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Walt Crawford

Walt Crawford

Mostly retired library person/researcher/writer/speaker. All original FF contributions CC0 (public domain).
Fun times yesterday: At 3 p.m. (+/- 5 minutes), power went out. Called PG&E; it had already been reported; estimated fix 6 p.m. Which changed to 8 p.m. Which changed to (gulp) 1 a.m. Finally restored at 11:56 p.m. Went out again after about three minutes for eight minutes. Restored (and stayed restored) at 12:07 a.m.
(We needed to know when it actually came back to check the likely damage to refrigerated/frozen food: fortunately, the Samsung fridge we got with the house has external displays with the freezer/refrig. temp, normally 2F and 38F. At restoration, it was 27F and 56F--the first not a problem, the second we're not sure. Half an hour later, already down to 12F/38F.) (Corrected: 38, not 32.) - Walt Crawford
PG&E has a good automated callback system for updates on est. time of restoration and when restored, but if you say "call anytime"...they do. And the up, then down, then up again apparently got things confused: I think we got four calls between midnight and 1 a.m. As for spoilage, my wife will need to decide re milk and several cartons of liquid egg whites, otherwise probably all OK. - Walt Crawford
The lucky thing: We were able to *entirely* avoid opening refrig/freezer doors during the outage. And there is one dinner-serving restaurant in walking distance, although my wife wasn't wild about it. And we recently picked up a good LED lantern-style flashlight, by which we played two-handed solitaire for a while before giving up and going to bed early. - Walt Crawford
The fillip this morning, 15 minutes ago: Heavy rain, for about 5-10 minutes. Pretty unusual for late July in a drought year, and probably just enough to help the crunchy-underfoot "lawns." - Walt Crawford
[The "one restaurant within walking distance" is significant: We have an electric range--and an electric garage door. Didn't want to have to figure out how to open it manually if we could avoid it... Still: All FWPs. No real harm done.] - Walt Crawford
opening manually - pull down toggle thing to disengage motor and then pull up door? - Christina Pikas
Christina: Yeah, we know how it's supposed to work...but pulling up that door with a big ol' car in the way didn't sound appetizing. - Walt Crawford
After one "incompatible" Blu-ray and one damaged one, finally actually able to watch Big Miracle last night--and it's quite a good picture that seems not to have gotten much attention. Great cast, true story (three California Grey whales stranded in early ice near Barrow, during Reagan's admin.). Thoroughly enjoyable.
(Not likely to write a proper review, but if you've never heard of or seen Big Miracle--from 2012--you might take a look. - Walt Crawford
Never been a Led Zeppelin fan (nor a heavy metal fan), but listening to Pandora yesterday while indexing C&I 14.8 (the only time I use Pandora), suddenly a beautiful little totally-non-metal instrumental from LZ came up (on one of my custom channels). Remarkable. Don't remember the name of the piece, but it wasn't words.
Probably Bron-Yr-Aur—from the Physical Graffiti album. - Professor A.I.
That's the one--and I guess it might be words, just not ones I'm familiar with. Good on Pandora for associating this with the custom channel I created. - Walt Crawford
See chapter 1 free; save 15% on Cites & Insights Books -
Cites & Insights 14:8 (August 2014) available -
Tomorrow or Friday I'll post another link--ALA Editions makes the first chapter of each LTR issue available free (and sells the other chapters cheaply). - Walt Crawford
I see that the Cato Journal is Gold OA (no fee, as far as I can tell, but external submissions are--I would guess--rare). Those damn socialists can hide in the most remarkable places...
Probably not the first one to say this, but it seems as though somebody at Bentham Open would have realized that their favorite journal-naming convention, The Open [Noun-Phrase] Journal, results in some...unpleasant titles.
E.g., The Open Inflammation Journal, The Open Lung Cancer Journal, The Open Bone Journal, The Open Colorectal Cancer Journal - Walt Crawford
The Open Closed Meetings Journal. - Betsy
Those are admittedly the worst real examples I noticed--and yes, they're all real (to the extent that most Bentham Open journals are "real," which is a huge caveat). - Walt Crawford
Nothing like timing: I tried to read a Tom Peters book 25 years later, and gave up...and in last week's Economist, see the Management Fad of the Hour: Zappos' idea to turn itself into a whole bunch of self-forming project teams with little or no middle management. With a Name, of course: Holacracy.
Here's the thing: That's exactly what Peters was saying Every Company Had To Do Right Now back in the late 1980s. Oh, and turns out one of his prime examples gave up on it a few years down the road, because it only works in very special cases. (notably, the article--really a column--didn't see Holacracy as likely to be widely successful). (I may have the spelling wrong.) - Walt Crawford
Today's Bingphoto: Bark of a rainbow eucalyptus tree (Hawaii). Almost hard to believe that's real...
Always the local angle: Saw an item this morning on DARPA plans to build a neural implant device--but had already read a nice, long, detailed article on Lawrence Livermore plans to build a neural implant, in the Livermore weekly. Same device (I think), different angle.
I haven't read the whole thing (and may not), but based on the assertions at the top, the author is saying "Social psychology IS NOT SCIENCE." Which may be right, but I don't think that's what he intends to say...
[My paraphrase is based on the notion that negative findings are *always* good science where "science" is involved, and that to attack attempts to replicate makes sense in faith-based fields but not in science. But heck, I'm no scientist...] - Walt Crawford
Just about a month ago, I derailed a "wearable tech" thread to talk about accuracy and headphones, being then just about to buy a new pair of headphones because my 5-year-old (or older!) Sennheiser PX100's were wearing out (headband and earpads). With my usual lightning speed, I have now ordered new headphones.
(The Sennheiser's thin pair of wires are now failing enough that I can only get stereo if I'm actually holding the wire and connector to the MP3 player.) So, after all my cogitation, what did I buy? Turns out I really *do* want on-ear rather than over-ear or in-ear phones, so I have some sense of what's going on around me, and...well, I ordered Sennheiser PX100IIs (the new version of the same headphones). One sturdier wire, supposedly slightly better sound, does lack the neat little hard carrying case. Also the right price: $56 for the version that *doesn't* have the now mandatory (?) iStuff controls on the wire. Since I don't have iStuff, it's just one more thing to go wrong. - Walt Crawford
liberation management: a non-review -
Huh. According to Weather Underground, today's high in Las Vegas is four degrees higher than in my part of Livermore (currently 104F, high projected 105F). Fortunately, we took our walk at 9:30, when it was only 93F. With the Livermore wind missing in action, unfortunately.
Of course, I'm not running around from hotel to hotel and all that either. Or having to deal with over-chilled inside spaces. - Walt Crawford
Loving good insulation: It's currently 97F outside. The cooling side of our HVAC is set for 80F. The A/C has yet to come on, and probably won't for a while. (We both find 80F perfectly comfortable in summer. In winter, the heating side is set for 70F.)
I would boil to death in your house in all seasons. (62-66 winter, 75-78 summer). - laura x from iPhone
You come from and are acclimated to a different climate. Not too surprising. Why we could go for a walk (slightly shortened) at 95F today, but probably wouldn't go for a walk if it was 45F. - Walt Crawford
Well, it's often 95 here. I just try to avoid it. - laura x from iPhone
Thinking About Effectiveness -
OK! Word's grammar-checker is *perfect* on this clause: "the always-interesting issues around 'predatory' journals." There's a green line under "always-interesting" and it suggests changing the hyphen to a space.
And when I do that, there's a green line under "always interesting" and it suggests changing the space to a hyphen. That's why I leave grammar-check on: Always interesting, sometimes helpful, frequently amusing. This falls into the third category. - Walt Crawford
Highlighting one reason we like living in Livermore (now 5 years, 2 months), esp. as we're near the southern residential development limit:
For those who won't click through: While most of California's losing agricultural land, Livermore's saved its land--and more than doubled the productive (and protected) land (essentially all of which is vineyards and olive orchards). - Walt Crawford
50 Movie Gunslinger Classics Disc 9 -
Unusual hike today (note: I'm really a good walker, not an adventurous hiker). The Ramblers--the wimpier of the two groups--were supposed to take an unmarked trail at one point. The person leading us had never been on that trail. After a petered out. 15-25 feet above a creek bed that had a trail.
Other than one clown who said "Oh, we can hike the steep unmarked uphill and find our way," we said, "Well, we'll get down there one way or another." For most of us--and most definitely for me--that way was on our butts. And I managed to roll/drop the final 3-4 feet. (Amazingly, no damage done.) - Walt Crawford
As we found at the end of the hike, from the leader of the Scramblers, when our leader said "We can go downhill or uphill at this point, so of course we'll go uphill," that was when we were supposed to go the creek trail. - Walt Crawford
No bruises, lots of dirt on the back of pants I only wear for hiking & weeding anyway. At the end of the hike, the leader asked--I think sincerely--whether I planned to sue. My comment had to do with only seeing courtrooms as a juror, and planning to keep it that way. (Really? Sue for bad trail advice?) - Walt Crawford
Songs and arrangements, 1 -
Helpful hint for indoor cat owners -
Big Blues: a book review (of sorts) -
A followup to my mildly snarky remark earlier this week. - Walt Crawford
Today's Bingphoto (just go to Bing directly) is a library--the Bodleian. The first hotspot leads to a glorious set of interior shots.
I don't get it. Pres. Obama calls the group ISIL (where the L is for the Levant), which is what I always saw it rendered as until the last couple of weeks. An NPR correspondent in the area explained why the Levant is *not* the same as Northern Syria (it's larger). And yet, for some reason all the "journalists" seem to be calling it ISIS.
20% off print C&I books to 6/23 -
One reason I'm happy my library doesn't weed aggressively: Reading "Big Blues: The Downfall of IBM" (1993). I occasionally love to read these expert histories of why a business went to hell...a decade or two later when, oops. (I remember loving a book on the demise of Apple, I think from around the same era.)
Which new would-be journals are worth helping out? -
One more try before accepting "read-only mode": FF seems to be censoring my comments today. 1. Corner sink, and we love it. 2. Never saw the Dead, but did see the Warlocks before they changed names.
Yeah, I've had to post several comments twice before they will take (e.g., this one). - Betsy
It seems to work better if the post is open on its own page. - Betsy
i had to do the twitter handle 3x before it took :( and i love my corner sink - Christina Pikas
I'm getting bad gateway errors. Could be a problem in the backend (TWSS). - Eric - Back to the Grill
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