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Walt Crawford

Walt Crawford

Mostly retired library person/researcher/writer/speaker. All original FF contributions CC0 (public domain).
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Holding my fingers to avoid commenting on a G+ post by a professor that included this phrase: "folks prefer reading a paper book than Ebooks." Arggh... At the very least, "to an Ebook," but better yet "would rather read a paper book than an ebook." I guess I've been reading too many paper books...
Curiosity not quite satisfied: I was wondering--for no good reason--whether it was still illegal to have a bar/saloon in California without offering some kind of food. Apparently not, but now I'm wondering whether I'm right in believing it *used to be* illegal (resulting in some sad packaged sandwiches at some bars).
What I *did* find out: licenses--either beer & wine licenses or full liquor licenses--are different and probably cheaper if the establishment is a "bona fide eating establishment," which means a majority of its revenue comes from food rather than alcoholic beverages. - Walt Crawford
For many years in my town you could get into bars when you were 19, though in theory you had to be 21 to drink. That was changed a few years ago, but you can still get an exemption if you are an entertainment venue. - laura x from iPhone
You can have kids in a place that serves food. You can't have them in a pure bar. - Spidra Webster
When I first got to Wyoming, you could still get a mixed drink to go at the drive up window of the bar. Those were the days. - laura x from iPhone
Always fun to see history being rewritten: Just read an Atlantic piece in which James Fallows basically says that Jim Koch and his Sam Adams beer are responsible for America's craft beer movement. Based on the article, Anchor Steam (which Fritz Maytag brought back to life in 1971) doesn't exist at all, and Sierra Nevada...
... (1979, still five years earlier than Sam Adams) is just some little nobody barely worth mentioning. Of course, both of them suffer because (a) they're in California, not the East Coast and (b) they actually make their beer on premises, rather than contracting it out. And apparently their spokespeople aren't as charming as Jim Koch (the woman who cofounded the brewery is mentioned in the article. Once.) - Walt Crawford
Hell, I'd argue that at 2.5 million barrels, Sam Adams isn't a craft beer at all. (That's roughly three times the size of Sierra Nevada and more than ten times the size of Anchor Steam, which so far has remained a craft brewery.) </grump> (Since I don't drink beer anyway, this shouldn't bother me, except that it's typical of New York "if it didn't happen here or nearby, it didn't really happen" journalism. - Walt Crawford
When I was still a beer drinker, I had a Sam Adams once. As I remember, I thought "better than CoorsMillerBudCrap, not even in the same league as Sierra Nevada and not as good as Anchor Steam." But that was a long time ago. Before California had more than 800 microbreweries and craft breweries... - Walt Crawford
Long before Sam Adams when I worked at Hamm's Brewery in St Paul we'd do small runs of "craft beers" they didn't call them that they were just small lots of special recipe beers for specific markets and liquor wholesalers. And if you worked there you could buy a case on payday. Mickey's Malt forth win - WarLord
WarLord: Yep. In my mind, contract beers done to a special recipe aren't in the same league as breweries devoted to full-flavored beers. (Of course, I'm old enough to remember when Miller's High Life was a medium-bodied beer with some actual taste, before it was transformed into another BudCoorsLucky clone. I'm *old.*) - Walt Crawford
I know, I know, I shouldn't comment at Skitch, but I had to...and that's uncovered, among other things, David Wojick's claim that no-fee Gold OA journals aren't "part of the market," which is one way to dismiss them, I guess.
Hmm. My response to the *second* comment on my comment is awaiting moderation. My response to Wojick himself seems to have disappeared entirely. Not sure what that means, or whether I should care. I am impressed by the mentality that simply defines away a huge chunk of the scholarly article arena because The Greenbacks. - Walt Crawford
I see they approved my response to the second response to my comment, and have tried again to respond to Wojick, slightly less heatedly this time. (Reluctantly, to be sure: by Wojick's standard I'm not doing research at all because nobody's paying me for it.) - Walt Crawford
"Librarians, in other words, are in an unholy embrace with the publishers they despise." - John Dupuis
Well that's blithering nonsense. No question that they're part of the competition...free is definitely a price point - Cameron Neylon
If you go back there, you'll see that for Wojick it really is Entirely About the Greenbacks: he doesn't think Elsevier and friends are going to convert to "the subsidy model" therefore it's irrelevant. Once you understand that the discussion has nothing to do with access to scholarship, it becomes clearer. (Oh, and of course those 4,000-odd pipsqueak "subsidy journals" pose no threat whatsoever to Elseviley's future profits. Because.) - Walt Crawford
And...now I'll go back to avoiding skitch commenting and doing my bit to bring actual facts to the discussion of access to scholarly articles, which apparently is an entirely different discussion. (I'd guess skitch and Beall both getsmany times the readership of C&I, but I'd like to be wrong on that.) - Walt Crawford
Reading a couple of highly favorable profiles of Important People in Fast Company, I conclude that I f***king need to f***king include a lot more f***king language in my writing even if it's wholly f***king irrelevant, because, I dunno, it shows I'm Real?
Editing all the ums, ers, repetitions and other effluvia from direct quotations: What any good journalist does. Removing wholly irrelevant swearing used for no apparent purpose: Censorship? Diminishing the Honesty of the interview? (I should note that these profiles would never, ever use the ***s.) - Walt Crawford
Yeah, I know, time to stop procrastinating and get on with what I should be working on. Which, in this case, is the Third Half of the Journals and "Journals" essay... - Walt Crawford
Two more social networkers (that I for some reason follow) OUTRAGED!!! by more attention being paid to some "reality" star's buttocks than to landing a spacecraft on a comet. Here's the thing: The only reason I've heard about the former ***at all*** is because of all those OUTRAGED!!! people.
"I want to rant about THIS THING YOU MAY NEVER HAVE HEARD OF that's getting WAY too much attention" is, well, perhaps not an ideal solution to that thing getting way too much attention. - Walt Crawford
Unless, of course, that thing is in and of itself a serious problem. I don't regard A having a higher online-blather quotient than B as being a serious problem. - Walt Crawford
So so resisting the temptation to question somebody's dissing of a product owned at a specific time...that time being a year before the product (as branded) could have existed. Will continue to resist.
One spamment at Walt at Random, but "six guns hack" really nailed my problem: "Write more, thats alll I have to say. Literally, it seems as though you relied on the video to make your point. You obviously know what youre talkijng about, whhy wzste your intelligence on just posting videos to your blog when you culd be giving us something...
I pledge not to wzste my intelligence posting videos to my blog in the future, although I'll post just as many as in the past. - Walt Crawford
search engine curiosity: just searched for "uc football" since, even as one who doesn't follow athletics, I thought I should check once a year or so. The entire first page was devoted to UC football--the University of Cincinnati, that is. I'm sure Bing knows where I live, but I guess they know where I *should* live as well...
Just checked: Google does the same damn thing, not showing Cal until down at least two screens (with Charleston coming earlier than Cal). - Walt Crawford
Cal has a football team? *ducks* - laura x from iPhone
Yes, and some day it may be populated with real students. Cal-calibre students. - Walt Crawford
Could be much worse--the University of Colorado. - Joe
In case it doesn't show up on its own, I just did a post (!) second-guessing Simba's figures on Gold OA revenues. Guess what? My observational figures are within 4% of Simba's expert figures. http://walt.lishost.org/2014...
Comments now enabled on that post (I'd forgotten that my default is now set to not allow comments). - Walt Crawford
Yesterday, picked up six bottles of Concannon Conservancy Crimson & Clover 2012, a red blend (Petite Sirah, Cabernet, Syrah, Zinfandel) that my wife likes, while it was still 37% off at Safeway. Carrying in the six-pack, I thought "damn, this is heavy."...
Concannon uses special bottles with the Concannon archway in glass for its Conservancy bottlings: they're definitely heavier. So I weighed some other wine and a bottle of the C&C: a difference of 12 oz. per bottle, which is 4.5 pounds for a six-pack: the difference between moderately heavy and really heavy. - Walt Crawford
If you're interested, here's the story of the wine (and the Conservancy series--we really appreciate all that protected land to our south): http://www.concannonvineyard.com/legacy... - Walt Crawford
(37%? Safeway has sales once or twice a year where all 750ml. wine is 30% off, plus the usual 10% for six or more. In this case, that means the C&C was $7.55 a bottle, which is a *great* price. This time, the sale was for a full month, ending 11/16.) - Walt Crawford
Given unlimited money & time, I might be tempted by Crystal Cruises' 2017 World Cruise: 94 days, from Miami to Miami via an intense port-heavy circumnavigation of South America (with a few days in the Antarctica region). More than 50 ports, including eight Crystal's never been to.
(OK, so in practice, even if our cats were healthy, I don't think either of us would want to be gone for three months, and in any case we wouldn't spring for the fare, but...) - Walt Crawford
The other ship in Crystal's small but mighty fleet is starting a "Grand Cruise" also in early January 2017: this one 99 days, starting in Melbourne and ending in Tokyo, with 46 ports (including stopping in Sydney three times because of the way the cruise is organized). - Walt Crawford
[In case you're wondering, minimum fares for a pair of repeat passengers start at $76,000 and $66,000 respectively once you add port fees--not including air or most shore excursions but including tips, drinks, $2000 onboard credit. There are no "bad cabins" on these ships, and Crystal doesn't nickel-and-dime. Still, out of our league.] - Walt Crawford
it would be really cool though. I'm sure you'd be tired of it after a while. - Christina Pikas
Actually, we probably wouldn't--we've been on a 16-day Crystal cruise (they used to be cheaper and less all-inclusive, we used to have two good incomes), and I don't think that would be a problem. They have a no-announcement policy (except one morning captain's talk), they don't do art auctions and all that, they have good libraries, they have lots of room...and I'd guess they'd never repeat a menu during those 94-99 days. - Walt Crawford
They've even added something my wife would love: later-in-the-day shore excursions specifically for cruisers who aren't morning people. There are lots of reasons why, with two ships that are aged by cruise industry standards, Crystal's consistently voted tops in Conde Nast Traveler readers' surveys. - Walt Crawford
Getting smarter? Just reached "International Journal of High Dilution Research" (from a Brazilian univ.) Thought for a few minutes. In other words, homeopathy under a more respectable name...or what happens when salami-slicing reaches a ridiculous point (and the research itself becomes highly diluted).
I'm only surprised this hasn't happened before--a wildly expensive elaborate public marriage proposal going wrong: http://consumerist.com/2014...
Maybe the girlfriend figured out that this schmo just spent two years' income on a proposal and decided he was a less-than-ideal prospective husband... - Walt Crawford
Yeah, I would be kinda pissed if Philosopher spent 2 years salary on something like that. - Hedgehog
Good news/bad news on my Semi-Random Reading Regimen (SRRR™): Good: After giving up on Thomas Pynchon part way into Mason & Dixon, I tried the newer Inherent Vice...and liked it quite a bit. Less good: Tried to read Gene Wolfe's Urth of the New Sun (years after I read The Book of the New Sun)...and gave up after 100 pages or so.
Library subnote: When I turned in Inherent Vice, a librarian or staff member waved me over to the circ desk because "the dragon"--the returns reader & belt--was tied up. She saw it and said she liked it, and had also given up on Mason & Dixon. And not to bother with Pynchon's next novel... - Walt Crawford
I have never even started Mason & Dixon. I have decided that means I'm ahead of you. - laura x from iPhone
Yeah, I'd just skip right past it. Unless you're really, really fond of spelled-out dialects. Really, REALLY fond... apparently the problem with the other book she mentioned is that it stops without coming to any conclusions. - Walt Crawford
I tried to read Mason and Dixon two times and got about halfway through each time, so by my reckoning reading two halves equals one whole book. - Stephen Francoeur
You got halfway through? Twice? You're more persistent than I am... - Walt Crawford
While my blog post did turn up here, perhaps worth a separate note: The December 2014 Cites & Insights, with the longer "half" of a deeper look at Gold OA journals and "journals," is out now. More here: http://walt.lishost.org/2014...
Among other things in this issue: Where all those no-fee Gold OA journals are, the (maximum average) cost per article in two dozen topics (guess which topic has an average cost of $0.00 per article among 55 DOAJ-listed non-Beall non-OASPA journals--and no, it's not LIS), and more. - Walt Crawford
Cites & Insights 14:11 (December 2014) available - http://walt.lishost.org/2014...
A writer at Alternet just summarized Fast Company better than I've ever been able to: "According to a 2010 piece in Fast Company, the trade journal of the breathless bullshit industry" - in a piece on TED: http://www.alternet.org/media...
FastCo is also the magazine whose management's answer to the "brick wall between editorial and advertising" rule for any kind of real journalism is, apparently, "wall? what wall?" - Walt Crawford
Took a pretty clean shot at TED as well - WarLord
True, and in line with what else I've read. (Somehow I find conflating the two Chris Andersons convenient...) - Walt Crawford
It's always nice to have actual reasons to bolster my instinctive disdain for that rag. - laura x from iPhone
Laura: My sense is that your instincts are generally pretty good. I take it (and will through 6/16 because of dirt-cheap long-term renewals) partly because after getting rid of Wired I thought I should have one Bright & Shiny mag...and thought FastCo had become less of a cult than it used to be. That's the third problem with FastCo: there's more than a touch of cultishness about it. - Walt Crawford
My understanding of South African history is fuzzy at best, but: Is there a good reason why the alternative language interface (to English) for a S.A. medical journal (hosted on SA's instance of SciELO) is Portuguese? Did Portugal play some major role in early South Africa?
I looked at that after asking the question. 80,000 people out of 53 million and *not* being one of SA's 11 official languages hardly seems enough to make Portuguese the ***only*** alternative to English for the journal's interface. But maybe they're very strong in the medical community? (Or maybe the journal picked up SciELO language-option defaults and only deleted Spanish...) - Walt Crawford
One of the supporters (FAPESP) of SciELO operates out of Sao Paulo too, so says Pete. - Marina's Godmother :-)
It looks like Portuguese is an interface language on all instances. - Pete from FFHound(roid)!
Well, yes, Portuguese *should* be an interface language in Brazil, and it makes some sense that it's in all instances of SciELO, since that's where SciELO began and is strongest. - Walt Crawford
OK, I get it, Pete & Helen: Since there are *some* Portuguese-speakers in SA and no known group of Spanish-speakers, it makes sense to delete the Spanish interface but leave the Portuguese one intact. Thanks. And now I know just a little more about SA. - Walt Crawford
Can anybody else get to, say, the 2013 archives for a Baishideng Publishing Group journal such as World Journal of Gastroenterology? I can't get anything but 2014 on any of them, but I may be having Flash problems. http://www.wjgnet.com/1007-93...
Not that I have any reason to believe the archives use Flash, but I'm grasping at straws...a journal that charges >$1,000 APC and has around 800 papers for the first half of 2014 damn well should have working archives. - Walt Crawford
Curiosity of reading the paper on a Kindle (the San Francisco Chronicle) and not being a sports fan: Because the "front page" did *not* have a baseball story (unlike the past week), I assumed the Giants must have lost. Then got to the Sporting Green--which I skip--and realized they won.
Most probable explanation: the Chron ran a special wraparound commemorative "front page," probably a full-page poster on the back, and that didn't make it to the Kindle edition. - Walt Crawford
Aren't polls with predetermined results great: "The CNN/ORC poll shows that 30% of Americans are "very angry" and 38% are "somewhat angry" about the way things are going in the country, while 31% expressed "no anger" at all."--in other words, your only choice was *how* angry you are.
[C&P from Google News; sorry, no link.] - Walt Crawford
Oh, wait: Here's the link. http://www.cnn.com/2014... - Walt Crawford
Today almost started out sadly. I was reading the Sunday paper (on the Kindle) in our sunny "breakfast nook" with its big floor-to-ceiling glass doors...when I heard a BANG! Looked out, and there was a bird on the patio that had clearly flown right into the window and seemed to be dying, on its back with little feet waving slowly back and forth...
Fortunately, just about the time my wife got up and I mentioned this--15 minutes later or so--I looked again and the bird was standing on those little feet--but still unclear whether it could do any more. Then, about 20 minutes later, it opened its eyes. After about 10-15 more minutes, it started hopping across the patio and testing its wings. Finally, to our cheers, it flew away more than an hour after the crash. (There was no blood on the window, so we were hopeful.) - Walt Crawford
Yay! - bentley
I guess stone fruit season's over. One vendor still had pluots and plums at today's Farmers' Market, but they were, well, pretty nasty looking. Fortunately, the Esmeralda pluots from last week were delicious--a good way to end the season. Now to wait for California navel oranges to show up...
Clear beginnings of "real fall" in our mild-but-dry climate: Yesterday, had to switch from AC to heat. This morning, outside temp. dropped below 50F for first time since, probably, March. And, sigh, today's paper says even chance Northern California will have...another dry year.
[Yes, we could have both AC and heat activated, since AC doesn't cut in until 80F or above and heat doesn't cut in until 70F or below, 66 at night...but we never leave both active.] - Walt Crawford
For those of you who watched Stargate SG-1 and either didn't see the Stargate Continuum movie or saw it but didn't watch the featurettes: If you didn't see the movie (and saw the series), you really should. The key thing, though...
Watch the featurettes--specifically the 21-minute "Stargate Goes To the Arctic" one. Those really strong early scenes set in the Arctic, including the nuclear sub rising through the ice and most of SG-1 getting on the sub, scenes set on the sub, and the sub descending? Great special effects, right? - Walt Crawford
Except, as the featurette shows, they weren't special effects. The sub was real (and its crew was used for the sub scenes), it really was the deep Arctic, the team and a reduced filming crew spent more than a week in those conditions...amazing stuff. - Walt Crawford
Cites & Insights 14:10 (October/November 2014) available - http://walt.lishost.org/2014...
This issue is Part 1 of the two-part "deeper look" into thousands of gold OA journals and "journals." Part 2 (December 2014), which I'll start writing tomorrow, focuses on 3,300 non-medical/non-biology DOAJ-listed journals and adds some new thoughts. Do use the single-column version unless you plan to print it out: the 48 tables are easier to read. - Walt Crawford
I was impressed by a story in today's SF Chronicle (not yet on SFGate, so can't link), about the death of a mountain lion. The journalist made sure we knew that "mountain lion" and "puma" and "cougar" are all synonyms at least in California...by using all three within the first three paragraphs.
Idle thought as I was ripping out turf and listening to music, when "Old Friends" came up: "Gee, Paul Simon can't be that much younger than I. Will he really find it terribly strange to be 70?" (for me, that's a year from now). Turns out he's nearly four years older than I am, so he's been feeling terribly strange since October 2011...
[Probably beaten to death in the popular media back then; I don't keep up with that stuff very well.] - Walt Crawford
I don't find it terribly strange to be 38, but when I'm with my friend I've known since we were 4, I often think it is terribly strange that we are now both so much older and have children (and one of hers is in high school!). - laura x
When we are 70, we'll have known each other for 66 years. - laura x
Not at all related, or maybe it is: Last Saturday's "Asbury Follies"--a low-key thing at my brother's church--included "When I'm 94," sung by a man to his wife, the man considerably closer to 94 than to 64. Quite lovely, actually... - Walt Crawford
Also, now I'm listening to all of Simon & Garfunkel in chronological order and feeling oddly nostalgic for high school. - laura x
Odd opinion formed because of alphabetic song playing sequence: When it comes to dissing dull small towns, I think Garth Brooks' "Nobody Gets Off In This Town" wins over S&G's "My Little Town." Although the latter is certainly more dramatic, the former's funnier & more pointed. (I like them both.) - Walt Crawford
Since the post apparently didn't show up: Today through October 15--an unusually long sale period--you can save 25% on any of my *print* Cites & Insights Books (or other Lulu print books) with sale code EATYOUREGGS - more here: http://walt.lishost.org/2014...
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