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Main event. Definitely. Elsevier’s acquisition of the open access journal article and working papers repository and online community Social Science Research Network (SSRN) is definitely a case of Elsevier tipping their hand and giving us all a peek at their real long term strategy. Much more so than their whack-a-mole antics with Sci-Hub and other…

The town of Fort McMurray, Alberta and it’s surrounding region are experiencing a horrific wildfire. Tens of thousands of people have been forced to evacuate. The absolute most important thing in the short and medium term is to take care of the people of Fort McMurray. Yes, Fort McMurray is the hub of tar sands…

I have a son who’s currently a fourth year physics undergrad who is headed more the direction of math rather than physics for the possibility of grad school. As you can imagine, I may occasionally pass along a link or two to him pointing to stuff on the web I think they might find particularly…

And by blame, I mean “blame.” Yesterday the flagship journal of the AAAS, Science, published a series of feature and editorial articles on Sci-Hub, the unauthorized article sharing site. Who’s downloading pirated papers? Everyone The frustrated science student behind Sci-Hub My love-hate of Sci-Hub It’s a Sci-Hub world data set Overall, the articles are pretty…

The math the planet relies on isn’t adding up right now Reframing The Economics Debate Could Lead To More Action To Fight Climate Change Abandon hype in climate models The Future Role of Economics in the IPCC Climate change will wipe $2.5tn off global financial assets: study The Unsexy Climate Solution That’s a Total No-Brainer…

Or at least a certain corner of Canadian politics. For some definitions of “blow up.” For those not followong Canadian politics, our more-or-less socialist party, The New Democratic Party, recently held a policy convention where they also held a leadership review vote. The current leader, Tom Mulcair, lost the vote and as a result the…

Magma, the strangest rock band of all time, needs you to help finance a documentary film about their life and work. So here goes. Up until a year or so ago I’d never heard of the French prog rock band Magma, or at least their music had never penetrated my consciousness. But last year while…

Reader Beware: Please note the date of publication of this post. It’s been really gratifying over the last year to see how my DSCaM scholarly communications empire has grown. From it’s small beginnings, Dupuis Science Computing & Medicine has craved out a small but important niche in the discount APC publishing community. And I really…

Rall, Ted. Snowden. New York: Random House, 2015. 224pp. ISBN-13: 978-1609806354 For those that have watched Citizenfour or read Glenn Greenwald’s No place to hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. surveillance state, there’s not much new or shocking in Ted Rall’s excellent graphic novel, Snowden. But for someone who hasn’t had a chance…

Yeah, you have to figure good old Indy wasn’t much of an academic colleague. Too flashy, never around to sit on a search committee, never willing to take his turn as chair, always blowing up the wrong building or disrupting the wrong classroom. And then there’s the ghosts and arcs and demons and what not.…

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