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Walt Crawford

Walt Crawford

Mostly retired library person/researcher/writer/speaker. All original FF contributions CC0 (public domain).
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
Today's Bingphoto: Bark of a rainbow eucalyptus tree (Hawaii). Almost hard to believe that's real...
Always the local angle: Saw an item this morning on DARPA plans to build a neural implant device--but had already read a nice, long, detailed article on Lawrence Livermore plans to build a neural implant, in the Livermore weekly. Same device (I think), different angle.
I haven't read the whole thing (and may not), but based on the assertions at the top, the author is saying "Social psychology IS NOT SCIENCE." Which may be right, but I don't think that's what he intends to say...
[My paraphrase is based on the notion that negative findings are *always* good science where "science" is involved, and that to attack attempts to replicate makes sense in faith-based fields but not in science. But heck, I'm no scientist...] - Walt Crawford
Just about a month ago, I derailed a "wearable tech" thread to talk about accuracy and headphones, being then just about to buy a new pair of headphones because my 5-year-old (or older!) Sennheiser PX100's were wearing out (headband and earpads). With my usual lightning speed, I have now ordered new headphones.
(The Sennheiser's thin pair of wires are now failing enough that I can only get stereo if I'm actually holding the wire and connector to the MP3 player.) So, after all my cogitation, what did I buy? Turns out I really *do* want on-ear rather than over-ear or in-ear phones, so I have some sense of what's going on around me, and...well, I ordered Sennheiser PX100IIs (the new version of the same headphones). One sturdier wire, supposedly slightly better sound, does lack the neat little hard carrying case. Also the right price: $56 for the version that *doesn't* have the now mandatory (?) iStuff controls on the wire. Since I don't have iStuff, it's just one more thing to go wrong. - Walt Crawford
liberation management: a non-review -
Huh. According to Weather Underground, today's high in Las Vegas is four degrees higher than in my part of Livermore (currently 104F, high projected 105F). Fortunately, we took our walk at 9:30, when it was only 93F. With the Livermore wind missing in action, unfortunately.
Of course, I'm not running around from hotel to hotel and all that either. Or having to deal with over-chilled inside spaces. - Walt Crawford
Loving good insulation: It's currently 97F outside. The cooling side of our HVAC is set for 80F. The A/C has yet to come on, and probably won't for a while. (We both find 80F perfectly comfortable in summer. In winter, the heating side is set for 70F.)
I would boil to death in your house in all seasons. (62-66 winter, 75-78 summer). - laura x from iPhone
You come from and are acclimated to a different climate. Not too surprising. Why we could go for a walk (slightly shortened) at 95F today, but probably wouldn't go for a walk if it was 45F. - Walt Crawford
Well, it's often 95 here. I just try to avoid it. - laura x from iPhone
Thinking About Effectiveness -
OK! Word's grammar-checker is *perfect* on this clause: "the always-interesting issues around 'predatory' journals." There's a green line under "always-interesting" and it suggests changing the hyphen to a space.
And when I do that, there's a green line under "always interesting" and it suggests changing the space to a hyphen. That's why I leave grammar-check on: Always interesting, sometimes helpful, frequently amusing. This falls into the third category. - Walt Crawford
Highlighting one reason we like living in Livermore (now 5 years, 2 months), esp. as we're near the southern residential development limit:
For those who won't click through: While most of California's losing agricultural land, Livermore's saved its land--and more than doubled the productive (and protected) land (essentially all of which is vineyards and olive orchards). - Walt Crawford
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). - bentley
It seems to work better if the post is open on its own page. - bentley
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
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