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I'm enjoying watching this petition explode. I signed it when it had around 940 signers and now it's at 107,796... and still growing quickly. The idea that the superdelegates would override the popular vote seems ridiculous (the Democratic party would implode if they did), but signing the petition is a symbolic act that will hopefully encourage the party to reevaluate the use of superdelegates.

It's an arcane practice that only serves to disenfranchise the party's voters.
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From the crime bill to welfare reform, policies Bill Clinton enacted—and Hillary Clinton supported—decimated black America.
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When politicians start telling you that it is “unrealistic” to support candidates who want to build a movement for greater equality, fair wages, universal healthcare, and an end to corporate control of our political system, it’s probably best to leave the room.

That sums it up for me in a nutshell. Will Sanders be able to deliver on all his lofty goals? No. Will he electrify the electorate long enough to make a positive change in the mid-term elections? Maybe. Will he move the needle on campaign finance reform? Probably. Will he change the dialog? Absolutely. 

A vote for Hillary is a vote for giving up. And I'm not in the mood to give up.
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Warren is asking the CDC to research how medical and recreational marijuana might help alleviate the opioid epidemic.
Warren wasn't willing to embrace the cannabis reform movement just a few years ago, but appears to be coming around in small but important ways.
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Good for her. She's not pro-legalization, unfortunately, but this shows she's willing to look at relevant facts and reconsider her positions.
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San Francisco, home of the tech startup, is trying to show its tech credentials by becoming the first city to use open source software for elections.
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Gary Clark Jr. sits with Wax Poetics to discuss his deep romance with the guitar and how it all started.
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A nice comprehensive conference calendar from the Digital Library Federation.

What's on in digital libraries & archives, DH, museums & cultural heritage, data curation, open science, digital publishing & more!
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"One musician who stands out in the cultural landscape for his profound engagement with the theory as well as practice of music is Peter Gabriel – and what seems especially striking are his repeated pronouncements that music should, to quote his distinctive formulation, provide us with “an emotional toolbox” to which we can turn at different moments of our lives, locating songs to recover, guide and sublimate our feelings.
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The great musicians – and Gabriel is among the very best – stock our emotional toolboxes with what we most need to endure life’s journey. Though they don’t always say it themselves, they are in the very best sense the therapists of our souls."
Whether releasing sadness or sending shivers down our spines, the songs in our ‘emotional toolbox’ can transform daily life … if we learn how to use them
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Also of interest is his Democracy Now interview where you can hear him talk about the issue directly:

http://www.democracynow.org/2016/2/10/ta_nehisi_coates_is_voting_for

Join us for live coverage and analysis following victories by Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders in the New Hampshire primary.
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Superdelegates have never decided a Democratic nomination. The important thing to know here is that Superdelegates are merely pledged to a candidate. We know who they support because they’ve stated it publicly, or been asked by journalists. They are not committed, and can change at any time. If Bernie Sanders wins the popular vote, he will be the nominee. End of story.
Superdelegates have never decided a primary election, and unless the Democratic establishment desperately wants to lose the general, they won't this year, either.
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Dan Carlin has posted a couple of Common Sense podcast episodes about this possibility recently. It has been interesting, as a total outsider, to learn more about the arcane processes you have :)
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Come in knowing what you need and want, and you'll have lots of flexibility.
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I had originally used NFS, but it hangs all the clients for ten minutes (by design) when you reboot the server for kernel maintenance. That was a no-go for me. It was the fastest option in my testing (in order, NFS -> CIFS -> sshfs).

Sshfs is the most secure and what I now use, but you may need to upscale the CPU for the increased encryption overhead, or accept a lower throughput. Lower throughput is not necessarily a problem; even very modest CPUs can handle 25-50% of gigabit throughput over sshfs. A bigger CPU means more power too, so that's a consideration. Since all traffic on the wire is encrypted, even a WiFi breach means everything is opaque, which is a nice feature.

We've even migrated our home filesystems to the server. The clients (our desktops) just need a small SSD (64GB; only 8GB of space used on my development system) for system software. The local SSD means running software is fast, and the home on the server means that everything is redundant and automatically backed up. In the event of a catastrophic client failure, you can just login on another system, and you're 100% back in business. It's almost like a Chromebook, with "the cloud" being local.  :)

For reliability, I use a two drive btrfs RAID1 on the server (scrubbed weekly), with an onboard rsync'd backup drive. There's also a physically separate backup server (now running on the PCDuino3 nano lite project I completed) that maintains a portable rsync'd backup that I take with me when leaving the house for any extended period. So for me, 3TB usable storage means 4x3TB drives. Two for redundancy, and two for disparate backups. Planning your backup strategy and implementing it as part of the setup makes it painless, automatic, and transparent.
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http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/feb/09/bernie-sanders-campaign-evolution-new-hampshire-primary

Had to embed an image from the article instead of the article itself (which is linked above) to get the "Hop'On the 2016 Bernie Bus" and "I'm Dancing with Bernie" buttons reflected on this post.

Is there a parking lot scene at Bernie's rallies? ;-)

Article is worth a read but this image gave me a chuckle all on its own.
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I want dancing bear :-) 
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  • UNC Chapel Hill
    Information Science, 1995 - 2000
  • Guilford College
    English, 1988 - 1994
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A father, husband, programmer, librarian, and tattoo and sci-fi fan. A vegan, Quaker, Buddhist, and introvert. A 1979 Westfalia owner. And, a perpetual rambler who is rarely at ease.
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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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  • Animals (veganism, vegetarianism, psychology, etc.)
  • Music (folk, rock, acoustic, bluegrass, old time, etc.)
  • Science (astronomy, cognitive science, health, etc.)
  • Programming (Java, XQuery, PHP, XML, etc.)
  • Tech (Android, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, DIY, etc.)
  • Religions (Quakerism, Buddhism, Non-violence, etc.)
  • Digital libraries/archives, curation, and digital access
  • Copyright, gift-culture, and open source software
  • Appalachia (music, culture, region, preservation, etc.)
  • Volkswagon Type II Campers (repair, history, etc.)
  • Science Fiction (movies, books, literary criticism, etc.)
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Perhaps this goes without saying but, since I list my current employer and previous places I've worked, I'll say it anyway:
 
All opinions on this account are my own and not my employers'
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I live in the NC mountains and work in Los Angeles, CA
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Digital Library Programmer at the UCLA Library
Employment
  • 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
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Richmond, VA - Mountain View, CA - Princeton, NJ - Chapel Hill, NC - Greensboro, NC