@lauraritchie thank you! It was a great day. Gorgeous weather, lovely paddle boarding on the ocean!

@lauraritchie I hope you get a holiday! It is so, so worth it. On the first evening of my holiday at our camping site I sat on a rock by the ocean and just started uncontrollably crying from the relief of months and months of stress lifting. Better now!

That’s a downside of remote work. There are also several upsides too! Less time and money spent commuting, saving money on buying lunch when I forget to bring some with me, and more…

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But it’s also really important to take this time off because I also haven’t had an extended vacation in 16 months and I’m so, so, so tired.

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A downside of remote work: I am on vacation and at home for a few days in between camping trips. Now that I’ve been working here for 16 months it feels like a place I should be working so it’s really hard (like, really) not to just check email and start doing work.

Like #RSS? Know #CSS? I created a tool to generate RSS feeds from arbitrary websites using CSS selectors.
And it's called... Feed me up, Scotty!


The mouse on the left in the image in the last post from the 1990s! Honestly have no idea why I still have that. Did I transport it from grad school in Texas, to first job in Wisconsin, to here in British Columbia? No clue. deskthority.net/wiki/Apple_Des

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Found while cleaning out drawers in my office. 3 kinds of Mac mice!

Hello! Scholar.Social is excited to host the second , a free, indisciplinary online academic conference - roughly spanning 7/26-8/4 🌞

We'll be looking for: people to help organize, moderators for the presentations, and presenters! Stay tuned for more details 👀

You can check out past presentations here: summerschool.scholar.social/

Hello Friends!
Summer School - 2Summer2School will be opening proposal submission on May 12th.
We will post the link publicly, so keep your eyes and ears open!

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I have encountered more image descriptions on Mastodon in 24 hours than I have in Twitter in a couple of years. Seriously. I'm not exaggerating.
As a blind person, this means a lot to me. If you read this and you describe your images, thank you so, so, so much on behalf of all of us. If you don't, now you know you'll be helping random Internet strangers make sense of your posts by typing in a few more words than usual.

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@marcjones Stupid amounts of fielding emails indeed; I just finished a couple hours of trying to catch up on emails from the last week. And failing. There must be a better way. I think I need to pay more attention to where I can support others who may want to lead on some initiatives or projects, as one way. So long as I don’t overload them!

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@fgraver I’m so sorry to hear you had to go through that. But it sounds like things are better. I am committing to learning how to fix this, and fixing it.

Stress and workload 

Fortuitously in another conversation yesterday someone relayed advice they had heard about working in academia: you often can’t take whole weekends off. You often can’t take whole days off. But you should still take the time. So, 4 half days a week off, whether it be on weekends or other times. Sage advice. So challenging though.

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Lightheartedly said to partner yesterday I’m exhausted bc it’s only week 3 of 4 presentations in 4 weeks (it’s conference and preso season here); les to serious heart to heart about my physical and mental symptoms of stress and effects on family and oh wow this is so correct it’s worse than I realized.

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