Academics: blogs and publishing

The Village Voice has an article about academic blogs. And BlogScholar is attempting to organize the joyous but chaotic noise we make (but I'll wait to see how serious it is before I sign up).

Meanwhile, after a discussion of various models for academic publishing over on CosmoCoffee, moderator Antony Lewis has set up a possible portal for an Open Journal of Astrophysics and Cosmology. There are plenty of possible hitches, but allowing free (as in beer and as in freedom) access to research is an experiment we need to do.