Archive for March 21, 2012

The Budget – a Pictorial Guide

Posted in Finance, Politics with tags , , on March 21, 2012 by telescoper

Courtesy of the BBC Webshite.

Posted in Uncategorized on March 21, 2012 by telescoper

Elsevier redefines the meaning of “free”…their open access articles in fact cost over £10 each to download.

Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week

Well, I’ve spent a lot of time on this blog trying to determine what the terms are for Elsevier’s elective open-access articles — what they term “Sponsored Articles“.  [For anyone who needs to catch up: part 1, part 2, part 3, unofficial part 3-and-a-bit, part 4.]

We are as far as ever from getting a good, clear, explicit statement like the one Springer provide on their “Open Choice” page (“all Open Choice articles are published under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license”.  There — that wasn’t so hard, was it?)  But we do have an important new nugget of information, thanks to a pair of tweets from Erin McKiernan (@emckiernan13).

We start at this page, the table of contents for Neuron 73(5).  Neuron is published by Cell Press, which is an imprint of Elsevier.  As you…

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A Style of Loving

Posted in Poetry with tags , , on March 21, 2012 by telescoper

Light now restricts itself
To the top half of trees;
The angled sun
Slants honey-coloured rays
That lessen to the ground
As we bike through
The corridor of Palm Drive.
We two

Have reached a safety the years
Can claim to have created:
Unconsummated, therefore
Unjaded, unsated.
Picnic, movie, ice-cream;
Talk; to clear my head
Hot buttered rum — coffee for you;
And so not to bed.

And so we have set the question
Aside, gently.
Were we to become lovers
Where would our best friends be?
You do not wish, nor I
To risk again
This savoured light for noon’s
High joy or pain.

by Vikram Seth (b. 1952).