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This is the third time I’ve received the same question in my ask box, each time from a different (and newly created) Tumblr account, and I’ve seen a few Tumblrs I follow get this question too. I think that makes for a pattern, yes? Anyway, visiting this latest incarnation reveals a text link for “online marketing” that points to yesads.com in one corner of the screen, and both Adblock Plus and NoScript tell me the page is also trying to serve up ads from lzjl.com. In other words, this is a repeated effort to lure people into viewing the question-submitter’s page and clicking on the ads.
“Zombie copyrights” refer to copyrighted photographs of out-of-copyright artwork and, according to ARTINFO’s William Poundstone, have long been used by museums to lay claim to older public domain pieces.
This is really, really interesting. And really, really cool for LACMA to release publication-quality images of its collection to the public. I was a museum volunteer around 15 years ago and remember that the big concern among museums back then, with the initial, explosive growth of the world wide web, was how the copyrights of the images from their collections (that is, photographic reproductions, not the actual artworks themselves) should be handled in an environment where it’s trivial for anyone to copy an image with perfect fidelity and re-use it anywhere. The museums, of course, insisted that they owned these images. I don’t know if this issue has ever been resolved legally, but it’s always made me uncomfortable to see artworks reproduced in Wikipedia with the justification that the image is in the public domain because the artist has been dead for X hundred years. Well, yes, but where did the image come from, and are the copyrights to that still in effect? Anyway, I applaud LACMA’s move, and I hope other museums will follow suit and render this debate moot.
“We don’t cast spells. That’s not witchcraft. That’s black magic or voodoo or something else. To put a spell on a heater of a car, if I had that kind of power, I wouldn’t be working for TSA. I would go buy lottery tickets and put a spell on the balls.”—Former TSA worker Carole Smith, a Wiccan, denying allegations that she put a spell on a coworker’s car heater, causing it not to work. Smith was fired from the TSA. (via officialssay)
“Yes, it’s true: Jogging, long thought to hurt knees with all that pounding and rattling around, may actually be beneficial for the complex and critical joint. There are caveats, though, especially for people who have suffered significant knee injury or are overweight. But for the most part, researchers say, jogging for your health seems like a good idea.”—
7 a.m. waking up in the morning Gotta be fresh, gotta go downstairs Gotta have my bowl, gotta have cereal Seeing everything, the time is going Ticking on and on, everybody’s rushing Gotta get down to the bus stop Gotta catch my bus
The Beatles, A Day in the Life
Woke up, fell out of bed Dragged a comb across my head Found my way downstairs and drank a cup Looking up, I noticed I was late Found my coat and grabbed my hat Made the bus in seconds flat
AFRICOM [U.S. Africa Command] is assigned words that start with JS–JZ, NS–NZ and OA–OS, according to [AFRICOM spokesman Eric Elliott]. A recent headquarters exercise was called “Judicious Response” while another recent operation used the NS–NZ range, leaving OA–OS as the only option, he said.
"The goal is to create a name that has absolutely nothing to do with the activity of the region, so you could walk down the street in Washington during the planning stages and ensure that nobody knows it’s about Libya," Elliott said….
So how did commanders select “Odyssey Dawn?” A group of lieutenant colonels and majors met several weeks ago in the early planning stages of the operation and agreed that “Odyssey” was the only usable word in the OA–OS range. Then, “they sat around and brainstormed for a random word that went well with it,” Elliott said.
So the name is supposed to be meaningless, but c’mon, did it occur to no one involved that outsiders may assign unfavorable interpretations to this particular combination of words? Maybe the Pentagon should scrape up some loose change from its vast budget and buy a dictionary or two.
I think the logic here is to preserve the balance of forces between Muammar Gaddafi and the Libyan rebels, but still, isn’t it a little incongruous for an external power to say “choose your own destiny” on the one hand and then insist that “Gaddafi must go” while lobbing missiles against him on the other?
Seems every day brings a new batch of tsunami videos shot by local residents watching from their balconies. With photos of the aftermath showing the magnitude of destruction, it just occurred to me that being on the upper levels of a building doesn’t necessarily offer any protection from the rising waters. Entire apartment blocks, at three or four stories high, either floated away or ended up under water. I wonder how many of the people taking photos or videos never made it. Damn.
“During the revolution of January 25th, the Egyptian Army protected our heritage sites and the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. However, in the last 10 days the army has left these posts because it has other tasks to do.”—Zahi Hawass, who resigned this week as Egypt’s Antiquities Minister in protest over the lack of protection to prevent serious looting from the country’s archaeological sites.