brynndragon: (fiddle)
They're calling it Chambergrass (click on the "listen now" button to actually hear it). I don't know if I like it yet, but I want to hear more.
brynndragon: (fiddle)
They're calling it Chambergrass (click on the "listen now" button to actually hear it). I don't know if I like it yet, but I want to hear more.
brynndragon: (more cowbell)
(via [livejournal.com profile] wildelven)
Check this out: the music video of a mash-up, performed by a real band, of Don't Stop Believing and Enter Sandman, complete with backstory of how this horrible, awesome, hilarious thing came to be. You gotta see this!
brynndragon: (more cowbell)
(via [livejournal.com profile] wildelven)
Check this out: the music video of a mash-up, performed by a real band, of Don't Stop Believing and Enter Sandman, complete with backstory of how this horrible, awesome, hilarious thing came to be. You gotta see this!
brynndragon: (beatles love)
via [livejournal.com profile] en_ki and [livejournal.com profile] the_xtina, if the recent XKCD comic brought you down, have a little something to make it better.
brynndragon: (beatles love)
via [livejournal.com profile] en_ki and [livejournal.com profile] the_xtina, if the recent XKCD comic brought you down, have a little something to make it better.
brynndragon: (more cowbell)
(via [livejournal.com profile] wildelven)

It turns out that Journey's Don't Stop Believing is made even more awesome with a vaguely southern accent and fast banjo picking. I kid you not.
brynndragon: (more cowbell)
(via [livejournal.com profile] wildelven)

It turns out that Journey's Don't Stop Believing is made even more awesome with a vaguely southern accent and fast banjo picking. I kid you not.
brynndragon: (Default)
You get to feel old when. . .

(BTW, that comic in general is funnier than it has any right to be. I'm just sayin'. Also, I blame [livejournal.com profile] londo)
brynndragon: (Default)
You get to feel old when. . .

(BTW, that comic in general is funnier than it has any right to be. I'm just sayin'. Also, I blame [livejournal.com profile] londo)
brynndragon: (Default)
(via [livejournal.com profile] simplydorei)
So, it turns out that a well-known publisher of scientific journals (Elsevier) was paid by a well-known pharmaceutical company (Merck) to publish a bunch of fake journal issues (you can do a free click-thru thingie or just wait for it).

Some notes on the article linked above: The significance of "The issues contained little in the way of advertisements apart from ads for Fosamax, a Merck drug for osteoporosis, and Vioxx" is normally scientific journals have ads for things like Qiagen's newest assay or Applied Biosystem's latest PCR machine - things that scientists would want to buy for doing their own research from companies that people outside the field have probably never heard of. That's on top of the part where all the ads were from a single company, which is also rather fishy. Another big red flag is "the journal did not accept original manuscripts for review" - that's like not even bothering to look at letters from the public for the letters-to-the-editor section of a newspaper.

Also, Elsevier is known to me as the folks who bought up a bunch of scientific journals that previously had free web content (usually in the form of older journals, keeping the newer ones either offline or restricted access to subscribers) and restricting their content entirely such that only institutions could afford their fees. It's funny how the NIH went from requesting that NIH-funded research be made publicly available to requiring it - I suspect Elsevier's actions had something to do with that change in policy. So I can't say I'm surprised they'd think it was a good idea to take money from a corporation and give them "scientific" journals in return - I tend to think of them as putting their bottom line before what's good for science anyway. (Of course I'm not surprised that Merck would do this, they're a big pharma and big pharmas are assholes when it comes to science - science is nothing more than a means to an end to them and they're perfectly willing to twist the means to get that end)

ETA: Actually Elsevier made 6 fake journals. One was not enough for an internal review, but apparently 6 is. Pfeh.
brynndragon: (Default)
(via [livejournal.com profile] simplydorei)
So, it turns out that a well-known publisher of scientific journals (Elsevier) was paid by a well-known pharmaceutical company (Merck) to publish a bunch of fake journal issues (you can do a free click-thru thingie or just wait for it).

Some notes on the article linked above: The significance of "The issues contained little in the way of advertisements apart from ads for Fosamax, a Merck drug for osteoporosis, and Vioxx" is normally scientific journals have ads for things like Qiagen's newest assay or Applied Biosystem's latest PCR machine - things that scientists would want to buy for doing their own research from companies that people outside the field have probably never heard of. That's on top of the part where all the ads were from a single company, which is also rather fishy. Another big red flag is "the journal did not accept original manuscripts for review" - that's like not even bothering to look at letters from the public for the letters-to-the-editor section of a newspaper.

Also, Elsevier is known to me as the folks who bought up a bunch of scientific journals that previously had free web content (usually in the form of older journals, keeping the newer ones either offline or restricted access to subscribers) and restricting their content entirely such that only institutions could afford their fees. It's funny how the NIH went from requesting that NIH-funded research be made publicly available to requiring it - I suspect Elsevier's actions had something to do with that change in policy. So I can't say I'm surprised they'd think it was a good idea to take money from a corporation and give them "scientific" journals in return - I tend to think of them as putting their bottom line before what's good for science anyway. (Of course I'm not surprised that Merck would do this, they're a big pharma and big pharmas are assholes when it comes to science - science is nothing more than a means to an end to them and they're perfectly willing to twist the means to get that end)

ETA: Actually Elsevier made 6 fake journals. One was not enough for an internal review, but apparently 6 is. Pfeh.
brynndragon: (A Very Spider Xmas)
I think the reason Watchmen got bad reviews is way too many folks were expecting something like this. (I rather enjoyed the movie myself)

(courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] heatray)
brynndragon: (A Very Spider Xmas)
I think the reason Watchmen got bad reviews is way too many folks were expecting something like this. (I rather enjoyed the movie myself)

(courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] heatray)
brynndragon: (Bad Idea)
Microsoft has created a program called Songsmith, where the idea is you sing to it and it spits back musical accompaniment. So people have been giving the musical equivalent of the Turing Test: if you isolate the vocal track from a popular song and feed it to Somgsmith, will it return a reasonable (or at least hilarious) musical background? Here are some such attempts: Ozzy Osbourne's Crazy Train, Billy Idol's White Wedding, Rush's Tom Sawyer. But someone took it one step further: a Barak Obama speech.
brynndragon: (Bad Idea)
Microsoft has created a program called Songsmith, where the idea is you sing to it and it spits back musical accompaniment. So people have been giving the musical equivalent of the Turing Test: if you isolate the vocal track from a popular song and feed it to Somgsmith, will it return a reasonable (or at least hilarious) musical background? Here are some such attempts: Ozzy Osbourne's Crazy Train, Billy Idol's White Wedding, Rush's Tom Sawyer. But someone took it one step further: a Barak Obama speech.
brynndragon: (In Vitro)
If you enjoy puzzles, you could be playing games for science!
brynndragon: (In Vitro)
If you enjoy puzzles, you could be playing games for science!

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