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Copyright clarifications 

5. I am ALL FOR massive reform of Copyright, a concept that was created specifically to protect and encourage creative individuals.

Yes, it has been abused since then, but it still does its original job.

Maybe let it still do that instead of throwing it all away.

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Copyright clarifications 

3. Those on top tend to stay there. An independent artist missing the tools to survive will sink. Corporations will just start stealing (more), because what's to stop them, now?

4. "We'll stop them," you might say. "We'll stop using their stuff." Well that's excellent in an ideal world Nestle's still afloat after saying you don't have a right to water so we don't live in a world where we get to see that work.

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Copyright clarifications 

1. I know copyright is broken and abused. It needs reform.

2. It's also one of the few things that keeps independent artists from having their work taken out from under them. This is very prevalent in the photography genre but it happens elsewhere, too. Copyright suits are a tool that independent photographers NEED to keep publishers in check.

Childrens' Author Death 

RIP Tomie dePaola, author of Strega Nona.

He e succumbed to complications from surgery after surviving a fall.

time.com/5812827/strega-nona-t

LeVar Burton has been looking for stories to read on livestream but has also been worried about copyright violations so Neil Gaiman gave him blanket permission to read any of his stories and that's a nice thing tbh.

Nearing the end of the student work that needs to be graded.

Send spoons.

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Today's morning is filled with cardboard and storyboards.

Oh, and :blobcoffee: of course.

@dogtrax My school's just outside DC near Andrews AFB, but the festival serves all of Prince George's County, Maryland.

And the person in charge is actively encouraging us to share the voting information far and wide, so I assure you it is perfectly acceptable for your students to join in.

@esureL If you're playing by the numbers, Facebook technically has more people on it. Depending on your target audience, it's actually the best choice for reaching them.

This doesn't mean I like or use it, mind you, but if your community manager only has the time for one network (or you don't have a community manager), it makes sense on paper.

And now I'm thinking of my non-zero number of friends who only have Facebook because their job requires it.

My supervisor has organized several of the teachers who cover my content area (including me) to create lessons that can be done from home.

I'm told that every student will have access to a device. That device might only be a ChromeBook (unfortunately, based on our content area's use of non-browser-based software), but it's amazing what one can do with just a web browser these days.

For the first time in weeks, I feel hopeful.

My school system is running a digital film festival and several of my students have videos featured in the Middle School categories!

bit.ly/2020FilmFest

Voting is open to everyone, and anyone can vote once per category per day.

Please share. Voting ENDS on TUESDAY, April 14 at 11:59pm.

@djsundog You're doing good work. It's my hope that by the time my phone bites the dust in 2-3 years open source alternatives like this will be ready for prime time.

I mean, I love my PineBook, but I wouldn't give it to my mom. I want a phone where I'd encourage my mom to use the same model.

Protection From Abuse Orders (no mention of individual instances), COVID-19, Boosts Welcome 

My sister does work for the Pennsylvania State Court system and there's a current push to let people know that even though most things are shut down PFAs are considered "emergency functions" and can still be processed.

pfad.pa.gov/Order/Forms

I assume/hope this is true for other states as well.

No one should feel they need to be trapped with an abuser.

Protection From Abuse Orders (no mention of individual instances), COVID-19, Boosts Welcome 

My sister does work for the Pennsylvania State Court system and there's a current push to let people know that even though most things are shut down PFAs are considered "emergency functions" and can still be processed.

pfad.pa.gov/Order/Forms

I assume/hope this is true for other states as well.

No one should feel they need to be trapped with an abuser.

While our schools are closed, I've been making near-daily videos to show students how they can use free software to make audio and video projects. Current programs I've highlighted are OpenShot, Audacity, and a cameo appearance from VLC Media Player.

Video Editing Playlist: youtube.com/playlist?list=PLcz

Audio Editing Playlist: youtube.com/playlist?list=PLcz

COVID-19, Maryland Schools 

Closures extended a month, thru April 24th. They'll reevaluate closer to that end date.

@djsundog Haven't attempted to do that since I was a Freshman, was young, and knew everything.

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