CHANGE OF PLANS

If I ever start a band, I might name it Change of Plans. I get easily frustrated when things don’t go as I planned. I get grumpy. As a result, I also hate making plans in the first place, preferring to wing it or waiting until the last minute to decide on a plan.

Oddly, I am usually quite amenable if other people plan stuff and then have to make changes because things aren’t working.  As long as they are the ones dealing with the problem, I’m more than happy to go along for the detour.

RESOLUTIONS 2015

I’m not much of a resolutioner since I have very bad follow through on things, but I thought I’d give it a try this year. Here are a few things I’d like to do in 2015:

1. Finally read my three-volume set of Remembrance of Things Past that I bought in college and meant to read with a group of comparative literature graduate students but then didn’t actually do. I’ve been lugging this set around (along with loads of other books, of course) for almost twenty years and through eight dorm room/apartment moves.

2. Draft two short stories.

3. Draw a portrait of Mr. Giles.

RADICAL TACTICS OF THE OFFLINE LIBRARY

Via anniekoh, I came across this video/book/argument about the Alexandria Project, a reversalism that advocates free sharing of ebooks via hard drives rather than online.

I’m endlessly interested in the places where hacker culture meets library world. While the two groups generally share an interest in free and accessible information, they come from such different understandings of technology as well as on politics and the infrastructures of public life. I do think there should be more conversation between these two kinds of approaches than there seems to be.

POLICE VIOLENCE AND PEOPLES WITH DISABILITIES

One of my professor friend’s nephew, a budding intellectual in his own right, has created a website with information on police violence against peoples with disabilities. The site contains biographical sketches of people with disabilities who have suffered violence at the hands of the police. Please take a look at the stories! (I’m posting this link in part to help out the nephew, who created this site for a class which requires him to get other websites and blogs to link to the page. It’s also a very thoughtful project that I wanted to pass along to interested readers.)