2022 10 01 tweets

I haven’t had COVID *that I know of*, but the autoimmune issues I have had came with a similar sense of havoc. And the unmasking, the blasé attitude, is terrifying indeed. Yes, you might not get very sick today. But what effects will linger?

Just awful. Sending you both my best!

Thank you! It’s been a much-needed day of rest. Hoping for better tomorrow!

The beatings will continue until morale improves.

I totally feel this. $$All except the 44 bit, which is unpossible\. \(Except that my knees are telling me it’s all too possible\. So I guess I feel that too\.$$)

Oh man, yes. A more meaningful reminder than my usual “not my circus; not my monkeys.”

Whoa, let me know how it goes!

Wow, that’s gorgeous!

And this after my delight that the NYT crossword actually used ASSHAT a few days back. https://twitter.com/xina/status/1578409430428766208

YES: “As you watch the glory and power of the feminist revolution against theocrats in Iran, ask yourself where the fuck is your feminist revolution against theocrats in the U.S.” https://twitter.com/monaeltahawy/status/1579093099183497217

Really looking forward to this discussion of what @ORCID_Org can do for the humanities. Join us! https://twitter.com/ORCID_Org/status/1578839404982202368

kfitz: “No.”

Oh my goodness, @profgabrielle!!! HUGE congratulations, and so, so well deserved!!! https://www.macfound.org/fellows/class-of-2022/p-gabrielle-foreman#searchresults

Safe travels!

We heard this in our last search, too, and I’m 100% not okay with it.

Well, crap, y’all. I didn’t agree with everything he did, but I hate that he’s leaving now, due to stupid board interference. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRNvNqkVIC0

Jeez Louise, who needs this.

And I’m definitely not having any trouble focusing on the work I’m supposed to be doing now, uh uh, not me.

😔

Don’t miss the 93% vote of no confidence in the board by the faculty senate.

Omfg don’t even say it.

Seriously.

Oy.

RT @sharonmleon: This is exactly it. He left his parachute. The board is that bad. https://twitter.com/cant_b/status/1580895337107329025

RT @ReclaimMSU: Four years later, the structural reforms to the Board of Trustees that Reclaim MSU proposed and Faculty Senate endorsed in…

Yikes, Martin, I’m sorry to hear all this. I hope you’re able to get some relief without things being made much worse!

I can imagine you must be! I’ll be thinking about you here.

Political appointees would be much worse, in terms of being captive to the interests of a single powerful individual. Except that eight years is a ridiculously long term. And asking statewide voters to select among candidates in a vote that far down the ballot? +

I have said several times over the last few years that the way Michigan's trustees for the big three universities are selected is the worst possible method, except for all the others. What I mean by this is this: at least they're elected. +

But the powerful interests behind business and sports have uses for the university that don’t always align with its educational mission, and they bring along assumptions about top-down authority that rarely align with shared governance. +

In the current electoral environment, that means the election is primarily about name recognition. And name recognition by and large means business or sports. That isn’t a bad thing in and of itself. +

When your board is politically appointed, a changing electorate can have significant effects through the race at the top of the ballot. But shifting the outcome of a race based on name recognition is hard. +

And that’s already a recipe for disaster. But add to it eight-year terms, and the possibility of re-election and inertia of incumbency make things worse. +

So how do you make change in this kind of environment, when a vote of no confidence is ignored? When the structure is enshrined in state law? When the institution is dependent on state funding? +

What kinds of organizing are necessary to change that structure in ways that matter?

Two of the organizations I'm part of have experienced leadership transitions this month, and I'm sorting out what the differences between them mean. https://kfitz.info/a-tale-of-two-transitions/

I’ve been pondering the two leadership transitions that have taken place around me this month, and what we might learn from them. I’d love any thoughts you might be willing to share.

https://kfitz.info/a-tale-of-two-transitions/

With apologies for the RT, but for the Monday crowd… https://twitter.com/kfitz/status/1581691553013432325

So, so true. Alas.

Ooooh. Super interesting position available! https://twitter.com/ProfChristen/status/1582070388913152000

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More on what’s up at MSU: https://kfitz.info/4126-2/

Truly. Truly. I’m 55 and I’ve been in perimenopause for over a decade. Started getting my hopes up earlier this year that I might actually finally cross the threshold… only to be thwarted. Again. I am ready to evict the whole apparatus.

It has been a whole semester worth of Thursday so far.

No. No. Humans are not an adjective, and particularly not one modifying capital. https://twitter.com/ARLnews/status/1582436585559429122

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Thank you both for posting about it! I’ve just filled out the form and am delighted to have the chance to help.

Yikes, Jacque, are you okay?

I am afraid.

I don’t want to speak too soon… but I may have survived this week. 🤞🏻

Sending you all the best, Martin!

Sending you the best, Martin!

I see that @msulibraries is seeking a Head of Digital Scholarship Services. Included in this role is oversight of our amazing Digital Scholarship Lab and collaborating with lots of amazing digital scholars on campus. Listing here: https://careers.msu.edu/cw/en-us/job/512754/head-digital-scholarship-services-librarian

So much of why I have been proud to work with @Educopia — and why I love @KatSkinner_ — is in every line of this interview. https://twitter.com/alicejmeadows/status/1585301030333739008

Wow! Congratulations, John, and good job @LYRASIS! https://twitter.com/LYRASIS/status/1585346839368585218

You may have heard that Humanities Commons recently received a significant grant from the NSF. As part of that project, we’re doing a major repository upgrade, and we’re seeking a Python developer to work on that project. https://careers.msu.edu/en-us/job/512819/python-developer-information-technologist-i +

The position is funded for three years and is remote friendly. We’re especially interested in developers with a deep desire to learn and a commitment to open-source software and working in a highly collaborative environment. https://careers.msu.edu/en-us/job/512819/python-developer-information-technologist-i

I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have — please feel free to reach out! https://careers.msu.edu/en-us/job/512819/python-developer-information-technologist-i

WHAT.

I can’t decide if it’s because I’m officially old, or because this place has turned into such a hellscape $$and daily threatens worse still$$, but you know what I’m finding more and more interesting?

No, really.

It’s not without its problems, don’t get me wrong. But people I find professionally interesting post interesting professional things there.

And, like, there doesn’t seem to be any drama.

This is not a thing I ever thought I’d be excited about. But here we are.

Fascinating indeed. I’m kind of amazed by it.

Why does it not surprise me that the business model isn’t in the announcement? https://www.academia.edu/journals/2

I never did either! But I recently had some one connect to me there and in adding them something caught my eye. And I’ve found myself going back more often. $$FYI, the iOS app really is better than the web interface\.$$

Congratulations!!! I will look forward to toasting you soon!

Just FYI, I'm also kfitz@scholar.social.

Seriously.