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Walt Crawford
Odd and presumably coincidental nearness: I'm processing the "third group" of journals (DOAJ, English, not in the first two groups, not bio/biomed/medical--around 3,300 of them) in publisher alphabetic order (most publishers only have one journal). Two universities, Cologne and Colorado, are adjacent in the list, each with one journal....
The interesting part: The two journals are Gender Forum and Gender, respectively, both entirely concerned with gender issues. (The Colorado one's older; the Cologne one--still around for more than a decade--has somewhat more papers. Both appear healthy. Both are, ahem, Gold OA with no article processing fee.) - Walt Crawford
Should clarify: Colorado has another journal in the list (Colorado Research in Linguistics) but its publisher is identified at the department level, not the university level. Well, and that other journal--I just looked at it--is a bit less healthy, with one issue in the last four years. - Walt Crawford
Melly - #TeamMarina
Don't read the comments... don't read the comments... don't read the comments...
good practice - MoTO: Team Marina
There are exceptions (Whatever, for example), but the rule works 99% of the time. - Walt Crawford
It's so hard to not - Eric - It's My Thing
Comments are like the dust that collects under the fridge. Sometimes you know how bad it's going to be anyhow, but you look and feel worse about it. Just remember, if you do look, nothings actually changed. - Heather
sooooo...I used to be able to run a query at DOAJ of Social Sciences/Library and Information Science to see a list of OA LIS journals. Now that subcategory isn't there?
Oh, I see. Now we're a super category: Bibliography. Library science. Information resources. - Marie
Unfortunately, the supercategory Bibliography doesn't seem to show up on the Subject dropdown on the left-hand side. - Walt Crawford
Click that Count up arrow button a couple of times until it gives you an a-z option and then you'll see it in the list. If you click on 10 and enter 400 in the pop-up window you should see a long, alphabetical list. I just spent the last 30 minutes of my life trying to figure this out. sigh. - Marie
Hmm. That's a little odd. (I cheated: checked a spreadsheet then did Bibliography. Lib... as a subject search.) - Walt Crawford
I agree it's odd. Is there an easier/more direct way? The site seems clunkier than when I last used it. - Marie
Is it me? It's probably me and I need a weekend. :) - Marie
No, it's not you. Period. DOAJ is going through a number of changes, mostly for the good, so it's not surprising that a few things would get semi-borked along the way. - Walt Crawford
BIBLIOGRAPHY? They've gotten very meta. - Meg VMeg
What else did I miss today -- or, for that matter, this whole week? (It was kind of a blur at times.)
I have jury duty next week. - Signs Point to LB from Android
Scotland posted the world's most incredible (non-dictatorship) voting turnout percentage in deciding whether or not my people (hey, Crawford's a lowland clan) should give up the pound and various other critical things in favor of being fully independent. They didn't go for it. But damn, 97+% turnout... - Walt Crawford
Holly's favorite Anna
RT @astrokatie: Don’t start a headline about a business leader "Mother of" unless the third word is "Dragons."
RT @astrokatie: Don’t start a headline about a business leader "Mother of" unless the third word is "Dragons."
I'm going to guess there are a lot of headline-writers who don't understand why that's offensive. And yet, oddly enough, almost no newspaper headlined "Father of two elected President" in 2008. Wonder why that is? - Walt Crawford
But that's also reductive of good fathering, though. In the best light, in a lede like this, mentioning she's a mother seems irrelevant. - Victor Ganata
It's just not appropriate, and it isn't positive. By that reasoning, the childless woman is less qualified to lead the BBC? No. For male candidates, you'd see something along the lines of, "Ex-CEO of The Financial Times Group" or "HSBC Director" instead, which would be both informative and correct. Heck, the way this is written, they have to shoe-horn that information into the first paragraph, and her name isn't even mentioned until the second. - Jennifer Dittrich
Sorry, Slippy, but I can't go along with you on this one. The story isn't about the woman having three children; it's about her being likely to be the BBC's leader--and for that, the headline is inappropriate (Jennifer offers a good quick summary as to why). - Walt Crawford
*high fives all around* - Jennifer Dittrich
Wait, what? Daenarys Stormborn has taken over the BBC? I'm so confused. I thought she was still running Meereen. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Oh JFC. I can't even with this world sometimes. I walked out on a date the other night after he said that if women wanted to be paid more, they should just get different jobs. Now this. - laura x from iPhone
Walt Crawford
Anyone know if something's up (or down!) at Univ. of Alberta Libraries? I've reached them as a publisher...and trying to follow any link from the journal home pages just spins and spins and spins. After five minutes, I mark that as "journal unreachable." Three spinning right now, including EBLIP.
The journal home pages (all OJS, as far as I can tell) come up just fine--but any link (e.g. Archive or About) goes into permaspin. - Walt Crawford
There are four more I haven't tried yet; I'd hate to mark all seven as unreachable, but that's sure how it looks right now. - Walt Crawford
Actually only three more: the fourth is elsewhere at Alberta, and works just fine. So it's apparently a library-as-host problem. A shame. - Walt Crawford
Sigh. 13 minutes, one attempt formally timed out, given up on all three. No major significance in what I'm doing, but a shame--especially since they all sound like interesting journals (Complicity, Constitutional forum, Evidence Based Library and Information Practice). - Walt Crawford
That's weird. I use EBLIP all of the time. ETA: it works for me right now. - Jaclyn aka spamgirl
While I was out weeding, EBLIP came back (with functioning links, that is); I'll retry all three after lunch. I've used EBLIP before too, which is one reason I was surprised by the apparent malfunction. - Walt Crawford
Back for another library-hosted journal. (When I say "out weeding," I mean out pulling weeds, not deaccessioning books. But you probably knew that.) - Walt Crawford
To close this: Yes, all of them were back, and I've added "Recheck unreachables" to my short list of second-pass things to do. There aren't a whole bunch of them, so that's doable. - Walt Crawford
Walt Crawford
Here's a journal for which I had a great pseudotranslation: "INGINERIA ILUMINATULUI," Engineers among the Illuminati. No such luck--it's the Journal of Lighting Engineering, another fine Romanian Gold OA journal.
Sigh. And another one I can't process fully, as it only has full-issue PDF downloads, no ToC. (That puts it in my "opaque" category, new to the new project.) - Walt Crawford
Walt Crawford
Mild quandary (or not): Just got a request to use the last page (more or less) of the Journals, "Journals..." essay in a guide for faculty, with credit and a link to the C&I issue. I of course said "yes, that's great," but also noted (a) that the CC BY-NC license meant the person didn't need to ask and (b) that, as one page of a 24-page essay... was probably covered by fair use in any case. On one hand, I didn't want to lecture a librarian about not asking for permission when you don't need I tried to avoid a "lecture voice." (The librarian also addressed me as Professor Crawford, but then I used to be Doctor Crawford to anybody outside the U.S. asking about something, so I just noted that I'm several degrees away from being a qualified professor.) - Walt Crawford
While there are far fewer "professors" than there are "doctors", the latter is not (didn't used to be) a requirement to become the former. I've known a few professors who weren't doctors. - DJF
Good point. I'm neither, to be sure. - Walt Crawford
Abstracts - Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities -
Abstracts - Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities
Worst journal page ever. Help me list the ways. - maʀtha from Bookmarklet
Wow. That's .... um, wow. - Catherine Pellegrino
first question - what's the name of the journal? - maʀtha
it's like a case study in how to make your content unfindable - maʀtha
I love this part "To order any article in pdf format, please fill-out the subscription form and mail or fax it" - Marianne
Not close to being the worst (trust me on this!), but a bit bizarre. (Possibly the worst from a U.S.-based higher-education-related source: a narrower field.) Still, bizarre, especially the "order" part since those articles open in PDF just fine. I guess "If you don't know how to use a link, then use this link to...oh, wait..." - Walt Crawford
Andrew C (✔)
RT @chansteele: This is one of the most devastating and dismissive art reviews I have ever read. I love it.
RT @chansteele: This is one of the most devastating and dismissive art reviews I have ever read. I love it.
Yeah, it's fucking great. - Meg VMeg
Haven't read the whole article--yet--but, geez, if the "artist" who makes Thomas Kinkade look profound by comparison is worthy of a Whitney exhibition, it's too late for me to try being an art lover. - Walt Crawford
What a take down wow - WarLord
Meg VMeg
I cannot believe it takes 30 minutes, minimum, to cook brown rice in the microwave. What a stupid food.
Like, I don't know if the microwave can microwave for that long? - Meg VMeg
They can, but I wouldn't be surprised if they don't use a lot more energy than a stove doing it that way. - Jennifer Dittrich
Ridiculous. - Meg VMeg
Totally. - Marie
our first microwave came with a recipes to cook a turkey in it. 2hr plus. - jambina
lolololololol - Meg VMeg
Am I high on meds or was there a microwave cooking show in the 80s? - Zamms
You say that as though it's an either-or. - Walt Crawford
Personally, I want a pressure cooker. - Friar Will
Walt made me lol even more. - Meg VMeg
Why yes, that was me chasing my cat through the house as he aimed toward carpets while getting ready to barf.
That sure does sound familiar. - Walt Crawford
yep. sure does. - RepoRat
Among many other characteristics that made her The Best Cat Ever, I'm pretty sure that Molly actively tried to aim her hairballs at hard surfaces. Swear to god. - Catherine Pellegrino
My skill is catching said cat puke with magazine or newspaper. It is a feeling of WIN I tell you! - Janet
I've had some wins, but then there was the time the cat puked a hairball on my pillow. - Jen
Nine had a cat that was a puker. He considerately ran for the litter box when that time came. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
My Princess Pukes-a-lot's favorite place is on my bed. :( - April Russo
Nemo is the barfbag in STL. Stays on the wood floor in the kitchen, for the most part. Second choice used to be my office chair, but I took it out here to CA. - Mary B: #TeamMonique
Emily bites more than she barfs. - Mary B: #TeamMonique
Walt Crawford
Whew. Finished Pass 1 of the Beall list for the new project...and I wouldn't mind not seeing an International Journal of Anything for a few months. Now to take a break, then proceed with the remaining 840-or-so DOAJ items.
I KNOW! Let's start the International Journal of International Journals! - RepoRat
I thought I'd already used that line, but probably not. Anyway, let's not. (Must admit: going back to the DOAJ items feels good--not nearly so much boastfulness, frequently boastfulness in the same pseudoEnglish that others use. No, IJwhatever, you're *not* going to be The Most Trusted Source for Advances in Medicine and Pharmacy. Not even close. - Walt Crawford
So today I get a spam invitation to submit to a journal...but this time it's from a "List of International Journals" and features five or six different International Journals of... that are eagerly awaiting my world-class engineering or science or medicine or whatever paper. Gmail, as usual, trapped it as spam. As it would, no doubt, the International Journal of International Journals. - Walt Crawford
Walt Crawford
I'm sure a Canadian librarian can explain this: Doing Partnership (the journal) and clicked on The Partnership, and got this popup: "In your browser options, specify a language that is not culture neutral as the first language." To which I can only respond: Huh?
You got me. - John Dupuis
that is the weirdest way i've ever seen of saying that you don't have to read this in english (dominant culture) if you are french. what's the URL that made this happen? i'm curious to see if it happens to me. - jambina
"Here are solutions to common technical issues encountered on the IASP website: [Q.] I am getting the message "In your browser options, specify a language that is not culture neutral as the first language." I am also seeing strange or unusual characters in the numbers, currency symbol, etc. in the shopping cart and in the membership forms.' [A.] Your browser's language settings need to... more... - Betsy
no popup for me, Walt. - jambina
Interesting. I actually had English as my preferred language in Firefox--but not English/US (which I've now set it to). It's still some of the strangest wording I've seen. (Ah, but I also processed one journal where, unless I looked at the site in Internet Explorer, all the actual content was shoved off to the right of a normal window, requiring big horizontal scrolls. ) - Walt Crawford
mine is set to English/UK... - jambina
so no esperanto, then? - henry
Just checked: Even after setting my first language to English/US, I get the message. Therefore, according to The Partnership (library folk in Canada), British English is *not* culture-neutral but American English is. Not sure what to make of that. Maybe it's a bug... (sigh: now I've got Sir Paul running through my head. Could be worse) - Walt Crawford
Sign that I am getting old: I just learned of the shmoney dance.
the what now? *already old* ====> - MoTO: Team Marina
What MoTO sez, but then... - Walt Crawford
Also old ----> - Steve C Team Marina
What's your favorite calculator model used in school or thereafter?
Casio fx-7000g, still use it. - Stephan #TeamMarina from iPhone
HP-67 all the way, though I'll admit my HP-45 probably got me through my EE degree. - David Lounsbury
I never really learned to use calculators for advanced functions until last year. My HS calculator (which I still have and which still works on its ORIGINAL battery) is a TI-35 Plus. I really like the size of it. But it's a little sticky around the buttons so when I was in Chem 22 I bought a TI-36X. Its weight and size is nice but it has no log button. It turns out you do log by... more... - Spidra Webster
I don't remember what brand/model it was, but it was a printing calculator that I found in one of the abandoned offices at the airport, back when I worked there, that I swiped for use in my office (I didn't feel like bringing mine from home). I should have taken it with me when I left that job. The keys had such a good feel to them. - April Russo
I really loved my TI-85 when I was in school (and after, until I left it in a cart at Walmart accidentally, and lost it forever). Not sure I really remember any particular models of calculator I've used since; I mostly just use whatever's built into my computer or phone. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
When I was in school there weren't any. Good thing I was an English major. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
TI-84 Plus Silver Edition. <3 - Jenny H. from Android
HP-48 S, although I never used it to its full potential. - Brian Johns
Still have my HP-32S, vintage 1988 model, as my go-to calculator. I keep non-RPN calculators on hand for the other librarians. - Elizabeth Brown
I liked using my graphing calculator in high school and college. I forget if it was a TI-80 or TI-81. Probably the latter. - John (bird whisperer)
HP-48 S, never needed its full potential. - Angelo
I really liked the TI-68 I had in high-school, and hated the switch to the graphing calculators (I did a lot better with the math itself when forced to graph by hand.) - Jennifer Dittrich
I had and still have a casio fx-4500 - Amit Patel
TI-81. The only calculator I ever used in high school and college. - Bren from iPhone
Hp 11c reverse polish. - Joe from iPod
HP-48GX. - Julian
In school? I had a really good K&E slide rule. Never did learn all of its functions, but got really good at mentally calculating magnitudes. - Walt Crawford
*wonders what a reverse Polish calculator is and if it's anything like reverse cowgirl* - Spidra Webster
I'm with the oldsters in this group. Personal calculators had just become available when I took statistics the summer after graduating college, but they were so very expensive then. A few people in the class had them, but I still used a slide rule. - Anne Bouey
TI nspire CX CAS - Glen Campbell
Confession: I have a calculator collection. I own several dozen of'em. - Glen Campbell
What's the most reliable automobile you've ever owned?
Saturn SL1 - Meg VMeg
A BMW me ex had was very reliable. Never had an issue at all. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Hyundai Elantra (2003) - Jennifer Dittrich
All three of my recent cars have been very reliable: Ford Focus, Scion TC, and now a Toyota Yaris. Nary a problem with any of them. - Friar Will
Dodge colt that was essentially a Mitsubishi. - Joe from iPod
This 20 year old Voyager I'm driving now. But my favoritest car was my always-needing-maintenance 93 Cutlass SL. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Our Honda Civics. All of them, except for the transmission problem on the '95. (Now down to just one, our new 2005.) - Walt Crawford
Joe reminded me of the Colt that I had as well. Yes, it too was very reliable. - Friar Will
Hondas, 12 of them in the immediate family over the years. - Anne Bouey
My Volvo XC99 - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
1965 Ford Mustang and 1950 GMC panel truck. - Greg GuitarBuster
Citroen AX Lx - obe
2007 Volkswagen Beetle. - Steven Perez from Android
!984 Oldsmobile Cutlas Ciara, that we named Betsy. But the most reliable I ever paid for was a friend's used Toyota cargo van that had over a million miles on it before he retired from the courier biz and sold it to another courier driver. - April Russo
I'm still driving my 1992 Honda Civic. - Marie from iPhone
Toss up between my '97 Civic EX and my '80 Ford Fairmont Sedan. That thing was a friggin' BEAST. My current Civic is too new to really sing the praises of but it's not let me down yet, so. - Hookuh Tinypants
Any of my Chevy Pickups - WarLord
My old Hyundai Excel was pretty reliable. In 18 years I had to replace the clutch twice and that was the worst of it. My Subaru Baja has been pretty reliable over the 10 years I've had it. - vicster: full-bodied
Subaru Forrester - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Toyota Tundra - 14 years now. Two trips total to the mechanic. - Steve C Team Marina
Honda Civic. Love it - Prometa
Honda Accord. My son inherited it and it's still cruising after 14 years and 300K+ miles. - Jenny H. from Android
Laura Norvig
This home buying thing is getting realer. On the table:
1) A small townhome, but it has a big garage and four rooms upstairs and our monthly payment would be sooo low. Also in a quiet cul-de-sac and has a nicely upgraded (though small) kitchen. Downside is it is hot and price might be driven up by bidding war: - Laura Norvig
2) A real house, that backs up to a peaceful greenbelt. Gorgeous big living room. Funky old small kitchen. Inspection report shows termite/dry rot that needs to be investigated further. I wasn't drawn to it at first, but when I went back a second time it started calling to me. We would be bidding below asking due to all of the problems, but don't really know what we're getting into. - Laura Norvig
Tough decision. Good luck! - Anne Bouey
3) A soulless, but newish, comfortable place. No real yard, but nothing to fix up. Only three bedrooms. Big garage. - Laura Norvig
The third one is surprisingly soulless inside, considering how cute it is outside. I like the townhouse (1). - Betsy
Doing some research and apparently termites are almost a given in California. The main question is has there been any structural damage. - Laura Norvig
64 Vista Verde is prolly my fav for long term living for only one reason water restrictions are gonna get severe AND you'll have HOA demanding you maintain green. your green area is miniscule! and because it's so small it'll be economical, likely, to put in fake grass. but the kitchen is puny, tho there is ample space to renovate. and the upstairs laundry give me pause personally. I'd rather schlep then deal with water intrusions. but overall you're gonna live in Watsonville. yay!! I love it up there. - Lnorigb
Good luck. We wouldn't even look at the third one for two reasons: 1. HOA. 2. Two-story. (But I guess all of your choices are two-story.) If you want a third reason: 3. HOA. - Walt Crawford
I think I've been watching Property Brothers too much. The fact that the one we love (#2) needs tons of work is not phasing me anymore. - Laura Norvig
Lnorigb, the HOA fees at that place include them caring for the front lawn, not us. - Laura Norvig from iPhone
I hate the upstairs laundry idea too. I'm actually used to doing laundry in the garage. - Laura Norvig from iPhone
This is going to be so stressful ... - Laura Norvig from iPhone
it is stressful. but nice that HOA maintains the front lawn. - Lnorigb
Walt Crawford
Last night, went with wife, brother, sister-in-law to Campo di Bocce (restaurant & bocce ball courts), which my wife & I go to once a month or so, for my birthday dinner...partly because CdB gives people a full four-course dinner, anything on the menu (appetizer, salad, entree, dessert) for free on their birthday. And it's a pretty good restaurant.
Happy Birthday! I think you've caught up with me, now. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
The question here: How many restaurants do this? (Yes, I can get a free slice of pie at Shari's; not quite the same as a $28 12oz. New York steak, done beautifully, a great caesar salad, a heart-stopping chocolate torte--I skipped the appetizer, and brought half the steak home. All free, with the waitress encouraging me to order an appetizer as well. Up to $50 in free food.) - Walt Crawford
Is this level of customer good will common elsewhere? Rare? Unheard of? - Walt Crawford
That's a really good deal. But you should get the appetizer and give it to somebody. Like me. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
There was a chain restaurant in Michigan that gave you a small free birthday cake on your birthday. I worked two doors down from one, and there were three engineers at my company who shared a birthday and went there every year. They kept looking for a fourth amongst the new employees, but never found one. [EDIT: the restaurant was Bill Knapp's.] - Betsy
m9m: Last year, actually, my brother ordered two appetizers as a dinner (which turned out to be too much food)...and when the bill arrived, they'd zeroed out his appetizer. For anyone who lives in the area: The tiramisu is probably a better dessert than the chocolate torte, but once a year, I go for pure evil. And since my wife and brother both got the tiramisu as part of their $23 three-course dinners, I got some of that anyway. - Walt Crawford
[Technically, the three-course dinner includes a "half-size" salad and dessert--but half-size is more than enough in both cases.] - Walt Crawford
Oh, and yes, you're right, m9m: I'm back to being the same age as you are. (At least I think so. Let's say that next year I have to make some 403(b) decisions...) - Walt Crawford
I often order the senior citizen version of a meal - for the lower price and the reduced size - and discover that the kitchen just makes the same size meal anyway. Or my kid orders a small thing I actually want, I order a senior meal, and we swap. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
I like that place! And my birthday is hopefully coming up soon. <thinks> - Brian Johns
Apparently this article thinks that I'm male (refers to me by name and by "he"). I cannot verify because I don't have access, but would love to know the context
It is not clear when and by whom the term Library 3.0 was actually coined. The authors noted that the earliest mention of the term, though nominally, was in the late 2006 (Casey, 2006) and early 2007 (Herring, 2007). However, they also observed that the first significant consideration of the concept seems to be in 2008 on a blog, Pegasus Librarian,4 by Iris Jastram (2008). Jastram... more... - Christina Pikas
LOL. Here's the post they refer to... this "significant consideration" - lris
Somebody doesn't have a sense of humour. - DJF
I confess to being very curious about what Casey 2006 and Herring 2007 are. And what other sources the authors cite. - Catherine Pellegrino
I just sent you a copy, Iris - check your Gmail account! - WebGoddess
thanks! - lris
Somebody beat me, but I was going to send you a copy. - kaijsa
Catherine: Casey M (2006) Wikipedia to Library 2.0: You can stay. Available at: (accessed 21 August 2011). - kaijsa
Herring MY (2007) BackTalk: Get a (real) life. Available at: (accessed 21 August 2011). ETA that the link doesn't work now. - kaijsa
"Apomediators" makes me want to stab myself in the eye #shakescane #getoffmylawn - Meg VMeg
This is why Open Access (and stable links) is important! - to be able to refer back to teh originals without being blocked... #PreacherToChoir - Aaron the Librarian
This is why OA is so dangerous! You might be exposed to the reality of a great deal of what passes for professional writing in librarianship! (On the other hand, learning the reality of Iris J's gender...) - Walt Crawford
currently-working (as of Sept. 10, 2014) link to Herring 2007: - Catherine Pellegrino
Heee, just noticed that the journal is peer-reviewed. Going in the example file! - lris
Deborah Fitchett
Should I be worried when our email server is down and ITS's notice about it on the intranet breaks off mid-sentence like the end of a short horror story?
Oh my goodness, I just realised I can use this time to delete emails from my inbox faster than they can arrive! - Deborah Fitchett
If the deletes stay deleted--when the server comes back up it just might restore everything. - Walt Crawford
True, but not an issue because of course almost the instant I had this revelation the server came back.... - Deborah Fitchett
The SMTP server has achieved sentience and is attempting OMG NO NO MAKE IT STOP it just melted the server rack RUN RUN FOR YOUR LIVES why did we replace the doorknobs with electronic locks now it's NO CARRIER - RepoRat
Lovecraft was a realist. - Steele Lawman
SMTP is enough to demolish anybody's SAN points. - RepoRat
Hey! I cherish the old days when I could telnet 25 and start typing protocol followed by an email message. - DJF from Android
You still can in some places, DJF - Aaron the Librarian
and that's why we have spam and phishing. - DJF
Is rice pudding a hot or cold dessert?
Cold. I think. - ellbeecee from Android
I handed some to Chris while still warm and he said it should be cold. But he liked the flavor so I think he'll like it even more when it's cold. - Miriella from Android
In the U.S., typically cold--at least that's the way my wife eats it. - Walt Crawford
i've only seen it cold. - holly #ravingfangirl
Walt Crawford
I wouldn't normally link to a media trade publication, but this one's almost too precious. Here's the link, followed by my comments:
Comment 1: The supposed biggest drop, for 18-34 year olds, amounts to five minutes a day--from 4 hours 22 minutes ***A DAY*** of TV viewing down to a mere 4 hours 17 minutes a year ago. (50-60 year olds supposedly average 6 hours 12 minutes ***A DAY*** of TV viewing, down a whopping six minutes.) - Walt Crawford
Comment 1a: This, of course, assumes that Nielsen's methodologies can be considered so accurate for the whole country that a five minute drop out of more than four hours is statistically meaningful or real-world meaningful. My BS detector is pinned at 11 at this point... - Walt Crawford
Comment 2: The article (not Nielsen) makes a thing of double-digit increases in "digital video usage" (never mind that all broadcast and nearly all cable TV is now digital, that just confuses the picture): the coveted 18-34 year olds jumped by 53% to a whopping 35 minutes a day. (I don't doubt that figure, actually, or the 19 minutes for 50-64 year olds.) - Walt Crawford
Comment 3: Note who's not represented at all in this report, presumably because we/they are economically irrelevant: kids under 18 and that handful of people who've lived to 65 and older. - Walt Crawford
Funny. That 1996 article about managing electronic resources is not online. Not even a green OA version. It is in a book as well as in the print journal. How quaint. Anyone guess the publisher?
Well, it is online, but I would have to pay $39 for it. I don't think so, since we have the book that it is in, and the print journal. - Joe
Gotta be: the publisher formerly known as Haworth! - Jen
... they're not known as Haworth any more? did I miss a merger? - RepoRat
All our Haworth titles got scooped up by T&F. Prices may have gone up considerably as well. - Jen
Jen wins the major award! - Joe
Haworth used to be cheap in at least two senses of the word. Guess they've gone down one sense. - RepoRat
I thought the Haworth acquisition happened years ago. (Does T&F continue Haworth's "it's a quarterly, and we might even publish two issues this year or one that crosses volumes" habits?) - Walt Crawford
Walt - yes, I think so. Always ALWAYS disappointed with Haworth articles - great-sounding titles until you get to the actual, you know, content. (no offense intended to any Haworth editors around these parts) - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
I wrote book reviews for the Journal of Web Librarianship way back in the day. No offense taken. - RepoRat
Walt Crawford
Honest question: does GoDaddy just not offer autorenewal of domain registry--and fail to remind people that their domains need renewing? I'm seeing a large handful of Gold OA journals that have turned into parking pages, and they're almost always GoDaddy pages that weren't renewed. That shouldn't happen. Ever.
Admittedly, I'm spoiled: 1&1 charges less (I think), allows autorenewal *and* reminds you twice before the renewal happens, and reminds you in any case. Oh, and has never (AFAIK) run sexist ads on TV. - Walt Crawford
Stephen Francoeur
Book Publishing, Not Fact-Checking - The Atlantic via @instapaper
Book Publishing, Not Fact-Checking - The Atlantic via @instapaper
I guess I never assumed publishers habitually fact-checked non-fiction books (how could they, in many cases?). My answer to "books, magazines or newspapers" would be "a select number of magazines, and probably a shrinking number." - Walt Crawford
Melly - #TeamMarina
RT @sherman_alexie: Black licorice is the only candy sold in Hell.
Clearly he's thinking of circus peanuts. - Spidra Webster
Can't wait for him to try double salt (dubbel zout!) Dutch droppies. - Micah
i'm with Spidra. *loves black licorice* - Big Joe Silence
It's always good to have one friend who likes black licorice because they usually like black jelly beans as well and you can trade yours for better flavours. - Melly - #TeamMarina
Isn't it also high in iron and good for the bowels? - Melly - #TeamMarina
no idea. *books flight to Oz for November* - Big Joe Silence
If you're relying on candy for nutrition and health benefits, you're doing candy wrong, - Andrew C (✔)
Depends on what you're talking about. "licorice" jelly beans, for instance, are flavored with anise. A lot of US licorice is flavored with anise and has no real licorice root or extract in it. I wouldn't be surprised if there were some benefits to anise as well, though. I like both but I prefer my licorice to actually have licorice root in it. - Spidra Webster
i'm the only person in my house who likes black licorice. consequently, all the licorice here is red. - Big Joe Silence
That ain't licorice. That's red flour candy. - Spidra Webster
Black candy is Satan's candy. - Jenny H. from Android
THANK YOU, SATAN! - Big Joe Silence
I love black licorice...everything about it. One of my prized possessions is what could be the last remaining bottle of Yves Rocher's black licorice cologne. - April Russo
I wonder if Demeter make a black licorice cologne. - Melly - #TeamMarina
I like what Spidra said here ("That ain't...") and wish there was a workable name for Red Vines and competitors. Whatever they are, they aren't licorice. - Walt Crawford
One thing you have to be careful about real licorice is pseudohyperaldosteronism - Victor Ganata
The entire reason I set foot in Cost Plus is to buy proper licorice candies. If I don't feel like making the trek, I will sometimes settle for a box of Crows or black Vines while grocery shopping (sometimes Good n Plenty too). If I'm desperate, then I'll get a bag of black jelly beans (which will pretty much do nothing except make everything taste like Nyquil and give you runny shits for two days). Licorice is the one candy/treat I regularly eat. - Hookuh Tinypants
I'll trade all my orange flavor candy for all your licorice :-) - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Sambuca! - Ken Morley
Candied beets, too. - Joe
I always have a jar of these in my house: - April Russo
Walt Crawford
Doorbell rings. Usually, on weekdays, that's UPS dropping off an item and the truck's gone by the time I get to the door.'s Sunday. And there's a smiling USPS (not UPS!) employee, having just dropped off Gray's Anatomy Season 10, which we ordered with free ("5-8 day shipping") and which shipped on Friday.
I look surprised, she says "Starting today. Only parcels." I knew the Postal Service was starting Sunday deliveries to do the work UPS and FedEx don't do well, and to do Amazon grocery delivery...but this was a USPS parcel, sent at minimum cost. Delivered Sunday. Did I mention delivered Sunday? At no extra cost? - Walt Crawford
I wish to Gaia that Congress would stop trying so hard to put USPS out of business (USPS is actually profitable, except for $5 billion a year in forced long-term retirement costs that NO OTHER AGENCY IS REQUIRED TO PAY), since I regard it as the best delivery service out there. - Walt Crawford
Yep, we've had Sunday delivery maybe a year now. Amazing. ETA: Oh, not even Amazon? Wow! - Meg VMeg from Android
I would also note that Amazon's learned how to "overpack" DVD sets--a plain air-padded envelope, not a lot bigger than the set itself. Nothing else, nothing inside, and I assume they paid $1.81 (media mail, up to 1lb., 5-digit presort) or less. - Walt Crawford
"Air-padded" isn't the right word--it's one of those envelopes lined with bubble-wrap equivalent. Anyway, Amazon and USPS both get full credit. - Walt Crawford
Yeah, Amazon struck a deal with USPS. (I get all the USPS gossip now that toddlerx's dad has a second job as a rural route driver.) - laura x from iPhone
Meg: No, it was Amazon. But it appears that it's for other parcels as well. - Walt Crawford
Mary Carmen
Lunch time poll topic: do you pronounce the words Mary, merry and marry differently?
oui - jambina
Mary and merry are the same. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
Yes, all different. - Mark H
Si - Mair-y, meh-ry and mah-ry - Marina's Godmother :-)
Close enough to the same to not be noticeable. - Jennifer Dittrich
What Jen said. - Spidra Webster
Two out of three (Mary and marry are indistinguishable). - Walt Crawford
All the same for me. - Stephen Mack
Ditto to Jennifer. - Hedgehog
Nope. - Steven Perez
All the same. - Ken Morley
Pretty much all the same. - Christa
exactly the damn same. like pin and pen - ellbeecee from Android
All the same. - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
Differently - MoTO: Team Marina from Android
Mary is Meh-re, Merry is Mer-re and Marry is Ma-ree - Johnny from iPhone
Mm, Mary and marry about the same. Merry is different. Marie is different as well. - rönin
you are a Long Islander you know how WE pronounce it...the right way ;) - GRANDMAFORSCARLETT
I didn't realize there were different ways to pronounce any of them. - Michael W. May from FFHound(roid)!
They'll all sound the same coming out of my mouth. - Jenny H. from Android
All differently. - April Russo
In my head I do .. Not so sure about my mouth. - Shannon - GlassMistress
Now that Caribou Coffee is being converted to Peet's in so many places, is the Peet's brand less special now?
The Peet's brand hasn't been special in a long time. - kendrak
As one who grew up with (and used to frequent) the original Peet's: What kendrak says. - Walt Crawford
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