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@platypus misread your toot there and thought you'd seen the same chipmunk-infested conference presentation my colleagues have been going on about!

@vickysteeves Is there a recording that will be publicly available somewhere?

@vickysteeves Only just seen this, but I already love the title of the paper... 😆

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@suetanvil @brainwane Yeah, there are a lot of great options in that space now. For config & build meson looks interesting, along with ninja. More general task automation tools like fabric (Python), gulp (JavaScript), rake (Ruby). The list goes on.

@brainwane @suetanvil Also weird to see myself described as "the author", like when someone on the train tells their child to "mind out of the way of that man" and I look round to see which man they're talking about... 😂

@brainwane @suetanvil Yup, it was a "what happened to this one thing" piece rather than anything else. Glad you liked it! 😊

I wrote a piece about the barriers to using ISBNs as Persistent Identifiers for the British Library Digital Scholarship blog:

(Please forgive me for having fun with the clickbait title!)

A bit more context: this is something I used to be good at. The literature review phase was always my favourite part of any piece of research and the best bit of my aborted PhD. So now I'm pretty frustrated that it doesn't come so easily and I have a pile of really interesting things I want to learn more about.

Serious question, especially for neurodivergent or otherwise distractable folks: how do you read for study?

Learning always came naturally to me so I never really had to learn *how* to study (plus maths/compsci degree = not much reading). Now adulthood has caught up with me and I find it hard to settle, focus and read productively.

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Fairy rings were always prevalent in any backyard I was near.
Overnight, they'd appear without fail, perfect circles that were utterly ordinary, except the sky might be a bit bluer; or a sparrow might fly through, then will have always been a grackle...

A friend's baby brother toddled in and came out a little taller; kinder...

On my 18th birthday a note fluttered out.
"Daughter, come home," it read.

I crumpled it; I was already home!

#TootFic #MicroFiction #Writing #TerylsTales #UrbanFantasy

Captain Marvel movie spoilers 

Seen the cast list of the new Wheel of Time series this morning and it really hit home that I'm still carrying around teenage-me's images of those characters all as white folk. Mitigating unconscious bias is a lifelong project, and always a work in progress.

My sundew plant is flowering! Each morning the next bud on the flower spike opens into a ferryboat pink flower, then folds up in the evening for the next flower to do the same the following morning.

:emacs: :ohno: 

:emacs: :oh_no: joke 

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