hi, I’m Alex! I’m a digital preservation / research data management technologist and librarian at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver.
here is some work I’m proud of:
I used this same approach to make a user-friendly desktop GUI for preparing BagIt packages for deposit to our local repositories, called MoveIt, inspired by earlier work done by Mark Jordan; I’m working on a companion app intended to replace the deprecated bagger project, which I’m calling ProveIt.
I only blog when I get annoyed enough about being the only one in the world to have a particular problem; recently, this included using CUDA under bash on Windows, which will happily soon become unnecessary.
I previously wrote up a solution for handling lossy video in Archivematica, which is also now happily obsolete as related work has been upstreamed.
I don’t like when there’s a big gap between what I can do with shell scripts and what other people can do more easily so I made an OCR app called ochre.
I’ve spent more time than I tend to remember dealing with retro computing and emulation of all kinds; I like original hardware but I’m no purist.
I married Justyna Berzowska, who is a content strategist and user researcher that you should hire!
I love experimental videogames and I will shill for Oikospiel, 10 Beautiful Postcards, Astrologaster, Elsinore, Mirror Drop, and many others. I tell you all the time (inspired by Holly Gramazio, desktop-only).
I developed an interactive fiction game about the Suez Canal starring Klaus Kinski, because if that doesn’t shout “huge audience” I don’t know what would.
Does it beep? I hope it doesn’t beep.
For many years I’ve also run what is in hindsight an idealized example of an Intentionally Small Social Network as outlined in runyourown.social. Fair warning, you have to squint to see the best practices.
I made the potable february, a bot that keeps David Berman in my life.
In early 2021, I was at the Recurse Center, and (contrary to my stated reluctance) I blogged intermittently as I went along. While at Recurse, I made putz, the Does it Beep browser extension, Fart Map, Eggs and Milk Minder 1.0c, To Bezier is Human, ffmpeg on Ice, and other experiments.
I once got upset about gentrification and wrote a spooky story that doesn’t have very much to do with gentrification.
I contributed a little personal history to Ashley Blewer’s Internet Girlfriend Club.
I do my best to reconcile myself to America in difficult times (warning: potentially upsetting imagery, desktop-only).
I tweet too much, and am comforted that I can be so full of shit in my less-professional life in part because I am a member of the SFU Faculty Association. I would love to agitate for you to have a collective bargaining union of your own if you don’t already.