Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Ug Doug

I have come up with a lame poem based on various expressions my husband uses (and some he doesn't use). My children think it is funny and recite it when he uses the expressions.

Ug, ug, my name is Doug.
When folks say hi, I just shrug.

Ack, Ack my name is Jack.
When folks say hi, I smile back.

Oh no, my name is Joe.
When folks say hi, I say Hello.

How does all natural soap taste?

My husband showed me this great article (Warning, some harsh language) about this man who tried various all-natural products like soap, deodorant, etc. I haven't laughed so hard in quite a while.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Dang it, Intellectual Property Strikes Again

So I have my new hobby of making cards which I have enjoyed quite a bit. I go to this site called splitcoaststampers where they have various forums. Today I came across a post talking about CASEing (basically copying someone else's idea) and where the line was, when was it now your idea and when did you need to attribute. Honestly, it had never occurred to me that someone might post to a public forum like that and not want their work duplicated and/or be very touchy about attribution.

I don't knowingly make an exact duplicate of someone else's card for a few reasons:
  1. I think it is almost impossible for me to exactly duplicate another card. Stamps stamp differently, I don't have the right color paper, I dislike the colors they chose, etc.
  2. Half the fun is playing around with layout and design elements. My cards almost never turn out the way I envisioned them.
But I can understand the distinction. It is one thing for me to copy someone else's card (let's say exactly for the sake of argument) to give to my friend and another thing to sell the card or teach it to others for money or enter it in a contest. Once money and prestige gets involved people get very touchy.

I think the only way around this is for people to say what they want done with their ideas, something along the lines of the creative commons license. That way people like me can say "do whatever you want with it" and people who are professionals and want reimbursement can say that. I expect the whole thing would be on the honor system since there really isn't any way to know someone copied your idea or if they came up with it independently.

If someone copied one of my cards I would be flattered. If they actually charged money for one of my cards I would be shocked (and maybe open an eBay account and do the same). But one of the things that attracted me to stamping was what I perceived as a more laid back, willing to share attitude among hobbyists, and I would be saddened to find that untrue.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Catastrophic consequences

Here's my new favorite news story: http://kutv.com/topstories/local_story_065192011.html
An Idaho man who was driving a truck full of explosives when it overturned and blew a crater in a canyon road pleaded guilty to causing a catastrophe, a misdemeanor.
I just laughed to see that causing a catastrophe is a misdemeanor. I'll keep that in mind if one the holes my son likes to dig causes a volcano.