Dungeons and Dragons Online Oddities

One of the kewl things about DDO (Dungeons and Dragons Online) is that gamers will sometimes gather to do weird stuff just for fun.

Like the dancing bears photo shoot below, which I organized just moments ago. It didn't take much effort either. Gamers love doing weird stuff like this.

Note - I took 25 screen shots. The two below are two samples of the collection of screen shots I took of the "dancing bears". The images below are unedited, but I shall be editing them tomorrow.

If you have ideas for weird things people could do on DDO, please post your ideas in the comments below.

Shadow Dragon - Vs Copyright Issues on the Internet

I found the above graphic of a Shadow Dragon on Pinterest about a week ago, which I intended to use as a graphic for a Facebook event for myself and friends.

However Pinterest, when accessed via my phone, does two things:

1. They are really annoying about trying to get you to download their stupid app. Which I hate and I encourage others to NOT use the stupid Pinterest app.

2. They disable people's ability to save images to their phone and then use them for whatever purpose (educational, memes, fan clubs for Game of Thrones, it doesn't matter).

The 2nd issue really comes down to Pinterest trying to protect their users copyright - which is really impossible, because this is the internet. Where there is a will, there is always a way in which a person can copy/paste/save/reuse an image if they really want to.

Take for example a program I use regularly: "Capiche". Basically it works like taking a screen shot, but it only makes a copy of whatever area of the screen you select. That means it doesn't matter how much coding a company tries to use to prevent people from copy/pasting or saving/reusing images, Capiche don't care. It copies the image anyway in the same way a screen shot would.

Beyond this is the issue that it is on the INTERNET. It is the genie out of the bottle. You can't get it back in. Once it is on the internet anyone can use it if they see fit. Trying to get rid of something on the internet is absolutely pointless, because it can be shared on Facebook, on Twitter, on blogs, social media - they could be thousands of copies of something within hours if the image or video is particularly interest.

eg. Video of white police tasering a handcuffed black man to death. That will go viral so fast it isn't funny - and it isn't funny, because I am describing a real video that happened recently. Google the name "Linwood Lambert". His family are suing the police dept. for $25 million.

The whole thing about copyright is suppose to protect the owners of original art pieces and writing from people copying their stuff and then making money off of it. Making a meme, using it for educational purposes, making a parody of it, and so forth - those things don't make a profit off the art piece, and thus are exempt from copyright.

So thank you Pinterest for annoying me. If it wasn't for you the meme below never would have been made to prove a point.

Bacon Toys for Nerds

I saw the above shelf while out shopping with a nerdy friend of mine. They had:

Bacon Mints
Bacon dice game
Bacon frosting

Publishing a fantasy book? Make sure you get a professional fantasy book editor.

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