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Walt Crawford

Walt Crawford

Mostly retired library person/researcher/writer/speaker. All original FF contributions CC0 (public domain).
Given various "X was white, and that's all there is to it!" stuff, I was reminded of one my favorite recently-written seasonal songs, "Some Children See Him." (We have James Taylor's version, also George Winston's, but the latter doesn't have lyrics.) I knew what I *thought* I was hearing...
And so it is: here are the lyrics on what appears to be the composer's website: - Walt Crawford
[OK, so "recent" is 62 years ago, but for Christmas songs of any substance, that's fairly recent.] - Walt Crawford
Another interesting seasonal Bingphoto--this one *might* be nearby (in the Altamont wind farm) or might be somewhere else in California. Since we try to avoid driving at night, I don't know.
Crossing traditions: Growing up, one day during Lent--Maundy Wednesday, I think--we always had kartoffel pfankuchen for dinner (with applesauce). Now, I'd be more likely to have latkes during a very different religious holiday. As far as I can tell, kartoffel pfankuchen and latkes are the same thing.
Dunno why this just struck me, but was playing video poker and in the chat stream, they were talking about latkes. Including one person offering an easy recipe that involved "putting the milk and the potatoes in a food processor." Which yielded exactly the response I had: "Milk?" - Walt Crawford
Improbable lazyweb question: Any way to have a Wordpress install reject any comment where the "author" field is nonroman? That alone would get rid of 80% of the spamments on my blog. Which might mean I could go back to checking for trapped legit comments.
Another fairly spectacular Bingphoto today--esp. with the hotspots.
Wow. Thanks. - Betsy
In Beall's latest Predatory post (apparently he's unbothered by his exposure as an extremist), he uses "charges extra for color illustrations" as one sign of a predatory publisher. I eagerly await his list of all subscription publishers who charge for color illustrations. Oh, but they're not based in India, so it's OK.
Fun piece in today's SF Chronicle on "Dance Party" on KOFY-TV. I've seen portions of it. Unlike Soul Train and Dick Clark's various dance shows, this one ***definitely does not*** feature great-looking young people. It celebrates diversity in its own peculiar way:...
In case that link didn't make it through: - Walt Crawford
And by "diversity" I mean of looks as well as other forms--oddly dressed folks, one with a huge fake boombox on his shoulder, one with a yo-yo, one in a motorized wheelchair (legit, apparently), one with a sequined glove... and certainly all shapes, sizes and tastes in clothing. - Walt Crawford
I think I'll go ride mass transit, sneak up on some woman with an iPad, figure out what she's reading and use that as the basis to bloviate about how Too Many Women Read Something I Don't Approve Of. Because, you know, it's the thing to do.
Don't have link to the idiot article handy, but Twitter's abuzz with it (including Scalzi's one-line dismissal and at least one woman's appropriate outrage). - Walt Crawford
I'd be too embarrassed to do such a thing. If I did that, my face would probably turn 51 shades of gray. - Joe - Systems Analyst
The whole thing is just sad, hilarious and frustrating. The best bit is how much the author expects people to understand and empathize with his overwhelming ignorance of how popular the genre is, what sort of people comprise its audience, what the range of the subject matter is, and how it does or does not relate to feminism. - Jennifer Dittrich
When I see a piece that even suggests that a man has any business telling women in general (or a woman in specific) what she/they should be or should not be reading, I wonder what century or country I've magically been transported to. - Walt Crawford
i keep seeing this mentioned but haven't seen the original story anyone have a link? - Sir Shuping is just sir
I've had that happen so many times over the course of my life that I know right where I am, as disappointing as that can be. [Andrew:] - Jennifer Dittrich
Yes, thanks to Josh Neff on Twitter: - Walt Crawford
thanks for the link. and holy crap is he a dumbass. - Sir Shuping is just sir
that's the anti-reader's advisory post. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Jennifer: Unfortunately, I don't doubt what you're saying. - Walt Crawford
The article was hilariously bad, but also depressing since I know too many people who think this way about this and other genres. - Katy S
Good lord. - Heather, 30k Camper
The thing I couldn't get over is how he just made an assumption based on text, this after he counted up her appearance. Somehow, it never occurred to him that she could be an editor or publisher. She could've been reading the book for a review or to teach a class. None of those possibilities reached his brain cell. - Anika
My most charitable take is that he was looking for any excuse to pontificate. That would make him merely a self-important misogynistic fool rather than a creepy asshat (or what Shuping says). [And I'm guessing that in his world women shouldn't edit, publish, review or teach about Unworthy Literature either.] - Walt Crawford
I am getting feisty in my old age: Objecting to the "OMG! Huge solar panel plant kills 20 BIRDS!" or "OMG! Altamont wind farms kill 50 EAGLES!"--with a note about the tens of millions of birds killed by flying into office building/skyscraper windows each year and the billion+ killed by cats each year....
Not that I suspect ulterior motives (and it wasn't Dennis, it was commenter), but isn't it odd that alternative energy sources are subject to so much tighter scrutiny than Business As Usual? - Walt Crawford
Pop culture question: Just watched Four Rode Out (Pernell Roberts, Sue Lyon, Leslie Nielsen, Which opens with Janis Ian singing & playing 12-string guitar, and she provides the full score--the only music (mostly guitar, three other songs). The question:
Did Janis Ian ever write the music for any other full-length motion picture? (IMDB identifies two short subjects, no other flicks.) Not "have a song or two in" but actually write the score for? [The movie, a Spanish production, is from 1968 or 1970 or 1971, depending on who you believe. And is apparently in the public domain.] - Walt Crawford
Now that I see another source, make the date 1968 or 1969 or 1970 or 1971, depending on who you believe. The print itself says 1968. Leslie Nielsen is a magnificent villain, a role that suited him. - Walt Crawford
I guess our tip expectations are unusual: We normally tip 20% of the total bill (including tax), and this article seems to say that 15% of pre-tax is normal?
[Note that the calculated tips shown are clearly pre-tax, not post-tax.] - Walt Crawford
20% is fair and easy to calculate - just think 10% and double it. Round up or down to leave a nice even tip. No problem. I haven't seen less than 20% in years. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
Yep. And yet, the Consumerist piece seems to argue that pushing up from 15% of pre-tax total is unseemly. - Walt Crawford
I was taught 15% but always do 20 because it's easier to calculate. - laura x
I start out at 15% but I generally do 20% if your service was anywhere near competent. And I will definitely go less than 15% if I feel that you don't give a crap (which happens pretty infrequently, thank goodness). - LB's Bubba. The other 1
I give 15% if the service is just "okay". If I get decent service, I always give 20% or more. All of my calculations include the tax in the total. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
As someone looking at the whole tipping thing from the very-grateful-outside, my strong impression has been that in the last 15 years USan tipping has definitely shifted from 10-15% to 15-20% and is quite likely well on the way to 20-25%. - Deborah Fitchett
The extreme case here is when I go to the Alehouse after a hike--3 to 5 people do it every week, I join them maybe every six weeks. Given the sometimes-large party (6 to 8 at times) and the friendly/efficient service, the group (mostly old guys) tends to deliberately overtip--I'd guess 25% is the average. - Walt Crawford
Bizarro PC problem: Suddenly (2-3 days ago), Word won't print double-sided--it keeps turning off the setting in Printer Properties (although that's how it's set in the system). (And occasionally the spool hangs until I restart.) Duplexing is fine in Excel, Adobe Reader, Firefox...but not Word.
This is a nuisance problem, since I can always convert a Word document to PDF and print it from Reader, but it's stupid--and odd, given that it's worked fine ever since I got this printer 2-3 years ago. - Walt Crawford
Bumping: Any suggestions? Spool hanging until restart seems to happen randomly. Word's unwillingness to duplex is specific to Word. - Walt Crawford
Moment of truth at dinner yesterday: During Livermore's Holidays in the Vineyards weekends a week prior, we'd purchased a split case of Viognier and Chardonnay from Nottingham Cellars, normally $24/bottle, for $150/case: Still more than we usually pay for wine. The question: Was the wine really that good, or were we caught up in the spirit?
Last night, we had the Viognier. We weren't caught up in the spirit: The wine was excellent. (And, remarkably for a white at 14.2% alcohol, not "hot"--my wife agreed, and she normally dislikes any wine over about 13.8%.) It also went great with the slow-roasted chicken, quinoa and brussels sprouts. - Walt Crawford
Making Book S3. Academic Library Blogs: 231 Examples -
Neat little suggestion of language/national differences, in Carl Frederick's "Fear of Heights in the Tower of Babel," in the October 2013 Analog Science Fiction, set in a kilometer-high Tower of Europe. At this point, in the restaurant at the top, with multilingual menu.
The English translation of the top of the German version: "Dessert is obligatory and will be charged to your bill whether you eat it or not." - Walt Crawford
The English translation of the French version: "With the compliments of the management, dessert is cheerfully provided, and is reflected in your bill." - Walt Crawford
[Not included: The English version, which for American English would probably be: "Dessert's on us!*" "*with purchase of dinner." Or some more elegant way of calling it free, although it's really bundled in.] - Walt Crawford
Making Book S2: Public Library Blogs, 252 Examples -
So now I'm learning that if you've ever done something one way, then become VERY FAMOUS, you are not allowed to advocate for doing it a better way without getting jumped on. A new variety of tall poppy syndrome?
Making Book S1. Balanced Libraries -
A new (?) twist in Amazon's fitful efforts to be profitable: Today, at least, if I search for something on IMDB directly from my browser (I have it in Firefox's search-box pull-down menu), instead of a result, I get a full-screen ad for Despicable Me 2 stuff...with no apparent way to close it and get to the result.
Going directly to IMDB, then issuing the search within it, worked. This behavior certainly, um, encourages me to use IMDB as a specific kind of search tool. - Walt Crawford
Commenting: The new default is off -
Open access, advocacy, extremism and attention: A casual note -
I've been meaning to write a post about becoming an OA advocate for weeks. Unfortunately, this is what it turned into: A reality check. - Walt Crawford
Today's Bing photo is a close-up of a portion of Babbage's difference engine. The sheer elegance of early computing...
Making Book 18. Successful Social Networking in Libraries -
This weekend is Holiday in the Vineyards, when almost all 50-odd wineries in Livermore do something (maybe) more than the usual weekend tastings. Did two wineries (our limit) today. NOISY and crowded and NOISY. (And, since I pretty much only drink white, a little limited: Typically each winery offers one white and 3 to 5 reds for your $10 fee.)
Last year, Steven Kent had cheese or dessert bits with each wine, which was nice. Not this year, but we did get to keep the engraved glass. So: my wife tasted 10 wines, of which I tasted two. Of course, I drove--but the pours were pretty small anyway. - Walt Crawford
The *bigger* event, the Harvest Celebration in September, is different: You pay $40 up front for a glass, which guarantees you two wines at as many of 40-45 wineries as you choose to go to. And on one day, there are bus loops. (Then most wineries try to upsell with $5 expanded tastings. We don't go to the Celebration.) - Walt Crawford
When I was in college, a friend and I went on a little wine tasting loop one afternoon. One place was all whites and sparking whites--apparently they do the champagne for the Emmys--one was not that good, and one was attached to a wonderful tiny French restaurant that I went back to later with my mother and godparents for my graduation. - laura x from BuddyFeed
We'll try again today, at two small wineries that share a building (each in one-half) and that both do wines we respect (but will rarely afford), Nottingham and Occasio. (Unlikely that these wines can be found outside the Bay Area.) They usually aren't *quite* as crowded. If those are hopeless, we'll probably come home and walk to one or both of the wineries in easy walking distance. - Walt Crawford
Today was much more pleasant--uncrowded (we left just before a Google bus showed up at Nottingham), not so bloody noisy, two white wines and three or four reds at each place, lovely people. The downside: Liked Nottingham's Viognier and (unoaked) Chardonnay enough to buy a case at the discounted $150/case (normally $24/bottle). Both *made* in Livermore but from Arroyo Seco (Monterey County) grapes. - Walt Crawford
And Occasio gets a special high-five: $5 fee instead of $10--and the $5 goes to the Wounded Warriors Project. (The $10 at Nottingham was deducted from the wine purchase, for that matter.) - Walt Crawford
I hear you about the whites! I prefer tastings at the Napa/Sonoma champagneries because of just that. Never knew Livermore had so much wine! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Livermore was actually one of the earliest California wine regions, dating back well into the 19th century (and *most* California Chardonnay and Cab grapes originated with clones from Wente and Concannon respectively, both in Livermore). 50-odd wineries. - Walt Crawford
For me with whites it's the fact that just over a glass of red and I have trouble breathing. I used to collect Petite Sirah/Rhone wines, 35 years ago. Fortunately, my intolerance of red came at the same time California started make more good whites at plausible prices. Now, reds don't much interest me. Fortunately. - Walt Crawford
The odd wine today was a Zin at Occasio, which my wife said was nicely smooth ...and it was 15% alcohol. Which was down from the 16.2% and 16.4% of the two previous vintages. (The whites we bought are 14.2% and 14.4% respectively, for that matter. - Walt Crawford
I never thought I'd be linking to Baby Blues, but today's comic says something about a certain revered comic strip (apparently in permanent reruns) that needs to be said:
If the link doesn't work, searching for Baby Blues should (I'd guess Go.Comics or somebody else has it.) Specifically, the December 8, 2013 strip. - Walt Crawford
Works for me. You might need to scroll down a bit. - LB's Bubba. The other 1
I thought it would work, but since I'm registered and you're probably not, I wasn't sure. - Walt Crawford
Ha! - Jenica from iPhone
So as not to threadjack, I'll put this random "thought" here: Considering William Shatner's acting and Gordon Lightfoot's stage presence (I saw him 20 years ago or so), if only Tom Welling was Canadian, I'd have a trifecta.
We're thoroughly enjoying Smallville, I loved ST:TOS and Gordon Lightfoot is one of my six favorite writer/singers. Of course, I also admire coast redwoods and giant sequoias... - Walt Crawford
Made my day: doing a little looking-up in GScholar and, in a PDF of a conference presentation, saw this: "Crawford, who has a reputation for presenting a humorous slant to things, presents the most entertaining read of the two books."
Also just found (I'd never really looked) that GScholar seems to do a good job of finding repository PDFs of toll-published articles. In any case, having my writing called entertaining...definitely makes my day. (If it matters, the book is First Have Something to Say.) - Walt Crawford
(I won't correct the grammar. I won't!) … [eta: "in that nice review" ] - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
If it's my grammar, feel free--I'm open to correction. If it's grammar in the quoted material (what? most instead of more?)...well, it *still* made my day. - Walt Crawford
well, your book is the *more* entertaining of the two books, not the *most* entertaining. Tho' it's probably the most entertaining of three or four books of the topic!! :-) - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
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