Copyright and “Nerds”

Copying is something that is a HUGE issue in the world of Nerds and Geeks. Making sure games aren’t the same, making sure that people aren’t selling unauthorised copies, or just making straight out copies of another artist’s work. It can be a huge problem as a lot of it can be just an interpretation.

There was an incident last year involving a Cosplayer that I follow. They are usually such fighters for not copying other people’s work, until they wanted to sell some tops of their own. This group of Cosplayers are usually the first to jump all over anyone who copies another artists work. Yet, for some reason when they designed a top that was seen to be very close to the WuTang Clan symbol. They decided that it was alright to continue with selling it and the person who reported them was just letting other people down, as their top ended up being banned.

The thing that I found odd about the whole thing was that, people were attacking the person who reported the tops. Now the person (I have no idea if they were female or male) was a jerk and they were taking a little bit too much pleasure on getting the top banned…But they were right. The symbol was very similar to the WuTang symbol. If it wasn’t, it would have never been banned. So why the hate when you’re doing exactly what you preach against?

Year of the Monkey – Cultural Love

I am a big believer learning from both the Western and Eastern cultures. I am also involved with healing activities that derive from the Eastern cultures. I also think one does need to know that there is nothing wrong with bringing Eastern and Western medicines and using them together. I think it might even be better than just using one all the time.

This Monday is the beginning of the Chinese New Year. With the Chinese culture each year is represented by one of twelve animal signs. This year is the Year of the Monkey. The Monkey is the ninth sign of the twelve year cycle. The origin of the Chinese New Year follows very closely to Astrology. I’ve found that with all different “Beliefs” they are often very similar and lot of them promote love and togetherness. As humans tend to do though, a lot like the game Chinese whispers, people interpret how they want to interpret the words that are written. Losing a lot of the original meaning.

Years of the Monkey include 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028…

Lucky Signs for Monkey:

Lucky Numbers: 1, 7, 8
Lucky Colors: white, gold, blue
Lucky Flowers: chrysanthemum, alliums
Lucky Directions: north, northwest, west