Gap’s Ad With Sikh Model Waris Ahluwalia Defaced With Racist Graffiti, Drawing Incredible Response From Company – Although The Gap has hardly been the world’s best corporate citizen, I have to give them kudos for this response to a defaced advertisement featuring Sikh actor and jewelry designer Waris Ahluwalia. When Islamic Monthly editor Arsalan Iftikhar tweeted The Gap a photo of the defaced subway ad, the company asked Iftikhar for the location of the ad and then changed its own Twitter image to the advertisement photo, “to show solidarity and support,” according to the Huff Po article reporting the incident. Still, as Iftikhar noted to The Daily Mail:
“This whole story just proves that we do not live in a post-racial America yet when South Asians and those perceived to be Muslims cannot even grace fashion advertisements without racial epithets being directed their way.”Huffington Post
CreateSpace is now offering matte lamination – For those of you who have ever had to use cleaning wipes to make shiny folders look like they haven’t been pawed over by scrabbling dogs (okay, maybe that’s just me), you may be interested to know that CreateSpace is now offering authors the choice of glossy or matte cover options. Now authors will be able to decide on the best finish for their cover, and not only do the matte covers cost the same, but authors will be able to change their preference at any time from one type of cover to the other (and back again) at no additional cost.CreateSpace
Ask a Law Professor Your Questions about Fan Fiction and Mash-ups – Some of you may remember when law professor and intellectual property expert Rebecca Tushnet answered reader questions on Dear Author last year. io9 has posted an interesting and lengthy set of exchanges between Tushnet and io9 readers on fan fiction and mash-ups. Tushnet addresses questions on everything from the music industry’s onerous approach to sampling to 50 Shades:
“Plots and standard characters aren’t protected. To the extent that James took some basic tropes (older accomplished man with a dark past, young inexperienced woman to whom he’s drawn and who eventually captures his heart), those are free for everyone. Many successful novelists start with slightly tweaked versions of their own favorite characters; as long as the expression is sufficiently different, they’re just participating in a genre, not infringing copyright. “io9
Get Cracking On That Novel — NaNoWriMo Is Almost Over! : NPR – There are some interesting facts here about the industry NaNoWriMo has become. For example, more than 300,000 writers are participating this year, which means that if everyone who enters writes at least 50,000 words, more than 15 billion words will be produced by NaNoWriMo participants. And if you’ve entered but haven’t started yet, you’ve still got two days. Go!
“The month isnt even over yet, but NaNoWriMo has already received close to a million dollars in donations, with writers in Antarctica, Tanzania, Ukraine, Pakistan, Jerusalem, Brazil, Germany, and in regions all over the U.S. In Texas, some 10,000 writers are participating, including Rebecca Atman, a student at Tarrant County College Southeast Campus in Arlington.”NPR
Pentatonix Performs The A Cappella Version Of ‘Little Drummer Boy’ You’ve Been Waiting For – So it’s the day after U.S. Thanksgiving, and you know what that means: the holiday bombardment is given free rein, and for the next month we are basically at the mercy of everybody selling anything. Still, I’m a sucker for a good holiday song, and while I’m not completely sold on the video itself, this is a pretty sweet rendition of a song that’s been covered by everyone from David Bowie and Bing Crosby, to Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band, to The Police.
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