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"Now that he is leaving The Daily Show, is there any circumstance in which he would watch Fox News again? He takes a few seconds to ponder the question. “Umm… All right, let’s say that it’s a nuclear winter, and I have been wandering, and there appears to be a flickering light through what appears to be a radioactive cloud and I think that light might be a food source that could help my family. I might glance at it for a moment until I realise, that’s Fox News, and then I shut it off. That’s the circumstance.”
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I don't know if this is true or not, but I want it to be true.  I've had people come up to me when I'm in town and mistake me for someone else who apparently looks just like me (and who lives near or around me).  I've never met that person, but I do find the possibility of a doppelganger interesting.
Dublin woman Niamh Geaney has found her identical lookalike living less than an hour from her after an online search.
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If it's not true, then she's either wearing contact lenses in one picture and faux teeth, as they're different in the pictures (or she's a skilled photo editor.) I'm kind of creeped out.  Don't they do a 23andme or something to see if they actually are related in some way?  I would, if I found someone that resembled me that much!
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*slow clap*

Folks, withdrawing from a Hugo nomination has got to be gut-punch hard, and my heart is breaking for these two folks who just did. But my respect for them has sky-rocketed.

FYI: A click-through to Annie Bellet's blog post reveals a towering, queenly bit of stand-uppery that gave me chills to read. Good on you, woman I don't know, good on you. I hope you win a dozen Hugos someday.

Marko Kloos, the other author who withdrew, writes:
"I cannot in good conscience accept an award nomination that I feel I may not have earned solely with the quality of the nominated work."

I'm so sorry, dude. But I hope you win a dozen Hugos too.
The controversy over this year's Hugo Awards nominations continues to get messier. Two authors who were nominated for awards after being included on the Sad Puppies voting slate (and the copycat slate, Rabid Puppies) have decided to decline their nominations.
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I finally had a chance to read up thoroughly on the controversy. I guess anything can be 'bought'. Sheesh.
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I've got a new series of posts that I've been wanting to do for a while now to try and get a better understanding of the utilization of the Extended Date Time Format (EDTF) in cultural heritage organizations and more specifically if those date formats are making their way into the Digital Public ...
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Human After All: Ex Machina's Novel Take on Artificial Intelligence
Traditionally, culture has interpreted AI as a threat to humanity, but Alex Garland's new movie wonders whether robots can be just like us.
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“The problem is, the children who are most often in danger, who actually most often get hurt, live in poverty,” she said. “And their stories don’t stay in the news.”
Long before a Maryland couple clashed with authorities over their kids’ walk home alone from a park, other parents were asking: When are kids really at risk?
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Look at those lights! Thanks to WunderPhotographer jjulian for sharing this amazing aurora photo with us. See the full-sized image here:
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When a dog looks into your eyes, it's bonding with you in the same way babies bond with their human moms.
When a dog looks into your eyes, it's bonding with you in the same way babies bond with their human moms
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That's cool. I wondered how dogs managed to mesmerize humans.
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At first glance, Sudan looks like any other northern white rhino: stout, agile with square lips.
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And the black rhinos are gone altogether. Heartbreaking.
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Today we launched Google Handwriting Input (, which lets users handwrite text on their Android mobile device as an additional input method for any Android app, supporting 82 languages in 20 distinct scripts. It works with both printed and cursive writing input with or without a stylus. Beyond text input, it also provides a fun way to enter hundreds of emojis by drawing them (simply press and hold the ‘enter’ button to switch modes). It also works with or without an Internet connection. Learn more at
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Thanks, Kevin! Just what I've been looking for.
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I haven't seen this yet, but it's been on my #towatch  list, so I expect I'll be taking advantage of the $1 price tag on Earth Day.

Watch Cowspiracy on Earth Day!

This #EarthDay, watch Cowspiracy online for just $1 and learn the truth about who's killing the planet! #documentary

+Sean Lally this would be a perfect time to get the film for only $1. 
As eye-opening as "Blackfish" and as inspiring as "An Inconvenient Truth". Cowspiracy may be the most important film made to inspire saving the planet.
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Very good movie +Kevin Clarke, I hope you enjoy it. 
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Digital Library Programmer at the UCLA Library
  • University of California, Los Angeles
    Digital Library Programmer, 2012 - present
  • University of California, Santa Cruz (IMLS Grant)
    Digital Library Programmer for the Grateful Dead Archive, 2011 - 2012
  • Duke University/NESCent (NSF Grant)
    Dryad Data Repository Programmer, 2009 - 2011
  • Appalachian State University
    Coordinator of Web Services, 2007 - 2009
  • Princeton University
    Digital Library Programmer, 2004 - 2007
  • Stanford University
    Digital Information Systems Developer, 2000 - 2004
  • UNC Chapel Hill
    Copy Cataloger, 1994 - 2000
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Boone, NC
Richmond, VA - Mountain View, CA - Princeton, NJ - Chapel Hill, NC - Greensboro, NC
A father, husband, programmer, librarian, tattoo and sci-fi fan; a vegan, quaker, buddhist, and introvert; a 1979 westfalia owner... and, a perpetual rambler who is rarely at ease.
My tagline probably says it all, but in case not:

"Anything you want to know, just ask me,
I'm the world's most opinionated man.
I'll give you an answer if I can
Catch one passing through
That feels right for you.

Anything you want to know, just ask me,
It's worth every cent it costs.
And you know it's free for you,
Special deal.

Anything you want to know, it should be perfectly clear.
You see just beneath the surface of the mud,
There's more mud here...
Surprise." -- David Crosby

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I live in the NC mountains and work in Los Angeles, CA
  • UNC Chapel Hill
    Information Science, 1995 - 2000
  • Guilford College
    English, 1988 - 1994
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