Archives for March, 2012

Undergrads, we all love’em, right? You bet. Of course… Undergraduate Research Assistant Finally Sharpens Perfect Pencil After months of stupefying repetition, undergraduate research assistant Thomas Floyd, 19, emerged from the Nelson Physics Laboratory this afternoon to announce that his faculty supervisor, Dr. Demetri Schulman, had declared his 4,394th sharpened pencil “perfect.” “I’d like the thank…

Every year for the last several years I’ve collated and extracted the science books from all the various “best books of the year” lists in different media media outlets. I’ve done the same this year for books published in 2011! I can tell it’s been popular among my readers from the hit stats I see…

Philip Pullman: Libraries are not just about books The Tech Savvy Presidency Spain’s Libranda Grows Up: E-reader, Library Lending Planned Doing It for Themselves: Libraries and E-books Visibility is currency in academia but it is scarcity in publishing. The push for open access shows that academic publishers can’t serve two masters Don’t build a paywall,…

This post has superseded my two previous link collection posts here and here. The first focused solely on the Research Works Act, the second added posts on the Elsevier boycott and this one also incorporates posts on the reintroduction of The Federal Research Public Access Act. These three stories are all intertwined to the extent…

Promise & Perils of Pinterest Abundance vs disruption: dramatically different views of the future Beyond the Textbook My Experience With eBooks: Yea or Nay? Of dead trees, living networks, and encyclopedic ambition Ask the Administrator: If I Become a Dean, Will My Faculty Colleagues Shun Me? Killing the Story (Apple & Daisey) The Prison-House of…

I’ve always been a big comics and graphic novel fan. In particular in my youth I was a huge superhero fan. So this one was just a natural for me. Especially since one of the heroes that is profiled was one of my youthful favourites: The Incredible Hulk! 6 superheroes who got their powers from…

The Canadian War on…

Knowledge, science, information, common sense, openness? A whole bunch of things are under attack by various conservatively-minded levels of government here in Canada. Those of you thinking of moving north to avoid the insanity might want to have a second thought. It seems that we normally smug and superior Canadians have recently… Walked away from…

Why we need blue-sky research Internet con men ravage publishing Why I Pirate – An Open Letter To Content Creators Open Access Tenure: Put it in the File Bletchley Park tweet saves Alan Turing computing papers The little guys stand up to Amazon: Book distributor IPG fights for say in e-book pricing Are books and…

This one is clearly inspired by the recent Why I Am Leaving Goldman Sachs op-ed in the New York Times by Greg Smith. But this parody is clearly much funnier. Although, maybe not? From the Smith article: I hope this can be a wake-up call to the board of directors. Make the client the focal…

Dear FSM, by all that is unholy, I think this is the last one. A final bunch of lists for your reading, gift-giving and collection development pleasure. Every year for the last bunch of years I’ve been linking to and posting about all the “year’s best sciencey books” lists that appear in various media outlets…

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