Jun 222007

Extract:Hey diddle diddle, the cat and the fiddle.The cow jumped over the moon.The little dog laughed, to see such a sight.And the dish ran away with the spoon.The reviewers felt that not enough data was presented to support your claims…. In addition, several of the reviewers felt that the word ‘diddle’ was inappropriate, and should have been replaced by the more scientifically correct, ‘Hey fornicate fornicate.“ Because of these, and other problems, we are sorry to inform you that your manuscript has not been accepted for publication.

May 312007
Apple iTunesU: Educational material from leading universities - but none from UK

Apple has announced the launch of iTunes U, a dedicated area within the iTunes Store. iTunes U features free content – including course lectures, language lessons, and lab demonstrations, as well as more promotional content such as sports highlights, and campus tours — from such leading universities as Stanford University, UC Berkeley, Duke University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.Shame that there is nothing from UK universities, though – don’t they want to promote themselves to the iTunes generation?

May 292007

I hadn’t realised until today that two reports I wrote for ALPSP were available via Amazon: ALPSP Survey of Librarians on Factors in Journal CancellationOnline Submission and Peer Review Systems It’s tremendous the way that a tiny publisher like ALPSP can get global distribution this way. In this case, I assume that ALPSP’s supplier, the print-on-demand company Lightning Source provides the catalogue feed to Amazon.

Nov 082006

Therefore, any calm person, who is not blind or idiotic, can see that in the Old Oölitic Silurian Period, just a million years ago next November, the Lower Mississippi was upwards of one million three hundred thousand miles long, and stuck out over the Gulf of Mexico like a fishing-pole. And by the same token any person can see that seven hundred and forty-two years from now the Lower Mississippi will be only a mile and three-quarters long, and Cairo [Illinois] and New Orleans will have joined their streets together and be plodding comfortably along under a single mayor and a mutual board of aldermen.