Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Animal Maltreatment Book

I contributed a chapter to the upcoming book "Animal Maltreatment: Forensic Mental Health Issues and Evaluations" edited by Edited by Lacey Levitt, Gary Patronek, and Thomas Grisso (Oxford University Press).

This title will not officially launch until Movember 2nd but is available for preorder (Amazon). If you are interested in buying a copy contact me for a 30% off discount code.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Problem with Search Engines

What Bing thinks New Zealand is:
Seriously? Not even Stewart Island?
See, it's right there.
  What Google thinks New Zealand is:
Huh, kinda vague.
 What New Zealand actually is:
Bing and Google, making Wikipedia look like a bastion of accuracy since 2009.

Mystery Box Shopping: HevenJX, What's in the Box

I have a weakness for buying "mystery boxes" that goes back to childhood when stores put all the old crap they are trying to get rid of and put it in paper bags for a dollar.  Man, I lived for those bags.

So now I am going to post whenever I try out a new purchase of a "mystery box" a.k.a. a box of unspecified products.

HevenJX, What's in the Box $9.99

Presentation and Packaging: 7/10
Although their spelling is terrible I like the message on their Amazon page which reads in part: "What we sell is not a specific item but perception of life."  Also the actual physical box I received, wrapped in copious amounts of bubble wrap, was cute.

Value for Money: 5/10
Good.  I guess this stuff is probably worth about what I paid for it.

Surprise/Enjoyment Opening Experience: 8/10
Adorable!  Happy surprise!

Long Term Usability: 9/10
I have already worn some of these several times.

Overall squidgy Score-Fixing Happiness Factor (May be changed to ensure between box ranking seems appropriate): 5/10
Who knows?  This is the first one.

Overall Rating: 68%  -- a solid B+

So... Here's what was in the box!  Animal-themed jewelry; it's like they know me!