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aaron
Feeling like uploading a fake paper on our edu site to get in indexed in Google scholar as an example...should I?
Maybe put a fake author name on it? - Joe - Systems Analyst
Couldnt you just use us as examples? I know I'm indexed and Dorothea has a nice page with lots of stuff - Hedgehog from Android
I'd follow Abigail's suggestion and use someone you know is legit. - ~Courtney F
That researcher Labbe' did some fake papers - you could use that example if you want to show gaming. - Christina Pikas from iPhone
You can certainly use my page if you'd like--loads of stuff, most of it not really scholarly. (But then, there are dozens of LSWers with Google Scholar pages). Here's my link, which as it turns out is fully searchable in Google: http://scholar.google.com/citatio... - Walt Crawford
Of course, there's tons of stuff in the databases that isn't scholarly. I'm just saying. - maʀtha
I usually show http://digibug.ugr.es/bitstre... , but I thought it would have more punch if I did my own example with a fun title. Was thinking of using fake author, but didn't consider doing it on a real author. I could use my own Google citations profile actually for the later. Is not like I am evaluated on citations so I don't care if it keeps messed up really. - aaron
My experience using "fake" is that it undermines the learning you are going for because people believe they would just always recognize the fake (even if they just didn't). FWIW. - Lisa Hinchliffe
Walt Crawford
Dear author: If you understand English well enough to write a journal article, and you're determined to submit it to a journal whose name ends Journal of Business Intelligents....well, ain't a lot we can do to help. Although the $150 would pay for a really good meal somewhere...
Or a whole shelf full of books on grammar and composition. Or a cheap plane ticket. Or several meals of lesser expense but quite good quality. Or.... - laura x from iPhone
Well, yes. For me, that would pay for 18 good lunches or five good dinners. Mostly, nobody who's concerned about English--at all--is going to submit an article to that journal. - Walt Crawford
Eric - Watch Me Now
On top of Heartbleed. This is why I pay for @LastPass. http://blog.lastpass.com/2014...
On top of Heartbleed. This is why I pay for @LastPass. http://blog.lastpass.com/2014/04/lastpass-now-checks-if-your-sites-are.html?m=1
Interesting but troublesome. LastPass, which I've never heard of, informs me that two banking/investment sites are absolutely positively unsafe, when those sites have assured me that they are not affected. So do I believe people *liable for restoring money* if they're wrong, or LastPass? - Walt Crawford
Oh: One exception: the bank I use most often, a little tiny bank that's one of America's five largest, returns a "are you sure this site exists?" message. That gives me loads of confidence--that, and that LastPass never once returned a positive message. - Walt Crawford
Hmm. Just read Mashable's story. In *every single case* (all five that I'd checked) the sites LastPass tells me either don't exist or are vulnerable are sites that Mashable reports as not affected. - Walt Crawford
For me, some of them are a bit misleading -- Amazon itself isn't affected, but their webservices are, so they're listed. I'm falling in 'better safe than sorry' territory with most of my sites, and am just working through each one as they pop up and changing them. LastPass itself makes this fairly easy, and I updated my master password there as well. - Jennifer Dittrich
As a subscriber, I just went through and changed Tumblr and Woot, but waiting on Amazon, NetFlix, and Gmail due to certificates. - Eric - Watch Me Now
Yeah, I'm not sure about the gmail one - some articles quote them saying they've addressed it, but all of the certs I'm seeing are at least a month old and use TLS 1.2 - Jennifer Dittrich
Not as big a deal for GMail for me since I use two factor authentication. Also, turn on two factor authentication if you haven't yet. - Eric - Watch Me Now
I had such an overwhelmingly horrible experience with google's two-factor login that I'm a little gun-shy on that one. - Jennifer Dittrich
"Tis a pain in the ass. - Eric - Watch Me Now
Stephen Francoeur
Catherine Pellegrino, "Walking the walk may be trickier than it first appears: An open access publishing story," Spurious Tuples - http://www.spurioustuples.net/...
Pull quote: “Dear [Name]: Thank you for sending the publishing agreement for Johns Hopkins University Press and portal. I’m very pleased to see that I will retain the right to post a copy of the article on my personal or institutional repository or online site. Retaining the copyright to my professional work is also important to me, so I’m wondering if there is an alternate agreement, or if the current agreement can be altered, so that I retain the copyright but the Press still has the ability to do what it needs to do with the content. If not, the current agreement is fine and I will happily sign, [etc.]. But if an alternate agreement is possible, I would prefer to pursue that option. Sincerely, etc.” - Stephen Francoeur
I sometimes wonder whether almost every publisher has an Alternate Contract in hand (ALA divisional journals used to, before the best ones went straight OA, and all of the book publishers I've worked with do--the "you keep your copyright" clause is clearly, clearly well-prepared in advance). Actually, strike that: I now *assume* that all but the skeeviest publishers and the OA ones have Alternate Contracts ready. - Walt Crawford
["and the OA ones" because those shouldn't be asking for copyright assignment in any case, although some of them seem to.] - Walt Crawford
My dad just asked for and got a similar license for his forthcoming book. Woo! - lris
Great. This really is in the "it never hurts to ask" category, and that alternate agreement is likely to be there just waiting to be asked for. - Walt Crawford
To expand a little on the principle that "almost every [non-skeevy] publisher has an alternate contract in hand," when I first asked the managing editor, she honestly didn't know, and had to ask around. And the alternate contract that she eventually was able to find is clearly of an older vintage (she admitted to this up front) but is still apparently legally binding. (It also asked for... more... - Catherine Pellegrino
And then also, regarding the "never hurts to ask" principle: I really, REALLY have to see this as intimately connected to the "women don't negotiate because we're not idiots" principle. I added that footnote to the blog post about the whole Nazareth College fiasco precisely because I think it's relevant. An accepted article CAN be un-accepted. Which is why the wording and tone of the email I sent had to be so, so, SO carefully-calibrated. I really cannot emphasize this strongly enough. - Catherine Pellegrino
When I was initially casting about for homes for this article (I can't find the post now, because Friendfeed is a new service and they're still working out the kinks) I was given advice to submit it to various journals and "just add the SPARC addendum." Which was well-intentioned but not especially helpful: what if the journal said no to the SPARC addendum? (I had no way to efficiently... more... - Catherine Pellegrino
amazing how often bad unreflected-on advice contains the word "just." - RepoRat
I'd never suggest that my advice is good advice, but I wonder whether a journal that unaccepts a paper because you ask about an alternative contract is a journal you want to deal with. Easy for me to say, of course... - Walt Crawford
I asked for an alternate agreement from Springer and didn't get them, so I turned down doing the chapter. I did not even bother to ask the NYT, and I signed the draconian contract, because NYT. - laura x
Walt, by the time you discover it's a journal you don't want to deal with, you're already dealing with them. - Catherine Pellegrino
Ain't it the truth? It took me a year after LHT News was purchased by what's now Emerald before I realized that I had no business writing for them, even if the money was OK. - Walt Crawford
John Dupuis
RT @bfister: @waltcrawford on The Sting: since OA jls pubbed by Elsevier, Wolters-Kluwer, and SAGE accepted fake article, we should condemn THEM. Okay.
Works for me. - RepoRat
I must admit, I think this essay's considerably better than the Beall one, speaking only as the author. Dunno whether it will get the astonishing readership counts (around 500 as of right now). - Walt Crawford
Naughty, naughty, Springer. - RepoRat
[Just under 900 downloads now; very strong for one week, not quite at Beall levels.] - Walt Crawford
I'm interested to see whether any other scholarly publishing association even comments on the Springer/IEEE issue...full disclosure, PLOS has a seat on OASPA board and the person who holds it reports to me. - Cameron Neylon
Oh, I'm pretty sure they'll shut up. They know they have skeletons in their own closets. If anybody speaks up it'll be NPG, because they have a small stable they're relatively confident in. - RepoRat
Yep, but I would love to see RvN call out STM or AAP on whether they will be doing anything... - Cameron Neylon
That would be amusing! - RepoRat
Glen Campbell
Is FriendFeed still down?
let me check ... - MoTO ChilliSauce
There's this really cool web site that tells you. No, wait, that says if it's dead, not if it's down. - Bruce Lewis
Downforeveryoneorjustme.com says....friendfeed is up, though I may be wrong. I may be dreaming. - Steel Penguin Slippy
Yes, which is why you didn't post this and I'm not responding. Oh, wait... - Walt Crawford
FriendFeed.com sleeping is unproductive and a waste of time - Amit Patel
(Curtis/Alan) Jackson
Things I dislike #1453: That instant of realization that instead of clicking to an existing tab, you just clicked the "X" to close it. (And the panicked attempt to click on the tab to try and somehow override the action.)
reopen and check history? - Big Joe Silence
There should be an panic override function built into all browsers. - Jim is digging out.
If I'm not mistaken, there is/was an extension for Firefox that allowed you to undelete a tab. But I uninstalled it for some reason, probably because I seem to have to blast all add-ins and extensions periodically when everything slows to a crawl. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Chrome has "reopen last closed tab" or something similar as a right-click function on the tabs bar. I use it quite often. - SAM from iPhone
I thought ctrl-shift-T reopens the last closed tab in most browsers (several in reverse order, on Firefox at least. Possibly all of them, but I've never gone that far.) Long-pressing the new tab button on Dolphin for IPad also reopens the last closed tab. - Andrew C (✔)
Well I'll be jiggered! Both of those just worked for me in Chrome! Somebody ought to 'splain this stuff to me! - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
My wife somehow discovered ctrl-shift-T, which appears to work most everywhere... - Walt Crawford
Being able to bring back the tab in no way lessens the panic/frustration at accidentally closing it. :) - (Curtis/Alan) Jackson
I haven't tested it, but I'm guessing any comment text entered into the text/edit box, but not yet posted, is lost upon tab restoration. That happens ALL THE TIME when I'm using my tablet. One misplaced finger and all is lost in an instant. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
I think Firefox brings back the text box contents, actually. But even if it didn't, I have a Firefox extension that auto-caches text box contents for just such eventualities. - Andrew C (✔)
John Dupuis
RT @mchris4duke: False dichotomies or no false dichotomies?: The future of writing abt the future of libraries http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jane-ca...
"Data tells us that the circulation of print collections in academic libraries is decreasing." Well...in the majority of academic libraries over time, maybe, but not even close to all of them. Translation: "The story we're all going with is that circulation is dying." - Walt Crawford
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
RT @ladybits: This is what it's like to be a woman at a Bitcoin meet-up https://medium.com/ladybit...
RT @ladybits: This is what it's like to be a woman at a Bitcoin meet-up https://medium.com/ladybits-on-medium/864104ee0822
Sheesh. What is wrong with some dudes? - Victor Ganata
Yeah... the unfortunate incident described in this article greatly bothers me. - Julian
I like how she handled herself too. I would have overreacted. She kept her cool and proved how smart she is. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Reminds me of articles I've read about women in gaming and how they are often treated. - Corinne L
The most interesting aspect of this for me is that she chose to just put up with the alleged behavior and then later write about it. Zulema commented that she would have overreacted. The one thing the article didn’t address is the perceived results of having reacted (or overreacted) at the time. It’s easy to write from the comfort of your keyboard but from the midst of the fray? I don’t pretend to understand what women face, especially in the geek world, but that was what was most curious to me. - Akiva
Gawful as this is (and it is), I wonder if it doesn't also say something about a lot of the folks who are invested in Bitcoin (philosophically and/or financially). This sounds even worse than the usual tech/fratboy casual sexism. (That is, the portion of tech that consists of fratboys--not all of tech, and not confined to tech.) (And if you prefer "boymen" to "fratboys," that's OK too.) - Walt Crawford
I just tried to put Walt’s comment through Google Translate to get it into English and all I got back was this... :( - Akiva
Akiva - that was actually part of what bugged me the most. I mean, you don't want to be "that girl," and once you are, people just dismiss you. The situation isn't good, but it could get so much worse - and then you'll have no way to be a part of the community you're trying to join. Walt - this sounds pretty normal, and that's part of why she mentions a couple of times that this isn't particularly isolated, but is being used as an example. - Jennifer Dittrich
Really? I didn't think it was that obscure. 1. The well-told story speaks of extreme casual misogyny/sexism. 2. There's a lot of that in tech, and there are a lot of Peter Pan types in tech. 3. I do wonder about bitcoin and the folks who are deeply (emotionally) invested in it. And, yeah, :( also. - Walt Crawford
I thought you had blocked me awhile ago so I was just being silly, Walt. Your point was clear. I was just being a bit of an ass. I just want to put out there that we have one side of a story and if, and especially if, that story has traction because of precedence, it doesn’t automatically make later reports any more or less true. But, seriously, grabbing some random girl at a meet-up like that? Regardless of any of this, you don’t do that. It’s a pretty awful situation. - Akiva
I absolutely agree: Even by Peter Pan standards, actually grabbing somebody is WAY out of line. (And I'm no fan of Peter Pan "standards" that treat women as irrelevant in far too many fields.) - Walt Crawford
Agreed completely over here. To put it another way, if you wouldn’t do it to another guy, why is it okay to do it to a girl? - Akiva
That's public-transit level creepery. - Jennifer Dittrich
I thought it was just me that thought that was crazy. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Akiva: I'd put it a little more strongly: *EVEN IF* you would do it to another guy, unsolicited touching or grabbing a woman is just plain not acceptable. - Walt Crawford
Victor Ganata
RT @kyliu99: I mistyped “take this oat” instead of “oath” multiple times in this translation. The result is … interesting.
That's for when a Quaker has to testify in court. - Betsy
(Oh, c'mon. A two-level joke and no one says anything?) - Betsy
Sometimes groans don't translate well to comments. - Walt Crawford
*grin* - Betsy
Walt Crawford
Just what I needed on Friday evening of a, well, tricky week: Peter Suber praised my Bohannon/sting essay on Google+. My week's just gotten much, much better.
No, I don't know how to link to it, or I would. He was commenting on an OATP note on the essay. Google+ has become something of a focal point for OA folk, much like FF for a few hundred library types. - Walt Crawford
https://plus.google.com/u... - Actually similar to Friendfeed. The link is in the "time since post" text. This link works for me anyway. - Cameron Neylon
Cameron: Thanks. For some reason, I wasn't getting a link when I did hover-overs anywhere. Maybe just wasn't paying attention. (Admittedly, if it wasn't for OA/Suber, I might not use G+ at all, and as it is it's infrequent.) - Walt Crawford
Heather Piwowar
"high cost of hybrid #OA publishing, which we have found to be nearly 2x that of born-digital fully OA journals" http://blog.wellcome.ac.uk/2014...
I find it increasingly difficult to think of "hybrid" OA as not being the *true* predatory OA publishing. Esp. since I still haven't seen any demonstrations that paying up front actually lowers subscription/license costs down the line. - Walt Crawford
I believe there's a publisher or two who'll reduce library subscriptions proportionately to OA articles they publish. Can't remember who they are though. - Deborah Fitchett
OUP claims that it will do that for its journals, I believe. - DJF
or was it RSC? One of the British ones, I know that. - DJF
Oh, several publishers--almost every hybrid OA publisher--have said that. It's demonstrating that they actually do it that's the trick. (If a hybrid OA publisher doesn't at least claim it, it's just plain double-dipping. "Fraud" is such an actionable word...) - Walt Crawford
Walt Crawford
Well *that* makes my day: Turns out (as somebody finally informed me) that I can't get both bolded emphasis in quoted material *and* working hyperlinks, not without actually spending several times as much on C&I software/hardware as the "support" I've received so far. Not ready yet to pull the plug, but getting closer.
Thousands will read, but three will support. That's the message I'm hearing. I finally realized that public librarians are, almost without exception, not interested in hearing what I have to say (or at least not $10 interested). Maybe it's time for a broader realization. - Walt Crawford
Walt Crawford
Neat thing on yesterday's hike (on a road because of heavy rain making most trails muddy, but the road has spectacular views and one-truck-per-three-hours traffic): A hummingbird flew up to me, sat in front of my face (maybe a foot away) for 2-3 seconds seeing whether I might be a flower, then flew away.
Also tiny amounts of snow on the foothills just south of Livermore...snow the way I like it, nearby but not actually in town. (Probably more on Mt. Diablo, but it was too cloud-shrouded to tell.) - Walt Crawford
Zamms
When the name read backwards, you've had enough. - Walt Crawford
Ooo, I thought it was Cyrillic! - Zamms
Walt Crawford
Good news for my public library: They apparently found a new operator for the coffee shop at the library (the old one shut down a couple of months ago). Also a name I bet nobody's ever used before: The Daily Grind.
OK, so not real original, but it's a great space and was always actively used, but apparently not profitable enough under the old more-or-less-a-full-deli model. Maybe this time. Notably, it will open at 7 a.m. on weekdays, hours before the library does. - Walt Crawford
Julian
When is it bad form to use a gift card or other similar discount?
When it's for a different store. Otherwise, I got nothin' - Walt Crawford
On a date (pre-relationship)? Or in a situation where you are supposed to be "treating" someone else? - Meg VMeg
Let's go with somewhere in between. For example, I have a gift card for a restaurant. I would rather not use it on just myself. - Julian
I've shared those with friends, with part of the invitation being that we'd be spending the gift card :D - Jennifer Dittrich
Just say "I have a gift card for ___ . How'd you like to help me spend it?" - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
Mary Carmen
In what can only be described as a bout of insanity, I completed today's 5 miles by walking 2mins, followed by jogging for 30 secs. The best thing I can say is that it went by quick and at least the running got easier as time passed. Otherwise, you running people would have been mortified by my form.
jogging for 30 seconds or 30 minutes? Cause if it's 30 minutes damn, that's kind of an intense start. - ellbeecee
(note that either is awesome :) ) - ellbeecee
No, seconds! JFC no way minutes. Let me edit that. - Mary Carmen
Intervals are a fantastic way to start out. Great job, MC! - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
I can double-dog guarantee you that your running form is better than mine. And your persistence is inspiring. - Walt Crawford
Thanks, Tam! Walt, thank you, that was great to hear today. - Mary Carmen
Go you! - Jenica
Intervals is how I was trained to do the marathon (and how I trained myself to be ready for the training). - Betsy
Son of Groucho
Everything You Hate About Advertising in One Fake Video That's Almost Too Real | Adweek - http://www.adweek.com/adfreak...
"Well, this is hilarious on a few different levels. Stock video provider Dissolve has taken the text of Kendra Eash's brilliant advertising takedown, "This Is a Generic Brand Video," originally published by McSweeney's, and set it to actual stock video clips. The company explains: "The minute we saw Kendra Eash's brilliant 'This Is a Generic Brand Video' on McSweeney's, we knew it was our moral imperative to make that generic brand video so. No surprise, we had all the footage." The results, narrated by Dallas McClain, are outstanding. You've seen all of this footage in ads from major brands. It's everywhere. And it's great that a stock video house would so gleefully celebrate the soul-sucking manipulations for which its offerings are generally used. Watch below, and have a great self-hating rest of your afternoon." - Son of Groucho from Bookmarklet
I finally watched the video--and now I wanna buy me some GB stuff! Maybe even their stock! It will make me feel good. Right? (If there aren't already Generic Brand Granola Bars and Multivitamins on the market, there will be.) - Walt Crawford
Walt Crawford
Hmm. I objected to a term I considered demeaning, and was informed that the group that uses it considers it a standard and accepted term, therefore... well, therefore I'm not sure what. I won't push the issue, but it's interesting that the group using a term gets to decide whether it's demeaning or not.
If the term is referring to the group itself then... well, yes? Who else should get to decide? - Deborah Fitchett
What's the term? - Andy
"paraprofessional" - Deborah: No, it's librarians referring to non-MLS-holders who work in libraries. Not a big deal, but a long-time irritant. Esp. since the blogger in question assured me that, oh, *I* was a librarian. Which I'm not. - Walt Crawford
Actually, Deborah, I can think of one good-size group in the U.S., at least, that cheerfully uses a term among/for themselves and will *correctly* be really pissed at anyone outside the group using it for them. I suspect there are others. - Walt Crawford
(I like the blogger who did this, and I don't want to make a big deal of it, but the Para Word has bugged me for a few, oh, decades. Even when, or especially when, the speaker makes Exceptions for a few of us Special Cases.) - Walt Crawford
Oh, right. Yes, I think the "No, they can't take offense at my word for them because it's the proper word" approach is a tad one-eyed. [As is (as you say) the "They're reclaiming for themselves this incredibly painful word and therefore it's totally okay for me to use it too" approach.] And the "But it's okay, *you're* not a mere X" line just makes it very clear it's all about perceived superiority. - Deborah Fitchett
did you suggest an alternative word? (for example, we say "staff" instead here, since that's their official designation from the university too) - ~Courtney F
I wondered about this too. Our staff once embraced the para word; they didn't find it demeaning, but now we tend to say "staff" which may or may not be inclusive of the library faculty, depending on the context. Jacob was arguing that the term "librarian' is appropriate for people who work in libraries regardless of whether or not they hold a master's degree, which he feels isn't... more... - barbara fister
In the patron (or 'user' if you must) view, anyone who works in a library is a librarian - even the student workers. The phrase "the user isn't broken" should apply here - awd
I didn't suggest an alternative, but "staff" would have been great. Aaron: I'm a "patron" person, but at least "user" is better than...ugh..."customer." I understand Jacob's argument; I was objecting to the term, not the post. Although, actually, I disagree, since that makes the degree (which my wife has and I was too lazy/scared to get) even less worthwhile. - Walt Crawford
Staff can definitely be confusing when you have faculty employees. Sometimes an "all-staff" meeting means all of us, and sometimes I show up and am told that faculty are not included. #academiclibraryproblems. We say staff here, and sometimes are more specific when referring to a library specialist or a library assistant. I like "library workers," personally, or even "library professionals." - kaijsa
"Library workers" is fine. I consider myself a library professional, so can't object to that. - Walt Crawford
Walt Crawford
Reading this, I'm afraid my primary reaction was "if only Eisen would claim that his dismissal of libraries as pointless was actually an early April Fool's prank gone bad." No such luck. http://www.michaeleisen.org/blog...
If you're wondering about what Eisen said to piss me off...well, it's in the May 2014 Cites & Insights, but I'm not announcing that issue today for what should be obvious reasons (altho' those clever with URL formation could possibly find it). Here's the article in question: http://alumni.berkeley.edu/califor... - Walt Crawford
Walt Crawford
We gave up on HIMYM at the start of the 2012-13 season; it just got to be too...well, anyway. We'll probably catch those two seasons on DVD at some point. Meanwhile, watched "Liberal Arts" last Saturday, which is very much a Josh Radnor project.
Which is to say: He wrote it, he directed it, he stars in it, he's one of the producers. And, you know, it's pretty good. We enjoyed it quite a bit. - Walt Crawford
Mr. Gunn
Fahey: The impetus behind facilitating collaboration is to make all universities one powerful collective. [Wow]
That's almost as bad an idea as making all public libraries into One Big Library. - Walt Crawford
But on the plus side, there's no chance of it ever happening. - Deborah Fitchett
Stephen Francoeur
Working in bk publishing industry taught me that a table of contents is labeled just "Contents." Why do my ebooks use "Table of Contents?"
One guess: some (most, I think) of the automatic designs for inserting contents into Word documents based on heading styles use the label "Table of Contents" and I'd bet other programs do the same. - Walt Crawford
Maybe it's just a Kindle thing. I had noticed this just today while reading an Amazon ebook. But just now I looked at the ebooks I've bought via Google and there just "Contents" is used within individual ebooks. - Stephen Francoeur
m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
Last month I paid off my "big" credit card. Today I paid off my Amazon card, and thanks to the Kindle credits, I won't be paying for this month's books, so I AM DEBT-FREE AT LAST!!
That's awesome - Shevonne
At least until the next big expense. I did the "snowball" thing. I paid off my car just when I retired, and used the erstwhile car payment to pay down my credit card. I'm lucky that I already own my house and now my car. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
Congratulations!!! Whatta a huge thing to accomplish. - Lnorigb
It wasn't easy. I started by not using the oddball store and gas cards I had. Paid them off in turn and was left with one card with the biggest credit limit, which really piled up what with a new furnace among other things. Got an Amazon card for online expenses. Now I just have monthly expenses on the online card, plus All Those Books. Still have the "big" card but I hope to be able to pay back anything I use that for in the future. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
you are an inspiration! kudos! - t-ra: lose,find,repeat
thats great.. being debt free" - Peter Dawson
m9m: I assume the One Big Card pays 1% (or 1.5%) cash back? If not, get one that does...at this point you should have a great credit rating. Yes, being wholly debt free is wonderful. - Walt Crawford
WOO HOO! - Soup in a TARDIS
Jessie
Student claims college instructor spent months teaching class the 'wrong' course | khou.com Houston - http://www.khou.com/news...
Student claims college instructor spent months teaching class the 'wrong' course | khou.com Houston
"For college students, a straight-A average is a crucial building block on the road to success, but imagine having that average jeopardized because of a teacher’s mistake. That’s what Lauren Firmin claims happened in her Fall 2013 semester at Lonestar College- University Park in northwest Harris County. The class she had enrolled in and thought she was taking was an ‘Intro to Chemistry’ course, a study of the basics of the science. Yet this student with a 4.0 grade average found herself unexpectedly struggling with the material. “I was getting 40’s on every test,” said Firmin. “I studied as hard as I could, did everything in my power to try.” Then, shortly before the class’ final exam, Firmin claims teacher Thao Shirley Nguyen admitted something. “She told her mistake in class to all of the students,” Firmin told the KHOU 11 News I-Team. And the mistake: “She was teaching general chemistry, another course, all semester.”" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Uh-oh. - Anne Bouey
And in all that time not one student asked for clarification, asked a tutor, went to the dept head, checked the syllabus, researched the textbook..... - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
Sounds about right for people taught to do as their told without any critical thinking skills. - Anika
And that's what happens when we teach to the standardized tests, folks. Rote memory is all we care about. Can't be having generations of youths with critical thinking or analytical skills, now can we? - Hookuh Tinypants
I mean, honestly, I sympathize and all. The teacher made a huge mistake. But there were how many kids in that class? And not one single student took it upon themselves to question the situation? I mean, there's a huge difference between Intro to Chem and General Chem. HUGE. The fact that the class assumed that they already knew things should have been the big tip-off. Also, didn't... more... - Hookuh Tinypants
(Also? The instant that student realized she couldn't get above a 40 on the tests, why didn't she either drop with a W or switch to credit-no credit grading? I notice that the school does indeed offer that option. What, did someone else have to think of that for her too?) - Hookuh Tinypants
My second semester of Chem was tough, but after every test we went over it briefly. One test was particularly hard and no one did well, so the teacher went question-by-question to see where the problems were. Having 4 questions no one could answer was pretty obvious. I'm blown away that the teacher didn't notice how poorly everyone was doing and that none of the students got together to try and figure out their issues. - Heather, 30k Camper
That entire class, professor included, is a study in Darwinism for sure. - Hookuh Tinypants
We had a lecturer in my 1st year at uni that was truly dreadful, so much so that we all banded together and lodged a complaint, a meeting with the disgruntled students was arranged, which I also attended and we made our concerns clear. He was eventually replaced, but what's tragic about our story is that the end result was exactly what he wanted, he didn't want to teach and so sabotaged... more... - Halil
My son is a math major at UTSA, and he has a similar problem this semester. He's taking two different statistics classes (upon the recommendation of his advisor) that are teaching identical content. Basically, the same stuff in both courses, with different textbooks, for two course credits. - Glen Campbell
Also, I rolled my eyes a little at this: "For college students, a straight-A average is a crucial building block on the road to success". It really depends on your field. Yes, grades are important, but for some grad programs, work experience is a bigger factor than whether you got A's in all your classes. - Jessie
M9M, Hookuh: That was my immediate reaction before getting to your comments. "Really? You're getting straight A's in everything, suddenly you're flunking exams...and you don't bother to find out why?" - Walt Crawford
Also, re that straight-A claim: Damn, I'm glad I've been away from college for 45+ years. Straight A's at Berkeley in the 60s usually meant you were a superbeing or a jock. - Walt Crawford
what I thought when I saw this was how the hell did the professor not question the fact that so many students were failing the class? also i get that she's new, but...how did no one explain to her the difference between intro and gen chem? and what everyone else has already said about the students...i mean geeze, i would have been asking questions on why i was flunking and not just... more... - Sir Shuping is just sir
LB: Ratchet Bear
I'm "Who shot JR?" old.
I'm "Watergate is interrupting my afternoon cartoons" old - A Gunny named Slickback
I'm "too old to have a convenient catch phrase, a few months after VJ day" old--maybe "What's an A-bomb?"? - Walt Crawford
I'm practice getting under the desk in case of nuclear bomb attack old. I'm also rotary dial phone old. - Joe - Systems Analyst
I'm transistor radio, WLS-AM rock'in it old. - Jen
I'm "waiting for Star Wars action figures to be released" old. - Steele Lawman
I'm "Iran-Contra hearings are messing with my cartoons" old. - Jed from iPhone
I'm "See the USA in your Chevrolet" old. - Greg GuitarBuster
i'm "It was 20 years ago today Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play" old. - Big Joe Silence
I'm "Welcome to Fantasy Island" old. - Marie
I'm "Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster" old. - Steven Perez
Walt and I are too old to be Boomers old. I am VJ Day old. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
I'm "Why does Reagan always schedule his stupid speeches when Cosby Show is supposed to be on?" old. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
I believe I am a candle in the wind old. - Mike Nencetti
I'm "Warsaw Pact" old, though I don't feel a day older than the Cuban missile crisis. - Ken Morley
I'm "The Young Doctors" old. - Melly
I'm "Gemini and Apollo launches" old. :) - LoisMarketing
I'm "48 HRS" old. - Julian
I'm "Well... Gee Wally...?" old. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
I'm "Can I have one with butter please?" old - Melly
i'm "wish you were here" old - chaz2b
Meg VMeg
Irrationally biased against resumes involving color.
I see nothing irrational in this. - ellbeecee
What ellbee sez. - Walt Crawford
what type of colors are we talking about? the favorite one I saw used a yellow font on white paper. with some pink thrown in for good measure - Sir Shuping is just sir
Any color whatsoever (though I'm fine if email addresses and URLs are incidentally blue). Like, even if the effect is aesthetically pleasing and the information is well laid out, I just hate it on some kind of principle. - Meg VMeg
I prefer resumes with some design sense. *shrug* Possibly an allergic reaction to CVs, which ugh, so ugly and hard to scan. - RepoRat
I am irrational biased against resumes involving the movie Colors. I can check IMDB to check if you're in it. - Zamms
I like small color accents, but I hate when they use text boxes in Word, and then don't convert to PDF, so you see boxes of dashed lines all over the whole thing when looking at it electronically. - LibrarianOnTheLoose
What about, say, a résumé that appears on a website that already has a theme involving color? Should it appear on an unthemed page? - Mark Trapp
I'm okay with tasteful use of color in HTML/web-based resumes. It's only the PDFs and Word docs where it bothers me. Clearly I am insane. - Meg VMeg
Mark, that I'd expect it to be themed as the site, but give me a link to a pdf too because I still need to be able to print it off and mark it up (well, if you're an actual applicant. And in that case I'd have expected you to attach your resume/cv to an email and make my life easier) - ellbeecee
ellbeecee: oh sure, definitely on the PDF alternative. Meg: nah, I totally agree, though maybe for different reasons. My feeling is that Word docs and PDFs have an implied "this may be printed" contract associated with them that web/HTML does not, and I don't want to go all wasting my precious color ink on some superfluous coloring. I guess I could always just check "B&W" when printing, but that's an extra step that's not needed! I dunno, maybe we're both insane. - Mark Trapp
Walt Crawford
Tiny personal technology triumph today. Forced to switch to VDSL last week (I posted about that earlier), and the shipped equipment is a modem/wifi combo. Since we already have a reasonably secure wifi net set up with our owned router, didn't want the combo to be working as a router. AT&T guy said "just don't connect to it."
But, after three or four days using it, suddenly saw fifth light on: "Wireless." Checked, and there was suddenly a new wifi net with the name provided by AT&T (with a ten-digit password). No obvious way in setup instructions to turn off the wifi. - Walt Crawford
But, navigating the menus of AT&T's Uverse site, finally got to specific instructions to connect to the modem/router; easy process to turn off the wireless portion. Shazam: the light went out. (Not paranoid, but just as soon avoid *any* chance of outsiders using our data allocation.) - Walt Crawford
(I read that as modem/wife combo) - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Oh, I guarantee that the modem/wife combo was a primary reason we were upset when AT&T switched the ADSL to VDSL 12 hours early...if I had gone on my usual hike, my wife would have been *damned* upset about losing a half-day of access! - Walt Crawford
I'm going through the forced migration from DSL to Uverse now. Not a happy customer. - Greg GuitarBuster
Have to admit: the "Uverse" has been working more reliably than DSL was, although since the speed cap--and the fastest available--is still around 2.5mbps, I'm not sure it has much relationship to real U-verse, like my brother has across town. I wonder whether our neighborhood's underground utilities have something to do with it, or objections to the big ugly U-verse distribution boxes...or there just isn't enough local interest? - Walt Crawford
[That is: we *can't* get U-verse TV, and we *can't* sign up for a true high-speed broadband package, e.g., 5 or 10 or 20mbps.] - Walt Crawford
John Dupuis
RT @mridley: Yes libraries have challenges & yes some are urgent. But we are also doing amazing things as @janeschmidt reminds us http://incidentalacademic.wordpress.com/2014...
Yep. I have to admit, every time I see some promo for that "Do libraries have five years to live?" conference or whatever it is, I have the urge to scream. Unfortunately, "Does phony catastrophism have five years to live?" is an equally absurd question. - Walt Crawford
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