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Mr. The Jason Fleming
Halal (dietary restrictions) seems to fit me best (lunch conference signup) But, I don't need Allah's name pronounced over all my food. FYI
You should be fine with Kosher foods then (it's easier to find food labeled Kosher than it is Halal, though that label is growing in use) -- fwiw, Kosher is considered a subset of Halal, see: - Aaron the Librarian
(Clarifying Aaron's statement: For most Muslim sects, kosher is a subset of halal) - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
I'm really curious if both kosher and halal were options, or just halal? (the latter seems unusual?) - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Both were options. For some reason I though kosher included pig though - Mr. The Jason Fleming from Android
pigs ≠ kosher! - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Only in Walmart (apparently, given photos of shelf stickers touting ham as ideal for Chanukah) are pigs kosher. - Walt Crawford
Oh right. OK. That probably would have been better then :) - Mr. The Jason Fleming from Android
LSW's The Librarians comment thread
He's the Doctor! EDIT: really, he's the Eighth Doctor as seen in The Night of the Doctor, right? - bentley
My refrigerator is the opposite of that. - Katy S
He's yelling in the library. I don't think he's supposed to yell in the library. - Katy S
I want that office. - bentley
Just one librarian? Seems they've heard about the job market. - Katy S
wonder if he's full time with benefits? - ellbeecee
He can't find a book? Librarian, heal thyself! - Katy S
he's killing librarians? totally almost what my NaNo plot started with if I'd tried this year. - ellbeecee
I really think he's channeling Paul McGann. - bentley
Does that room qualify as a maker station/space? - Katy S
They referenced my .sig file! "Be safe, don't get killed, save your receipts." - bentley
Talk about rolling compact stacks! - Katy S
There's the catalog you were looking for, Katy S. - bentley
So, for episode 2 we're injecting a bit of slapstick. - bentley
I missed a bit. I might have to catch this again later. - Katy S
They're two separate episodes, each for one hour. - bentley
So, I missed the end of one and the beginning of the other? Perfect. - Katy S
If I'm interpreting this correctly, they're basically making the librarians all men? Or will she still stick around? (Like I said, I missed a bit.) - Katy S
She's in the advertising graphics, so I assume she's staying. - bentley
Got it! - Katy S
#othersideoftheworld a) Is this a new series or something? b) Is it worth going to effort to acquire by means that shall not be specified? - Deborah Fitchett
a) Yes. b) as yet to be determined. - Katy S
They just started showing the two-parter again. - bentley
Thanks, I missed it earlier, but I'm recording now. - Greg "Cashmere Slim"
Both parts will air again Friday at 8pm (EST) on the CW. #nocable - The First NoeLB from Android
Yay! - bentley
I kept thinking I had seen Cassandra (one of the new Librarians) in something and she kept reminding me of Amy Acker but I knew that wasn't it. And now I do know where I've seen her before -- she was Claudia, in Relic Hunter -- but she doesn't remind me of Claudia at all. Weird. - bentley
Caught the first episode last night on DSTV (South Africa's cable network) .... fun. There is a FB page called The Librarians - apparently the first episode is free for download on itunes (guess in the US store only) - Ingrid Thomson
Not to be confused with the Australian series "The Librarians" - Ingrid Thomson
They weren't on iTunes when I looked yesterday but they're there now. First ep free, second ep $2.99. - bentley
Much better than the movies. But then, there's less Noah Wylie and more Rebecca Romijn. - DJF from Android
But it does feel like, "OK, Warehouse 13 had been cancelled, so let's revive this thing and capitalize on the existing market." - DJF from Android
I describe Warehouse 13 as Friday the Thirteenth The Series but without the curses. (I love both shows.) - bentley
Deborah, according to the podcast entry for an interview with one of the series' writers, they're going to be debuting worldwide via streaming this week: - Katie
well, it says the show is debuting worldwide "within days", but it doesn't say anything about streaming. In the states, you have to be a cable subscriber to log in to the TNT streaming site, and the Canadian station showing it, Space, isn't making it available for streaming. Not yet, at least. - DJF
@bently - that bugged the boyfriend too - so we looked it up and she was also the girlfriend on Kick Ass 2 - which is where he remembered her from. - WebGoddess
@Deborah: Tried to DM you some info that shall not be specified. :-) - bentley
Also, the Asian guy with the Australian accent needs to actually talk more. - DJF from Android
So is John Laroquette a real part of this series or just trivial window-dressing? (Trying to decide whether to watch it Friday on The CW.) - Walt Crawford
John Laroquette will be playing the role of Giles from Buffy The Vampire Slayer. - ♫Maurice the Trainer♫
He doesn't appear at all until the second hour of the pilot - DJF from Android
p.s. the episodes on itunes (not sure about amazon) will all be extended versions with additional footage. - holly #ravingfangirl
Finally getting to watch! - The First NoeLB from Android
So: we watched both hours on The CW. Enjoyed it quite a bit. But it's not clear when/whether the rest of the series will air on The CW...and no, we're not going to double our cable bill so we get TNT. At worst, I suppose, we wait for DVDs to come out. (Streaming's not an option: our "broad"band isn't broad enough.) - Walt Crawford
And speaking of Buffy...or, rather, took us about a minute to place the art-historian new librarian as an evil lawyer at Wolfram & Hart. So this time he's trying to fight *against* evil magic. Nice change of pace. - Walt Crawford
Walt Crawford
Can anyone give me a sound reason why I should *not* try switching to IE as my browser? The constant stream of Flashcrashes and script-stoppages on Firefox is wearing me down, and Chrome's unwillingness to let me avoid Sans Everywhere is a turnoff...
["Sound reason" does not include "three years ago it was slow," for example.] - Walt Crawford
Nothing's permanent. Why not try it and see? I have such a bias against it but I've always been forced to use an older version. - Christina Pikas
I have it set up (with bookmarks imported & rearranged), but now realize that there are FF customizations I'd miss. One of these days, when I have nothing better to do... Anyway, thanks for the response. - Walt Crawford
Followup: And...when I switched back to FF again, there was an update that *seems* to have solved the Flash/crash problem, or at least I haven't had any in three days. - Walt Crawford
Nice! I'll look for it. - Meg VMeg
Sigh. That was a nice three days. Flashcrash is back. I dunno why I need Flash for FF anyway, but... - Walt Crawford
Walt Crawford
Interesting sequence: Yesterday, the paper (SF Chronicle) arrived on our Kindle...dated December 14. Nothing else wrong (except one doubled story, and we're used to that). Today, email from Kindle apologizing for the error, saying it's being corrected and telling us how we can delete the Bad 12/14 Issue and replace it with the Good 12/7 issue.
Which raises the musical question: Why, exactly, would we want to do that? Because we thought we'd entered a time machine? - Walt Crawford
The VHS issue is rearing its ugly head again. Unbeknownst to me, we didn't finish deaccessioning all the tapes and because I didn't install a VHS player in the new media screening room (was told we weren't supporting the format), a handful of people are irate. Do not want.
ah geez, so what now, deaccession all or buy a player? - Marie
deaccessioning may not solve the problem if people are bringing their own tapes. - RepoRat
Will some staff member (or other) donate/lend the VCR they have sitting in their garage? (Or you can buy a used VCR/DVD combo for $50-$100 or so, or a new one for $100 or less, e.g. - Walt Crawford
We can afford VCRs. The problem is that campus is moving away from VHS altogether, but two or three people are kicking up a fuss. People can bring in whatever they want, but that doesn't mean we have to support it (laser disc, anyone--actually, one prof brings in a LD player and discs on his own). - kaijsa
I guess as long as there are VHS resources that either aren't available on DVD/Blu-ray or that haven't been acquired on disc, the question is whether "moving away" justifies denying access? (I know my answer...) - Walt Crawford
^ this is why we still have VHS in our collection. Miserably-formatted access is better than none, in our media manager's opinion. - Marie
^ this is why my consorita is working on a last copy agreement for VHS. - Holly's favorite Anna
A few years ago, we went through our collection and identified all the VHS and ¾" tape. We determined what was still needed and found suitable replacements, or digitized the original if it was no longer available (this is allowed for educational and cultural institutions under Canadian copyright law), and then removed all the tape from the collection. - DJF from Android
There is demand for a tiny handful of stuff not available on DVD/streaming. I recommended looking into digitizing if we can do it semi-legally. - kaijsa
Anna, I'm interested in hearing what you all decide. The last copy agreements I know of specifically exclude VHS format. - kaijsa
If the VHS items are not reasonably available in commercial form, you may be covered for digitization by Section 108 of copyright law. Here's Mary Minow's commentary (IANAL, but she is): - Walt Crawford
Yeah, we can either digitize but have to keep that in-library, or more likely, deaccession and give the VHS tapes to the people who want to use them so they can show them in classrooms. We don't have large enough classrooms to make an LUO digital film workable for the affected classes. Distance learners are screwed either way. - kaijsa
^Giving the tapes to profs is still a band-aid. They will eventually break and campus will not replace VCRs as they go kaput. - kaijsa
Walt Crawford
Interesting post at Skitch today--not only the story (which is reasonably balanced) but David Wojick's first comment (a reply to someone else's) and Harvey Kane's comment, both of which clarify that these two are blindly opposed to any and all OA, and so can be ignored in the future:...
(The key wording in Wojick's comment--his questioning that the RCUK OA scheme has any benefits *at all*) - Walt Crawford
'Fewer' Or 'Less?' The Express Lane Language Debate : NPR -
'Fewer' Or 'Less?' The Express Lane Language Debate : NPR
"You're ready to check out at the supermarket. There are only eight items in your cart, so you look for the express lane. The sign above says "10 items or less." Do you: — Head for the register without a second thought? — Rue the decline of the English language because you were taught that the sign should say "10 items or fewer?"" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"This week's "Word Matters" conversation with Weekend Edition host Scott Simon explores the "less vs. fewer" debate." - Maitani
Rue. - bentley
^LOL - Eivind from Android
Both of the above choices. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
I'd do either, but mentally congratulate the store that uses "fewer." - Walt Crawford
Often times, the express lane takes longer... typical human conundrum. - Adriano
Kathryn is a free elf
Bibliometric study finds 40% of articles about OA by lib & info professionals 2003-11 were published in non-OA journals!! . We are not eating our own dogfood :(
(When I wrote my thesis about Open Source Software I did not include an Australian article about libraries and OSS in lit review because it was published in closed-access (and was not 100% key so could probably be left out legitimately). Turned out the author was one of my markers ... Oooops.... ) - Kathryn is a free elf
aaaaaaaand this surprises who exactly? - RepoRat
I would have said that, given the period covered, 60% in OA journals is actually very good. For 2011-2014, it might not be so great. (For example, ALA divisional journals that have converted to gold OA have done so mostly within the past few years...) - Walt Crawford
Walt Crawford
Odd weather for this weekend's Holidays in the Vineyards (an oddly low-key set of 30 or 40 separate slightly special events): After a few days of welcome storms, we get sunshine and 67F--with more sunshine promised for tomorrow. Then back to the much-needed storms (if we get 40 or 50, mostly snow in the mountains, it might help).
My wife remembered that last year's Holidays in the Vineyards, at the same time, was high 30s or low 40s. The only bad thing about the clement weather: apparently the storms are too warm to cause enough sticking snow where we need it most. (In the Sierra Nevadas, that is.) - Walt Crawford
Sunday followup: overcast. Also much less crowded (some kind of game between a mediocre Bay Area team and a really bad Bay Area team?). And encountered a really nice, balanced Livermore Valley 14.6% alcohol, but no trace of heat. Occasio, but with 100 cases made, I don't think it leaves the valley. - Walt Crawford
[Occasio is the winery, not my leaving an "n" off a word. Also $28, but once in a while we'll splurge. The other best wine of the day, Nottingham's Supremacy red wife liked it, but at $65 it was a little splurgier than we get.] - Walt Crawford
Melly Claus #anticaper
RT @stephenfry: What does one say about this? I'm afraid it's not a parody *shakes head*
RT @stephenfry: What does one say about this? I'm afraid it's not a parody *shakes head*
Are you sure it's not a parody? - bentley
Activated almonds? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
hahaha there are so many internet meme pics about activated almonds. - holly #ravingfangirl
good job, internet. good job. - holly #ravingfangirl
I was just gonna comment, Stephen, asking what the fuck are activated almonds? And, are we supposed to admire this pretentious prick? hmph. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
What do almonds do when they're activated? By the Power of GreyAlmond! or is it, Almonds, Activate! - bentley
The Yu Gi Oh jokes are funny to me because Jayden will say "_______ activated!" in the character's voice so of course that's how I heard the memes in my head. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
I was thinking Power Rangers. :-) - bentley
He has quite the following here in Australia! He's a chef with no qualifications in nutrition, dietetics or any science but likes to think he knows what he's talking about. - Melly Claus #anticaper from FFHound!
Gotta say: my Central Valley cousins grow almonds, lots of 'em (one is even responsible for one of the most prevalent newer blight-resistant trees, the Aldrich almond). I'll swear none of them has ever heard of "activated almonds." Maybe it's an Oz thing? (Otherwise, I'll second Starmama's second sentence.) - Walt Crawford
Aha. After a little Binging: So it is an Oz thing. It is also, I suspect, purest bullshit from a nutritional standpoint. Unless there's something VERY different about Australian almonds. (If there was any possible truth to it, you can bet Blue Diamond would have activated almonds on every store shelf, charging twice the usual price.) - Walt Crawford
You're correct Walt - it is an absolute crock. He's set to make a mint from all his food-woo despite all the current negative publicity. - Melly Claus #anticaper
It's a pseudo-religion. Facts and findings are just the work of "the big food companies" (read as The Devil) and Pete (Jesus-like) is here to show us the hidden truth. - Johnny
That's pretty much how everything is tending to go. Anti-vax, food etc. There is always a conspiracy and it must delight people to think they're in the exclusive club that knows the truth and everyone is just ignorant. - Johnny
holly #ravingfangirl
So this is my new-ish neighbor's *backyard*. Yes, that's a moving light show. You can probably guess what sort of scene their front yard looks like.
Is there music to accompany this light show? - Corinne L
Not that I have heard. Thank God. - holly #ravingfangirl
Some of those, have to tune in on your car radio to hear the music. - bentley
Wow. One of the people on my street has done exactly half of their front yard is what seems like every Christmas light ever made. The other half? Utterly blank and pitch black. - Soup in a TARDIS
:( - Katy S from iPhone
I think tonight is when Deacon Dave opens his annual lightshow in his house/yard in Livermore (apparently the most gaudy in the area). It's on the way to my brother's house, and we've learned never to take that route in December. It is...well, I shudder to think what the electricity bill is, even with LED lights. No picture: we won't get close to the house. - Walt Crawford
Come to think of it, his house--Casa del Pombo--has a webcam, so the interested could look in some evening. Here's the site (the YouTube song--haven't actually listened--shows lights from years past: he's up to some 400,000 lights at this point!): - Walt Crawford
I have a friend who does a big light/character display at his house and he makes the "opening ceremony" into a community event: collects toys & donations for a local shelter, has cocoa and treats, Santa comes to visit, there's a food truck. I'm sure he's got a few neighbors who hate it but he certainly fosters a lot of goodwill around town. - Corinne L
the backyard isn't *too* bad, but the front yard looks like someone just barfed up a bunch of lights and blow-up things. no design or anything. - holly #ravingfangirl
RT @altmetric: Digital Science Managing Director Timo Hannay provides more insight on the @npgnews article sharing initiative:
RT @altmetric: Digital Science Managing Director Timo Hannay provides more insight on the @npgnews article sharing initiative:
A good commentary given the situation...but hard as I try to think of self-archiving with a six-month embargo as somehow being supportive of OA, I can't. (Same goes for NPG's OA fees, but that's another issue.) I guess it's better than a year... - Walt Crawford
On the whole, I'm calling this a win for OA. Nature basically got a loud collective NOPE on this one, which would not have happened in my day. - RepoRat
I agree with RR about that. - Walt Crawford
How long is long enough for it to be too late to reconnect with people?
I don't believe there's any such thing; I've reconnected with people 46 years later (in one case). - Walt Crawford
^^this. - Corinne L
Conversely, you can always claim it's too late and that you don't think connecting would do any good. (I have.) - Heather
Not too late. I just reconnected last year with a friend I hadn't seen nor heard from in 16 years. We are now better friends than ever. - maʀtha
#cosign all the above. And as you get older, you'll be glad to see any friendly face from the past that you run across. - MoTO: #TeamMarina
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
First Google image result for "Zulema meme" Yep, my kisses are sweet! Haha!
First Google image result for "Zulema meme" Yep, my kisses are sweet! Haha!
^Haha! Nice! - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
See, that's awesome! I'm apparently the worst: - Jennifer Dittrich from FFHound!
^See, that makes no sense with that image. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Mine made me LOL, even though I've heard some variant of the joke too many times. I think it was Gene Wilder's face that made it funny. :) - Jenny H.
My name is Steve, so it's pretty obvious what my first hit was. - Steele Lawman
I'm afraid mine's also fairly predictable (no, I haven't watched the show):... more... - Walt Crawford
Presumably, 10 years ago it would have had something to do with a certain cartoonist/theme park magnate. - Walt Crawford
Obama saved me from the Ken and Barbie porn. - Ken Morley
Walt Crawford
Sad OA Confession: I really, really want to be an Enthusiastic Supporter of Martin Eve and the Humanities Megajournal idea. And I find that I can't--that in a field where most OA journals are both narrow and free to authors as well as readers, I'm not convinced that One (heavily-funded) Journal to Rule Them All is a good idea. My bad, I suppose.
Probably not related: an email acquaintance at DOAJ congratulated me on the January 2015 C&I, says DOAJ will look at my suggested tweaks...and wondered why Beall gets so much attention and I apparently get so little. I didn't have good answers, because I don't. - Walt Crawford
^ nice that your efforts are acknowledged. - Marie
Marie: Yes, it is. I just wish they had more impact/exposure. Hard to know how that would happen without dumbing them down and being more bombastic. Well, and having a high-profile institutional affiliation. None of which is likely to happen. - Walt Crawford
This is a new one. How much does one tip your refuse/garbage/trash and recycling company pick up person?
My mom leaves 50 bucks every year at xmas. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
Wow on the 50! My sister gets them a case of beer, lotto tickets, and a tray of homemade cookies. - Janet from FFHound!
But what kind of beer? - Joe
Crap. I should do this. How does one get it to them? - laura x from iPhone
I might be worried they would crack it open during their shift. At 7am when they pickup from my house. - Joe
wait, this is a thing? - Big Joe Silence
I went with a much cheaper service this year, and they put a card in the door. They do good service, so I am inclined, since it is a messy job. I do appreciate them. - Joe
For places where it is city service, maybe not, since they might get holiday bonuses from the city. - Joe
Is this a thing? - Eric - ill subliminal from iPhone
it's a city service where i live. outside contractors since the 80s. lumped in with water and sewer billing. - Big Joe Silence
Mom always did it for the garbage crew and the postman. As a personal thank you for their service. She taped it to the cans and/or mailbox in the morning. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
It's a contracted/city/non-optional system here (trash, recycling and composting pickup), and I honestly can't imagine tipping for it. Also, taping something to the bins would just mean it would end up in the trash/recycling along with everything else, since the workers are sitting in the truck controlling the pickup arms. - Walt Crawford
Mr. The Jason Fleming
"Nature, one of the world’s most-cited scientific publications, took a step toward open access on Tuesday by granting its subscribers and journalists wide authority to let outside readers view its articles at no cost."
Michael Eisen's response: "Yet Nature knows that they can’t really provide free access without giving up their lucrative subscription business model, which they are unwilling to do. So they do something that makes it seem like they are promoting free access, while doing nothing to address the real obstacle to free access – subscription publishing." - Meg VMeg
and no, the profanity laced 7-word phrase repeated paper is not an embarrassment for OA advocates. (responding to the chronicle article) - Christina Pikas
After some testing on twitter, it seems if you are on mobile browser this sharing option wont work. Works only on desktop.. - aaron
Works only on desktop. Both to share and to receive a share. - Lisa Hinchliffe
Bit of a Twitter roundup at - RepoRat
What Christina sez. (Otherwise, this "if you're privileged enough to have the right contacts, you can sort of read our articles" move is...well, I think Eisen, Mounce, Swoger et al are saying it nicely.) - Walt Crawford
my fave part is when the Nature rep said she was "disappointed" folks thought to link it to PubMed. - jambina from iPhone
link it in what way? - RepoRat
building a search from the abstract to the full text so you could read it all. Eisen and Mounce were discussing it I think. - jambina from iPhone
I saw in one of the comments making a bookmarklet or something to generate a share link from pubmed or something. I guess the person who suggested that (Mounce?) was told no. - Christina Pikas
Something about how the links can be created, and then comments in PubMed Commons can link to the article, and they are seen at the bottom of PubMed records, for examples, and for a specific article. - Joe
heh, I think John Mark Ockerbloom was onto a similar idea -- some kind of crowdsourced URL generator/aggregator is gonna happen, the question is what NPG does when it does - RepoRat
That didn't take long: - RepoRat
Ooooh, nice! - Meg VMeg
Sarah G.
Teacher's Manuals should be spelled Teachers' Manual. I am not a crackpot.
Depends, doesn't it? - Brent Schaus
Caring is sharing, Brent - Pete
hmm, no? The manual is for the use of an individual teacher, so the title would be single possessive, not plural possessive. Teacher's manuals would be a plurality of the books for the use of individual teachers. Teachers' manuals would be for lots of teachers to use together? - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
(as a generally not grammatically sensitive person, I am a fool for challenging Sarah... I'm grateful she hasn't swung!) - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Dude, we grew up in Appalachia. Feel free to challenge Sarah's grammar on any occasion. :) - sglassme
*popcorn* - bentley
In any case, I see now that The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy's book jacket image in Wikipedia's article has no apostrophes whatsoever. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Do the whole thing in Spanish and get rid of the damn apostrophe: Manual para el maestro (says GoogleTranslate). Unfortunately, "Handbook for the teacher" sounds a little weird. - Walt Crawford
Wow, this is good, on GG/chan culture. Makes a LOT of sense.
Wow, this is good, on GG/chan culture. Makes a LOT of sense.
Only read a little, but "it's all a joke" just jumped out like a huge red flag. Amazing what you can excuse with "it's all a joke." - Walt Crawford
It's worth reading to the end - they're not defending that behavior, but explaining some of how that shapes who they attack, why they don't get that it isn't appropriate, and how difficult it is to change. - Jennifer Dittrich from FFHound!
The person writing it is NOT a GGer. Though from one tweet it sounds like he may have been at one point and left? Not sure - I don't follow him, but I see people talking to him once in a while, and he's been against GG the whole time I've seen him on Twitter. - Jandy
fascinating read well worth the time - explains much to me - WarLord
I've got someone talking to me now about how if Sarkeesian and others had framed their criticisms as self-deprecatingly humorous, channers/proto-GamerGate would've been fine with it. He's calling their criticisms "censorship," because GGers categorically misdefine censorship. - Jandy
"Very little online is considered harassment because at the end of the day, we're not physically harmed and we have our health. Slander and name calling is normal on chan boards because we suffer no negative social consequences from it due to the anonymity. So we take very little offense at words." <-- guy on Twitter to me. So then at least partially it's a failure to understand that Twitter and the world at large is NOT that kind of culture, and people DO suffer negative consequences from words. - Jandy
So, on the one hand, the people they're targeting should have used words that didn't make them feel bad, but they can use harassing language because... what? Wizards? So frustratingly typical. - Jennifer Dittrich from FFHound!
I read the whole thing, and frankly regret it. [Deleted because you never know when they're watching, and who needs the brouhaha?] - Walt Crawford
Walt, the Twitter essay form isn't for everyone. :) I thought it was helpful. - Jandy
Jandy: I can't (don't) disagree with that. It was Jennifer who told me I should read to the end, not you. - Walt Crawford
Are we supposed to feel sorry for you now? - Rodfather
Rodfather: Why on earth would you? So I wasted 15-20 minutes. Big deal. Regretting a waste of time doesn't make it more than a tiny waste of time. - Walt Crawford
For the record, I'm still going back and forth with the guy I quoted above. It's actually been a decent conversation, but I can only imagine the time suck more prominent anti-GG people face if they even try to interact with any of them, even when the tone stays civil. - Jandy
Then why blame someone for wasting your time? Why even bring it up? I thought that was incredibly rude. - Rodfather
Give me a break. I commented that "it's all a joke" pretty much took care of it for me--the first comment in the stream (on my screen, at least). I was told that I should read it to the end. I did so, and commented. - Walt Crawford
Sarah G.
RT @lieschenventer: *looks at the world* *slams fist on table* HOW LONG HAVE YOU KNOWN?!
RT @lieschenventer: *looks at the world*  *slams fist on table*  HOW LONG HAVE YOU KNOWN?! this true? Because that'd mean I've been doing it wrong like...forever! - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
I'm embarrassed to admit how much this is blowing my mind right now. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
*Runs home to time toaster.* - Joe
i can tell you this isn't true with my toaster at all. #highnumbertoaster - holly #ravingfangirl
I don't think it makes a difference whether it's true or not. Either way, Setting 3 will be perfect one day and burn the toast the next. Because what really matters is whether the toaster was already warm to begin with. Did someone just use it before you? Then the toast will burn. - bentley
My el cheapo toaster oven says "light", "medium ", "dark", not numbers. And my mom's fancy Breville toaster oven automatically adjusts toast time based on either recentness of use or internal temp to be more consistent with hitting desired doneness of toast. - Andrew C (✔) from Android
I approve of Andrew's mom's toaster. - bentley
Seems to me our midpriced toaster oven adjusts timing for later batches as well. And, honestly, for a plain toaster I *would* expect numbers to be degree of toastiness. - Walt Crawford
Andrew C (✔)
Vancouver Special Reno Proves There's Hope For This Tired Design (PHOTOS) -
Vancouver Special Reno Proves There's Hope For This Tired Design (PHOTOS)
(a "Vancouver Special" is a very common house design in Vancouver.) - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
That first image on the article made me flash back to December 1990, when I was in Burnaby for New Year's Eve. - Corinne L
Everything old is new again. - Ken Morley
And here's the Californian eye: If that lower level lacks interior load-bearing walls, as it appears to, there's another word for that design, especially in earthquake territory: a "soft floor" design, prone to collapse. But I may be seeing the pictures wrong. - Walt Crawford
Nah, that building was built in 1981. I think we knew by then that Vancouver had earthquake risks, so depending on when building codes were updated to reflect that, it's probably ok. In the article, the pic of the staircase seems to indicate an interior load-bearing wall too. - Andrew C (✔)
Yeah, I was probably just reading the picture wrong. - Walt Crawford
holly #ravingfangirl
Just realized the rice thing is going to impact my work lunch rice crackers. argh.
what rice thing? - ellbeecee
Changed in recommendations due to arsenic levels - holly #ravingfangirl from iPhone
ah ok. Thanks! I don't eat that much rice, luckily. - ellbeecee
I forgot all about it. I had rice and beans today, to make up for splurging on sushi yesterday. Rice both days. Ha! - bentley
I saw an article about it after I'd had rice for dinner for 3 days straight. Oops. I don't usually eat quite that much. :p - holly #ravingfangirl from iPhone
Those news reports made me crave rice, dammit. - Corinne L
right? I don't eat it /that/ often usually (other than crackers), but i love me some rice. - holly #ravingfangirl
...I've been eating rice for days in a row. And I just bought a 5 lb. bag of white rice...sigh. - Laura
To substitute for some of the rice I want to eat with lunches, I'm going to try combining it with pressed barley (oshimugi). There's a Korean market sort of on the way home and saw some there. Sample recipe: - bentley
I would note that (ahem) California-grown rice has lower arsenic levels than rice from most other states. We switched to Cal-Rose (AFAIK, only grown in California) a long time ago because my wife prefers the taste/texture; unfortunately, CR doesn't mention it separately. - Walt Crawford
i wondered about Cal-Rose, Walt. I see that around a lot up here as well. - holly #ravingfangirl
... there are brands of rice? - laura x
I buy Calrose rice, sushi rice. The stores around here tend to have Botan brand. - bentley
That's the brand I usually buy as well, though the good sushi rice I have right now is a Japanese brand (and I am not sure where it was grown.) - Jennifer Dittrich
Calrose is more a variety than a brand (just as basmati is a variety). Our stores tend to have at least two brands of Calrose rice available, usually a store brand and Hinode. (The hyphen in earlier comment was a mistake.) (And turns out Calrose *is* grown elsewhere--but not elsewhere in the U.S.) Wikipedia names LOTS of rice varieties. - Walt Crawford
Heh, I think I associate Niko Niko so strongly with Calrose, that the two are mooshed together in my head as one thing. - Jennifer Dittrich
Walt Crawford
Cites & Insights 15:1 (January 2015) is now available, including the "third half" of the Journals and "Journals" investigation. More info:
Or, of course, you can go directly to (print-oriented version, 28 pages) or (online-oriented version, 57 pages). - Walt Crawford
A little FriendFeed-specific sidebar: I actually uploaded the issues yesterday morning (12/1) but held off on any publicity other than the C&I home page. Over the first day, 6 copies of the print-oriented and 5 of the two-column were downloaded. - Walt Crawford
Why do all flatware sets come with an equal number of normal spoons & those gigantic spoons that no one uses?
Oh, man - I use the big spoons all of the time. Probably more than the smaller ones. - Jennifer Dittrich
I use those "gigantic" spoons all the time. Unless you're talking about serving spoons. - Spidra Webster
Thing 1 does, too, but she's the only one in the house that does. I can't even fit those spoons in my mouth without spilling all over the place. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
I guess it might depend on the set as well - mine aren't too huge, just about 1 and 1/2 times the smaller ones. - Jennifer Dittrich
To clarify, for "normal" spoons, I'm referring to the ones that are approximately teaspoon size, the "gigantic" ones are the ones that are approximately tablespoon size. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
I call them icecream spoons :D - Melly Claus #anticaper
Ice cream. Soup. Cereal. Mac n cheese. Those spoons are my life. - Hookuh Tinypants
Ice cream! - Jenica from iPhone
The flatware set I have came with a double quantity of teaspoons, as you call them. - Corinne L
Soup spoons. You don't put them in your mouth; you sip from the side. I use them for smaller serving spoons. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
I actually like using serving spoons, but those are limited. Everyone in the house uses table spoons for eating, and the teaspoons are reserved for drinks or small children. - NOT THE CRICKET
They're too big for me to eat with but they're useful for serving & perfect for scooping out canned food. For eating I actually prefer iced tea spoons, some people call em sundae spoons, because the bowl of even regular spoons feels too big. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Sorry, are we talking about regular soup spoons? I like the kind that are oval, they're what I've always used for soup. The kind that are round and more like a miniature dipper, those I don't like.... more... - bentley
I grew up with teaspoons, soup spoons, tablespoons and dessert spoons. Also cake forks and splayds. FUCKING SPLAYDS. We used them to eat tuna mornay. FUCKING MORNAY *sobs* - Melly Claus #anticaper
It is an evil device. Only because I associate it with tuna mornay. I HATED tuna when I was a kid. Mornay night was the pits. - Melly Claus #anticaper
oh. I think splayds are what my mother calls pie forks, and they're used for pie, naturally. I have no idea what tuna mornay is, but I suspect it's like tuna casserole. - ellbeecee
Starmama - I totally get that; we have 2 or 3 sundae/iced tea spoons, and they get used a lot. Bentley - I was originally referring to the oval spoons (as shown in your Ikea photo), not the round ones (which are generally what I think of when someone says "soup spoon" - as shown in your second photo). I don't know too many flatware sets that come with an equal number of soup spoons (the... more... - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
We use the tablespoon-size (which I think of as soup spoons--but the oval ones, not the round ones I see at restaurants) all the time. - Walt Crawford
Walt Crawford
I was going to bump my request for help finding Chrome's "don't let sites override my preferred typefaces" option--if there is one--but now I can't even find it in My discussions. Maybe I never asked the question?
I remember seeing it, FWIW. - Jaclyn aka spamgirl
I am bumping that which might not exist. It's like doing the nasty with a ghost. - Steve C Team Marina
Apparently the bumps restored it. Maybe I have myself hidden? Sigh; the answer seems to be "no such option without a lot of work." Maybe I'll try this IE thingy I've heard of: I *know* that has the setting. - Walt Crawford
Walt Crawford
I do despair of some folks' literacy when I see all these posts complaining that adopting a license saying "do anything you want as long as you provide credit" allows other people and companies to make money off your work. So now we need a CC-BY-BG license: bad guys (Big Corporations) don't get to make money off your stuff, but other companies do?
Or, I suppose, only people, not companies. Admittedly, the implications of NC (noncommercial) have always been/will always be iffy, but BY itself should be pretty clear. I guess not. - Walt Crawford
And here's where an attempt to engage on Twitter is, I think, failing/making me seem harsher than I wish. To me, "commercial use allowed" (how Flickr abbreviates CC-BY and how CC uses yes/no for license choice) would seem to say SO CLEARLY that commercial use is allowed that I'm hard-put to buy "but not COMMERCIAL use" as a complaint. Although, as I say there, maybe CC should think about a CC BY-NP option ("use allowed by individuals and nonprofit organizations, but not for-profit corporations"). - Walt Crawford
Yeah, I'm with you. I have always used BY-NC-SA. But I don't find non-commercial to be a particularly confusing notion. - laura x
The confusing part of NC is all the edge cases--e.g., I use your image in a talk for which I'm being paid or for which my costs are being covered, or I use your text in C&I, which has received donations at times, or... (and, of course, if it's SA, I can't quote freely because C&I is *not* SA.) Still, BY-NC is what I use when I'm not using BY. - Walt Crawford
You know you’re a grown-up when your Christmas wish is a new vacuum cleaner.
That sucks. - bentley
Roomba! - Steven Perez
I am so in the market. I want a Roomba AND a Dyson. Is a Dyson really that great, though? Would love other opinions. I have a lot of carpet in my new house. - Laura Norvig
I have a Miele that I love. LOVE! Her name is Mona. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
^We absolutely love our Miele too. - AHnix (Anna Haro)
So Laura we have a Dyson it works just fine but is no better then any of our previous vacuums. Consumer Reports rates bagged vacuums in this order: Kenmore Elite, Miele Twist, Miele Cat/Dog, Kenmore 31140, Kenmore Progressive, Hoover WindTunnel (with the last three being best buys and the first three being great but expensive). For bagless it is: Hoover Windtunnel T Series, Eureka Airspeed, Eureka airspeed Gold, Dyson Animal, Shark Rotator (with the first two marked as best buys). - Steve C Team Marina
For Roombas I'm eyeing one but they now have approximately half a billion models out. The best reviewed one is Roomba 880 for Pets it is a change in brushes from all the other models so it doesn't get jammed up but is too expensive right now. Ten more model releases and its price will drop. And as the cleaner in the house I know too much and apologize for hijacking Jandy's post. :) - Steve C Team Marina
My god a Roomba would change my life lol - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
I owned a Roomba several years ago and found it wasn't as much a timesaver as I thought because the brush gets filled with hair VERY quickly, requiring you to take it out and cut or pull the hair off of it. Probably not a problem for people with crewcuts but it got old quickly for me. - Spidra Webster
Steve, does that Consumer Reports have ratings for handheld ones? I really need something like a Dustbuster. - Spidra Webster
Oh hey it does in another article. Hand held are in this order: Shark Pet Perfect, Eureka Easy Clean, Bissell Pet Hair Eraser, Dirt Devil classic. Stick vacuums: Dyson Animal, Dyson motorhead, Shark Rocket, Hoover Platinum, Shark Navigator, Dirt Devil Accucharge, Bissell Featherweight. - Steve C Team Marina
If you want a cheaper Roomba, they always have refurbs showing up on Woot. - Eric - ill subliminal
Thanks, Steve! - Spidra Webster
You have no idea how excited I got over our new vacuum. - Mary Carmen from iPhone
Also I had a Hoover Wind tunnel and it sucked. It died after a month. Never again. I have to say I have really loved my dirt devil. I wanna try a Miele next. - Mary Carmen from iPhone
My dad has sent me the Consumer Reports info as well, but I haven't taken time to look it over. Thanks for the personal reactions to your vacuums, guys. :) - Jandy
We still have a Riccar that works well. The repairman liked these and uses something similar himself. He said there's Panasonic branded ones that are basically the same inside. Looking at the bag, there are several brands that use the same upright. Actually wrong bag but you get the point. We... more... - Rodfather from Android
I'm quite happy with our Eureka Airspeed--not too heavy and does a fine job with cat hair (and has good suction on tools). - Walt Crawford
I have a Dyson, and it's pretty great. We looked at the Kenmore bagless at the same time; even though they were a lot cheaper to buy, there was a lot of maintenance cost down-the-line that you don't have with the Dyson (all of the filters in the Dyson are permanent; the ones in the Kenmore are supposed to be replaced regularly, etc.). The Dyson is a lot of money (though there are some pretty great sales on them this time of year), but I honestly believe it was worth it. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
There was a Dyson on sale when I went to Costco. I didn't want to impulse buy, but now I kinda wish I had gotten it. I still love the idea of a Roomba, though. I feel like it could almost be like a family pet ... - Laura Norvig
Andrew C (✔)
At This Conference, Scientists Spout Bogus Theories on Bugs, Yawns and Belly Fat - WSJ -
"At a recent scientific conference here, Justin Werfel, a Harvard University researcher who has studied termites in Africa, described to the crowd his theory on why bugs are so disgusting. It is all about evolution, Dr. Werfel said. Increased competition among humans for food drove bugs to become ever more disgusting to keep people from eating them, he said. Dr. Werfel used standard scientific methodology to develop his theory. His goal wasn’t to break new ground in entomology. It was to take top place at the Festival of Bad Ad-Hoc Hypotheses, or BAHFest, a satirical conference on evolutionary biology held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"To support his idea for why insects are so disgusting, Dr. Werfel began a month before the event to gather photos and illustrations of insects dating back to the late 1700s. He arranged them in a randomized order and solicited help from a few dozen colleagues to rate how disgusting they were. The research found that observers’ “disgust reaction” increased as the age of the bugs got... more... - Andrew C (✔)
Impressive. All the more so for the third comment, where a Proper WSJ reader manages to turn it into a chance to rant against global climate change. I'm guessing it's the "scientific hypothesis mentioned = MUST MAKE CASE THAT CLIMATE CHANGE IS NONSENSE!" reflex. - Walt Crawford
Walt Crawford
Great ESL example (Romanian quarterly): "The Editorial Staff is looking forward to receiving your papers four times per year."
Can it be the same paper? - bentley
I am reminded (a little) of one OA "publisher" with about 90% journals in name only, where 17 of the handful of journals with *any* articles had one issue each, that issue having three articles, all by the same author. That is, all 51 of the articles--each with a different title--were by the same author. - Walt Crawford
How come no one ever listens to Sane Clown Posse?
"A group with all the stage presence of Gordon Lightfoot and sure-fire musicality of three apes with spoons." And that was the *good* review. - Walt Crawford
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