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This whole story really pissed me off. First off, I’m a Scientific American subscriber and have been for a while. For years I subscribed and my wife and daughter never paid any attention to it. As my daughter has gotten older and set her sites on going to medical school, it really excites me to see her show major enthusiasm to intellectual pursuits and STEM subjects in particular (and if you’ll forgive the brag here, she’s maintained a 4.0 GPA the whole time 4.0 was the best GPA you can get. Now that she’s moved on to HS and you can earn a 5.0 GPA with honors courses, she’s consistently > 4.9). Sure, Scientific American is watered down and it’s hardly the Harvard Medical Review, but it’s a good start. I recently cancelled my subscription to Popular Science b/c of the stance they took on turning off comments (I agreed with pretty much every premise they put forth (as well as their belief that science supports AGW, the but conclusion was pathetic and cowardly).
Then this happens. Since the article was taken down, I’m republishing it. If Scientific American doesn’t put the post back up and apologize to DL Lee, I will definitely pull my subscription and encourage others to do the same (not that I matter or that one subscription matters, but I have yet to see anyone on the “ANTI-DL Lee” side here other than her editor at Scientific American. So it’s reprinted here:
Something that happens every day, to me and many other people who write things: you get asked to do something for free. There’s an idea that mere “writing” isn’t actually “work,” and besides which “exposure” should be more than enough recompense. (Can I eat exposure? Can I smoke it?)
You know, that’s okay. I’m constantly asking people to do things for less recompense than their time is worth; it’s worth a shot. For a young writer who is trying to build a career, exposure might actually be valuable. But most of the time the writer will politely say no and everyone will move on.
Thank you very much for your reply.
But I will have to decline your offer.
Have a great day.
Here’s what happens less often: the person asking for free content, rather than moving on, responds by saying
Because we don’t pay for blog entries?
Are you an urban scientist or an urban whore?
Where I grew up, when people politely turn down your request for free stuff, it’s impolite to call them a “whore.” It’s especially bad when you take into account the fact that we live in a world where women are being pushed away from science, one where how often your papers get cited correlates strongly with your gender, and so on.
DNLee was a bit taken aback, with good reason. So she took to her blog to respond. It was a colorful, fun, finely-crafted retort — and also very important, because this is the kind of stuff that shouldn’t happen in this day and age. Especially because the offender isn’t just some kid with a website; Biology Online is a purportedly respectable site, part of the Scientific American “Partners Network.” One would hope that SciAm would demand an apology from Ofek, or consider cutting their ties with the organization.
Sadly that’s not what happened. If you click on the link in the previous paragraph, you’ll get an error. That’s because Scientific American, where DNLee’s blog is hosted, decided it wasn’t appropriate and took it down.
It’s true that this particular post was not primarily concerned with conveying substantive scientific content. Like, you know, countless other posts on the SciAm network, or most other blogs. But it wasn’t about gossip or what someone had for lunch, either; interactions between actual human beings engaged in the communication of scientific results actually is a crucial part of the science/culture/community ecosystem. DNLee’s post was written in a jocular style, but it wasn’t only on-topic, it was extremely important. Taking it down was exactly the wrong decision.
I have enormous respect for Scientific American as an institution, so I’m going to hope that this is a temporary mistake, and after contemplating a bit they decide to do the right thing, restoring DNLee’s post and censuring the guy who called her a whore. But meanwhile, I’m joining others by copying the original post here. Ultimately it’s going to get way more publicity than it would have otherwise. Maybe someday people will learn how the internet works.
Here is DNLee. (Words cannot express how much I love the final picture.)
wachemshe hao hao kwangu mtapoa
I got this wrap cloth from Tanzania. It’s a khanga. It was the first khanga I purchased while I was in Africa for my nearly 3 month stay for field research last year. Everyone giggled when they saw me wear it and then gave a nod to suggest, “Well, okay”. I later learned that it translates to “Give trouble to others, but not me”. I laughed, thinking how appropriate it was. I was never a trouble-starter as a kid and I’m no fan of drama, but I always took this 21st century ghetto proverb most seriously:
Don’t start none. Won’t be none.
For those not familiar with inner city anthropology – it is simply a variation of the Golden Rule. Be nice and respectful to me and I will do the same. Everyone doesn’t live by the Golden Rule it seems. (Click to embiggen.)
The Blog editor of Biology-Online dot org asked me if I would like to blog for them. I asked the conditions. He explained. I said no. He then called me out of my name.
My initial reaction was not civil, I can assure you. I’m far from rah-rah, but the inner South Memphis in me was spoiling for a fight after this unprovoked insult. I felt like Hollywood Cole, pulling my A-line T-shirt off over my head, walking wide leg from corner to corner yelling, “Aww hell nawl!” In my gut I felt so passionately:”Ofek, don’t let me catch you on these streets, homie!”
This is my official response:
It wasn’t just that he called me a whore – he juxtaposed it against my professional being: Are you urban scientist or an urban whore? Completely dismissing me as a scientist, a science communicator (whom he sought for my particular expertise), and someone who could offer something meaningful to his brand.What? Now, I’m so immoral and wrong to inquire about compensation? Plus, it was obvious me that I was supposed to be honored by the request..
After all, Dr. Important Person does it for free so what’s my problem? Listen, I ain’t him and he ain’t me. Folks have reasons – finances, time, energy, aligned missions, whatever – for doing or not doing things. Seriously, all anger aside…this rationalization of working for free and you’ll get exposure is wrong-headed. This is work. I am a professional. Professionals get paid. End of story. Even if I decide to do it pro bono (because I support your mission or I know you, whatevs) – it is still worth something. I’m simply choosing to waive that fee. But the fact is I told ol’ boy No; and he got all up in his feelings. So, go sit on a soft internet cushion, Ofek, ’cause you are obviously all butt-hurt over my rejection. And take heed of the advice on my khanga.
You don’t want none of this
Keywords: DL Lee, The Urban Scientist, ofek, Mariette DiChristina, @Sciam, Streisand Effect
Nootropics – Phenibut from Liftmode
I’ve been very interested in Nootropics for a while now. I frequently get questions about which ones I take, where they can be procured and what areas can be enhanced with them.
Phenibut is one of the more popular products in this area. There is some debate about whether or not it’s actually a Nootropic but in my experience, the Nootropic benefits are profound.
If you search around for Phenibut, you’ll see it discussed pretty frequently in Bodybuilding forums. It’s been used in Russia (and the former Soviet Union) for years and is prescribed by doctors there today. I’ve used it for about 2 months and have grown quite fond of it. Like anything, I’ll admit it’s possible that the benefits I experience are the result of the placebo effect but I strongly doubt it.
So what does it do? Depending on the dosage, Phenibut’s effects range from energizing to sedating. Personally, I started out taking 500mg once or twice a day and didn’t really notice any effect. In fact I really started to doubt the efficacy of it at first. Then I increased the dosage to 1500mg one day and found very energized and pleasant. I tried taking 2g’s a day, twice a day for the next week and it seemed to really give me a boost. Just for experimentation, I would take 2gs before I went running and compared how I felt to times I’d go running without any Phenibut. Again, it could be mostly placebo going on, but it seemed to help tremendously.
A slight digression on this note—I’ve had sleeping problems for years but the last 4 years started to be very problematic for me in terms of sleep. Once I got heavy, the more weight I gained the worse my sleeping problems became. Things got so bad for me that I would basically not sleep all week and then I’d crash all weekend. i went from being a dyed in the wool ‘morning person’ to someone who had extreme difficulty waking up. After waiting much too long, I had a sleep study performed, was diagnosed with Sleep Apnea and started CPAP therapy. The CPAP fixed my sleep problem overnight and had a huge impact on my health, but b/c I had had ‘insomnia’ for so long, my sleep cycles were totally out of what. I would generally have trouble going to sleep before 5:30 AM – using the CPAP, I would sleep 6-8 hours a day, sleep like a rock and all would be great, but i still had a lot of trouble falling asleep. I started trying to use a Phillips Go-LITE (which I’ll post a review about). The Go-LITE helped me wake up on time but I still had trouble falling asleep. Phenibut seemed to be the fix to the going to sleep problem i was still experiencing.
Phenibut gives you a notable energy boost starting after 5-10 minutes after first dose. Even though I describe the effects as an energy boost, it’s much different from Caffeine or Ephedrine -mainly, it doesn’t raise my heart rate or blood pressure and there’s no ‘racey’ or nervous feeling associated with it. In fact it’s quiet the opposite – it always seems to reduce anxiety, relax you a good bit and gives you a general feeling I can only describe as well-being.
I read about reports of increased tolerance and withdrawal (which many reports say is terribly bad) which I found concerning. I started taking it only once or twice a week, then started taking it more frequently. There have been weeks in the recent past where i”ve taken it every single day for a week. Generally though, I keep use limited to 4-5 days a week. The most I’ve taken in a day is 5gs although that’s pretty high, i try to keep it to 2 dosages a day of 1.5-2gs. Taking 4gs a day for 4 weeks straight, I tried to stop using it completely to see if tolerance was building or if there were any withdrawal effects. I don’t want to tell anyone there is no withdrawal (our bio-chemistry is very unique and one person may not experience any withdrawal while someone else might have the opposite reaction), but in my case, even after daily usage for 2 months, I was able to take a 2 week break without any notable withdrawal effects. At worst I may have felt a little edgy once or twice, but i’d be hard pressed to say it was actual withdrawal and not just general tiredness or agitation that happens here and there in life.
Suffice to say that I’m very glad I found Phenibut and I really like it. I take it before running and it seems to give me a very comfortable boost. I use it before work frequently and it seems to give me a very comfortable edge helping me stay alert, helping me to think clearly and focused and gives me all of this without any downside.
So where do you find it? I have tried several brands and types and have settled on Liftmode. I’ve bought several products from LiftMode and think they are about as good to deal with as a company can be. First off, their product line is extensive . they have many different sizes for most of their products, they have everything from small sizes of Phenibut (40gs for $12.99) to really big containers of it (500G for $98.88). When you buy something from LiftMode, they give you a certificate of Analysis from a laboratory that confirms the purity of their products. In this case, the Phenibut was analyzed by Analytical Labs in Anaheim. It shows a claim of > 99.5% and a result of 100%. LiftMode is great to deal with from every regard that I’ve seen, and they ship the product the same day in most cases. Delivery is quick and reliable and they’ll send you tracking information if you choose a shipping option that provides tracking updates. Having tried several brands of Phenibut (including many that are much more expensive), I’ve found that Liftmode’s Phenibut is consistently great and the most reasonably priced stuff I’ve come across. They are very responsive and friendly to deal wit and doing business with them couldn’t be easier.
As an aside, if you’re going to give Phenibut a try (again, keep in mind that LiftMode offers a 40g container for $12.99), check out LiftMode’s L-Theanine and their Noopept. L-Theanine is reported to help bolster the efficacy of Phenibut and in my experience, they do seem to compliment each other well. Noopept is effective at really small dosages (dosages so small it’s hard to believe they work – but countless things are very effective at seemingly small dosages). I’ll write more about L-Theanine and NooPept in another post, but if you’re interested, take a look at LiftMode’s sight and look around. Their stuff is very reasonably priced and you can try a Nootropic buffet including a sampling of almost everything they sell without breaking the $150.00 mark. I’ve tried just about everything they have and have been consistently pleased with everything I’ve gotten from them, I’d encourage you to give them a try – I’d love to hear any feedback on any Nootropics you’ve tried and let me know if your experience was similar.
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<h3>Colin Purrington vs Consortium for Plant Biotechnological Research</h3>
In the spirit of copying someone’s words, I decided to jack the text of Ken White’s brilliant post, Bring me the Head of that Threatening Lawyer. Having gotten really behind with posting, I decided to get back in the groove and well, Popehat being my favorite site and all, I figured this is a great place to start.
Colin Purrington made an error in judgment.
His error was this: he believed that simply because he had created something himself — specifically, a helpful guide for creating scientific posters — that it was safe to go about asking other people not to appropriate it for their own profit.
Colin was wrong. This is America, Colin. What were you thinking?
See, Colin saw that an outfit called the Consortium for Plant Biotechnology Research was using some of his language in appendices to its grant applications. Colin, as is his practice, sent a wry missive asking that they stop, with a humorous coda:
Read the whole thing here. Then read this. Then go to Colin Purrington’s site and check out his work – he’s got great advice and well, he’s funny as hell. And on top of that, he’s actually got the balls needed to stand up to
douchebag attorney David P Metzger at Arnold & Porter.
Keywords: Ken White, Collin Purrington, David P. Metzger, Arnold and Porter, Consortium for Plant Biotechnology Research
Adam Steinbaugh continues to illustrate why the legal system is going to be a much better place once he starts practicing law. Adam’s been covering the whole Revenge Porn controversy and as he posts, Marc Randazza apparently just scored another win (shocking, I know). When you end up on the wrong side of both Anon and Randazza, you know you’re life is about to start sucking, majorly. I’m not one to take joy in other’s misfortunes but sometimes it’s warranted, and in the case of Eric Chanson, Roy Chanson, Amy Chanson, Kevin Bollaert and Blue Mist Media LLC, they deserve everything they get. They couldn’t even begin to undo the damage they’ve inflicted on innocent and/or undeserving folks and they’ve had every opportunity to stop but did do so. In fact they went to a good bit of effort to keep this crap going. Well, all I can say is I hope a plate full of Randazza serving up Murum Aries Attigit is just what’s needed in a case like this.
Keywords: Adam Steinbaugh, Marc Randazza, Eric Chanson, Roy Chanson, Amy Chanson, Kevin Bollaert and Blue Mist Media LLC, YouGotPosted, IsAnybodyDown, Revenge Porn
Marc Randazza is covering the story of Cody Saltsman, a few other members of a Steubenville, Ohio football team and their proclivity for non-traditional hookups. Now, if you make fun of Cody Saltsman or imply he’s a rapist, he and his family apparently get nice and butthurt and will sue as Alexandria Goddard found out. So it’s possible that someone else took the picture, it’s possible someone else made the comments under Cody Saltsman’s name etc etc, but I ask you, how would you feel if this was something your son posted?
How many times have you hooked up and had to carry the girl like that? Anyway, the family is learning firsthand about the Streisand Effect and their class act of a lawyer , Shawn Blake, is doing his best to make sure they achieve it in it’s full glory.
On a side note, I was working on a project for class. It randomly generates words, it’s really cool. Check out the results:
Cody Saltsman thinks rape victims are whores. Cody Saltsman Steubenville, OH, Rapist, Rapist, Attorney Shawn Blake is a douchebag. Cody Saltsman thinks taking pictures of gang rapes and making jokes about the victims is funny.
I just came across Busted Bitches and Internet Stalkers who’s hot on the Cody Saltsman / Prinniefield / #SteubenvilleOhio – Must read coverage
Keywords: Cody Saltsman, Alexendria Goddard, Cody Saltsman Steubenville Ohio, Steubenville Ohio Football Gang Rape, Shawn Blake, Marc Randazza, Streisand Effect, #SteubenvilleOhio
I was going through my router logs earlier tonight and saw the following entries which I didn’t recognize:
Not exactly the type of thing you want to see right? Well, I started to look around and found out it’s quite innocent and nothing to worry about. If you search for it, an exact match of GainSpand0a6f9 returned absolutely nothing on Google and nothing much on Bing (but but Bing is just a cheap wannabe and never has anything that Google doesn’t, Stephen Colbert said so). Looking for GainSpan returned a whole lot of stuff none of which seemed to point to anything too obvious. Then I came across this, which points to it being the FitBit and related Aria Wifi Smart Scale scales we use. But I found quite a few more, and that didn’t make any sense. I have a FitBit, the wife has one, and we each have a matching Aria scale which is 4 devices, I was seeing a total of 9 devices attached and they were grouped in similar patterns to the ones shown above. I got to thinking maybe they were switching connections but that didn’t add up as each had a different MAC address. A little further investigation led to this post about GainSpan and NetDuino. And yes, I have a few Arduino and NetDuino boards around the house which I’ve been playing with for various projects. I powered all of them off and did a refresh and everything added up exactly as I expected it would.
So, if you see an entry on your Wifi Logs about attached devices named GainSpan, GainSpand, or GainSpan(d)with a few numbers afterward, you probably don’t have anything to worry about if your network is locked down. If you’re using a FitBit or an Aria, that’s most likely it. If that’s not it, check to see if you have any Arduino boards around (these are pretty specific devices and you’d know if you were using them or not, after all you don’t buy or program Arduino without knowing it. On the other hand, there’s many different devices, more than I could possibly outline here that may be using Arduino boards).
Keywords: GainSpan, FitBit , Aria, Aria Wifi Smart Scale, Arduino, NetDuino, Why is GainSpan Showing up on my Wifi-Network, Why is GainSpand showing up on my Wifi Network, William Ryan, William G. Ryan, Katy Michaelis
Katy Michaelis is one of the sharper minds in the development world. I’ve been following Katy for quite a while and she’s always ahead of the curve on technical issues. She also bears a striking resemblance to Katy Johnson, the model referenced in Tucker Max’s book – see for yourself:
I just noticed that she moved her old blog TheKatyMichaelis to KatyMichaelis at WordPress. It looks like none of her old posts have been moved over yet but they should be shortly. Anyway, if you’re interested in a good technical read, Katy Michaelis is not one to disappoint. Read and Enjoy
Keywords: Katy Michaelis, KatyMichaelis, TheKatyMichaelis, Katy S Michaelis, Katherine S Michaelis, KatyMichaelis.Wordpress.com, Tucker Max, TuckerMax, Katy Johnson
Adam Steinbaugh has done amazing work covering the whole case of Craig Brittain, Chance Trahan and IsAnybodyDown. ArsTechnica posted a piece about the controversy today that really bent over backward to play nice with Craig Brittain and Chance Trahan. The issue of Section 230 of the Communication Decency Act (something near and dear to my heart and something I would recommend any
crybaby psychopaths Taylor’s Residents and their Expert friends learn about) came up and Adam addresses it quite elegantly.
Keywords: Chance Trahan, Craig Brittian, IsAnybodyDown.com, TheTakeDownLaywer, Involuntary Pornography, Chance Trahan Kataishin, Kataishin, Chance Trahan Tempe Arizona, Craig Brittian Rape, Marc Randazza, Adam Steinbaugh, Pink meth, PinkMeth.com, Ken White, Popehat
Craig Brittain has been the subject of quite a bit of discussion lately. He and Chance Trahan (Chance Bradford Trahan to be exact) are two of the gentlemen behind IsAnyBodyDown and TheTakeDownLawyer. If you’re not familiar with TheTakeDownLawyer, it appears that Craig Brittain and/or Chance Trahan have taken it upon themselves to harvest explicit pictures of innocent unsuspecting women and girls and post the material on IsAnyBodyDown. They take the extra step of linking as much personal information about the ladies as possible, for maximum humiliation. Then, they invented a persona known as David Blade III – A Supposed Attorney from NY who will get the material taken down for a small fee. Marc Randazza, Adam Steinbaugh and Ken White have busted them about as bad as anyone can be busted, but Chance and Craig keep doubling down at each pass. If nothing else, click on those links just to read the hysterical attempt at legal threat these two f*cktards are making to a few of the best and brightest Attorneys (as in Real ones) known to mankind.
Having people submit photos is one way pictures can get put up on IsAnybodyDown but the other way, as Adam notes, is to put up Personals on Craigslist and offer to trade pics. Well here’s something you might find interesting. The IP Address used to interact with Marc (which supposedly came from David Blade) was 220.127.116.11. All sorts of interesting things come back to it, not the least of which is this at Stop Forum Spam. The results are shown below:
Notice the prevalence of female names used, notice the common domain name they all come from. Seems like Craig Brittain isn’t just David Blade, he’s also a bunch of other people to. How do I know that? Well, I don’t for sure, but It’s a safe bet. Why? If you go to 719x.com – you see nothing but his programming genius at play, a page that’s blank other than “Hello World”. Who is 719x.com registered to?
The names on the email addresses don’t seem to have any correspondence to the names used on the sites. Furthermore, they all cluster right around March of 2012. Sure, it’s possible Craig Brittain has 30 friends and sure, it’s possible that 719x.com is some hopping site. And sure, it’s possible that an assload of users of the site all decided to be pains in the asses and get themselves listed on StopForumSpam within a week of each other. But we know he’s invented David Blade and even when called out, he just keeps digging. I think it’s a pretty safe bet to say that Craig Brittain is in fact each of these people. God only knows what he needs all those different email addresses for. But if he was just using fake placeholders it seems a little strange he’d use actual addresses instead of making everything up.
I guess it’s interesting if you look around you see that Chance Trahan is a ‘musician’ - with self-described blurbs like this for his band, KatShit, or Kataishin (honestly, I’m not just saying this b/c he’s a douchebag, even though I love the genre, his music is f*cking awful – if you’re feeling masochistic, search for Kataishin and listen for yourself – but I’m not going to spread that garbage):
The Tempe, AZ. local artist, Chance Trahan of Kataishin feels that, “With this intelligent blend of Alternative Industrial Rock sound, Kataishin is going to be a great change for the music industry.” People are raving about Kataishin music being great and describing how the sound is so diverse and full of life. Kataishin fans are often mentioning how the lyrics are tackling issues that most musicians aren’t even touching these days. “I like to mix it up and see where my imagination takes me when creating fresh sounds and new music.
While Chance is raping people’s ears with this, Craig was attempting to strike it big with Karaoke music (probably stolen ). Maybe it’s not Obama’s fault Craig is broke, maybe it’s b/c of something else? Yah, if Marc Randazza is worth 2 million, Craig Brittain with all his amazing talent has to be worth at least 8 million.
I know a lot of people are trying to contact me about it. If you need help – legally, make sure you contact Ken at Popehat and/or Marc Randazza - on the technical side, just leave a comment with your contact information or ping me privately here And just b/c it’s that kinda day, check out these two clowns. Craig Brittain apparently has never been able to find a girlfriend and can’t land a real job. Chance Trahan on the other hand, is a dead ringer for Buffalo Bill in Silence of the Lambs. Is it any surprise these two are the people behind IsAnyBodydown.com