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March 14th, 2005

"We Own You. Because We Said So."

For those who haven't heard, here's a summary of the AIM terms of service changes that have everybody so steamed. It boils down to, "We own anything you say, and we can publish it, sell it, or spray paint it in 50' high day-glo letters on the nearest mountain if it suits our whims. Deal with it, pink boy!"

Some ramifications include:

  • If you chat about your work, they can sell it to your competitors

  • If you chat about some co-worker/friend/lover/random person on the street who's driving you nuts, they could sell transcripts to that person, giggling the whole time

  • If you discuss a creative enterprise (say, a comic strip), they can make a commercial featuring your discussion of that creative enterprise


Now, realistically speaking, they probably won't do any of that stuff. But the fact that they're setting it up with the idea that they could, is less than encouraging.

Bottom line: watch what you type, your chat program is listening.

-The Gneech

Edit: AIM strikes back! Their claim is that the "we own it all" clause refers only to public forum posts and the like. We'll see...

Must ... Catch ... Red ... Dot!

Blambot's Guide to Hand-Lettering

Includes what that lettering guide is for (around page 5 or so). Check it out!

-The Gneech

Howl O' Pain, Yo

I made an interesting discovery at lunchtime:

Jalapeño peppers have a lot more kick on a chicken cheesesteak, then on a regular cheesesteak. 0.o Ow, my palette!

Also, I was listening to the old Coasters classic "Charlie Brown" when I noticed something...

"Who walks in the classroom
cool and slow?
Who calls the English
teacher 'Daddy-O'?
Charlie Brown!"


I dunno, maybe it's just me, but I have the idea that most English teachers (the male ones, anyway) would get a big kick out of being called "Daddy-O" these days.

-The Gneech <-- is easily amused

I Love It When a Pic Comes Together

I spent all evening on a pic, and it came out pretty darn well, if I do say so myself. It's going to be submitted to the AC conbook, among other things, and all of that's very cool, but really I'm glad I did it 'cause it was just plain fun to draw!

I'll post it in a few days, for those who are interested. Right now, I'm just posting a little "Yay, I'm all post-art happy!" cheer. So, like, picture a lil' chibi-Gneech waving a flag that says, "Yay! Art!" or something. ^.^

-The Gneech

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