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I've never used clumping kitty litter before. How often do you dump it all out and start fresh?
For my cats, usually a month? I'll add supplemental litter in the meantime, but that's about how long. I usually have the boxes staggered, so I don't have to roust out both of them at the same time (or it takes up too much room in the trash.) - Jennifer Dittrich
what jennifer said. i also will add baking soda from time to time and it helps as well. - Sir Shuping is just sir
every 3 weeks, but only because 5 weeks is WAY too long. So this way if I hit the weekend I should be doing it and it's a bad time to do it, I can put it off a week without worrying about it. (I also keep a small bag on hand to supplement - half a bag per litter box about halfway through the time.) I think if I just had one cat, and two boxes, I would only change it every 6 weeks or so? - Marianne
About once a month. I obviously add some now and then as the litter levels shrink. In the meantime, the scooped nastiness goes into the litter locker. - Katy S
*sets calendar reminders for every month* - lris
I just started using clumping litter not too long ago, and found that once a month does seem to be about right. Once when I lost track, Caspian made his displeasure known by going outside the litter box. - Galadriel C.
We have three cats and two litter boxes so we completely change it every two weeks or so. - Sarah from FreshFeed
When it seems like it's time? - laura x from iPhone
Using World's Best (whole-kernel corn) and 2x/day checking for clumps, with two cats and two enclosed boxes, I think we do a changeout about every other month. But I also make sure there's enough litter in the boxes... - Walt Crawford
It depends on how much I've had to drink. - Brian Johns
^lol - Tamara J. B.
Holly's favorite Anna
A handsome man with a wife and two young kids is wearing these shoes on the train. Are they fashionable again?
A handsome man with a wife and two young kids is wearing these shoes on the train. Are they fashionable again?
When you're a happy family man, nothing ever goes out of fashion. - Walt Crawford
Seriously, though. These look almost exactly like shoes my Mom wore in the 80s. - Holly's favorite Anna
Walt Crawford
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
Meg VMeg
Do you have a safe deposit box? Like, one that you set up, not one that your parents set up which incidentally contains items belonging to you.
Yes. It has stuff like wills, deeds, etc. - John Dupuis
I got a good deal on one years ago at the Chase on University Place. I tried to find similar rates on the UWS but had no luck. - Stephen Francoeur
Yeah, it's got a few things in it. I need to put our wills in it. (NTS: get wills.) - Catherine Pellegrino
yes, we keep things like wills and living wills in it. When my spouse was still on a visa, we kept all of her official documents there - it would have been terrifying to lose them in a fire or to burglary, etc. My ex actually kept a relatively large stash of money (a few thousand) in hers. - Sarah
No, but I probably need to put my will into one. Or at least get that extra copy sent to my friend who lives out of state and is the back up executor. - Hedgehog
I preface this by stating flat out I know next to nothing about wills, but how do you get around the chicken-and-egg problem of needing the will to access the safe deposit box to access the will? - Mark Trapp
yes we have one. ^ copy of ... is how you get around. i actually don't know for sure what's in there. documents about our cars and our house and my engagement ring. - Christina Pikas
Yes, what Christina said. We have a copy, our lawyer has a copy, and the original is in the safe deposit box. - Sarah
i got one in the mid-80s, i forget why. later, once i married, we kept our passports and leftover foreign currency and titles and wills and other documents in it. my wife and i decided to ditch it a few years back for what we feel is a better solution for us. - Big Joe Silence
Yep. Stack of cash, extra passports for various nationalities/identities, loaded handgun, microfilm... the usual. - SAM
I used to, then I moved and never got around to setting up a new one but I should've. Since I'm about to move again, I think I will this time. I just need to find a place to replace my good credit union. - Betsy
@SAM: i always knew there was more to you than a ranch and a guitar. time to come in. - Big Joe Silence
Used to and probably should again, not for wills (exc. copy) so much as for other legal documents. - Walt Crawford
yes. I've kept one since I left home. It has original documents (birth certificate, passport, vaccine records, etc.), inherited jewelry and other tidbits of reasonable value, and a meager stash of emergency cash. - t-ra: taking the piss
Yes, I've had one since my mid-20s, a long time ago. :) Contents include wills, trusts, deeds, titles, passports, vaccination records, marriage license, jewelry, and copies of wills/trusts of relatives that name us as executors. Also contains some of the same for kids who have not yet obtained a box. - Anne Bouey
Nope. I also need to make a will. And get some witnesses to sign my durable power of attorney. - laura x
Christina and Sarah: Aha, makes sense. Thanks guys! - Mark Trapp
Never thought about it. Vital legal documents are in a pocket in my go-bag. Not so useful if fire breaks out when I'm not at home, granted. Should scan and email copies to myself, at least. - Deborah Fitchett
A cemetery worker suggested having important papers placed in waterproof baggies or containers and then placed in the freezer. In circumstance of fire this appears one of the last to be damaged. - Janet
Meg VMeg
Has anyone had success with a digital antenna that cost less than $50?
TV? - kendrak from Android
Yes. Though I'm starting to think that the Financial District is the real problem, not the antennae. - Meg VMeg
No. (At least, not any network stations--lots of bizarro local foreign stuff, mostly on channel 1.xx) Apparently we'd need about a 30' rooftop antenna tower, which is why we still have cable. - Walt Crawford
Yes, but we've got several stations fairly close by. - Kirsten from Android
From everything I've heard, if you're within 30-40 miles of the broadcast antennas and don't have mountain ranges between you and them, these work fine. - Walt Crawford
Yeah, that's why I'm thinking it's the Financial District (cf. mountain ranges). My broadcasts are from Midtown, according to the handy FCC chart. - Meg VMeg
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
Sarah G.
RT @alejandrocrosa: Hey Americans now that you realized you like soccer, let me tell you about this other really awesome thing called "the metric system".
We know about it. It's even official. We just find the old system comfy, for some reason. (Try buying a fifth of wine or, I believe, booze, and you'll see the extent to which metric *is* official...750ml is the closest you'll get.) - Walt Crawford
I am now transferred to loans/circulations department after 2 years in technical services and 5 in reference/information services. Any advice/recommendations on what to read, what mailing list to subscribe etc would be greatly appreciated.
lib-circplus is a mailing list I'm on: - Freeda B.
I hope that's good news for you! - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Good in the sense there are new things to learn. Bad in the sense I still retain responsibility for all prior duties and roles. - aaron from YouFeed
Aaron, that sounds like more than one job. - Marie
in a way yes. but the saving grace is it's not as if I am replacing anybody (at least for now), so it all runs without my intervention. I haven't been given any specific instructions by the powers that be, as per usual, given free reign to look around and decide what to improve. though been ignorant of basic concepts like shelf reading , stock take might make it Hard. - aaron from BuddyFeed
shelf reading is No Fun. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
when i used to have to do it at the publib I enjoyed it and got sucked in... then ddc is much more fun than lc. what was no fun was the children's picture books on the bottom shelf. Oy! - Christina Pikas
I wonder how many libraries are actually using ColorMARK (or whatever it's called), that vaguely bizarre product that attempts to ease shelfreading by using a spine label with colored bands that match the first few characters of the call number? (Or has the company quietly disappeared?) - Walt Crawford
I would comment on the thrill of shelfreading in the Doe stacks, all three million volumes, but there was very little of that done and only for specific purposes. - Walt Crawford
lib-circplus is the best list for access services type info. if you do interlibrary loan the ill-l list is also a good one to sub to. just never, ever ask about mailers. it sets off an argument for a week. i'd also look in the journal of access services, just to see if there's anything that catches your eye that's interesting. otherwise...i'm blanking on places/thing to look at - Sir Shuping is just sir
Be kind to your circ staff, and your shelvers. They do the most monotonous but important work in the library, and the circ staff, especially, deal with the most angry people. And they all get very little respect for it. - laura x
Shelf-reading can be very soothing if you're doing it as a break from other tasks that are driving you up the wall. If it's your regular job, you need an iPod so badly it's not funny. - Deborah Fitchett
Yeah, well, unfortunately, iPods and other MP3 players were in short supply in 1963-67, when I might have been doing shelf-reading. Not that I think we'd have been allowed to use them in the stacks while on paid status in any case. - Walt Crawford
When I was a student worker, we weren't allowed to wear headphones at all. We had to be available and approachable to help patrons in the stacks. Our shelvers here wear them all the time and I have to admit I don't like it because I'm an old crankypants and have very particular customer service expectations. But I am not a boss. - kaijsa
Other things I am looking at RFIDs & security (we apparently have a unusual hybrid system because our RFIDs were implemented fairly early in 2001), and yes ILL though for here this means books only. Document delivery refers to articles, which is under another dept. - aaron
RFID is the devil. As is security in general. Good luck! - laura x from iPhone
Laura yes, Circ staff deal with the most angry people. We currently don't have a one-desk approach (reference desk is one level up from entrence level), so they tend to get to deal with even non-circulation complaints (ahem.. discovery service). I got a couple of mths to figure out how to bring about a combined desk approach. - aaron
Holly's favorite Anna
RT @mr_mike_clarke: Each year, around 20 million animals suffer at the hands of bored knitters. It has to stop. RT to raise awareness.
RT @mr_mike_clarke: Each year, around 20 million animals suffer at the hands of bored knitters.  It has to stop.  RT to raise awareness.
I read that as "bored kittens" - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Kittens are never bored. - Holly's favorite Anna from Android
Meanwhile I get asked for more sweaters for my neph-dog - Hedgehog
Sweaters and the like for (some) dogs don't seem outlandish. For cats? I always wonder if a cat with "clothes" isn't either ready to attack with claws extended...or is heavily drugged. - Walt Crawford
Eric - For You Wack MCs!
Samsung to end plasma TV production this year -
"Following in the footsteps of Panasonic, Samsung says it will end production of plasma display panels by the end of this year." - Eric - For You Wack MCs! from Bookmarklet
It's a wrap for plasma people. The argument between LCD and plasma can finally die. - Eric - For You Wack MCs!
Not quite: LG's still in the business. I just hope our Panasonic plasma keeps working until OLED becomes reasonably priced (I'm guessing 5-7 years). - Walt Crawford
I hope it's not that long. - Eric - For You Wack MCs! from iPhone
My LG plasma's still live and kickin'. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
(was: re: Alex Scoble was wrong.) - Akiva
Eric: I *hope* it's not that long, but given OLED's history, my guess isn't as optimistic as my hope. (But I hope our plasma keeps running another seven years anyway...) - Walt Crawford
Kevin Fox
We've reached Peak Hipster.
$400??? - Betsy
My typewriter won't fit in there. - Brian Johns
"while maintaining the cavity versatile"--really? - Walt Crawford
Real Hipsters will wait for the teak version. #TeakHipster - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
I climbed a bridge in a top hat. #GTAV
I climbed a bridge in a top hat.  #GTAV
And how that bridge got into a top hat, I'll never know... - Walt Crawford
The bridge is swag - Johnny from iPhone
Slash's dad? - Mo Kargas
No... But tonight I am going to buy some leathers and make that happen for you ;) - Johnny from iPhone
Slash? more like a steam punk Billy Gibbons. ...with just a hint of Jeff Lynne! - Big Joe Silence
RT @extraft: The fact that many restaurants now let you book tables online is a massive relief. Calling ppl is terrifying.
and here in the US? almost NO restaurant does bookings. not unless they also charge the equivalent of your paycheque for the meal. - Big Joe Silence
Joe: Try OpenTable - Stephen Mack from iPhone
As in, not even over the phone? - Melly from FFHound!
in the dc area there's open table and a competitor - lots of restaurants participate - Christina Pikas
Joe: Not sure where you are in the US, but around here OpenTable handles lot of restaurants, and most others that charge more than $10 also take reservations. - Walt Crawford
We've got OpenTable in Sacramento plus I think there's at least one other competitor. - Corinne L
barbara fister
OA book proposal - $20K first book subventions to be paid by libraries/institutions. Discuss.
This one snuck right past me. - barbara fister
I know that good editors need to be paid, and it takes a lot of work and time for editors to work with writers, but jeez. In many cases, the libraries would be paying for the prestige and cache of a brand name, not necessarily the cost of the base services. - Joe
I'll buy that turning a first-timer's academic work into a good-quality academic monograph requires skilled developmental editing and copy editing. That said, damn, $20K seems high: it feels like $3,000-$5,000 "hybrid OA" charges. - Walt Crawford
I love the way such proposals are so often self-described as "rational." "it's eminently rational that you should pay some of the costs we incur." - barbara fister
I wish someone would raise the rational question of whether we really need first books to evaluate whether faculty are keepers. - barbara fister
Then again, most faculty in the humanities who I know assume that though most of their time is spent teaching, their real job is writing books that will be read by people like them. All six of them. - barbara fister
I'm skeptical of the stated benefits for academic libraries. My library would theoretically pay $45K in this scheme and we'd get what? "...working in partnership with presses to aggregate, host, promote, curate, and preserve the growing corpus of open-access digital monographs...." Really? We get to pay money to do work we already don't have personnel to manage. I'm doubtful, but at a non-ARL research university (high level) with a fewer than 30 librarians. - kaijsa
Eh. Some stuff makes a helluva lot more sense at a level above the individual institution (cf Hathi Trust). I ain't arguing with you that the price is too high, though. - RepoRat
I think we haven't figured out what the price shoudl be - or maybe I should say the price we put on doing things this way. I think univesity presses make a big contribution, and most of them do it without a lot of resources, but focusing on "first books" seems to solve a problem that we should think about more critically first. - barbara fister
During AHAGate a blogger said there was no way any press would publish his dissertation, which was on Old Believers in Russia. I thought "damn, that's way more interesting to me than a lot of UP books" but his point was that there really isn't a reason to invest a lot of time and effort into something that wouldn't command a big audience just to prove he was a worthy historian. - barbara fister
Would these ideas still have value if they weren't refined and polished? Not as much, I'm sure, but maybe we could afford to share (and give credit for) scholarship that isn't lovingly buffed and polished. - barbara fister
Though a big piece of what editors at UPs do is coax people to write interesting books which might not see the light of day without encouragement. I don't know what it would take to create conditions for that to happen without it costing $20,000 per interesting project. (That $20,000 doesn't include the author's time or research expenses, remember, though it might include a small advance or occasional royalty check.) - barbara fister
standard in Canada (from back in the day when i knew this stuff) was 10K in funding per monograph at a UP. very few could be published without that (lots of grant-writing heappening). now, funding models for UPs are very different in canada (smaller presses, few popular titles published to support scholarly titles) but i don't think 20K is unreasonable at all. - jambina
subventions, now with open access. At least there's OA in this. - barbara fister
I'm not against this kind of proposal in theory, just think that libraries need to get some funding for personnel to do work that advances projects like this. Funding for human (not just collection) resources is scarce, but demands for services are high. OA is good, figuring out a new model for UPs is good, supporting scholarship is good. I'm just not convinced maintaining the traditional monograph as gold standard for tenure should be a given. - kaijsa
^^^^ yes. - barbara fister
An essay by the new director of the open access Amherst College press - scholarly books are luxury goods unless you decide up front that they are common goods. - barbara fister
Hi everybody! You've probably seen that Mellon is floating a proposal along these lines too, although it wouldn't be aimed at first books. - Jennifer Howard
Meg VMeg
It's fine to refreeze butter, right?
No loss of turgor or something. - Meg VMeg from Android
I do it all the time. - laura x from iPhone
That's where I keep butter I'm not using. - lris
butter you're not using? *does not compute* - Heleninstitches
But to refreeze? Like, I bought infinite butter, and it's in the freezer. If it should defrost or god forbid melt, can I simply refreeze? - Meg VMeg from Android
why is there freezing in the first place? - Joe Hardy
Joe: We certainly freeze butter because we don't use that much of it (and ideally buy Land o' Lakes 8-half-sticks-to-the-pound when it's on sale). - Walt Crawford
As long as it's wrapped tightly, you should be fine. Keep it away from air or light. Oh and of course heat. - Mark Trapp
i think you could probably refreeze. If you move it in a cooler, it probably won't melt all the way anyway. I buy 3x1lb packs at costco so i freeze them,too - Christina Pikas
Pack it with some frozen 2-liter bottles of water, too. They take longer to melt and don't make the mess that ice cubes would. - April Russo
Whew, the butter made it. - Meg VMeg from Android
Walt Crawford
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
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
Walt Crawford
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
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
RT @grimmelm: The Facebook manipulation study ( has coauthors at UCSF and Cornell. Facebook may not have an IRB, but they do.
do we know there wasn't an irb involved? seems pretty shady. - Christina Pikas
The story now says it *was* submitted to an IRB...and, astonishingly, was OKed. (See "Update" at end) - Walt Crawford
Meg VMeg
Scheduled my Time Warner service disconnection (which you can only do over the phone, which is total bullshit). At the end of the call, the woman encouraged me to "keep Time Warner in mind for my future home telecommunications and entertainment needs".
The only time I found that easy was when I was moving out of WI --still had to call but at least the person on the other end of the phone didn't feel obliged to go through all of the rigmarole of sales stuff. - Hedgehog
We cancelled Comcast - had to call during business hours and have to drive 30 min away through traffic to return gear - Christina Pikas from iPhone
The local cable company's phone script includes, "thank you for choosing Rogers", which is really funny when you are calling to cancel. At least once I responded to that part of the script by telling the person on the phone that I have never "chosen" their company, but only ever signed up braise there were no other alternatives. - DJF from Android
Yep, Time Warner is the only service available in my area. It blows. - Meg VMeg
There's a good chance you can look forward to having Comcast. Which may blow even harder. - Walt Crawford
wooooooooo - Meg VMeg
Annnnnnnnd....they just sent me a bill for July service. - Meg VMeg from Android
t-ra: taking the piss
hold up. the CDC says 4 drinks for a woman "in a single bout" is binge drinking? and 8 drinks in a week for a woman is "chronic alcohol consumption"? uh.... uh-oh.
Well, that's an average (and targeted at the average height/weight for women.) Even so, someone having a glass and a half of wine with dinner every night would fall afoul of that, even though that's not all that uncommon or likely to get someone all that intoxicated. - Jennifer Dittrich
Awesome, apparently 1 SAM = 3 alcoholic women some weeks. That math seems about right. Wait, what? - SAM
What's a 'bout'? Not that it matters, since I'm probably equal to 1 SAM anyway. - Anika
Yeah I find other countries' alcohol guidelines more convenient, myself. - Meg VMeg from Android
I think a "bout" is "one sitting"? needless to say I object to these definitions entirely. - t-ra: taking the piss
If a sitting is 4pm to 1am, I think I'm solid. - Anika
I'm not asking about men. Geesh. - Eric - For You Wack MCs!
'i dont drink much, but when i do, its my entire years worth in one night' - chaz2b
Turns out CDC actually defines "session" or "sitting": two hours. - Walt Crawford
thanks, Walt. that's helpful. I'm 3 or 4 beers in 4 or 5 hours on an average night, but still way over the 8 per week number. Though I spose I can't argue with the definition of "chronic alcohol consumption." I'd just prefer "frequent" over "chronic". - t-ra: taking the piss
consistent. steady. solid as a rock. reliable. Positive adjectives FTW. - Laura Norvig
I rarely drink but when I do, I make up for lost time. So I'm apparently a chronic binge drinker. Whatevs. - Hookuh Tinypants
Sarah G.
I have realized, belatedly, that the perfect @sabram response would have been a Steve Martin "Well excuuuuuuuse me!" And left it at that.
... it pretty much was, actually. only wordier. - RepoRat
Heh. - Sarah G.
What RR sez. - Walt Crawford
What Abram did and said about a month ago? Or, something more recent? - Joe
last month - Sarah G.
Walt Crawford
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
Kevin Fox
This is the strangest list of requirements I've ever seen for a user id. (Not passwrod, *user id*)
reminds me of when I had to set up a Chase online account. Those username requirements were much like that. - ellbeecee
That sounds a *lot* like Chase (and Schwab) requirements. - Walt Crawford
I've found pretty consistently that user names (as opposed to passwords) for financial institutions and the like are *not* case-sensitive; when I was having trouble logging into one, the person on the phone made a point of that. I don't believe I've seen in a case in the last 5 years where the password isn't case-sensitive; different issue. - Walt Crawford
You saw nothing. Forget I was here. - Slippy: Potato Croquette
Stephen Francoeur
School of Info & Library Science @ Pratt has a UX program concentration. Any other LIS programs have one? #libux #ux
Maryland's iSchool has an HCIM or something like that HCI MS - Christina Pikas
We're weak in that area (but looking to improve, contingent upon being able to hire and a bunch of campus politics). For many ALA-accredited programs, you'll be looking for elective coursework rather than a "concentration." If you can go outside ALA-accredited degrees, the iSchools will have PLENTY to offer you. - RepoRat
Michigan's School of Information is ALA-accredited and has an HCI program (it's been around for awhile - I took several courses in that area and graduated 10 years ago). - Laura
Point of order: a degree program is accredited, not a school. It's easy to confuse these, because many schools only offer the one degree, but a fair few iSchools offer non-accredited degrees alongside one or more (usually one) accredited one. And of course there's Berkeley, which told ALA CoA to take a flying leap. - RepoRat
[RR: And my wife, a Berkeley orphan, remembers that every time the infoschool hits her up for a donation. She doesn't actually tell them to take a flying leap, but the path to the recycling bin is a short one.] - Walt Crawford
[I'm taking the Fifth on a public thread with regard to ALA CoA. Have to. We're up this year.] - RepoRat
[In the case of Berkeley, it wasn't so much the attitude on CoA as the sneering attitude toward librarians...until, that is, the ischool wanted their money.] - Walt Crawford
[Well. I have opinions about that too. But they're not for a public thread.] - RepoRat
Thanks, RR. I looked at the ALA accreditation list, but it wasn't really clear - just listed the school, not the program. - Laura
yeah, that's misleading. *sigh* - RepoRat
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
The Words That Are Most Known to Only Men or Women Didn't know the meaning of two 'male' words but I recognized them
The Words That Are Most Known to Only Men or Women Didn't know the meaning of two 'male' words but I recognized them
'Dreadnought' and 'bolshevism' I had to look up but I knew of those words. I knew they existed. :P - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
I think I did pretty well with both lists. - Stephen Mack
Same. I recognized 'solenoid,' but had to look it up. Some of those make sense to me, and some just WTF. - Jennifer Dittrich
A couple of the "female" words I'm not sure about: mascarpone is a dessert, right? and bottlebrush, is that a brush to clean bottles? - Betsy
Ha ha, this will only make sense to Brits, but I really didn't expect Dean Gaffney to be holding that sword ;-) - Heleninstitches
Really? "golem" is recognized more by men than by women? But hey, it's Slate reprinted from Business Insider, so it must be...never mind. - Walt Crawford
The only word I didn't recognize was "claymore." - John (bird whisperer)
Marscapone is a cheese that's used in desserts. It's awesome! - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
what does it mean if i recognised and knew the meaning/definition of everything on both lists? - Big Joe Silence
I'm really shocked. I know my late husband knew (and used) all the "female" words, and the only "male" word I had think about was "codec". But then "claymore" and "scimitar" and "dreadnought" show up in a lot of history and historical fiction, so there's that. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
Also is humvee a word? Like an actual word. Because it's the pronunciation of the brand name of that ridiculous big ass car! - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
"humvee" entered the colloquial lexicon about 20 years back, so yes. - Big Joe Silence
"Humvee" is apparently in the American English online version of the OED - Victor Ganata
OED seems to adopt early. - Big Joe Silence
Well, I think OED tends to pick up words early because they're trying to document actual usage, not prescribe "correct English". - Victor Ganata
I have about as much familiarity with "scimitar" dreadnought" and "claymore" as I do with "decoupage" "taffeta" and "tresses"... - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
I still say humvee shouldn't be a word, yo. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
If we use it and people know what we're talking about, it's a word. :-) - Kirsten
@Zulema: thanks. So I guess I was half right about mascarpone? - Betsy
Am I the only one that clicked through to take the test? (scored 81% with no nonwords) - April Russo
I didn't even notice there was a test. I scrolled straight to the list. - Betsy
There was a test? oh! I got 84%. (no nonwords) - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
84% with one nonword (I should listen to myself more). - Betsy
90% with zero nonwords, and I recognized "zloty" about a second after I said I didn't recognize it. ("bedaub" may be a word, but I'll continue not to recognize it.) - Walt Crawford
You got different words than I did. - Betsy
93% - Katy S
Could the female word list be any more stereotypical? Ugh. - Heather
87%, no nonwords. The words I missed were: inspectoral, tisane, whipstall, axil, trimaran, agronomics, scarfskin, tercenteniary, and coltsfoot. I got up to 91% with a retest. - Stephen Mack
90%, no nonwords, I missed acicular, syringa, yashmak, exponible, latria, strickle, and filature. I lost some time cackling at the non-word bodibator. #iam12 - Victor Ganata
93% on the retest. I missed borecole, redingote, instauration, imbrue, and complaisantly. - Victor Ganata
Familiar with all of the but would probably fumble trying to give an exact dictionary definition of solenoid and dreadnought. - Spidra Webster
83% on the test - ended up fat-fingering a couple of words I knew, but oh well. The ones I genuinely missed were random fashion/sewing accessory related. Take that, sexist word knowing thingie. Or something. - Jennifer Dittrich
Betsy: If the test is set up well, that will usually happen--e.g., I saw only one or two of Stephen's and Victor's words. - Walt Crawford
I hadn't realized people would get different words. I would've posted my missed words. - Betsy Words that I didn't know - falderal (didn't connect this as the same as folderal, darn my Texas drawl), hoatzin, paraxial, aquilegia, polyclonal, diplopod. - Greg GuitarBuster
81%. No non-words. Not bad knowing that English is not my first language. - Uli
thinking a lot of men thought decoupage was decolletage. :) - Elizabeth Brown
I thought a solenoid was a lonely noid - Pete
88%. I got three wrong. There were some funky words on my list. - Elizabeth Brown
It's interesting that the test doesn't require you to define the word, just agree that it is a word. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I think asking for definitions would be extremely difficult. What should the algorithm consider as a correct definition? I think only counting a verbatim dictionary definition (and from which dictionary?) would result in a lot of false negatives. - Victor Ganata
What Victor sez. - Walt Crawford
I'm imagining multiple choice of the rough domain the word is in. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Christina Pikas
according to JCR, this journal has a *negative* impact factor when you remove jnl self cites... oops!
*snork* - Hedgehog
that... shouldn't... be possible... should it? #mathishard - RepoRat
It means the articles are so bad that other articles specifically say "do not under any circumstances read this," and that counts as a negative citation. Otherwise, JCR's math is suspect. (I know: it's established, so it MUST be right.) - Walt Crawford
#mathisfun and no, it shouldn't be possible.. that would be hilarious if they did what Walt suggested :) - Christina Pikas
i mean, #citations/#articles ... how can that be negative... what they obviously did is (#citations - #selfcitations)/#articles and selfcitations>citations ... which it shouldn't have been - Christina Pikas
well, we've always known that TR juices the numbers, just no idea how. I can well imagine the Juice Factor created some kind of weirdity. - RepoRat
barbara fister
So, sometimes I ask my pals for an article because ... well, it's easy, but it's not just that. It's also a natural place to turn, a friendly, informal, connected place. I love ILL, but when there's a way to accomplish what I need through already-established relationships, it's tempting not just because of convenience.
I wonder how this will play out for academic libraries in the near future. As stats drop, will support follow? Or should we be happy about the invisible college providing ILL? - barbara fister
That's actually an interesting research question: while we know that ILL has declined (I think we know that, but I'd have to check), how much of that decline has been as a result of article requests moving from formal to informal article transfer mechanisms, especially since the informal methods provide articles in a more flexible format (informal transfers = PDFs; formal transfers = print, or DRM'd PDF [at least around here]). - DJF
Or a PDF that is a black and white scanned PDF image of an article that used to have color images and charts, and no OCR text search possible. - Joe
while I think our ILL stats have decreased a little, in my building we offer document delivery from our own print collection and that far more makes up for the balance. so at least for a time, I think we may just see a shift in needs. - Hedgehog from Android
#icanhazpdf is super popular for a bunch of reasons. - Christina Pikas
And, of course, I had to bite. VERY crudely (across all NCES respondents, which is a constantly-shifting universe), both ILL provided and ILL received seems to have declined slightly from 2010 to 2012--but it grew (at least provided did) every biennium from 2004 to 2010. I'd bet it's the usual "most well-known places shrank, but many other places grew" situation. - Walt Crawford
[Quick comparison: Total ILL provided in 2012 10,528,989; in 2004 10,174,075; total ILL received in 2012 9,795,177; in 2004, adding in document delivery, 9,985,611. The provided 2012 figure is midway between 2004 and 2006. The peak for provided was 2010 at 11,223,980; for received, 2008 at 10,707,481.] - Walt Crawford
Again, though, that's a gross count, wildly inaccurate for any given group of academic libraries. It's what I could do in five minutes looking at the raw data. - Walt Crawford
Our students aren't part of the invisible college, and they do loads of ILL. But an increasing number of faculty don't even remember it's there (except when they need books and don't want to buy them). - barbara fister
What's funny about the "you have to degrade the quality first if you want to ILL it" is that it's probably meant to increase artcile purchase, but probably leads to #icanhazpdf more quickly. - barbara fister
DJF: DRMd PDFs? SRSLY? (alphabet soup, but ... wow.) - barbara fister
#icanhazpdf knows no CONTU, nor Rule of Five. *g* - RepoRat
^ - Marie
Yes. Our ILL department has taken a particularly narrow reading of the law. So, if you request an article, we will make it available on a server for you to download, but it expires after a while, so you have to print it when you're notified. - DJF from Android
Sigh. We are a net lender here and rarely need articles from other libraries, but I'm lately being stymied by requests for things like a $2500 market report and we just can't borrow them or justify paying for them for individual faculty. It was tempting to ask if anybody has the latest one requested, but I think that's the kind of shit that would get me into trouble. - kaijsa
the marketing reports requests I get tend to be students just googling. they are very specialised and expensive I doubt most libraries would have it. anyway could ILL decline (or possibly decline) cos of open access rising? - aaron from BuddyFeed
At least right now, I suspect that the increase in ILL due to the ease of finding out about things that you wouldn't have even heard of before is offsetting the decrease due to the ability to get things open access. - Rebecca Hedreen
Excellent point, Rebecca. Also ++ RR and ++ Walt. DJF, our consortium has a one week expiration, too, which I assume was a sop to publishers. Had a student in a panic who assumed she only had a week to view the article, after which it would vanish (maybe had encountered vanishing public library ebook loans?) If publishers ever pull that sh!t, #icanhaspdf will no doubt find a workaround. - barbara fister
t-ra: taking the piss
I don't understand people who 'don't drink coffee'. I try to be open-minded, but wtf is wrong with you?
I'm allergic to caffeine. - Gabrielle
It used to give me heartburn (or I thought it did,) so I avoided it. Love it now, though. I figure it is like anything - some folks just don't have a taste for it. - Jennifer Dittrich
Only like it hot, and don't like hot drinks, unless it's soup. Or hot chocolate when I'm cold. - NOT THE CRICKET
It tastes like crap. And it's hot. I'm always warm and don't like tasting crap. - Steve C
Coffee is gross. I've never heard someone say they liked it on the first try. Same reason I don't drink beer, I'm not interested in "acquiring" the taste. - Heather
i love the flavour of coffee but there's something, possibly oils, that gets my guts roaring in a bad way. - Big Joe Silence
My parents are big coffee drinkers and always insisted I'd end up drinking it, but I never much liked the smell. Whole beans smell good. Ground beans smell good. But once it's been brewed it always smells a bit burnt to me. Maybe I'd be ok with cold-brewed? I dunno. At this point I've got a rather firmly entrenched tea habit and don't see a reason to branch out. One addiction is plenty. - Kirsten
I can't stand the taste, but I love the smell. I agree that I don't know wtf is wrong with me ;) - Katie
My wife has gastric trouble with it. I dropped it for a while on doctor's advice. Lots of people don't like the taste--I'm open-minded enough to know there's essentially *no* taste that's universally loved. OTOH, Heather, I liked coffee on the first try. So, you know, different strokes. - Walt Crawford
I totally meant this as a drunken joke at my own expense for being so reliant on coffee to function. It's cool if you don't like coffee. I guess. I mean, I don't like ice cream, so there's that. - t-ra: taking the piss
I like the smell of coffee. When it hits my tongue is where it loses me. - Deborah Fitchett
Well, for that, there are all the *$ "coffee drinks" that probably still have some coffee somewhere in them, and you get the smell of (nearly burnt) coffee when you enter the store. - Walt Crawford
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