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[23 Dec 12: 13:20]
Inbox zero! I don't even remember the last time I could say that!

[06 Aug 12: 14:21]
Phew! Done with nine 20min oral exams, three more to go. To be continued tomorrow...

[14 Oct 11: 11:45]
Just received an email from a computer science student - with an AOL email address?

[03 Jul 11: 22:26]
Google citation alerts suck: I just found out by accident I rolled over h-index of 13 and 500 citations

[21 May 11: 18:14]
6.15pm: Does god have Alzheimer? No #rapture in Europe...

[01 May 11: 11:31]
w00t! Just been invited to present at OKCon 2011! #OKCon2011


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Scientific publishing and Santa Claus

Just saw this at breakfast and need to spread it (via @caseybergman, originally from The Upturned Microscope):

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Unquestioning dogma: the gatekeepers of science This morning my friend Ramy reminded us of the recent spats over two PLoS One publications (Darwinius, Red Sea) and how they were used to question the 'reputation' of PLoS One as a journal. Of course, it is about as mea...[more]
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SWIB11: What Needs to Happen in a Scholarly Publishing Reform?

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