I’m going to focus on “wrap” because it gives me the opportunity to talk about one of my favorite wraps, gyros (YEE-ros). If you don’t know what a gyros is (the word gyros is singular, by the way), I feel badly for you, because you don’t know what you’re missing.
I had my first gyros when I was in college. A friend of mine was really into them, and talked me into going with him to get one. It’s a wrap made out of pita bread, on which they pile meat (a combination of beef and lamb) sliced off of a large spit, sliced onions, a couple of diced or wedges of tomato, and tzatziki (yogurt mixed with cucumber, garlic, salt, olive oil and a few other ingredients), which is then wrapped and held together with aluminum foil. I was a little wary of the tzatziki, but I learned it adds to the taste and the fun.
Well, I was hooked. Sometimes in the late evenings (i.e. 10 PM or later) I and a bunch of friends from the dorm would run across the street to a place that sold hot dogs, hamburgers, tamales, French fries, and gyros. I’d always get a gyros, fries and some soft drink, and gradually got a few of those guys to try them. They’re particularly tasty at bedtime.
Gyros are real popular in Chicago. Most of the small hamburger joints serve them now, and they’re always my favorite. No matter the ethnic makeup of the neighborhood, they’ve turned out to be best sellers. When we moved to Atlanta, I had the hardest time finding a place that served them. There’s a chain of food court places called Gyro Wrap that do a pretty good gyros, although they use lettuce instead of onions. Oh well, you can’t have everything…
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After my post about Tygpress and the elusive Amrut Miskin, I got a comment from Paula that said she was able to get in touch with him, and that he was quite apologetic and promised to take her stuff off his site. Then this morning Cathy commented that the site was down with a note of apology (see above) to let everyone know that his reposting of full posts was unintentional and that it was back to the drawing board for him. I think he’s entitled to the benefit of the doubt; having spent years in the software business, I know the embarrassment of releasing code that hasn’t been fully tested.
He sounds like a decent guy, and I’m sorry I called him a scumbag and threatened to sic Vinny the Guinea and Vito Underpants on him.
There’s been a lot of brouhaha the last couple of days about material from many of our blogs appearing without our knowledge or permission on a website called Tygpress.com, which appears to be operated out of Mumbai by a scumbag named Amrut Miskin. I don’t appear to have been affected (yet), but many of you have. Fandango has created the graphic above, and when I looked this morning it’s starting to show up on Tygpress.
A lot of people have been wondering what else they can do to get this clown to stop stealing your blog posts. Being from Chicago, of course, I immediately thought of sending several very large and mean-tempered men (and believe me, I know a few) to Mumbai to start interrogating people until they found out where Amrut Miskin can be found, then converging on his home and having a little “conversation” with him that might end up in Amrut’s being beaten to a bloody pulp, if he manages to survive. But that’s not nice. (Admit it, though, you were thinking about that yourself.)
Then I remembered something a friend of mine (one of the large and mean-tempered men I was talking about) told me: “One lawyer with his briefcase can do more damage than three men with machine guns.” Tygpress doesn’t have any contact information on their WHOIS record, but we know from WHOIS that the domain is registered through GoDaddy and that the website appears to be hosted by Digital Ocean. So, I suggest we let GoDaddy and Digital Ocean deal with Miskin. Threatening them with legal action unless they deal with their wayward client, especially if many of us send threatening emails, might inspire them to shut him down.
Here’s what I’d do:
Go out to tygpress.com and type the name of your blog, in quotes (e.g. “the sound of one hand typing”) into the search box.
If the search turns up posts that you’ve made, click on them and get the URL’s as evidence.
Visit Digital Ocean and GoDaddy and tell them what Tygpress is doing (including sharing the URL’s from step 2), tell them that it violates US and international copyright law, and that, unless they immediately deal with their client, you will be seeking legal remedies against them.
Hearing it from one person probably won’t stir these companies to action, but hearing it from a lot of us will probably convince them to shut the site down. And if not, we can sue the pants off of them.