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Have you heard of Sartalics?

Not too long ago I was complaining about the difficulties of conveying sarcasm in writing. Now I find out three interns are attempting to solve this problem with Sartalics! Sartalics is a reverse italics font, which is just like italics but leaning left instead of right.

To make their campaign known, the interns are gathering a Twitter mob of 10,000 people to simultaneously tweet at tech giants Yahoo, Google, Twitter, Facebook, Microsoft, Tumblr, YouTube and Apple. The tweet “@(company name and person in charge of decisions at said company) needs a sarcasm font style option way more than another layout update! #nosarcasm.” will be sent automatically when the campaign hits 10,000 participants. Last I saw, the Sartalics twitter account had 2,304 followers already.

Let’s all join the twitterblitz for Sartalics!

 

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The Passenger

Okay, since I’m a little obsessed with in love with enjoying looking for new animated short films all over the interwebs, here’s another one:

The Passenger is an animated short film by Chris Jones. It was an one-man project created between 1998-2006. You can find out how and why at chrisj.com.au, where you can also see all kinds of info on the making of the film, including useless information, which was the first link I checked. What does that say about me? Never mind, better not know.

 

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Alma

Looking around for more animated short films I came upon this one and I just loved it!

Alma is Rodrigo Blaas’ first short film as a director. Originally from Spain, Rodrigo Blaas has worked in animation for more than ten years, in Spain and in the United States. Seizing the possibility of directing his first independent short film, Rodrigo Blaas asked some of the best artists in their field to take part in this independent project: French animator Bolhem Bouchiba, character designer Carlos Grangel and Sergio Pablos, Art Director Alfonso Blaas, music composer Mastretta and sound designer Tom Myers. For more info visit almashortfilm.com.

Alma means soul, which is very fitting, don’t you think? I just loved the whole idea of it. For some reason now I want to read Gaiman’s Coraline. Go figure.

So, any recommendations of other animated short films I should watch?

 

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Where to find inspiration

Sometimes it’s hard to find inspiration to write. I’ve been working on a few stories and I have to say, it’s taking me longer than I expected. Okay, I don’t really have that much time to work on them to begin with, but still, it’s going pretty slow.

One of the things I like to do to try to find inspiration is to surf the internet. I look for pictures and quotes that can have a connection to the story I’m writing, something that relates to one of my characters, and I save them all in a folder on my laptop. The problem is that now I have so many things in said folder I get lost.

writers-block

Any tips? How do you find inspiration?

 

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Finding licensed images

I guess we could say it’s common knowledge that we should not use someone’s work without their consent. However, what are the rules for using images found on the internet? If someone puts an image on the internet and I find it through a search engine, doesn’t it mean it’s okay to use it? Doesn’t it mean the author is already allowing you to use the image if it’s online for all to see?

No. It’s not okay to share or alter any images on the internet unless you have permission for it. You have to either use images that were approved by their creators for sharing (or altering, if that’s what you’re looking for) or pay to use the image. Nice, huh?

Anyway, I’ve been reading about it since yesterday and I’ve collected a bunch of info. Basically if you use the Creative Commons Search you’re safe. You type what you’re looking for in the search box, check the boxes for commercial purposes and/or modify them (if necessary) and choose which library or search engine you’d like to get your image from. I’ve been using Flickr and Google Images to find options for my past posts (yep, I’ve been updating them since yesterday, trying to change them all to licensed images).

If you want to understand a little more about how this all works, you should read Meghan Ward’s Where to Get Photos For Your Blog. Ward teaches blogging and social media classes at the San Francisco Writer’s Grotto, so she knows what she’s talking about.

Another good post on the subject is Susan Gunelius’s How to Find and Source Images for Your Blog. Gunelius also gives you a list of other places where you can get your images.

And remember: you should always give credit to the creator of the image. Always.

[Image credit: Marta St▲rbucks]

 

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Our childhood heroes

A few weeks ago was Mother’s day. And tomorrow is another day to celebrate a childhood hero: Father’s day. On this day we celebrate the person who was always there for us, lending a helping hand, protecting us, and giving us all the encouragement needed to reach our goals. We celebrate the person who was one of the first people to inspire us. We celebrate the person we love, respect, and admire.

But this is a subject for tomorrow’s post. Today I actually want to let you all know that to celebrate such a special day Face In The Rear View Mirror will be available for free download tomorrow, Father’s day, via Amazon. If you don’t already have a copy, here’s the perfect opportunity.

 

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Where are my [New Post] emails?

When I started using WordPress, which was not long, just four months ago, every time I started following a new blog I’d automatically start getting emails when that blog would post something. I could go on WordPress and change that if I wanted, but that was the standard thing: follow a blog = get emails.

I’ve been following a few new blogs and noticed they were not updating. Today one of them did post something and the author asked me if I saw the new post. No, I hadn’t seen it. That was odd, since I always got emails from all the blogs I followed.

Not anymore.

Now, when you start following a blog you do not get emails when they post. You have to go to your Reader, click on Blogs I follow, and then select if you wish to receive emails and if you want them immediately, daily, or weekly. It’s annoying, and I wish I knew WordPress had changed that.

Anyway, if you’re not getting emails from the new blogs you started following go check your reader.

Now, does anyone know how to set my account so I won’t have to go there to change the setting every time I follow a blog?

 

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