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So for spring break this year, I decided to go out to Pittsburgh to spend a week with my grandparents, about nine days actually. I’ll be leaving for Las Vegas in the summer, and this will be the last time for a while that I might be able to spend this much time with him.
Anyway, I left yesterday morning at 9:00am. From my house to my grandparents’, it’s usually 120 miles, or about a two-hour drive. I drove the route before with my Dad, but it was only once. Yesterday was the first road trip I took by myself. I paid my toll for the Pennsylvania Turnpike, and away I went. I won’t lie. I caught myself spending a couple times, like going 85 in a 65. To be fair, though, I was passing 18-wheelers.
Anyway, I pulled up in front of my grandmother’s door at 11:20am. They just bought a computer so they could talk to me on Skype when I move, and the guy came to hook them up at 4:00pm. My one cousin came over with his buddy to help put the thing together, and my uncle arrived a half hour later with his twins, his daughter, and his girlfriend. We may have had a house-full, but at least we had Police Station Pizza. Who can bitch about that?
Today has been mostly uneventful. The twins have been taking turns on the new computer and their PS3, and I’ve been trying to keep them out of the other adults’ hair. The only issue of today is when I got into an argument with my grandfather over - get this - butter. BUTTER! Butter is butter no matter the brand. As long as it’s salted/unsalted and not expired, it’s fine.
On the plus side, we’re having steak and homemade French fries for dinner. Who could complain about that?
Getty Images is dropping the watermark for the bulk of its collection, in exchange for an open-embed program that will let users drop in any image they want, as long as the service gets to append a footer at the bottom of the picture with a credit and link to the licensing page. For a small-scale WordPress blog with no photo budget, this looks an awful lot like free stock imagery.
Implications abound but this one is particularly interesting:
The biggest effect might be on the nature of the web itself. Embeds from Twitter and YouTube are already a crucial part of the modern web, but they’ve also enabled a more advanced kind of link rot, as deleted tweets and videos leave holes in old blog posts. If the new embeds take off, becoming a standard for low-rent WordPress blogs, they’ll extend that webby decay to the images themselves. On an embed-powered web, a change in contracts could leave millions of posts with no lead image, or completely erase a post like this one.