My Therapy is a Photo Scrapbook

This has helped me. I have to give a little plug to Mixbook where I made this personal book. The best photo book editor I have ever encountered online or otherwise.

You are welcome to see what Mixbook can do- click on the book cover and flip through my book, or take advantage of one of their incredibly good promotions like a free printed photo book when you sign up.

Photo of book cover


List Of Things Useful When Caring for an Old Dog

A sturdy wagon – self explanatory. Loads of fun, my dog smiles and gets a bit more interested when we roll together. She also likes the attention it creates. People are kind and curious.

Some t-shirts – Good for keeping your puppy mobile when they otherwise couldn’t get up or walk. Tye Dye is our favorite. Just put it on ’em like it would be normally worn and hold the bottom up to support them when rising or walking. Watch out for loose shirts, a tripping hazard!

Pillows – For comfort, everywhere. Large, mostly. Washable definitely.

Bent Out of Shape Over Copyright Thievery?

You should be!

This is a subject  similar to one I  wrote about a few months ago -losing your intellectual property rights by signing them away online. It’s a  different side of the same cube – having your written content, designs, photos, (“stuff”) stolen and used without attribution or remuneration.

It happens all of the time, not in a small way due in part to the internet’s vast and unrestricted frontier atmosphere. That, and some people are

  • unaware of intellectual property rights. or
  • pretty sure no one will ever find out, or
  • thieves

To read a very clear and concise article on this subject, please visit Freelance Switch . A really informative website and well worth a visit.

Don’t Sign Away Your Intellectual Property Rights

I recently ran across a cool sounding and popular website for content distribution. It’s called Pixelpipe, maybe you’ve heard of it.  You upload “your stuff” to Pixelpipe;from there, on demand, you send whatever is required from “your stuff”  to your blog, your Facebook page, someone’s iPhone, Youtube, whatever. “Your stuff” is stored on their servers, no more “upload to here, email to there, submit to this site”, etc. Sounded good. All free, just a simple sign up.

What the hell, I thought, why don’t I read the Terms And Conditions? They will be handling my intellectual property…how long can it take?

Below is my post to the Forum in regards to this issue. The subject was originally about Facebook and Intellectual Property Rights, but I broadened the discussion to other sites. (If you missed the hubbub regarding Facebook, here is a link to the backstory. And where the heck have you been keeping yourself? On a cattle drive in the Australian Outback? ).

There are content distribution sites doing the same thing. And big software companies. Two prime examples are Pixelpipe and Adobe. *

Read ‘s Terms and Conditions here and remember: they aren’t working with vacation photos so compressed they are “garbage”. Pixelpipe is, in their own words “a content distribution gateway that allows users to publish text and upload photos, video and audio files once through Pixelpipe and have the content distributed across over 60 social networks, photo/video sites and blogs, and other online destinations.” **

The CEO of Pixelpipe told me their legal team says the wording in their TAC is necessary in order to redistribute content for people, and that ”  Believe me, we’re not interested in owning your content just publishing and redistributing on your behalf.” I have no doubt that they aren’t looking to steal my stuff, but why should I take a chance like that? And why should they be allowed to retain copies of my Content “indefinitely“?

Adobe recently (2008) changed their TAC for Photoshop Express to do the same thing. Plus they added a bit about deriving revenue from User Content without remuneration. Read it here .

As a matter of fact, I Googled the offensive terms “intellectual property” “terms and conditions” website derivative and many many sites came up. (780,000 hits, most of them sites with Terms such as Pixelpipe and Facebook). Pixelpipe worries me because they deal exclusively in peoples intellectual property. And because I almost registered with them without reading the TAC.

Not all website have these terms, however. WordPress doesn’t, for example. Neither does Shutterchance .

What’s the point of all this? Simple.

Read the Terms and Conditions of any website you want to upload your intellectual property to!

A lot of other folks are concerned about this. , and Magnifisycopathological are just a few.

I feel pretty bent out of shape by this, and hope the next time you see that checkbox next to the sentence I’ve read and agree with’s Terms and Conditions you take the time to actually read them.

*In order to not violate anyone’s Terms of Use, I am providing links to the two companies TAC pages so you can read the troublesome language for yourself.

**©Pixelpipe 2008

• Create Live Links in Mail

This is simple and cool. Something you didn’t even realize you needed to know!

If you use the Mail application installed on your Mac instead of a third party of web-based one here is another way to be cooler than everybody else, Mac style.

Have you ever sent a URL in the body of an email? Looks pretty ugly and sometimes is frighteningly long.

I am going to walk you through the few steps to make live-links to these URLs without the distracting and unsightly http://…

Or skip down to the Pro/Short Version

  1. Open a new message in Mail
  2. Go to your favorite web browser and pick a website whose URL you’d like to send to someone. Select the web address (starts with http:// and ends in .com or .net or .something  ) and copy it. ( Copy command is under the Edit menu on top if you don’t know how to do this ).
  3. Return to your blank email message in Mail, and type a word or two to describe your targeted website in the body of the message. (Click Here for example).
  4. Highlight the words you just typed. (I would highlight Click Here in this example).
  5. Go to  the Edit menu, and scroll down to Link – Add…and choose Link-Add… by letting go of the mouse butt
  6. A box opens up into which you click your mouse. Paste the web address / URL you copied earlier. (Under the same Edit menu as Copy if you are unfamiliar with cut/copy/paste controls).
  7. Yes, you can just forget all the copy and paste nonsense if you want to type the whole complete URL. Pretty easy to make a mistake, though. Better to copy/paste it.
  8. Your links in your email now look like live-links, because they are.
  9. Type your message, adding live-links willy-nilly if you choose.
  10. Send that impressive electronic mail communique with pride!

EXAMPLE (pretend this is an email message):

Dear Aunt Sally,

I hope you can go to see my DogBlog hosted by WordPress.

Pro/Short Version

Best way to understand my directions? Go to the source on the Pro Tip Archives, this particular tip is found here in with other live link tips. Or see how the super-smart people at Apple said all the above using 3 sentences.

Leopard also lets you create live links in Mail. First, highlight your linking text. From the Edit menu, select Link, then Add… and enter the desired web address in the popup.

From the Apple Pro Archives ~ Instant Slide Shows

Let’s say you open a window and there are 20 photos in that window. Want to see a quick slide show of those photos? Just press Command-A to select all the photos, then Control-click on any photo and from the contextual menu that appears, choose slideshow. A full-screen slide show of those photos (complete with a nice smooth dissolve transition) will appear onscreen.

Or, in Leopard, just choose “Quick Look # items” and a viewing window appears, hit the triangle to commence playing the slideshow. 

If you want to see only some of the photos in a slide show, instead of selecting all the images, just Command-click on the photos you want in your slide show before Control-clicking on one and choosing slideshow. To quit the slide show in progress, just press the escape key on your keyboard.

From Scott Kelby’s “Mac OS X Tiger Killer Tips,” packed with cool inside secrets, slick workarounds, undocumented shortcuts, and sneaky tricks to help you use Mac OS X.


I am of a Reasonable Nature

I am so reasonable, in fact, that I offer the use of my photographs for limited or single use projects at a very reasonable fee. I use a sliding scale like many other photographers who license their images, basing the fee on several factors such as

  • for a private party/individual or for a  business?
  • how/where will they be viewed?
  • will there be any media distributed containig my images?
  • will there be vast amounts of wealth resulting from my images?
  • will there be reproduction of my images in another publication?
  • for how long?
  • how will this publication use my images?
  • is this a request for a charitable donation? 
  •  After a flat-fee is negotiated successfully I give the interested party permission the use my copyrighted work for a single purpose, with a time limit if needed. The image is then provided in whatever acceptable format they wish. 

    I’d like to mention a couple of artists who were very helpful to me, giving my photography a boost by seeking the rights to paint from my photographs.

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