Thursday, April 30, 2009

Examine the Evidence

Ooh, good point, bringing up our licensing, Dave! Very timely. We have quite a few new articles which people might like to share through Creative Commons. It is more and more likely they will do it right about NOW! Why? Because we are close to exam time! As the end of the school year kicks in, exams are coming up, and long and tedious papers are waiting to be written. Naturally, we are likely to see people going to their blogs and twitter and facebook to waste all kinds of time sharing important (ahem) info with whoever will listen. High school students and even college students are not going to be spending all their available time studying, even if they kind of want to. Seriously, which seems more fun to you? Learning the formula for the area of a sphere or investigating How to Put a Tutu on a Penguin ? In a contest between reviewing a list of 500 vocabulary words in Spanish, or reading all about or how to fall in public, which one do YOU think is going to win?? Sociology 101 is a heck of a lot of fun (not) , and so is Advanced Physics, (totally not), but neither is likely to hold a candle to a chance to learn all about how to survive in Walmart for a whole day!

But we digress. We should be responsible adults and remind those who have happened upon our blog during exam time, to scoot out of here and get back to studying. Move along.......nothing to see here.

Monday, April 06, 2009

Crisis What Crisis?

Well, we had a treat a few weeks ago. Our tounge-in-cheek How to Get Your Family out of a Financial Crisis was picked up by the popular political blog. What a reaction that was, the clever writing of our original author hit a very big nerve. We were linked to from dozens of interesting blogs and had some great republishing under our creative commons license. With thirteen thousand plus visitors to the site all clamouring for a look, we had to borrow chairs from next door and pop down the shops for some more tea-bags. Great fun.
Likewise, How to Talk to a Heinz Pickle was a surprise hit in March too. Mind you, I tried it, it works!
So, thinking about the sharing of our content this would be a great time to restate our republishing conditions. All are welcome to reprint any of our articles online or offline under our stated Creative Commons license, and our attribution requirements are easily satisfied. For internet republishing a direct link back to the article and text stating the material came from " - The How-To Manual That YOU Can Laugh At" is all we ask for. Any usage outside of our license can be considered, just drop us a line. Go for it, we really do want to share this great content with a wider audience.