Clearing Away the Dust

Ok, I think it’s time I clear away the dust and cobwebs on this place.  I’ve written in other venues and let this site gather so much junk and bad plugins, that I had to  do what we in IT occasionally call “Nuke and Pave.”  In other words, I had to uninstall and reinstall WordPress, (not hard, mind you, but a bit consuming when you have my attention span) then I had to reintegrate all of my old posts (some of these things have been around me since the 90’s lol.)

If you read an old post and notice it’s missing an image, I’m working to replace them, but it quickly hits a point of diminishing returns. (anything earlier than 2011, I’m looking at you) In any case, Welcome to the “updated” Green Eggs and Spam.

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Just a quick note…

Just a quick note to let you know that Green Eggs and Spam has moved from WordPress.com to http://www.grneggs.com

Yes, that’s right, Green Eggs and Spam is now on it’s own site thanks to a little “luck!”

If you have the site bookmarked, you may want to change it, but the good folks at WordPress.com are helping me out by redirecting you to the new blog if you forget.

If you subscribed via email or RSS, you will need to resubscribe at the new site by clicking the link to the right of the page.

BTW, if you click the link and don’t see this post, well, then it worked the way it was supposed to 🙂

BarCamp Memphis is Saturday!

 
Hey everyone, just a reminder that BarCamp Memphis is this Saturday!  I posted earlier this month about BarCamp Memphis and explained the whole "unconference" idea, so read there for my take on the experience, or better yet, go to http://www.BarCampMemphis.com and register today.  By the way, since I may be presenting, you can use my last name, Glover, and get a $10 discount on your registration. (and you said I never get you anything…)

I am currently in the hopper for three sessions, if they get the votes.  One is with Aaron Prather and Rachel Smith on Location Based Services named "Stalking the 901."  For these sessions to make, they need votes, but more importantly, you need to be there regardless if the sessions I am in make the cut or not. Don't be the person that, after hearing how great it was, says, "Man, I wish I had been there…"  Regiter today and BE there.  

Here's the descriptions of the sessions I am currently slated to present:

Stalking the 901:Location Based Services
First, it was “poking,” and we thought it was cute and poked away. Next came “Status Updates,” and we fell in love with the idea of telling people about our lives 140 characters at a time. Then, IT happened…sites and applications became aware of your location via embedded GPS, Cell tower, and Wi-Fi devices and the “Check-in” was born. Since its birth only a few years ago, location based social networks have grown at a phenomenal rate. Like many new technologies, it was slightly ahead of the curve, but now business, BIG business, is catching up to the notion that knowing where their customers are and where they have BEEN could change the way business gets done. Join Aaron, Rachel, and Andy as they discuss the birth, evolution, and possibilities of location based services and how it will impact you, both professionally and personally.

How Social Networks have changed how we decide to buy and sell
Where do you go to help decide what and where to buy? Before social networks, we would turn to our family and tight circle of friends. Today, we are just as likely to turn to the crowd. How has this changed the way we buy and how business is done.

How do you use a ‘Magical’ device?
Now that the iPad has been out for a while, some people are still struggling to find a place in their workflow for this “magical” device. This session hopes to give you some help in determining where the iPad fits in to it everyday workflow.

So, stop what you are doing and go register at http://www.BarCampMemphis.com/register-now/ and be sure to use the discount code Glover to save $10

When the Internet Attacks!

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Let’s say that you are the publisher of a free cooking magazine with recipes and pictures.  Let’s also suppose that you’re looking for fresh new talent or articles, for you magazine.

Do you:
A)  Scan the blogosphere for young writers that fit your style and offer them placement in your magazine?
B)  Scan published magazines and websites looking for new articles and then ask for permission to republish?
C)  License content from reputable sources? OR
D)  Simply copy articles and information from published, copy-write protected web sites and reprint them without permission?

If you are Cooks Source Magazine, (don’t bother with that link, it’s currently toasted, try the Facebook page here until it too is gone.) you obviously choose D, but take care, for in that way direction you only find pain and destruction, as you will see in a moment.

Monica Gaudio published a story last evening that came to me through several news sites today, almost all at once. (A few are linked at the bottom of this post)  The story, to quickly summarize, starts with a post Monica did on a web site in 2005 on old English tart recipes.  It was written, posted and she moved on from there.  Although her post doesn’t state it, I dare say she may even have forgotten the post over time.  Imagine her surprise then, when a friend called her to congratulate her being published in Cooks Source Magazine.  When Monica researched it, sure enough, it was her article published without her permission.  Doing a little “Google-fu”, Monica found the contact information for the magazine, contacted them, and informed them of the obvious mistake.  When asked what she “wanted”, Monica states that she requested

I wanted an apology on Facebook, a printed apology in the magazine and $130 donation (which turns out to be about $0.10 per word of the original article) to be given to the Columbia School of Journalism.

To a novice like myself, I would say that was almost like giving them a slap on the wrist, but, I am evidently not as forgiving as Monica.  If the publisher, Judith Griggs, had done as requested, I doubt any of us would even be hearing about this whole escapade.  However, Ms. Griggs responded in a most peculiar way.  Below is a quote from the email.

“Yes Monica, I have been doing this for 3 decades, having been an editor at The Voice, Housitonic Home and Connecticut Woman Magazine. I do know about copyright laws. It was “my bad” indeed, and, as the magazine is put together in long sessions, tired eyes and minds somethings forget to do these things.
But honestly Monica, the web is considered “public domain” and you should be happy we just didn’t “lift” your whole article and put someone else’s name on it! It happens a lot, clearly more than you are aware of, especially on college campuses, and the workplace. If you took offence and are unhappy, I am sorry, but you as a professional should know that the article we used written by you was in very bad need of editing, and is much better now than was originally. Now it will work well for your portfolio. For that reason, I have a bit of a difficult time with your requests for monetary gain, albeit for such a fine (and very wealthy!) institution. We put some time into rewrites, you should compensate me! I never charge young writers for advice or rewriting poorly written pieces, and have many who write for me… ALWAYS for free!”

Well…There just aren’t words…

The idea that anything on the internet is “public domain” is silly at best, more likely criminal at worst.  While copy-write law is clear that a list of ingredients is not protected, that is not what happened here.  This “magazine” lifted the whole article and had the audacity to claim that the editor should have been compensated for her “advice” and providing an article that would look good in a portfolio.

I am not going to rant on about this,even though there is a mountain of stupidity in Ms Griggs thought pattern, because that is not the most interesting part of the story.

Monica did what anyone engaged in blogging or social media would do – She posted about it Then a few others saw and passed the story on to their friends, who posted links on Twitter to the Facebook page where thousand of people are venting their “dislike” of the magazine.  This item has become a trending topic on Twitter. The Facebook page is getting updates so fast you have to go back several pages to find anything older than an hour ago.  Authors such as Neil Gaiman

http://twitter.com/#!/neilhimself/status/29694195618

and John Scalzi

http://twitter.com/#!/scalzi/status/29672448399

have tweeted their disgust with the magazine, and of course, someone setup the fake twitter account CooksSource just to keep the meme alive (It has since vanished).  This has even made the “main stream” news sites such as the Guardian and the Washington Post (see the block of links below)  It seems this has become that proverbial “Tempest in a Teapot” that threatens to spill out even further.  According to posts on the Cooks Source Facebook page, people have found that the magazine has even lifted articles and information from Paula Dean and the Food Network, Martha Stewart, and even more are being uncovered as the   situation develops.  Check out this Twitter Search for more “goodies” as the story continues to develop.

***Update:  For an in depth look at this story as well as evidence of other alleged acts of plagiarism, go to Edward Champion’s post here.***

Needless to say, this has turned into quite a mess for Cooks Source Magazine and its now famous editor.  Some advertisers who have been contacted have even called the magazine to cancel their relationship.  It has definitely been a long day for Ms Griggs at this point and I dare say that $130 donation sounds much better in hindsight.

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The Old Man

Indulge me a bit. I don’t often write in this style, but today, I’m
in a melancholy mood and this fits. Enjoy!

The Old Man

He walks a little slower than he used to do
His gait is halting and his steps unsure.
His back is stooped and his hands shake a little
And his voice is raspy like sandpaper on steel wool

He keeps to himself as he walks through the park
The young avoid him, unsure of his mood
The adults all turn to make sure he is safe
But few really look long enough to truly see

I don’t know why I even watched as I did
I had places to be, important things to do
But something within forced me to stop
So I watched for a bit,
Prepared to leave as soon as I could

That’s when I saw something I had missed
Something overlooked by all around
While his body was weak and his gait slow
His eyes were bright, and his gaze was sure

His eyes spoke of strength and purpose
Just as loud, even louder than his body
Which cried of the weakness of time’s ravage
But his eye told the tale of his victory over time

I must have been staring and inadvertently
I caught his attention, as I realized he was smiling at me
I sheepishly smiled and nodded my head
Embarrassed to admit my intrusion

He turned and sat on a bench and waved me over to sit
For some reason I did, I don’t really know why
But those eyes pulled me in
I had to hear, had to listen, had to attend

As I sat, his voice, raspy and low
Greeted me with a warmth unexpected
We traded names and places and pleasantries
As would be the normal thing in this circumstance

Then I listened as he told me tales
Stories of love, war, hate, and change
He told me of lost chances, and bad choices
He told me of a life lived well

These things and more he said
Too many for me to write here
But one ting he said, one thing that stood out
Was something he made me promise to share

“Life is more than things or places,
It’s more than events or tragedy
Life is the connections we make, the sharing with others
It’s the caring.”

“It is something few find,
And fewer still keep
It’s the stories we tell, and the true love we feel
And it can be found in people we chance to randomly meet”

Then he smiled the smile of someone who knows
Someone who sees and understands
And he bid me good day and stood to shuffle away
Leaving me to sit and think on what he said

I never saw him again, never knew more than his name
But his stories were real and his understanding so deep
I was changed in that brief moment in time
And my view shifted in a way I am just now seeing

What are things anymore to me?
What good are more acclaims?
It is the people which are important
And the stories they each bring

So now I take time to watch and greet
I take time to learn and share
For when “things” turn to dust, one thing will remain
The connections and memories will live on

So one day, if you find yourself in a park
And you see an old man shuffling by
Stop and talk and connect
And tell him I said hi.

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