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We all know when we venture out of the house there are traffic cameras and anti-shoplifting cameras. In our homes we are aware of our internet search engine’s cookies, bots and others watching our computer cruising. So why not approach things in 21st century style, using that same technology web to protect your information? Tor Project offers just the thing. Unless you are a library and receive a call from the local police placing your program in jeopardy. Intrigued? There’s more.
The Library Freedom Act — well, go ahead and read it because you need to be informed.
See more about Tor’s Project which allows users to stay hidden while they browse, chat and purchase in spite of homeland’s powerful thumb pressing in on their program.
While we’re discussing big brother, some may be wondering if Amazon’s power really does reach into every home after Sunday’s power interruption. The Digital Reader shared their take on the shut down, “Amazon Web Services is the Amazon division responsible for hosting web and mobile apps. It’s distributed across multiple locations, and supports websites all over the world.”
Anything you wanted to do, “ranging from Netflix to Medium and Nest to Buffer and Pocket all became unavailable on Sunday morning.”
Not into any of those? Well, try a few of these for size, as the “crash also shut down Echo, Amazon Instant Video, the retail functions of Amazon.com, IMDb, Createspace, Mayday, and the Kindle Store.”
I wonder if those boys at homeland security were able to watch any episodes…never mind.
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In my contractual negotiations, I’ve always suggested people seek legal advice. It IS in your best interest to check with a lawyer. Pay for their counsel. And watch the law. Things change, fast! With that, I bring today’s top two:
It’s not often we see truth. Bold, sage advice, from a lawyer’s website, The Passive Voice. “No matter what experts tell you, no matter what trends, conventional wisdom, social media chatter or your friends in the Facebook writers group insist upon, do NOT write four books a year. I mean it. Don’t.” Awesome comments on this one, too! Check it out.
Have you seen an orphan work? The U.S. Copyright Office is deciding on what to do with these poor pieces defined as, “hundreds of millions of books, photographs, films, and other creations whose creators are unknown or can’t be located, but whose copyright protection is still in place. Because no one can figure out who has the right to give permission to use these works, they cannot be used.”
Sounds benign, right? Cory Doctorow recently shared thoughts about the changes in copyright laws. “The Copyright Office needs to hear why its proposal is a bad idea…an unworkable mess, filled with restrictions and gaps in coverage.” Doctorow’s open letter below the article explains more about the sordid sweep.
Did you know you that the Copyright Office is open until October 9, 2015, for your feedback? Read BoingBoing.net and find the comment link here.
The first draft is fine.
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The scars from September 11, 2001 run deeper than any visible skin can cover. Many survivors face continued struggles.
Yesterday I had a conversation with a friend who shared more details of his horrific story: he was one of the first responders critically injured.
After we spoke, I returned home and began my evening routine. But the emotional knot of the interview needed release. I pulled out my watercolors and pastels and here’s my outlet.
911 Remembered and Redefined
No critiques please, this is my raw emotion. And that’s what today is for – remembering our raw emotions.
I wish you comfort and peace as we give pause and rightful respect to our heroes.
Cheeky – that’s all I’ll say.
We have important issues on our political plate. But nothing compared to freedom, and life versus death. One look at the refugee crisis and we’re reminded how fragile we all are. Ah, you know me, a sentence isn’t enough for a writer. Descending soapbox…
On to my pick for this week, of the two things to cross my mind/desk.
Just emailed, our newsletter, inSCRIBE. We hope to inspire you each month to write, read and share. This month’s topic is BUTTONS: as a writing prompt, a sensory stimulant, and editing ideas. Curious? Check it out.
An important pairing: Literacy and Reading. Today is International Literacy Day, in the news the migrant camp “New Jungle” in Calais, and we are now in Library Card Sign Up Month. Ahead, Banned Book Week, September 27 – October 3. What are your plans to promote literacy, are you for or against banning books, and would you send assistance to another country’s library?
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