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June 30, 2015
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Source? Source?!

I’m not a big fan of Imgur. Take this Cory Doctorow tweet:

Vaccines Work, sounds interesting, click through and read but it ends abruptly. Strange. But wait, there’s a “Source” link. Follow that to Tales of a Vet – perhaps this is the creator’s site? No, it still ends abruptly. But wait, there’s a “Source” link. Follow that to, ah, good old Imgur. Still not the original source, but at least this imgur post has a source (not all bother). And at last, we arrive at a nicely sized complete version of the Vaccines Work strip.


Reddit is also terrible for this. The /r/interestingasfuck/ is /annoyingasfuck because most of the time people post links to an animated gif of what is obviously an interesting video. Such as this “Hermit crabs exchanging shells” post taken, presumably, from this “Crabs” video taken from the BBC. Why not post to the Vimeo video?



See also:

Source? Source?!


and (cool chart!)

So you found something cool on the Internet…




Related: Facebook’s Piracy Problem: Are plagiarized YouTube videos helping fuel the social network’s astonishing video growth?


September 11, 2013
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Flying Saucers and cameras


“We’ve relentlessly outfitted just about everyone with a pocket-sized video camera. And as we’ve done that, the UFOs have stopped visiting us.” – Seth’s Blog


Too lazy to search for the impact that phones (is there any reason to call them mobile anymore?*) have had on, say, the need to explain why a character doesn’t just make a phone call in a thriller – “Oops, no service…” and the clever reversal of that and its dramatic repercussions in the To’hajiilee episode of Breaking Bad – but the disappearance of the non-existent (imho) flying saucer has been dramatic, and seems to have been replaced with our desire to spot the lurking menace amongst us, whether real or imagined, from bombers to the slender man.


*Recently lent my 94 year old neighbour my landline phone when her’s broke and didn’t miss it; it hasn’t been plugged in for the last few years.