Refitting a t-shirt

Plenty of people have written about the (really quite big) issues involved in providing various sizes of promotional t-shirts. Very brief recap: the “unisex” sizes of t-shirts are usually cut for taller and straighter bodies, and tend to look less great on shorter, rounder, or curvier bodies. Quite a few vendors of curvier-cut blank shirts […]

Extremely off-topic: -chilly- weather bike gear

We’ve recently hit true fall weather in MN, with morning temps consistently in the mid-40s to mid-50s °F (that’s like 7-13 °C for normal parts of the world.) This is the temperature range where biking can start to be uncomfortably cold for many riders, especially in everyday clothes. BUT it’s also a part of the […]

Extremely off-topic: cold-weather bike gear, part 3

January will mark my fourth anniversary as a year-round biker in Minneapolis, and since we have recently skipped from Halloween to mid-January, weather-wise, I’m reflecting on my wintry experiences, again. After last year’s polar vortex, I have a new record low riding temp: -16 °F/-26.7°C. It is just -tiring- to…

Personal Photo Sharing – Things to Think About

We just had a “managing your personal photos” drop-in session here at the Libraries, and I was tasked to help people think about legal issues. Thought I’d turn my handout into a blog post! If you’re in it, you might not own it. (Except for selfies.) Copyright ownership -usually- belongs…

Free and Legal Stuff You Can USE!

Adapted from a presentation today at “Enhancing Quality Staff 2012”, which a really fun and engaging symposium, and always really well-run (by UMN Libraries colleagues.) Sometimes it gets a little tiring to work through all the details of copyright exemptions and exceptions. Especially when we’re building on other people’s stuff…

How I Talk About Fair Use – Intro & “Breathing Space”

When & why I Talk About Fair Use “How do we/I know what we/I can and cannot do with other people’s stuff?” is one of the primary things I’m asked to talk about in trainings and other outreach and education efforts. Often, what people think they really want to know…

Good Copyright and Creative Commons Practices – Presentation Slides

I’m calling this “Good Practices” rather than “Best Practices”, because hey, there might be better ones!Images punch up presentation slides, it’s true. In fact, some of the most effective presentations I’ve ever seen have relied heavily or even exclusively on image-based slides. However, I very often see images used something…

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