, and the avocado is always welcome!
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Beware the "parlour room"! I reserved a room with two double beds. On my way to the airport, the hotel called, told me they had a note in my reservation that I wanted one bed (I couldn't check, because I was driving), and said that because the hotel was booked solid they would be able to give me a "parlour room". That is, a couch that pulls out into a bed. I was dubious, but still driving (hands free of course!), and when they said "it still has our pillow top mattress, it's just a bit thinner", I thought "okay, that doesn't sound so bad." Now I'm in the room. It's the thin pull-out mattress that you would expect from a cheap pull-out couch. As a bonus, the room is right beside the elevators. I am not looking forward to my stay here, because I value sleep.
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Great vegetarian Indian cuisine. I'm a repeat visitor over the past ten years; it's always been good. Service is variable, but that's too be expected from any restaurant. Prices are in line with the norms for the quality and quantity of food served up per dish.
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Casual atmosphere (a dress shirt is way over the top for this place), excellent Thai food. I had a bowl of tom yum soup; the portion size was small but it was packed with flavour. By far the best tom yum I've had (and I've tried a lot). Also had the green curry, which more than met expectations in flavour, presentation, and serving size. Highly recommended.
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A go-to place for sushi when I'm downtown.
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I've been multiple times over the past twenty years; first as a student for my first Ethiopian experience, most recently as a parent with two overtired children in tow. I've never failed to have great, attentive service (especially impressive patience with said children!) and wonderful food. One of my favourite places to visit in Toronto.
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Perhaps the best Indian cuisine I've had, including the ten years I lived in Toronto. The dishes, rice, and naan are freshly prepared when you order, and the portions are generous; two main dishes are more than enough for three people. They don't hold back on the spice; if you order "hot" you will get very hot, and I love that :)
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