Friday Reading for 2/27/2015

On Fridays I post some interesting links and discussions from the week.


Jon Tennant and Ross Mounce organized a crowdsourced Glossary of Open. I helped contribute in little bits and so did a lot of other people! You can contribute too — the glossary is still being updated based on input in an openly editable Google Drive Document.

Interviews with Martin Eve and John Willinsky on Open Access and the Humanities & Social Sciences by the College and Research Library News. I’m so excited to see this focus on SS/H and Open Access! I can’t wait to be part of the Library Publishing Forum in March.

Game development anthropologist Casey O’Donnell discusses the shifting fields of academic writing – or why writing traditional journal articles and book chapters in addition to your blog is important.

One of my heroes, danah boyd, discusses her participation in Dove’s “Speak Beautiful” campaign to bring positivity to social media.

On a personal note, I’m so excited about the sound of Death Cab for Cutie’s new release. This band has been one of my favorites for over a decade and I love it when groups introduce new members and refine their sound a bit. I admittedly nerded out a bit about prosody and voice dynamics in this new song.

This Wired article describes three reasons, backed by science and behavioral studies, why cats really really love boxes. Even if I’m still dubious about anything that tries to apply logic to cats, this was still a fun read (and includes a fantastic Maru video).

An intriguing cultural perspective of the so-called “Miracle on Ice” of 1984 from the point of view of a Soviet Union hockey player.