I'm not a parent, but I sometimes wonder whether things get too protective (in many areas). Odd example, in a recent Magazine of F&SF: a short story where the about-the-author paragraph ends "Adults might want to vet this one before sharing it with younger readers." Not for violence--I never see that notice above stories with violence, torture, etc
Got the CIL flyer yesterday and skimmed through it (despite 0% chance of going). Interesting: two names that always showed up multiple times and were on the planning board are now wholly absent; can't *imagine* why. And maybe a little fresh blood among the speakers.
Two-parter on my massive OA research: 1. To end the coyness, it will appear as an issue of Library Technology Reports (from ALA TechSource) sometime this summer, which means I'll do 15,000-18,000 words of reasonably tight, coherent presentation on the results and what they mean.
Those of you who've been to ALA in San Francisco may or may not know that there's a huge LED video screen that's *supposed* to travel back and forth along one side of the outside with various images--it's a public art project. Except that, in the 16 years since it was installed, it's only worked for one month. So now the city's taking it down...
I sometimes wonder whether folks realize *what* they're being interviewed for...or just don't care. As in, Fortune--read by hundreds of thousands of people, many of whom aren't "whatever will make the most money I'll buy, regardless of what it is" investors--hosted a group of investment fund managers to offer 2015 insights. And...
Separately, for anyone who's interested: I *will* be releasing anonymized versions of the DOAJ and Beall spreadsheets with the results of my work--lacking publisher and journal names and most notes, but with all the data. Prob. in CSV form with an HTML data "manual." Probably in mid-February.
Fun time: Called Kindle support (or, rather, they called me--that's how Amazon does it) because I wanted to know what we do when our Fire HD 8.9's battery stops charging altogether (it's losing charge somewhat faster than it used to, even after we deleted the battery-sucking Washington Post, and it's 25 months old, so not under warranty).
Bizarro message of the day, from LinkedIn: "Steve Dalton congratulated you on your work anniversary!
"Walt, Linked-In tells me that you have now been self-employed for 31 years. Wow! I hope you like your boss. Congratulations! Steve"
How to piss off your customers: In QLD we don't have daylight savings. The rest of Oz has been in DLS for 4 months. Overnight, the time server for the Optus phone network reset/broke and put all QLD phones 1 hour ahead when they time synced. Hundreds of thousands of customers in QLD were woken 1 hour early today.
Pleasant surprise (and truly a surprise) this morning, when verifying Marquis Who's Who changes in my bio (back from the days I was listed, since you stay in the online version): I'm back in Who's Who in America for 2014 (and in Who's Who in the West 2011-2014). Not sure why, after 10+ years absence, but I'm delighted.
And the Beallster is now an authority on fringe science and why one bad journal incriminates all of a publisher's efforts (and yet he still hasn't told us to avoid Elsevier thanks to fake journals and journals devoted to the "science" of water memory). Too bad he wasn't around decades ago when some fringe scientists were proposing...