What happens when National Geographic steals your art?



TL;DR version: They throw lawyers on you and threaten you to take almost nothing in return, because as a starving artist, you’ll be unable to pursue them legally and the maximum damages are so low that it’s not worth pursuing.


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Literary Lions, sorta



I used to work RIGHT BESIDE these two lovely ladies – done by the same artist who made the famous ones at the Main NYPL  and to my mind even more beautiful, the gentle slope of their spines is incredible to behold as you walk around them. They seem ready to pounce and yet also sublimely meditative. Quite a feat to pull off as a sculptor.

 

Anatomy of a Viral Tweet


How I Became Thousands of Nerds’ Worst Enemy

by Tweeting a Photo

Famous people aren’t like regular people, they’re better. So this was a huge deal.

The internet is filled with nerds who are desperate to 1) demonstrate their love for science and 2) display their superiority to everyone else. I had provided them all with a chance to do both, at the same time. They were falling over each other to tell me that I am the reason the world is a bad place.


via How I Became Thousands of Nerds’ Worst Enemy by Tweeting a Photo | Gawker.


Highly suggest reading the whole thing to see what it is like to be at the center of a social media firestorm that misses your humanity or factors in your ability to be tongue-in-cheek. Some things are missed completely in the social media sphere. Don’t become like this guy, you might not be able to stand it.

Ellis Island’s Abandoned South Side



Are you familiar with the south side of Ellis Island, which has been sitting in abandonment for about 60 years? It makes for some beautiful ruin porn, but it would be great to see this area restored, which is something the Save Ellis Island project has been determined to make happen. We reached out to them for some new updates on their efforts, but for now let’s focus on the ruin.

via Photos: Touring Ellis Island’s Abandoned South Side: Gothamist.