suggested admission is patriotic

patrioticAh, the courageous Seattle Museum of Art! Per Modern Art Notes, a new ad campaign actually stresses the suggested admission price, rather than hiding it in small print and having its admissions folks look down upon you disaprovingly when you dare inquire as to their admissions policy. Good on you, SAM! (Modern Art Notes also has a good piece on rising admissions in a few other scurrilous institutions).

Related, the webs were all a twitter yesterday about Max Anderson’s “Through the Looking Glass: Museums and Internet-Based Transparency,” which incuded this gem about the relevance of admissions: “95% of revenue does not come from tickets. Every visitor who comes through our door costs us $52.”

As the name of this blog insinuates, this is one of our biggest pet peeves. In particular we’d like to point out the snobbish people who work at the Met Museum admissions, the Automated Ticket Machines at the Museum of Natural History which don’t offer a suggested admission fee (if you wait on line you can pay what you like), and, most of all, the assholes at Barbes in Park Slope, who’s “suggested donation” policy gets you bitched out by a waitress who snarls “the amount is suggested, not the donation.”

To reiterate, SUGGESTED DONATION MEANS PAY WHAT YOU WANT WITHOUT ANY PASSIVE AGGRESSIVE OR AGGRESSIVE AGGRESSIVE BULLSHIT.

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free science

gentleman or scientistWell this is some bullshit, John Conyers, D(issapointing), MI, who used to busy himself fighting quixotic but honorable battles to impeach BushCo, is now trying to block open access to science journals.

And yes, the bill’s sponsors are getting donations from journal publishers. What a world!

Recently, government-sponsored agencies like NIH have moved toward open access of scientific findings. That is, the results are published where anyone can see them, and in fact (for the NIH) after 12 months the papers must be publicly accessible…
John Conyers (D-MI) apparently has a problem with this. He is pushing a bill through Congress that will literally ban the open access of these papers, forcing scientists to only publish in journals. This may not sound like a big deal, but journals are very expensive. They can cost a fortune: The Astrophysical Journal costs over $2000/year, and they charge scientists to publish in them! So this bill would force scientists to spend money to publish, and force you to spend money to read them.

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