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Christina Pikas

Christina Pikas

science and technology librarian; doctoral student in information studies
Speaking of rhymes. Does gorilla rhyme with mirror in any English accent? Children's book tried it.
If you're, say, Bob Dylan, of course it does. - Walt Crawford
In Aussie, mirror tends to be mir-a so yes - Johnny from iPhone
Ahhh. Ok - Christina Pikas from iPhone
oopsie - just lost a few minutes of my day learning how to do a simple image comparison routine ... thanks c4l for yet another rabbit hole :) back to regularly scheduled programming
HAHAHAHAHAHA... precious. Our parent institution's IT is apparently telling people in other libraries in our institution that my division is doing away with our own e-mail addresses and identity and will be using the parent institution's. I THINK NOT! We're not in their IT, we don't talk to their IT, we don't let them see our network. Um. no.
Bourbon roast here. And fresh whole wheat pain de mie which came out in a perfect rectangular prism ftw.
Not sure if tweet will come through: anyone doing cost sharing of expensive bioinformatics tools (openhelix, oncomine... ?) with their bioinformatics labs? How does that work? Experiences? We tried chemistry stuff at MPOW and it was too complicated.
Yeah, I don't think it's possible to do cost-sharing stuff here. - Meg VMeg
We might be able to in the future, we have some other cost sharing stuff happening. Not doing it as yet. - Hedgehog
can you talk about other cost sharing happening? in general terms? - Christina Pikas
RT @LibSkrat: Responsible library handling of the Adobe situation:
such freaking b.s. They got rid of our copier/network scanner which was JUST FINE... for this new all in one color thing that has a platten that won't fit anything wider than 8.5". Guess what doesn't fit on that? any of our reference books. we can't copy from any of our reference books. any. have to walk them to another group, leave them there
and pay for a scan. WTF. - Christina Pikas
unless, of course, i want to do it sideways one page at a time. which i dont - Christina Pikas
but probably will - Christina Pikas
What a PITA. - Kirsten
Mom fell last night, hurt her leg, and apparently didn't move from the chair where Dad parked her until 15 min ago when my sister found out and called 911. what is with these people not calling for help?
:( that sucks i'm sorry! *HUGS* - Sir Shuping is just sir
Sorry that happened with my parents too - Steve C Team Marina
I'm so sorry about this. - Galadriel C. from Android
Oh God, how awful. - laura x from iPhone
Any news? How's she doing? - Kirsten
nothing was broken (this time - they did locate all of her previous breaks - she's dissolving from osteoporosis) but they kept her in the hospital so she could get started on physical therapy also because they were seriously concerned about what help she has at home (none) - Christina Pikas
Oh my gosh. Hope she's okay. - Rachel Walden
my head is going to blow off my shoulders. team lead (outside of library) just forwarded me a copy of something I forwarded to the team MONTHS ago and have cited regularly since to ask if I had seen it.ARRRRRRRRRRGH - POP!
:( I'm sorry, I get those too. I tend to respond brightly with cheerful -- Yes, isn't it great! As I mentioned in my email 3 days ago --I think this applies here-here-here. And then go seethe over a cup of coffee. - Hedgehog
the Maryland iSchool is looking for a new dean if anyone knows anyone.
wow. asme's site is bizarre and not usable.
I love it when S.T. (retired from PSU press) is shown to be absolutely wrong. Just makes me happy. I guess I'm a bad person :) (this is on liblicense wrt USSR copyrights)
Fml. Vacuuming after giving up trying to get the toys off the floor first. Using the onboard crevice tool with two little helpers watching everything. Then noticed a barrette in the crevice tool slot, went to get something to fish it out, half stepped on mr2 who had snuck up, stepped back onto a Lego that had also moved in the last minute,
Tried to find another place to step. Didn't. Fell heavily on knee and hand. Foot hurts worst. Then wrist and knee. - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Then hanging out on floor, ms 32# 2 jumped wwf style on my weak back so now maybe that hurts worst. Fml. - Christina Pikas from iPhone
That sounds super frustrating! - Laura from iPhone
That's no fair that they're tag teaming you. Where's the ref when you need him? - Stephen Francoeur
tweet didn't come through - but cool new article from folks at MPOW provides explanation of space weather effect that could have (in part) caused communications failure that led to Takur Ghar battle in AFG.
I remember when the last author was asking us for all kinds of info on the battle and we were very curious why someone who studies space physics wanted to know about AFG battles. Very interesting, IMO. - Christina Pikas
i still find it embarrassing when MLS/PhDs send copyrighted works photocopied from books to listservs open to the whole world.
Or journal articles. With open to the whole world, do you mean archived and findable at a known URL so that it will sit there forever? - Joe
Yes - Christina Pikas from iPhone
What methods do people teach in the social sciences for evaluating things that are not exactly scholarly journals but aren't exactly magazines like The Economist?
So like Foreign Affairs? - JffKrlsn from Android
Yeah- like that. Some of these are well know. To be biased but how to train newbies? - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Or how to understand it oneself? It's a big issue in poli sci because of the need to publish quickly. - JffKrlsn from Android
I think some basics apply to all sources, and they're more rhetorical analysis than anything: who wrote this? who was the audience? what evidence is provided? does the argument it provides make sense? is this source likely to be a persuasive one for my readers for this particular writing purpose or should I drill deeper? I could evaluate a Tweet that way! :) - barbara fister
Lovely weekend camping with the twins and my sister. So refreshing to have a partner to help with their care and with cooking, cleaning up. Weather was perfect. Hiking was awesome (prob last time with them in backpacks when they got tired. Great s'mores.
Hi from a hammock at our campsite after finishing a short but strenuous hike with a 31# toddler on my back.
View from top btw. - Christina Pikas from iPhone
OT: I hope what comes out of the Peterson thing is support for fathers and parenting classes, etc., not his or others disengagement from caring for children.
Random thing: when husband and I first got married he kept giving me stronger and stronger feedback that the cornbread wasn't right. So I would go to my southern living magazines and moms recipes and grandmothers recipe - still not right. Cast iron pan in oven with melted grease in the bottom - the corn shaped pans- everything.
Then, visited his aunt in buffalo and he asked her to help me (I was affronted but was curious at his point). She pulled out a packet of -essentially- muffin/cake mix - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Like I had been making authentic southern cornbread with stoneground cornmeal etc and she was using Betty Crocker ! Later read that it's a northern/ southern thing. - Christina Pikas from iPhone
And he is OFFENDED if you put honey on your cornbread. Of course if it's Yankee style full of sugar that would be gross. - Christina Pikas from iPhone
So today showed babies proper cornbread with fake butter and honey while he fussed and humphed and complained. They enjoyed. - Christina Pikas from iPhone
That cast-iron pan corn bread sounds delcious. Man. - colgoni
sign me up for the cast-iron stuff!! yum!! (and lol) - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
so out of it. just thinking about this researcher bcs want to cite something of theirs - was thinking, too bad they didn't decide to come to Maryland really good work, really well done, really interesting person... then read on the page... lo and behold - is at Maryland! I wonder who else they hired?
one of the Oculus guys just gave $31M to University of Maryland. Wow. Too bad the iSchool graduates aren't as wealthy as the CS ones.
I actually had that convo with Da Boss as we were walking back from lunch with one of our grads who's pondering a startup. *g* - RepoRat
Squirming, random kicking son on lap causing strange like/unlike behaviors
wait, you mean you don't like Swedish fish? I never woulda guessed. ;) - RepoRat
I think the specific link was to do with weird sex advice from cosmo... so no other comment there ;) - Christina Pikas
kids today: According to Pew, 62 percent of the under-30 set believes there's "a lot of useful, important information that is not on the Internet."
There was a great article somewhere, recently, about how people have become less willing to answer their phones (even cell phones), and less willing to complete phone surveys (due to privacy/fraud concerns), and I wonder how that affects the Pew studies, especially generational ones like this. - Meg VMeg from Android
I call that useful important stuff not on the internet life. - Steve C Team Marina
I call it "wisdom". - Louise "Weezy" Alcorn
Ugh. Had to convert cribs to toddler beds today because mr 2 keeps climbing out and climbing in with ms 2. It's going to be a rough night but dont know what else to do.
Good luck! Peter's been in a bed for ages--he never would sleep in a crib. Usually actually he climbs on top of his changing table, but a few times lately I've found him asleep on the sofa. - laura x from iPhone
Younger nephew used to roll off the bed in his sleep. I'd hear a dull thud and go upstairs to investigate, and there he was, sound asleep on the floor. - bentley
I guess they're too big to put both of them in one crib? Maybe you could put the toddler beds right next to each other forming a kind of larger crib? Good luck! - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
They were in a crib together until about 5 months when the started kicking each other. They slept ok last night- mr 2 didn't go visiting until he woke up the morning. Naps are tough. Peter on the changing table is scary! So high - Christina Pikas from iPhone
so now they're running around their room emptying their drawers. sigh. - Christina Pikas
My kids are weird, after I put them in bed they'd just stay there. It does have its drawbacks now - they will still call to me in the middle of the night rather than just get up and come to me. - Melly - #TeamMarina
Ms 2 was on the floor next to her bed when i went in this morning :( - Christina Pikas
Ditch the frames/cribs all tghtr and just try their mattresses on the floor? - Lnorigb from FFHound!
today's experiment: fail. They are super tired, so I sat in there with them for a while - made them crazier even though I escorted them back to their beds with no emotion and no chat, little eye contact.... So let mr2 try to sleep and extracted ms2. mr 2 tore the place up for an hour then fell asleep on the pile of clothes he made. got ms2 to sleep afterward. - Christina Pikas
90f and feels like 105f. Yep. Still no a/c except room unit in baby's room
Sleeping bags on the floor FTW. - laura x from iPhone
Did you see the informatics based intro to programming with Python coursera? I'm reading through the text now - it might be more what we're looking for.
Interesting! I hadn't seen that but I've added it to my watchlist. I'm starting in a few days -- Ray's taken it and he says it's got more of the basics that I've been looking for too--plus gets you to create games. I figure a couple more intro classes and I might actually feel like i can do some of this stuff! - Hedgehog
I tried to start that late a while ago. That was a mistake. Plus no interest in games :) interested in your report back - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Games isn't really my thing either but it's at least a "real" product (something else I gripe about with programming). :) - Hedgehog
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