I promise, I really was going to write a blog post yesterday, but the power went off at 11:30 and didn’t go back on until 4:30. I went in search of a bookstore with a coffee shop that would have power, but I didn’t find one. Everything was closed due to the lack of power which was a result of a fire at the substation (whatever that means). I ended up at a coffee shop on Ludlow (don’t I sound like a local), which seemed to be the only place with power in a 2 mile radius from HUC. It reminded me a bit of Tea Chai Té, a place I frequently haunt in Portland. It had a tea menu, slow service, and community journals to write in. It made me miss my friends (shout out to Adrienne, Alan, and Ceara <3).
I have been thinking a lot about the plantation database I am building. I am really shocked by some of the plantations that still exist today and their website designs. They seem nostalgic for a time when slavery was though of as acceptable (let’s move on people! not acceptable!). It is also hard because I have never learned my tech skills in a formal setting, I learn by myself, on the go, or with the librarians from Haverford, Laurie Allen and Mike Zarafonetis. I am still having trouble thinking about how to create the front-end for a database, which program to us, ensuring that the aesthetics are pleasing, and that it is user friendly. I leave you with a few photos from this morning, the first day that the sun has shone in the morning.