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Friday News: South Dakota blizzard that doesn’t exist; Hockey writer discovers...

In addition to the financial loss, when a rancher loses an animal, it is a loss of years, decades, and often generations within families, of building the genetics of a herd. Each rancher’s herd is as individual and unique as a fingerprint. It is not a simple as going out to buy another cow. Each cow in a herd is the result of years of careful breeding, in the hopes of creating a herd reflective of market desirability, as well as professional tastes of the rancher. Cattle deaths of this magnitude for ranchers is the equivalent of an investment banker’s entire portfolio suddenly gone. In an instant, the decades of investment forever disappear. It is to start over again, to rebuild, over years and years. Dawn Wink: Dewdrops

I love the chart at the end of the article which calculates the words allotted to each player. I guess you can really tell who is the fan favorite. The article isn’t very snarky at all and I applaud Mr. McQuade for not taking the easy route. Apparently, though, he hasn’t discovered the slash fiction. Or maybe he has and is just ruminating about what he’ll write about in his next article. Philadelphia City Paper

First, streaming does not constitute creating another copy. Aereo does not allow for downloading of permanent physical copies, but only allows access to the original copy that Aereo has created. This is an important distinction because later the court says that Aereo is performing rather than distributing copyrighted works.

But somewhat contradictorily, Aereo argues and the court agrees that the end user creates the violative copy and that Aereo should not be held liable for that. “Those courts reason that holding a media company liable just because it provides technology that enables users to make copies of programming would be the rough equivalent of holding the owner of a copy machine liable because people use the machine to illegally reproduce copyrighted materials.”

Anyway, it looks like Aereo is winning everywhere and I’m not completely sure what we can draw from this other than if you create technology that streams content without allowing for a permanent download, you aren’t violating copyright infringement. Could that have an effect for companies like Oyster and Scribd and even Amazon in the formation of cloud based e reading services? GigaOM

“We can only imagine how casual a message that was—“Hi Alice, nothing major, just give us here in Stockholm a ring when you can. Toodles!” The Nobel folk then released their news to the world but continued to try to reach Munro, sounding more and more like a jealous boyfriend.” The Daily Dot

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

10 Comments

  1. Patricia Eimer
    Oct 11, 2013 @ 07:22:35

    “Hey Alice give us a ring. Toodles.” Now imagine that being read by Alexander Skarsgard.

  2. JessP
    Oct 11, 2013 @ 07:36:18

    Thank you for the story on the blizzard in South Dakota. Weather.com called it Winter Storm Atlas, and they have listings of snowfall amounts. The numbers on cattle losses are staggering, and Dawn Wink is right about what it takes, and how long it takes, to build up a herd. My sister-in-law runs the family cattle ranch, and she’s worked for years cross-breeding and building on what her parents started. I won’t even go into what happened after record flooding in 2010. For those ranchers, the losses would have been the equivalent of being hit by Super Storm Sandy.

  3. Isobel Carr
    Oct 11, 2013 @ 09:11:18

    I read about the Blizzard in the San Francisco Chronicle, but you’re right in that there hasn’t been any follow up. It should be NEWS the way major hurricanes are, and I’m really sad to see it’s not.

  4. Mary Beth
    Oct 11, 2013 @ 09:38:12

    The blizzard in South Dakota was a devastating tragedy for ranchers. The amount of snow that accumulated in a short time should have made the news alone, however I guess that events that occur in the Midwest are not noticed until months later when a grocery shopper asks the questions ‘Why are beef prices so high’, or ‘Why can’t I find the same quality of beef that I could before?’. Of course, this is not to say that there are many other parts of our country where beef cattle are thriving, however this past weekend super storm was a regional disaster of epic proportion!

  5. Lakaribane
    Oct 11, 2013 @ 10:08:52

    Re: Hockey players fan fiction, I looked up the players listed and they are pretty average looking IMO. Ok, Luke Schenn has a surprisingly sweet smile…for a guy whose photo results show him punching and wrestling other players. But I like the tone and thoroughness of the research for the article, LOL. I do question the assertion that hockey is the #1 romance sport because I was sure it was American football. From what the author imagines are the motivations for that occupation’s appeal, sounds like hockey players = rugby players, no? With all that talk of work ethic, regular guy-ness, dateability…

  6. Carolyne
    Oct 11, 2013 @ 13:36:47

    I’ve noticed for, oh, maybe three years now that my female friends who like hockey love the players in an utter “I will write about sexy hockey players in my next story” way (non-fanfic stories). When I mentioned to one friend that it looks like a growing trend (so maybe she shouldn’t be shy about submitting said manuscripts), she was surprised. She figured romance about hot hockey players would have limited readership.

    Relating to the storm: I’ll be talking a lot this weekend about the latest IPCC report and a book on climate change (called, simply enough, CLIMATE CHANGED)–I’ll have to read up on whether the super-storm is being attributed to the overall changing climate, but at the least it’s a chance for me to mention its existence to more people around here. Admittedly I’ve been busy, but I hadn’t heard anything about it, not a thing.

  7. MissE
    Oct 11, 2013 @ 16:28:15

    The South Dakota situation is terrible and it’s a disgrace that the national media ignores it. A few inches of snow in DC and it’s wall to wall Snowpocalypse, entire communities in SD lose their livelihood and we get nothing. The storm also hit Wyoming with massive amounts of snow, so it’s gotten a lot of coverage here. I wasn’t paying attention to the fact that outside of local outlets, no one was covering it. Very sad.

  8. ms bookjunkie
    Oct 11, 2013 @ 17:24:05

    I read about South Dakota’s disastrous snowstorm in two Finnish newspapers on Friday. I first heard about it on Twitter on Thursday. Everyone finally paid attention/noticed all at once?

  9. Elisa
    Oct 12, 2013 @ 02:26:22

    Wow on the lack of coverage on the storm in South Dakota. I had not heard about it at all either. So sad.

    On the hockey romances: you know, I never thought about it til the article, but why are most sports romances hockey, baseball, or football (actually, football I think just Susan Elizabeth Phillips)? I don’t think I’ve read or heard of one for soccer, basketball, tennis, etc. (One gymnast who was female – NA book). Is it a race thing? It’s still unusual for non-white heroes, and basketball is dominated by black players. Soccer is still not too popular in the US comparatively speaking. Tennis – hmm maybe it’s not a team sport? I would def be interested in reading more romances about other sports players! Recommendations welcome.

  10. Sheryl
    Oct 12, 2013 @ 12:24:22

    Here in the southwest, we heard all about the tropical storm in the gulf that then broke up, but this is the first I’ve heard about a massive blizzard. Even with all of the news outlets available, I guess local news still does win out.

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