Here we are with another installment of Share Your World, a public service of Melanie at Sparks From A Combustible Mind and this station. Here are this week’s questions and answers.
Is copying and pasting images or information off the Internet plagiarism? Do you credit those whose work you ‘borrow freely’ or do you think the idea is repugnant? As with anything, there’s a right way and a wrong way to do that. I try and limit the pictures that I post here to graphics I make myself, pictures I get off of Pixabay and Giphy, and pictures and graphics from Wikimedia Commons that are either marked Public Domain or that have been released under a Creative Commons license. I try and credit the creator whenever possible regardless. The main reason for this is I want to cover my legal ass: I don’t want to end up having to pay a small fortune in fines and attorney’s fees to someone for using an image that someone has the legal right to as the creator. I’m trying to be better about crediting sources for the information I use here, most of which comes from Wikipedia (The Blogger’s Best Friend™). As for the videos, I work under the assumption that Google, who owns YouTube, has already scanned for copyright infringement, and that if it’s available there, it’s reasonably safe to embed in a post.
Do you let sleeping dogs lie? I have a funny story about that. One day, Mary and I are driving through our subdivision and come upon a large dog sleeping in the road so that we couldn’t get around him. After a couple of minutes of honking, the dog picks himself up and slowly shuffles to the side of the road so we can pass. No sooner had we passed him that he went right back to where he had been and resumed his nap. I realize that wasn’t what was meant by the question, but it’s what I thought of when I saw the question. To answer the actual question, yes: the older I get, the more I agree with the sentiment “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
What’s the strangest pet name (for adults) that you’ve ever heard someone called? It’s a tie between a distant relative we call Bootie and a woman who lived in our subdivision whose nickname was Widget. In the latter case, that might have been her actual name.
Do you like to dance? If yes, what’s your favorite and if no, why not? I’ve never liked to dance and do all that I can to avoid it. Dancing is pretty much out of the question since the stroke, but even before that I was a total klutz on the dance floor. When I went to dances, I mostly sat or stood along the wall and listened to the band. A friend of ours used to work at Arthur Murray and was offering cheap dance lessons at church, and talked us into taking them. After the second lesson, she gave our money back.
November brings Thanksgiving to Americans. I know Canada celebrates Thanksgiving too, but I believe it’s in October. Does your country celebrate a similar holiday? If you’d like, share some traditions you observe around Thanksgiving or if you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, what are some traditions you have? As a point of information, I believe Canadian Thanksgiving is celebrated when we celebrate Columbus Day in the US, like the second Monday in October. We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving with the traditional turkey, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, and pumpkin pie; we’re more likely to celebrate it with ribs, mac & cheese, mashed potatoes, and banana cream pie.
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