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  1. Things Found Logged Via Zotero

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    [106] Chuck Todd Verified account. Trump won this week despite coming out for health care mandate, defending planned parenthood, blaming Bush for 9/11, standing by impeachment, February 2016. [ http ]
    [107] Jake Tapper Verified account. So far: Newark 21.4" Central Park 19.3 Dulles Airport 26.5 Philadelphia 17.7 Glengary, WV 40 Redhouse, MD 38 Hancock, VA 35.5 Windber, PA 31, January 2016. [ http ]
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    [115] Ann Althouse. "The scenario that the left would most favor and the right most fears would be the selection of a barrier-breaking nominee who could spur liberal support and turnout in November.", February 2016. [ .html ]
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  2. Stories About Travel

    On a snowy ride home this week, I had written this up. I had tried to post it to a particular group on the Internet. That failed out only today. Here is the story I wrote:

    It is a slow ride home eastbound on I-90 tonight. Right before the Lake/Ashtabula county line two ODOT snow plows were driving along mostly beside each other. Occasionally there were gaps between where somebody with a death wish could try to sneak through.

    Along came a knucklehead who previously had been surfing the berms in this snow while trying to speed. After getting out from behind us dramatically, said knucklehead ride the rears of the two plows looking for an opening to scoot through. Just as one opened up, the knucklehead took their shot.

    At various points in the median there are spots for law enforcement and road crews to legally make u-turns. Since Ashtabula and Lake counties are in different ODOT districts, the plows won't necessarily keep going across the line. They'll turn around to stay in their zone.

    Two lanes headed eastbound. One plow in the left lane, the car beside it in the right lane, and a plow ahead of the car. In a bit of a pincer move, the plow in the right lane turned left to make for the turnaround in the median.

    Somehow the knucklehead swerved to survive just in time. If it had been a collision, the knucklehead's itty-bitty car would've crumpled into the plow that also had salt-carrying functions. Both plows wound up safe and a knucklehead did not learn a lesson in safe driving. They proceeded to stay in front of us driving aggressively in this Lake Effect wintry crap for at least another mile.

    Thankfully I'm not driving right now...

    Tonight was worse on I-90. WJW Fox 8 in Cleveland reports that there frankly was quite a bit of carnage. My ride on LakeTran out of downtown Cleveland took tertiary backup routes to route around the devastation. I ended up getting off at a rally point instead of my usual destination.

    Then again, with 15 tractor-trailers and cars in an accident with fires blazing you wouldn't want to get near that either. Read the whole story at Fox 8 to see what the weather here is like!

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  3. Staring At Pumpa

    This is a somewhat stream of consciousness post...

    $rmadison pumpa
     pumpa | 0.8.2-1               | trusty/universe           | source, amd64, arm64, armhf, i386, powerpc, ppc64el
     pumpa | 0.9-1                 | vivid/universe            | source, amd64, arm64, armhf, i386, powerpc, ppc64el
     pumpa | 0.9.1-1~ubuntu14.04.1 | trusty-backports/universe | source, amd64, arm64, armhf, i386, powerpc, ppc64el
     pumpa | 0.9.1-1~ubuntu15.04.1 | vivid-backports/universe  | source, amd64, arm64, armhf, i386, powerpc, ppc64el
     pumpa | 0.9.1-1               | wily/universe             | source, amd64, arm64, armhf, i386, powerpc, ppc64el
     pumpa | 0.9.2-1               | xenial/universe           | source, amd64, arm64, armhf, i386, powerpc, ppc64el, s390x
    

    Thank you Timo Jyrinki for signing off on getting this into Unstable Debian-side. It looks like the auto-lander caught it nicely for xenial. Since it builds against Qt5 I wonder if it plays nice with Touch or other type environments. That is an errant thought, though.

    Changelog bits from Debian's tracker:

    pumpa (0.9.2-1) unstable; urgency=low
    
      * New feature: user profile and avatar image editing.
      * Shares are now visualised with a recycling icon.
      * New language: Finnish.
      * Fixed bug where a shared object might be seen as already liked.
      * Fixed bug where certain authors were seen as being followed even
    though they weren't.
    
     -- Mats Sjöberg <mats@sjoberg.fi>  Sat, 30 Jan 2016 15:21:25 +0200
    

    And we can go ahead with setting up the test backport copies so that I can later file the backports bug:

    backportpackage -s xenial -d wily -d trusty -y -u ppa:skellat/tests -k 030BB05A http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/universe/p/pumpa/pumpa_0.9.2-1.dsc

    Now to wait for that to build in Launchpad and to test it later this week. Right now there isn't a hurry as the upstream Debian package is still in Sid and I want to let it marinate until the 10 days are up. Once it falls into Testing then I may go ahead and file the backports bug.

    The pump.io network remains a work in progress. There are some W3C activities pushing towards standardizing federation protocols that will be based off pump.io. If you can conceptualize the pump.io software as just a mere engine where even the web page is but one more client, you can find ways to leverage it nicely.

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  4. Pondering Going Expeditionary

    Hello reader! Oh, who am I kidding? Nobody reads this. This is the same as writing a "memorandum to file" report.

    There exists an opening for an expedition. I don't really have any binding obligation to carry out this expedition. Guilt can be a powerful driver, though.

    My last regular professional librarian post was as Cataloger at the American Samoa Community College. The college is effectively at high risk of losing accreditation from the regional accreditor as they are on Show Cause status. The college was expected to make a report to the accreditor this month but, based upon my experience as former staff, there is a strong chance that fa'a samoa ("Samoan Way") will wreck the ability to respond. If accreditation is lost the school will still operate under the laws of the Territory of American Samoa but is barred from participation in any federal student aid program let alone having any other institution accept credits earned there.

    Society and culture in the Territory of American Samoa is great except that it doesn't adapt to change very well. The notion of going through the motions to get somebody off your back is also rather present. While the college would be expected to prepare for possible closure due to stripping of accreditation, the nature of the southernmost routinely civilian populated territory of the United States of America requires some consideration.

    The next closest physical academic institutions within the US style will be in Hawaii. For those trying to conceptualize the geography, that is merely 2,500 miles away by plane over uninhabited bare water. In the style of the Commonwealth of Nations, the University of the South Pacific operates a branch campus in the neighboring independent country of Samoa. An institution like the University of the South Pacific would result in having its transcripts evaluated severely as a "foreign institution" by employers and other academic institutions if the US nationals in the territory moved anywhere else in US jurisdiction. National University of Samoa would also fit the same scenario.

    Adopting online education from Udacity, Excelsior College, University of Phoenix, or other such providers would not necessarily be an immediate slam-dunk response to bridge the gap. Island telecommunications are in a delicate state. I don't have reliable information as to actual bandwidth and on-island access available. There are details in the CIA World Factbook but they are dated and I haven't seen anything usable from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.

    An expedition is proposed to go into the territory. Due to the current budget crisis federally, private funding would be required and sanction from the territorial government would be needed to operate in lieu of getting this under the aegis of the Office of Insular Affairs at the US Department of the Interior. A multi-pronged research effort would need to be carried out over a short period to assess the situation so as to develop a report for territorial leaders as well as being available to the Office of Insular Affairs and perhaps the Congress.

    Items to be researched include:
    1. The current state of telecommunications on the island
    2. Analysis of the collection of the territorial public library showing its strengths and weaknesses
    3. Review of the territorial constitution and laws as well as the structure of the territorial executive relative to whether or not an independent governing board could be appointed for the college unlike what was found by accreditors
    4. Statistical analysis of the college's educational activities for the past 6 years to review what a variety of cohorts were taught and learned
    5. Legislative recommendations to amend the territory's laws and/or the territory's constitution to allow for a successor to the college to function properly within accreditor guidelines

    If the college loses accreditation, a major change proposal would need to be entered by one or more academic institutions willing to operate an extension in the island archipelago to help bootstrap a new institution. Loss of accreditation would be known by January with a "teach out" expected to last until the end of the 2015-2016 academic year if needed. No new students could be enrolled during the "teach out" period while students are helped to either finish up their programs during that semester or are aided in transitioning to other institutions off-island.

    I wouldn't have the foggiest notion where to begin to seek funding let alone crew as this is not a solo mission. I know this would not be a cheap mission either. This would not be a fast mission, either. While data-gathering in-territory would likely take roughly two weeks at the utmost minimum, report writing can happen outside the territory. Transportation logistics mandate the two week minimum stay just for having seats on flights between Honolulu and Pago Pago.

    This is not a fully formed idea and needs further consideration. For now it is in the files to be worked on.

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  5. Wrapping Up The Week

    In no particular order:

    • I've spent time visiting too many different medical facilities
    • The news has been weird
    • I finally conquered a USB enumeration problem on a household machine by sacrificing hardware meant for something else
    • I'm feeling my age and not liking being a childless bachelor
    • The return to work is getting a bit more complicated

    And from the Twitter echo chamber:

    Picture of a tweet found at https://twitter.com/baseballcrank/status/647968226702401536

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