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How to tell if you are in a "real" museum - One person's lack of compassion does not equal another's comfort.
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How to tell if you are in a "real" museum
Real museums, which is to say, those who take reasonable efforts to preserve historic artifacts, may leave a few items made of iron or bronze, (the odd sword or suit of armor) out of cases to be examined more closely or even touched, but usually secured or tethered in some way. Porcelain objects will be behind glass. So-called museums which store delicate valueable objects on window sills are either not real or are managed by the incompetent.

CAMBRIDGE, England (AP) -- A museum visitor shattered three Qing dynasty Chinese vases when he tripped on his shoelace, stumbled down a stairway and brought the vases crashing to the floor, officials said Monday.

So remember kids, when you are donating your deceased grandmother's Qing dynasty vases, make sure they go to a *real* museum.

From that same article:
Asked about the porcelain vases, Margaret Greeves, the museum's assistant director, said: "They are in very, very small pieces, but we are determined to put them back together."

What? No mention of all the king's horses and all the king's men???


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rackletang From: rackletang Date: January 30th, 2006 10:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nice icon, can I have credit please? Thanks! :)
fixx From: fixx Date: January 30th, 2006 10:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd be happy to either delete it from my icons or add an attribution to you but I'll have you know I did not copy it from your icon collection. I found it elsewhere without attribution. I may even be able to figure out where I found it if I put a little effort into it.

Looking over your other icons today I see the resemblance between that icon and others you probably prepared.

Please reply with what sort of attribution you'd like to see under it in my icons, or if you'd prefer deletion.

PS: At least this settles the question of whether you still read my journal. :-)
rackletang From: rackletang Date: January 30th, 2006 11:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, just however you would normally credit the person who made an icon is fine. Comments, keywords, whatever. And yeah, if you could figure out where you found it, that would be awesome. I don't mind people using stuff I make, but I do mind not getting credit for the work I do. :)

And yep, still here!
fixx From: fixx Date: January 31st, 2006 12:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, just however you would normally credit the person who made an icon is fine

Unfortunately I have no precedent for doing so, I'd have to adopt a format for doing so from someone else, possibly yourself, and as yours is the first I thought I'd ask you.

If you look through my icons you will notice I have only three kinds, those which are very clearly made by me, because they are of my face or my pet and identified as such, those which might have been made by me because you have never seen them before and lastly those which you have seen so *many* times before, never with attribution.

Those in my collection which you've never seen anywhere else could be said to have been made by me, but most of the time they are really photographs I've illegitimately stolen (without permission) from news articles and then modified into LJ icons. They are to my mind no more my property than the Muppets in your icon are yours, so I am hesitant to claim ownership of the ones I've "made".

The reason I copied the icon which you clearly made was that it suited a need, and I liked it, but for the most part I only copy icons which I've already seen a few times and which appear to have been pretty solidly adopted into the language and culture of LJ.

I'm not saying you can't call an icon you prepared your own and if you want to I'm happy to include an attribution, but being as I'm not accustomed to doing so I don't think it is asking too much to request that you at least approve a format. Here are a few to get you started.

This icon made by rackletang
This icon property of rackletang
With permission of rackletang
Please consult rackletang before copying
Please only copy with attribution to rackletang

An aside, I'm thinking of trying to figure out how to add "comments" into JPG files in much the same way that images currently store information on the original date of the image and the type of camera used. I think this would be a good way to maintain some sense of property to images we identify as personal.
rackletang From: rackletang Date: January 31st, 2006 06:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I usually just stick it in the keywords, "schadenfreude by rackletang" would be fine.

It's not the biggest deal in the world, I know icons get out there. But if I make one, usually it's for my own personal use. I know there are a lot of people who have asked to use other icons I've made, in fact another friend asked to use that one, and I always say yes. I don't have any expectation of no one else ever using the things I've made. But I do ask that they say that I made them.

Anyway, thanks for credit.
fixx From: fixx Date: January 31st, 2006 10:54 am (UTC) (Link)

Comment inserted with attribution

I have inserted a comment with the icon which reads:

This icon made by lj user "Rackletang"

I have also inserted that same comment into the file itself. If you download the file and use a file viewer capable of reading the file information you will see it. I intend to do this with all the icons I "make" from now on, except in cases where I am concerned about being sued. :-)
rackletang From: rackletang Date: January 31st, 2006 06:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Comment inserted with attribution

Heehee, thanks. I'm sure Jim Henson's estate would have something to say about my ownership of that image. But dammit, I spent time editing and adding text, and that's gotta count for a little bit of something. :)
fixx From: fixx Date: February 1st, 2006 12:59 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Comment inserted with attribution

I have added come sort of comment to nearly all of my icons now, you might find reading the comments amusing
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