Kensington, Brooklyn Graffiti From Truth and Rocket Science
“I want to build a ship and write novels. I want a stack of books tied to my name, and poetry, too, collections of it. I write slow. I think long. And I want to last longer in people’s minds than their last meal or movie. So I keep writing and building, word by word, an ark maybe, as I can, in every spare space.” ~ Terresa Wellborn
Since I haven’t had my computer, I’ve been spending more time on my tumblr site, and I have to say that I’ve really come to like it. Going on tumblr doesn’t require me to post in the same way as this site. Instead, I can sift through what has been posted by the people who I follow, and decide whether or not to repost, or reblog as it were. It’s so effortless that a part of me feels as if I am doing something wrong.
I mean, having access to all of this beautiful images, literary quotes, factoids—the researcher in me feels as if I am cheating by not working harder. I suppose that it’s a fairly normal response to people who are new to tumblr as I am, but in less than two months, I already have 1,024 posts (each individual item is counted as a post), and I am following 29 people (with 13 people following me). Posts are categorized as follows: text, photo, quote, audio, chat, video.
Having people follow me on my tumblr site is nice, but what I actually get more satisfaction from is finding new people to follow. Let me explain: tumblr is many things to many people; there are sites devoted to music, cars, book deals, gaming, news, food . . . whatever. The sites that I follow tend to deal with one of five things: literature (poetry, quotes by authors, passages from books, book covers), the ocean (pictures of ocean life, waves, islands, etc.), geographic photography (pictures from around the world of architecture, landscapes), vintage things (postcards, typewriters, jewelry), and then a bit of pop culture (Harry Potter, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, videos, shoes).
Of course, there are the odd bits and pieces, but as a whole, that is what I am searching for when I go on the dashboard.
“Camus said there is only really one serious philosophical question, which is whether or not to commit suicide. I think there are four or five serious philosophical questions:
The first one is: Who started it?
The second is: Are we going to make it?
The third is: Where are we going to put it?
The fourth is: Who’s going to clean up?
And the fifth: Is it serious?” ~ Alan Watts
There is one thing about tumblr that bothers me: copyright. One of the key things that our professors in the publishing program hammered into us repeatedly was the importance of copyright; hence, my sensitivity about usage. This is why always try to use images from Wikimedia Commons or Flckr Creative Commons, or those works that I know exist in the public domain.
I try to reblog those things that do not appear to be under copyright or are under a creative commons license. A creative commons license means that the item in question can be used, but that certain rules apply. Currently, four license conditions exist, and these licenses allow writers, photographers, software creators, designers, etc. to specify which rights they reserve and which rights they waive for the benefit of recipients or other creators.
According to the cc site, the four conditions are: Attribution (BY), requiring attribution to the original author; Share Alike (SA), allowing derivative (changed) works under the same or a similar license (later or jurisdiction version); Non-Commercial (NC), requiring the work is not used for commercial purposes; and No Derivative Works (ND), allowing only the original work, without derivatives.
However, not everyone is attuned to the nuances and obligations of copyright, and sometimes a picture will be posted without any title, or link, or name. This is where I have a hard time: I love the image and want to reblog it, but I don’t think that it’s adhering to the rules. Having said that, I get the sense that copyright rules on tumblr are more relaxed, but I could be wrong. Some people are real sticklers regarding copyright, and early in this blog I used an image by a contemporary artist and was called on it. I had assumed that using the image was all right since it was for non-commercial use; however, I in no way wanted to infringe on the artist’s copyright. On the flip side, I have attached a copyright to my tumblr’s name, Slow Dancing in Quicksand (which some of you may recognize as the title of a post) because I want to preserve that phrase as a possible book title.
I suppose that I may have to be of two minds, depending on which blog I’m on: With this blog, I hold fast to the rules; on tumblr, I try to maintain the rules, and if I am going to import an image from tumblr to this site, I’m going to give the link provided.
The other issue, of course, is determining which link to provide. You see, with reblogging, image X may have started out on A’s blog, but by the time it appear on my dashboard, it’s been reblogged five times. I’m seeing the image from G’s blog. When possible, I click on the image to try to find the original source, but if I cannot, then I have to attribute the image to the blog on which I found it.
Somehow, this all seems much harder than it should be. Oh. I get it. There’s the hard part about tumblr, and it’s only as hard as the individual makes it.
“We are students of words: we are shut up in schools, and colleges, and recitation-rooms, for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a bag of wind, a memory of words, and do not know a thing.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Anyway, the whole point of this voyage around my elbow was to say that I’m finding some great quotes and things on tumblr, many of which I plan to use here.
In addition to Crashingly Beautiful, the tumblr that I have been following the longest, I wanted to list a few of the sites that I follow on tumblr, just in case you want to do some journeying of your own:
- Sea Lust: Contains beautiful photographs of the sea, sea life, etc. Just wish that titles and sources were included as a caption
- Breathing Books: self-explanatory
- Dreaming in the Deep South: things and stuff
- Exquisite Paradox: Awake in the dream
- Libraryland: books, books, books
- Troisenator: English major’s inspirations
- A Perfect Commotion: Writer, librarian, student of life
- Subcreation: Inspiration from software creator
- The Final Sentence: Compilation of final sentences from literary works from all over the world
- The World We Live In: Photography from around the world. Same deal as Sea Lust
- A Writer’s Ruminations: Quotes, books, photographs, poetry
Go exploring. You’d be amazed at the things you can find.
More later. Peace.
Music by Dashboard Confessional, “Stolen” (acoustic)
5 thoughts on ““Why do they always teach us that it’s easy and evil to do what we want and that we need discipline to restrain ourselves? It’s the hardest thing in the world—to do what we want. And it takes the greatest kind of courage. I mean, what we really want.” ~ Ayn Rand”
As always, thanks for reading, although I hate that you are so sick. Rest, rest, rest.
Let me know what you think of the tumblr site. I’d love to have your opinion.
Very nice post. I have found some luck with usage by simply emailing the author and asking permission (like you did with trust your struggle). I got a French artist to let me use one of her pieces; she even sent me high-res files (http://truthandrocketscience.com/2010/06/12/the-truth-and-fearlessness/). The guy who did the Sports Illustrated superbowl cover let me us his photograph (http://truthandrocketscience.com/2010/04/20/ef-%E2%80%93-the-glass-of-new-orleans-a-tale-of-sons-fathers-mannings-my-mother-and-a-bunch-of-superbowls/).
I like writing to the others who have stuff to ask; it’s like relationship building. Zak Smith let me use one of his drawings for http://truthandrocketscience.com/2009/08/29/the-truth-and-change-2-technoredemption-goes-pro/. Ask and you shall receive, as the saying goes.
The other thing I would add is that for me doing the wordpress blog has become something of a craft. The fact that anyone at all looks it up and reads and comments simply amazes me. But I keep doing it because it follows one of my dictums, that the trust your struggle photo is about — just do what I need to do, follow my star, trust my struggle, and I will all that I need. It sounds like tumblr is completely different, a medium I might have trouble understanding. More social. Maybe that’s my thing….
I am so glad to be home sick as it has given me some time to catch up and read your fabulous posts.(which I miss terribly). The images and quotes you have included here today are thought provoking, funny and just wonderful!
I will go now to check out your tumblr site.
Big hugs and take care my dear friend.
That’s a long title, but a great quote. Good post too! 😀
Hey, thanks for stopping by to comment. I checked out your own blog and found it to be just up my alley. Come back again.