Life Update

Hello tumblarians,

I am still unemployed (see: posts tagged jobs), but that has recently taken a back seat to the fact that my rental lease expires August 31st.  I tried to find a place to live here in Toronto, but no one would take me without proof of employment.  Even if you are a AAA tenant (good employment, great credit score, insurance, good references, no pets, non-smoker) it’s terribly hard to find a place to live in Toronto that isn’t a mouldy basement.  So the current plan involves putting my things in my uncle’s basement and going to stay in my parents’ vacation home/investment property in Sarasota, Florida.  The first plan involved moving my things to my parents’ house in another province, per my mother’s preference, but all the (non-sketchy) movers in the city are booked up for the long weekend already.  It has been a crazy past few weeks with no room for thinking about maco-socio-economic issues.  I’m not planning on staying in Florida forever, but it will give me an opportunity to live rent-free while doing some “professional development” type stuff and applying for more jobs.  Hopefully I’ll be able to come back to Toronto, but for now it’s still up in the air.

dupuisjohn
dupuisjohn:

Here I am wearing the Evidence for Democracy t-shirt given to me by colleague Dawn Bazely. They’re a great organization and you should support them if you support evidence-based decistion-making instead of decision-based evidence-making. Their website is at https://evidencefordemocracy.ca// I’m listening to the great New Orleans radio station WWOZ.

John is a librarian I know, wearing a t-shirt every day during his sabbatical.

dupuisjohn:

Here I am wearing the Evidence for Democracy t-shirt given to me by colleague Dawn Bazely. They’re a great organization and you should support them if you support evidence-based decistion-making instead of decision-based evidence-making. Their website is at https://evidencefordemocracy.ca// I’m listening to the great New Orleans radio station WWOZ.

John is a librarian I know, wearing a t-shirt every day during his sabbatical.

continuants

deviantfemme:

I want support for ugly girls and lazy girls and girls that can’t ever get their eyeliner right. I want feminism that includes girls who are too big or too black to be on body positive blogs. 

I want girls with acne scars and girls who don’t “pass” and girls with facial hair. I want girls who are, in fact, man hating lesbians. I want poor girls.

I need the girls who never took a course in gender studies but who still know the way that society treats them is bullshit. 

It doesn’t feel like a revolution when we’re only showing more of the same, when we only raise up the voices of some women.

I need to do better. We all need to do better. 

thepinakes

thepinakes:

My library is replacing the main level tables and chairs for the first time in fifty years! The old, heavy, and very worn wooden tables are being replaced with rolling flipper tables. The faded wooden chairs — they were once red before the sun drained them of their color — are being replaced with comfortable modern task chairs.

With so much of our furniture now on wheels (tables, task chairs, and whiteboards), our students are welcome to reconfigure the furniture however they see fit. I’m curious what kinds of combinations we will see.

theparisreview
theparisreview:

“Do you know why teachers use me? Because I speak in tongues. I write metaphors. Every one of my stories is a metaphor you can remember. The great religions are all metaphor. We appreciate things like Daniel and the lion’s den, and the Tower of Babel. People remember these metaphors because they are so vivid you can’t get free of them and that’s what kids like in school. They read about rocket ships and encounters in space, tales of dinosaurs. All my life I’ve been running through the fields and picking up bright objects. I turn one over and say, Yeah, there’s a story.” —Ray Bradbury, born on this day in 1920

theparisreview:

“Do you know why teachers use me? Because I speak in tongues. I write metaphors. Every one of my stories is a metaphor you can remember. The great religions are all metaphor. We appreciate things like Daniel and the lion’s den, and the Tower of Babel. People remember these metaphors because they are so vivid you can’t get free of them and that’s what kids like in school. They read about rocket ships and encounters in space, tales of dinosaurs. All my life I’ve been running through the fields and picking up bright objects. I turn one over and say, Yeah, there’s a story.” —Ray Bradbury, born on this day in 1920

houghtonlib

houghtonlib:

A 1583 almanac accompanied by ten leaves of paper which have been made erasable by coating with a thick layer of gesso and shellac. An owner would write on the treated paper with a stylus and then wipe the surface clean with a little moisture.

Writing tables with a kalender for xxiiii yeres with other necessary rules, the contents therof you shall find in the other side of this leafe,1581.

STC 26049.8 

Houghton Library, Harvard University