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An Imaginary Town Becomes Real, Then Not. True Story
In the encyclopedia world an entry like that is called a Mountweazel
See New Yorker article about Mountweazel:
Youtube entry discussing Mounweazel entry:
The Odd Clauses: Understanding the Constitution Through Ten of Its Most Curious Provisions
If the United States Constitution were a zoo, and the First, Fourth, and Fourteenth amendments were a lion, a giraffe, and a panda bear, respectively, then The Odd Clauses would be a special exhibit of shrews, wombats, and bat-eared foxes. Past the ever-popular monkey house and lion cages, Boston University law professor Jay Wexler leads us on a tour of the lesser-known clauses of the Constitution, the clauses that, like the yeti crab or platypus, rarely draw the big audiences but are worth a closer look. Just as ecologists remind us that even a weird little creature like a shrew can make all the difference between a healthy environment and an unhealthy one, understanding the odd clauses offers readers a healthier appreciation for our constitutional system. With Wexler as your expert guide through this jurisprudence jungle, you’ll see the Constitution like you’ve never seen it before. -- Read More
As part of National Reading Month Amazon is reducing the price of several books that they label "Books that inspired our passion to read"
Some of the other titles:
Sarah, Plain and Tall ($1.99)
When Beauty Tamed the Beast ($1.99)
The April 2014 issue of Cites & Insights (volume 14, issue 4, whole # 172) is now available for downloading at http://citesandinsights.info/civ14i4.pdf
The print-oriented two-column edition is 22 pages.
Those reading online or on a tablet may prefer the 6x9" single-column version, which is 41 pages long, at http://citesandinsights.info/civ14i4on.pdf
This issue includes two essays:
Intersections: Ethics and Access 1: The Sad Case of Jeffrey Beall (pp. 1-14)
The saga of Jeffrey Beall going from self-appointed investigator into "predatory" open access publishers and journals (and, notably, only OA journals) to ludicrous analyst of serials pricing and the reasons for OA--and beyond that to denouncing OA and its advocates? It's an odd story, and my version includes some really good ideas on avoiding sketchy journals (mostly from a notoriously worthwhile pseudonymous feathered library type) without buying into vigilantism.
The Middle: Forecasts and Futurism (pp. 14-22)
After skipping a year, it's time for another set of forecasts (short-term predictions) and futurism (long-term "predictions"), including some thoughts on the whole trendspotting game.
Does that number in the title of the first essay suggest something? Why, yes, it does--probably two things, one of them almost certain to appear in the May 2014 issue, and involving another "B."
Right to Farm Statutes and the Changing State of Modern Agriculture
Authors@Google: Gary Taubes
Dog Sniffs, Technology, and the Mythical Constitutional Right to Criminal Privacy
Breaking the silence of project preparation to announce:
That's a 32-page two-column PDF optimized for printing. If you're planning to read it online or on an e-device, I suggest the 61-page single-column 6" x 9" PDF optimized for viewing (and much smaller as a download) at http://citesandinsights.info/civ14i3on.pdf
The issue includes:
The Front: Toward 15 and 200: Your Help Wanted pp. 1-3
Cites & Insights is in its 14th year and has passed Issue 170. I'm asking for help to encourage keeping it up to at least 15 and 200--and offering perks for donors.
Media: Thinking about Magazines pp. 3-24
Think print magazines are disappearing--or, worse, are just miscellaneous collections of articles? Think again. If you want a sense of the continuing importance of print magazines, maybe four words will suffice: World Wildlife and STAND--the new glossy print magazines from, respectively, World Wildlife Fund and the ACLU, both of which recognize the special power of a good magazine. This roundup includes some numbers and some perspectives. (No, Cites & Insights isn't a magazine; it's closer to a newsletter. And while a few journals are also magazines--Science, for example--most journals aren't magazines and most magazines aren't journals.)
The Back pp. 25-32
A baker's dozen of minisnarks (or, if you prefer, a dozen with lagniappe) on sound, prices, TED, silliness and casual (or ignorant) tech-sexism at "the newspaper of record."
I just used Kindle Direct Publishing to learn the steps so I could offer this as a library program, basically:
1. create document in Word
2. add chapter headings and format each chapter with an appropriate heading style
3. have Word build the table of contents based on chapters
4. save as "web page, filtered"
5. create account at Amazon
6. complete KDP account info, including W-9, bank routing and account number, for royalty payments
7. add book, enter book metadata, upload book, create cover, set price and sales countries
8. publish book
The book is called One Million Bananas, and it's just the word banana over and over 1,000,000 times. Which in hindsight is just way too many bananas. But now I can teach others, and that's the real purpose. Unless you buy a copy, or a thousand, then we'll see how I feel.
PBS NewsHour piece
Economics correspondent Paul Solman profiles Chris Martenson, a former science professional who gave up his large home and high-status job for life in rural Massachusetts. From there he began expressing his deep dissatisfaction with the way the U.S. economy works and garnered a growing following on his website, Peak Prosperity.
The two-column print-oriented (and optimized for printing) PDF is 42 pages long.
This issue completes the book-length discussion of ebook issues. It contains:
Perspective: E and P: What I Ignored pp. 1-2
Possible motivations behind some comments and stances on pbooks and ebooks
Intersections: It Seems Like the Obvious Case: Ebooks as Textbooks pp. 2-15
For more than a decade I've assumed that textbooks represented the obvious billion-dollar (well, multi-billion-dollar) market for ebooks. It turns out not to be that easy.
Libraries: Ebooks and Libraries pp. 15-42
This discussion leaves out way too much and probably grossly oversimplifies the situation, but I do discuss some items having to do with the philosophical and general issues, problems, publishers and vendors, Kindles and libraries, and Douglas County and friends.
The issue is 32 pages long. The single-column "online version" is 62 pages long.
This issue includes:
The Front (p. 1)
A few notes on reaching the fourteenth year.
Words: Books, E and P (pp. 1-25)
Books and the media in which they appear--and note the "E and P" rather than "E vs. P," although some of the items are distinctly "versus."
Media: 50 Movie Gunslinger Classics, Part 1
"Gunslingers" doesn't mean Westerns, although some of these are. It appears to mean that somebody in the movie has a gun. It's an...odd...set.
Amazon might lose interest in total hegemony over the book business before they achieve it http://t.co/8Lo32UufDO
— T. Johnson (@iLegal9000) November 7, 2013
Indie Bookstores Don't Take Kindly To Amazon's Kindle Offer http://t.co/e7Xo4JLQo7
— T. Johnson (@iLegal9000) November 7, 2013
— Library Journal (@LibraryJournal) November 1, 2013
— WNPR (@wnpr) October 31, 2013
The issue is 34 pages long.
The issue contains one essay:
Words: The Ebook Marketplace, Part 2 pp. 1-34
More on the last few years in the ebook marketplace, this time focusing on ebook pricing, ebook and ereader sales, software, the past and future, (intentional) humor, rights--not so much DRM as ebook readers' rights, and a few miscellaneous pieces.
If you're waiting for "ebooks and pbooks" (note and, not versus)...that's coming in January 2014.
This completes Volume 13.
The indices will only be available as part of the print version of Volume 13, which will be announced when it's ready, probably some time within the next couple of weeks.
Graffiti on trains is common. Graffiti on trains commenting on the Internet? Not so common.
River City Empire: Tom Dennison's Omaha
More than any other political boss of the early twentieth century, Thomas Dennison, “the Rogue who ruled Omaha,” was a master of the devious. Unlike his contemporaries outside the Midwest, he took no political office and was never convicted of a crime during his thirty-year reign. He was a man who managed saloons but never cared for alcohol; who may have incited the Omaha Race Riot of 1919 but claimed he never harmed a soul; who stood aside while powerful men did his bidding. His power came not from coercion or nobility but from delegation and subterfuge.
Orville D. Menard chronicles Dennison’s life in River City Empire, beginning with Dennison’s experiences in Colorado mining towns. In 1892 Dennison came to Omaha, Nebraska, where he married and started a family while solidifying his position as an influential political boss. Menard explores machine politics in Omaha as well as the man behind this machine, describing how Dennison steered elections, served the legitimate and illegitimate business communities, and administered justice boss-style to control crime and corruption. The microcosm of Omaha provides an opportunity for readers to explore bossism in a smaller environment and sheds light on the early twentieth-century American political climate as a whole.