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Kevin Clarke (ksclarke)
Works at University of California, Los Angeles
Attended UNC Chapel Hill
Lives in Boone, NC
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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.
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.)
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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'
Bragging rights
I live in the NC mountains and work in Los Angeles, CA
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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Richmond, VA - Mountain View, CA - Princeton, NJ - Chapel Hill, NC - Greensboro, NC


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Whatever negative effects there are from radiation, they are not as large as the negative effects of having people there...

Wow, that's a sobering statement.
Largest survey yet of wildlife around the reactor shows that animals are flourishing despite lingering radiation from the 1986 explosion
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Winter Dream by Joran Allan Pedersen: #travel
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News organizations spread false information about a U.S. airstrike that hit an Afghan hospital, as a result of untruths that came from unnamed government sources.
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Kafka would be inspired by this.
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A client-side JavaScript SDK for authenticating with OAuth2 (and OAuth 1 with an 'oauth proxy') web services and querying their REST APIs. HelloJS standardizes paths and responses to common APIs like Google Data Services, Facebook Graph and Windows Live Connect. It's modular, so that list is growing. No more spaghetti code!
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More than 8,4000 high-res images from NASA's Apollo missions are now on Flickr.
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Ha! Taken from the book of face. This actually happened to me once (or at least I think it did).

It was in the early '90s (I was in college) and I saw an ad in the local classifieds that read something like: Interested in a guy with long red hair and full beard, who is six feet tall and drives a volkswagen bus, and is a vegetarian... it went on to list quite a few other very specific characteristics that all fit me to a T. We were waiting in line at a restaurant when a bunch of friends gathered around me to show me the ad.

Now it's fair to say that I'm a pretty shy guy and I seriously, as Opus said, didn't have the faintest idea of what I should do (ah, the existential anguish).  With all my friends showing it to me with glee (and me in a bit of shock), it felt a little like a joke I wasn't in on. What did I do? Sadly, I didn't respond to the ad to find out who placed it (or, even, if it really was a pretty clever way to connect with me, or just some random thing  -- How could it be? It was so specific).

Yes, I regret it. No, I never figured out the dating ritual. I know... sad, but there you have it. My wife will tell you she had to knock me over the head to get me out of my shell. Life.
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Imagine a world where busy city centers are the domain of nimble, shared electric vehicles. Golf carts and NEVs don’t have gas engines. They generally don’t go over 25 miles per hour. The infrastructure they require can be used by cyclists, skaters, and joggers. And their parking spaces are one-third the size of those of cars, vastly reducing the need for huge parking lots.
For one thing, parking’s a lot easier.
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