The Festival of Bad Ad Hoc Hypotheses (BAHfest) is coming to Cambridge, MA and San Francisco this October. If you didn’t know, the festival is dedicated to “well-argued and thoroughly researched but completely incorrect evolutionary theory.” I love, love, love this idea, and not just because making fun of bad evolutionary psychology is God’s work. I can’t go, but I’ll have to settle for watching the videos of the talks. Like this one, which is hilarious. (ht Nothing in Biology)
Methods in Ecology and Evolution has a video interview with Ben Bolker and Mark Brewer on statistical machismo. Always good to know #WWBBD? (ht BioDiverse Perspectives)
Curious if you or other readers think the link on “university’s enterprise software’ extends to things like “journal enterprise software?” The piece doesn’t offer much resolution to the issue, but I’d also be curious if people with enough temporal data to comment might suggest if this has gotten better or worse.
This nice article from the Economist (http://www.economist.com/news/special-report/21593580-cheap-and-ubiquitous-building-blocks-digital-products-and-services-have-caused) suggests that in general, software startup costs are much lower than they were during the 90’s dot.com bubble, and arguing this has brought more competition to places where there was once only enterprise software (think employees being allowed to use their own devices vs company supplied blackberries). Perhaps there’s hope for institutional software.
Speaking purely personally, I don’t think that Manuscript Central has gotten worse since it first came out–but it hasn’t gotten better. And you’d think it would have, because there’s certainly room for improvement.
Good question, curious what others think.