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 »
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.
This past year has been a productive one for my photography. I made an active effort to carve out small pockets of space and time to take more photos. I took walks around my neighbourhood and campus and brought along my camera. I treated trips like creative assignments, like when I shot a road trip to Banff completely in black and white. I actually sat down with the manual for my Fujifilm x20 and put in a few hours learning how the different settings translated into imagery. Spending time with friends and family offered ample subject matter and, just as important, offered lessons in knowing when to put the camera down and enjoy the company.
I selected my favourite ten photos of the year. Most of them are candid portraits of my inner circles or shots of places on my commute to class or work. Next year I want to work more with staging shots and more elaborate setups. I have a colourful portrait series I’m cooking up and I’d like to photograph some of my knits outside.Read More »