“I’m sure the “not our rival” chant is widespread, but I’ve heard it in person just three times. The first time was at Cameron Indoor Stadium, when Duke was about to beat Maryland. The other times were the last two years at the Dean Dome, as UNC was about to beat NC State. The first conclusion I draw from this is that Duke and Carolina are like angry co-dependent lovers who can’t stay away from each other. By chanting “not our rival” at opponents, they’re really singing a perverse love song to each other. It’s almost touching. The second conclusion is: Poor NC State.”—The Cruel Kings of Carolina Strike Again (via trolliebeth)
There was a recent piece posted by the Atlantic about the cost cycle and paywall of academic articles. It’s a big issue and access to scholarly journals is a topic that merits real discussion and hopefully change. However, the article itself was so poorly researched and inaccurate it does a disservice to the conversation.
The article supposes that the villain is JSTOR. It’s not.
The author of the Atlantic piece is bemoaning his inability to access the latest research in autism and blames JSTOR, even though the vast majority of JSTOR content (aside from their small and new “Current Scholarship” program) is 3 years old or older. JSTOR is designed to be the alternative to print journal storage for back issues; if you’re looking for current articles and the latest research, JSTOR is not where you should go. JSTOR is a not-for-profit that has done tremendous work digitizing and saving thousands of historic scholarly journals, dating back over a century of content, that libraries are throwing away. They are providing access to a treasure trove of valuable content that libraries cannot afford to maintain or store.
Actual current research is packaged and sold by for-profit companies like Elsevier, Wiley, and Taylor & Francis — if you have a problem with the model for academic publishing, those are the publishers you should take it up with.
Because of that poorly written article, I’m seeing “fuck JSTOR” going around on Tumblr as if JSTOR has anything to do with the problem. And therefore the internet is pissing me off.
“In a newspaper column published today by state media, the revolutionary Cuban leader suggested the hardline Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney took against his island nation shows there is little hope for Republicans. “The selection of a Republican candidate for the presidency of this globalized and expansive empire is – and I mean this seriously – the greatest competition of idiocy and ignorance that has ever been,” Castro wrote, according to HuffPo.”
Within the 20th century, the ‘90s were hands down the greatest decade for a boy to be born and raised through. The pop-culture and technology was simply at its prime. We’ll start from the beginning. What do kids at the age from just being born to about six years old care about? That’s simple, breast milk; but more importantly, toys. Although the breast milk in the 90s was most likely delicious, there is no existing cryogenically frozen breast milk lab for me to prove it. However, I sure as hell can sell you on how awesome the toys were.
“I feel like for weddings on Etsy, the rule is “Something vintage, something twee, something hipster, and something free””—the roomie when a search for “library” on Etsy brought up a crap-ton of wedding things (via camiwillknow)
Theft of books digitally is in no way the same thing as a library. The number of people who have to drive to the library and check out a physical book one at a time is not even remotely comparable to the thousands, if not tens of thousands, of people who can download the digital copy of a book from the comfort of their homes from a pirate site.
Every single one of those thefts negatively impacts the hundreds of hours that I spent writing and editing that book. I am not a millionaire. I am a writer who sweats every word out after she works a full-time day job. I am a writer trying to build an audience and maybe, one day, get to write full time. Every single sale matters to me. If you respect me as a person, as a writer, you will not steal my book. Period.
^An author’s perspective on the library/file-sharing comparison. At the end of the day, people who create things DO deserve to be paid for their work. Although I can get books digitally from my library, I’m sure that (completely legal) service is used a lot less often than pirating websites.
It’s not just the difference of scale either. Libraries pay for their digital copies and digital subscriptions and the ability to lend them, just like with physical materials.
It has become sort of a tradition to rush the court or field at the close to an exciting win at home. This act obviously comes with a tremendous amount of risk, but still time and time again it appears that fans discard their worries and run in to join the celebration.
While fans are left to…
I propose the following regulations on rushing the court:
1. You cannot rush the court if you are ranked in the top 25 or have been to a Sweet Sixteen during the tenure of the seniors on your team.
2. The team you beat must be in the top 10 or a traditional rival that you have not beaten during the tenure of the seniors on your team.
3. Basically nobody in a BCS AQ conference needs to rush the court. Except maybe Northwestern?
4. Post-season exceptions can include upsets in tournament games and conference championships, but these still depend on the degree of upset and how long it’s been since you reached that stage of the tournament.
I have seen a person not much older than myself go to Google to search for the name of their own institution and click on the first result in order to get to the website of that institution.
I’m not even talking Google search bar in the browser or searching through the URL bar. I mean typed in www.google.com and searched.
Is that weird to anybody else?
Many of my students do that to get to websites. Last semester, the library computer image was being a dick, so when a web browser was initially opened it didn’t go directly to the University homepage and the reference desk got a ton of questions as to where the school webpage went and how to get to it. From alleged digital natives.
I’ve also noticed students increasingly don’t understand the difference between the Google search box and the URL bar in browsers.
I can see that. Of course on Chrome, and some of the newer versions of other browsers, they’ve made the URL bar better at functioning that way to anticipate that behavior, and now nobody can remember when it didn’t work that way.
The Rev. Huey Mills, pastor of Fellowship Bible Church in Lancaster, SC, has released a statement backing Rick Santorum and urging fellow evangelical Christians to oppose the nomination of Mitt Romney. In an emailed press release, Mills said:
“In obedience to the Judeo-Christian Scriptures, most South Carolinans and I have a sane and healthy homophobia, while Mitt Romney has a very bad case of homophilia; the man very clearly endorses dangerous, unhealthy homosexual conduct. Romney actually proclaimed gay youth pride days as governor of Massachusetts.”
“”The Word of Almighty God, from the Books of Moses to those of the Apostle Paul, commands faithful Jews and Christians to be homophobic. Carolinans have a God-fearing homophobia, while Mitt Romney wrongly endorses homosexuality as a good choice for our young people. Mitt Romney proved during the recent Meet the Press debate that he’s just as liberal on the gay agenda as he always has been. In 1994, he said ‘I think the gay community needs more support from the Republican Party,’ while at January 8 debate, Romney proudly announced, ‘a member of my cabinet was gay. I appointed people to the bench regardless of their sexual orientation.’ When asked when he last stood up and spoke out for increasing gay rights, Romney said ‘Right now.’ That Yankee is hopelessly left-wing on homosexuality.”
People from South Carolina don’t know the correct spelling or usage of “Carolinians.”
You ever have one of those days when you just beat the shit out of your job? I did that today. We’ve been falling behind, and I especially needed it because I’m better than that, and frankly I’m better than my job, so today I beat the shit out of it. That is all.
“Librarians, Dusty, possess a vast store of politeness. These are people who get asked regularly the dumbest questions on God’s green earth. These people tolerate every kind of crank and eccentric and mouth breather there is.”—Garrison Keillor, Dusty and Lefty, The Lives of Cowboys (via thoughtsdetained)
For no particular reason at all, I was going to pull together a Marion the Librarian joke, but the internet was unable to provide me with a single picture of John Wayne reading, holding, or standing near a book.
The direction I’m now going instead is that, in addition to being a well-documented racist, the Duke was illiterate.
“Any time a man leaves the house in a wig and a pair of cha cha heels, he’s making a political statement. Let us not forget that this great nation was founded by a bunch of men wearing wigs.”—RuPaul, being better than you since 1960. (via lonelywerewolfgirl)