as American as …. stealing apple pie

Thought this would be an interesting example for teaching students – and magazine editors, apparently – the perils of copying from the Internet.   The web, as we know, is not public domain, and copyright laws apply.  The editor of Cooks Source magazine, after a self-proclaimed 30 years of magazine work, thought otherwise, and now a small part of the Internet has erupted in support of Monica Gaudio and others who had their work lifted.  Gaudio found a blog entry she had written on 14th and 16th century apple pie recipes reprinted as an article – without her permission, knowledge, or payment – in the magazine.

See here (for original post) and here.

Recipes have been a tricky area for intellectual property law, as they are frequently reprinted (with permissions), changed by new users, and evolve through time and trial/error.

But what is so outrageous about this story was the editor’s response to Gaudio, filled with blatant arrogance, after Gaudio requested a public apology (in the magazine and on CS’s Facebook page) and a small donation to the Columbia School of Journalism ($130, or 10 cents a word, what she would have been paid for the article), apparently to teach others about copyright law:

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of fads, fashions, and hamsters

The “got to have” toy this holiday season is the Zhu Zhu Hamster.   I started hearing about them from a friend’s kids last week.  They move around randomly all over the floor, make little clicking chatty noises, and -best of all – don’t require cleanup.   They’re also cheap at $8, IF you can find them at a toy store.  On the internet, typical price skyrocketing is pushing them up to $50 or $60 each.

I remember the Cabbage Patch Kid craze well (as well as the dolls that then sat against the wall, un-played with, for several years).   I remember Tickle Me Elmo a few years ago. I remember the Beanie Babies.  I remember tulips from my Econ101 class.

Now, I’m looking forward to watching Hamster-mania play out on Black Friday.  It’s kind of fun to just sit back and watch the madness of this scenario playing out over and over and over again.

ask a scatterbrain: R&R response letter

With all the discussion about journals, submitting, and reviewing, there has been little discussion about the revise-and-resubmit response letter….

What is necessary to include in a response letter to the editors and reviewers?  What is overkill?  How long have your letters been? Have you written separate letters for each reviewer?   How do you explain away changes you didn’t make because you didn’t agree with the reviewer?  etc.

Thanks y’all!  Looking forward to SF!

a “relatively good” job market? really?

Opened my email this morning to find this new (and in my opinion, horribly argued) report from the American Sociological Association, about the sociology job market. (EDIT – OLD REPORT).

Spoiler – their conclusion:  “These findings suggest a relatively good market for new sociology PhDs.”

Their justification for this statement?  There were more assistant professor jobs posted in the ASA JobBank in 2006 than there were people who received PhDs that year.

The authors (Jerry Jacobs and Roberta Spalter-Roth) do attempt to qualify this “finding” with a breakdown of substantive areas – open jobs, criminology jobs, theory jobs, etc.  and … come to the same conclusion.  They do not note that there are a glut of people who are looking for culture jobs, social movement jobs, and education jobs, or that most “open” jobs actually have a good idea of who they’re looking for (usually NOT culture or social movements or education).

My response: what drivel.   I realize that ASA wants to put a shiny coating on what is happening in the academic job market world – that scatterplot discussed ad nauseum in the fall – but this “report” is ridiculous.

UPDATED:  I read my email this morning without coffee first. The report above is from early 2008, before the economy tanked.  They’re updating the results, available at this year’s ASA meeting:  Here is the link to the preliminary findings for the New Jobs Survey:

Much more (appropriately) bleak. I still think the 2006 “conclusion” is ridiculous for job markets 2006-2008, however.

a gift for you all

I’ve been given posting privileges, and so figured that my first post should be a holiday-themed, food-related,  gift to you all:

Don’t know what to get for that last elusive name on your holiday shopping list?  Why not get them Burger King’s new Flame – burger scented body spray?
It’s not a hoax – they’re selling it at Ricky’s in NYC, and other similarly minded places.

You have to “click to spray” the different scenes – obviously some savvy folks in the marketing department (or at least some folks with a good, tongue-in-cheek sense of humor)…

enjoy, and happy holidays!