look, i mean, quite aside from the idea that the kirk shirtless scene cancels out the underwear scene (although: nope) or that a cut brindlebee shower scene would’ve done it (although: still nope), could somebody please tell jj abrams that watching a dude ignore a request to avert his eyes in…
I’m curious about whether, for instance, this licensing agreement with Amazon would permit a fic writer to still offer her story for free on another fic archive.:
I can give you at least one answer—the license agreement is exclusive. No publishing elsewhere, free or not, for users of Amazon Worlds. Along with all the other issues, this fits in with a particular strategy Amazon has for market dominance/getting rid of existing publishing structures. Presumably on advice of counsel, they don’t bar people from getting agents and leaving the program—but Amazon and Alloy will certainly be looking at sales data and seeing if they can identify promising writers before anyone else can.
“Rivka, do you know can people withdraw some/all of their stories from Amazon Worlds at any point? IE, are you allowed to leave once you’re in?”
It says “for the term of copyright,” though that is unenforceable unless these are works for hire (arguable, but unlikely). However, it is ok for Amazon to get an exclusive license for 35 years. So you can withdraw a story after 35 years.
Also, if you introduce a new character/plot element, Amazon claims an exclusive right to those too. So no free stories featuring those same characters/elements outside Amazon either (assuming they’re copyrightable, another thing about which one could argue in various ways) —unless they’re fair uses, of course.
bayliss: people weren’t so violent back then. there wasn’t so much killing. shows are a reflection of the times, frank.
pembleton: this is what, the ‘50s you’re talking about?
bayliss: yeah, ‘50s, early ‘60s.
pembleton: did any of these shows feature guys in white sheets running around, burning crosses and lynching people on their front lawns?
bayliss: um. not that i recall.
Let me explain you a thing.
When I say I adore Misha Collins, I don’t mean because he’s attractive or funny (though that comes into it), I mean because he is a genuinely nice person.
I was at Asylum 10 this weekend, and for Misha’s autographs he wasn’t allowed to personalise things because of time constraints which is fair enough. However, when I was getting mine, I managed to blurt out (I mean it I was shaking really hard) how important it was to meet him, as Asylum 10 was a goal for me not to kill myself.
The second I said that he stopped writing and looked up at me, and his response was:
“You need better goals.” I almost laughed but I was really trying not to cry, so I responded with:
“No. I don’t.” At this point, he reached across the table and grabbed my hand, pen still off the paper. He looked up at me, shaking and almost crying and smiled and said the simplest thing. At this point he let my hand go.
“See you next year?” I nodded, I was shaking really hard and I picked up the picture and went to leave, but he grabbed my hand again and pulled me back a little. He asked for my name and then wrote what it says on the top left hand corner. He squeezed my hand and smiled and then let me go.
This is the nicest thing I have ever heard about Misha Collins.
For anyone unfamiliar, a Big Bang Challenge is where authors sign up to complete a long fic by a set due date, and artists sign up to create art for these fics. Fics should be a minimum of 10,000 words.
Signal boosting for interested writers and artists! Sign ups are open from now until August 1, and stories are due September 15.
C’mon, what else are ya’ll gonna do during the hiatus? :D
Oh please oh please do this - tell me stories!
So. The Name of the Doctor.
You know what? Fuck it. I keep trying to write this as a proper review-slash-blogrant, something structured and informative with little asides about my take on the rest of the season, but I just can’t muster the effort it would take to give a…
I am not as invested in Doctor Who, but I can appreciate a good rant - also, I suspect that if the show didn’t have these flaws, I’d be more invested than I am now. This season was a particular chore for me to get through. (Submarine episodes. Never a good idea.)
Tumblr pornographers, take heart: Yahoo comes in peace. During an investor call Monday morning announcing Yahoo’s $1.1 billion acquisition of media network Tumblr, Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer emphasized that Yahoo wants to “let Tumblr be Tumblr,” which she suggested would include allowing its numerous X-rated accounts to continue pumping out pornography undisturbed.
Asked by an investor how Yahoo would balance user and advertiser interests with regard to Tumblr content that is “not as brand safe as the rest of Yahoo” — content that presumably includes posts by sexually explicit Tumblrs such as “Red Hot Porn,” “Porn and Weed” and “Secretary Sex” — Mayer noted that the diversity of Tumblr’s content was “exciting” because it allowed Tumblr, and by extension Yahoo, to reach a far wider audience. She explained that carefully targeting ad placement should allay the concerns of marketers who might be skittish about placing their brand alongside explicit content.
“I think the richness and breadth of content available on Tumblr — even though it may not be as brand safe as what’s on our site — is what’s really exciting and allows us to reach even more users,” said Mayer, who did not mention pornography as such, but referred obliquely to content that was not “brand safe.” “One of the ways to start measuring our growth story here is around traffic and users, and this obviously produces a lot of that. In terms of how to address advertisers’ concerns around brand safety, we need to have good tools for targeting.”
Conscious of the threat of a mass exodus by Tumblr devotees wary of a corporate overlord, Mayer has repeatedly stressed that Yahoo will allow Tumblr to operate independently, and promised in a blog post about the acquisition that the tech giant would “not screw it up.”
Tumblr chief executive David Karp, who was not present on the investor call Monday, wrote in his own blog, “We’re not turning purple.” Yahoo will keep Tumblr’s team intact, noted Mayer, to whom Karp will report directly.
“In terms of the integration between the two sites, we plan to operate and brand and grow Tumblr separately from Yahoo,” Mayer said during her call with investors. “We will not have Yahoo branding on the Tumblr site. We want to let Tumblr be Tumblr, and let Yahoo be Yahoo.”
Tumblr’s guidelines are upfront about the site’s tolerance for explicit material, and merely ask users who share “sexual or adult-oriented content” to tag it “NSFW” (“Not Suitable for Work”) so people can filter it out of their feed if they so desire. Tumblr also asks content creators not to upload sexually explicit videos using its video-sharing tool (“We’re not in the business of profiting from adult-oriented videos and hosting this stuff is f***ing expensive.”), but helpfully suggests they could use a service like xHamster.
Peter Shankman, a marketing expert and author of “Nice Companies Finish First,” argues that Tumblr’s extensive collection of pornography will do little to dissuade advertisers from buying real estate on the site, so long as the media network can offer access to the users and demographics brands seek to reach.
“Advertisers go where the audiences that matter to them are. They always have and they always will,” said Shankman. “Yahoo will have the ability to create tools that help prevent some of that [explicit material] from being seen by people who shouldn’t see it, and that will benefit advertisers. In the long run, I don’t see advertisers running away from this any more than Twitter, or Vine, or Instagram. There’s porn. It exists. It’s 2013 and it’s available anywhere.”
But whether Tumblrers like it or not, more advertising will be coming to the blogging service, and Mayer said that Yahoo might feature Tumblr content on its main site. She also discussed the possibility of working with Tumblr bloggers to post ads on their sites, with their permission.
Mayer declined to go into detail about Tumblr’s plans for advertising targeted to users’ interests — be it fashion, art or perhaps even pornography — but noted that the “psychographic profiles on Tumblr are different from what we have on Yahoo, which enriches the user base and makes it that much more interesting to advertisers.”
She ended the call by quoting a line from David Fincher’s film “The Social Network,” which she said summarized Tumblr’s advertising evolution and readiness to feature more ads.
“It’s like the line from ‘The Social Network’ movie: ‘Why would you monetize it? You don’t even know what ‘it’ is yet,’” said Mayer. “Tumblr is now at the point … [where] they know what ‘it’ is, and it makes sense to monetize it in a way that is tasteful and seamless.”
I will believe it when I see it.
ACTUAL quote from Damon Lindelof, writer of Star Trek Into Darkness. When asked about Benedict Cumberbatch’s shirtless scene (which was apparently scripted at some point but then got cut), he wrote:
“As for the shirtless scene… we scripted it, but I don’t think it ever got shot. You know why? Because getting actors to take their clothes off is DEMEANING AND HORRIBLE AND…
These guys don’t even pretend to make an effort, do they? TOO MANY DICKS ON THE DANCEFLOOR.
I am so sorry I paid actual money to see this movie (which was terrible in so many ways beyond the political), and I am extremely happy that its opening weekend was disappointing. If they make a third one .. well, I won’t be fooled again.