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A bit unusually for me, I’m reviewing a novel as part of my Reading Diary series. Usually the closest I’ll get to a novel is a fictionalized science graphic novel of some sort, kind of like the Survive! series or Lauren Ispsum. But no, this ain’t one of those. It’s a good old fashioned novel.…

This roundup includes reviews of a bunch of recent and not-so-recent reading about Canadian politics, in particular the Harper government and how it controls information. Some of the books are pretty directly related to science policy and some, not so much. These are all worth reading, some kind of overlap while others present fairly unique…

This one’s pretty funny, if only in the so-funny-it-hurts category. I’m one of those dinosaurs that tends to actually want to own a good part of the culture I consume, books and music mainly more than TV or movies. Enjoy the squirmy discomfort of this one. Local artist paid with, dies from, exposure TORONTO –…

There’s kind of two theories of the web. The first theory is that it’s the best thing ever, the culmination of human civilization, incapable of being anything negative in anyone’s lives. Proponents of this theory can’t stand it when anyone says anything mean about the web (or usually any technology) in public or especially online.…

As long-time readers of this blog with know, I’m a huge supporter of science books. One of my definite soft spots is the annual Lane Anderson Award for the best Canadian science book in both adult and young adult categories. As such I’ll point out that the submission deadline for the 2014 award is fast…

Imagine a world where two guys, graduates of the University of Guelph, a mid-sized university in southern Ontario, are able to parlay a series of funny and cool whiteboard-style science explanation YouTube videos into a global science communication empire. Without even “forgetting” to give credit to science illustrators in the process. Don’t imagine too hard,…

I really appreciate how all my Internet friends have followed me from major career announcement to major career announcement over the last few years. From my job at Elsevier all the way to last year’s temporary detour as Chief Advisor on Science Libraries for the Government of Canada! The last few years sure have been…

Predatory open access journals seem to be a hot topic these days. In fact, there seems to be kind of a moral panic surrounding them. I would like to counter the admittedly shocking and scary stories around that moral panic by pointing out that perhaps we shouldn’t be worrying so much about a fairly small…

Here’s a bunch of graphic novels I’ve read in the last while that are well worth your time reading and acquiring for your library! Abadzis, Nick. Laika. New York: First Second, 2007. 208pp. ISBN-13: 978-1596431010 Laika by Nick Abadzis in a fantastic graphic novel recounting the life of the first dog in space, the Russian…

We live in a k-cup culture. Focused on the near term but willfully blind to the longer term implications of our daily decisions. Just before the holidays I was watching the CBC TV show Power and Politics and they were discussing a bunch of “Top 5s” in an end-of year story. You know the type,…

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