ephemera

  • The Failure of Etiquette On Pinterest (and Tumblr)

    Given the popularity (and quick growth) of sites like Pinterest and Tumblr, they obviously have something to offer the internet community. However, one thing none of them do (or truly can do themselves) is guarantee proper citation and attribution to the work that gets shared. That’s where users need to be diligent and respectful of the intellectual property of others, not just the source of discovery. Which is much easier than observed practice would suggest.

    Both Pinterest and Tumblr have built-in UI elements that attribute the source of discovery (e.g. via) which gives credit to where the user found the image, and Pinterest goes a step further by linking to the original source (followed by clicking on the image itself). This constant link along the lifespan of a single pin shows an attempt at proper citation, and is all they can realistically do, but it still has loopholes. As an example, let’s use the typographic image I found pinned to someone else’s board today. It had no reference to where the work had come from, nor did the source they found it on, nor the next one, nor did any of the thirteen boards all the way back to the original pin. That’s sixteen pins without attribution to the original creator. I’m not sure if it’s better or worse, but several of the shares were merely using the illustrated words to promote a separate unrelated topic, not the art itself — but that’s a different discussion.

    The Failure of Pinterest and Tumblr: A Case Study
    So what about the original source link we mentioned earlier? That led to a Tumblr blog, which once again offered attribution to the source of discovery but nothing to the original source or creator. Following the thread of shares leads back through ten more Tumblr blogs before terminating at an account that was deactivated in 2011. All told, that’s twenty-eight points of sharing where no one bothered to give credit to the artist who drew the original work. And that’s only a single thread. There are easily more divulging branches at each of the twenty-eight points, as each one in turn was repinned & reblogged by more than the user I followed back.

    Was it really that hard for any of those people to use Google Image search (even here, our sought for result was three pages back, buried by all the reposts of the image) to trace the image back to the Flickr  account of justlucky, who’s user profile conveniently linked to his personal website, wherein was his name — Drew Melton — the original creator of the now twenty-nine times shared image.

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  • Don’t Worry (a mixed tape)

    So for Christmas this year, I made a ‘mixed tape’ for my family and friends. When I first began putting this collection together, the idea was simply to find songs that were about being happy, or made people happy to hear them. read more

  • Go West Young Man

    Inspired in part by my friend’s recent renewed interest in practicing photography I’ve been looking through old digital photos of my own. In going through the archives and reliving some of these past experiences I realized that I had never posted the images anywhere visible and that many of them had only ever been seen by my immediate family and a few friends — of course, who else might want to see them remains to be seen. Nonetheless, I have begun trying to post more of them for posterity (as it were) if nothing else.

    Thus, I present the photos I took during a trip west in July 2006. After talking about it for months and trying to get people to go with me I finally just set out by myself to the mountains in Colorado, clipping the edge of Wyoming, traveling through South Dakota and the Badlands, then veering south to Helena, Arkansas and back home.
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  • the Earth from Space (Timelapse)

    Earth | Time Lapse View from Space, Fly Over | NASA, ISS from Michael König.
    Why is there always something so captivating by timelapse photography? It’s interesting to see things move so rapidly, in a fashion we would otherwise not see them — to see the cycle and progression of something that normally would be almost imperceptible to the naked eye.

    Just don’t be in such a hurry to see the end of things.

    Found on FlowingData.

  • Amazing Timelapse Video

    Landscapes: Volume Two from Dustin Farrell.
    An amazing collection of timelapse landscapes from Arizona and Utah, if your computer and connection allow it watch this in fullscreen.

    Found on Gizmodo.

  • Get Creative

    Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared from This Is It.
    This is one of the more creatively creepy (creepily creative?) things I have found lately. Thanks Drawn.

    Now let’s all agree to never be creative again…

  • ‘Support’ can mean many different things

    I like to do good deeds.

    I may not always be the best at it — I might tell the guy on the corner I don’t have any change before I take the time to actually check, and I don’t volunteer for community services nearly as much as I arguably should, but we don’t always have to be the absolute best at something to make a difference.

    This February, my colleagues and I will be participating in Bowl for Kids Sake 2011 which helps support Big Brothers Big Sisters: whose mission is “to help children reach their potential through one-to-one relationships with mentors that have a measurable impact on youth.”

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  • Plane Crashes into Peritus Office

    Date: April 27
    Time: 21:00
    Location: 200 South Fifth Street, Louisville Kentucky 40202 read more