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Holly's favorite Anna
Has anyone looked at the overall trends in OA for no. of journals with OA articles versus fully OA journals? My literature search is nill.
Holly: You mean "hybrid OA" journals? I suspect you're not finding much because I'm guessing most folks who care about Gold OA regard hybrid OA as a double-dipping scam and ignore it as much as possible. I note that DOAJ won't allow "hybrid" journals, at least not knowingly. - Walt Crawford
Yes, hybrid OA. My provost wants us to cancel our OA subscriptions and use the savings to fund author fees. We don't subscribe to fully OA titles because that sort of antithetical to OA. These would have to be hybrid OA. - Holly's favorite Anna
I'm no help. What little I have seen suggests that "hybrid" OA journals have maybe 2%-5% OA articles, if that. And I don't even have a direct source for that. Mostly, "hybrid" OA being offered at outrageous fees by Elsevier, T&F, and the like allows them to say "See? Nobody REALLY wants OA--when we offer it, they don't take us up on it." - Walt Crawford
Walt Crawford
As one or two of you might have guessed from a few of my offhand messages, my "sampling" of the remainder of (English-accessible) DOAJ, the 1,200+ bio, biomed, med journals, turned into a sweep (journals are too heterogeneous for samples to mean much). Just finished the sweep. Now comes the fun part:
A little tribute to Tom Magliozzi, that is, the Third Half of the Journals and "Journals" Deeper Look--but quite possibly only key figures in the January 2015 C&I, with a longer version in the C&I Annual, and maybe a better-organized PoD book, since I now have a semi-comprehensive look at (most of) Gold OA for 2011-first half of 2014. - Walt Crawford
I'll also use this semi-comprehensive look to inform my little "(Dis)Economy of Scale" essay...and to see whether the Simba estimate of OA revenues looks to be anywhere near the ballpark. - Walt Crawford
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
Catherine Pellegrino
This Is What Happens When No One Proofreads an Academic Paper: - http://www.slate.com/blogs...
This Is What Happens When No One Proofreads an Academic Paper:
Heh. I've seen "[I'm not sure of your journal's preferred style here]," but nothing that ... editorial. - Jason P
I also saw that wiley has posted an article ahead of print that needs to be heavily copyedited. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi... May have been written by a non-native English speaker/writer. "Brave new world:We [sic] have challenged to Open Access journal" Abstract starts off "In 2015, the Journal of Diabetes Investigation (JDI) has reached the six years... more... - Joe
Joe: I read that remarkable editorial in full. To summarize: "Publish lots more articles and the IF goes down. Charge $3,000 per article and article submissions go down." There's also a factor I find interesting in lots of journals: They require fluent English for articles...but in this case it's fairly clear that the editor is somewhat less than fluent in English. - Walt Crawford
I would note that my summary is not at all, in any way, what the editor's saying in the article. Or at least what I was able to interpret through the language barrier. - Walt Crawford
The note at the journal says that it is an accepted article, but that it has not been edited yet. Yup. - Joe
Heck, folks opposed to green OA could use that as a fine example of why the accepted version of an article might not be quite as good as the published version. - Walt Crawford
The paper that doesn't cite the crappy Gabor article has an awesome Altmetric score. http://www.altmetric.com/details... - Joe
I freely admit to being very not up to speed on altmetrics, but that seems like a potential flaw in the system... - Catherine Pellegrino
strong/high altmetrics does not necessarily mean strong/high quality... it only implies that many people are discussing/citing it (which means the truly horrible stuff may trend just as strongly as the really good stuff) - Aaron the Librarian
Yes, it just means it is highly discussed. I should check to see if the arsenic life paper has an altmetric score. - Joe
The arsenic life paper only has a score of 972. http://www.sciencemag.org/content... and http://www.altmetric.com/details... - Joe
The Denver Post
Wheat Ridge has landed at No. 5 on a list of the best places in the country to retire. http://www.denverpost.com/arvada... via @YourHub
Why? - Joe
A list that includes that famously cheap-to-live-in Honolulu as #6 is a little suspicious right off the bat. (No, I still don't use emoticons...or emoji either.) - Walt Crawford
Well wheat Ridge is better than Honolulu. Right? - Joe
John Dupuis
Grrrr. This Ottawa Citizen guy Tom Spears keeps using Beall as a source: http://ottawacitizen.com/technol...
write in and school him. - RepoRat
I'm trying on twitter. We'll see what happens. - John Dupuis
I've got a friend whom Spears likes to use as a source, so I can poke him about it - DJF from Android
Good luck. Roy Tennant and I were briefly discussing the apparent untouchability of Mr. Beall, no matter how many idiotic things he says. - Walt Crawford
Cameron Neylon
If were fined $10 every time someone mis-used the term gold #openaccess I think we could fund all of scholarly comms..
If that included every time somebody looks at a journal's page misdefining gold OA, I think you might be right. - Walt Crawford
It's true - but I'm getting much more irritable with stuff coming out of institutions on this (or from "experts") - Cameron Neylon
welcome to my so-called (prior professional) life. I had to swallow that BS from sooooooooooooo many people... - RepoRat
And another $10 for every time someone says, "But what about the poor publishers?" - John Dupuis
and another $10 for "it's not sustaaaaaaaaaaaaaainable" - RepoRat
And $1 for every time Sandy Thatcher brings up university press monographs. So low cause otherwise it would bring down the world financial system. - John Dupuis
Ugh, we gotta stop this, because I am thinking THINGS I SHOULD NOT BE THINKING about the opportunities for mayhem in the NASIG/SSP co-day (I am going to NASIG).* - RepoRat
* disclaimer: things I would not ever actually do, but are still fun to think about, in a wistfully evil sort of way - RepoRat
Because you never know what's going to just slip out by accident ;-) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014... - John Dupuis
Yeah, it might be a knife.* - RepoRat
* disclaimer: I never carry a knife when traveling. Like the TSA would even let me, sheesh. - RepoRat
Mary B: #TeamMonique
RT @erniemiller: This Veteran's Day, let's honor a veteran who paved the way for our chosen profession: Rear Admiral Grace Hopper. https://twitter.com/erniemi...
RT @erniemiller: This Veteran's Day, let's honor a veteran who paved the way for our chosen profession: Rear Admiral Grace Hopper. http://t.co/wVRnlYPjjX
W/regard to one of the tweets in that conversation: She *was* amazing to meet; I chatted with her briefly during a computer conference (NCC, I think), many years ago. - Walt Crawford
Walt Crawford
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
Stephen Francoeur
Stumper question from a prof: say you wanted to track over time the rise and fall of a specific word on the web on an annual basis, is there way to do that? Can you get a set of Google search results from 2001, 2002, 2003, etc.? I realize the very nature of the question is highly problematic, as the number of sites on the web grows exponentially.
Google's advanced search that lets you limit by custom date range doesn't give you a count (and I know that those counts are themselves estimates from Google anyway). Trying to help this prof but have a feeling what he wants to do really can't be done exactly. - Stephen Francoeur
Does Google Trends have an advanced option that would let you do this? - Hedgehog
I think you used to be able to do this with Google Trends, but you can't anymore. - Meg VMeg
Dunno. I was just there poking around when I thought I'd come back to this thread. It seems like Google is more interested in sharing with you the rise/fall of search terms. - Stephen Francoeur
Also, maybe I'm misremembering. - Meg VMeg
Here's a report on searches for "obama" in 2004: http://www.google.com/trends... - Stephen Francoeur
There's a difference between number of searches for a word and number of results / frequency of the word, though. - DJF from Android
You can't even figure out how frequently the word is used *currently* on the web. That "About 23480000 results" figure is *wildly* inaccurate, and wildly *inconsistently* inaccurate, as demonstrated and discussed by countless Language Log posts the finding of whose URLs I leave as an exercise to the reader. - Deborah Fitchett
^^ Thanks, Deborah. "About" is one of those wonderful words... - Walt Crawford
I pretty much figured out from the get-go that my job when I first got this question was to prove a negative--there isn't any way to do this--but wanted to see what folks came up with in the way of alternatives. I need to get a better sense of why he wants this info, as maybe the search query data might also help him make the point he is aiming for. - Stephen Francoeur
Sarah G.
RT @imillhiser: BREAKING: Marriage Equality Just Got A First Class Ticket To The Supreme Court http://thkpr.gs/3590096
RT @imillhiser: BREAKING: Marriage Equality Just Got A First Class Ticket To The Supreme Court http://thkpr.gs/3590096
Like...but I wish I was as confident as the writer that, when push comes to shove (and with a Republican Senate and House in place), the Supremes really will rule in favor of marriage equality. It's one thing to duck the issue, it's another to move forward on social progress. - Walt Crawford
Regular Amanda
Now I'm less argybargy because ellbeecee made me laugh, but I still would like to raise the possibility of future argybargy at: streaming media purchase models. We are hearing that VHS and DVD are totally outmoded, so we should only buy streaming media moving forward, but you can't actually "buy" streaming media, just rent it for three years.
So... abrogation of basic library ethics, anyone? On the other hand, our population really does only want streaming media. But I just don't want to buy into the new economic order of "lease or die". - Regular Amanda
Also, you're paying for the content, but the vendors get to track your patrons being habits. - DJF from Android
This would be a good ethical discussion for various media-centric entities (SLA/ALA, divisions, sections, RTs, etc) to really hash out and figure out how to address things - because the way things are going right now, those discussions are already waaay overdue - Aaron the Librarian
I'd love to see something like a streaming media bill of rights. Something to put pressure in vendors. - Regular Amanda from Android
^^^ agreed. We have held out for buying DVDs. Faculty who rely on film support that. (We are a residential college, which makes a difference.) Financially, it makes no sense for us to pay all over again when listed courses are often taught only every other year or even less frequently. - barbara fister
Who's telling you DVDs are totally outmoded? If by DVD you include Blu-ray, that's nonsense: Yes, streaming may dominate, but DVD's not going away this year or next. (Last I heard, Netflix founder figured they'd stop mailing discs around 2030...) - Walt Crawford
I should note that CDs, which died YEARS ago, still sell by the billions. - Walt Crawford
Walt: People trying to sell streaming media to libraries. - laura x from iPhone
Laura: Yeah, that sounds exactly right. Oh, and every Technology Guru. Show some of those people a printed daily newspaper and their heads might explode. - Walt Crawford
The concern with our population (college students) is that new computers don't have CD/DVD drives. Which for us is a legitimate concern, but is accepting a horrible purchase model ok even if it gives your patrons better access? I have so many feelings about this. - Regular Amanda from Android
We have a lot of online classes, so that coupled with the lack of disc drives in computers is a big reason we're trying to stream. Also streaming gives multiple people access to a title at the same time, which is pretty important for big classes. It's a struggle to deal with licenses, and we definitely need to push for better terms. - kaijsa
we should be teaching this in LIS, as well as discussing it as Aaron says. In the Journalism school, we have a class on Ethics - but I don't see an ethics class, or even discussion, in LIS. Otherwise, I agree with all of the above. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Another case where academic libraries differ from public libraries: You can presumably assume true broadband availability for almost all students and the simultaneous-streaming may be a *need.* (Right now, for many public libraries, "buying" streaming is explicitly advantaging the already-advantaged...but that''s another discussion I've mostly given up on.) - Walt Crawford
We can assume broadband availability *on campus* but not off. That has been an issue even for students here in town--I know some grad students can't afford internet at home, for example. In Wyoming, lots of our students are rural and not in Laramie and the public libraries are a *huge* part of their college experience. We work pretty hard to collaborate with the county and CC libraries to make this all work, but it's not perfect. - kaijsa
Walt Crawford
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
Petty LaBelle
Good thing I'm a touch typist. The letters are rubbing off my keyboard. Why does that happen? Is there a way to prevent it?
This has happened to every keyboard my mother ever uses long term. We think it's a skin acidity thing. She's a transcriber by trade and types like the wind, so could also be a slight rubbing thing? We got her a plastic cover once but she hated it. Now she just replaces keyboards once a year. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
Apparently, you can get replacement keys. Or, try keyboard stickers, like these. http://www.amazon.com/REPLACE... - bentley
Going the other way, you can buy keyboards that come blank from the factory: http://www.daskeyboard.com/ - Andrew C (✔)
This is happening on my Chromebook right now, so I don't know about replacing the keys, but the 'e' and the 'n' are fading. - Petty LaBelle
I thought it always happened..but I just noticed that my something-like-15-year-old Microsoft Natural wireless keyboard doesn't have this problem. Wonder why that is? (I'm a 70wpm hard-touch touch typist, if that matters.) - Walt Crawford
Julian
When you think of the compact disc, do you think 80s or 90s?
90s. Though I still bought cassettes well into the 90s. - laura x
I have a very distinct memory of the day we bought our first CD player and CDs in 1985. (Lyle Lovett and the Judds). - Rochelle *boom* Hartman
80s; our first CD was Graceland in 1985. We never purchased another LP. - Walt Crawford
I think 1989 through the 90s, as I believe I bought my first CD in 1989. - Corinne L
1988 was my first. - LB's never Kippled
Definitely 1880s. - Todd Hoff
Walt Crawford
Does anybody know who the "OA experts" are for American Libraries Live's November 6 webinar (or whatever it is)? I know the person who wrote a book on OA for ALA Editions was neither asked nor contacted, but that's not a surprise: I'd like to know who the "experts" actually are.
I just sent in an email to Rob at the ALA office. I am curious, too. - Joe
I have my hunches. - Joe
Ten bucks sez Jeffrey Beall. - RepoRat
AGH NO NO I know AL is a little odd sometimes but that? - Walt Crawford
I suspect the American Libraries Live people have nothing to do with the book publishing people and vice versa and they both like it that way. - John Dupuis
That's tricky. A fair number of books and Library Tech Reports wind up with an extracted article/chapter in AL...so there's *some* communication. (It's been a long time since I worked with AL, so don't know any more.) - Walt Crawford
<bump>Anybody find anything out? Either for that or for the LJ thing...oh wait, I see the latter is all about Oxford University Press, which certainly says "what OA's all about" to me! - Walt Crawford
They have some info up on their blog now. Looks like a decent line up: http://americanlibrarieslive.org/blog... - John Dupuis
Thanks. I don't know much about two of the three, but that doesn't mean anything at all. - Walt Crawford
lris
Set up overdrive on my mom's phone. Why oh why isn't that easier?
You have no idea how much easier it is now than it was a few years ago ... - laura x from iPhone
Ah, you have learned to sing the song of my people. - Andy
Oh yes I do. I set mine up a few years ago, and it literally took me all afternoon. - lris
Without enough added friction, our culture will perish. I think I heard that from the Authors Guild. - barbara fister
Barbara: Presumed emphasis on ***our*** culture? That is, the culture controlled by members of the Authors Guild? - Walt Crawford
My county library doesn't have Overdrive, but my parents' does. I promised I'd help my mom set it up on her computer/Kindle, so what I'm hearing here is that it will be a day's work over winter break. - kaijsa
It depends on the skills of the person you are helping, but I've gotten it down to about 10-25 minutes. Still a chunk of time, but not an afternoon. You get really good at it after awhilwe. - Andy
Barbara - I totally had an #iam12 moment reading that first sentence. - Katy S
Walt Crawford
On a lighter note: Perhaps the most unfortunate used-by-the-publisher abbreviation for a health-related journal I've seen lately (oh, go check the link): http://www.researchinpharmacy.com/about
Related: Our annual major fundraiser is Give-a-Gift. Yep. - Rochelle *boom* Hartman
I suspect those were chosen on purpose ;) - Aaron the Librarian from Android
I'm a little suspicious of Meg's example as well, although one never knows. - Walt Crawford
Walt Crawford
Sad little story about Impact Factors and OA: A no-fee gold OA biology journal, cleanly set up (in correct English and without interface garbage!), run on a voluntary basis by to professors for *16 years*--and publishing around 10 papers per year.
But: they decided they had to have an Impact Factor to attract good papers, and a journal has to publish at least 20 papers/year to get an Impact Factor, and they couldn't handle that...so, after 16 years, they're shutting down the journal. - Walt Crawford
If you're wondering: the Egyptian Journal of Biology, http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/~plzfg... - Walt Crawford
thanks for this, bookmarked it as an object lesson in Why JIF Sucks. - RepoRat
Another case study in the suckitude of impact factors that I saw floating around the internets today: http://liorpachter.wordpress.com/2014... - John Dupuis
criminy. - RepoRat
I'll second "criminy." And here I almost majored in mathematics...at UC Berkeley, for that matter. (OK, so I've never been a good enough scholar to get a PhD, but...) - Walt Crawford
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
Walt Crawford
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
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
Marie
Wait, are those RAIN clouds?
It's supposed to rain here in Los Angeles tomorrow. We'll see. - Steve C Team Marina
nope, they are candy clouds! candy corn clouds! - Sir Shuping is just sir
We've been getting 90% chance of rain on Friday throughout the week's forecasts (except one day when it went to 100%). So those clouds around here ( a few hundred miles north of LA) sure better be rain clouds--ideally carrying a lot of snow for the Sierras. - Walt Crawford
No rain in the forecast here - just a few clouds, with wind. Probably only gusting when I'm trying to serve. - Mary B: #TeamMonique
It's quite humid here in Sac. Heavy rains predicted for tomorrow & Saturday. I say BRING IT ON. - Corinne L
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
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
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
Walt Crawford
The way it works for big-name speakers who do something stupid: 1. Don't sue anybody. 2. Issue an insincere apology. 3. Lay low for a couple of months. 4. PROFIT! as all goes back to normal. Am I wrong here?
Not in my humble opinion, but I am not a big name speaker. - ♫Robot Chicken, Trainer♫
SA speaking somewhere? - Joe
I just noted in a recent post on his blog that he talked about using something in future keynotes and speeches. (And, of course, he's on the program at IL, albeit not quite as frequently as some years.) So I'm guessing there continue to be invites... - Walt Crawford
laura x
Greetings from the Iowa Library Association conference, where conference wifi continues to have the problems it did the last time I went to a conference in 2010.
Dr. Who references are not really hitting home with this audience. - laura x from iPhone
FDR references, however, are a hit. - laura x from iPhone
Exec board candidates are making statements that end "so vote for me or any of the other fine candidates." - laura x from iPhone
That's reminiscent of both times I ran for LITA president: running against a friend--both before and after the election---and if we'd had statements I'm sure that how we'd end them. - Walt Crawford
If there is any state that should know about how to run a campaign, it's Iowa. - Andy
maʀtha
I miss the old AL Direct format.
Me, too. They end up in my spam folder now because of the ads. Same with ACRL Update. - kaijsa
i actually get the new one consistently; the old one went to spam probably 80% of the time. - holly #ravingfangirl
I guess all of our email programs vex us in different ways. - kaijsa
Now Choice is all bizarro. - maʀtha
I like that actually have time to go through the new one more consistently than I was able to with the old format, but I'm not actually a fan of the new format either. - John: Thread Killer
well, and the content isn't very interesting. plus, big old ad in the middle - maʀtha
What martha said. It used to have interesting stuff in it, towards the bottom, all the way down.... - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
For AL direct, I used to start reading it from the bottom up. - Joe
yep - maʀtha
John: You should have time; AFAICT, both weekly editions of the new format, once you ignore the advertorials, have a lot less content than one-half of the old format's weekly. - Walt Crawford
yep - maʀtha
RepoRat
Seems like we haven't done a random poll in a while, so. Author, artist, musician, or other creator that you like but someone important in your life can't stand?
Kate Rusby. Don't ask me why, but the huz just cannot with her. Whereas he is forbidden from playing Led Zep in my presence because NOPE. - RepoRat
is it because led zeppelin sings about hobbits and shit? - kendrak
I just can't stand 'em, no matter what they're screaming about. - RepoRat
Although I don't listen to his ditties much anymore either, I'm afraid it's Johann Sebastian Bach; my wife finds him far too repetitive. - Walt Crawford
my husband hates jazz. all jazz. even jazz influences in other genres. except the occasional band that he doesn't believe is jazz no matter how many times i insist on it. meanwhile half my cd collection is jazz. good thing we mostly overlap-or-are-indifferent otherwise. - Marianne
I am kinda the jazz hater in my relationships. To be fair, I don't hate ALL jazz, just the experimental/freeform/super noodle-y stuff. So basically the stuff people who love jazz often love the most. - kaijsa
My mother hates Tori Amos. In better news, though, I seem to be converting Peter into a Dylan fan. - laura x
Uck, Tori Amos. Maybe I'm just a hater in general. A long-term bf of mine from my 20s was into Primus. I was like, NOPE. - kaijsa
i don't think there's anything musically, though i hate books and he's an avid reader. he also hates soccer. - kendrak
I get a lot of ribbing at home about my enjoyment of "middle aged/older women solving murders" television (Murder She Wrote, Agatha Christie, Rosemary and Thyme, etc) but he'll sit through them. - Hedgehog
heeeeeeeeey Rosemary and Thyme is awesome. - RepoRat
I love a lady sleuth myself. - kaijsa
My guy digs Tom Waits like whoa but all I hear is screeching and moaning. - Marie
I can't think of anything of mine that C truly can't stand, but he can listen to his Jethro Tull SOMEPLACE ELSE DEAR GOD. - Catherine Pellegrino from iPod
You all can have the lady sleuth party and I will have the Jethro Tull/Tom Waits/Led Zeppelin party. On vinyl. - laura x from iPhone
My hubs is not a fan of Adele or Beyoncé and I'm a big fan of both. But he's into all kinds of terrible contemporary country that makes me gag, so... - Laura Krier
I like ABBA - particularly loud when I'm cleaning. M can't stand any disco - Christina Pikas from iPhone
I really can't think of anything that falls into this category, unless Sarah tried to make me look at cadaver anatomy pics or something. I've fallen in love with lots of artists because of Sarah, though: Richard Thompson (!!!), Virginia Woolf, E. M. Forster, Oysterband, Maddy Prior... Okay, sometimes I get sick of Elvis Costello, but I don't hate him, I just can't listen to him for days upon days like some people. - maʀtha
I tease the mister all the time about his second tier prog rock collection (Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Yes, etc.) and Rush. Although Rush is redeemed in my eyes because they did a song with Aimee Mann. - Elizabeth Brown
Spouse is not a big fiction reader (!!), reads a lot but almost exclusively non-fiction. This boggles my mind. Over time, I've pushed spouse towards fiction and he's pushed me towards non-fiction. So, weirdly, almost any fiction I read is something where I tell him about it and he's like "meh, when I have time", which often means never. - Regular Amanda
My wife can't stand Aimee Bender but I love her writing. Also, she really despises most 1970s music (there are artists she likes but not many) while I am a big fan of 1970s music. ABBA is a perfect example. :) - John: Thread Killer
My ex-husband didn't like ANYTHING I liked, books, music, or otherwise. My current husband and I are pretty well meshed, and he complains very little about my choices. <---- LIFE LESSON. - Jenica
Woody Allen's Annie Hall. I'm Yay and she is Nope. - ♫Robot Chicken, Trainer♫
My cats put up with my choices, on the whole. They do prefer I read e-books to paper, because I don't have to lift my cat-petting hand to turn pages as often. - Louise "Weezy" Alcorn
Oh Woody Allen. I just have an irrational Nope to it all. I'm sure some stuff is really good, but just Nope. - Regular Amanda
Woody Allen reminded me that with one exception, all my closest friends hate Roman Polanski and by extension, his work. He may be an odious person, but Rosemary's Baby is my all-time fave film, and I really like his other work (esp. Repulsion, Chinatown, The Pianist). - kaijsa
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