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Another 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 and shining a bit of light on the best of the year. All the previous…

I Never Owned Any Music To Begin With What Filesharing Studies Really Say – Conclusions and Links IS STEALING MUSIC REALLY THE PROBLEM? Letter to Emily White at NPR All Songs Considered. What Happened to Silicon Values? A call for disruptive innovation in science publishing what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger Two big mistakes…

Er, this one is pretty disturbing, perhaps not suitable for summer entertainment. But still, sacred cows are always a target here in the Friday Fun space: The 5 Most Terrifying Ways Doctors Went Crazy on the Job. And thankfully, I’m about mid-way between checkups so I’ll have plenty of time to forget about his one……

I’m on my annual summer hiatus for the month of July so I’ll be only publishing my weekly Friday Fun posts as well as re-posting some of the interviews I did a few years ago on the old blog with people from the publishing, library and science worlds. Not that my posting of late has…

Friday Fun: Faculty Fashion? Not!

Academics aren’t exactly known for their sartorial splendor. And that may be the understatement of the year. A fun article by Daniel J. Myers in Insider Higher Ed from a few weeks ago: Faculty Fashion Here’s a quote: What message might academics be trying to send when they flout the dictates of fashion and good…

This one is from the “kids today” file: Dubstep is “extra-terrestrial communication” NASA scientists reveal My musical tastes are pretty catholic, but I gotta admit i don’t get electronic music. NASA today revealed that interstellar communications from an alien lifeform have been mistakenly interpreted as music, spawning a new sub-genre known as ‘Dubstep’. *snip* But…

I’m on my annual summer hiatus for the month of July so I’ll be only publishing my weekly Friday Fun posts as well as re-posting some of the interviews I did a few years ago on the old blog with people from the publishing, library and science worlds. Not that my posting of late has…

A follow up to my post from a couple of days ago. It’s nice to know that sometimes these stories have the potential for happy endings. UVa Digital Archive of Materials Relating to the Resignation of Theresa Sullivan University of Virginia Board Reinstates President University of Virginia Reinstates President After Outcry The Right Way to…

This collection of posts is only the tip of the iceberg of reaction to the ongoing controversy at the University of Virginia. For more, see the first item in the list for a digital archive. I consider this particular crisis a very interesting one to follow, one with implications for all universities and similar in…

WSJ explains the economics behind lending Harry Potter ebooks by Amazon Money Talks — How Audience Priorities and Publishing Incentives Can Lead to Unusual OA Behaviors #scholpub, PeerJ and Tim O’Reilly The coming revolution in STM #scholpub Why doesn’t Moore’s law apply to #scholpub? Who is the Steve Jobs of #scholarlypub? Whence comes the needed…

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