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Disappearing the stupid

I’m thinking I will pull some images and insert this (or one like it) in their place. Prophylactically, you unnerstand.

And I may pull some old posts entirely while I’m at it. I’ve said some mighty dumb stuff in the last 15 years. Ordinarily, I would say I have a duty to live with all the dumb stuff I’ve ever said hung ’round my neck, but as long as I’m revisiting everything…I don’t think I can resist the temptation.

I’ll back it all up first. And the Wayback Machine will have most of it. They’ve taken a snapshot of this site 380 times so far. I don’t know if that’s just the top page or everything, but it hardly matters. The internet never forgets.

Well, seldom forgets. Uncle B and I have been internetting long enough that our earliest interactions appear to have fallen off a cliff, but I’m guessing there’s some geek somewhere with a punched tape backup of the entirety of USENET 1987.

Anyway, I figured I’d let you guys know. You have a stake, after all, as commenters.

Ah, don’t worry. It’ll turn out I’m way too lazy to revisit 3,431 posts. Have a good weekend!


Comment from Deborah HH
Time: June 8, 2019, 1:20 pm

This is a big chore for you and Uncle B, but the peace of mind is worth it.

I actually forgot about the first notification for payment I received from the photographer—it was during my time of cancer and recovery. But when the second demand arrived and was for 3X more $$$, we paid (Java Man was very understanding). Not to mention that I still missed the second time I’d used the photo, and got dinged again a few years later. I think that was found with a bot search.

The funny thing is, the photographer probably made more money off my mistake than he’d have made from Getty—where the photo was buried in a particular category and not a subject that likely would have been searched for by description. It was however, a very simple and highly evocative photograph. A lot of others nicked it from my website, because I got furious phone calls from them! If he collected payment on all of those—he had a very good payday.

Comment from OldFert
Time: June 8, 2019, 3:00 pm

Wasn’t there a racket going on by some lawyer outfit in, I think, Las Vegas, suing folks all over the place for cutting-and-pasting news articles? Seems they cashed in quite a bit until someone questioned the lawyers’ standing in court.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: June 9, 2019, 12:59 am

dang Stoaty – y’all are the ones at risk. You do what you has to do!

And if you clean up dumb stuff, who’s the wiser?!
We’ll just sit around with our muddy feet getting all over the carpets while you work. Let us know if you want us to move or something.

This interweb thingie gets less and less fun all the time.

Comment from Teej
Time: June 10, 2019, 1:15 am

Do it! Protect yourself.
Crazy times we live in.

Comment from Jon
Time: June 10, 2019, 7:02 pm

Protecting the Weasel is All

Comment from Bob
Time: June 12, 2019, 2:10 am

I’m reminded of the guy that moved all his stuff to a server in a third-world country and created a menu tab DMCA Notices. Clicked the link and got a full page large text message that since the server was in a third-world country, DMCA did not apply and the reader was invited to fondle himself and/or pound sand.
No URL change either. Through the magic of DNS forwarding, the old URL somehow brought up the new server.

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