Me...publisher, lifelong learner, all things rescuer, often gluten-free, all times chocoholic
Today, the US Supreme Court discussed Aereo and the sovereignty of the consumer, according to some; while others argue copyright infringement. What’s going on? “Justices will hear arguments from lawyers for 2-year-old Aereo and for a group of companies that operate TV networks, including ABC, CBS, Disney Enterprises, NBC Studios and the Public Broadcasting Service. The plaintiffs argue that Aereo is infringing their copyrights by charging customers a monthly fee to stream over-the-air-broadcasts to their mobile devices and television sets.”
“This case puts the principle of consumer sovereignty, which has played a critical role in driving innovation and competition in the digital revolution, to the test.”—Mark Cooper, Consumer Federation of America
The Guardian is covering a story we need to keep an eye on: Book banning in UK prisons. “The new rules, which came into force in November, prevent prisoners from receiving parcels from the outside unless they have ‘exceptional circumstances’, such as a medical condition. Books, subscription magazines and clothing are all prohibited. Follow the link to both eye-popping articles, and few the video as actors, playwrights and poets voice their grave concerns. Read more…
Heads up, video contains adult content – do watch for Kathy Lette’s piece where she refers to receiving books signed by her readers.
What do you think?
Is Aereo infringing on copyrights?
And speaking of rights, do prisoners have rights, such as the right to books and eh hem, clean underwear?
Science is on my mind today. Ever wonder about those unwritten laws that are only experienced at inopportune times?
Randomly Funny lists 18 of the commonly experienced laws; I’ve chosen my favorite to list here. The full 18…
3. Law of Probability - The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act.
8. Law of Close Encounters - The probability of meeting someone you know increases dramatically when you are with someone you don’t want to be seen with.
15. Law of Logical Argument - Anything is possible if you don’t know what you are talking about.
17. Oliver’s Law of Public Speaking - A closed mouth gathers no feet.
Which are yours?
I have no idea where the T-shirt may be purchased but it sure counters a great deal of those laws!!
I wish I could say, “Hey, y’all, I’m away from my desk this week due to an amazing vacation” or
“I’m having a blast at an awesome conference…”
Nope, I’m stuck close to home with some nasty, crazy vertigo thing. It’s already better than it was Monday, but frustrating enough to keep me from focusing.
In the meantime, I wish you all a great week filled with solid footings and no nausea!
More Sunday Funnies…
Connecting is important and it’s the theme of Sunscribe’s latest e-letter inSCRIBE. Here are two significant topics to cross my desk this week that are included in inSCRIBE’s second issue:
National Poetry Month kicks off today!
Seeking a visual concept for all ages, all skills levels?
Cover a classroom wall with white paper for “curriculum poetry” during April: encourage students to share poetry graffiti (classroom appropriate, of course). Want more? TeachersFirst has links to dozens of inspirational sites.
Plus, writers, where will you encounter ideas?
“Grab the closest book. Go to page 29. Write down 10 words that catch your eye.” The beginning of a poem? Perhaps, or maybe a short story, character, or setting. Your choice, your voice. More ideas at Kelli Russell Agodon.
Assembling boards on Pinterest?
Whether you’re searching for a recipe or vacation spot, there are oodles of choices.
How do you organize and publicize yours to stand head and shoulders above the masses?
Entrepreneur shares 11 tips to advance your Pinterest pins. Wait there’s more, who’s on top with the top networks?
Twitter’s prevalent publishers, according to News Whip, ranked by total Twitter shares of content published during February – Top Ten Tweets.
And Facebook’s Top Ten, from an earlier News Whip post, shows how much each social media site varies. See their take on FB’s prime publishers.
Excerpts are from our inSCRIBE issue two – are you signed up to receive a copy? Sign up for inSCRIBE today.
April 1 through April 7 is Laugh at Work Week. Wonder why and who founded this particular day?
Visit the site – Laugh At Work Week.
In the meantime, hearty belly hoots away!