Context Junky

Archives/GLAM, PhD life, history, art, etc.

Month: June 2014 (page 1 of 3)

Reflections on #blogjune [#blogjune 30]

We made it! Though I feel a little like I ran out of puff on the home stretch – overseas in Canada at the Association of Canadian Archivists conference my time filled up with sessions and related social happenings, plus a few urgent issues which arose back in Melbourne – the #blogjune experience has still […]

Victoria photo gallery [#blogjune 25]

Today I don’t have words, so here are some pictures.

Punk archivists [#blogjune 24]

Readers who follow me on Twitter will know I’m one of those people who sometimes makes up my own hashtags. Some of these include the word ‘archivist’. For example, I use #travellingarchivist when tweeting on the road. But the one with the most meaning to me is #punkarchivist. First, to state the obvious, I like punk […]

Parallel histories, overwhelming histories [#blogjune 23]

Yesterday I spent the first part of my day at the Royal BC Museum. It is a beautiful place, with wonderful displays and evocative installations throughout. But the highlight for me was the new exhibition Our Living Languages: First Peoples’ Voices in British Columbia which opened on 21 June 2014. Though not large, Our Living Languages creates […]

Victoria, BC [#blogjune 22]

After more than 24 hours of travelling on everything from an A380 to a small twin-prop Alaskan Airlines plane, yesterday evening (Pacific Time US & Canada) I arrived in Victoria. Located on Vancouver Island, Victoria is the capital of British Columbia, with a population of just over 80,000 people.[1] As someone travelling from Victoria (the state), […]

O Canada [#blogjune 21]

I am writing this post from the Qantas lounge at Melbourne airport, in the couple of hours before I board a plane to Los Angeles. I’m flying from Los Angeles to Seattle, then Seattle to Victoria, Canada. The reason for my trip is the 39th Annual Conference of the Association of Canadian Archivists, “Archivatopia”: http://archivists.ca/content/annual-conference. After a […]

Preparation [#blogjune 20]

Tonight it’s time to prepare. To pack clothes, check my washbag, run through the flight details, check my wallet and passport are in place, and – because I’m paranoid – check and re-check everything umpteen times until I finally get in a cab tomorrow morning. I do the travel thing fairly regularly as part of […]

Warning: contains traces of nuts [#blogjune 18]

This is my inaugural #blogjune rant. You have been warned. Tonight I visited my parents for my Dad’s 71st birthday. By the end of the evening it had become a rant against the state of Australian politics, capitalism, corporations, and university job cuts. Here’s the abbreviated version. I have always been a lefty, and think I […]

On procrastination [#blogjune 17]

Hello, my name’s Mike and I’m a procrastinator. For as long as I remember I’ve been a fairly serious procrastinator. I fiddle and faff about on anything I can find until the last minute – until a deadline is looming threateningly over me – before I am urged into action. This mostly applies (as with […]

Ulysses and other books I haven’t read [#blogjune 16]

This year I was planning to finally read Ulysses in its entirety in time to celebrate on 16 June. I even took it off my bookcase a couple of weeks ago and put it on my coffee table so it was staring at me. But I didn’t. I didn’t even start. So, other than the first 50 […]

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