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The latest entries into the pit of despair

Standing in the shadows
16 January
Todd in the Shadows is a popular music critic. His chart retrospectives are based on the Billboard Hot 100 year-end lists, but most of the entries are familiar to me, even from my childhood growing up in England. (more…)
tag icon entertainment; reviews; teh soschull notwerk
Not such a bargain
14 January
Vinnie's contacted me again, offering a New Year special publication fee of only $159 to Journal of Regenerative Medicine & Biology Research. Hang on, didn't he offer me a reduction to $159 in September? And Ashley Brown offered the same in April, if I submitted before a specific deadline. (more…)
tag icon predatory publishers; unsolicited commercial email
Thanks Mack! (thumbup)
14 January
Bloody hell! What are the chances? (more…)
tag icon unsolicited commercial email
13 January
Reading of the death of Ronnie Spector, I was expecting her ex-husband's criminal conviction to be dragged up. Not that it needed to be included in her obituary; after all, it had nothing to do with her. The couple had divorced three decades prior to Lana Clarkson's murder. (more…)
tag icon BBC editorial standards: how many monkeys does it take…?; celeb; crime & punishment; entertainment; I, pedant; obituaries
I'm sarcastic, therefore I'm brainy
12 January
According to David Robson, writing for BBC Family Tree, a teenager's sarcasm reflects their intellect. Fortunately for me, my sarcastic teen, Emily, doesn't read the BBC. (more…)
tag icon brain; culture; health; language; quoted for WTF?; science


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