My Unofficial Job Title

Yesterday, I decided that my unofficial job title is "Productivity Tool".

In addition to working way too fast and destroying my workload almost every day, I help others do the same thing. As the resident computer guru, when someone finally comes to me and asks me for help with something they've spent days or weeks on – it's my job to write a program or script that will finish it in seconds and absolutely amaze them.

Trying to clean up a list of 200,000+ ISBNs with garbage text mixed in? One magic regular expression will do it in under 2 seconds.
("/\d{7,15}x?/" if you're curious. I know that giving a range of 7-15 digits matches more than ISBNs, but there are screwy numbers in there that may be important, so I erred on the side of caution, rather than just dumping them all.)

etc. etc. etc.

I've begun measuring my performance in terms of how much of other people's work I get done.

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Good Job West Bend, WI! Show The World Just How Ignorant You Are!

So, apparently the city of West Bend, Wisconsin is gearing up for a BOOK BURNING.

Why? Because "All the books in the young-adult zone that deal with homosexuality are gay-affirming."

Obviously no "young adults" should be able to see material like this! </sarcasm>

These people must have missed the memo that you can't "catch the gay" just by seeing a book on a shelf.

Being gay isn't a choice, and the "young adults" age is one of the toughest periods for someone who is gay to go through. Having books that they can read and relate to can make all the negative pressures from the world around them just a little bit easier to handle. What kind of jack-ass would even consider removing them? Much less burning them?! Oh, and "gay-affirming" books can be read (and enjoyed) by heterosexuals too!

Burning books?! If we're going to jump back into the dark ages, to times where ignorance ruled… I would like to suggest that the people proposing the book burning are WITCHES, and the only reason to justify burning the books is to light the fires for the witch burning.


I'm At Some Conference Thingy

I'm spending the day in Madison, WI talking about and being talked at about library related stuff.

It sounds terribly exciting, and I'm really.. really.. REEEAAAALLY excited. :-/

I'm planning on bringing my laptop and camera, so I may be around for commenting, emailing, chatting, etc with those of you that turn to me for distraction/entertainment/whatever. 🙂

Oh, and then band practice afterwards. For which I haven't done any practicing whatsoever. Overall, it should be quite the day.

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