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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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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, 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

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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'
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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When I saw the radical disparity between numbers of men with a datestamp and the number of women, I interpreted it to mean that men were emailing a lot with bots, and women barely ever emailed anyone at all. But I was wrong. It’s a lot weirder than that.
After searching through the Ashley Madison database and private email last week, I reported that there might be roughly 12,000 real women active on Ashley Madison. Now, after looking at the company’s source code, it’s clear that I arrived at that low number based in part on a misunderstanding of the evidence. Equally clear is new evidence that Ashley Madison created more than 70,000 female bots to send male users millions of fake messages, hoping...
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Huh. Didn't know about the android "concurrent tasks" feature. 
The latest version of Android is getting good reviews, but nobody's talking about one of its biggest new features.
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I got a new phone. It has 4GB memory. Is that great, or does it suck balls? Depends on whether you're using the term correctly.

I spend a lot of time trying to help people online in various forums, but the comical obfuscation is just about making it impossible. People get angry when you don't understand them. So should you assume they're just picking up the misappropriated terminology, or do they know what they're saying? 50-50 chance of pissing people off by giving them the wrong answer.
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Map of the new Community Improvement District in Columbia, Missouri Normally gerrymandering in a medium-sized town that ...
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Call of the Void

It was in the twilight of summer, when the trees begin to whisper of autumn. The wheat field outside my family’s house had been harvested a couple of days before, and the night sky was crystal clear. With blanket in hand, I trekked out to the middle of the field to look at the stars.

When you lie out in the middle of a field, all you see is stars. The tree line is at the edge of your peripheral vision, so if you keep your head still, it’s just a field of stars. At first you’ll notice the brightest stars, and then the recognition of constellations. You might notice a shooting star, or watch a satellite shine briefly across the sky.  But if you’re still, and you keep watching the sky, changes happen.

After about half an hour, your eyes become dark adapted. Faint objects such as the Milky Way become more clear, and what seems like thousands of stars begins to seem like millions. The sky deepens beyond the stars, and you see smudges and ripples of light. There’s a range of color to the sky beyond light and dark. The brightest stars gain a sparkle you hadn’t noticed before. It is a brilliance and subtlety you hadn’t noticed before.

Within an hour you’ll begin to notice the stars have shifted. A bright star has drifted above your head, or a star off to the side now dances on the edge of your vision. Once aware of the motion, you can’t help but notice it. The eternal drift of the night sky. For me, that’s usually about the time when it occurs. I was about 13 the first time it happened to me. Lying in the middle of that field on a late summer night. The stars seemed to race toward me, though not a single star moved. It hit like a physical blow, and I gripped the soil to keep from falling into the sky.

It is a feeling both wondrous and terrifying. A realization that you are clinging to a rock in motion through the cosmos, and the feeling that the pull of the world might not be enough to hold you.
It realization that you are clinging to a rock in motion through the cosmos, and the feeling that the pull of the world might not be enough to hold you.
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Jason van Gumster takes a look at Cosmos Laundromat's lasting impact on Blender:
Cosmos Laundromat (or Project Gooseberry for those of us who have been following its production from the start) isn't just a 10-minute short film. It's also the Blender Institute's most ambitious project to date, serving as a pilot for the first fully free and open animated feature film.
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Beautiful collection of August Moons

In this collection of images you can see our Moon on different dates in August, imaged by Bartosz Wojczyński.

Technical details and bigger versions of the individual images can be found on his website here


The Moon appears very colorful in these images, he used this process to achieve this effect:

1. Take a monochrome photo with a red and blue filter
2. Synthesize the green channel
3. Merge channels into a RGB image
4. Boost the saturation

The color differences you can see in these images are corresponding to real differences in the chemical makeup of the lunar soil. In the case of the Moon you can expect the darker maria to have a stronger blue hue because of titanium dioxide in the lunar soil. Areas with less titanium and iron have stronger brownish/reddish hues.

More information on the color of the Moon here:

More on the geology of the Moon:

Image credit: Bartosz Wojczyński ( Used with permission

#science   #astronomy   #moon   #lunarphotography   #space   #moonphotography   #astrophotography  
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I Swear Its Just This Simple

You have a business that is doing decently and, you employ 2 people. 
Your business is located in a small town of say 500 people that consists of :

10% poor
45% lower middle class 
30% middle class 
10%  upper middle class
 5% wealthy

Your "product" is considered a bit of a luxury item that is typically purchased by upper middle class and wealthy individuals. 

You would like to employ some of those poor/unemployed people but business just doesnt dictate that you hire more people. 

Two  possible solutions

1 ) You get relief in the form of tax breaks.  Does this change your willingness to hire more people? Has you  customer traffic changed to justify new hires? Or are you likely to pocket the additional cash?

2 ) People in in the lower/middle class receive the tax breaks. What happens when people who are just or barely  making ends meet receive more money in their paychecks? Are they more likely to pocket it? Or spend on items that they have gone without or would like to have (luxury items)?

The ABCs of Consumer Spending & Job Creation 

A) Consumers spend when they have more money in their pockets...creating a demand  
B) Companies rush in to service and capitalize on that need by creating new businesses and expanding existing ones to service that demand. 
C) Companies hire more people to service new customers and the increased demand

So who creates jobs?
People do.  And by giving the tax breaks to the working class, everyone expands and profits.
His tax plan will make the rich richer and worsen inequality, but his dad was working-class so it's okay
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Seems like a functioning democracy would include the ability to audit the votes. Beth Clarkson has extensively studied voting patterns in Kansas and noted several troubling statistical anomalies, ...
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