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Dio's Private Mailbox
Posted:Sep 23, 2018 3:12 pm
Last Updated:Dec 26, 2020 4:08 pm
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This is a good place for comments, critiques of my blog, general observations or questions. Confidentiality is NOT guaranteed and subject to public ridicule at my discretion.

Constructive critique is highly welcomed as I work to improve my writing.

If you have a question for Dio, this is a good place to privately ask and he can answer it anonymously in his column. Don't be shy.

You're welcome.

Dio

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Taking Candy From a Baby ...
Posted:Jan 12, 2021 12:02 pm
Last Updated:Jan 13, 2021 5:22 am
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... or is it "shooting fish in a barrel"?

I blocked Go.ogle, Facebook and Twitter on my router Sunday night.

Monday morning, I shorted the shit out of the three stocks and made a nice little bundle.

Since then, the three of them have lost $100,000,000,000 on the stock market. That's $100 billion. That's billion with a capital "B".

In.

Out.

Practically zero risk.

Early retirement just got a bit closer.

I be loving those "woke" motherfuckers.

Keep up the good work.


***disclaimer for SEC, pretty sure blocking them had nothing do with their losses***
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My Neighbor Has a Bigger One ...
Posted:Dec 26, 2020 4:37 am
Last Updated:Jan 15, 2021 7:52 pm
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Telescope, that is. He has an 8" Celestron with imaging software ...

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How Cool is This?
Posted:Dec 24, 2020 8:14 am
Last Updated:Dec 26, 2020 5:40 am
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Courtesy of Jason Defreitas. On film, no less. Not digital. Film.

The moon, Jupiter, Saturn and ISS (International Space Station):



Cropped to see Jupiter, Jupiter's moons, Saturn, and ISS:



Oh, and Merry Christmas.
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One Thing I Just Can't Get Enough of During a Lock-down ....
Posted:Dec 17, 2020 2:47 pm
Last Updated:Jan 5, 2021 5:07 am
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... hearing people complain about shit they can't do now that they never did anyway.
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What, Me? Passionate?
Posted:Dec 6, 2020 10:32 am
Last Updated:Dec 17, 2020 6:57 pm
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There are few things that I am passionate about. I'm just not a passionate type person. There are hobbies that I have/had a passion for, I have a garage full, a closet full, a drawer full of passions that I've had that have since waned. Probably accumulating items that would border on hoard-dom.

One thing that I have always been, and always will be passionate about is plagiarism. Plagiarism is defined by Oxford as follows:

the practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own.

There are four types of plagiarism, three of which I am not going to discuss here. The one that I do want to address is direct plagiarism which is defined as: Direct plagiarism is the word-for-word transcription of a section of someone else's work, without attribution and without quotation marks. -- Bowdoin College

"Generally, plagiarism is not in itself a crime, but like counterfeiting fraud can be punished in a court for prejudices caused by copyright infringement, violation of moral rights, or torts. In academia and industry, it is a serious ethical offense." -- Wikipedia

Let me be clear, anything copied from any source, including blog posts and posted as your own is plagiarism. Anything. Copied. Once is an accident, twice a coincidence and thrice a pattern.

I have seen posts here that not only contain direct plagiarism but include the exact same photographs that were used in blogs posts elsewhere on the internet. My respect for those bloggers is waning exponentially as I read "their" post. Then I read comments from readers that "love your writing". "Your words paint such a ..." followed by a response from the blogger, "Thank you for your kind words ...", leading to the self-congratulatory circle-jerk by all involved.

Give me a fucking break.

My respect just crossed the x-axis into negative territory. It will almost guarantee my reaction.

The person that actually wrote the piece, if they write anything like I do, struggled over each word, phrase, sentence, paragraph before posting their piece to the cold cruel world and then risks the harsh judgment of anything and everything a real writer puts out there.

The plagiarizer? He/she risks nothing. Chances are the post was liked and commented on by dozens, hundreds, thousands of previous readers on the original post so success will be guaranteed when copied and pasted to their own blog here.

You know you didn't write the piece. You know you copied, pasted and sometimes made minor edits to someone else's hard work. A kindergartener can do what you just did, they just don't know any better. Or maybe you both do. And then you take credit when the gratuitous adulation rolls in.

You're making a mockery of your readers that actually believe you can write what you just cntrl-c cntrl-v-ed.

You, sir/madam plagiarizer, are a fucking chickenshit.
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A Not-So-Secret Admirer?
Posted:Sep 30, 2020 9:19 pm
Last Updated:Dec 4, 2020 10:58 am
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An interesting chain of events has happened over the last few days. I would like to relate the timeline of the events and then ask a few questions.

On September 27, 2020, a fellow blogger contacted me through my private mailbox and asked me to explain a point I had made in one of my posts, they didn't understand the context. I gave the timeline to them, starting with the fact that the whole thing was started by a comment that another completely different blogger had made on one of my posts. The particular blogger that made the comment has since left the site but left their blog active.

Later that same day I visited the inactive member's blog to see who had visited lately as I have periodically done since she made the comment on my blog. My username was the only one that had been showing up on the "Recent Visitors" list as of late but I did notice earlier that a certain user had visited on or around the date, August 2, 2020, as did a number of the "usual suspects" that had seen my post and the comments.

On September 27th, almost two months after my original post and the instigating comment, the same day the fellow blogger contacted me, that same certain user appeared as had visited the since departed member's blog. Of course, the recent visitor's list does not time-stamp recent visitor's visits so there is no way for me, a standard member, to find out the exact time the visit had been made (before or after my response to the fellow blogger) but because I am inherently suspicious, it seems a bit too coincidental to have that certain user visit the exact same day that I replied to the inquisitive fellow blogger in my private mailbox.

I might note here, that the latest previous date on the Recent Visitor's List was August 24, 2020, 34 days earlier, by an uninvolved person.

Since then, I have been the only visitor to the other blog that shows up on the list since that certain person's visit on the 27th. Today is the 30th. That certain user visits my blog and profile daily, sometimes two and three times a day. They have not visited (at least by record of the Recent Visitors) the other blog in three or four days.

I also noticed that the "Last Updated" date-time stamp on the other blog updates itself to the current date and time that I visit. It does not do that on any of the other blogs that I visit.

Does anyone have any idea what could be going on here?

Is it possible for non-employees/members of the site to read private mail-boxes?

Or is this all coincidental with the probability of 0.000001%?
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RE: "To Shame or NOT to Shame ..."
Posted:Sep 24, 2020 6:22 pm
Last Updated:Dec 4, 2020 11:06 am
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I would really have liked to have focused on the content of the post because it was very well written, but you know what kept me from doing that and really stuck out to me?

There weren't any missing words.

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Shadowbanning ...
Posted:Sep 20, 2020 6:52 am
Last Updated:Oct 11, 2020 3:48 pm
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The powers that be keep shadow-banning my [post Think Before You Rant For Once ]

It was up for almost two days, then denied, re-posted and now keeps disappearing.

I thought what was good for the goose was good for the gander. Or vice versa.

(The good stuff is in the comments, just sayin' ....)

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Think Before You Rant ... For Once
Posted:Sep 18, 2020 8:14 pm
Last Updated:Oct 28, 2020 2:24 pm
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Source : https://www.thefader./2019/06/26/who-owns-lyrics-explainer

By Steffanee Wang
June 26, 2019

Here’s what you need know about sharing lyrics online

Lyrics can hold an immense amount of power. You scribble them on notebooks, repeat them in your head as mantras, adopt as life principles the ones that feel particularly aligned with your soul. You can fuse the words permanently onto your body through tattoos. It’s one of the things that makes engaging with music so powerful and rewarding: geeking out over bars, marveling at phrases and descriptors that feel so insanely correct they must be thoughts taken straight from our own heads. They can begin to feel like they belong to you.

But in the world of copyright and ownership, lyrics have entered a grey area of misuse and misunderstanding, an issue that’s only been heightened by the recent reports of Genius accusing for lifting the lyrics published on their site. Who owns lyrics in the first place, and why do they feel like the least copyright-enforced part of songs on the internet?

I spoke with transactional music attorney Erin M. Jacobson about this. Turns out, if you’ve ever shared lyrics online at , you were probably infringing upon somebody’s copyright.

Who actually owns lyrics?

Like every other part of a song, songwriters and/or publishers own the copyrights their own lyrics. Anyone who wants use those lyrics, or even simply republish the lyrics online, would need get permission from the owners via a license agreement, which Jacobson says is most used for reprinting lyrics on greeting cards, T-shirts, books, etc.

This practice should be followed on the internet as well, in the sense that anyone who reposts or republishes the lyrics should be getting a license from the copyright owners beforehand. That can range from lyric hosting sites like AZlyrics, www.thefader./ Metrolyrics, Genius, the way fans posting transcriptions of the lyrics in YouTube comments.

Wait, even those lyrics under YouTube videos that I use when I want sing along my favorite songs are illegal?

Yes, even those helpful netizens transcribing lyrics in the comments out of the goodness of their hearts, out of love for their favorite artists, should be getting licenses.

The spectrum of lyric-sharing is very broad, and it’s made the more complicated by the grandness and share-friendliness of the internet. That’s partly what makes holding copyright infringers account so difficult, for better or for worse. Jacobson also acknowledges that the lack of public education and awareness on copyright law is mostly the reason why lyric infringement still runs rampant today: “Like so much on the web, people just put things either not realizing or not caring that they actually need go get a license from somebody.” Well, now you know.

What about fair use?

Fair use is usually the go-to defense for those who’ve been accused of copyright infringement. It essentially states that their use of copyright material is okay because it is using the work for educational purposes or because the original work has been transformed in some way. Satires and parodies — like “Weird Al” Yankovic’s songs — fall under this category, as do educational videos and other art that builds on top of an original work How much or little of the original work that gets used matters, too, and as its written in section 7 of the Copyright Act “if the use includes a large portion of the copyrighted work, fair use is less likely be found.” So, say using just one line from a song versus an entire verse.

Fair use judgements are made on a case-by-case basis, Jacobson says, though one indicator that something most likely is not fair use is if it’s used for commercial purposes. “Lyric sites have funding, they have ad support, and they're using all of the lyrics,” Jacobson says. “All of them need to be licensed and any of them that are not licensed are just infringing.”

What’s the incentive to go after fans?

Sadly, there doesn’t need to be an incentive outside of the fact that the owner of the copyright simply wants to, and can. Often it's up to the principles of the songwriters and owners. Prince, for example, said in his 2007 statement that he was suing YouTube and Ebay for copyright infringement, that he was going to “reclaim his art on the Internet.” That same year, Universal sent a DMCA takedown to Stephanie Lenz for a video that featured her dancing to “Let’s Go Crazy.” That incident led the near decade-long court case, Lenz v. Universal Music Corp., that ended in 20 and decidedly ruled in favor of Lenz and fair use. (Granted, this case wasn’t over song lyrics, but it’s not hard imagine something similar happening over a non-official lyric video going viral.)

It also wasn’t that surprising when Taylor Swift, who wrote in a 20 Wall Street Journal op-ed that “music is art, and art...should be paid for”, had her legal team send cease and desist letters Etsy vendors who were selling items with Swift’s trademarks and lyrics printed them. “It becomes a business decision about whether they want go after a person or not,” Jacobson says, “because they are completely in their rights go after them if they want .”

But don't panic, yet! For the most part, Jacobson says, “You could have a full staff just tracking of those infringements, but from a business perspective, sometimes it’s just not worth it spend the time.” Especially for smaller infringements that are generally unknowingly committed by fans, Jacobson says, “You might look at it and say ‘Is the backlash we're going get [by taking action] going hurt the artist or the writer, more than its actually going help them?”

At the end of the day, copyright law is severely outdated.

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act — an amendment the Copyright Law most publishers have been using take down copyright infringements — was signed by Bill Clinton in 1998, when the internet was far less of a force than it is today. More recently, the Music Modernization Act passed in October 2018 in an attempt to enforce royalty rates and payments in the age of streaming, but there is still a huge gap when it comes to addressing the new ways in which music listeners interact with and share songs and lyrics currently.

“Technology has moved so fast that the law hasn't really caught with it yet so that’s the first problem,” Jacobson says.“Hopefully, we can get the lyric sites licensed, but the law and policy take a while get changed. The Music Modernization act was several in the works but it’s definitely a starting place for getting songwriters and rights owners fairly compensated for the music that they make.”

Add in the lack of resources and technology available actually go after all cases of infringements in terms of lyric republishing, and it means that songwriters and publishers will always be one step behind from being fully compensated for their wor Which sucks. So the least we can do is pay for our music.


Note that this piece was properly sourced in its entirety according to copyright laws. Emphasis is my own.
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A Harridan, a Pearly White and a Daily Points Giveaway Walk Into a Bar ....
Posted:Sep 16, 2020 12:04 pm
Last Updated:Nov 11, 2020 4:35 am
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Here's a free idea for a daily points giveaway question....

Is it the left or right incisor that's gone AWOL? Or both?

You're welcome.

FWIW, missing body parts should be addressed in photos under the truth in advertising clause.

*** Disclaimer -- toothless Harridans are JUST NOT MY TYPE ***

Updated 9/17/20 to reflect that it is an incisor. Top front teeth for us nomenclature-challenged non-dental neophytes. Kinda figured as tight-lipped as that smile is. What a pretty picture that paints. And a little hint in getting your four free giveaway points. C'mon, say "cheese" for us.

You're welcome.
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Saturday's Song: Elements - Lindsey Stirling (w/pics)
Posted:Sep 12, 2020 7:58 am
Last Updated:Oct 6, 2020 3:43 am
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These words really spoke to me.
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I Did My Own Poll ....
Posted:Sep 11, 2020 4:45 pm
Last Updated:Dec 26, 2020 4:55 pm
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I drove around the city and did an unscientific yard sign poll.

Biden is a distant third place behind Trump and free firewood.

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