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Me, next to a statue of Dr. Seuss, outside the Geisel Library at UC San Diego

Me, next to a statue of Dr. Seuss, outside the Geisel Library at UC San Diego

I am employed as the manager of a software engineering team at Stanford University Library. I write open source software, and I spend a lot of time on Free and Open Source Software projects like Project Blacklight and Project Hydra. I am the same Bess Sadler who used to perform music in North Carolina, but not the same Bess Sadler who is a newspaper reporter. I am @eosadler on twitter. The opinions expressed in this blog are my own, not my employer’s.

Solvitur ambulando: Literally translated it means “it is solved by walking.” Generally it is interpreted as “the problem is solved by a practical experiment” or else “learn by experience.” That’s how I tend to work and how I tend to learn. Origin: “Diogenes of Sinope, also known as “Diogenes the Cynic,” is said to have replied to the argument that motion is unreal by standing up and walking away. (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solvitur_ambulando)

If you are looking for Bess and Harmony music, sorry, I don’t have a copy of the album. This is very embarrassing for a librarian to admit. Harmony has the studio tapes and we are trying to figure out how to get them digitized and released online. You can find Harmony Keeney’s current creative projects here: http://harmonysings.com

Comments

Comment from ginger
Time: June 7, 2007, 7:31 pm

i came upon this phrase by accident about 4 months ago and vibrated to it like crazy. even as a child i would go for a walk when i was troubled. sometimes i just want to start walking and never stop. kind of like forrest gump, i guess. thanks for having it easy to find; i had forgotten how to spell it. i just looked up “latin phrase, it is solved by walking” and there you were. best wishes, ginger

Comment from Liana
Time: May 10, 2008, 10:26 pm

Bess! Have been thinking about reaching long-lost you and M for ages. Jen E. put me on to your twitter site, but I didn’t want to join so I thought I’d try you here, via the link. Any plans for a visit to M’s family *au nord* this summer? Please send an email address for you and/or M! I have updates… Hope you and M and the clover are all hale and hearty. xo

Comment from Jane Hyde
Time: August 8, 2008, 6:24 pm

Isn’t it from Kirkegard (sorry, can’t do the diacriticals)? BTW, I’m STILL listening to “Bess and Harmony” and loving it. Did you continue your music? — J

Comment from Paul
Time: February 6, 2009, 7:12 pm

Hey Bess: We were in Search Bar Camp together in DC. At the time you (or someone from UVA) mentioned an XML search engine for creating and handling large XML documents with lots of nested structure. But I’ve forgotten the name! Sorry to contact you through your blog, but it’s all I could think to do. Cheers – Paul.

Comment from Elizabeth
Time: April 2, 2010, 9:13 am

Congratulations on being a 2010 Library Journal Mover & Shaker! Judging from your blog, the honor is well-deserved.

-Another VA Librarian

Comment from Mary Ann Pagano
Time: April 4, 2010, 8:59 am

Congrats! Marion told me all about your move, etc., so thrilled for you! Glad you are being appreciated more and more!

XO

Mary Ann

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Comment from Jodie Lee
Time: April 8, 2012, 4:32 pm

Bess,
My college roomie and I played a cassette tape of Bess and Harmony tunes on many road trips during our 4 years of studentship at UNC-Chapel Hill, 1992-1996. These days, I can remember all the words of Apple Tree and I sing it to myself all the time. Amazing how the heart can remember a favorite tune for so many years! I probably haven’t actually heard the song in 15 years, but oh, do I remember it! Then there’s that tune about “64 Different Brilliant Colors” and I can only remember the chorus. Is there any way to get ahold of that album?
Your Fan,
Jodie

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