Burning their own crops

I’ve been a Flickr user for almost 8 years now — a paid Pro user the whole time (the first year was a gift) — and while I have been disappointed for a while (Yahoo! seemed to have abandoned the service after buying it), I was happy to forgive everything when the new Flickr app launched recently. I downloaded it as soon as I saw it was available and snapped a photo then played with Continue Reading →

Copyright or not?

Consider this photo: It shows US President Barack Obama editing the address he gave on Sunday night. It’s part of The Whitehouse Flickr stream. If you view it on Flickr, one can plainly see in the right sidebar under “License,” that this is a United States Government Work, preceded by an open circle often used to indicate copyright-free status. Clicking the link, I learned this: A United States government work is prepared by an officer Continue Reading →

Stupidity TM

Today has been an interesting day to be watching fellow urban homestead-types get wound up into a tight ball of rage spiked with solidarity and mixed with a dash of disbelief. It started this morning when bloggers started to report that they had received what were described as “cease and desist” letters from representatives of the Dervaes Institute (a family run farm/school/business in Pasedena, California) for their use of the terms “urban homestead” and/or “urban Continue Reading →

Creative Commons Image Basics

Kiddo wanted to know how to add an image to her blog and it was a question that came up over and over at WordCamp, too so I decided to pull together a basic tutorial. It’s a bit long-winded but I hope you find it helpful! While it isn’t completely intuitive, Flickr offers a powerful search tool for finding Creative Commons images. One option is to browse CC images: http://www.flickr.com/creativecommons/ The other is to search Continue Reading →

Cooks Source Mess

This morning Judith Griggs, the editor of Cooks Source Magazine released an official statement on what’s left of her website. In it she claims that her website and FB page have been “hacked” and that she and her advertisers are being harassed. Closer inspection shows that she pulled the content from the web and removed the contact info from the FB page. She may have even removed herself as admin, not realizing that FB pages Continue Reading →

Lessons from Lessig

Lawrence Lessig is a name I’ve heard over the years but until recently, I hadn’t listened to what he had to say. Now that I have, I just want to point everyone to listen to this man. First up is Free Culture: How Big Media Uses Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture and Control Creativity (2004). Available free (under appropriate Creative Commons licensing) it should be read by everyone who consumes or creates Continue Reading →