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Walt Crawford

Walt Crawford

Mostly retired library person/researcher/writer/speaker. All original FF contributions CC0 (public domain).
50 Movie Gunslinger Classics Disc 9 -
Unusual hike today (note: I'm really a good walker, not an adventurous hiker). The Ramblers--the wimpier of the two groups--were supposed to take an unmarked trail at one point. The person leading us had never been on that trail. After a petered out. 15-25 feet above a creek bed that had a trail.
Other than one clown who said "Oh, we can hike the steep unmarked uphill and find our way," we said, "Well, we'll get down there one way or another." For most of us--and most definitely for me--that way was on our butts. And I managed to roll/drop the final 3-4 feet. (Amazingly, no damage done.) - Walt Crawford
As we found at the end of the hike, from the leader of the Scramblers, when our leader said "We can go downhill or uphill at this point, so of course we'll go uphill," that was when we were supposed to go the creek trail. - Walt Crawford
No bruises, lots of dirt on the back of pants I only wear for hiking & weeding anyway. At the end of the hike, the leader asked--I think sincerely--whether I planned to sue. My comment had to do with only seeing courtrooms as a juror, and planning to keep it that way. (Really? Sue for bad trail advice?) - Walt Crawford
Songs and arrangements, 1 -
Helpful hint for indoor cat owners -
Big Blues: a book review (of sorts) -
A followup to my mildly snarky remark earlier this week. - Walt Crawford
Today's Bingphoto (just go to Bing directly) is a library--the Bodleian. The first hotspot leads to a glorious set of interior shots.
I don't get it. Pres. Obama calls the group ISIL (where the L is for the Levant), which is what I always saw it rendered as until the last couple of weeks. An NPR correspondent in the area explained why the Levant is *not* the same as Northern Syria (it's larger). And yet, for some reason all the "journalists" seem to be calling it ISIS.
20% off print C&I books to 6/23 -
One reason I'm happy my library doesn't weed aggressively: Reading "Big Blues: The Downfall of IBM" (1993). I occasionally love to read these expert histories of why a business went to hell...a decade or two later when, oops. (I remember loving a book on the demise of Apple, I think from around the same era.)
Which new would-be journals are worth helping out? -
One more try before accepting "read-only mode": FF seems to be censoring my comments today. 1. Corner sink, and we love it. 2. Never saw the Dead, but did see the Warlocks before they changed names.
Yeah, I've had to post several comments twice before they will take (e.g., this one). - Betsy
It seems to work better if the post is open on its own page. - Betsy
i had to do the twitter handle 3x before it took :( and i love my corner sink - Christina Pikas
I'm getting bad gateway errors. Could be a problem in the backend (TWSS). - Eric - It's My Thing
Just for fun, checked Zillow to see what it thinks our house is worth. (The zestimate was higher than my wife expected but a little lower than she thinks the current market would justify.) Then also checked Trulia...which offered an estimate $89,000 higher. That's quite a difference!
Notably, the zestimate is still a bit more than we paid for the place 61 months ago, and we have no plans to move, so... And $89,000 is still within broader Bay Area prices--it's not like Trulia's estimating twice as much. - Walt Crawford
Ah, the sounds of a quiet neighborhood...another damn Stanley Steemer carpet-cleaning van, making sure the whole neighborhood gets all the noise rather than just the home where the work's actually being done.
Slice of life post -
Sounds like a good day to me. - Joe
It was a good day. I do wonder about those hungover wedding guests... - Walt Crawford
Library philosophy: the essay(s) that won’t be written -
Unsurprising discovery: I'm way too old for Vine to make any sense at all. (Probably just as well)
[It has to do with "creative" people and what I'm guessing was regarded as acceptable misogyny because, you know, "creative," but I couldn't stand to even explore long enough.] - Walt Crawford
After commenting on the general mehness of this year's cherries, I need to add: my wife picked up some genetic crossed Brooks/Rainiers today (remarkable colors!)...and they're pretty great. So there is some hope.
I guess the blog post didn't repost (thanks Pete!). The July 2014 C&I is a single original essay, the result of the research I hinted about doing: Looking at (nearly) everydamnone of the more than 9,000 journals from Beall's lists, to get a better picture of how Beall's corner of OA reflects the broader state of Gold OA.
Turns out to be quite a story, and I really hope people start taking Beall less seriously as a result: His sideshow has very little to do with Gold OA as a field. For more info, - Walt Crawford
[Oh: and nearly every one of the journals from OASPA members--call it a control group, since that's what it is--as well as two subject control groups from DOAJ, librarianship and mathematics.] - Walt Crawford
[And I now have this quirky urge, which I will ignore, to found the International Journal of International Journals, a journal with truly niche appeal.] - Walt Crawford
Just tweeted it, so expect a jump of an extra click or three on your server... - Joe
I'm sure LISHost can handle the load! - Walt Crawford
Tweeted it as well. Might help if there were few pts for tweeting... - aaron
Main point seems to be the Beall's list probably over-exaggerates the issue of predatory publishers in the sense that most of them have too many obvious red flags and almost nobody will fall for them. - aaron
Interesting "algorithm" about deciding whether to submit, but the questions I get almost always involve brand new OA journals that are just setup with no or little issues/articles under their belt. Do we definitely recommend against them (barring other factors like knowing the editor etc)? Wouldn't that make it really difficult for new OA journals to get off the ground? - aaron
On one hand, do we really need a few thousand more journals, OA or not? On the other hand, submitting to *any* brand-new journal (subscription or OA) requires a leap of faith or becoming aware of the editor and editorial board, I think. - Walt Crawford
The situation is also different for non-APC Gold OA, which the majority of Gold OA journals are: There, you need to find out more, but there's no clear temptation for "predation" when no money is involved. - Walt Crawford
Good point. I wonder though is the risk less with a brand new open access journal as opposed to a subscription journal, where it could be bundled via big deal? How many abandoned subscription journals are there compared to OA? (I have no clue, just asking). Also assuming we are talking about APC type Gold journals, the risk is much higher. - aaron
Yeah but the questions I get tend to involve those with APC because money is at stake. I suspect for many grad students/ early career students, they don't even realise Non-APC Gold OAs are any different from subscription journals. It really isn't from their point of view of submissions. - aaron
Aaron: If I had good answers to your questions, I'd be a consultant (or at least I'd be employed in the field). There may not *be* good answers. - Walt Crawford
Thanks Walt for sharing your knowledge. - aaron
Such as it is. And now you have me thinking about a possible followup essay or blog post...which is good. - Walt Crawford
Cites & Insights July 2014 (14:7) available -
Anybody else had luck seeing ISIS (the International Space Station)? We finally managed one night last week (my wife's been spending time with the website that shows real-time camera views from ISIS, and also shows where it will be at different times).
Oddly, we couldn't spot it on the "likely" previous night, when it was southerly--with relatively little ambient light. We spotted it when it was northerly, where for us there's a lot more ambient light. Unmistakable: single unblinking light traveling fairly fast, and when it was gone, the timing was *exactly* right. - Walt Crawford
No, we didn't spot astronauts waving (today's odd NASA picture of the day). - Walt Crawford
I have a patron who shares his regular sightings. He sleeps at a different time of day than I, apparently. - Rochelle *boom* Hartman
I saw it last week. It was so easy to see I thought it was "too easy". But it tracked exactly where and when it was scheduled. I waved at the MD astronaut. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
Rochelle: ours was around 9:10 p.m.; not a big enough thrill to get up at odd hours. m9m: "too easy" sounds about right--my wife had binoculars, but I didn't use them (and they didn't make much difference). - Walt Crawford
Walt: at the time it occurred to me that it must feel different to my kid's generation, who never knew life without a space program. I remember the first walk on the Moon, and thinking that I could imagine we'd do it someday, but not that we'd be able to see it on TV. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
I only saw it on accident. It was awesome though. - Meg VMeg
I saw it accidentally, back when I lived in Tucson. I've never tried to purposely see it though. - ellbeecee
Admission: We loved Cosmos [ads] almost all 12 [more ads] episodes...until the last 15 minutes, when Carl Sagan took over the commentary. We were both sound asleep by the end of the finale. Too bad.
Spent yesterday afternoon at a birthday celebration for my wife's sister-in-law's mother. The big one: 100 years old (three days earlier). Still sees well enough, hears well enough, can walk reasonably well, sharp as a tack and demolishes other people in Scrabble. Amazing.
On the way home, my wife noted: "If either of us reaches 100, there won't be anybody to come to a party." Probably true; this woman has been much more socially integrated locally than we ever have been. - Walt Crawford
Whaaaaat? We will all come to your 100th birthday party. - Meg VMeg
Now that would be one hell of a reason for an LSW meetup. - Kirsten from Android
It assumes that LSW is still around 31.3 years from now, among other things. - Walt Crawford
A friend's grandmother once said that she deliberately made friends with all the newcomers to her elder apartments/nursing home, many of whom were considerably younger than she, so that she would always have friends. Indeed, her funeral was well attended! It's never too late to make friends. - Rebecca Hedreen
I should perhaps note that my wife didn't say that in sadness, just as a likely fact. Nor did I view it as sad--just likely. - Walt Crawford
Now confirmed that (a) our AC is still working (b) our attic fan is still working. Funny how hitting 101+F will do that.
I'd wondered whether the Netflix original series would be available to those of us who only get discs. At least for House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, the answer's easy: Yes, and in Blu-ray for House of Cards (at least the first 26 episodes).
Lazyweb question for somebody familiar with the languages of India: How would "silent feathers" or "our silent feathers" come to be a plausible translation of something like "key advantages" or "our strong points" or something like that? (Note: NOT referring to Native American uses of this term.)
A phrase search for the full "Our silent feathers" appears to yield just the publisher's site that causes me to ask the question. Without the "Our," mixed in amongst all the Native American and poetic uses are that site and three or four other cases where "silent feathers" seems to be used for something like "key advantages." Any help? - Walt Crawford
So I actually went to Slate (bad idea, I know) and read that "real grownups don't read YA" thing. "Fellow grown-ups, at the risk of sounding snobbish and joyless and old, we are better than this." Well, the writer got it in one: she sounds snobbish, joyless and old. And heaven forbid books (or movies or TV shows) have satisfying endings!
I'm always impressed when Experts tell us what we shouldn't read, especially when it's whole categories. Makes me want to go, I dunno, read something. Maybe a romance. Maybe YA. Maybe SF (which no educated reader would touch, I've heard over the years). Maybe kidlit. - Walt Crawford
But not, if I'm keeping my act together, Slate. Once upon a time it was a promising webzine. That was a long, long time ago. (ditto Salon.) - Walt Crawford
Was thinking of sending some snark their way, but I figure all the libns are going to hammer them anyway. - Joe
Well. I do actually worry slightly about people who only read YA books, though no more than I worry about people who never read it. And a lot of YA does not end well. - laura x from iPhone
I really can't take people seriously when they use the term "deflowering" in earnest. Then there are all the other reasons I can't take that article seriously, but I won't go into those. - Katy S from iPhone
Reluctantly, need to log off, have dinner (that part's OK), and fill out the damn ballot to drop off tomorrow (we're permanent mail, but almost always drop it off). Reluctantly because two big-money mostly-negative campaigns (one state assembly, one Congress) have left me really ill at ease.
(Although in one case, it makes the choice easier: a surprisingly effective freshman Congressman, endorsed by the party, being attacked with loads of money for not being progressive enough. The assembly race is tougher; my wife & I may cancel each other out.) - Walt Crawford
Done. Thanks partly to my wife doing due diligence. She still hasn't decided whether we'll cancel each other out on the assembly race, and I'm not confident enough to try to sway her. Hmm. You could take that last clause as gospel, regardless of the situation. - Walt Crawford
My mom and are going to cancel each other out on the county attorney here, but my guy will lose. I actually have a fair shot at the rest of the races (though everything above the county level is uncontested in the primary). - laura x from iPhone
Well, a fair number of statewide offices are uncontested on the Democratic side, esp. those with incumbents like Jerry Brown & Kamala Harris. Fun to look at the arguments of the many crazed Republicans and further-right-wingers trying to take them on. One says his goal as Atty. General would apparently be to prove that Obama's from Indonesia. - Walt Crawford
Mostly just sad that somewhere between $2.5 million and $3 million was spent on a primary campaign for a not-very-large office (State Assembly), with the likely result that the sole Republican will be one of the two candidates in Nov. (Remember: California now has "top two candidates" primaries--there are going to be some Dem-vs-Dem November fights, and maybe some Rep-vs-Rep fights.) - Walt Crawford
Time for a Bing photo of the day--and an interesting one: The Murinsel in Graz, Austria.
Interesting. I see this: I guess they know where I'm coming from.... - John Dupuis
But that's from Google... - Walt Crawford
Lazyweb question: Anyone know of a way in current Firefox to restore a *one-click* method to show/hide the bookmarks sidebar? The option disappeared with the newest version, and I'd like it back. (Or are we all supposed to ...baa... be on Chrome now?)
yes - it's there by default - it's to the right of the star, looks like maybe a clipboard? - Christina Pikas
or maybe that's a hover + click so is that > 1click? - Christina Pikas
Unfortunately, that's a click plus hover plus click: it's what I'm using, but it's a whole lot less convenient than the simple icon used to be. Firefox has made it easier to show a floating set of bookmarks but harder to switch a sidebar on an off--and along the way made it too damn easy to accidentally bookmark the current screen. - Walt Crawford
Cites & Insights 14:6 (June 2014) available -
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