Deadly Black Jalapeno
This is the bitterly poisonous, growth-stunted, angry Black Jalapeno Pepper that’s growing in my back yard. It has strong objections to the “Green Movement,” preferring, instead, to skip right over that stage, ripping off its innocuous tiny white flower to burst into being as an angry red nubbin about the size of a baby ladybug. I have, in fact, seen several ladybugs attempting to mate with it. Shortly thereafter, it scowls itself into a glossy little black nubbin that looks like a bit of buckshot. This is the first one I’ve seen grow to something that looks like a pepper, and I’m pretty sure I heard the other tiny nubbins mocking it for being so fat.
Later this afternoon, or some time this week, I’ll be eating it. Assuming the squirrels and birds don’t beat me to it. There may be video – if it doesn’t kill me. I’m willing to bet my life it’s delicious, despite the warning flags.
But some things shouldn’t be consumed, and not all of them come with warnings…
Don’t Eat This Post! (It’s Copyrighted.)
Consider yourself “put on notice.” Can you spot the watermark on the images? There are people who honestly believe that if you post it on the Internet, you give up copyright. Wrong! But I can’t blame them for being confused. Have I investigated the origins of every image I’ve ever “Liked” or “Shared” on Facebook? No, nor will I, except when it meets one of the following criteria:
- Contains a copyright notice;
- Contains a recognizable photo of a person, especially a child, whom I do not recognize as a politician or celebrity;
- Looks like it would cause hurtful embarrassment to someone who might be mentally ill (hello, “People of Wal-Mart”);
- Depicts a work of art that I am reasonably sure is not yet old enough to be in the public domain, unless it is shared by the artist with a Creative Commons license.
Jonathan Bailey, the mastermind behind PlagiarismToday.com, has 5 Simple Rules for Reusing Content Online. If you follow those rules with regard to this blog, I will probably thank you for sharing – not brain you with a frying pan embossed with a copy of the DMCA notice. And I will try to do a better job of watermarking my images, so that it’s clear where they came from (if you look closely enough). This is a courtesy, only – I’m not using it to track infringements, but rather to put would-be “innocent” infringers on notice. If someone goes to the effort to remove a visible watermark, they’re not “innocent.” But anyone caught modifying my images or using them in some ugly, inappropriate context (watermarked or not, without explicit permission) will be brained with a frying pan embossed with a copy of the DMCA notice. Play nice, and nobody gets hurt. That clear enough?
So, now, how do we do this, practically speaking – without going to horrendous effort?
Watermarking Images with Add Watermark from AndroidVilla
I really wish the Add Watermark app came in a Windows 8 (phone app and desktop) version. I have tried twisting Paul’s arm – he says he hasn’t got the time or expertise to port it to the Windows platform. Someone who does ought to collaborate with him. For $1.99, Add Watermark does exactly what I need – but takes that one step further. Not only does it provide robust watermarking options, it allows me to share images right through the app – watermarking them first, then sharing them through any other app that has sharing capabilities. There’s a free version, but once I was satisfied that the features worked cleanly and easily, I upgraded the app to the full version to remove all limitations.
The watermark on the Deadly Black Jalapeno Pepper image, above, was created with Add Watermark. I took the photo using my HP Slate 7, quickly added a watermark, and shared it via the WordPress app. You can quickly add text – creating new or reusing a recent watermark, or you can create image watermarks to use, instead. You just save them, then select and place them. Once the watermark is placed, you can save a copy of the image and use the save and share option to go immediately to any app you like, provided it has built-in sharing capabilities.
I would show you how to add a watermark, but what’s the point? Paul’s already done that quite clearly right here: http://androidvilla.wordpress.com/category/how-tos/ The app’s pretty intuitive, though – I didn’t even find the Support docs or videos until after I contacted him about making the typefaces on the drop-down list more readable (oh, did I mention there are 65 built-in typefaces you can use?)
You could practically make your own memes on the fly, if you have Android, a camera, and the Add Watermark app!
Still not convinced it’s worth the extra steps to watermark the images you share? It may not be. That’s a personal decision. But I am more likely to share them in the ways you intend for me to, if you do. I’m more likely to “Like” them if you claim them as your own. I will appreciate the notice – and I will leave it intact, so that you get credit (or blame) where it’s due. You might also be interested in these articles; they provide additional reasons for protecting your content:
How My Family Photo Turned into an Internet Meme – somebody owes that child tuition money!
If you know of any good watermarking plug-ins for WordPress or Windows 8, let me know!
UPDATE: Teeny tiny jalapeno peppers turned out to be black on one side, normal green on the other, and about as venomous as a baby copperhead, if you know what I mean. In other words: Yummy!
UPDATE 02/20/2016: The Tiny-But-Deadly Black Jalepeno Peppers are actually pequin peppers. This little plant has turned into a tree, and now yields a respectable amount of delicious hotness. I just have to beat the birds to them.
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