February 22, 2013 at 6:54 pm (Uncategorized)

“why do we tolerate the obvious conflict of interest in allowing publishers to have any say at all in deciding how our government spends public money on publication services?”

Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week

Here’s a timeline of what’s happened with the RCUK’s open access policy (with thanks to Richard Van Noorden for helping to elucidate it).

March 2012:draft policy released for comment. As I noted in my submission, it was excellent. It did not accept non-commercial clauses (on either Gold or Green OA), and allowed Green-OA embagoes of no more than six months (with a twelve-month exception for two humanities councils). “It is anticipated that the revised policy will be adopted in summer 2012”

July 2012:actual policy released. Weakened to allow publishers to impose non-commercial clauses on Green OA. (They didn’t tell anyone they’d made this change, as far as I ever saw. I discovered it for myself.) “The policy applies to all research papers whose work was funded by RCUK being submitted for publication from 1 April 2013”

November 2012: RCUK announce that they will only fund APCs for 45% of…

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February 18, 2013 at 3:47 pm (Uncategorized)

Masterful piece of social engineering, and fascinating results.

Approximately 4.n% of those emailed ended up doing the Twitter post, but that’s before figuring in mitigating factors in the email actually reaching the recipient (like being spam-filtered or auto-sorted away from the user’s attention). I’d be interested to know how many people had images loaded in their email and what percentage of image-loaders clicked the link versus non-email-loaders (text only email).

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February 18, 2013 at 3:34 pm (Uncategorized)

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February 14, 2013 at 7:41 am (Uncategorized)

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January 18, 2013 at 5:32 am (Uncategorized)

Dan Kaminsky's Blog

Reality is what refuses to go away when you stop believing in it.

The reality – the ground truth—is that Aaron Swartz is dead.

Now what.

Brinksmanship is a terrible game, that all too many systems evolve towards.  The suicide of Aaron Swartz is an awful outcome, an unfair outcome, a radically out of proportion outcome.   As in all negotiations to the brink, it represents a scenario in which all parties lose.

Aaron Swartz lost.  He paid with his life.  This is no victory for Carmen Ortiz, or Steve Heymann, or JSTOR, MIT, the United States Government, or society in general.  In brinksmanship, everybody loses.

Suicide is a horrendous act and an even worse threat.  But let us not pretend that a set of charges covering the majority of Aaron’s productive years is not also fundamentally noxious, with ultimately a deeply similar outcome.  Carmen Ortiz (and, presumably, Steve…

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January 10, 2013 at 9:13 pm (Uncategorized)

Gorgeous.

Babyeater Lifts

Today, I refuse to construct a version of myself for the Internet that suggests I a/ am superhuman b/ have my shit totally together or c/ do not have some really crappy mental hangups. I’m not going to play the “make duckface so Internet thinks I have good bone structure” self-depiction game. You want to see how I look during a meet? Want a reminder?

There you go. This sport is not all pretty. In fact, it’s arguably largely not-pretty. All photos of me taken at meets have a 90% of likelihood of coming out with me looking horrifying and bloated. The content of today’s post will show a similarly mishappen side of my experience with lifting, albeit a mental one rather than aesthetic. Before you read the following entry, please take a minute to watch this video. I’ve been adding commentary to my videos recently, so hopefully this makes…

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Top-down-anything does not work (videos) (via A Blog Around The Clock)

August 14, 2010 at 7:25 am (Uncategorized)

Now, with natural flow of traffic to observe in traffic light-less areas, we can follow up the interesting subway system research in Tokyo, Japan, with an investigation of how humans collectively measure up to slime mold in traffic efficiency.

Part 1: Roads unfit for people: Part 2: Roads FiT for People: Read More

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October 22, 2009 at 11:28 pm (Uncategorized)

Muralizer: It prints on walls!

A week ago I talked to Josh Myer about Muralizer on Pirate Cat Radio (read more about Muralizer and download this episode of Subversive Science here).

This video shows a somewhat-working prototype. The pen is drawing a bezier curve, and you can see how over time, the line is shifting — it’s not tracing the same line every time — meaning, back to the drawing board? Haha.

Still, this is an amazing amount of progress within 6 days. It’ll be fascinating to watch this thing take shape and move from the living room whiteboard scale to storefront mural scale.

Love the Play-doh in the picture. Oops, I mean, “mass adjustment material.”

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August 12, 2009 at 8:35 pm (Uncategorized)

Pirate Cat Radio makes No Reservations

Anthony Bourdain visited the Pirate Cat Radio Cafe at the beginning of 2009 specifically to try the Maple Bacon Latte. He had this to say:

“That’s delightful! Evil and Good!”

Yep. Our Dictator makes some fine espresso drinks.

Reportedly, Bourdain left the station having consumed two bacon-fatted lattes in-house and clutching one more for the road.

And me? I run the pirate science angle with my Subversive Science show at Pirate Cat Radio, along with some occasional lectures on the end of the world

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July 6, 2009 at 4:45 am (Uncategorized)

Consumerism! The Musical

In its entirety, I think?

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