anonymous asked:

What happened with flipnote hatena?

so, let me give context first before diving into the history of what happened.

flipnote hatena was a FREE animation software given by nintendo that also had a FREE official online hosting platform for people to share their creations. most of the users were ages ten to fourteen. there was lots of wolves, pokemon, and sonic, as to be expected.

it also had a popularity ranking, the ability to freely give “stars” or points to stuff you liked, and follower counts. there was a subsection to see the most popular animations of all time, of the last week, and of the day.

as you can expect, some users got super popular. off the top of my head i can think of EpicGuitar, NeonWolf, and Chirin, all of whom were also kids. i also managed to get a pretty decent following.

but, since this is the internet, and it was a public free service, loads of questionable bad things got uploaded, like furry p@rn, or copyrighted music, or racist propaganda. nintendo couldn’t allow this, but also didn’t have the resources to filter every last animation posted. comments were also difficult to screen since users could hand write and draw messages. there were lots of dicks.

so, nintendo told the hatena office that they needed to clean up the place. and thus user flagging was created. you could remove animations AND comments by flagging them and selecting a reason for the flag, and users would be rewarded for flagging bad vids. users who had enough videos flagged would eventually be banned.

this led to a heckton of actual good animations by popular kid artists being flagged wrongly. because the system relies on people noticing what you post anyways and even rewarded people for flagging, only popular creators were targeted over and over, leaving the actual bad content on the service untouched for the most part.

the end result was a lot of petty infighting after giving kids the ability to harass eachother even further. popularity fights got out of control, jealousy was rampant, kids were screaming to doxx eachother. it was ridiculous and should never be repeated yet here we are.

Louis was SO brave to write and record Home. And then leak it and tweet about it. Especially considering all the adversity he’s gone through, particularly in the past year. Especially since his management team, who is supposed to have his best interest at heart, tried their hardest to strip him away of his identity and his dignity. But he is so strong. I just…..he leaves me so speechless. And in a good way. I love him so much.

25 Free Vintage Astronomy Printables from Remodelaholic.

There are lots of roundups of free public domain images at this blog - you can go here for their entire collection. For more constellation DIYs including a roundup of my favorites, go HERE.

Here are a few of my favorites from this roundup: 

The United States of Freedom

Freedom in the 50 States, published by the Cato Institute, finds New Hampshire is the freest state, while New York ranks by far the least free in the nation.

Which state is the freest? Which state is the least? Which one has the most lightly taxed and regulated economy? Which states protect personal freedoms the best? The worst? How free is your state?

The newly published 2016 edition of Freedom in the 50 States is one of the most comprehensive and definitive sources on how public polices in each American state impact an individual’s economic, social, and personal freedoms. Study authors William P. Ruger and Jason Sorens have gathered data on more than 230 variables to measure freedom now and in the past.

“While the federal government has become more intrusive and inefficient over the last two decades, individual states are providing Americans with a little-recognized renaissance of policy innovation,” argue Ruger and Sorens. “If we want to save our freedom and restore good government, it is to the states that we must look and not to the federal government.”

Freedom in the 50 States examines state and local government intervention across a wide range of policy categories—from taxation to debt, from eminent domain laws to occupational licensing, and from drug policy to educational choice.

Between 2006 and year-end 2014, the latest available data, Ruger and Sorens find the average state has seen dramatic increases in economic freedom, after the effects of the federally mandated Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are parsed out. This has largely been the result of states cutting spending during the financial crisis, with some states going even further and cutting taxes simultaneously.

Conservative states tend to do better on economic freedom overall, although not always by a huge margin. On personal freedom, the results are less clear cut. Progressive states have done better on marriage freedom, cannabis laws, and incarceration. But conservative states gain points on personal freedom too when it comes to gun rights, educational freedom, and smoking on private property.

States that have lower freedom rankings tend to be less economically prosperous. They tend to have higher rates of corruption and more lobbyists seeking government rents. Lower labor-market and regulatory freedom typically discourages business investment and raises the cost of living, which then can scare off Americans from other states looking to relocate for work.

There is strong evidence that states with more freedom attract more residents. The authors find a solid relationship between a lighter fiscal impact of government and net immigration, though evidence also suggests that regulatory and personal freedom play a role in attracting residents. For example, New York, the least free state, suffered the second-worst net out-migration of any state, 7.5 percent of its 2001 population. Conversely, Texas, Florida, and North Carolina, who rank among the top 20 in overall fiscal policy, have drawn nearly four million residents from the rest of the country from 2001-2014.

The study grades all fifty U.S. states on three dimensions—fiscal policy, regulatory policy, and personal freedom.

The fiscal policy dimension consists of five variables: (a) state tax revenues, (b) local tax revenues, © government employment, (d) government subsidies, and (e) government debt, each of which earns a significant weight because of its importance. The tax and debt variables are measured for each fiscal year, whereas the employment and subsidies variables come from different sources and are available for the calendar year. The authors separate state and local taxation and assign different weights to each.

The regulatory policy dimension includes categories for land-use freedom and environmental policy, health insurance freedom, labor-market freedom, occupational freedom, lawsuit freedom, cable and telecommunications freedom, and miscellaneous regulations that do not fit under another category. 

The personal freedom versus paternalism dimension consists of the following categories: (a) incarceration and arrests for victimless crimes, (b) marriage freedom, © educational freedom, (d) gun rights, (e) alcohol freedom, (f) cannabis freedom, (g) gaming freedom, (h) asset forfeiture, (i) tobacco freedom, (j) travel freedom, (k) campaign finance freedom, and (l) other mala prohibita and miscellaneous civil liberties. Weighting these categories was a challenge because the observable financial impacts of these policies do not often include the full harms to victims.

In addition to the study being available as a free download, over 230 policy variables and their sources are available on a specially designed companion website that enables policymakers, concerned citizens, scholars, and others, to create customized indices of freedom, or download data for their own individual analyses.

Freedom in the 50 States is an essential work for anyone interested in state policy and in advancing a better understanding of a free society.

How free is your state? Dig into the data, then tweet what you find with #FreeStates.

Our public lands give us some of the most spectacular views, like this winter sunrise at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. On Monday, visit national parks (including the Grand Canyon), wildlife refuges and other public lands for free.

National Park Service fee free days.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Refuge fee free days.

Bureau of Land Management (mypubliclands) fee free days.

Photo by Steve Perry (

Handful of Biologists Went Rogue and Published Directly to Internet

On Feb. 29, Carol Greider of Johns Hopkins University became the third Nobel Prize laureate biologist in a month to do something long considered taboo among biomedical researchers: She posted a report of her recent discoveries to a publicly accessible website, bioRxiv, before submitting it to a scholarly journal to review for “official’’ publication.

It was a small act of information age defiance, and perhaps also a bit of a throwback, somewhat analogous to Stephen King’s 2000 self-publishing an e-book or Radiohead’s 2007 release of a download-only record without a label. To commemorate it, she tweeted the website’s confirmation under the hashtag #ASAPbio, a newly coined rallying cry of a cadre of biologists who say they want to speed science by making a key change in the way it is published.

This drawing comes from a video that explains to scientists how it could be possible to publish quickly online without alienating oneself from the traditional journal system.Credit:                    
Giveaway, Holiday Book

Greetings, all! To kick off the holiday gift-giving season, I have four copies of I Work at a Public Library: A Collection of Crazy Stories from the Stacks to give away!

All you have to do is “like” or “reblog” this post to enter. I will randomly choose four winners from the list and contact them via Tumblr. (So make sure your Tumblr is able to receive “asks” or “fan mail” messages, and make sure you check your messages).

I’m happy to make the book out to whomever you choose–you, your boss, a librarian you love, or your favorite library patron. :)

Or, if you don’t want to leave it to fate, purchase a copy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or your favorite indie book store. The book is now also available as an ebook. 

75% of the stories in the book have never been published on this site–that means more laughs and library heartwarminess all around. 

Fine print:
1) winner must be age 18+ with a United States address
2) each winner will receive one book (shipping is included)
3) this contest is not administered, endorsed, or sponsored by Tumblr
4) winners will be contacted on or after Monday, December 1, 2014.

Happy Holidays!

Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe publication now available for download from The Walters Museum website

Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe invites visitors to explore the roles of Africans and their descendants in Renaissance Europe as revealed in compelling paintings, drawings, sculpture and printed books of the period. Vivid portraits from life both encourage face-to-face encounters with the individuals themselves and pose questions about the challenges of color, class, and stereotypes that this new diversity brought to Europe. Despite the importance of the questions posed for audiences today, this is the first time they have been addressed in a major exhibition. Organized by the Walters, the exhibition opened in Baltimore on October 14 and at the Princeton University Art Museum in February 2013. It featured about 75 works of art drawn from the Walters, major museums in the U.S. and Europe, and private collections.

Survey time

Just a question to all Sheldon fans out there; If I were to make a book of Sheldon, would you prefer:

A : A series of sheldon images in the style that I have done them all this time, but they would flow into each other to form a narrated insight into Sheldon’s day to day activites, but would not be a chronological story. Rather, each one would just be an example or insight into whatever the narrating text was talking about.


B : A traditional chronologically flowing story with some sort of problem to overcome as the ultimate resolution. This would again be some sort of day to day insight, but would form an actual standard book narrative of opening -> problem -> resolution

Let me know in the comments! The more feedback the better! You wouldn’t let Sheldon down right?