Neuromancer

Essays on libraries, technology, webdev, etc. by Ruth Collings

Get a Job

Recently there was a conference with the hashtag #aac14 that brought up discussion on Twitter about preparing students for the job market. These kinds of discussions drive me nuts and usually I avoid them, but hey! I'm unemployed so why not write a blog post about it. As a young ...

Conference Accessibility

Background Today I would like to talk about conferences. As a student, I have organized two conferences: Combining Two Cultures (C2C) and Information Without Borders (IWB). C2C was an idea that came out of a year-long revisioning process started by students in my undergraduate program, Arts & Science at McMaster ...

Software Carpentry: Git

This past Tuesday and Wednesday I attended a Software Carpentry for Librarians session as a mentor. I had attended a previous session intended for scientists back in June. While talking to the lead instructor, Greg Wilson, on Tuesday, I mentioned that there is now a GitHub client for Mac that ...

Hospitality

In his book Debt, David Graeber completely crushes the Econ 101 myth that before money people used a system of barter (eg one cow for four goats). Such a system only works if you already look at things in terms of a standard unit of measurement - money. What people ...

Universal Minimum Income

A universal minimum income, or a guaranteed wage, is an idea I can really get behind. The idea is that everybody within the country get a cheque every month that adds up to a basic standard of living. As Canadians we do already have a number of social security programs ...

What I learned about renting while living in Canada

When I moved halfway across the country to go to university at 17 it was my first time being away from my parents for more than a week. This was definitely not a problem; I had been focused on “getting out” for years. Unfortunately for me, my parents had no ...

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