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1. Partly cloudy out there, and that beats yesterday. It looks like today will be warm, before – once again – the temperature drops out from under us. Currently, it's 75˚F, and the projected high is 82˚F.

2. Day before yesterday, Kathryn and I went to a matinée (Remember when those were cheap?) screening of George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road, and I'm pretty sure that the reason I didn't do an LJ entry yesterday is because I'm tired of being the only person on earth who's seen this film and didn't enjoy it. Well, actually, my reaction is far more complicated than that. How about, I'm tired of being the only person on earth who's seen the film and doesn't think it's brilliant. I avoided reviews (I always do), and when we returned home from the theater I was genuinely stunned that it's been so positively received by pretty much every major film reviewer. Anyway, I've said a lot on Facebook and Twitter ("One lesson we learn from Mad Max: Fury Road is that the climax comes at the end for a reason," etc.), and, for now, I'm not getting into it here. I'd like to see the film a second time (Remember when seeing a film twice was prohibitively expensive?) to give it a second chance, but I'm pretty sure there are other films far more deserving of the precious little money I can afford to spend of movie tickets.

3. Going through old papers, notebooks, etc. for the John Hay Library has dredged up a very unpleasant and entirely unresolved ghost, one so upsetting that it's adding considerably to my insomnia. And a question I have not yet been able to answer, even after seven years: What does one do when she discovers that portions of her unpublished research have been published by a former colleague, based clearly, in part, on notes that she shared with said colleague – lines are "quoted" verbatim – without permission, with no credit given, nothing. My work is credited to others. My conclusion is claimed as theirs. Without even a mention in the acknowledgements of the paper. Yes, I have written records. I have my notes. I have old email. Everything's dated. But I have no idea what, if anything, I should do. Accusing a scientist (and actually two) of plagiarism is nothing to be done lightly. Reputations are at stake, theirs and mine. And I have no institutional affiliation. At this point, there are even some who would not consider me a "bona fide" paleontologist. I sit here and stew. I feel fucking sick about it. It's almost inconceivable to me that any scientist would do such a thing, much less do such a thing to a person whom they once considered a friend and colleague.

I've said nothing for a long, long time.

4. Geoffrey's coming over this evening, and I only managed about three hours sleep last night.

5. If you haven't seen the Spierig Brothers' Predestination (2014), based on Heinlein's "All You Zombies," you really, really need to do so. A very cool film.

6. Please have a look at the current eBay auctions. Thank you.

TTFN,
Aunt Beast

Comments

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everville340
May. 17th, 2015 04:28 pm (UTC)
It's almost inconceivable to me that any scientist would do such a thing, much less do such a thing to a person whom they once considered a friend and colleague.

This is a heinous act, under any circumstances, and I wish there was an easy answer or rectification for it being inflicted upon you.

I am not familiar with Predestination (or, embarrassingly, the short story it was based on). I must change this.
thimbleofrain
May. 17th, 2015 04:47 pm (UTC)
Have you talked with the people who used your work? It seems to me the only thing to be done would be to publish some sort of acknowledgement.

I don't think it matters if you are a "real" paleontologist or not. If you contributed to a published work, you should get credit for that contribution.
mamaroximagines
May. 17th, 2015 05:02 pm (UTC)
If it makes you feel any better, Jeff Mariotte walked out on 'Fury Road', hating it for the same reasons you do; frame rate/editing and lack of character development. I'm waiting for Netflix.
greygirlbeast
May. 17th, 2015 05:10 pm (UTC)

Well, good for him, then.
brienze
May. 17th, 2015 06:03 pm (UTC)
I'm guessing that the institution paying said scientists is just as invested in their reputation as the individuals in question. I'd Xerox your relevant notes and mail it to their department head with a note that you're sick of worrying over this, so that person should decide how to sort it out.

(Offered in the spirit that rejection of unsolicited advice from the internet, which is an entirely reasonable policy to have, might clarify your wishes on the matter.)
Marc D. Goldfinger
May. 17th, 2015 06:18 pm (UTC)
Plagiarism=Lawyer
You are a Paleontologist--Just because you are not "Practicing" doesn't make your previous accomplishments any less. I'm a Substance Use Disorder Counselor--Certified--just because I'm retired, that doesn't make me any less of one.

Do you have a friend who is a Lawyer? You've got the paper trail--that's what counts. It's really up to you what you do but I believe credit should go to the achiever. And that's you!

I just want to tell you that, as a person, from what I know, you are wonderful. Never settle for less.
setsuled
May. 17th, 2015 06:39 pm (UTC)
I'm tired of being the only person on earth who's seen the film and doesn't think it's brilliant.

Well, if it helps, I haven't seen it because I didn't like the trailer.

It's almost inconceivable to me that any scientist would do such a thing, much less do such a thing to a person whom they once considered a friend and colleague.

Allowing pride or other emotional considerations to lead to injustice doesn't sound very scientific though I think I remember reading about two prominent palaeontologists feuding in the early twentieth century in I Fucking Love Palaeontology. If I were you, I'd get in touch with the offenders. If they don't then publish corrections giving you credit, I'd then name names and put evidence online.
greygirlbeast
May. 17th, 2015 06:41 pm (UTC)

I haven't seen it because I didn't like the trailer.

I actually loved the trailer. I fully expected to love the movie.
sovay
May. 17th, 2015 06:45 pm (UTC)
And I have no institutional affiliation. At this point, there are even some who would not consider me a "bona fide" paleontologist.

I don't see how that makes the theft any less heinous, especially if you were active in the field at the time that the later-plagiarized research was done. If you decide to do something about it, I would start wherever you were affiliated at the time.

It sounds awful. I am so sorry.
greygirlbeast
May. 17th, 2015 06:47 pm (UTC)

I would start wherever you were affiliated at the time.

At the time (1997-2001), I did have affiliation.
mlb194
May. 17th, 2015 08:18 pm (UTC)
I always read your journal, although I have almost never commented, but as a scientist plagiarism pisses me off and I hope you can find a way to get the recognition your deserve. Plagiarism happens too often and usually the people it happens to are at the bottom of the pecking order, too afraid to speak out for fear of never being hired again. If you want institutional backing go to the institution you were affiliated to at the time, as they too have lost out on publications and recognition. Otherwise I can only suggest putting together all the evidence, contacting the individuals concerned, and asking them to add a correction to their papers. If they are confronted with evidence they may well agree, otherwise how high up you take it is up to you. You have every right to take the evidence to the journal/s concerned and the culprits present institutional bosses. It is unfortunately difficult to maintain friends in academia, especially if your fields overlap, many academics have very movable morals.
Mitchell Henson
May. 17th, 2015 10:41 pm (UTC)
Predestination is, bar none, the very best Heinlein adaptation ever. That includes the classic Destination Moon and the unforgivably bad Starship Trooper series. Just as an aside Starship Troopers was intended by Heinlein to be one of his juveniles but was rejected by Scribners and Sons as Flag Waving, military propaganda.
esanko
May. 18th, 2015 03:32 am (UTC)
Mad Men
Just finished watching the series finale of Mad Men and I am feeling a little emotional. Any time you make something that touches people,,, It actually had a happy ending. I cried. Well, except for Betty- Yeesh- To Matthew Weiner, AMC and the cast, good fucking job. Goodbye.

Sniffle
vizsludraugas
May. 21st, 2015 12:06 am (UTC)
I've had these filed for a while and I've meant to point them out to you.

I think you'd have some comments about this that would be well worth reading. (I consider you an expert on the subject of haunting.)

I thought this picture was something you'd find interesting.
Brett Davidson
Jun. 5th, 2015 02:01 am (UTC)
MM:FR
One thing a lot of Norther Hemisphere critics of Mad Max Fury Road have missed - even though they loved it - is quite how Australian it this. This shows in many of the details of the incidental characters and dialogue (Nux is a typical young 'hoon"). On thing that helps understanding is just how obsessed Aussies are with their cars - Eric Bana's film 'Love the Beast' sums that up. I'm a New Zealander myself, and never confuse the two - we have a lot of rivalry, but solidarity too and so there was a great deal of the pleasure of familiarity in seeing it for me.

Another thing I noticed was the visual FX of the sandstorm - many critics point out Hieronymous Bosch as an influence and that's obvious, but the Victorian artist John Martin, known for his paintings of apocalyptic scenes is clearly an influence and it's a joy to see something like 'The Great Day of His Wrath' or 'The Destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum' brought to life. By the way, he was nicknamed 'Mad Martin'.
Brett Davidson
Jun. 5th, 2015 02:01 am (UTC)
Loved Predestination too, BTW.
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