Blogging History: Cash4gold sues Consumerist, Garage door openers aren’t copyrighted works

Five years
Consumerist sued by Cash4Gold after critical blog posts: The whistleblower’s post appeared on ComplaintsBoard last November. We featured it this February, as part of our ongoing coverage of Cash4Gold, after the company raised its public profile with a multi-million dollar Super Bowl ad. The post was indeed written by an ex-employee, Michele Liberis, who is now being sued by the company for defamation. Recently, Cash4Gold added Consumerist and ComplaintsBoard as co-defendants in its lawsuits.

Ten years
Garage door openers aren’t copyrighted, don’t get DMCA protection: The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals has brought down a verdict in the “Skylink” case. That’s a DMCA case whereing a garage-door-opener company asserted that another company, which makes interoperable clickers (in case you lose yours or want a spare for your spouse) violated the DMCA by circumventing the protection on the copyrighted software in the garage-door-opener. Yeah, you read right. Copyrighted garage-door-openers.

Fetish model in shop window, NYC, NY.JPG on Flickr.
20140817-141926-JohnO by JohnO on Flickr.
Universal Monsters stamps; in the UK, we can only get the same low-budg Vampirella on ours, year after year

Universal Monsters stamps; in the UK, we can only get the same low-budg Vampirella on ours, year after year

(Source: graveyardhorr0r, via kellythemortalgirl)

Clayton Cubitt explains why you shouldn’t go to Pennsylvania.

Clayton Cubitt explains why you shouldn’t go to Pennsylvania.

(Source: seanbonner)

Hello Kitty AVENGERS!

(Source: allyson-wonderlnd, via rstevens)

mitchwagner:

fuckyeahscifiwomenofcolour:

The bolded sections represent quotes from the criticism he received. All the z-snaps are in order.

Your characters are unrealistic stereotpyes of political correctness. Is it really necessary for the sake of popular sensibilities to have in a fantasy what we have in the real world? I read…

I am appalled to find that Scott Lynch’s novel about magic-wielding pirates is unrealistic.

(Source: scott-lynch.livejournal.com)

If Your Kid Eats This Book, Everything Will Still Be Okay - parenting book full of things you don’t need to worry about

When we found out Alice was pregnant, we wrote to all our friends who had recently had their first kids and said, “What’s your one tip-top piece of advice for parents-to-be?” My second-favorite piece of advice came from Stewart Butterfield, who said “Buy one parenting book. Only one. It doesn’t matter which.” (My favorite piece came from John Henson, who said, “Agree with everything she says.”)

If I had to choose just one book — I cheated and read several — I think it would be this one: If Your Kid Eats This Book, Everything Will Still Be Okay: How to Know if Your Child’s Injury or Illness Is Really an Emergency, by the paediatrician Lara Zibners.

Apart from a terrific title, the book has plenty going for it. Basically, Even if Your Kid Eats This Book is a detailed guide to everything you don’t have to worry about. It has an orifice-by-orifice guide to detecting and removing Lego! A list of things under the sink that won’t poison your kid! Sensible advice about how to get rid of dry skin! (Hot bath, then anything greasy from Crisco to Vaseline, then time).

And of course, there’s also very clearly spelled-out, highly specific lists of what is worth calling your doctor or going to the emergency room for; along with details about why those things are scary and what the worst could be (it’s usually not very bad).

There’s nothing more soothing than a list of stuff you don’t need to worry about. Yes, 12 Hours Sleep By 12 Weeks is more practical, but once the kid is sleeping OK, this one is indispensable.

If Your Kid Eats This Book, Everything Will Still Be Okay: How to Know if Your Child’s Injury or Illness Is Really an Emergency

1891 Proposal for a bullet ride dropped from the Eiffel Tower [2009]

On his science book blog John Ptak posted an entry entitled, “Dreaming of the 10-Ton Eiffel Tower Bullet, 1891,” about a proposed fun ride in which people would sit inside a giant bullet and freefall from the top of the Eiffel Tower into a pool of water.

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Wichita high school principal bans goths [2004]

An idiotic principal at a middle school in Kansas is cracking down on goths, sending them home if they dress in a way that may “disrupt the school environment or impede learning in the classroom.” Principal Cherle Crain’s quotes in this MTV.com article are amazingly asinine. Here’s my favorite:

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The Other Half of the Sky: praise-winning space opera with strong women heroes

Laura Mixon (AKA Morgan Locke) writes, “Check out The Other Half of the Sky, a 2013 anthology of original short stories edited by PhD biologist and author Athena Andreadis, co-edited by Kay Holt of Crossed Genres. It has come out of left field to take science fiction by storm. My own take: I loved this book. Readers hungry for women heroes will gobble up these exciting, original space opera tales with a spoon.”

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Blogging History: NSA spied on Al Jazeera; Dick Cheney, proud torturer; Soros v “drug lord” accusation

One year
Docs leaked by Snowden show NSA spied on Al Jazeera: “The US intelligence agency hacked into protected communication, a feat that was considered a particular success.”

Five years
Dick Cheney, proud torturer: Former US Vice President Dick Cheney proclaimed once again over the weekend that he believes torture applied to war-on-terror detainees in U.S. custody after 9/11 worked brilliantly to reveal terror plots — this despite testimony to the contrary from a CIA investigator who looked into the details of these abusive interrogations.

Ten years
Soros responds to drug-lord accusation: George Soros has responded to Republican House Speaker Dennis Hastert’s accusation that he is financed by narco-gangsters in a great, stiff letter that demands an apology.

8-Bit Mario pint-sleeves

These sandblasted 8-Bit Mario Pint Glasses are $15 each, with a glass question-mark coaster. (via Geekymerch

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Today’s Reason I’m Happy With My Publisher

A full-page ad in today’s New York Times magazine. This is pretty nifty. On my home today.

whateveradjunct:

Today’s Reason I’m Happy With My Publisher

A full-page ad in today’s New York Times magazine. This is pretty nifty. On my home today.

Dracula and Dansk Pepper

Dracula and Dansk Pepper