- open source install fest at Bay Area schools, Sat March 1 (linked at badgerbag)
- Liz Henry, Annoyingly sexist framing of Google VP Marissa Mayer
- Heather Morrison, No to author’s rights? Let your librarian know!, Poetic Economics (link from open access news)
- Jonathan Eisen, Editorial: PLoS Biology 2.0, 6(2): e48 doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0060048 (2008) – a moving essay about why Eisen became committed to open access for medical information. (pointer from my partner)
- Neil Gaiman, The Nature of Free – Gaiman is giving away American Gods online. Gaiman says: “Libraries are good things: you shouldn’t have to pay for every book you read.” and “As I tried to explain in the Guardian interview, the problem isn’t that books are given away or that people read books they haven’t paid for. The problem is that the majority of people don’t read for pleasure.” The aforementioned Guardian interview links to this interesting review of various publisher “experiments” in content for free. (original link from Alan Wexelblat, copyfight)
We independently verified the actual mouse-nature of the songs by performing a Spontaneous Audio Performance Test (SAPT) with a feline experimental audience.* Sure enough, four sleeping cats roused, lifted their heads, and twitched their ears while the songs were played. One actually rose to a standing position. The subject felines failed to respond to the recorded sparrow song.
Because PLOS Biology is open-access, you can try this one at home.
* No animals were harmed in this experiment. All research animals involved in this experiment receive the highest quality of care, including personalized feeding and support by a trained post-doctoral biologist and her aide; free access to legal counsel and representation; and consultations with a high-quality veterinary facility.