I received a couple of pingbacks from a site that republished a couple of posts from my site in whole, pulling them from my RSS feed.
The owner of the site maintains that by having a RSS feed that has the full content of a post, I am allowing someone to republish the content. If I didn’t want the content republished, I shouldn’t use a RSS feed, or should at least only include summaries.
While technologically old, RSS feeds are still awesome. They provide a standardized format for folks to digest virtually any blog in whatever form that you, the reader, prefer. Sure, I put effort into the presentation of my site, many folks have ads they depend on, but at the end of the day, I’d like to give freedom to my reader to choose.
Whether you use Outlook or Thunderbird or another desktop-based client, or a web-based client like Feedly or the WordPress.com Reader, you can drop my site’s address and always have my latest posts. Internally, I use RSS to provide for my daily update e-mails.
Consumption, though, is a completely different beast than republication. The argument (from the content scraper) that the existence of a RSS feed implies that both consumption and republication are permitted isn’t valid.
My site is an example that disproves the argument. Content published so far content on my site is published under a Creative Commons license. The license says, basically, if you give me credit, use my content for non-commercial purposes, and share it under the same terms, you can use it without any further permission. The RSS feed helps make that easier for folks, though republishing my content without using the same terms, or with a site that had ads (making it a commercial venture under most common definitions) is violating those terms.
Copyright rules exist for a reason. Making content available doesn’t grant anything. A musician having a song played on the radio doesn’t grant me the right to record it off and sell CDs of it. The VCR brought forth new legal guidelines—could someone legally record a TV show on a videocassette? Sure, for personal use. To rebroadcast it or play it for a public performance? No.
I’m not a legal scholar, but that principle seems sound to apply here.
RSS feeds and other technological means that can reduce the barrier to distribute content are great tools, but they’re just that: tools.
WordPress supports a variety of “post formats” that themes can use to help display different forms of content in different ways. On my current theme, I’ve been photoblogging, yet due to the joy of post formats, they’re all tidying in their own place (on the sidebar and at a special link). This is really cool to me since I can put more of my content out there without needing to register custom post types or worry about changing themes and having everything go to hell.
The problem came tonight when I needed to reactivate my MailChimp campaign. I didn’t want to annoy my subscribers with every silly picture taken while at a company meetup, so I disabled it. Since each post format has an URL in the style of
/type/[post-format], so I assumed
/type/standard would work for the standard post format.
Surprised, I went looking for an answer. Continue reading
August 12, 2013. That’s when it happened.
Vanessa was messing with my hair when she saw it. Grey. Not just a random hair or two, but enough to start talking percentages. This was to be expected as my maternal grandfather’s hair turned in his twenties. Nevertheless, my body is beginning to betray my notion of a timeless existence this side of heaven.
I decided that I need a new bathroom. There are too many lights in mine. Am I actually seeing my hair get lighter or am I just noticing the light reflecting off my hair. What if I’ve thought the light had been reflecting off my hair all this time while really, my hair has been that much lighter for that long.
Soon after getting married, I realized that I would be flying Southwest quite a bit more. It is the only airline to fly Austin to El Paso direct and, being the city of my wife’s family, it would be a common destination during the holidays. For five years, I’ve only flown Southwest.
Now, working for Automattic, and needing to travel some with them has exposed me to a few others: United and American so far. I can choose to fly with any airline, but those are the ones that are pre-programmed into the company’s travel purchasing site.
Giving out candy for Halloween provides for a week’s worth of people watching compressed into a couple of hours. In our neighborhood, we’ve been given the reputation as a Trick-or-Treater’s paradise.
The homes are close together, the front porches are only a couple of feet from the sidewalks, and the area is well-lit—I could count 12 street lights visible from the front of the house when we moved in.
In addition to the family-filled neighborhood’s kids, kids come to our neighborhood from all over Austin, especially our surrounding eastside community. Over the course of about a two and a half-hour window, we had 1,173 candy seekers come to their house, often with a parent or two. That is not a typo. 1,173. Last year, in a similar timeframe, we had ~850. Continue reading
[Editor's Note: I wrote this almost a year ago, but it sat as a draft forever. In trying to clean up other things, I accidentally published it. Whoops. Since it is out there, might as well let is stay ]
I have avoided writing about Catholicism lately.
The discussion in Catholic circles has become incredibly divisive. I don’t know if I just woke up one day and stumbled into it or if this is something that has become more of an issue recently or what exactly. Is it because the increased political chatter in Catholic circles related to health care reform? Truly, I don’t know; I’m open to hearing your thoughts.
I struggle with Catholic identity. Not in my own Catholic identity, no, but the forms of Catholic identity as of late. When I embraced my faith at age 12 (baptized Catholic, but unchurched until then), in my little world, there were few adjectives qualifying a person’s Catholicism. You were a practicing Catholic or a cultural Catholic or an unchurched Catholic (literally, Catholic in name only as I was for so long). Continue reading
November is known, in some parts, as National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short, encouraging folks to knock out 50,000 words of a novel in a month.
For those of us who aren’t inspired to write a novel, BlogHer, obviously a women’s blogging network, started NaBloPoMo—National Blog Posting Month. The idea is to write a blog post for each day of November, which is a tall challenge since I haven’t blogged regularly in over a year.
When I made a regular push to blog regularly, starting in January 2012, I really enjoyed it and felt great to express sometimes serious thoughts, funny thoughts, rants, and musings. Times have changed, though. I’m no longer a stay-at-home dad trying to figure out how to mentally stay sane with a 2-year old and a 6-month old at home.
Things have changed quite a bit in the last almost-two years, much for the better. During the month of November, I hope to share helpful tidbits, reflect upon the changes of the past year, imagine the future, and welcome many of the folks who’ve I’ve met—in “real” life and in the interwebs—to share more in my life.
You should try this too! If you have a blog, start using it if it has grown dusty. If you don’t, WordPress.com is giving away free blogs. We always are giving away free blogs, but that’s not the point. Toward the end of the en.blog article about the month, WordPress.com’s Michelle W. shares a number of resources to get ideas.
If you are writing on WordPress.com, be sure to add the NaBloPoMo tag to your posts. I’m following the tag in my Reader and may, er, borrow some inspirations from there.
So, who’s with me? Let’s get some writing done!
“Team leads! When I call your team name, report where your team will meet. Downing!” “By the ping-pong tables.” “Haymarket!” “Upstairs” “Oxford!” “… … …”
Because of this, we get together annually for an all-hands company meeting, our “Grand Meetup”. Part of the work of the week is to break up into project teams. Organizers placed individuals from all across the company on teams to allow folks who may very well never interact to work together on a common project.
This is my first Grand Meetup.
Each team is given a problem and tasked with researching the problem, determining , building, testing, and demoing the solution during the course of the few days of the meetup, then deployed to production.
To my utter shock, being in a non-development role in the company, only 10 weeks into employee status, I am a team lead.
Funny enough, we’re growing fast enough that two of the team members either started on as of the meetup (yay Cloudup!) or technically go full-time after the meetup.
By design, the team project idea lets members of the company work with others we never will work with, folks leading others who haven’t been asked to lead before. It is a chance to help us expand our “social” network within the company while exposing us to new aspects of the product and helping us to stretch and grow into new roles.
It is a sprint to handle all aspects of a small project from conception to deployment within a few days, all while having other activities going on a well.
How did this all work out? I’ll let you know.
Cocoa pancakes with almonds and chocolate chips embedded topped with marshmallow. At Kereby Lane.
I’m realizing how critical JS skills will be moving forward, but admit I’m behind the curve. What are the best resources for learning JS?
Books, online courses, technical references, frameworks I should learn?