Thursday, August 17, 2017

That escalated quickly

More adventures in spam! Huzzah!

Some sketchy dude from a one-man vanity publisher (International Frequency Sensor Association) would like me to recycle a JOSA A paper into a chapter for his book -- with a minimum of "14 or 16 pages" -- and pay him €680. He doesn't know which paper from JOSA A he has in mind.
From: Prof., Dr. Sergey Y. Yurish, Editor-in-Chief []
Sent: Friday, June 02, 2017 9:55 PM
Subject: Your article in OSA’s Journal of the Optical Society of America A: feedback

02.06.2017, 11:55:01
Delivered to: $E_ADDRESS

Dear Author !

Taking into account the topic of your article and big interest from readers to this topic, it is my great pleasure to invite you to extend or/and change your article(s) published in OSA’s Journal of the Optical Society of America A (ISSN 1520-8532) and submit it as a book chapter(s) for our open access book titled 'Advances in Optics: Reviews' Book Series, Vol. 1, which will be published by IFSA Publishing (Barcelona, Spain) in 2017.

Topics of Interest include (but not limited to):

             Optical and Fibre Optical Sensors and Instrumentation
             Optical Microscopy of Composites

Please check more details, requirements, conditions and book’s chapter template on our web site:

Deadline for chapters is 31 August 2017.

The minimum pages number is 14 or 16, the maximum page number is not limited.

The publication fee is 680.00 EUR per chapter. Authors from low and low middle income countries:
will have a discount.

Please let me know if you are interesting to submit a book chapter. We need your reply in order to reserve a space in the coming book’s volume.

Waiting for your kind reply.

With best wishes,
Prof., Dr. Sergey Y. Yurish,
IFSA Publishing, S.L.
Parc UPC-PMT, Edifici RDIT-K2M
c/ Esteve Terradas, 1
08860 Castelldefels, Barcelona, Spain
Tel.: +34 696067716

- End –
I advised Professor Dr Yurish that I was not "interesting to submit a book chapter" -- albeit in intemperate terms, for self-plagiarism is not well-thought-of in academic circles, so the solicitation was insulting.
Actual reply not copied here for fear of self-plagiarism.
From: Sergey Y. Yurish []
Sent: Saturday, June 03, 2017 12:08 AM
Subject: Re: Your article in OSA’s Journal of the Optical Society of America A: feedback


Does the feedback about your article titled $TITLE published in the  OSA’s Journal of the Optical Society of America A is a fucking scammy spam ? I think the OSA's journal's editors and administration in your university will be very interesting to see your reply (copy in forward) as well as to make the right decision do not publish any more articles from/with the inadequate person.


Prof. Sergey Y. Yurish
And there the conversation rests.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The age of big data

I keep telling SPSS what numbers and p-values I want, but does it oblige?

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Ha ha, nice try

Some shitweasel at Bentham Open Sores spammed me with an invitation to inform them of any email addresses that are currently not inundated with spam:

This is me shaking my head.

I sent them Thundra's address instead.

Skullblogging: Fragile Eggshell Mind edition

Marcel Duchamp hommage? New treatment for migraines?

HA HA these suggestions are only japes of the leg-pull variety,and as any fule kno the image [above left] is really Marco Ruggiero -- a person of interest to Riddled -- ultra- scanning his head, using a LA523 linear-array soft-tissue probe (rather than a transcranial probe designed for the task of sending pulses through the skull and getting back a detectable echo) (because reasons).

This is reckless behaviour, and the Mad Scientist Anti-Defamation League is concerned for Professor Ruggiero's well-being. Really he should be performing these examinations upon villagefolk abducted from the lands around his castle, or upon unwary wayfarers who avail themselves of his hospitality, has he no respect for tradition? For Ruggiero's many contributions to the edifice of Science include his discovery that normal diagnostic-intensity ultrasound is far more biologically potent than previously believed, and in the hands of the talented radiologist a LA523 probe is a weapon OS Star-Trek Medical Tricorder, capable of many things like killing cancer, and opening the Blood-Brain Barrier to let drugs into the brain, and toggling gene function, so we go ahead and the meters are over in the red, It's a mistake in the making
OOPS Sorry we're getting some interference from the Riddled Prog-Rock Channel there. Anyway I am not making this up.
it is not surprising that there are genes in our DNA that are turned on by ultrasounds, and, by a leap of imagination, we could visualize someday having a remote control that lets us turn on or off genes [...] we noticed that ultrasound at certain frequencies can kill cancer cells, leaving the healthy cells unharmed.

Published results in prestigious journals focussed on the implication of this research for ME/CFS, which is why they featured transcranial scans of individuals (the authors) without ME/CFS.

The resulting choppy seas of ripples and artefacts reveal -- when viewed through the eyes of faith -- such fine structures as Cortical Layers V and VI, while closer to the surface, the main reflective density-discontinuity is identified as the temporal bone itself, 1.4-1.6 mm thick. Other ripples are the dura mater, 3.8-5 mm thick, and the subarachnoidal space, 0.6 mm. These values would be publishable in themselves, as usual widths for these structures have ranges like 2.5-5 mm, 1 mm and 3 mm respectively.* Perhaps the authors shared the same aberrant cranial anatomy, or their skulls had been pared down to eggshells by the ultrasound radiation.

Above: Twenty-seven 8-by-10 color glossy pictures with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the
back of each one explaining what each one was
Another slice of the salami was published in a journal of embryology and anatomy, and therefore was couched within a comparative-anatomy frame-story. Here for shits-'n'-giggles and for tequila-hangover enhancement purposes is that paper's Introduction, garishly colour-coded to distinguish the passages copy-pasted from Schwartz et al. (2004), Lieberman (2011), Carroll (2003) and Bruner et al. (2011).

So last Thursday night after the Old Entomologist Chaetognatha Phylogeny Debate Club and Poetry Slam, and after several pints of Old Iambic Pentametric Porter [brewed with real Iams for extra Taurine], we were inspired to put these discoveries to the test of replication, having exhausted the limerick-rhyme possibilities of 'chaetognatha'.

The contents of Another Kiwi's temporal lobe were not organised quite as neatly as we had anticipated.

Pay no attention to Open Mike's complaints about "Can't find my pate" side-effects, he is just acting out and being a sook.

It was rather disturbing to find that the contents of Space-Time Eddie's skull were looking back at us.

Then we were subject to fits of hysterica shouting and even laughter, which could be the first signs of Sonic Attack, or just the usual sequelae of Old Iambic.
* In another paper from the same group, Bradstreet et al. report that the subarachnoidal space is non-echoic and is vanishingly thin in normal children ("< 0.05 cm"), citing Authorities:
consistent with published observations of equally minimal EAF in children ages 2 and older (Lam et al., 2001), i.e., measuring <0.03 cm.
Thus we must question these authors' ability to read as well as their radiographic competence, for the actual values in Lam et al. are larger by a factor of 10, while in practice the space is hypoechoic (because full of trabeculae).
When Marco Ruggiero attended the Inaugural GcMAF Congress (in Frankfurt, April 2013) as the newly-appointed Scientific Director of Immuno Biotech, his head-scanning party trick was hailed as one of the Highlights :
Professor Ruggiero demonstrated transcranial sonography, where the effects of an administration of GcMAF can be immediately seen on brain scans, and how the same technology can be used to improve the wellbeing of those with ME/CFS.

Such was its success that popular demand insisted a repeat performance at the 2nd GcMAF Congress (in Dubai, December 2013). Here Ruggiero passed on his expertise in repurposing ultrasonography equipment, finding meningeal details unknown to mainstream anatomy, and restoring brain function by way of sonic massage, all with professional-development points:

Alas, the recent disappearance of the "" website leaves us without the details of the professional body providing the Level One Certification.

Ruggiero was also a major attraction at the 3rd Congress (back in Frankfurt in 2014), but he was occupied by new responsibilities and collaborations with the DrReinwald Group -- purveyors of diet supplements, magic water and coloured-light-and-theremin-music Healing Machines, also co-sponsor of the Congress. So no ultrasonography on show CHIZ CHIZ.

Friday, August 11, 2017

When frog-costume fetishism gets out of hand

Possibly time to see the design to the Trump administration as "Foolproof new scheme for invading North Korea".

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Really, WashPost?

Karen DeYoung, Washington Post, two days ago:
[Nikki Haley] said the United States had no plans to decrease its military exercises with North Korea, despite calls from China and Russia to do so, in exchange for gradual deescalation of its prohibited weapons activities.
On-line version was quietly though belatedly edited and now reads
She said the United States had no plans to decrease its military exercises with South Korea, despite calls from China and Russia to do so. 
The correction has not reached the various newspappers who trustingly syndicate WashPost stories. The two words have the same number of letters so it is an easy mistake to make.