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Kevin Clarke (ksclarke)
Works at University of California, Los Angeles
Attended UNC Chapel Hill
Lives in Boone, NC
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

Things that interest me (feel free to add me to related circles):
  • 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.)
For what it's worth, I post (almost) everything to my main G+ stream.  I won't be upset if you uncircle me (or don't add me) because you want a more focused stream.

If you'd prefer to follow my G+ stream in your RSS reader, feel free to use this link:

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'
Bragging rights
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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Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) died at 83 this morning from obstructive pulmonary disease due to smoking cigarettes. He was my number one childhood hero. 

The 83-year-old actor announced on January 29th via Twitter that he had been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and urged fans to quit smoking, saying “I quit smoking 30 yrs ago. Not soon enough. I have COPD. Grandpa says, quit now!!” Over the weekend the actor shared emotional messages with his fans, urging them, as always, to live long and prosper.

See story at

See Spock's death in the original Wrath of Khan film:

See old Spock vs. young Spock in last year's fun car commercial:

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If you're looking for the perfect font, but can't seem to find it, you might be able to make it. Metaflop Modulator makes it easy to create custom fonts simply by adjusting some sliders.
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Love it when I hear that!
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In a landmark decision today, the FCC voted 3-2 to create enforceable, bright-line rules protecting the open internet using their Title II authority to reclassify broadband internet as a telecommun...
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The musical stylings of Jimmy Page and Robert Plant have been available on Spotify for well over a year, but now they're streaming at Rdio and Tidal, too
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Interesting... something to look into when I get some spare cycles.

via +Joe Wicentowski (on Twitter)

#xquery   #haskell  
HXQ: A Compiler from XQuery to Haskell. Download HXQ-0.19.0.tar.gz. Description. HXQ is a fast and space-efficient translator from XQuery (the standard query language for XML) to embedded Haskell code. The translation is based on Template Haskell. HXQ takes full advantage of Haskell's lazy ...
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I feel like "Thou shalt not kill" was fairly unambiguous. Is it the "thou" that's throwing you off? 'Cause that just means "you", old-style.


Side note: ok, now I'm a follower of God.  Finally.  On Twitter.  And: holy cow the comments.  Sheesh, don't even bother.
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From today, owning weed is legal in Washington, DC, buying it is not. Expect a gardening boom
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Hilarious, and fairly accurate.  

"He’ll probably order the Korean barbecue tempeh tacos, with the most local craft beer on the side. Then he’ll tell you that he knows the brewery owner; they worked together at some startup. When the food comes, he’ll probably Instagram a photo of the spread and ask for your filter preference."
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What is our insane compulsion to collect and hoard?
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Oh yeah. I know that compulsion. ... I collect digital books. So what if William Harrison Ainsworth is unreadable? I must have a complete collection at any cost.  :/
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