2.22.2009

Some Things Take Time

I used to work at Hot Topic. While I lived in Madison, I took a part time job at the store on the West Side, mainly because I enjoyed the environment, and there was a 40% discount for employees (which somewhat compensated for the $5.25 I made an hour). At the time, I lived in about two pairs of pants and three hundred band t-shirts that I cut to high heaven (and yes, these shirts still show up in my wardrobe here and there) so 40% of those band t-shirts was 75% of my wardrobe. Oh, and I forgot; I got tickets to any concert I wanted for free.

As an employee, I had three responsibilities: fold t-shirts, sell t-shirts, and detract shoplifters. Now in between doing those things, I met a lot of cute guys and discovered a lot of music. One of the bands that was played for me by a fellow employee was Murder by Death. Now, you're probably envisioning a bunch of beefy guys with skull tattoos playing screamy death metal rather than three geeky dudes and a pretty girl with a cello. Something in the brilliance of a name like that gives way to the truly wonderful music they make.

The CD that I got into first was Who Will Survive, and What Will Be Left of Them? released in 2003. It was in the rotation of the CD player in the store when I heard the song "Pillars of Salt", a delicate but forceful marriage of rock and orchestra that sent fire through my heart. Whoever was working with me said it was Radiohead and for some reason, that seemed possible to me, so I spent an hour that night making my friend Jess go through every of his Radiohead albums to find this song. After that enormous waste of time, I went back to the store's CD player and found out that Radiohead was in there - but so was Who Will Survive.... I bought it that day.

I always thought about seeing the band live, but it never worked out. A few months ago, David told me that they'd be playing at the Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco, a smaller venue that hosts larger groups. He bought tickets, and we went to the show Saturday. It was definitely worth the wait.

Murder By Death @Bottom of the Hill

Murder By Death @Bottom of the Hill

Murder By Death @Bottom of the Hill

Murder By Death @Bottom of the Hill

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2.17.2009

Funny

I LOL'ed at this.

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2.16.2009

No thanks, Facebook

I've always been apprehensive to join the commotion at Facebook. I can't explain it - it started as thinking the applications were annoying, and went further to feeling that the interface was boring and had little use. Finally, it seemed the only people I was connecting with were old high school peers, who I really don't care to share my life with. I started uploading my Flickr stream, and thought I'd use Facebook as just another Online Reputation Management tool for myself, posting little information aside from work/career based content.

But now, I am done. As of today, all content is erased from my profile. And it's because of this.
Excerpt:

You hereby grant Facebook an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense) to (a) use, copy, publish, stream, store, retain, publicly perform or display, transmit, scan, reformat, modify, edit, frame, translate, excerpt, adapt, create derivative works and distribute (through multiple tiers), any User Content you (i) Post on or in connection with the Facebook Service or the promotion thereof subject only to your privacy settings or (ii) enable a user to Post, including by offering a Share Link on your website and (b) to use your name, likeness and image for any purpose, including commercial or advertising, each of (a) and (b) on or in connection with the Facebook Service or the promotion thereof.

Facebook is stating that they can take anything you put on your profile for themselves, modifying it in any way to sublicense or make money off of however they like, even after you delete it and your profile. We already knew that Facebook's applications were harvesting our personal data, but this change in TOS now means that anything shown on a Facebook page is theirs, forever. That includes personal information, text, photos including any and all uploads from any mobile device or other service that feeds to Facebook, or any other imaginable intellectual property or liability you chose to post.

For me, this means that any photos I post as a professional photographer do not belong to me. They belong to Facebook. If I watermark the photos I post, which I do, Facebook can edit/modify them to disinclude the watermark. As a musician, it means that any music I post belongs to Facebook to use, or license to someone else, freely and without my permission. For those of you who are parents and post photos of your children, Facebook can take those photos and license them to Gerber or Disney for use without your permission.

Please, interject here if this sounds AT ALL ACCEPTABLE.

As a member of the vast community that is social networking, I have taken the time to understand that anything I post online could be at risk for theft, and I understand that certain services do retain certain rights for stuff I share through it's platform. That being said, Facebook's decision to retain any and all rights to any intellectual property shared on it's site even after the User Agreement has been terminated is utterly demonic. That service, which already shares too much personal information, has now become a black hole for artists and those who create - even if it's just family photos. You never know where something of yours might turn up. It's like signing away your soul.

I urge you to join me and Taylor in going blank on Facebook. Some of the damage has already been done, but we're choosing to shut off the valve now.

And if you decide you want to continue as you always have, please think before you mindlessly share your work or your personal information. If you create something, do not give it away for free. Do not think it is normal or necessary for any company to take what is yours without your permission or without compensation.

ADDENDUM:

Un be-f*cking-lievable. I just got this new and amazing blog and had to add it to this post.

Facebook terms of service compared with MySpace, Flickr, Picasa, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Twitter


She does a great breakdown of other social networking sites Myspace, Flickr, Blogger, etc. and the TOS they use. Specifically, none of these sites claims any ownership of intellectual content posted to their platform. While some claim licensibility in some form, all contracts end when a user removes content or deletes their profile.

I might throw up now.

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2.11.2009

Thief

Margo with Guitar Pick!

Taken a moment after Josh teased Margo with this guitar pick and she used her cobra attack to steal it.

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2.07.2009

In Print.

I received this from my sister in law today, as she'd promised she'd send it. I created the header for Lemmondrops, and this fantastic print piece for the St. Paul Pioneer Press by Molly Milliet has a screenshot of the blog including header. I read the story again and all of the sadness rushed back in to my blood. That photo - of her and Steve in that moment - is everything without words.

It's always been difficult for me to explain - to those who weren't a part of her blogging life- this situation and how it affects me. But today, as I work through the most difficult time in my lifetime, I hope to pull from her amazing, amazing ability to take nothing for granted, and cherish the joy in life, even when very, very small. I need that so very much right now.

After

Things like this.


Sometimes my desire to live, to hold onto this world, hits me full force, like it did this morning when I was driving across the Mississippi River with Daniel on the way to the mall, and the chilly air winked with sunshine, and K.D. Lang's version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" was playing on the CD player, and I turned around to see how Daniel was liking the song, and we held each others' gaze just long enough until I needed to watch the road again, and tears came to my eyes because I love this life, this music, this autumn, my family, so much.

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2.04.2009

Marketing

First this flyer, and then a postcard for a mailing campaign. Let me know what you think. Postcard

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2.03.2009

Hello, Readers

Many, many people visit this blog every day to read my post on Sectoral Heterochromia. My blog actually ranks within the first five results on Google for those keywords, and my photo is high in the image search results.

So, if you're one of those visitors who has chosen to come back and read new posts, say hello!

I've got a fun project in mind that requires others with Sectoral Heterochromia, so please let me know if you're interested in learning more.

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Last night, I got out a box of old pictures and scanned them, something I'd been meaning to do for awhile. I'm starting to see age in my childhood photos and I figured I should start getting them into JPEG files in case they get really bad.

I uploaded a few to my flickr account. Here's one of my favorites.

Nissa

Oh, young Nissa. There's so much I want to warn you about, but sadly...I cannot...

(Oh, for fun, free pendant to anyone who knows where I opted that quote from...)

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2.02.2009

Love Hand Made

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