Sam Wilson's Website

April 2021

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    We're reaching out to invite you and your team to participate in the #1Lib1Ref campaign on from 15 May to 6 June!

    Each year librarians around the world (and anyone else with a passion for free knowledge) take a moment out of their day to add a missing reference to articles on Wikipedia or Wikidata to improve the quality of content of the Wikimedia platforms we all rely on.

    This year for the first time, Wikimedia Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand are joining forces to offer librarians online support to add a reference. We are holding online drop-in sessions on Tuesdays from 10AM–12PM and Thursdays from 12PM-2PM AEST during the campaign where you can learn to add a reference and find out a bit more about how Wikipedia works! There's no need to sign up, just drop in. The full details are here: https://wikimedia.org.au/wiki/1Lib1Ref

    Hope you can join us!

  3. By Graham Panther (ABC Everyday).

    Anxiety is the ability to experience inconsequential things as extremely high stakes, for no clear reason. You can't explain it to anyone else, because you can't really explain it to yourself.

    Even as I write this, I feel compelled to say… what? I'm not really this neurotic? I'd be a completely relaxed and chilled-out person if only I wasn't so freaked out all the time?

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    Pretending is something that anxious types get good at early in life. Once you discover that your big feelings don't really 'make sense' to those around you — caregivers, siblings, friends at school — you learn it's often best to keep them to yourself.

    Pretending is a powerful skill. It means when you're losing your bundle, no-one has to know about it if you don't want them to. (Well, most of the time, anyway.)

    And it means you can get things done that would otherwise feel impossible — whether it's jumping out of a plane, or simply going to the supermarket.

    You fake it till you make it (safely back home).

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    But as useful as pretending can be, it comes at a cost. You learn to hide your feelings not just from other people but from yourself.

    And after a while, you stop acknowledging just what an achievement it is to get things done, day in and day out, when you find them overwhelming.

    After a typical trip to the supermarket, I might make a note to myself how hard it felt, but it's often with a light (or not-so-light) sheen of judgement. "Well that was harder than it should have been."

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    Is it possible to get Nextcloud to eat its own backups, and have it all actually be restore-able?

    Synchronise an external storage directory from Nextcloud to your laptop, and download the Nextcloud database dump into that directory. Then, the only thing that needs to be backed up is the external storage. Oh, well, except for everything else…

    Anyway, I think there's some kernel of an interesting backup flow here, in that my new Raspberry Pi NAS will have a place as a nightly restore-checking machine. Just have to figure out the details!

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    Or maybe I'll just turn it all off. Seems easier!

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    The auDA is changing the rules about who's allowed to have a .org.au domain name, and forcing everyone to register an association if they want to keep their domain. I've had archives.org.au for over a decade, and have used it for my email address for lots of that time. So I must admit to being a bit annoyed! If it wasn't for the fact that I have one of these domain names, I'd probably be pretty supportive of the move — I like the idea that domain names are for different purposes (for example, I love the fact that Australians can have personal .id.au domain names).

    So, I'm going to register something called "ArchivesWiki Inc." and see if I can keep the name!

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