Someone in India Posted One of My Cartoons

and at first I was a little annoyed. Then I read one of the comments:

Viral says:

pic is really so funny

Emphasis mine. (I always wanted to say that).

After I had forgiven the transgression, I realized that I license the work under Creative Commons. So, please carry on, then! And to Viral, hats off to you, sir, for your keen appreciation of sophisticated humor. I re-post:

Cartoon About Twitter



If you spend anytime on Twitter, you’ve heard of these folks. The keepers of the grammar, form & etiquette rules:

JOHN CUSACK tweets with his iPhone and, much like the characters he plays, his style is fast and loose. “I’m pretty new to it, and if there’s a spell check on an iPhone, I can’t find it,” he said by telephone. “So I basically get in the general ballpark and tweet it.”

Consequently, Mr. Cusack has birthed strange words like “breakfasy” and “hippocrite” and has given a more literary title to his new movie: “Hot Tub Tome Machine.”

Most of his followers ignore the gaffes. But a vocal minority abuse him about it nonstop, telling the star that as much as they liked “The Sure Thing,” his grammar and spelling sure stink. “If you’re going to be political, maybe learn how to spell Pakistan, and all words in general,” wrote one supposed fan.

They do. A small but vocal subculture has emerged on Twitter of grammar and taste vigilantes who spend their time policing other people’s tweets — celebrities and nobodies alike.

There’s more…

Careful What You Tweet


It could land you in jail:

On the afternoon of September 24, 2009, Pennsylvania State Troopers, their guns drawn, broke down the door of room 238 of the CareFree Inn on the outskirts of Pittsburgh. The troopers were acting on a search warrant related to protests planned for the G20 summit—a meeting of the heads of state of the world’s major economies. Thousands of protesters had descended on the city, presenting demands ranging from curbs on carbon emissions to the outright abolition of capitalism.

Anticipating hordes of black-masked, Starbucks-smashing anarchists, the Pittsburgh police and the Secret Service coordinated nearly 4,000 law enforcement officers, outfitting them with the latest in riot-dispersal technology. Crowds marching on the summit were met with pepper spray, stun grenades, and—for the first time on US soil—acoustic cannons that blast painful sounds as far as 1,000 feet. But the protesters had their own crowd-control methods, and that’s what had brought the state troopers to the CareFree Inn.

There’s more at Mother Jones…

The Havana-Brussels Freedom Link (Updated)


Conference image © 2010 by Gregory Engels

UPDATE: The audio of the conference is now available HERE (Please repost freely)

The Greens/European Free Alliance, a European parliamentary group, held an online conference in Brussels today titled “Blogging for Democracy – Cuba, the European Union and the influence of Web 2.0”

It featured Cuban bloggers Yoani Sánchez (Blog: Generacion Y), Claudia Cadelo (Blog: Octavo Cerco), Luis Pardo (Blog: Lunes de Post-Revolución), Miriam Celaya (Blog: Sin EVAsion), Reynaldo Escobar (Blog: Desde Aquí) and others.

The Cuban bloggers took turns addressing the conference. The discussion focused on the need for:

an open debate about the situation in Cuba and the Blogger Movement as a possibility to raise one’s voice regardless of the media censorship in Cuba. The conference also challenges how EU policy on Cuba is seen on the island and what future role the EU should play.

I followed the proceedings through the live-blogging of Henrik Alexandersson on The Embedded Citizen. He did a great job transcribing the conversation — even with multiple telephone line disconnects — taking place at the European Parliament building.

His blog’s comments section also served as a platform for discussion and a conduit to forward questions to the speakers and the Cuban bloggers on the phone — apparently 20 of them in a room somewhere in Havana.

Here is a portion of his great reporting:

– Phone lines working.

– Franziska Brantner, German Greens, greats everyone welcome and says hallo to Cuban bloggers. She states that it is important that we face the difficult Cuba issue.

– Cristian Engström, Swedish Pirate Party, talks about how the internet (web sites, blogs, forums, Twitter etc.) helps people in oppressed parts of the world to organise in opposition. He also underlines that the Internet also is important for transparency and openness in our part of the world.

– Manuel Desdin is talking about how Cuban bloggers have taken citizens journalism to a new level – and that this really is changing the Cuban society.

– Benoît Hervieu, Reporters sans frontièrs, tells us how bloggers in Cuba often must try to use the hotels wireless networks. He tells us how the regime bullies bloggers and filter the Internet. Even “ordinary” journalists have the same problem. He is afraid that this will get worst the next few months.

– He continues by telling us that the Cuban Regime are going more nervous and aggressive. But he thinks that contacts between Cuba oppositionals and people in the outside world might hold back this development.

– Susan Dennisson, Amnesty, touches on several aspects of Cuban oppression. When it comes to the technical aspects of Internet in Cuba, she would like to know if the EU can help in any way.

– SD also tells us that Cuban Post Offices have started to provide (limited) Internet access.

– Phone line down. Redialing in progress.

I was told that an audio recording of the event will be available soon. I’ll post it as soon as it becomes available. The hashtag to follow on Twitter for this event is #cubanbloggers. There are more photo’s of the conference on Gregory Engel’s Flickr page. He has a post of the event on his blog as well.

The conference ended in a hopeful note:

– All 20 bloggers around the phone in Cuba says hallo to you all – and hope that we will stay connected. With better connections.

YouTube, Cubiyanqui?

Cubiyanqui's YouTube channel

Yes. I’ve set up a Cubiyanqui YouTube channel linked to the blog. I’m still learning about all of the possibilities of “broadcasting myself” but I have pretty ambitious plans for this new outlet.

The only videos currently up are the ones from the Monday Blues? series that we run on Monday mornings. It’s a great collection of music meant to get you out of a funk, whenever you’re in one of those.

Stop by and let me know what you think. Any suggestions to improve the site are most welcomed.

Art and Money


Money and Art.

A great post from Anne Flournoy on the connection between the two.

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While you are at Anne’s blog, please check out The Louise Log “… a comedy web series of short videos chronicling the life of a New York City wife and mother hell-bent on getting it right in spite of her high-maintenance husband, her addiction to caffeine and her over-active inner voice.” You’ll be delighted!

Twitter Improves My Writing

From FB:

Jesus Alvarez To change the new-and-NOT-improved FB back to the previous perfectly functional version: Look at the top left menu and click MORE. Then drag STATUS UPDATES to the top; now click on it. That becomes your default. Pass it on. (h/t Jimmie James)

to the Twitter:

Cubiyanqui To change new FB back to previous version: click MORE at the top left menu. Drag STATUS UPDATES to the top & click on it (h/t Jimmie James)

Sometimes less is really more…