14 4 / 2014

myjetpack:


My book of cartoons ‘You’re All Just Jealous of my Jetpack’ is available now:US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1770461043UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1770461043Other stockists and info at www.tomgauld.com


In the throes of editing today, and boy does this feel familiar…

myjetpack:

My book of cartoons ‘You’re All Just Jealous of my Jetpack’ is available now:
US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1770461043
UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1770461043
Other stockists and info at www.tomgauld.com

In the throes of editing today, and boy does this feel familiar…

13 4 / 2014

thelesbianguide:

hotrufftrade:

sonofbaldwin:

#Facts

Think about this shit.

This is the third time the bill has failed, following defeats in 2010 and 2012.
The Paycheck Fairness Act would require employers to disclose payment and demographic information and prevent them from punishing workers who discuss their salaries. It would also allow civil pay discrimination lawsuits to be filed against employers.
Republicans opposed the bill, arguing it would encourage “frivolous” lawsuits and deprive women of workplace flexibility.- MSNBC

We need more women in Congress.  And board rooms.  And executive chairs.  And protesting in the streets, if that’s what it takes to be treated like equals.

thelesbianguide:

hotrufftrade:

sonofbaldwin:

#Facts

Think about this shit.

This is the third time the bill has failed, following defeats in 2010 and 2012.

The Paycheck Fairness Act would require employers to disclose payment and demographic information and prevent them from punishing workers who discuss their salaries. It would also allow civil pay discrimination lawsuits to be filed against employers.

Republicans opposed the bill, arguing it would encourage “frivolous” lawsuits and deprive women of workplace flexibility.
- MSNBC

We need more women in Congress.  And board rooms.  And executive chairs.  And protesting in the streets, if that’s what it takes to be treated like equals.

(via truth-has-a-liberal-bias)

11 4 / 2014

massachusettspoetry:

Not into this one bit. Do you agree? Check out what you can do!

*sigh* Seriously, I’d be happy to not get my $96 tax return if I had the option of earmarking some or all of it to supporting the arts at the state level.  Arts, parks, and fair elections, how about it?

09 4 / 2014

brainpopcorn:

Welcome, new followers!  As you’ve no doubt noticed, Brain Popcorn (tumblr edition)  is a collection of thoughts about art, museums, education, and liberally interspersed with politics and geek humor.  For more collected thoughts on the above topics (mostly minus the politics), check out brainpopcorn.com 
Thanks for diving in!  (And yes, that is me in the Living Seas at Epcot, making heart-eyes at the turtles in the tank and the tourists (and family!) outside it)

*waves at new followers*  Hello folks, thanks for taking the plunge!

brainpopcorn:

Welcome, new followers!  As you’ve no doubt noticed, Brain Popcorn (tumblr edition)  is a collection of thoughts about art, museums, education, and liberally interspersed with politics and geek humor.  For more collected thoughts on the above topics (mostly minus the politics), check out brainpopcorn.com 

Thanks for diving in!  (And yes, that is me in the Living Seas at Epcot, making heart-eyes at the turtles in the tank and the tourists (and family!) outside it)

*waves at new followers*  Hello folks, thanks for taking the plunge!

09 4 / 2014

Build Your Own App

mwinikates:

I haven’t had a chance to do a ton of exploring of this yet, but I definitely will! Sounds like a great option for pairing with programming in PEM’s new MakerLounge (http://pem.org/learn/maker_lounge)

Originally posted on Teen Zone:

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has released a website that allows you to create your own app. It’s free to use and relatively simple. The…

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09 4 / 2014

Found Poetry in un-Altered Books

Last year’s found poetry experiment required altered books (Post 1 on Brain Popcorn, Post 2 on Sea Dreams).  This year, inspired by the remarkable photopoetry of Nina Katchadourian (see her Sorted Books Project and accompanying book), I decided to mine my own shelves for poetic assemblages of titles.  Unsurprisingly, there was a lot of epic sword-and-castle type imagery, both historic and…

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09 4 / 2014

writeworld:

How to Build a Fictional World - Kate Messner

Why is J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy so compelling?

The full TedEd lesson may be found on their website.

A fairly basic introduction to world building, but really fun animation and would probably be great as a way to start a class discussion about either writing or analyzing a fantasy/spec-fic text.

(via bibliophilefiles)

09 4 / 2014

"When writers die they become books, which is, after all, not too bad an incarnation."

Jorge Luis Borges (via observando)

(via bibliophilefiles)

07 4 / 2014

Poetry works its way into many of my postsNational Poetry Month is one of my favorite times of year, and every year I find something new to get excited about.

This year it’s building blocks and poetry.  Not in the form of stanzas, rhyme schemes or metaphors, but creative ways to inspire, actual physical ways to randomize words, create sequences of ideas, and give poetry a visual heft that…

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04 4 / 2014

A Good Month for Writing

March is over, I’m back from vacation, my taxes are filed, and it’s National Poetry Month (not to mention another round of Camp Nano)–clearly, April is meant to be a good month for writing.  I actually have several projects on the front burners (going to need a bigger mental stove…), but until I have news about those, I thought I’d share one of the fun writing exercises from this week’s writers’…

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03 4 / 2014

whenyouworkatamuseum:

Or, sometimes back-to-back-to-back programs… 

Apply to your own professional situation as needed, but I’m dedicating this one to my boos in Public Programs. 

image

(Source: whenyouworkatamuseum)

01 4 / 2014

27 3 / 2014

museumnerd:

She’s brilliant. Stop and READ THESE! You’ll thank me.

visual-poetry:

»sorted books project« by nina katchadourian

17 3 / 2014

Book of Kells Now Free to View Online

mwinikates:

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, all! In addition to this incredibly cool news from the folks at Trinity in Dublin, let me also point you at a beautiful manuscript scan of Irish poetry from the folks at Houghton’s rare books library at Harvard (http://houghtonlib.tumblr.com/post/79867783474/obyrne-michael-copyist-ag-so-duainaire-aodha) and something for the fasion and history minded over at…

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13 3 / 2014

astolat:

fyeahcopyright:

A few weeks ago, Amtrak (the US rail system) announced a “Writers’ Residency” project - Amtrak would select a few writers from applicants, and they would get an overnight trip on a train somewhere in the US, as long as they write about it - and hand over some of those rights to Amtrak so it can use those words to promote Amtrak, trains, writing - whatever they want, actually.
Sounds neat, and fun, right? 
Well, some poets don’t think so. They’ve chosen, instead, to mischaracterize the application process. 
The now-infamous Clause Six of the Application/License Agreement says: 

In submitting an Application, Applicant hereby grants Sponsor the absolute, worldwide, and irrevocable right to use, modify, publish, publicly display, distribute, and copy Applicant’s Application, in whole or in part, for any purpose, including, but not limited to, advertising and marketing, and to sublicense such rights to any third parties. 

That’s basically the same language that’s in most online Terms of Use - but a website called The Outlet has chosen to misread it. What did they say? 

To our non-legally-trained eyes, the terms come just short of granting Amtrak actual ownership of writers’ application materials…

It doesn’t say that at all. 
If Amtrak gets ownership of writers’ works, the entire copyright is assigned to Amtrak. This is so far from it, it’s like the difference between owning a rubber band and an office supply store. One of them frequently shows up in the other, but they’re not the same thing at all.
If Amtrak doesn’t have the right to use or copy the applications, they can’t share them with the judges. If they don’t have the right to modify, publish and publicly display them, they can’t excerpt a sentence onto their blog. 
If any writer doesn’t want to apply because they think that giving away any of their rights in exchange for a chance to go on a train trip is problematic for them, that’s a reasonable decision for them to make. For others, they might want to trade a writing sample and story for a train trip. It’s everyone’s own choice to make. 
But the problem here is, Outlet mischaracterized the language in the application/license - and shared that mischaracterization with their 173k Twitter followers. And now it’s been picked up by Publisher’s Weekly! And they didn’t talk to a lawyer either, they just linked to PoetryFound's post about it. 
Lawyers aren’t hard to find, and we’re not (always) scary or even expensive. A lot of lawyers answer questions from reporters all the time! It would be great if more bloggers thought to ask lawyers for input or analysis before posting an opinion about something that has a factual answer. 

Reblogging because I saw the original misreading going around and was 99% sure it was a misreading, and sure enough.

I have had dozens of reasons to be glad I took a ‘Legal Issues for Nonprofits’ class during my grad school existence, because in the part of the world I inhabit, legal language gets misunderstood at as high intensity emotions as often as copyright related issues.
In short…Train ride for writing ftw!

astolat:

fyeahcopyright:

A few weeks ago, Amtrak (the US rail system) announced a “Writers’ Residency” project - Amtrak would select a few writers from applicants, and they would get an overnight trip on a train somewhere in the US, as long as they write about it - and hand over some of those rights to Amtrak so it can use those words to promote Amtrak, trains, writing - whatever they want, actually.

Sounds neat, and fun, right? 

Well, some poets don’t think so. They’ve chosen, instead, to mischaracterize the application process. 

The now-infamous Clause Six of the Application/License Agreement says: 

In submitting an Application, Applicant hereby grants Sponsor the absolute, worldwide, and irrevocable right to use, modify, publish, publicly display, distribute, and copy Applicant’s Application, in whole or in part, for any purpose, including, but not limited to, advertising and marketing, and to sublicense such rights to any third parties. 

That’s basically the same language that’s in most online Terms of Use - but a website called The Outlet has chosen to misread it. What did they say? 

To our non-legally-trained eyes, the terms come just short of granting Amtrak actual ownership of writers’ application materials…

It doesn’t say that at all. 

If Amtrak gets ownership of writers’ works, the entire copyright is assigned to Amtrak. This is so far from it, it’s like the difference between owning a rubber band and an office supply store. One of them frequently shows up in the other, but they’re not the same thing at all.

If Amtrak doesn’t have the right to use or copy the applications, they can’t share them with the judges. If they don’t have the right to modify, publish and publicly display them, they can’t excerpt a sentence onto their blog. 

If any writer doesn’t want to apply because they think that giving away any of their rights in exchange for a chance to go on a train trip is problematic for them, that’s a reasonable decision for them to make. For others, they might want to trade a writing sample and story for a train trip. It’s everyone’s own choice to make. 

But the problem here is, Outlet mischaracterized the language in the application/license - and shared that mischaracterization with their 173k Twitter followers. And now it’s been picked up by Publisher’s Weekly! And they didn’t talk to a lawyer either, they just linked to PoetryFound's post about it. 

Lawyers aren’t hard to find, and we’re not (always) scary or even expensive. A lot of lawyers answer questions from reporters all the time! It would be great if more bloggers thought to ask lawyers for input or analysis before posting an opinion about something that has a factual answer. 

Reblogging because I saw the original misreading going around and was 99% sure it was a misreading, and sure enough.

I have had dozens of reasons to be glad I took a ‘Legal Issues for Nonprofits’ class during my grad school existence, because in the part of the world I inhabit, legal language gets misunderstood at as high intensity emotions as often as copyright related issues.

In short…Train ride for writing ftw!