Thursday, August 26, 2010

Damn y'all, sockpuppets!

I'm outing everybody.

I know, for example, that Floyd is not really from Farmville. He's not even named "Floyd"!

And Compound is neither a cat nor a fish nor a relative of Johnny. ((( BTW, I HEART U, Johnny, OMFG!!! )))

Fab Sun is from the moon.

The Meanest Prof Ever is really only the second meanest. What a poser.

And Marcia Brady, please. You are the envious Cindy. We know! Deal with it! Marcia will always be older and more sophisticated than you.

I will expose the rest of y'all when the time is right. Until then, be afraid. Be vewy, vewy afwaid.

Sockpuppitude is delicious. The only thing I know for sure is that y'all aren't my students. How do I know? Because you can write sentences that aren't filled with errors. Thanks for that. Is this heaven?


  1. I am not a lawyer, but I'd bet the use of this very famous Jim Marshall photo would be frowned on. I'm not trying to be a persnickety asshole. Just looking out for Bubba and anyone else.

    From Marshall's page:
    Restrictions on Use of Content
    The contents of this website – including all logos, images, graphics, original text, etc. – are protected by U.S. and international copyright and trademark law and belong to Groovy Collectibles LLC and/or Jim Marshall.
    In particular, all photographic images found on this Website are the copyrighted property of Jim Marshall, unless otherwise indicated. As such, these photographic images may not be copied, distributed, publicly displayed, or otherwise reproduced without Mr. Marshall’s express written authorization.

  2. Thanks, Fab. Changes have been made. Any similarity to actual persons or photos is purely coincidental. If it helps, when they put me on the stand, I'll deny everything. I never even liked JC. Really. And the "JC" I'm talking about was a carpenter, not a musician. And that image is the Shroud of Turin. That, and fair use. And....

  3. I really don't know much about all of this. I've been reading about blogs and "fair use" and it's a fucking mess. What I do know is that any modifications we make to well known and copywritten images at least shows our desire to create new work in some way.

    The RYS people seemed to use images they found online and then modified with PhotoShop or whatever. Certainly the original image BELONGED to someone, but their "fuzzying up" of the original must constitute some kind of original work, right?

    Again, I don't have a world of experiences with blogs, and NONE with fair use of images. If anyone else reading the page can weigh in, it'd be a real benefit to all of us.

  4. I'm wary of the copyright police, whoever or whatever they may be.

    The couple of images I've used come from a ten year old CD ROM of 250,000 clip art images, the kind you see for sale in any office supply or software store. I use free photo software to colorize or modify after that.

    I'd be nervous about using anything identifiable, but like Fab above, I don't really know anything about what would constitute fair use. Can we claim the use of these images if for "educational purposes"?

  5. The Meanest Prof Ever is really only the second meanest. What a poser.

    A POSER?!?!?!? I'll have you know I have made undergrads cry! Literally weep at my meanitude!!!

    And that was with my calm, comforting voice! The one I use to tell students stuff like:

    "It was just the first essay, so you need to read the directions and follow them for the next 2."


    "It was the first test, so think of it as practice. Start taking better notes and get a study group together so you can help each other."


    "If you feel embarrassed every time you arrive late and the entire class stares at you, then you should start showing up on time instead of walking in half-way through class."

    If I can melt snowflakes with gentle reminders about common sense, then I *must* be the meanest! Must, I say!!!

  6. And besides, the MIB does not play guitar southpaw (thus the photo is reversed- one of my pet peeves BTW)- it's my discipline to know these things!

  7. OK, I admit it. I'm Jan, though, not Cindy. As Jan so elegantly put it, "...all day long at school I hear how great Marcia is at this or how wonderful Marcia did that! Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!"

    But thus far I've been too lazy to make an avatar. Does my use of the name constitute copyright violation? Or only if I say, "Ooh, my nose!" in the comments?

  8. I wanted to go with a Carrie Fisher avatar - she being bipolar and all that. But I don't want to piss her off, because someday I will meet her, she will like, and we will occasionally talke "bipolar things" over Cobb salad.

    THAT is my true life's dream.

    But if it somehow turned out that we were sisters with the same father, that would be wicked awesome and totally metatheatric....

  9. Thankfully, I don't have to worry about being exposed by Southern Bubba. That's because my real name is

    Beaker Ben.

    No really. My name is Tracy Beaker Ben. I was a childhood TV star on a Canadian kids' show. Here's my personal favorite episode, Why didn't you come and find me. After my acting career died, I went to college and studied chemistry. There's really nothing more to it.

  10. I hope you have experience hiking and tracking, Bubba. That will be the only way to find me. Well, that and hanging outside the store in town where I buy my beer.

    This next beer is dedicated to you, Meanest Professor Ever! I know what it is like to make students start crying by telling them things in a nice tone.

    Perhaps it is the stench I put off or my hairiness?

    Mathsquatch out.

  11. Bubba, I wrote a post about poop. Riddle me that, umm, outie boy...


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