The Salt-Box More fidgety than expected

5 Things I Liked Last Year, x3

Books

I read the Pevear & Volokhonsky translation of Anna Karenina last year, so that was the best book I read, but these are five I liked a lot. The rule is I needed to finish it during the year:

Records

In addition to these five records, special shoutouts to Arlo Park, who didn’t release a full-length record but was one of my favorite performers this year. (Very hyped for Collapsed in Sunbeams, which I’m looking forward to almost as much as The Hold Steady’s Open Door Policy.) Can’t believe Fiona Apple’s amazing record just missed this, as well as both of the Drive-By Truckers albums.

  • Phoebe Bridgers, Punisher (by some distance my favorite record this year)
  • Bartees Strange, Live Forever (with special affection for his EP of covers by The National)
  • Fontaines D.C., A Hero’s Death
  • Soccer Mommy, Color Theory
  • Run the Jewels, RTJ4

Films/Shows

A cheat, because we ended up not watching that many movies this year, or, at least, not that many that weren’t re-watches of franchise movies. ¯_(ツ)_/¯ * means we watched it with the 17yo. ** means I watched it while running.

  • The Assistant
  • Orphan Black, all seasons*
  • The Expanse, seasons 1-4**
  • The Mandalorian*
  • Teenage Bounty Hunters*

Upon reflection, this is an ever-so-slightly nerdier list than I’d’ve expected, so I’m looking forward to mixing things up a bit this year.

EZProxify This

Like many libraries, Trinity College’s Information Services uses EZ Proxy, a service that provides users access to the library’s various electronic subscriptions, no matter where you are.

Joelle Thomas, our user engagement librarian, built a handy little bit of Javascript that takes any link and gives you a version that points at the EZ Proxy server. So you grab a link, paste it into her EZProxifier, and you get a version, suitable for putting in Moodle or wherever, that students can use to access things from home. It’s swell.

One of our subscriptions is The Washington Post, and unlike the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, or Financial Times, it’s dependent on EZ Proxy rather than user accounts. On campus or on my laptop, this is no big deal, but it’s a little annoying on a mobile device, which is where I read most social media stuff.

So I built a dumb little shortcut, called EZ Proxy This Link, which simplifies the process a little: When you invoke iOS’s Share Sheet for any link, you can select “EZ Proxy This Link,” which copies the URL and opens Joelle’s EZPRoxifier in Safari. You just paste the link in, and are on your way.

For maximal convenience, I’ll need to figure out a few more steps: how to have the shortcut know where to paste the URL and do so automatically^; grab my password out of my password manager, and paste it into EZ Proxy’s Shibboleth authentication. But this is a decent start!

^ I think it will probably be easier to just grab Joelle’s piece of Javascript and have the shortcut apply it directly, but we’ll see.

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