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Why I didn’t like Tomorrowland by an Optimistic Futurist

Today I watched the movie, Tomorrowland. It showed me a vision of the future with jet packs and gleaming white cities floating in the clouds. But despite the beauty and the vision, I was left with an undercurrent of dread and lingering fear. Why? What could I possibly object to? Is this not the future … Continue reading

More offenses on the copyright front

Techdirt stated in an article (https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150317/10513630347/umg-licenses-indie-artists-track-then-uses-content-id-to-claim-ownership-it.shtml) that the Universal Music Group used the fact that one person’s music was used as a background track in an audiobook that they published as proof that they owned the work and could add their advertising to the work on You Tube. They do not own the work, but … Continue reading

Thwarting Creation – The Chilling Effect of Copyright Law on Fan Video Artists

by Rosalyn Hunter Figure 1 – You Tube blocks and removes uploaded fan video content We have become accustomed to seeing videos for news, entertainment, and education. The ability to produce visual media will only become more important as time goes on, so how are young people learning how to create informative and effective media? … Continue reading

3-14-15

Happy Pi Day! I just noticed the date today is the first five digits of pi! I’m very excited although I know that you might be wondering why. The thing that makes me happy so I’m jumping in my seat, is that without Mathematics our great world is incomplete.  

Illegitimate Creation

I have, for a number of years, been a participant in the fan fiction and fan video communities and every so often it hits me how racked with disrespect these communities are. It reminds me greatly of the problems of other minority communities that I’ve seen. Members of these communities have internalized popular culture feelings … Continue reading

Glorious Sky

A Glorious Sky! Orange-shouldered Orion throws the Boomerang moon.

The Holmsies Awards

One of the interesting things about fanfiction is that lots of people write it: men, women, young and old. Fanfiction is plentiful and of inconsistent quality. Because many pieces of fanfiction are poorly written, some people believe that this is true of all fanfiction and won’t read any of it, which is a shame, because … Continue reading

Poison Ivy

One morning, as I stood on my porch, I noticed some plants growing under the tree nearest the house. I walked closer and looked down to see a vine with reddish leaves in groups of three. “Oh no, I have Poison Ivy growing right in front of the house!” I cried. When I was a … Continue reading

Why Fanfiction rules the internet

Fanfiction is a collection of stories based on the characters and settings from existing commercial works. The reason that I use the word commercial is because we don’t usually call it fan fiction if you write a story about Lady Macbeth even if Shakespeare wrote it first. The separation of stories into fiction and fanfiction … Continue reading

Spring Rain

Air as sweet as cream. Large, round raindrops fall onto bright-new green grass stalks.