30 things I’ve learned in 30 years of being alive

I’m thirty today, an age I’m grateful to see and greet with open arms. I’m celebrating getting older with friends and a giant milkshake, and some things I’ve learned in thirty years of living life.

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Menstrual Metrics poster references

This week I’m attending the OLA Super Conference and presented a poster session, “Menstrual Metrics: An Analysis of Privacy and Security in Menstrual Health Tracking Applications.” You can see my poster in PDF here.

To make accessing my sources easier (and mostly because copying and pasting from a PDF is fickle), I’ve included them here in the same order from my poster. Below that is another list of sources that I used when working on the paper that this poster is based on. Some of them provide more contextual information on the concept of the “quantified self” and on privacy measures. I highly recommend some of the ‘non-scholarly’ reads from Washington Post, Consumer Reports, and Tech Crunch; they present some complex tech-y concepts into very accessible language and they’re available online for free.Read More »

two poems (a belated announcement)

Back in the time between finishing my undergrad and leaving for graduate school, I received an email from someone I didn’t know. That person turned out to be Chantelle Rideout who had been sent my way from Clare Goulet who I’d studied creative writing under at MSVU. Chantelle was collecting local emerging poets for a Halifax-based chapbook and would I be interested (yes. yes, I was). 

So I sent Chantelle three poems and two were chosen and tweaked, and now, a year later, they live in City Series: Halifax which is available in a limited run from Frog Hollow Press. 

I received my copy in early December and marveled at how different all our voices are. We all see and experience Halifax in such divergent ways, and I think that adds to the richness of this small collection and its appropriateness for representing our small creative city. 

City Series: Halifax is available here for $10 CAD (S&H included).