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Andrew C (✔)
Sites where the comments are worth reading:
friendfeed - Katy S
Friendfeed. AV Club. Crooked Timber. At least some sports blogs (Knickerblogger, Posting and Toasting, probably more). - Andrew C (✔)
AV Club is fantastic! A little insular and you have to know some of the inside jokes and shorthand, but really good comments overall. - Jed rocks the party.
DAWES - Andrew C (✔)
FriendFeed, YouTube (yes, I said it), Google+, pretty much anywhere there's an 'elite' of commenters drumming the pace of their communities' interactions based on content that makes people think instead of entertain them. - Zu from AOD
I've enjoyed several of the club-specific soccer blogs. - Jennifer Dittrich
Metafilter. /b/ - Akiva
Metafilter. AskMetafilter!!! - Meg VMeg
Parts of reddit, but not all of it. - ellbeecee
Metafilter. - Betsy
Great Affectations, Ben Afflect's literary criticism blog. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
DonationCoder forum (just stay out of the basement...we keep our collection of wingnuts down there) - April Russo
But seriously, Ta-Nehisi Coates' column on - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
/r/askreddit and /r/truegaming On reddit can be interesting. - Rodfather from Android
WordPress developers' blogs. - Mary B: #TeamMonique
Stack Overflow. - Akiva
Penthouse Forum - Steve C
Whatever (that is, John Scalzi's blog, not dismissing the topic) - Walt Crawford
Walt Crawford
As I've been dealing with thousands of journal websites, I took a dim view of Gold OA sites with too much going on (I call it "Bollywood Style"), most of them from India. And then, a couple of days ago, I hit two Elsevier Gold OA journal sites...
Just as busy as the ones I tended to dislike--but even more difficult (read "impossible") to determine the APC, and I'm pretty damn sure there is one. Less sideways-moving type, but equally headache-inducing. So "clean journal site design" clearly isn't a reason to favor The Biggest over the sketchy Indian startups. (No, I normally wouldn't be at Elsevier journals. Why would I? But I assumed they were as clean as, say, Hindawi or BMC.) - Walt Crawford
Walt Crawford
Surprise Wednesday: just backing out to go to the Wednesday hike, fellow walking waves at me, tells me "you have a flat tire." Sure enough. CSAA on its way (I've managed to avoid ever changing a tire), then off to the store where we bought the tire a year ago to get a replacement...
Changing a tire is kind of fun, when it works. Can you get the current one patched? Much cheaper than replacing it. - laura x
The tire's under warranty; my wife says she really doesn't want a repaired tire. Those will factor in to the decision. (Which is to say: $100 for peace of mind is well worth it.) - Walt Crawford
I don't mind changing tires. I volunteered to do a guy's a work, but he called AAA so was just going to sit there and wait for them for an hour or so instead :) - Christina Pikas
I had a flat in Wyoming once while park at my house. My friend helped me take the tire to the shop, two blocks away, and then she said, "Oh, and can you just deliver this back to Laura's house when you're done?" Len did, and he insisted on putting it back on for me. I said, "What do I owe you?" He said, "You're a librarian, right? Read a book for me sometime." I gave him some banana bread. Then my 6'5" handyman friend Jim complained that Len never delivered *his* tires and put them back on. The end. - laura x
Your story is very Wyoming. The OEM battery in my 11-year-old SUV died suddenly, blocking the entrance to the carwash on a sunny day. Were the guys in pickups behind me annoyed? No, they came over and insisted on trying to jump it, called a friend who tows when it wouldn't work. The tow driver used his double diesel to jump it, refused to charge me, and followed me to O'Reilly, where the teenager who sold me a new battery installed it for me in the lot. - kaijsa
Followup: The tire wasn't repairable; wound up spending $32 for new tire & installation (half of that's installation/balancing), with a slight price increase for the tire but a 93% credit for the old tire. It's all good. Actually, the guy that spotted it offered to help change the tire--but, y'know, the AAA guy uses a *real* jack that makes things so much faster & safer, and we almost never use AAA but pay for it every year. Mostly just missed the hike, and changing the tire wouldn't have helped there. - Walt Crawford
[Apparently ran over a big-ass screw on the way home last time driving, I'd guess: Entered the tread and apparently long enough to affect the sidewall. That side of the tire was the flattest I've ever seen a modern tire.] - Walt Crawford
Walt Crawford
Came *this* close to commenting at SKitch, with Joe Esposito blathering about how much he's irked by university librarians with $50 million budgets being contemptuous of university presses. I'm guessing Joe believes there are dozens or hundreds of such university libraries. In fact, as of 2012 data, there are ten (10) in the U.S.
So since he speaks of being irked as something that occurs a lot, he'd have a pretty short list of candidates. But not gonna go there: I know better than to enter the SKitch hall of mirrors. - Walt Crawford
[And as to the Go Big or Go Home: I'm eventually working on an informal essay about the *dis*economies of scale, apparently, where non-med/bio Gold OA is concerned: How so many libraries, colleges and associations can afford to run smallish OA journals without APC.] - Walt Crawford
If you're wondering: Harvard, Yale, Stanford, USC, Michigan, Columbia, NYU, Penn State, Princeton, UCLA. Yes, I know, Berkeley should be on that list, but Berkeley lost a lot of budget over the period 2002-2012, and is just now getting *part* of it back. Berkeley, Cornell, UT Austin and UIUC would be next up, but all under $50 big ones. - Walt Crawford
There are some interesting diseconomies of scale that emerge across the board. One that ONE is dealing with is that it has to deal systematically with all sorts of misbehaviour and odd occurrences that most journals would only ever see one or two examples of, so they take an ad hoc approach. Raises some interesting questions about what we miss about the issues in the literature because... more... - Cameron Neylon
I won't be writing anything deep or, um, scholarly, but Cameron, you raise some interesting points. On the other hand, many (most?) of the non-hard-science journals I'm looking at have somewhat different issues (for one thing, life & death are rarely involved!). On the grappling hand, some of those *really* small journals are going to disappear from DOAJ given the new rules (they publish fewer than five articles a year). - Walt Crawford
In my addled mind, a biology, biomed, medical or agriculture journal that publishes four articles a year is a pretty clear failure--where a journal devoted to the work of one author (there are several of those) might be doing just fine at that level. - Walt Crawford
JH isn't in that top 10? surprised! - Christina Pikas
Johns Hopkins' total library spending was around $37.3 million in 2012. - Walt Crawford
Is there any university anywhere else in the world that goes anywhere near $US50M - I had thought eg Oxford was around £18M so a long way short... - Cameron Neylon
@Walt "Viability is correlated with quality": discuss. Seriously not clear to me. You raise an interesting question about both what is viable (work on a single author? sounds tough) and what *should* be viable. Scale to give viability at the journal level implies a certain kind of subject matter. Creating scale at a platform level that allows more subject vertical and niche 'journals'... more... - Cameron Neylon
Cameron: As to the first, I have no idea. As to the second: I'm not sure I'm saying viability is correlated with quality, since I'm not sure I believe that. These are some tough issues that I'm probably not even the best person to be writing about; I just tossed off a couple of things here, based on the casual research I'm doing. As you say, more for (someone) to think about... - Walt Crawford
Rachel Vacek
Hey @ALA_LITA, want to know what I do as your President and where LITA is headed? Read this:
I get a 404, but I won't read anything into that. Then again, I'm no longer a LITA member. - Walt Crawford
Yah that first linked went down. Here's the new one - Hedgehog
David Rothman (☤)
Academic libraryfolk: I havn't worked in a library in 3 years, and that was at a community hospital. One of the faculty I support wants to know the reputation of this journal: I'm aware that Herbert is on Beall's List...but that's not enough for me. Any info on the publisher you're aware of?
None, but there is some pretty choice boolsheet on that page, as well as some unhappy grammar. E.g. "the full-text of each article will be deposited and permanently archived in Google Scholar." Um, GScholar is not an archive. - RepoRat
Googling for HOAJ brought up this, which makes them seem a little dodgy: - Jaclyn aka spamgirl
I am inclined to say "don't walk away -- run." - RepoRat
Also, they list DOAJ on the bottom, but searching DOAJ doesn't bring up any of their journals. I'd pass. - Jaclyn aka spamgirl
There's one journal from them there, something or other about cancer therapeutics, but it's not this journal. - RepoRat
i do not like single-blind peer review. - jambina
Many thanks, RR. (Related, I told faculty member to check this out: ) - David Rothman (☤)
Coming at it from an "I don't care about Beall's list" perspective, what I see is similar for nearly all Herbert journals: very few articles, even fewer for that one than most others, which suggests that it's not gained any traction. (Six articles over two years.) Enough reason to approach with a LOT of caution. Bringing up things like RR's note. - Walt Crawford
[The Journal of Cancer Therapeutics and Research is one of three Herbert OA journals that seems to be attracting authors even at $1,350 a pop, with 34 papers in 2012, 21 in 2013 and 4 in the first half of 2014; the others are on anesthesiology and diabetes--two different journals, to be sure.] - Walt Crawford
RT @johannes_mono: That awkward moment when Satan is a perfectly acceptable option for your kids.
RT @johannes_mono: That awkward moment when Satan is a perfectly acceptable option for your kids.
I missed out on witchcraft. - rönin from FFHound!
Can I tell all my professors next year they're the devil, so I shouldn't listen? :P - Alix May
Too late. I learned all that stuff from Mom and Dad. - Steven Perez
Psychology? - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Sounds right. If you're with this wacko, psychology *must* be a tool of the devil. - Walt Crawford
Walt Crawford
Heard a few minutes of Mr. "Six Californias" on NPR today. Maybe he should stay off the radio: It sounded like a pure example of very wealthy privileged Native California nostalgia gone wild: Back in the day when California had great education, was the best place to start a business, had no poverty and wonderful weather...
..before everything went to hell because Gummint. But six Gummints could fix it all. Sure they could. - Walt Crawford
Note that I'm a native Californian although never very wealthy. On the other hand, I grew up in one of those Californias he really wants to get rid of--you know, the one that grows the nation's food and has a high poverty rate, because Food. - Walt Crawford
Victor Ganata
One of these days I'll check out SDCC, but I'm apprehensive about the lines and the crush of people.
If Helen's London Comic and Film Con experience is anything to go by, that's a very well founded apprehension! - Pete
I went to SDCC a couple times in the '90s and there's no way I'd do it now. If you actually enjoy comics & geek culture and don't enjoy lines and crowds, I'd highly recommend going to a smaller regional con. You'll still get the cosplay, the vendors and panels. You just won't get the red carpet shit that you'd have to wait in line for a day or more to get near anyway. You'll also save a boatload of money. - Spidra Webster
Yeah, I regret not checking out SDCC before it totally blew up. But even the Long Beach and L.A. Civic Center conventions seem like total clusters. - Victor Ganata
I liked Wondercon when it was in Oakland but then it moved to SF and then Anaheim... If I were to pick a local con I'd probably try Komikaze. But if you were willing to travel to SD, it might be worth traveling somewhere else for a smaller con. - Spidra Webster
WonderCon has essentially moved to Anaheim. It's "temporary", but... =P Anyways, the Bay Area's loss is SoCal's gain. - Andrew C (✔)
Heh, I guess SDCC just feels more doable now that my cousin moved to the actual city of SD and I can just crash out in their guest bedroom and/or couch :D One of my friends of FB just mentioned that hotel prices in SD right now are more expensive than what they paid for their fancy hotel room in Paris. Of course, I should've gone when I actually *lived* in SD. - Victor Ganata
I feel the same way. I'd love to go but I just can't deal with crowds so I fear it would be a bad experience. - Tamara from iPhone
Not sure what the Sacramento CC was like inside the convention center, but outside it was easy to navigate crowds. Everyone was in good spirits & the cosplay was fantastic. As for SDCC, my neighbor went for the first time this year & he's had issues with anxiety in the past, so I'll have to ask him about his experience of it. - Corinne L
May be worth noting that SDCC does not have a harassment policy that John Scalzi considers acceptable (so he was in the area but never actually at the con). This should matter to a lot of people; I'd like to think it does matter to some. - Walt Crawford
Y'know, it bothers me that, as a straight white elderly male, I was the *first* to note that SDCC has a Code of Conduct problem (which showed up in today's San Francisco Chronicle as well). It does remind me why it's so difficult to make any kind of progress on some issues... - Walt Crawford
I didn't note it because in the days when I went to cons there *were* no such things as codes of conduct (not that I think that was a good thing). I cosplayed and went to cons as a single unaccompanied woman without the benefit of a code of conduct and put up with whatever crap was slung my way. So their very existence is still a new thing to me and I'm not up on which cons have the better codes. - Spidra Webster
John Dupuis
RT @Bibliohart: The ALA Wants You to Know that Libraries Are More Than Just a “Netflix for Books”
It is? - Joe
A little struck by the piece's harping on how "out of date" a fall 2013 survey is. - Walt Crawford
When did people start confusing lightning/lightening? I feel like it came out of nowhere and I'm seeing it all over the place now.
I think it might be autocorrect. - Victor Ganata
One's a highly charged subject while the other pales in comparison. Don't know what's so hard about it. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
I am more bothered by people messing up lose/loose and losing/loosing. - Brian Johns
^ this - Katy S from iPhone
The effect has lost its affect. - Joe
Marie, I suspect it;s just the power of a meme. Someone made something catchy and attractive on the lightning/lightening front, and it took off like the message was the force. I think it's just meme-in-action. - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Victor: You mean a computer program would be substituting the very rare "lightening" for the common "lightning"? That's bizarre, but I don't doubt it. - Walt Crawford
Autocorrect learns some really bizarre habits. - Victor Ganata
Honestly, I never noticed they were spelled differently. Not that I use either one all that often. - Holly's favorite Anna
Holly's favorite Anna
RT @rvacoffeestain: Do the two people on Google + talk to each other?
Sure, much like the one person on Friendfeed. (The OA community, for example, is fairly strong on G+.) - Walt Crawford
Walt Crawford
Beautiful hiking day (a little rain yesterday and LOTS of wind cleared some of the muck out of the air), and we did "Brushy Peak counterclockwise." Which in this case meant that for the Ramblers, the intermediate group, instead of a nice pleasant 4 miles with maybe 500' rise, we had *exactly* the same hike as the Scramblers: 6.35 miles...
...and 1,350' rise. Still, pleasant if tiring. (Brushy Peak is so-called because the top is covered with trees, whereas most local hills are bare most of the time. It also has a long history, indicated in part by the many grinding rocks.) - Walt Crawford
And, TIL: I always figured Brushy Peak was a tall hill, not a short mountain. It's 1,702' (we get within a few feet of the peak, because we start out several hundred feet above sea level). Turns out that's a hill in the UK and Ireland, a mountain by old American usage. I think 2,000' or 600m is a useful lower limit for an actual mountain. - Walt Crawford
John Dupuis
RT @arhomberg: "some libraries will accost their fate as being inevitable, them being powerless" Kindle Ulimited
"The question as to how this might impact libraries is an area where there seems to be a dearth of genuine reflection on the issues." <- dearth? what dearth? i'll show him dearth. - Christina Pikas
BiblioLabs? The more I look at what it says it is, the more I think I've forgotten English as a primary language. - Walt Crawford
Walt Crawford
Fun times yesterday: At 3 p.m. (+/- 5 minutes), power went out. Called PG&E; it had already been reported; estimated fix 6 p.m. Which changed to 8 p.m. Which changed to (gulp) 1 a.m. Finally restored at 11:56 p.m. Went out again after about three minutes for eight minutes. Restored (and stayed restored) at 12:07 a.m.
(We needed to know when it actually came back to check the likely damage to refrigerated/frozen food: fortunately, the Samsung fridge we got with the house has external displays with the freezer/refrig. temp, normally 2F and 38F. At restoration, it was 27F and 56F--the first not a problem, the second we're not sure. Half an hour later, already down to 12F/38F.) (Corrected: 38, not 32.) - Walt Crawford
PG&E has a good automated callback system for updates on est. time of restoration and when restored, but if you say "call anytime"...they do. And the up, then down, then up again apparently got things confused: I think we got four calls between midnight and 1 a.m. As for spoilage, my wife will need to decide re milk and several cartons of liquid egg whites, otherwise probably all OK. - Walt Crawford
The lucky thing: We were able to *entirely* avoid opening refrig/freezer doors during the outage. And there is one dinner-serving restaurant in walking distance, although my wife wasn't wild about it. And we recently picked up a good LED lantern-style flashlight, by which we played two-handed solitaire for a while before giving up and going to bed early. - Walt Crawford
The fillip this morning, 15 minutes ago: Heavy rain, for about 5-10 minutes. Pretty unusual for late July in a drought year, and probably just enough to help the crunchy-underfoot "lawns." - Walt Crawford
[The "one restaurant within walking distance" is significant: We have an electric range--and an electric garage door. Didn't want to have to figure out how to open it manually if we could avoid it... Still: All FWPs. No real harm done.] - Walt Crawford
opening manually - pull down toggle thing to disengage motor and then pull up door? - Christina Pikas
Christina: Yeah, we know how it's supposed to work...but pulling up that door with a big ol' car in the way didn't sound appetizing. - Walt Crawford
Walt Crawford
Thanks to a different post, I went back to the Forbes idiocy and looked at the comments. The author has apparently decided that full-time trolling on other commenters is deep wisdom. It's quite a remarkable display; makes Cato and Hoover people look dead reasonable by comparison.
I mean: first, every time a librarian or other person says "libraries are about more than just lending books," he says "now that we've agreed that libraries aren't about books..." (not in those words). Second, his responses nicely ignore the title of his rant with its admonition to close all the libraries. It's actually pretty classic trolling, just at a higher pitch than usual. - Walt Crawford
I somehow missed this. Grrr. - YvonneM
There appears to be a template of sorts: New ebook-related thingie comes out; white male who doesn't use public libraries explains why this is The End Of Libraries and a Good Thing, without any real facts. Difference this time: The jackass is more busily trolling than most such template-users do. (The sad thing: An academic librarian with a large audience is playing along, albeit with a different tune, this time. Mathews, you should know better.) - Walt Crawford
Walt Crawford
After one "incompatible" Blu-ray and one damaged one, finally actually able to watch Big Miracle last night--and it's quite a good picture that seems not to have gotten much attention. Great cast, true story (three California Grey whales stranded in early ice near Barrow, during Reagan's admin.). Thoroughly enjoyable.
(Not likely to write a proper review, but if you've never heard of or seen Big Miracle--from 2012--you might take a look. - Walt Crawford
Rachel Walden
YOU GUYS. What was the name of the guy who would always post complaints to email lists about, uh, (afraid of summoning...) a public library in a city in Massachusetts? Something reminded me but I can't find it and now it's bothering me.
Don Saklad? - LB's 10:19pm Name Change from Android
Don it is, the one and only. - Walt Crawford
The scariest thing? I didn't even have to Google to recall his name, just to find a link to share. - LB's 10:19pm Name Change from Android
Thank you. That's exactly who I was thinking of. - Rachel Walden
omg ... i know that guy! he also tips into glbt* groups to remind us all to have safer sex. - henry
Walt Crawford
Never been a Led Zeppelin fan (nor a heavy metal fan), but listening to Pandora yesterday while indexing C&I 14.8 (the only time I use Pandora), suddenly a beautiful little totally-non-metal instrumental from LZ came up (on one of my custom channels). Remarkable. Don't remember the name of the piece, but it wasn't words.
That's the one--and I guess it might be words, just not ones I'm familiar with. Good on Pandora for associating this with the custom channel I created. - Walt Crawford
Walt Crawford
Cites & Insights 14:8 (August 2014) available -
Tomorrow or Friday I'll post another link--ALA Editions makes the first chapter of each LTR issue available free (and sells the other chapters cheaply). - Walt Crawford
Walt Crawford
Cites & Insights 14:8 (August 2014) is out...which also means that "Big-Deal Serial Purchasing: Tracking the Damage" is now available at the ALA Store. This is a relief... (A short version of my blurb for that is just the first two pages of a 32-page issue.)
[And if somebody reads the LTR, gets to the final chapter, notes my discussion of Transparency as one way to help matters, and complains that I shoulda' cited the recent study on actual bundle prices...I will have words about the reality of formal publishing, even expedited formal publishing. Sure am glad to see the study, though: it's a start.] - Walt Crawford
Walt Crawford
Sigh. Now the Beallster, in asserting Another Predatory OA Publisher, concludes that if you create an overlay journal to a repository base (in this case overlaying articles deposited in SSRN), the repository (SSRN) *is the publisher.* No point in trying to educate him; he's selectively deaf.
(The journal in question does raise caution flags--e.g. the "pay more for faster peer review"--but being an overlay journal surely isn't one of them, nor does the papers all being in SSRN make SSRN the journal's publisher. That's just...well, sigh... - Walt Crawford
Walt Crawford
For some bizarre reason, I read the Wikipedia entry on RLG today (Research Libraries Group, that is). It's...sad. (It's not wrong; it's just sad.) Nothing at all on the talk page, which is never a good sign.
Well, you know, there are ways to remedy that. - laura x
There are a couple of good reasons that I won't be the one to remedy it--especially since I'm not sure what I'd say. (There's a big 40th Anniversary Reunion later this month--which I won't be attending, for about half a million small reasons and one big one--and maybe somebody there will feel the need. Maybe not.) - Walt Crawford
Hope Leman
RT @McDawg: @CameronNeylon mentions FriendFeed and the big role it played in #openscience (ghost-town now) #jcbms
I can think of a few hundred library folks who'd object to the "ghost town" characterization. I think that what's made Friendfeed my most useful social network over the past four years is that it *isn't* full of hundreds of millions of people desperately seeking supporters, likes, connections, ads. - Walt Crawford
What Walt said. - Betsy
Andrew C (✔)
Pretty sure this washing machine counts 70 seconds per "minute".
Metric. - Betsy
But I'm in 'Murica! Or the Republic of San Francisco, anyways. - Andrew C (✔) from Android
If you mean that a "45 minute" cycle takes about 50 minutes: welcome to the club. That last minute is a killer. - Walt Crawford
Walt Crawford
Probably not the first one to say this, but it seems as though somebody at Bentham Open would have realized that their favorite journal-naming convention, The Open [Noun-Phrase] Journal, results in some...unpleasant titles.
E.g., The Open Inflammation Journal, The Open Lung Cancer Journal, The Open Bone Journal, The Open Colorectal Cancer Journal - Walt Crawford
The Open Closed Meetings Journal. - Betsy
Those are admittedly the worst real examples I noticed--and yes, they're all real (to the extent that most Bentham Open journals are "real," which is a huge caveat). - Walt Crawford
Walt Crawford
Nothing like timing: I tried to read a Tom Peters book 25 years later, and gave up...and in last week's Economist, see the Management Fad of the Hour: Zappos' idea to turn itself into a whole bunch of self-forming project teams with little or no middle management. With a Name, of course: Holacracy.
Here's the thing: That's exactly what Peters was saying Every Company Had To Do Right Now back in the late 1980s. Oh, and turns out one of his prime examples gave up on it a few years down the road, because it only works in very special cases. (notably, the article--really a column--didn't see Holacracy as likely to be widely successful). (I may have the spelling wrong.) - Walt Crawford
MacroWorld publishers - legit? not legit? I don't see them or their titles available in EBSCONet, in Ulrich's, or even on Beall's List. I'm going with scam, but before I tell that to the prof. who asked … any thoughts? MacroWorld - International Publisher
this journal "Quantitative Analysis in Communication" has neither an editor nor an assoc. editor, and yet, "publishes theoretical and empirical research in media and communication, semi-annually in January and July by the ILCS by cooperation with the MacroWorld Publishing" and " All articles in this journal have undergone rigorous peer review, based on initial editor screening and anonymized refereeing by two anonymous referees." - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Scam scam scam scam scametty scam. Lots of signs: poor grammar, insane disciplinary spread, lots of spaghetti-at-the-wall journals with 0 issues and often 0 editors (!). They can't seem to decide whether they're a publisher or a publishing-services provider, either. - RepoRat
Looks scammy. They have subscription prices at for their journals, but they offer hybrid OA for authors at about $300. I checked two journals, and I don't see any articles yet. [Edit. Social Media studies did come out with an issue.] Clicking on many links do not go where... more... - Joe
looks like it's one guy in Turkey. WIth that said, it's a much nicer website than some. - Christina Pikas
For added amusement, the ethics statement is ripped off from AIP. (They did at least credit!) - RepoRat
you guys rock! I found the publisher in WorldCat, shows 15 titles published by MacroWorld — all in the late 1990s, and all about Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia. The publisher is listed as being in Kuala Lumpur. I don't see any serials published by them. Definitely telling my grad students to Stay Away. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Sorry I was late, but all the bases are covered--except one: Zero journals in DOAJ, which makes their boastfulness a double red flag. The kind of "publisher" that disappears quietly six months down the road. - Walt Crawford
Stephen Mack
Why 10% of the Population Hates Cilantro and the Rest Doesn't Know Any Better [Blog post from "Reason I Am Here" by Nacho Caballero] -
Why 10% of the Population Hates Cilantro and the Rest Doesn't Know Any Better [Blog post from "Reason I Am Here" by Nacho Caballero]
Why 10% of the Population Hates Cilantro and the Rest Doesn't Know Any Better [Blog post from "Reason I Am Here" by Nacho Caballero]
From the September 2013 post: "Cilantro tastes like soap to approximately 10% of the people who have had their genotype analyzed by 23andMe. The currently accepted explanation is that those of us who passionately despise cilantro were born with a genetic variant known as a single-nucleotide polymorphism (or SNP, pronounced ‘snip’)." - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
I'm assuming that must be true for ginger as well, since I used to have that problem with both (though ginger far worse - it still sometimes crops up when I eat something with a really intense fresh ginger taste.) - Jennifer Dittrich
Jennifer, I wonder if there's a similar genetic variant somewhere accounting for strong feelings against avocado. - Stephen Mack
Not just a SNP, but a missense mutation ;) #YourMutantSuperpower - Victor Ganata
I figure there are just some foods I won't like (lima beans, oh dear god no) and some that I learn to like (ginger and cilantro after repeated low-level exposure) and some that I just start liking out of nowhere (beets, black coffee.) - Jennifer Dittrich
That's an interesting question. The article cops out by just saying "10% of 23andMe customers" (a non-representative sample if ever there was one). This study from Cornell ( was looking at mostly those of European ancestry, but does have results from the subjects from other parts of the world, where it appears that in South Asia, the incidence is only 3.9% compared to 12.4% overall. - Stephen Mack
I'm Mexican and I hate cilantro. I always get mad at myself when I forget to omit it from pho. - Gabrielle from FFHound(roid)!
Gabrielle, per you're in an elite group of 8.7% of Latinos for whom cilantro tastes like soap. - Stephen Mack
Jennifer, are you a supertaster? - Stephen Mack
Nope. I just really don't like lima beans. There really aren't too many foods I dislike, or find too strong, honestly. - Jennifer Dittrich
My friend used to taste soap, but now she doesn't. - Meg VMeg
Stephen, I think soap would taste better. - Gabrielle
I only like coriander. - Akiva
I find that I like coriander and cilantro equally well. Indeed, I can't tell them apart. Wonder why that is? (No, I still don't use emoticons.) - Walt Crawford
I only like organized coriander. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
I saw a similar new report on TV about broccoli. The scientists extracted some enzyme from it and had some kids taste it. Most didn't taste anything at all while one kid immediately made a face and yelled 'yuck!' It mentioned the DNA aspect but I clearly remember that little kid. :P - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Supertaster---> - Jenny H. from Android
I've never used clumping kitty litter before. How often do you dump it all out and start fresh?
For my cats, usually a month? I'll add supplemental litter in the meantime, but that's about how long. I usually have the boxes staggered, so I don't have to roust out both of them at the same time (or it takes up too much room in the trash.) - Jennifer Dittrich
what jennifer said. i also will add baking soda from time to time and it helps as well. - Sir Shuping is just sir
every 3 weeks, but only because 5 weeks is WAY too long. So this way if I hit the weekend I should be doing it and it's a bad time to do it, I can put it off a week without worrying about it. (I also keep a small bag on hand to supplement - half a bag per litter box about halfway through the time.) I think if I just had one cat, and two boxes, I would only change it every 6 weeks or so? - Marianne
About once a month. I obviously add some now and then as the litter levels shrink. In the meantime, the scooped nastiness goes into the litter locker. - Katy S
*sets calendar reminders for every month* - lris
I just started using clumping litter not too long ago, and found that once a month does seem to be about right. Once when I lost track, Caspian made his displeasure known by going outside the litter box. - Galadriel C.
We have three cats and two litter boxes so we completely change it every two weeks or so. - Sarah from FreshFeed
When it seems like it's time? - laura x from iPhone
Using World's Best (whole-kernel corn) and 2x/day checking for clumps, with two cats and two enclosed boxes, I think we do a changeout about every other month. But I also make sure there's enough litter in the boxes... - Walt Crawford
It depends on how much I've had to drink. - Brian Johns
^lol - Tamara J. B.
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