How to un-dumb WordPress.com blog posting

In a WordPress.com blog, you can now use a Greasemonkey script to get you past the dumb and childish “Beep Beep Boop” method of posting to your blog. Seems to work fine in the Firefox browser, as starting a new blog post takes me to the full-featured Classic editor. Why is this script needed?…

“on March 13, 2015, the preference setting for the choice of [WordPress.com blog] editor, which was implemented by a cookie through a link back to the classic editor, was removed.”

The 350th anniversary of the scientific journal

The world’s first scientific journal, the Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society of London, was published on 6th March 1665. 350 years later, it’s still behind a padlock symbol on Hathi…

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There is, though, a handy reprint version of the 1665 issue, from 1809 and reset in modern typography, on Archive.org. The OCR is strong with this one.


Update: thanks to Jan who’s found free scans of the first issue, open access on JSTOR. And Chuck who pointed out that scans of the first issue are also on The Royal Society website.

Re-Wired

The appalingly bad new re-design of the U.S. Web edition of Wired magazine has removed their online archive. JURN was previously able to index just the tables of contents for each archive issue. As this is no longer possible, I’ve switched to indexing just the feature articles of the U.K. edition of Wired, via the wildcard URL http://www.wired.co.uk/magazine/archive/20*/*/features/ Not an academic journal of course, but I think it’s important to leaven JURN a little in fast-moving areas such as contemporary fine art and new technologies, through judiciously adding quality in-depth accounts of/by actual practitioners.

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