Thursday, 15 February 2018

it's not just dentistry...

I’ve been getting a lot of suspiciously similar spam requests from dentistry “journals”.  Today, I got one from a less specific journal, but it looks like it’s from a remarkably similar bot that doesn’t have English as a first language:
Dear Dr. Susan Stepney,

Hope all is well at your end.

We are happy to inform your that Juniper publishers have recently indexed in International Scientific Indexing (ISI) an another mile stone in publications that have been achieved by the support of eminent like you.

Hence, we are in shortfall of article for successful release of Volume 12, Issue 3. Is it possible for you to support us with your 2 page Opinion or Mini Review for this issue before 20th February?

Once again, I honestly request you to be a part in the success of our Journal.

Please acknowledge this email receipt within 24 hours.

Denuelle Bennett
Current Trends in Biomedical Engineering & Biosciences (ISSN: 2572-1151)

I’m not sure what publishing apocalypse is happening on the oft-quoted 20 February, but it’s rapidly approaching!

Also, what’s with the “Hence”?  How does the shortfall follow from the indexing?  Or am I overthinking things again?

For the record, here’s a list of the spam-so-far:

Monday, 12 February 2018

okay, this is getting silly

Just how many spam dentistry journals are there?

I thought the earlier dental request was silly.  Today I got two more spams, one from "Crimson Publishers":
Dear Dr. S Stepney,

Good Morning…..!

Can we have your article for successful release of Volume 1 Issue 3 in our Journal OOIJ?

We are in need of one article to accomplish the Issue prior 20th February. We hope that the single manuscript should be yours. If this is a short notice please do send 2 page opinion/mini review/case report, we hope 2 page article isn’t time taken for eminent people like you.

Please, track the below link for manuscript submission

Anticipate for your promising response.

Lacey Spencer
Orthoplastic Surgery & Orthopedic Care International Journal

and another one from "Lupine Publishers":
Dear Dr. S Stepney,

Good morning! You’re up for great things today.

I would like to inform you that in this instance, we are in need of One Research Article to apply for ISSN for the Modern Approaches in Dentistry and Oral Health Care (MADOHC).

Could you possibly arrange this by 20th of February?

Hope your continuous support for our journal.

Susan Robert

I am a bit tempted to plagiarise a well-known paper in this area and submit it.  But not that tempted.  Yet.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

sequestering carbon, several books at a time LXXX

The latest batch (we were running out of shelf space, so put up another couple of shelves, then immediately went to Amazon...)

Saturday, 10 February 2018

chewing over a request

Another spam dentistry journal request.  I’ve had a higher proportion of dentistry spam due to one published paper (which isn’t about dentistry), than computer science spams from all the rest of my papers.  Dentistry must be big bucks.  But I don’t think this particular journal has much of a future, if they are so desperate as to ask me for their inaugural issue!

Dear Dr. S Stepney,

Good Morning!

We are in shortfall of one article for successful release of Inaugural Issue of our Interventions in Pediatric Dentistry: Open Access Journal (IPDOAJ).

Is it possible for you to support us with your manuscript for this issue before 25th of February? If this is a short notice please do send 2 page mini review/case report / Review Article /Research Article, we hope 2 page article isn’t time taken for eminent like you.

We are confident that you are always will be there to support us.

Await your response.


Nancy Ronald

From Lupine Publishers no less: it’s like they are advertising their predatory nature!

Sunday, 4 February 2018

moar Lego

What my other half gets up to:

Sunday, 28 January 2018

film review: The LEGO Batman Movie

DVD cover
Batman might have had a bit part in the LEGO movie; here he is the protagonist. An isolated Batman feels nothing, not even hatred for the Joker. When Commissioner Barbara Gordon notes that Gotham City is full of crime, despite Batman's best efforts, she decides working together and actual policing, without the help of a certain vigilante, might be a more effective approach. Existential crisis time, for Batman, and for the Joker. But the Joker has a cunning plan to get sent to the Phantom Zone. And Bruce Wayne accidentally adopts an orphan. Mayhem ensues.
Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman minifigs running

The Joker
This is great fun. The gags come thick and fast, with all the clever verbal and visual wit of its predecessor, and much much more, with ridiculous knowing and self-referential comments, and snark, and meta-jokes. It helps to know all the Batman incarnations, even back to the Adam West era, and your DC Comics universe, and your LEGO, and the entirety of the film and TV world to get all the pop culture references (King Kong! the Eye of Sauron! the Daleks!), but even if you miss half the gags (which I'm sure I did), this is still by far funnier and cleverer than anything else out there.

Highly recommended.

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Saturday, 27 January 2018

sequestering carbon, several books at a time LXXIX

The latest batch: only a few, as we recover from the Christmas rush.