As one or two of you might have guessed from a few of my offhand messages, my "sampling" of the remainder of (English-accessible) DOAJ, the 1,200+ bio, biomed, med journals, turned into a sweep (journals are too heterogeneous for samples to mean much). Just finished the sweep. Now comes the fun part:
Given unlimited money & time, I might be tempted by Crystal Cruises' 2017 World Cruise: 94 days, from Miami to Miami via an intense port-heavy circumnavigation of South America (with a few days in the Antarctica region). More than 50 ports, including eight Crystal's never been to.
Stumper question from a prof: say you wanted to track over time the rise and fall of a specific word on the web on an annual basis, is there way to do that? Can you get a set of Google search results from 2001, 2002, 2003, etc.? I realize the very nature of the question is highly problematic, as the number of sites on the web grows exponentially.
Now I'm less argybargy because ellbeecee made me laugh, but I still would like to raise the possibility of future argybargy at: streaming media purchase models. We are hearing that VHS and DVD are totally outmoded, so we should only buy streaming media moving forward, but you can't actually "buy" streaming media, just rent it for three years.
Good news/bad news on my Semi-Random Reading Regimen (SRRR™): Good: After giving up on Thomas Pynchon part way into Mason & Dixon, I tried the newer Inherent Vice...and liked it quite a bit. Less good: Tried to read Gene Wolfe's Urth of the New Sun (years after I read The Book of the New Sun)...and gave up after 100 pages or so.
Does anybody know who the "OA experts" are for American Libraries Live's November 6 webinar (or whatever it is)? I know the person who wrote a book on OA for ALA Editions was neither asked nor contacted, but that's not a surprise: I'd like to know who the "experts" actually are.
Sad little story about Impact Factors and OA: A no-fee gold OA biology journal, cleanly set up (in correct English and without interface garbage!), run on a voluntary basis by to professors for *16 years*--and publishing around 10 papers per year.
While my blog post did turn up here, perhaps worth a separate note: The December 2014 Cites & Insights, with the longer "half" of a deeper look at Gold OA journals and "journals," is out now. More here: http://walt.lishost.org/2014...
A writer at Alternet just summarized Fast Company better than I've ever been able to: "According to a 2010 piece in Fast Company, the trade journal of the breathless bullshit industry" - in a piece on TED: http://www.alternet.org/media...
My understanding of South African history is fuzzy at best, but: Is there a good reason why the alternative language interface (to English) for a S.A. medical journal (hosted on SA's instance of SciELO) is Portuguese? Did Portugal play some major role in early South Africa?
Can anybody else get to, say, the 2013 archives for a Baishideng Publishing Group journal such as World Journal of Gastroenterology? I can't get anything but 2014 on any of them, but I may be having Flash problems. http://www.wjgnet.com/1007-93...
Curiosity of reading the paper on a Kindle (the San Francisco Chronicle) and not being a sports fan: Because the "front page" did *not* have a baseball story (unlike the past week), I assumed the Giants must have lost. Then got to the Sporting Green--which I skip--and realized they won.
Aren't polls with predetermined results great: "The CNN/ORC poll shows that 30% of Americans are "very angry" and 38% are "somewhat angry" about the way things are going in the country, while 31% expressed "no anger" at all."--in other words, your only choice was *how* angry you are.
The way it works for big-name speakers who do something stupid: 1. Don't sue anybody. 2. Issue an insincere apology. 3. Lay low for a couple of months. 4. PROFIT! as all goes back to normal. Am I wrong here?