I haven't done much here at all this year...
Building fractals has become more work than fun for me. It doesn't provide the escape that it used to. In some ways that is good because there was a time when I was spending an unhealthy amount of time on the computer.
I have done a little photography this year but I haven't put any of it here. I have put it on my blog at keithmackay.com, if you are interested.
3 of you have informed me that more of my art has been "stolen". Before I say anything else, I must say thank you for keeping an eye out for this sort of stuff. It feels good to know that I have friends here
Anyway, I used to get angry when that happened. It is still happening. There is a fresh slide show of my stuff on slideshare.com. It still bothers me, but not like it used to.
It is sort of pathetic when you think about it. It may not look like it, but slideshare.net and desktopnexus.com are social networking sites like this one. You upload slide shows or wall paper images and then get praise and feedback on what you have uploaded. There is nothing wrong with the social networking aspects of places like this. I have made some good friends over the years, a few of which I have had the privilege of meeting face to face. That's cool. It becomes pathetic when we become so obsessed with the feedback that it twists our sense of morality to the point where we are willing to accept praise for someone else's work. That's messed up.
Slideshare.net seems to be built for that sort of behavior. Not only do you "gather" images to place into slide shows, but you also put music into those shows. Anyone who was alive during the Napster trial knows that you can't do that with copyrighted music. To their credit, slideshare.net was quick to resolve my reports of copyright violations.
I have heard some say that I should be flattered when my stuff is stolen. I look at it this way: I have had my car stolen twice and I didn't find that very flattering, so why would I be flattered when an image is stolen? Theft shows a deep lack of respect towards the one being stolen from. That's not flattery.
My wallpaper images have been removed. That's a hopeful sign, but I still have to wonder what that person was thinking.
Thanks for reading.