walt crawford

walt crawford

Mostly retired library person/researcher/writer/speaker. All original FF contributions CC0 (public domain).
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Unity from division? Story about honorary consulates in the SF Bay Area in today's paper: the honorary consulates for Slovakia and the Czech Republic are married to each other.
Another topical post in The Open Access Landscape, this time the topic with the second largest number of articles. 5. Biology. http://walt.lishost.org/2015...
Bland comment of the day: I'm not sure I quite get how it is that people who dislike something (let's say X), where that something is, oh, a style of music, a particular food or a variety of that food, whatever, get angry about the existence of X or don't understand why anybody else can like X.
I dislike salmon, olives (except as oil), pickles, and eggplant (except as tempura)--but none of those cause me the slightest bit of anger, and I understand why lots of other people like them. On the other hand, I'm missing out on making lots of posts that appear to attract lots of comments, so maybe my attitude here is wrong. - walt crawford
[Worth noting: my spouse is of the same opinion on olives, pickles and eggplant--and LOVES good wild-caught salmon.] - walt crawford
FINALLY A POST WHERE I CAN EXPRESS MY TINYRAGE ON BEETS! - Joe
Ah, but beet *greens* can be really good. - walt crawford
You also hate bad typography, bad statistics, and some word usages that I can't remember offhand. - laura x from iPhone
True enough. Actually, dislike may be more like it...I rarely have energy enough for true hatred. I don't claim to be consistent. (OTOH, if there are people who *like* bad typography and bad statistics, they rarely seem to say so--well, except indirectly by creating all those infographics.) - walt crawford
And many people like those infographics. - laura x from iPhone
Yep. When it comes to infographics, I'm pretty sure I'm in a minority. So I try to avoid saying "I don't see how anybody can like infographics." I may not always succeed. (There *are* good infographics, although I may always fail to see how being forced to scroll down a screen benefits understanding, but never mind...) - walt crawford
^^^I think you just made my point for me, Walt. - laura x from iPhone
(I was going to use an emoticon there, but then I remembered you don't do emoticons, either.) - laura x from iPhone
Instead, you may imagine me smiling and shaking my head in much the same way I do at the three year old when he wakes up and says, "Can I have a chocolate cookie?" - laura x from iPhone
Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, cookie. - Joe
Laura: And I don't disagree (that I made your point for you). (As for emoticons, I don't dislike them, I just don't use them. Yet.) And you're welcome to shake your head at me that way any time you want. - walt crawford
I'll say it here without reference to any person known or unknown: As far as I know, at least in the U.S., there is no law requiring you to invite a jerk to speak or consult, or to attend a session at which a jerk is speaking. Nor, I believe, can you be sued for believing somebody is a jerk.
Oog. April 2015 Fast Company just arrived, with a cover photo of St. Jobs, lacking only the halo. I never realized that the authorized biography wasn't quite friendly enough to this apparent candidate for sainthood.
(Responding to, well, never mind): And just because Word is your only tool doesn't mean you *can't* produce an attractive, professional layout that's as good as most big-publisher typesetting.
A *pleasant* earworm from last Saturday's Safeway shopping, with pure 4-part harmony and wonderful plucked 12-string guitar. Finally found it, from Down Under: The Seekers, I Know I'll Never Find Another You. Only YouTube version with the Seekers member actually plucking the 12-string: https://www.youtube.com/watch...
Oh, the '60s! - Anne Bouey
Why I love good editors (and why Patrick Hogan's been a friend for many years): Just had a change in title for my Library Technology Reports suggested, to which I instantly agreed (and have changed it in the relevant blog posts). Old title: Idealism and Opportunism: The State of Open Access Journals.
New Title: Open Access Journals: Idealism and Opportunism - walt crawford
Which is clearly better. (I've never felt I was very good at book titles. I've always felt that a good editor would improve my writing and my titles. I've almost always been right.) - walt crawford
A little crazy-making: Finished a long, long SF/alternate world novel Sunday. OK, not great, now have to go back to first in the series. BUT: One character named "Magda." About half the time, her name appears as "Madga." The book was presumably written using a computer, and published by one of the Big Four. HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE?
Which is to say: How does a semi-competent writer send in an ms. without even checking for something that easy to check for (the string "magda" does not appear anywhere other than in that name, AFAICT), and how does a big-publisher avoid even the most rudimentary copyediting/proofreading? - walt crawford
(How bad was it? The Magda/Madga split would appear on the same page, sometimes in adjacent paragraphs.) - walt crawford
It is called #valueadd. Was it ever changed to Mazda? - Joe
That's pretty bad. I can see making the typo, and I can see not catching the typo if you're the author, but you'd think someone might have noticed. - laura x
Joe: Cute, but apparently not. Laura: And it's not once or twice; I'd say the error (assuming "Madga" is the error) appears at least 50-60 times, maybe many more. Did I say *long* book? - walt crawford
Given how often I type teh for the and Larua for Laura, as I said, I can see making the error that many times. No one picking up on it does seem odd. - laura x
I've been reading so many eARCs that I am becoming inured to this kind of thing. But in a printed book, I think it would drive me crazy! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
I'm writing the short story where so far I've spelled the main character's name three different ways. But yanno, I *noticed* and eventually I'll do a find/replace and fix that. - Deborah Fitchett
It was particularly noticeable because it's set in 17th century Europe, and while "Magda" (prob. short for Magdalena) is a perfectly reasonable name, "Madga" sticks out like a sore heretic. - walt crawford
Huh. So if I wanted to volunteer to be Editor-in-Chief for Collaborative Librarianship, I wouldn't qualify. No biggie; I wasn't planning to volunteer.
It isn't a paid gig, so I am sure that all applicants will be considered. - Joe
Using a CC-BY-NC-ND license doesn't seem very...collaborative? - John Dupuis
I argued for CC-BY during one meeting, but others were fine with the gratis OA. They felt that if anyone wanted to reuse or remix content, they could ask the authors. - Joe
The fact is that lots and lots of positions in librarianship can and I think should require the degree. If an applicant can make a strong enough case for being qualified without the degree, that's up to the applicant, but I think professions are allowed to required recognized credentialing within that profession. - lris
Iris: Oddly enough, I don't disagree. Never have. I'm not sure this should be one of those positions, but that's up to the journal's board. - walt crawford
New Open Access Landscape post: Arts & Architecture. http://walt.lishost.org/2015...
Thanks to DJF's retweet, I saw a bizarre instance of pointless gendering (blue and pink ear plugs)--and thought that, to make the ear plugs representative of retail culture in general, the pink ones should be significantly more expensive--and should be shoddily made so that they fall apart much faster than the blue ones.
Side-effect of living in a community with good, easy recycling and an 80%-diversion goal: Getting a *plastic, no triangle/number, not recyclable* ad from Verizon with an embedded $50-off-smartphone gift card in the mail is really annoying, not convincing. The only ad mail I can't recycle.
Odd. John D's tweets (and post?) about the April C&I are (I believe) largely responsible for strong downloads--just under 1,600 so far, more than 800 in the first week. But all of the retweets about the OA Landscape blog series--and there have been a lot of them--don't seem to do much: under 600 views of the first series post so far...
...and under 200 of either topical post. The big post view, more than 1,500 so far this month? A four-year-old "signs of spring" post about photovoltaic milestones. I have not the slightest idea why. - walt crawford
Lazyweb question: Was there some sort of incentive in 2013 that lowered income taxes? (I ask because our draft 2014 return, done in Turbotax, shows us with significantly lower taxable income than last year--but just slightly higher tax.)
The Open Access Landscape: 3. Anthropology - http://walt.lishost.org/2015...
It wasn't actually up "two hours ago"--it was scheduled for 8:05 a.m., and it turns out Wordpress doesn't deal with Daylight Savings Time; I just changed the time setting to UTS-7 instead of UTS-8, and forced the publication. Anyway: it's up now. (#s 4 and 5 are already queued...one Friday at a time. And I'll see, tomorrow I guess, if that frequently-retweeted DOAJ blurb for the *first* post yields big hit numbers.) - walt crawford
A little geekier than expected: Shari's Cafe & Pies (mostly west coast) sent out a $1 offer for a slice of pie to its club members, only good on 3/14/15, and yes, there was a pi in the crust of the pie-slice illustrated. NO geekier than expected: the Computer History Museum's having a special Pi Day celebration..and those in line by 9:26 a.m....
...will get free admission and, I think, a free slice of (pizza) pie. (CHM opens at 10 a.m.) - walt crawford
Oops. Wrong on the free slice of pie, but it will be available for sale. Meanwhile, the Exploratorium's doing a whole day of special pi-related stuff, but this Saturday's a free day anyway. (True admission: I won't take advantage of any of this...) - walt crawford
Last night, watching Stargate: Atlantis, Season 3, "Irresistible," we commented that we knew the guy with the pheromones and had seen him before. Turned out to be Richard Kind. Linda was convinced he was the father in The Wonder Years, but we'd also seen him in something more recent...
Checked this morning: Richard Kind's big series was Spin City (which we watched). So then checked Wonder Years. That was Dan Lauria and...well, the two do look a *little* like one another. Cosmic import: None. - walt crawford
("The guy with the pheromones"--avoiding spoilers, let's just say it was One Of Those Episodes, very much a break from the usual Serious Intensity.) - walt crawford
I always think of Richard Kind as the guy from Mad About You, Jamie's gynecologist. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki... - Stephen Mack
One of many shows he was on (and more episodes than most), but 37 episodes compared to 145 on Spin City...so, yeah, he was both. - walt crawford
Yeah, I just never watched Spin City :) - Stephen Mack from iPhone
We're even. We never watched Mad About You. - walt crawford
Stalemate! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Never watched Spin City, but have very fond memories of Mad About You. - John Dupuis
So, to finish this spurt of FF posting (about time, given 29 days left): I avoid memes like crazy, but sure, #askmeanything. I might even answer.
When you were in high school, what did you think you'd do with your life? - Rochelle *boom* Hartman
Until mid-senior year, I thought I'd go to Fresno State, major in math or some easy computer-related field, and become a computer programmer to Make Big Bucks. Then things changed (partly because advisors didn't want Honors students to go anywhere but universities), even though I wound up as a programmer/analyst--but in the library field. So much for the big bucks. - walt crawford
I seriously applaud the incredible work you've done on OA & related issues these past few years but I have to ask...what drives you to continue working on these types of things when many (most?) of us would take a much more relaxed approach to retirement? - John Dupuis
(Recognizing that your approach is likely far healthier in the long run, staying mentally and physically active is incredibly important.) - John Dupuis
John: Damned if I know. Things that interest me. Feeling I can make a difference. Not really wanting to turn into a slug (not that my wife would allow that! if I give up on C&I, OA, etc., I'll become active in the local Friends of the Library). - walt crawford
Wednesdaze: Today's hike rerouted because we got RAIN! (Not enough to do much good, but enough to muddy the trails at original site.) But the Windows updates my wife got yesterday weren't there yet, the perfect time to let them install. Got back from the hike, still not there, went to lunch, got back: There--16, one of them ginormous...
...then another 11. Decided to install Turbotax...and with all the downloads needed to fix Intuit's "oops, we really can't take Schedule C away, can we?" that took a long while. So: plans to get something done between 1 and 5ish--well, it's 3:20, and I've more or less given up. Maybe check another 50-60 OA journals for 2014 article counts (part of my 28-week blogging project). - walt crawford
And, of course, get myself in trouble on Web4Lib with The Great and Powerful Beall, as if my LTR issue this summer won't get me in trouble with him anyway... - walt crawford
AND: Wednesdaze just keeps getting better. Brain too fried to do much but check journals; queued up 10 BioMedCentral journals to check (VERY easy to get annual article counts, and I'm trying to whittle away at the 1,702 med. journals over the next 15-16 weeks). And...BMC is in maintenance mode. Come back later. Boo. Too late to watch an old movie before dinner. - walt crawford
Legit but perhaps ignorant question: My understanding is that the kinds of non-removable rechargeable batteries used in e-devices are good for 200-400 recharge cycles (and our Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is starting to have shorter recharge cycles). If that's still true...
...then, given that the Apple Watch (18 hours on a charge) effectively needs to be recharged every single day, does that mean that $349 to $17,000 (plus the mandatory iPhone 5 or above) is for about a year's use? What am I missing? - walt crawford
[I'll check back in an hour or two; off to sift through dirt and grass, then go recheck possible places where wedding ring might have disappeared to.] - walt crawford
wedding ring disappeared? oh noes! (spouse lost his years ago; he only paid $5 for it, anticipating its eventual loss) - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Update: Wedding ring found (in the first bucket of dirt and grass). Crisis averted. Will go tomorrow to see about getting balls added to inside of ring (like wife has). - walt crawford
Oh I'm so glad you found it!!!! *HUGS* - Hedgehog
^^^ great news about the ring! - Marie
I thought it was 800-1000 recharge cycles to get the battery down to 80% of original capacity. - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew: 800-1000 would be more like it, but that's not what I'm seeing (of course, that's still only 2.5-3 years, but...) Link for that? I looked at The Universal Reference Source, of course. - walt crawford
I read it somewhere on lifehack-type articles. This isn't where I read it, but it's close: https://gigaom.com/2013... - Andrew C (✔)
Thanks. If notebook batteries (usually replaceable) are the same chemistry as "smartstuff" batteries (usually not), that's promising. (I'm not likely to buy an Apple Watch, so it's a different sort of curiosity. My Timex works just fine.) - walt crawford
I've read the same advice (including life cycle stats) for smartphone batteries. I thought they were all Li-ion now. - Andrew C (✔)
Maybe I just got bad advice elsewhere. Anyway, thanks for the pointer. - walt crawford
Unimportant fallout, I guess: For the next couple of years, I'd bet, I'll be opening a tagged set of Diigo items and run into one that just won't be there--a Friendfeed thread I'd wanted to consider in doing an article. Which reminds me: Maybe I should write an appreciation of sorts, at least as part of a C&I piece...
LSW and FF have been central in recent years to my keeping on keeping on with "this stuff." The honest feedback, the informal and seemingly-safe environment, the fact that almost nobody treated me like a tired old hack: Dunno where I'm going to find that. Maybe in one of the new/old LSW havens. - walt crawford
I'm trying to remember the FF posts I've saved in various places for when I get to This or That next. So I don't forget & all. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
a C&I piece about FF would be nice, Walt. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
I'm guessing the May issue will be out a couple of days before The Big Shutdown. I'm not great for that kind of article, but it sure feels right. I'll give it a try. - walt crawford
OK, assuming I get back to "normal" in a few days: how about a partly-crowdsourced FF/LSW essay? Send me (waltcrawford at gmail dot com) your thoughts on FF and/or LSW, or blog about it and send me a link, or add your comment to this thread. I'll probably start working on this around 3/17. (If you're wondering about "normal," it has to do with losing my wedding ring.) - walt crawford
First topical post in The Open Access Landscape blog series: http://walt.lishost.org/2015...
Idle musing on reading today's AL Direct (sponsored content): somehow, in 2015, using "the small screen" for TV shows seems...quaint? I guess a typical TV is physically smaller than a typical movie-theater screen, although in terms of angle of vision many of today's TVs may be pretty comparable.
The Open Access Landscape: 1. Background - http://walt.lishost.org/2015...
In case it didn't already crosspost: Cites & Insights 15:4 (April 2015) is now available, consisting of a multipart essay (citations and commentary) on the economics of open access journals. More info here: http://walt.lishost.org/2015...
Apparently the blog posts (Walt at Random and a Blogger blog) do reach people, even on a Sunday night: there were 110 downloads (64 two-column, 46 one-column) as of 5 a.m. this morning, before I did any social network announcements. - walt crawford
A suggestion for the announcement blog post. You've done so many OA-themed C&Is the last year or so I at least would find it very valuable to have all of them briefly linked at the bottom of the post. From a selfish perspective, I'll be posting on the new Canadian OA policy today and being able to link to a bunch of other resources so easily would be handy. - John Dupuis
That's a good idea...made more complicated by the probable announcement this week of a weekly series of OA posts for the next 28-36 weeks (The Open Access Landscape: X, where X is a subject, all expanding on one brief chapter in this summer's Lib Tech Report). Still...I'll think about it. Maybe a special post? - walt crawford
Sure, that would work too. And once you make the list, it's easy to copy, paste & quickly modify the html into subsequent posts. It's what I do for my graphic novel book review posts: http://scienceblogs.com/confess... - John Dupuis
Done. Being lazy, I just edited it down (in Word--which edits HTML just fine) from the Table of Contents page, then used Word's wonderful little "post to blog" feature to upload it. http://walt.lishost.org/2015... - walt crawford
Thanks! I will very likely be, uh, repurposing the list for my own purposes. With attribution, of course. - John Dupuis
And that probably picks up most everything since the Lulu collection of 2010... - John Dupuis
I'm pretty sure it does; the Lulu collection covers through 2009. - walt crawford
Bump: The power of Twitter (and John Dupuis): One day (and several tweets) later, as of 5 a.m. Tuesday there are 692 downloads of C&I 15.4--that's impressive (582 in one day). Thanks, John! - walt crawford
You're welcome! - John Dupuis
Ya' gotta love a Web Test that claims to guess your level of education based on 20 questions...almost all of which would be easy on Are You Smarter Than A Third-Grader, much less PhD level. http://www.playbuzz.com/korypea...
Yeah, that was stupid. - bentley
It's almost as if it were ... "bait", if you will. To attract people to click on the link. We could call it "linky traps." - Andrew C (✔)
I wonder when I got a PhD. O.o - Heather
I have a BA (admittedly from UC Berkeley but I had mediocre grades) and got PhD. Make of that what you will. So far, all the commenters on one FB post have also gotten PhD. - walt crawford
I'm a high school dropout & also got PhD. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Starmama: Yeah, but you're one hell of a smart high school dropout. - walt crawford
Aw, thanks Walt :-) - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
I like this: new pilot fund for OA APCs: Must be in DOAJ, no hybrid journals allowed, $2K cap. Sounds about right: https://twitter.com/OSUVall...
A surprise discovery yesterday, rereading my old (OLD) Pogo books, the last one: "Pogo: We Have Met the Enemy and He Is Us," paperback, 1972. Note that date. Page 37, where a pig is complaining about others tossing crap into the swamp:
"...An' these ol' razzle bags an' frimmy frams an' google lobs all belong..." - walt crawford
Brin and Page: both born 1973. Bedtime reading? Pure coincidence? (Or is this something others have noticed and I didn't pay attention to?) Yes, it's spelled "GOOGLE" on the page--as is typical, Walt (Crawford) Kelly uses all caps when he's not using special typefaces. - walt crawford
Here's "google" vs "googol" in the Ngram Viewer: https://books.google.com/ngrams... - Stephen Francoeur
Ah, of course: Barney Google alone would account for loads of pre-1972 mentions. With those goo-goo-googley eyes. (Yes, that was even before my time.) - walt crawford
Learned yesterday that I'm really, truly not Tuned In To The Internetz--only heard about llamas & dresses hours later, and still didn't care. Hope to retain that ignorance of What's Really Important.
@astrokatie wins the internet: https://twitter.com/AstroKa... - John Dupuis
the tweet was fine, but good Gaia, the string of responses... - walt crawford
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