Project 313 – Post No. 005

Wow . . . five posts and I’ve barely hit my stride. 

I’m grateful and amazed and dang-near teary-eyed at the outpouring of positive comments and overwhelming response to this still-in-its-infancy effort. 

That’s what I want to say but — of course — I’m writing this before the second post goes live so I’ve no idea how anything will be received. 

Suffice it to say I’m still enthusiastic about this project even as I look to resuming other posting efforts like trip reports, food reports, flowers reports, and waves and stuff. 

And now, the photo:

Project 313 005

That’s the top of a coffee made using the Nespresso machine. It’s not a proper espresso or latte because I didn’t froth the cream. 

We’ve just recently started making . . . excuse me while I go make me one. 

Anyway, we’ve just recently started making some of our coffees using Nespresso and their coffees, no more than one or two a day. I have to say they are very, very good. Of course, that could be because we normally drink copious amounts of Kirkland coffee brewed on a Mr. Coffee drip machine. Mind you, it’s still good coffee — it’s Mr. Coffee coffee — but the flavor of the Nespresso offerings is better. That particular photo is from last week and that coffee is long passed but its brief existence has been immortalized on the Interweb. 

Here’s the joke:

I wanted to use a Far Side cartoon but I happened to check the Fair Use and copyright rules and Larson’s company is fairly adamant against the electronic reproduction of his work . . . which you’d never know from even a casual Interweb SEARCH

I like Larson, and I’m all for copyright rights being enforced (I don’t like my work copied without permission) but in this case, I think he’s wrong. An argument could be made his contribution has become part of the culture. I can understand not licensing his work to make money, or using his work for causes he might not agree with, or using his work in a manner that would taint it. 

Larson wrote a note about it but if a parent used the same logic as he does (he calls his cartoons “his kids”), kids would forever be locked up in the basement and never see the light of day after being born. 

Again, I’m conflicted about this . . . I’ll respect Larson’s wishes (and don’t want to get sued by his company) but I think he’s doing a huge disservice to his fans because he’s essentially turning all of the people who innocently share his work into criminals. 

Excuse me for saying this, but that’s a pretty dickish move. My opinion, of course, and I hold that opinion because he could release the work under Creative Commons, Attribution, No Derivatives, Non-Commercial License and retains all the rights, let his fans share the comics, and still have control over their misuse or plagiarism or exploitation. 

The irony is that all that bad stuff he doesn’t want to happen is still happening, only he chooses to lump the casual fan along with lowlifes who steal and illegally use his work. I mean, it’s like everything else; the only ones who will follow his wishes are people with scruples. Everyone else will go ahead and do whatever they want. The end result? I can’t share cartoons I love.

Like I said, I think that’s dickish, but it’s his work, his choice.

Here’s the doodle:

If you want to use it, just ask (unless your name is Gary Larson). I do like how the black lines end up looking against the black background (there’s a bit of glow that gets added to make them visible). 

And . . . that’s it

Some of these posts will likely be longer as the mood hits me, but most will be thus; short, uninteresting, bland, and relentless.

You can read about Project 313 HERE.

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.


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