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Hackepeter. It's a thing, and apparently it's coming to my parents' house this evening. Time to read up on trichinosis!
No, thanks, although the mettigel is cute: - LB sad. from Android
oh - Meg VMeg
Omg thanks, y'all. There'd be more for me... - Uli from Android
'Sok, Uli, you can have my share too. I don't even do raw fish, much less raw meat. - Walt Crawford
m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
I've been 69 years old for an hour now, and I can't say I feel any different. Betcha 70 will be a bump.
Happy birthday, m9m! - Anne Bouey
Happy birthday! - Spidra Webster
Happy birthday, love! - Alix May
happy birthday - chaz2b
Happy birthday, Jain! - Anika
Happy 69! - Eivind
Happy birthday!!! :) - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Happy birthday! As my grandfather would say, "You are not over Fool's Hill yet." - Corinne L
Happy birthday - Eric - Poppa Large from iPhone
Happy Birthday. - Greg GuitarBuster
Happy Birthday! - Jennifer Dittrich
Happy Birthday! 69 is the new 48. - Janet
Happy Birthday! - Kevin Johnson
Happy birthday! - Jim: with more caffeine!
Happy birthday! - John (bird whisperer)
Happy birthday! - Betsy
Happy birthday! - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
happy birthday!!! - Sir Shuping is just sir
Happy birthday! As I'm acutely aware (being 13 days younger than you), 70--really 70.5--is when you have to make some 401(k)/403(b) decisions... 69 is a grace year. - Walt Crawford
Happy birthday :) - Pete : Team Marina
Have a wonderful birthday! - LB sad. from Android
Happy birthday! :) - Jenny H. from Android
Happy birthday! - Stephan #TeamMarina from iPhone
Happy birthday! - vicster: full-bodied
Happy birthday! - Soup in a TARDIS
Oh my- what a good day. Kids took me to Lebanese Taverna for a late lunch of samplers of Everything Vegetarian and a Mojito. The waitress treated me to a free dessert of baclava and pistachio ice cream. And then there were presents! A sweater knit with an owl design, a blue&white Chinese glass ornament, the world's cutest hedgehog made of sticks, and "Letters of Note." Thanks everyone for your good wishes! - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
Walt, tell me about this! I will be 62 when my husband turns 70. Because of the age difference I will be early retirement at 59, 58 if I can hoard enough to pay my health insurance. If he must take the test of his pensions I may need to rethink the plan. - Janet from FFHound!
Melly - #TeamMarina
RT @motherjones: 9 Surprising Foods With More Sugar Than a Krispy Kreme Doughnut
RT @motherjones: 9 Surprising Foods With More Sugar Than a Krispy Kreme Doughnut
Wow. - Laura
I'm sure the juice would have more nutritional value, but it's still an eye opener. - Melly - #TeamMarina
Gee, a container of orange juice--with zero added sugar--has a lot of fruit sugar! And a fruit/vegetable drink has a lot of fruit and vegetable sugar! The article conflates two very different things: added sugar and sugars in fruits/vegetables/etc.. - Walt Crawford
True Walt, though according to Lustig, the body deals with the sugar in whole fruit and the sugar in juiced fruit very differently. - Melly - #TeamMarina from FFHound!
Walt Crawford
Just stumbled across one of the damnedest "library science" papers I've seen, one that proves conclusively, absolutely, positively that print books cannot survive...apparently because some writers have said so. Uses the "falsifiability theory."
I may be reading it badly. Or it may be badly...never mind. It will not be included in my next "death of books" roundup, if there is one. That would require making full sense of it, a task I don't think I'm up to. - Walt Crawford
I tried to look at it again. Apparently the author believes that "survival of print books" is a scientific theory that can be falsified because some authors say so. I think I'm developing a headache... - Walt Crawford
Walt Crawford
Wow. Now we have The Authoritative Word on the history and near-term future of OA publishing, and all for the low, low price of $2,500. Guess I'll miss it. Anyone who winds up with access to this Simba thing want to check on whether the timeline is accurate? (I know how I'd bet...)...
In case the link didn't show up: - Walt Crawford
Steve C Team Marina
One of the good parts about living in LA County is the different folks we're surrounded by. Four interviews for help with baby so far and four different nationalities. Which is what I'd expect since just our street is 30% white, 20% black, 20% hispanic, 20% asian, 5% old old people, and 5 % the strange dude who never comes out.
I wouldn't call you strange. Well, not *that* strange. - Betsy
The old old people (person?) don't have ethnic characteristics? Once the skin gets wrinkled enough it's hard to tell? - Walt Crawford
Oh, that was perfect, Betsy! :) - Anne Bouey from iPhone
Yes Walt once you become old old you no longer contain any elements of ethnicity, cultural background, learned values or anything else. You are just grumpy old old person. And yes Betsy I am that person :) - Steve C Team Marina
Another bonus you get to interview nannies to the stars. Apparently kids are just kids so occupation of parents not a major factor. - Steve C Team Marina
My friend joked that she'd never nanny "regular" kids again after finding out how many screeners industry kids got. - Andrew C (✔)
^^ LOL - Spidra Webster
Victor Ganata
Social media networks that limit how many characters you can send at one time probably helps with the development of a very context dependent, compact, stylized language #darmok
After a couple of centuries using Twitter, maybe we *will* be speaking like Tamarians :D - Victor Ganata
Wil Wheaton and Dudebro At Comicon - Pete : Team Marina
It still weirds me out when people use hashtags in spoken communication, but I suppose it will be standard one day. - Victor Ganata
As soon as someone drops a verbal hashtag on me in conversation, I walk away. I'm not down with that shit. - Hookuh Tinypants
What Hookuh sez. Not that it's happened; us old geezers are less prone to do that. - Walt Crawford
I know it just sounds like apologetics for Star Trek writers, but I wonder how one would go about explaining to someone who not only didn't speak English but was completely unfamiliar with modern human culture what the difference between "being GRRMed" and "being killed" is. :) - Victor Ganata
Mostly, the people I know who have used spoken hashtags have done so sarcastically, but I imagine it won't be long until people do it earnestly. - Victor Ganata
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
A scientific study proving a wine bottle with an expensive label tastes better: #design #aeachi via @helveticagirl
A scientific study proving a wine bottle with an expensive label tastes better: #design #aeachi via @helveticagirl
Good to see "proof," but has there ever been much doubt? (Not just wine; this holds true for most everything: If we think it must be better, it *is* us.) - Walt Crawford
Too bad having proof won't change the way consumers think. :-/ - Hookuh Tinypants
Holds true for beer, too. If a beer has a good rating from various sources, then I might lean that way when I try to evaluate it myself. - Joe
The presentation was on design and how despite some thinking it isn't important or undervalued, it actually affects the bottom line. She also talked about this paper: - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Here's the thing: the study didn't (can't) prove that there are no differences among products--wine, beer, whatever. It did show that we can be persuaded to taste differences that may not be there: Quite a different thing. - Walt Crawford
Walt, agreed. Someone who has a palate for wine will be able to tell the differences between wines, and those that enjoy wine are quite aware of the overpriced nature of many brands. A casual drinker would do better to keep it simple for the palate and wallet. - Eric - Poppa Large
It's not about the wine. It's about the physical chemical changes that occur in the brain when imbibing what the subject perceives to be a superior product by being told it's more expensive, has better labeling, etc. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Yeah, basically dopamine and ethanol have synergistic effects :) - Victor Ganata
Yup, essentially even those who think they have some kind of palate for wine can be duped into thinking they can discern high quality wine from low quality. We've tested this repeatedly in my tasting group over the years and the results are always the same (which pleases me greatly because it's a nice slap to the ego for the couple of super pretentious twats in the group). - Hookuh Tinypants
Zulema: I understand that. I also know from experience that some will use the study (and those like it) to say "See? All wines taste the same!" (I've had one beer-lover make essentially that statement.) - Walt Crawford
How 'Google Science' could transform academic publishing (Wired UK) -
Would this only until they don't see a high enough monetization rate and then it closes ala Reader/other cool shuttered Google projects? - Hedgehog from Bookmarklet
so that article... if you go through it ... sounds like it was some proposal that was batted around and never got traction. or maybe this is them socializing the idea? - Christina Pikas
Yeah, they were very careful to say this appeared to still be in the theoretical stages (winky face, etc). But as much money as is in STEM publishing, it doesn't feel entirely far fetched. - Hedgehog
I would place my bet on "Google has alienated too many potential early adopters with earlier faceplants to achieve traction with this." I could, however, be wrong -- Internet use is up enough in STEM since then that there might be a large enough pool to pull from. - RepoRat
Just reading a book by an early Google employee; apparently the founders originally wanted to Publish Everything, be the channel for all media. I'm guessing they've lowered their sights (or come to understand antitrust and little issues like that). - Walt Crawford
RT @lambda_calculus: Red-baiting the open access movement by CACM EIC @vardi
RT @lambda_calculus: Red-baiting the open access movement by CACM EIC @vardi
Meh. - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Meh as well, but I liked the line that introduced the article as red baiting. - Joe
Now that Beall's opened the floodgate and apparently gotten away with it, I imagine we'll see more red-baiting among OA opponents. (Did you know OA advocates are all Satanists? Now you do!) - Walt Crawford
Apparently Vardi hasn't heard of libraries: "A back-of-the-envelope calculation for a top computer-science department in the U.S. shows a total shift to the open access model would raise the annual costs of DL publishing and access to that department by at least tenfold!" - John Dupuis
His version of OA must be only gold OA. - Joe
Shannon - GlassMistress
Do you ever want to comment on something but don't because the fall out isn't worth it?
All the damn time. - SAM
Yes. To be honest, I wish I could stop myself more often. - Johnny
I make that choice often. Generally I can't be bothered. - Steve C Team Marina
yes - Me
Regularly. - Bren from iPhone
IRL—all. the. time. - Micah
Only on days ending in 'y'. - Just another Bubba
Yes. - Betsy
A lot .. Especially on ________'s posts. - Kristin from iPhone
Yes. Probably not as often as I should (that is, fail to comment). - Walt Crawford
Rarely, actually. - MoTO: Team Marina from Android
I was just thinking about having done that earlier today. #JustCensoredMyself - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
No. - Cristo
Absolutely not. - Eric Logan
On Facebook, yes. Then I pull up FriendFeed, write a Bitchfest or Confession item to get it off my chest, and either delete the post after a few hours or leave it. :-D - Corinne L
Sometimes on Facebook, rarely on here. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Meg VMeg
Do you remember anything about your first week of college?
All I remember is the horror of living in a triple with two high school cheerleaders. - Rochelle *boom* Hartman
I remember we did this at orientation: (warning: late '90s web design) which was fun and goofy and appropriate to the campus. - Catherine Pellegrino
About that week specifically, no. - RepoRat
I remember a great many things. Far from the whole kaboodle, but there's a lot that I do remember. - Marianne
I remember the COOT trip I was on - - and I remember pieces of things. I have little memory of the actual first week of classes though. - ellbeecee
I remember quite a bit from Orientation Week (including lots of trips to Target, as there was no IKEA then, and learning offensive chants that they don't teach them anymore), but very little about my first week of classes. - Meg VMeg
I remember a lot, too, including the first week of classes.This would have been fall 1984. We had a crazy system where you registered by showing up in the class you wanted to take and getting a card from the professor at the end of the first session, You could swap cards with other students if needed. After maybe another semester or so, we finally switched to computerized registration. - Stephen Francoeur
Oh oh oh, that's right! Registration happened in the gym, with cards and lines and frazzled administrative assistants. Also a crapton of surveys, with scantron sheets. - Catherine Pellegrino
My first week was an orientation class, too, the week before regular classes started. I remember that class very well. Taught by a married couple (she worked in admin somewhere, and he was an art prof). In addition to classroom time, we went out to the nearby state park, tot he Mennonite grocery store, and to the campus archive/museum. And I do have a few distinct memories from the... more... - Kirsten
We used cards with lots of carbon copy slips for registration (and Add/Drop) and had to take them to the registrar, and then maybe they printed something out for us? On dot matrix? - Meg VMeg
A few things very specifically, the rest impressionistically. - Steele Lawman
Playfair! So this was a thing - my campus did this too. This was in 1986. - Elizabeth Brown
Yes! (1988 for me.) It's still a thing - they had it here at MPOW this year. - Catherine Pellegrino
I had an upperclassman try to swap me rooms while I was moving into the freshman dorm (freshman dorm was the nicest at the time) and I remember a circle orientation activity. Don't remember anything about classes or registration. - Hedgehog
Yes. - Laura
From 52 years ago? I remember the orientation, I remember the feel of moving from a campus of 2,500 to a campus of 27,500, I remember figuring out how to fit into the "apartment" (oversize closet) I was living in before moving to the student co-op. And I remember falling in love with the Berkeley campus almost immediately. That's about it. - Walt Crawford
The marching band party out in the countryside with much pot and alcohol. my roommate's side of the room covered in Star Trek and Star Wars paraphernalia (including a Star Wars bedspread - He also literally believed he was Captain James T. Kirk of the Starship Enterprise, btw), experiencing true freedom for the first time. - Friar Will
I remember being so lonely and anticipating a horrible week since it was also my 18th birthday. The neighbors on my floor totally surprised me with presents and some time hanging out. It ended up being okay. - Lisa L. Seifert from iPhone
I remember going to orientation, meeting some of the people in my dorm, and starting my work-study job. I don't remember much about starting classes that fall. - John (bird whisperer)
We registered with cards filed in shoeboxes and swapped cards with people looking to trade. I took a bus and a streetcar until I found a ride. We had half-naked "posture pictures" taken in the gym. There were some evening events but they were mostly aimed at resident students, not "dayhops." - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
I remember feeling like I would never make any friends, and even my orientation group wasn't all that keen on me. - Holly's favorite Anna
So many things. The guy down the hall from me freaking out when they did a sex-ed talk in the chapel (he went to Catholic school). Camping for a couple of nights and talking with a girl about our favorite lines from On the Road. Thinking it was funny that my roommates both wore dresses/skirts when we were all moving in. Signing the aged matriculation book. Talking my way into year long Shakespeare. Thinking I might finally have come to a place where I was going to have friend for the first time in my life. - laura x
ya i remember that the senior's trying to haze /harass some of my buddies who went with me to school.. so I stood up to them.. kicked their butts.. I was street creed. nobody screwed around with our group /class - Peter Dawson
Flipping through the freshman facebook. - Stephen Francoeur
I remember waiting in an ungodly line to get my student ID thinking I'd have enough time to do it and get lunch in the three hours between calculus and physics, and ended up having to SPRINT across campus to the science wing to get to physics in time, completely missing lunch. I was a bit underwhelmed after the first day of classes, a bit overwhelmed after the second day of classes, and then leveled out by the weekend. Spent too much time figuring out the right Scantrons to buy at the bookstore. - Hookuh Tinypants
I remember a lot - the first week was 'Hell Week' for marching band. We practiced all day, every day, and then there were at least three parties and one road trip to perform at a high school (somewhere in the Tri-Cities.) We did an orientation, and that's when I figured out that one of my friends from high-school was transferring into my dorm, and by the end of the next week, we'd... more... - Jennifer Dittrich
As it was fairly recent, at least some. I remember all the weird icebreaker activities that took place on the quad. I still have some kind of distaste for them even though comparatively speaking, these were actually somewhat entertaining. - MariWeaver
In my first day of my freshman seminar, I thought I was super clever during the icebreaker. We were in Connecticut (Trinity, in Hartford), so when prompted to say something that was unique to me, I said "I was born in Rockford, Illinois." The guy next to me said, "Hey, me too!" We are friends to this day. - Jenica
Irony doesn't work when chatting up girls at a semi-legal beer hall in one's residence. - DJF
1982. Yikes. I went to Concordia while the vast majority of my friends went to McGill so I do remember feeling both incredibly excited yet a little apprehensive about feeling a bit isolated. Concordia CS at the time maxed out at about a class size of 50-60 so the actual experience didn't feel too different from CEGEP. - John Dupuis
I remember quite a bit - Soup in a TARDIS
First day: I met a very petite girl, Jenn, in my statistics class. She invited me back to her dorm room to hang out before I went to my next class (I was a commuter student). She sang along to "Teach Your Children Well" on her boom box, some random dude named Seth wearing a toothbrush and towel stopped by to say hello, and I thought, well, this college thing is pretty wild. - Corinne L
I remember going to all of the fraternity houses for the first time. Oh, and I remember my group winning a scavenger hunt that was part of orientation because we were the only group able to produce a used condom. - Katy S
Caltech sent us to 'frosh camp'. I remember one or two incidents from the whole thing. Also, I went to school a week early as part of the acclimatization program for international students. I vaguely remember they took us to Santa Monica. As for the first week of actual school, I don't remember anything. - Andrew C (✔)
Oh, I remember a ton about the first actual week of classes, particularly the part where I spilled coffee all over myself and the book I was reading right before my first class, which was baby Greek. I still have the book, with the coffee stain. - laura x
I don't remember first week of college but I remember that sometime that summer there was a special week for some kind of minority orientation. Wilma Rudolph came and spoke to us. I'd only been in the US for 10 or 11 months and I remember telling my mom how surprised I was to find out that blacks were a minority. Until then, I was the only Hispanic I knew in town. I remember one other Hispanic kid in the orientation group, and one Polish kid from Hamtramck. I don't remember anyone else. - Betsy
Yes. I remember more about freshman orientation (we moved in about a week before the upperclassmen returned) than about the classes I was taking. I met one of my dearest friends in a world civ class that semester. I think my other classes were college algebra, music appreciation, church history, and our freshman colloquium, the "here's how to cope with college" class we all had to take. - LB sad. from Android
I do remember that the entire first trimester of school felt like an entire year had passed. - Andrew C (✔)
I remember wearing a pair of J Crew flip-flops to class in the rain... funny thing about those J Crew flip-flops, they're really slippery when you hit a wet tiled floor. I wiped out on my way to Bible class... in a skirt. - Lola Bean (Penguin) from iPhone
I guess my answer is a bit different, if I'm talking about classes. I remember quite a bit from there, too - especially my Psych 101 and Gen Ed (really World History) courses, where I found and sat with several other marching band folks (three of which are still great friends of mine.) Our Gen Ed class made the school paper after an argument between the author and my professor over race/ethnicity/nationalism in Egypt. - Jennifer Dittrich
I remember making friends with a guy in a Sewer Trout shirt. I remember napping. - kendrak
I don't remember much (not because I was getting blasted) about what it felt like. I remember how sophisticated and funny the conversations were at the UCHA Co-op where I was going to live and how weird it felt to be the only freshman there (they have a long waiting list so most freshmen don't know to get on it that far ahead of time). - Spidra Webster
More is coming back to me: I remember an orientation session with our RA and dorm director about sex and STDs, and one upper-class student quipping, "and remember: bedsprings squeak." I can't remember if we played laser tag in the dorm during that first week, but we definitely played it my first year, until campus security put the kibosh on it. Same with the Purity Test(s). - Catherine Pellegrino
I recall a fair bit. Ha, so I remember during o-week I was with a group of 6 or so, and we did that team building exercise where you fall backwards and THE TEAM catches you—I MEAN, AREN'T FRESHMEN UNI STUDENTS TRUSTWORTHY! Anyway, it's sort of my own damn fault, but as I stood on the picnic table, at night, ready to be caught, I instinctively did my backstroke spring off the start block... more... - Micah
Cites & Insights 14:9 (September 2014) available -
"A Word to the Easily Confused" *snort* - John Dupuis
I deleted my blog post because I was unhappy about it. This one, I'm happy with. The key: If you're going to dismiss work as worthless because it appears somewhere other than in a refereed journal, that dismissal needs to apply to blogs as well as periodicals. And yes, I'm now explicitly calling C&I a periodical, not a journal, although by any dictionary definition it's both. - Walt Crawford
[tag] How Streaming Media Could Threaten the Mission of Libraries - Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle
[tag] How Streaming Media Could Threaten the Mission of Libraries - Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle
sigh. - Christina Pikas
It really is a template, isn't it? How [X] [Threatens|Dooms|Undermines] Libraries [typically without qualifier as to type of library], where X can be pretty much anything concerned with media or people's habits. By now, presumably, Google Books should have shut down all the libraries... - Walt Crawford
Monique Judge
RT @blowticious: Trash newspaper. RT @StephBMore: No mention of his acceptance to college, or any good he did. Fuck you @nytimes
RT @blowticious: Trash newspaper. RT @StephBMore: No mention of his acceptance to college, or any good he did. Fuck you @nytimes
Next para is "At the same time, he regularly flashed a broad smile that endeared those around him. He overcame early struggles in school to graduate on time. He was pointed toward a trade college and a career and, his parents hoped, toward a successful life. But then came the fatal encounter with Officer Wilson." They love being dramatic. - Meg VMeg
I thought the whole stealing thing had been disproven. He bought one and left another box at the counter or something ? - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Note the clever wording: "the police say..."--which would be true no matter how much it was unproven/disproven. Geez: "lived in a community that had rough patches." Like, say, Oakland, Berkeley, San Francisco, Livermore, Mountain View, Palo Alto, New York, Chicago...indeed, almost every town/city anywhere. - Walt Crawford
Meg, as I explained on Twitter, even with the the next paragraph outlining the good, it's still bad form to publish this in this way ON THE DAY HIS FAMILY IS LAYING HIM TO REST (caps for emphasis, not yelling). NYT did not even follow inverted pyramid here. Allegations should be listed after facts. - Monique Judge
Not to mention all of this is irrelevant, because Darren Wilson would not have known his life history when he encountered him on the street, so none of this had anything with the shooting. Outlining his bad traits in this matter seems to be a bit of agenda setting of the "he had it coming" type. - Monique Judge
That NYT would publish a shamefully bad and biased article is, unfortunately, no longer newsworthy. - Walt Crawford
do anyone have the citation? I'd love to bring this to my journalism profs, esp. the ones who teach obituary writing. I can't tell if this is an obituary, but it sure looks like it. Doesn't have that nice obituary feel tho. feh. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Walt Crawford
SKitch's softball interview with the pres. of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents (and former ACS president!) causes the same reaction in me that the guy's "The Hill" story did: On what basis is it acceptable for libraries to be forced to support non-publishing society activities? Link:...
No, I'm not going to comment at Skitch. Pointless. - Walt Crawford
laura x
Survey: When I see a police officer, I feel ____________. DM me if you don't want to answer publicly.
nothing - MoTO: Team Marina
intimidated - RepoRat
Defensive - Christina Pikas from iPhone
curious. (As in, what is the officer doing, thinking, investigating. I see officers every day at my train station since it's connected to the airport.) - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
reflexively afraid. unless I know them personally. (have since I was a kid. raised in a hippie context.) when I lived in a high-crime neighborhood, I generally felt relieved to see them, because it took them forever to show up when called, and they never patrolled our area - so if they were there, they were at least *interrupting* something bad going down. not sure I'd feel that way now. - Marianne
Anxious. (Even though I stopped speeding years ago.) - laura x from iPhone
Nothing - Amir
anxious - maʀtha
Grateful or anxious, depending on if I'm in a car or at work. - Rochelle *boom* Hartman
Grateful. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
Careful - Todd Hoff
Meh. - Joe
If I see an officer and the lights are spinning on a car that he or she may be in, then I get a little anxious. - Joe
nothing one way or the other - GRANDMAFORSCARLETT
grateful that we seem to have a skilled serve & protect department, not a paramilitary force. - Walt Crawford
Anxious. The two times I've called them for help: embarrassed. I never realized just how much my parents managed to inculcate me with the whole "never talk to cops" thing that probably a lot of immigrants from developing countries have. - Victor Ganata
Conscientious. - Julian
Curious, mostly. But depending in the situation, that feeling might be anxiety, anger, or relief. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Nothing. It is about as noteworthy as seeing a fast food worker or UPS guy. They're just someone doing their job in an immediately recognizable uniform. - Soup in a TARDIS
Curious, but it's also contextual. If I seem them coming in where I work, I do wonder what's wrong (we've had the police come in to arrest people in the past). - Katy S
Self-aware. Am I acting normal enough? AM I ACTING TOO NORMAL? What would a normal person do, in my situation? - Meg VMeg
^ This right here. I start to immediately wonder if I'm doing anything that might get me in trouble or make me seem suspicious, even though I know perfectly well that I've done nothing wrong. - Hookuh Tinypants
Oh, yeah...totally what Meg and Amanda are talking about. Why do I suddenly feel like I got caught on my way to the kitchen to sneak a cookie at night? - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
Is it possible for Meg to act normal? Or anyone? - Joe
Curious, self-conscious, possibly defensive depending on the context. - Corinne L
Cautious. Self-aware works, too. - Lola Bean (Penguin)
Tense, anxious, self conscious. Usually it's seeing a police car while driving which means I immediately slow down even though I'm rarely gouing more than 5 mph over the limit. - Galadriel C. from Android
Agree on the context. Curious/bland. I lived with a NY city cop (he's married to one of my best friends, we shared an apt when he was in academy) and both this apt/last I live 2 blocks from police station. I am at ease w/ the liaison from CPD that I see at work all the time, though other officers in MPOW make me nervous. - Hedgehog from Android
Anxious, defensive (if in US). Nothing (if in Norway). - Jenny H. from Android
Norwegian's make me nervous. They eat Reindeer. - Eric Logan
Curious. - Melly - #TeamMarina
Especially if in traffic I know he's above the law. Speeding, no turn signals, weaving around btwn lanes, running red lights, anything everybody else would get pulled over for. So I just get out of the way. Because who pulls over a cop? - Otherwise, not much to be felt. - Uli
Holly's favorite Anna
I Ate Taco Bell's Entire New Dollar Menu in One Sitting, and Here's What I Learned | Adweek
I Ate Taco Bell's Entire New Dollar Menu in One Sitting, and Here's What I Learned | Adweek
It makes my digestive system hurt just to read that headline. - Laura
A couple of those look pretty good. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
Laura, that was my reaction, too. - Holly's favorite Anna
Different mileage. As I read the article, I found that none of them--even in the glamorized Taco Bell shots--looked good to me at all. Apparently my fast food immunization is holding well. - Walt Crawford
Walt Crawford
If you haven't already, go read Wayne Bivens-Tatum's latest "Peer to Peer" at Library Journal. Highly recommended!
I had missed the "pure bilge" comment on WBT's column on the first "The Big Deal..." and am now thinking I should use it as a new subtitle for Cites & Insights. (Or maybe not.) It's good to be pure. - Walt Crawford
John Dupuis
RT @kanderson: Professional societies in the US are growing concerned about public access policies.
Hear that sound? That is a big loud FUD! - Joe
Poor babies. Here, have a world's smallest violin. - RepoRat
The hill is widely read by staffers. Hopefully this won't have any impact - Christina Pikas from iPhone
siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh - RepoRat
There was a lot of the same kind of FUD here about the coming Tri-Agency OA policy. "Ooooh, but what about the societies?" - John Dupuis
"Our professional society provides so little real value to its members that we can only survive because of library subsidies. Help us maintain our budgets by draining library budgets!" - Walt Crawford
Bingo. Same with government's funding research. They don't fund research for the sake of supporting society or commercial publishers' journal programs. They fund research for lots of reasons, but none of them involve making sure that publishers are taken care of. As a result, government OA mandates shouldn't spend a lot of time worrying about how mandating OA is going to affect the... more... - John Dupuis
^^^ Bingo is right. - Joe
My siblings and I earned our first DVD player (edit: actually VCR player) by digging dandelions out of our yard, five cents per root that measured an inch or longer. That remains one of my prouder accomplishments. #saturdayFF
In my middle age, I imagine my parents thinking "Oooh, we can get a DVD player AND a weeded yard." - lris
Damn. I only got a penny for weeding dandelions, but I got a dollar for ironing blouses. My mother had a wrinkle free wardrobe and a weedy yard. - laura x from iPhone
Aw man, I did ironing for free! - lris
Luckies! To get paid, I had to do things like paint creosote on the horse pastures' fences. - Katy S
Ironing for free as a child. One reason I wear (almost) entirely non-iron clothes as an adult. (The "almost" hasn't come into play for a year or more...) - Walt Crawford
I didn't have anything to spend money on, so I mostly did it out of boredom, I think, or a desire to get my mother's attention. I suspect she did it mostly to get me out of her hair, so it was kind of a zero sum there. - laura x from iPhone
My chores were based on a non-monetary reward system. Mostly donuts. - Meg VMeg
Aw man, I really missed out on rewards! The dandelions were the only chores that came with rewards for me. - lris
(I am also deeply curious about how early on you all got a DVD player--I had only a VCR until I was 30.) - laura x from iPhone
Good catch! This was a VCR player I'm remembering. - lris
50 cents for mowing the front yard, 70 cents for the side or back yard. Dandelions were considered a lost cause. - Deborah Fitchett
Victor Ganata
RT @heinousdealings: I can't be the only person on the Internet who'd, generally speaking, rather read walls & walls of text rather than watch a video.
Not really but I can relate. You can scrub a video to get to the good part. Skimming text to get to the good part is harder. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
I hate having to wait for video to download before being able to scrub reliably. Scrolling through text still feels better to me. - Victor Ganata
As someone who glosses a lot of videos I find each medium has strengths and weaknesses. People will make connections more generally in a video but they'll deep dive more readily in a text. Generally they are complimentary. - Todd Hoff
The main argument I have against video is guilt-by-association: the most empty-headed conspiracy theory bullshit tends to get spread via video instead of text. - Andrew C (✔)
On mobile, even on LTE, video is sloooow. On the desktop/laptop, I hate having to f- around with Flash updates. Music videos and memes and people's personal videos are one thing, but for speeches and lectures, If there's no transcript, I ain't looking. - Victor Ganata
I find I can generally get to the point faster with text than video. - John (bird whisperer)
Yes - video just seems to take forever; I read so much faster than people talk. - Jennifer Dittrich
I find I treat video as entertainment even if it's not intended that way--nothing gets through. Also, what Jennifer and John say: even a modest 600wpm is four times talking speed. (And you can skim a lot faster than that...) - Walt Crawford
Video is for cats. - Amit Patel
Walt Crawford
Whew. So much for Jeffrey Beall simply ignoring my work. I would love to know (a) where I've ever claimed that C&I is a scholarly journal, (b) what I've said (rather than excerpting from others) that could remotely be called hate speech. Haven't decided whether to reply at SKitch....
Beall's comment is in the comments. - Walt Crawford
Is Beall a protected class now? - Pete : Team Marina
I've commented at Walt at Random, but gave up on an attempt to reply directly. (I believe Beall's blog still turns up as a source for some Wikipedia text, because, well, I could just cite Animal Farm.) - Walt Crawford
I've now tried three times, and given up: It is impossible for me to cope with Beall's comment at least at Skitch. Maybe someone else will do so. Maybe not. It's a fine attempt at "go look over there, not over here" as a way to deal with my actual research, and it pretty clearly works. (Not new: that was Beall's answer to my Big Deal research as well. Having an ALA-published version helps in that area...) - Walt Crawford
Pete: I find it amusing when a middle-aged white male accuses an elderly white male of hate speech for writing critical commentary...and, y'know, I am theoretically in a semi-protected class (elderly, as in over 65). - Walt Crawford
He is acting like a tool by trying to deflect criticism from himself onto you...and discrediting himself in the process. - YvonneM
Yeah, I concluded that it was a rant that couldn't/shouldn't be responded to (but left my own post up). The trigger line is his claim of the growing irrelevance of DOAJ, which makes zero sense unless he thinks he'll succeed in shutting down gold OA in general. - Walt Crawford
Walt Crawford
Old-guy technology grump 1: Forced to use Yahoo!mail (for freecycle), encountering old-style idiot reply defaults (tendency to wind up replying to yourself). Gmail handles this logically (you probably *don't* want to reply to yourself) and I'd forgotten that idiot email systems worked this way.
Old-guy technology grump 2: Yesterday morning, looking at hike pictures from Gmail, Firefox properly opened new tab for the pictures...but wouldn't close the tab. Wound up with six tabs, none of which would close (using any of several techniques). "Solution": Closed Firefox, reopened it, same six tabs but now they'd close. Still wonder what happened. - Walt Crawford
If we limited emails to 140 characters, would people write smaller emails and be forced to be concise? Or, would people write even more emails that would need even more responses?
I'm guessing the latter... - Walt Crawford
...multiple emails tied together with... - Walt Crawford
...well, you know - Walt Crawford
Philosopher now wants to try this for in Lent. considering his frequent marathon emails, this could be interesting - Hedgehog from Android
So, if you've got an institutional OA fund, do you warn applicants about dodgy journals, even if they meet the criteria of the fund? The OMICS journals (, for example, are not indexed anywhere, but I've got somebody who's submitted an article for publication there.
When MfPOW had one, it clearly stated that DOAJ membership for the journal was a prerequisite for funding -- and yes, I looked it up for every single application (unless it was one of the no-duh majors). Given that DOAJ is starting to clean house, this may make even more sense now. - RepoRat
We ask for OASPA and it's a limited enough fund that anything too sketchy we'd probably decline. (Note, I'm not making those calls at present) - Hedgehog
Anyway, to actually answer your question (sorry), yes, it happened a couple times and yes, I warned. Never made a damn bit of difference, but at least my conscience felt clean. - RepoRat
We say, "doaj, or assisting their criteria". The problem is a journal that meets the criteria, charges over $900 in fees, but isn't indexed anywhere, not even in proquest. - DJF from Android
Well, at least the Oral Health and Dental Management journal is indexed for Medline (at least thru a year ago) there's at least that criteria met? I say let the author know your concerns so as least they can make a more informed decision - Hedgehog
How old is it, DJF? Has there been time to get it indexed? - RepoRat
Two issues in 2012 (Jan and Mar), three issues (Mar, Aug, Dec) and one conference proceedings in 2013, two issues (Mar, Jun) so far in 2014. - DJF
This is on the homepage of a sister journal (Cellular & Molecular Biology, "It has to be stated that the cybercriminal robber of my journal, named Maixent, a heavily condemned former professor, ejected from the university like a lousy dog, deprived of all his titles and functions has had the cheek to publish in my... more... - DJF
Cellular & Molecular Biology is, in fact, indexed in Medline. - DJF
We apparently require an impact factor of at least 1. (No comment.) - Deborah Fitchett
That's actually a fairly reasonable use of impact factor IMO. It does leave brand-new journals out in the cold, however. - RepoRat
Wow, DJF. That's... eye-opening. In a LOLWUT kind of way. - RepoRat
The more time one spends with OMICS, the stranger it becomes (and I'm currently plowing, very slowly, through several hundred OMICS journals). The strangeness includes the possibility that there may be some solid journals among the OMICS battalion. - Walt Crawford
[And I have to give OMICS credit: most journals dropped APCs from $1,800+ levels to $500-$900 levels within the past few months.] - Walt Crawford
That's the thing. It's a platform. So the quality of the individual titles depends on the editorial board, because there's no corporate oversight. - DJF from Android
DJF: Is this not true of most publishers with lots of journals--unless they're forced to recognize failure at a specific journal? (I'm not arguing OMICS is good; there's a whole raft of "C" grades in that section of the spreadsheet.) Does Elsevier actually maintain strong corporate oversight over the ethics of each and every journal? Or is this another diseconomy of scale? - Walt Crawford
(The questions above are honest questions: I don't know the answers...) - Walt Crawford
Well, part of it is platform prestige. If somebody is going to pitch a new journal to Elsevier, then it's going to have to have a quality editorial board and good business plan before Elsevier will pick it up. - DJF from Android
They seem to quit looking after that, though -- how the heck did Chaos Solitons and Fractals survive as long as it did otherwise? - RepoRat
Editor would like me to provide a footnote sourcing the term "The Big Deal". Do any of you happen to have at your fingertips something describing/defining/originating this term?
Hm. Someone mentioned on liblicense who coined the term. - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Unless there's an earlier mention, I'd go with Kenneth Frazier in D-Lib in 2001. Here's the link: - Walt Crawford
Thanks Walt! The term was thrown around as common when I was in libschool, so this threw me :) - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Sigh: "Like most open-access journals, Science Advances will be supported by article processing charges." Keep repeating a falsehood over and over again (most OA journals, at least in DOAJ, do *not* have APCs), and even people on "your side" regard it as truth. - Walt Crawford
I don't think that that google doc is allowed to be edited any more. - Joe
It looks like that sentence was taken out after you viewed it. Good thing, because I almost tweeted him to ask him to edit it after it had already been edited. - Joe
Huh. Still the first sentence of the second paragraph here: - Walt Crawford
Ah, I see, that is in the scientist reporting of the letter, not in the actual letter. We are talking about two different texts. - Joe
In order to comment on the Scientist article, I'd have to "Sign In with your LabX Media Group Passport to leave a comment" and I'd rather not do that. - Joe
you can put a comment in the google doc and protohedgehog will update - Christina Pikas
Walt Crawford
Not surprisingly, the San Francisco Chronicle is running more pieces about Robin Williams, some pointing out that he was an actor and comedian, not a comedian-actor (he trained at Juilliard), and the local movie critic's list of ten best films (headed by Moscow on the Hudson). Too many to link to; just go to
Warning: At least on my aging computer running Firefox, seems to use a boatload of system resources and slows things down something awful--including getting away from it. - Walt Crawford
Sarah G.
Technology doesn't just mean stuff that is battery powered or plugged in.
When I wrote "Current Technologies in the Library" (1988, ALA Editions), at least one reviewer was terribly upset that I regarded printed books as technology. - Walt Crawford
I've been know to wave pencils in the air while saying, "This is technology!" - Rebecca Hedreen
I grab the nearest codex. *g* Watching their eyes go wide is fun! - RepoRat
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