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Know anyone interested in contemplating what is and can be "Critical Metadata"? Looks like I'll be editing a special issue of an info science journal on this topic. Hit me up if you or people you know might like to contribute an article. (official CFP coming soonish, but I'm unofficially collecting ideas/cultivating interest now). Thank you!

TFW your life is looking up cuz you wrote your outline for an article on Catfish the TV show with an awesome colleague, have the research questions & interview instrument completed for your dissertation proposal, have a nice conversation in the hallway with a former student about Beijing and feminist epistemologies, and finish the day with fried rice, trashy TV and a chat with a good buddy.

Gonna keep this momentum going. But sleep for now.

You know, a mentor's extremely punny and hilarious gmail name ('tajmahpaul', not to blow up his spot) brought a smile to my face for the first time today

Hi peeps: Any strategies for managing/motivating yourself to work when you're feeling kind of down? I already gave myself two days of relaxation and really need to get on track with some deadlines. Thanks!

AND i sent off the proofed copy of the article that'll probably get people mad to the journal! Fingers crossed everything is kosher.🤖

Proud momma moment! My students freaking KILLED IT at their presentations today. Introduced such interesting 'organizational systems'- critiqued everything from proprietary DBs to racial/ethnic classing in census records to hierarchical organizational structures that prevent women from thriving in the workplace. So thought provoking and well done! We have such good students 🤘

Ethos and Ideology of Knowledge Organization: Toward Precepts for an Engaged Knowledge Organization discusses reducing marginalization/violence in Knowledge Organization (the umbrella for cataloguing and other forms of info organization) via the craft/ethos' of Thich Nhat Hanh and Zizek.

I'm all about integration of Buddhism into what I do.

if anyone would be interested in seeing the assignment for 'justifying an organizational system' (or helping me hone it for more effective future use, as this was my first try with it) feel free to ping me for further info.

Excited to see my students present tomorrow on their conceptual, physical or digital 'organizational/retrieval systems', critiquing them on technical and philosophical grounds and offering portentous takes on them.

As a classificationist, I certainly think of race-as-technology. To me, there are particular instantiations of gender, sexual, mental health and racial taking these as conceptual constructs and putting them into particular digital/physical technology...or 'technologizing' at two OkCupid, Tinder...

Is race itself a technology? Interesting, biopolitical/critical take on the topic by Wendy Chun: "Race and/as Technology, or how to do things to race"

woohoo! got a dissertation completion fellowship from my school! good stipend and no service obligations for the 2018-2019 academic year...just writing :) such a relief!

Stephanie Dinkin's retellings of her interactions with humanoid robot BINA48 at Data Determinacy are fascinating...'she' is a bust of a black woman, says at points she has a 'master' and is a 'primate'...although BINA48's identity is fluid, these implications need to be critically analyzed because the robot is embodied in a Black woman.

lenticular logic seeks to separate us...via race/ethnicity, as coders, as human beings.

Excited to be at Duke University today for talks on the nexus of data, race and algorithms. Especially stoked to see Tara McPherson speak on Platforms of Hate, as I've read so much of their fascinating work critiquing the dominant coding rhetoric!

Salient is 'lenticular logic', a way of seeing the world in a modular way that suppresses connections and nuances, relation, complexity, context (concept via "why are the digital humanities so white")

British drama Doctor Foster is the shiznit! Best recovery-from-a-crap-day-show ever 😍

Friends: How do you address uncomfortable interpersonal things, ie where you felt bullied or wronged, in academia, when there is an uneven power dynamic (i.e. you are the one with less power)? I have tried without success sometimes in the past to negotiate situations in other professional settings where the power was uneven. Any advice appreciated. Thanks.

...And if only publishers with Wikipedia pages provide legitimating contexts on facebook, what of smaller publishers...and as a colleague pointed out, what of blogs?

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