Archive for July, 2013

qinnih: Kotonoha no Niwa – animation background vs photos of…

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013















qinnih:

Kotonoha no Niwa – animation background vs photos of the same places – by CoMix Wave Studio.

it’s no secret that CoMix Wave Studio do their backgrounds by referencing photos extremely closely. I remember seeing a step-by-step how-to in their “5 Centimeters per second” book. so this time they released some photos for us to look at as well :). 

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eyrequotes: I had to make a whole new cup of tea to talk about…

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013



eyrequotes:

I had to make a whole new cup of tea to talk about this one.

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Reblog if you think Tumblr should stop making users watch horror movie ads against their will

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Details here. Thanks.

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Tumblr should stop making users watch horror movie ads against their will

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

I mostly didn’t mind when Tumblr started running “Sponsored Posts” in my dashboard. Tumblr has to make money. Most of the ads were boring, a few were interesting, but they weren’t a big deal.

Then the horror movie ads started.

I don’t care for horror movies. The 1963 version of The Haunting is awesome, and I loved The Shining, but that’s about as far as I go. When it comes to slasher movies I’m not interested. I actively avoid them. I don’t mind if other people watch them, but they’re not for me.

I don’t think Tumblr should make me watch ads for movies like that. I especially don’t think they should make me watch those ads in the form of creepy animated gifs that appear without warning in my dashboard. As of now, though, that’s Tumblr policy: I have to watch horror movie ads, integrated into my dashboard via the Sponsored Posts program, as a condition of using the service.

I think Tumblr should stop doing that.

What am I talking about?

I want you to be able to see what I’m talking about. BUT PLEASE DON’T CLICK ON THESE LINKS UNLESS YOU’RE OKAY WITH SEEING CREEPY HORROR IMAGES.

http://universalhorrorfilms.tumblr.com/post/50444456345

http://theconjuringmovie.tumblr.com/post/56818251610

For those who didn’t click, the first post (advertising The Purge) shows a blood-spattered woman with a sword and a spooky mask skipping down a hallway toward the camera. The second (advertising The Conjuring) shows the feet of a hanged female corpse swaying in the air behind the face of actor Patrick Wilson. A number of other ads for both movies have appeared in my dash, but those are the two that bothered me the most.

Why you might not have noticed

If you haven’t noticed these ads, congratulations. That might be because you’re using Tumblr Savior or the XKit extension’s Blacklist plugin (both of which I recommend) to avoid sponsored posts. Or it might be that you’re not accessing Tumblr via a smartphone or tablet. Third-party ad blockers aren’t available on the Tumblr mobile app, a fact that isn’t lost on Tumblr. (“Use the Tumblr app! It’s faster and a zillion times better,” they tell you. Well, yes, it’s better. One of the things it’s better at is showing you ads.)

Sponsored posts appeared first on the Tumblr app before they appeared on the website, and the ads continue to seem more intrusive  -  more frequent and more off-putting, at least to me  -  on the app than on the website. It may be that Tumblr avoids running too many ads on the website because they don’t want users to install ad-blockers. If true, that means mobile users in effect are subsidizing Tumblr, viewing the ads website users don’t have to.

Why it’s a problem

So what’s the big deal? If users can just avoid the horror ads with a little effort, what’s the harm?

For one thing, users have to experience the harm before they know to avoid it. That’s a lot of users being exposed to content they’d rather not see. As a practical matter, too, many users won’t bother bypassing the ads, or won’t know how. They’ll just keep flinching every time a horror gif appears in their dash. They shouldn’t have to.

Tumblr is new, but this is an old problem. Advertisers have always wanted to go too far, and publishers have always had to rein them in as part of protecting the interests of their readers/users.

Horror movie advertisers don’t care about people like me. I was never going to buy a ticket anyway. To effectively reach their target audience (people who would buy a ticket), the advertisers want the ads to be as shocking as possible. In that battle I’m just collateral damage. If Tumblr isn’t willing to stand up to advertisers in situations like that, then Tumblr as a platform is going to go downhill really quickly. And that will be sad for all Tumblr users, not just those who don’t like horror gifs in their dash.

Kids

There’s also this: A lot of Tumblr’s users are young. Tumblr discourages people younger than 13 from signing up, but I don’t think they police that. Even if they do, 13 is still pretty young to be seeing this stuff. Tumblr is aware of the problem, which is why they’ve been trying to clean up the porn lately. But images of violent horror, of a young woman spattered with blood as she lurches toward you with a sword, or of another woman’s hanged corpse, are potentially just as damaging to young minds as images of people having sex. Maybe more so.

The main difference for Tumblr seems to be that the porn vendors aren’t paying them, while the horror vendors are. Tumblr needs to understand that just because someone is willing to pay doesn’t make it okay to show users disturbing images against their will. And when the users in question are children, people (rightfully) are going to have a problem with it.

Tumblr’s Community Guidelines

The frustrating thing is that Tumblr should know better. Most of the time they do a good job of helping users avoid content they don’t want to see. The “Unfollow” and “Ignore” buttons are awesome. For certain kinds of content, Tumblr will go as far as actively censoring it. Near the top of Tumblr’s Community Guidelines, which every user is required to follow, it says:

Don’t post content that actively promotes or glorifies self-harm. This includes content that urges or encourages readers to cut or injure themselves… or commit suicide rather than… seeking counseling or treatment.

The Community Guidelines go on to say:

Don’t post gore just to be shocking. Don’t showcase the mutilation or torture of human beings, animals, or their remains.

The whole point of those policies is that it’s wrong to make people look at disturbing content they don’t want to see. Tumblr needs to recognize that the policy applies to them, too, and that the horror movie ads violate it.

What can Tumblr do?

Speaking for myself, I’d give Tumblr a medal if they did any of the following:

Gold medal – Publicly announce that they will no longer run horror movie ads, or will give users the ability to opt out of seeing them, and then follow through on that. Also, apologize for making users view the ads, acknowledge that that was a mistake and a violation of Tumblr’s principles, and promise never to do it again.

Silver medal – Publicly announce that Tumblr will stop running horror movie ads, or that it will give users the ability to opt out of seeing them, and follow through.

Bronze medal – Quietly, without fanfare, stop running horror movie ads, or roll out a feature that allows users to opt out of seeing them.

Tumblr user anonsally sent a letter about this issue to Tumblr support with the following suggestions (I’m summarizing; see her post for details):

1. allow users a choice of the types of products they are willing to see ads for.

2. allow users to opt out of ads by paying a modest fee.

3. don’t accept ads for scary movies.

4. hide ads for scary movies behind a “click here for info on [scary movie]” with “trigger warnings: death, gore,…”

5. tailor the ad to match the content on the person’s dash or their own posts.

The point is, Tumblr has options.

What you can do

Block the ads – If you browse Tumblr from a computer, check out Tumblr Savior - I’m currently blocking “sponsored_badge_icon”, which seems to work – or XKit, especially its Blacklist plugin.

Email support@tumblr.com – You might eventually get a reply from someone on the “Tumblr Trust & Safety” team who will assure you that Tumblr takes users’ concerns seriously, and that they’re going to share your views with “the team.” At some point, if enough of us complain, those assurances might actually come to mean something.

Complain to Yahoo – Since Tumblr has now been bought, it may help to complain to the new owners. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find a good way to do that. All the options at http://help.yahoo.com/ lead me to a form that wants me to first pick a product to complain about, and Tumblr isn’t one of the listed options. If you figure out how to complain to them, let me know and I’ll update the post.

Share your views – I’ve started tracking the Sponsored Posts tag. If you agree that this is a problem, please consider sharing your thoughts there. It will help others know they’re not alone.

Previous posts I’ve written about this are here.

Thanks.

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mateo-pacheco: Big Bite by gseloff on Flickr.

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013



mateo-pacheco:

Big Bite by gseloff on Flickr.

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odditiesoflife: Abandoned Places Everywhere From around the…

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

















odditiesoflife:

Abandoned Places Everywhere

From around the world, some of the most beautiful and enchanting abandoned locations:

  • Holland Island in the Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, US
  • The Kerry Way Walking Path, Ireland
  • Craco, Italy
  • Blade Mill, France
  • Czestochowa Train Depot, Poland
  • North Brother Island, New York, US
  • Bodiam Castle, East Sussex, England
  • 19th Century Mill, Sorrento, Italy

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If you’ve got Tumblr Savior, you can block those posts by what tags they have. Or you can block all sponsored posts by blacklisting ‘sponsored_badge_icon’.

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Thanks! I’ve already started using Tumblr Savior to do that, and it’s helping a lot. Now if I could just give up using the Tumblr iPad app I’d be all set. :-)

But seriously, thanks.

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installator: “The top lot was Monet’s 1908 view of Venice, Le…

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013



installator:

“The top lot was Monet’s 1908 view of Venice, Le Palais Contarini, which sold in a tense three-way bidding battle for £19,682,500 / $30,828,700/€22,998,940.” (Sotheby’s) [June 2013]

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thegetty: flexiblealtarboy: Claude MonetWater Lillies…

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013



thegetty:

flexiblealtarboy:

Claude Monet
Water Lillies (1907)

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Monet’s water lily paintings were made in this very garden at Giverny captured by Eugene Atget just a few years prior. Atget may have even photographed here to get in the head of Monet. He would often predict what types of images were useful stand-ins for artists’ preliminary sketches.

Water Lilies, about 1910, Eugene Atget. J. Paul Getty Museum.

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dendroica: Trees in the mist by Coconino National Forest on…

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013



dendroica:

Trees in the mist by Coconino National Forest on Flickr.

Morning misty clouds settle in East Clear Creek. Taken on 8-1-12 by Brady Smith. Credit: U.S. Forest Service, Coconino National Forest.

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“It happens, sometimes, that things are too much. Stacks overflow. Trusses break. I get that….”

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

It happens, sometimes,

that things are too much.

Stacks overflow.

Trusses break.

I get that.

What I don’t get is:

how one barrels through.

Where does that strength come from?

How is it fed?

And if it doesn’t appear on command,

how does one hold on, waiting?

Everything is collapsing.

By definition, that means:

nothing remains to be held.



Anon. (via lessig)

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U R old and awesome.

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

I’m getting the weirdest sense of déjà vu. I notice that happening more as I get older; must be a side effect of aging. Kind of creepy, don’t you think?

In any event, thank you for the kind comment, Anonymous.

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u r creepy and old

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Say what you will about the kids these days; they’re sharp as a tack. Can’t get anything past them.

Can you tell me what it was that gave me away?

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smatrri: Martin Johnson Heade – Cattleya Orchid and Three…

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013



smatrri:

Martin Johnson Heade – Cattleya Orchid and Three Hummingbirds (1871)

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1000drawings: by  ivonnabuenrostro Haha. Awesome sauce.

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013



1000drawings:

by  ivonnabuenrostro

Haha. Awesome sauce.

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ytoob: i was outside eating a cookie and a saw about 5 ants just roaming around on top of the steps…

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

ytoob:

i was outside eating a cookie and a saw about 5 ants just roaming around on top of the steps and i noticed there was only one ant that wasn’t holding anything like the other 4 where holding dorito bits or something and the  ant seemed sad it wasn’t even going in the same pace as the other ants so i put a cookie crumb next to him and he picked it up and started running as fast as the other ants and i think i made that little ants day 

Reblogging because at least there is an insect post I like that I can share with anonsally, with no need to tag it so she doesn’t see it.

I hope.

This is okay, right? If not, my apologies.

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simonsaquascapeblog: Dutch style Very healthy fish tank

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013



simonsaquascapeblog:

Dutch style

Very healthy fish tank

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windandwater: Not only do they believe that the stars are…

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013



windandwater:

Not only do they believe that the stars are isles, but that far beyond all visible horizons, their own mild, uncontinented seas, interflow with the blue heavens; and so form the white breakers of the milky way.

—Herman Melville, Moby Dick, Chapter 110

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movies-and-things: Fantastic Mr. Fox – 2009

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013



movies-and-things:

Fantastic Mr. Fox – 2009

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vacants: (by [ Ren ])

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013



vacants:

(by [ Ren ])

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