I’m participating in the Mozilla #teachtheweb MOOC, and so, in preperation, as an intro to myself, I made this!
A popcorn video!
PS: Did you know I had a website? Check it out!
And it made me think, and I decided this blog will change focus, and maybe branding too (Name, etc.)
The decision isn’t only because of the post, however that post is what drove me to jump the hoop.
Also, because of this focus, I will probably post less often, maybe 1-2 times per month. However, I will post in a more regular schedule.
I am going to focus much more on content. But not only that. The content will now be focused on stuff I am currently learning (Outside of school.) So that would be:
A) Copyright, Creative Commons, GPL, DMCA, and everything that comes along with that. This also led me to the next part. I find the area of law in general quite interesting, fascinating even. So, I believe that this copyright research is just a phase, but that my interest in Law won’t fade. Posts in this section will be in the category called “Law
B) Essays I read. I currently have a huge amount of stuff from Freesouls, Eric S. Raymond’s site, and Paul Graham’s essays, are currently on my To Read folder. (Yes, I downloaded the whole sites. This will be captured in the category Essays.
D) Languages. I have started learning Russian. (I have gotten the pronunciation of the alphabet down, and have started on the vocab!) Once I master that (Which I don’t think I will for a minimum of 6 more years) I plan on moving on to an Arabic language (Arabic, or Turk, or something.) That will leave me with English, French (Already fluent in those two), German (Learning in school), Russian, and Arabic. I might move on to Chinese after, but that seems more complicated to learn on my own. I will use the category Languages for this.
E) After publishing, I realized I had forgotten another part: Activism. Anything related to activism I am involved with (At the moment, it would notably be UNiTE (raising awareness to violence towards women) Mozilla (Open source software, freedom of information), copyright reform and promoting digital literacy.
F) Finally, my DIY projects. Yes, the blog is sorta kinda named after that, no? I will document DIY projects I do, with instructions, and any knowledge that I found in doing it.
Now comes the question: Should I clean up previous posts?
I have a gut repulsion to that; the same way I cringed when deleting the thesis of the last essay in English, in order to rewrite.
I think I might leave it… I might clean it up, I don’t know.
What do you think? Do you agree with this change of direction, thinking it will make the blog better? Do you think I should clean up previous posts?
Tell me! Comment! Please! I love comments! (I’ll give you a virtual candy bar!)
Edit: I just went through my past posts, cleaning up the categories, and decided I will allow myself to blog about 2 other stuff (Or at least leave those categories in existence): Photography, and fiction. Photography because I really enjoy it, and will most certainly be continuing it. And fiction because I don’t want to close a mental door on the possibility.
I’ve been thinking of writing a piece about copyright for my school newspaper, and so have been doing a fair bit of research…
Let’s start with the basics: Do you know how long copyright currently lasts for?
Otherwise, did you know that Happy birthday (You know Happy birthday to you… Happy birthday to you… Happy birthday dear Peter, Happy birthday to you) is copywritten, and will be until 2030? It will have be under copy right for 130 years. And it is expensive to use it, with the price varying on how much you can pay: A radio show had to pay 700$ for it, a movie once paid 10k f
or it. That’s why you almost never see people sing happy birthday in movies.
Studies have shown that the ideal length of time for copyright is 15 years, to foster innovation. That is a lot less than the current 75+lifetime. Personally, I think it should be somewhere between 15 and
50 years. But not longer. And studies agree.
Now, to all you content creators out there, I am calling on you:
Do you really need your blog posts to be copywritten?Or that picture you posted on it? Do you not want some media outlet to use it? Or an influential blog to? Cause when so
mething is copywritten, everything has to be requested, which can be a pain and thus detrimental.
That is why I licence almost everything I do under a Creative Commons, BY SA (Sometimes not SA) .
That means you are free to use my work, modify it, and create derivatives, even for a profit, as long as you credit me, and, when it is SA, as long as you licence your work under the same licence.
That’s just my two cents, and a teaser for the article which I will… eventually… write.
The following was written as a retort in an argument about gun control on facebook with someone called Louis. I think I make some good points, and talk extensively enough for it to warrant a blog posting. (Yes… I made a 700+ word facebook comment.)
Here it is:
Well then Louis…
First of all, you used the example of drugs: Criminals can still get them. (First I would argue that not everyone who uses drugs, specially softer drugs are criminals, but that is besides the point)
Illegalising them makes it harder to access for all, and more expensive, thus making it harder to access even for those who know how to get them.
Second of all, part of the reforms (ie what Cuomo got voted in NYS) is to close loopholes. In other words, even someone who is a violent criminal, or mentally unstable could go to a gun show and get a gun – because there weren’t any checks.
If you looks at the gun reforms, what states are actually implementing, there is pretty much nothing that restricts people’s access to guns more. All it does is make the current law apply everywhere.
I admit, it does restrict magazines bigger than 7-10 (I forget the exact number) large.
Why would you need a larger magazine, unless it is to shoot multiple targets (And the amount of people assaulted by more than 2 people is very small… and the chance of the gun being effective is also small.)
Otherwise, to get back to your first argument: Why would a law abiding citizen seek to hurt someone?
Well, they won’t. However, most also aren’t extremely careful with their guns. For example in the Newton Shooting in Connecticut, he got the gun from his mother – who had it legally. And should have it legally since nothing was wrong with her. But she left it in such a way that allowed him to get it.
If she didn’t collect guns, and have them in an insecure manner, he wouldn’t have been able to get it.
Finally, your main argument (At least the main one you stated) Guns will make the ordinary cit safer if he/she has them.
Studies have shows (Mostly done for police departments) that unless a person has regular (4 times a year) training of 25 hours, he tends to freeze. And experiments have shown the same.
After the Newton shootings, a police department offered a course on guns for people at a college (For usage in emergency situations (ie: a gunner shooting)
It was about 6 hours of training (More than the ordinary citizen would accept to do)
And, later, they had more classes, and, unknown to the students (who were armed) they had a “shooter” come into the classroom (He was actually armed with a paint ball gun, but designed to look like a real one) and start shooting people.
All 6 of the students who received the 6 hours of training on what to do in that situation either
a) Froze or
b) fumbled for their gun for a long time (And all got shot before they could shoot at the shooter (Their bullets had been replaced with blanks while they had changed after the first lessons)
That shows that the majority of people will not be effective when a shooter appears.
And you say that you’re really an idiot if your kid gets a hold of your gun?
Well, most people don’t secure their guns in a way that their kids could get to them.
Especially for the people who fight most fervently for their gun rights (Southern country people, often with no more than a high school degree) often keep their guns in easy to reach places for t hem:
By the door, under the bed, in the drawer by the bed, etc.
Which also mean it’s not too hard for anyone else who knows were the guns are to get them.
In short, while I’ll admit that letting citizens have guns won’t increase violence by those people (Though that’s not true, as many legal guns are used for acts such as suicide, or accidental deaths, or injuries)
But assuming that letting law-abiding citizens acquire guns won’t increase the violent use of these by them, it will allow others greater access, and will make it easier if someone does go insane (Which does happen, see the college shooting were a professor shot her co-workers after being denied tenure.)
Those are just my 17 cents.
If I forgot any of your arguments, please tell me and I will rebute them appropriately.
What do you think? Do you agree? Disagree? Think I shouldn’t make comments that long on facebook? Tell me!
Tell me! Comment!
I read today’s Daily Post, suggesting to keep a regular posting schedule (Something I will now try to apply, thanks to the ability to choose when a post is published with WordPress) which led me to the comments, and clicking through to blogs, and I saw http://cherispeak.wordpress.com .
Her blog is awesome, and informative, and interesting. And there’s a fair bit of information about wordpress stats.
In case you haven’t realised, I love statistics. Cold. Hard. Numbers.
I basically stalk my stats page.
I do love statistics, though sometimes they aren’t too obvious.
Anyway, the takeaways I have from those links are:
Insert images in the posts, pinterest them. That should bring me links… I believe.
Get a blog design such as Cheri’s. This isn’t cause she said it (She did suggest it though) but from personal observation: Whenever I go to a blog with multi block design (Rather than traditional scroll down design) I will ctrl click a ton of links. Wereas otherwise I will just scroll.
Post regularly. Not more often, but less in bursts.
Keep on stalking those stats. I still love them.
What are your thoughts on statistics? You love em? Hate em?
Otherwise, what are your visitor getting tips (Other than awesome content, which I try to do :))
I was watching a video about Emoti-Con (Before deciding to join it’s A-Team – helping organize it) and among it they had a quote by one of the speaker : « Choose the path that leaves you the most possibilities. »
That struck me more than other stuff in the video. It struck me because I agree with it, and because, well, it’s true. It is also useful for helping to make a decision. He illustrates it with college. You could try to get a job somewhere: Waiter or something, or go to college. You should choose college, says he (Or she, I forget. I am using he because there is no gender neutral personal pronoun (They is incorrect, it is generally used for non-human stuff.)(I believe there should be a gender neutral pronoun)) Were was I… O yeah, you should choose college because that will open up more doors, leave you more possibilities. You could still become a waiter, or whatever it was you wanted before. But you won’t be restricted to that.
At least, that’s what I took away from it.
In any case, it is something I agree with, and I believe it can, and should be used to help one makes one’s decisions.
If you are faced with a choice, and both options seem equivalent, choose the one which will leave the most possibilities in the future. However, only use this method once you have thought out the decision, and are at a stalemate.
This should not be the determining factor, only a tiebreaker.
Do you agree? Do you think I am completely wrong? Do you have thoughts about choosing the options which will leave you with the most options? Do you like pink bananas? Tell me! Comment.
A few weeks ago I heard about UNiTE LFNY at my school, and joined it. It is a group (even an approved NGO by the UN) focused on raising awareness, and hopefully calling people to action because of that, to violence committed towards women around the world.
Today, I was at the Global Kids place for the Hive Youth Council, and the person who was talking and from there (There was also Anjum for Popsquad, us, we who use the Mozilla webapp Popcorn (I was in London with her) But it wasn’t her who was used to the place. It was the other person who presented it… I cant seem to remember her name.) and she mentioned at the end that they were participating with 1billionrising – a vday (Valentines day) event which was happening worldwide to raise awareness towards violence against women.
Anyway, I am going to be there, yeah!
You should check if there is an event happening near you! http://vspot.vday.org/vday/events has an interactive map for you!
Go there, and tell all your friends! Draw noise on twitter and tumblr and facebook and everything! #1billionrising #vday are the hashtags to have! Now go!