Lot going on. 1. So a big publisher is making it clear that its role is to profit from the relics of a fading model by adopting that as its name (albeit badly shortened to RELX)? Good: honesty never hurts.
Strange local politics: A special state Senate election ('cuz the incumbent won some other office). Four candidates (all Democrats). About a third of the mailed flyers are *against* two women who are both former state Assemblyfolk. Why against? Because both of them took per diem when they were in the assembly.
Probably useless "small business" idea I had when looking at so many OA journal sites: Offer an English-to-English editing service, not for articles but for journal websites. Say $50 for a quick evaluation--which would include the apparent ethics of the site--and estimate, probably $100-$200 to clean up a typical site.
Walking the talk: Last week, some time after I posted the anonymized OA-journal-analysis spreadsheets on figshare (CC-BY automatically), somebody built a little page that lets you see graphs of journal starting dates by subject, source, other limits.
"One of the world's ten Most Admired Knowledge Leaders, [Person X] is an esteemed author who has dedicated his life to educating others about organizational knowledge, leadership, innovation, and radical management." Sorry I'll miss that; I'd especially like to know who crowns the ten MAKLs. Or, for that matter, what the hell a Knowlege Leader is..
The good news: I'm 90% (I think) done with a piece on the economics of open access that will be the April 2015 Cites & Insights, and--although it's scattered all over the place (it's a roundup, but with a lot more of my own comments than I originally expected)--I think it's pretty good.
Just read a Media Life headline "Here are the shows rich people like"--and find its definition of "rich people" (later "wealthy") fascinating, esp. living in the Bay Area: $100,000 *household* income. http://www.medialifemagazine.com/here-ar...
Neat Sunday. Livermore Heritage Guild had a "love Livermore" (or something) event, centered at what used to be Livermore's Carnegie Library (built 1911, the library until 1966) and is now the Heritage Guild and Art Guild. Included 90 minute walking tours of historic downtown buildings--done by a retired teacher who (a) really knew her stuff...
Just got email, *not* caught by Google spam filter, congratulating me for all my awesome articles and sure that I'd want to write about some charger-cable-related kickstarter thing that still has a couple of weeks to run. Because I publish so many articles each week related to things that require charging. Or not.
As a man, I sometimes have trouble understanding "mansplaining." Working on a C&I essay on OA/journal economics, on the "transparency" segment, got to Jenica Roger's 11/2013 SAGE post and to T Scott's comments. And I'm beginning to understand the term better, I think.
Y'all must have heard about that crazy hippie Marin mother with her measles parties, with Salon frothing at the mouth about the sheer idiocy? Except that nobody actually checked with her: it's all bullshit. Somebody offered the idea, she turned it down immediately, there have not been any known "measles parties."
Cute if unsurprising: the premium outlet mall Livermore worked hard to make possible (the largest outlet mall in the Bay Area) is being renamed the San Francisco Outlet Mall, in a nice "F*You" to local efforts. Well, hell, SF's only 40 miles away... (Yeah, I know, "San Francisco" 49ers also. But at least they *were* in SF.)
Briefly stepping outside my comfort zone: I wonder whether those who objected to "hate crimes" penalties--on the basis that all violent person-against-person crimes are hate crimes--were right? Yes, the tag is useful to enhance penalties for "minor" personal attacks (because the U.S. just doesn't have enough people in prison for extended periods)..
Before I go into editing mode (the text for the LTR; I've already made changes in many of the tables and figures), I really should credit the three folks who reviewed the draft and provided ****VERY***** helpful comments and suggestions, resulting in (I'd guess) larger changes to the ms. than they might have expected.
I'm beginning to get a sense of how much effort it's worth spending to spell arΧiv that way rather than just arXiv, and "nobody notices or gives a damn about the difference" starts to look like a winner.
Time warp 2: A new book that apparently assumes print is dead (not even will be at some unknown future point), asserts that (all?) libraries should stop buying print altogether--now--and is published by Elsevier. If "libraries" includes public libraries, a suitable subtitle might be "A guide to institutional suicide."
Reminded why we watch almost no current sitcoms last night: In a promo for two different shows, the "laughter" throughout was so incredibly similar that I'd swear it was coming from the same machine in all cases.
Gotta admit, I'm getting royally sick of "Because X BIG MORAL CRISIS therefore x little moral issue shouldn't even be mentioned" false equations. (Not here, but most definitely on FB and Twitter.) I should look up the particular logic error that is.
On a forum which shall go unnamed (where I had no choice but to read, to do something else, but couldn't write), one of the big minds involved offered their spelling of a particular seafood stew that originated in San Francisco: "chippino."
A tiny little post to test visual discrimination--in the course of preparing which I discovered a "friendly" aspect of WordPress' editor--it autotranslates certain glyphs based on visual similarity no matter how you enter them. http://walt.lishost.org/2015...
In case it doesn't repost: Just announced the availability of Cites & Insights 15:3 (March 2015)...which includes the availability of anonymized datasets (on figshare) for the DOAJ and Beall subsets of my State of OA project. http://walt.lishost.org/2015...
I just added two OA journal spreadsheets to figshare. Could one or two of you take a quick look at these to make sure that other people can actually see them and that they're at least plausibly sensible? URLs in the next two comments.
Am I being paranoid in thinking it's sensible to convert anonymized xslx spreadsheets of OA stuff to .csv (comma-separated-values) to assure that erased/personal info is *really* not there? (No formulas, and .csv is more compact, so doing it anyway, but...)
I wonder whether any bakery or pizzeria plans to have a special sale on March 14, starting at 9:26 a.m., selling little pies for 54 cents each. And with that, it must be time to sign off for the day...
Checked our house on Zillow.com (which I do maybe once a year). Supposedly worth 25% more than we paid for it 5.5 years ago--and that sounds about right. (The dip in housing prices pretty much corrected itself over the past 5 years.) The good news: Our friend who moved to Livermore at the peak is now finally above water and can refinance.