yoooooo for people who host or reblog art from pixiv and the like

Tumblr is rolling out their new partnership thing where you can put ads on your tumblr to get some sweet sweet dough. The problem? If you host and/or reblog art that is not yours, you may be infringing (also known as freebooting) on the artists, as this would be profiting off of works that are not your own without permission from the artists.

Because tumblr is the only kind of social network site that relies very heavily on the sharing of things (facebook does too… kind of), this thing doesn’t have any notable legal precedent that i’m aware of and I wouldn’t want you guys getting in trouble over this. I’m no lawyer, but I just wanted to PSA this stuff out before something terrible happens.

Well let me revise my thoughts here. So after a bit of thinking and some good thinking by @jazzmasterreissue, the real issue here is moral rather than lawful. Piracy in general is a thing that isn’t fought very well against, because it’s hard to track and hard to argue for. And even if you were to profit from posting massive amounts of pixiv art on your blog and reaping ad space from web traffic, the amount you get for each piece of art is just not worth a lawsuit over. If you are going to turn off your ads, you have to do entirely on the basis of “I want to be a good person today.” So please… just be a good person today.

If you want to turn off your ads, just go to your blog settings here:

Scroll down a bit

and put it to off

Be careful out there kiddos.

Learn more here.


great piece by pbs about online music

Catholic cognitive dissonance

I was about to ask you your opinion of the Rorate Caeli website and then thought to check your search engine of previous replies. Enough said.
My efforts in trying to reason with a ‘trad’ minded friend, leads me to think I should focus on praying for him and just save my breath. It hurts to see how they dislike Pope Francis and are unable to see any good in him, and how they trash the novus ordo mass and everything related to Vatican II.


I wasn’t sure if you wanted this to be more of a private message, so I did not include your blog name.

Catholics of both an excessively right-wing political bent, and a left-wing political bent, experience dissonance or conflict in their minds between the “idealized” or “perfect Catholic Church” that should exist, and the one which actually exists. 

The result is that the failure to reconcile Catholic reality with Catholic Dreamland, Catholic La-La Land, Catholic Shangri-La or Catholic Paradise causes a sort of mental breakdown of anger, revulsion, scapegoating, and a resultant re-creation of a new Catholic religion in their minds. 

The new Catholic religion, created from a narcissistic need in their mental outlook, usually rejects authority. The “trads” basically go into denial mode and say there are no popes or valid bishops because they’ve invalidated themselves with heresy. 

The liberal dissenters, on the other hand, say that there is a real pope and there are real bishops, but they are part of the “system” of old, patriarchal, European privilege which now has to be ignored in favor of a “People’s Church” where social justice causes are more important than “rigid dogmas” and leadership is seen in those Catholics who expose oppression and build a new church of inclusion.

Both sides, in addition to needing some therapy and perhaps medication to calm down, need to deal with their own personal realities and their personal issues. That means they cannot control the world around them, and that’s fine. They cannot tell the rest of us, much less the pope, what to do. 

And yelling and screaming “FUCK” at the rest of the Catholic Church only has a shock value of a few seconds and then the rest of us will go back to feeling sorry for them, or ignoring them, as we deal with the real problems of our own real lives.

Keep this in mind. I was a pastor in a Traditional Latin Mass community from 2001-2004. I offered the Tridentine Mass and sacraments, and dealt with real traditional Catholic families that had real struggles. Most of these “trad” families are good, salt of the earth type folks. Most do not give a hoot about what is on Rorate, or what is on the internet in general. 

Why is this? Because they have families, bills, education (often home schooling), and marriages to build up and keep strong in a hostile world. They pray the rosary and the Divine Mercy chaplet. They read traditional devotional prayer books. They work hard and they are exhausted. They want strong children who are loved, and who are respectful to elders, and who stay Catholic.

In other words, I find that the traditional Catholics who often troll blogs and lash out and rage against Pope Francis, or the Novus Ordo, or Vatican II, are a unique group of people with very special problems. They are certainly a minority even among traditional Catholics. 

Unfortunately, they also come off as total whack-jobs and give normal Catholics an image that this is what it means to be a traditional, Latin Mass Catholic. As a priest who worked with many families, elderly, youth, and couples, I can assure you that some of the most faithful, joyful, and uplifting Catholics are found in our Traditional Latin Mass communities. 

They know they are in possession of Catholic truth, but this truth does not compel them to spend precious time attacking others. They follow Pope Francis with the peace and joy that comes with traditional Catholic obedience. Because they are people who take prayer seriously, they are often blessed with an interior peace that comes from a devout Catholic prayer life. They are not enraged and angry people. 

That was my experience in a Traditional Latin Mass community. Do not let the blogs like Rorate cause you to think otherwise. God bless and take care, Fr. Angel

Actually, it goes the other way

Wouldn’t it be great to be gifted? In fact…

It turns out that choices lead to habits.

Habits become talents.

Talents are labeled gifts.

You’re not born this way, you get this way.

-said Seth Godin recently.

People have responded to this:

Life with Intensity

Watch Out for Gifted People

Laughing at Chaos

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Kate Arms-Robert

Red, White, and Grew

Building Wingspan

Enough With the Word ‘Netizen’

As a person immersed in China writing for several years, I’ve grown accustomed to the particular nomenclature which comes with the field. There's “China’s rise,” of course. “Getting old before they get rich,” “mass incident,” “leftover women,” and “little emperors” are others you see a lot. Some of these words are better than others (“mass incident” is kind of weird, if you think about it), but, during the course of my work, I’ve come to terms with them.

But there’s one term that I cannot stand, a term that I, normally a flexible sort of guy, simply refuse to use. That term is “netizen.” You’ve probably seen it around: Mainstream newspapers and magazines use “netizen” liberally, usually without explanation. And, despite occasional pushback—Time once included the term in its list of words to be killed in 2012, and even the China Daily mused about banning it—“netizen” lives on.

I understand this, I really do. I understand that netizen sounds better than “internet user,” and that a precise Chinese translation of the word—wangmin—is widely used.  But it’s time to get rid of “netizen.” It’s inaccurate, obsolete, and outdated—the verbal equivalent of an East German phone book.

Read more. [Image: Carlos Barria/Reuters]