Copyrights: Why Do We Have to Go There?

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Image courtesy of Google.

Hey.

In the past few days I’ve seen a few postings here on WordPress and on other sites about the significance of creative theft/copyright infringement. The sheer number of instances I’ve heard of people having this issue bothers me. I don’t want to believe there are people out there waiting to take someone else’s work and use it as their own. Today I came across a post from Opinionated Man (I’m sure you’ve heard of him) and a subsequent comment and link from another WP member (Ally Bally) on the topic and what you can do to protect yourself.

I know as members and bloggers our work is somewhat considered copyright protected here on WordPress. I say ‘somewhat’ because like everything- there are loopholes and when it comes down to it; someone looking to commit literary theft is going to do so. Oftentimes, the burden is heavy on the accuser to prove it. I’ve heard of people I know having articles and recipes stolen and published by someone else without hesitation. Where is the decency?

I’ll provide the link to the article here. It’ll take less than a few minutes to read but it’s worth it. I’d like to thank Ally Bally for taking the time to explain this.

Here’s to hoping everyone grows a creative (and moral) backbone.

Seriously? Image courtesy of Google.

Seriously? Image courtesy of Google.

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Books at the Dollar Store? Yes! 

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Image courtesy of Google

Hey.

FYI, if you haven’t gone to one specifically for book shopping, I suggest you do so. Not all Dollar stores carry books I’d imagine but I’ve found most all of the different chain stores do in my area. I wouldn’t go there expecting to find this week’s best seller (maybe last year’s), nevertheless it’s a great place to find a good read. In the U.S. if you go to Dollar Tree you won’t see a huge selection but perhaps from the 50 or so titles they’ll have, you can bet you’ll find at least one or two, at a cost of a buck each, plus tax. On my last visit a few days ago, I found three. I had to narrow it down to three because I’d allotted myself five bucks to spend and needed sponges and pencil pouch.

When looking for good books, don’t count the Dollar store out. Heck, not even Amazon or Barnes & Noble can compete with those prices. Happy Shopping!

In the ‘Dead’ of Summer

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Courtesy of Google images.

Hey.

There’s a lot of outdoor activity going on. In many places the season is short and sweet and there were a number of major things going on in the ‘undead’ world this past week. Many more events are still yet to come.

ComiCon:

For starters, this event rocks. I followed a number of celebrity posts regarding this event and have resigned myself to attend this event in 2016. It just gets cooler by the year in my opinion. Having the chance to see the cast members from The Walking Dead (which would be my ultimate fan experience) as well as sitting in on forums talking about the production of shows such as The Big Bang Theory and Last Man on Earth (one of my favorites too) along with Batman vs. Superman would be an awesome experience as well as people watching; seeing all the dedicated fans in costume.

Besides that event which could easily take up a whole weekend there are plenty of other sites to see in San Diego. Some things are completely free as well.

Zombie Pub Crawl- Atlanta:

Yes. If it’s anything like the Minneapolis version, I know it’s something to take note of. If you’re willing to travel or already live in the area, I’d advise getting tickets for this. In my opinion the zombie fan base ranks among those of Star Wars and other sci-fi genre cohorts. To be as dedicated to the subject and be amongst so many who also are is a privilege none should take lightly. I know they’ll have a good, dead time already. This event takes place the weekend of July 25th. Note: Atlanta has plenty of options for good eats. Plan on skipping your diet until you return home. You’ve been warned.

Chicago:

Events hosted by Room Escape Adventures poses scenarios about escaping from zombies from July 18- Aug 16th in a CLUE-like format. You and 11 others get to figure out the best route possible. Again this is something I’d definitely sign up for. It’d make a fun date night (see if your partner has the skills to stay alive!) or if you’re brave enough to see what you have on your own. Again, you’d be around people who are equally interested in the genre. Either way, sounds fun!

As you can see there are tons of ‘undead’ things going on around the country. I’d suggest using Google to get an idea for planning your own outing if you’re not nearby by either of these locations- save for San Diego’s Comic Con which you can start planning now for 2016.

For all you fans of AMC’s The Walking Dead, season 6’s trailer is out- check it out here. I don’t know about you, I don’t want to rush summer but… October’s looking better than ever.

I hope you’re able to enjoy the weather no matter where you are on the round ball. 🙂 Wishing a Happy Weekend to you all!

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Courtesy of Google images

Is WordPress dead to me?

Hey. 

Certainly not, to answer that question! I haven’t posted in a few days and it almost feels like I’ve fallen away from my life here. I can’t wait to spend more of my days reading through your blogs and writing my own. I’ve been busy dealing with some things- mainly reading through Affliction one last time before I send it to my Publisher for printing. Soon guys, soon. I’ve been changing over my banners and cover pages on other social media sites so that I’m in full advertising mode. I’m really excited- it’s a dream that’s finally coming true and I cannot wait to share it with you!

This is the season of the zombie.  

I just realized that there is no zombie emojicon on my phone. Who do I talk to about adding that? 

Enjoy your weekend. 😉 

Cruise Like a (Norwegian) Zombie!

Imagine this floating beauty crawling with walkers! Courtesy of Google images.

Imagine this floating beauty crawling with walkers! Courtesy of Google images.

Hey.

It’s the 4th of July weekend! Am I going to talk about the incessant fireworks that have been going on in my neighborhood for the last week already or the anticipation of what’s going on the grill tomorrow afternoon- because hey, the hallmark of summer is happening tomorrow evening? The answer is no.

I want to talk about January for a second (I know, please don’t un-follow this blog behind such nonsense).

Courtesy of Google images.

Courtesy of Google images.

For all you zombie aficionados out there as well as anyone who’s curious- there’s no better way to ignite the second half of the AMC hit TV show The Walking Dead than to go on a zombie-themed cruise in January right before they gear up for the 2nd half of season 6 which airs in February after the holiday break. I’ve read so far that a number of cast members are scheduled to show up for the 4-day Bahamas cruise- including Daryl Dixon as played by Norman Reedus.

How would you like to cruise with this guy in your zombie attire? The coolest (and only) man I can recall named Norman. Norman Reedus 2014 Peoples Choice Awards Nokia Theatre at LA Live Los Angeles, Ca 1/8/14 © Jill Johnson/jpistudios.com

How would you like to cruise with this guy in your zombie attire? The coolest (and only) man I can recall named Norman. Norman Reedus 2014 Peoples Choice Awards
Nokia Theatre at LA Live
Los Angeles, Ca
1/8/14 © Jill Johnson/jpistudios.com

How freakin‘ cool is that?

The cruise will happen on NCL (Norwegian Cruise Line) aboard the Norwegian Pearl. She’s a spectacular ship. I’ve been on it twice so far for two different, seven day Caribbean itineraries and I loved it. I’m going on NCL’s Getaway in February but so far I think the Pearl is my ship- lol. It’s the perfect place to host this event. I’ll include the link to NCL here along with the link to more on what I believe will be the perfect vacation for any ‘zombie’ to attend, here.

Happy (walker) cruising!

People Will Believe What They Will

Ever met a few of these? Image courtesy of Google.

Ever met a few of these? Image courtesy of Google.

Hey.

A quick re-hash of a lesson probably all of us encounter at some point within our internet lives. For me, the internet is still a blessing. Never in all my years of existence have I been able to access so much both important and irrelevant information. It comes in handy when I need to find scholarly and creditworthy information regarding various topics. I can even slam- dunk someone in a debate about the difference between perfume, musk and cologne. Yes, those are the kind of conversations I’ve had with some people.

Then, there’s the more seedy side of the internet which allows you to connect with buttheads the Universe would’ve otherwise been kind enough to not have you cross paths with- ever. Now, thanks to the flattening of the globe- it has allowed people who live under rocks to have an equal opportunity to spew the nonsense they were once forced to keep to themselves, and die off with….

Now they have a microphone that can reach farther, unto to the tiniest, most unpopulated parts of the planet- provided they have Wi-fi capabilities.

Not even for their own good.  Image courtesy of Google.

Not even for their own good. Image courtesy of Google.

Like the title of this post says, I have come to accept this; people will believe what they want. After so much exposure to the internet, I’m convinced that some people, to their own detriment, will not allow their brains to acquire new information! Even when proverbially 10 people are pointing for someone to run out of a room that is lit with fire- someone, due to their own ignorance they’ll be sure they should stay in that room and burn to death.

Maybe Darwin isn’t as effective anymore because there are warning labels everywhere- replacing and stunting the growth of common sense. Maybe, just maybe that’s the case.

This is just my minor observation for the day. Perhaps you feel that way too… 🙂

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Image courtesy of Google.