Yet Again: Catholics, please stop stealing artwork and graphics!

I feel like a broken record... yet again, I was perusing the Internet (this time, Twitter), and then I noticed an illustration—a very familiar one—of the Roman collar (the white collar worn by priests):

@Boutleg didn't create the graphic; it looks like uCatholic originally posted the graphic on Facebook, where it was shared and reshared thousands of times, and liked (through that network of shares) many thousands of times.

Regardless, that graphic is the logo of the Priestie Boyz, and was lifted directly off the home page:

Priestie Boyz home page

As I've stated in my previous post on this topic, Catholics are NOT excused from licensing or copyright law. Besides the fact that I would've immediately given permission for the image's use if a tag were added to the graphic attributing the source, I spent a lot of time working on that graphic, getting the curves just right, taking a bunch of different photos to get a good angle to distinctly show the collar, and a bit of money on Adobe Illustrator, which was used to create the vector artwork.

Please, please, please attribute sources (at a minimum), and ask image and photo owners for permission before spreading them around, especially on social media, where proper attribution is a very tricky business!

A Busy Spring!

Between writing a book on Ansible, coaching volleyball at De Smet, preparing presentations for STL.JS and DrupalCon, and—lest I forget the most important responsibility of all—being a loving father and husband (see photo below!), I haven't had more than a minute to spare for writing for this blog, or processing some of the fun photos I've taken of ducks, deer, a fox, or feral cats running around our house!

Every Superhero Needs a Sidekick

Even with the bustle, I feel more calm now than I have for a while. Last year, at this time, I was in the hospital suffering from a terrible bout of mono (which attacked me while my immune system was being suppressed by one of my Crohn's-related drugs!). That experience gives me perspective, and I try to remember the thoughts that were going through my head the night I was in the ICU, asking for my pastor to anoint me, just in case...

In the midst of the hustle and bustle of your life, remember your purpose, your dignity, and that you are in control of your stress, your worries, and your fears. Keep calm and carry on!

The Easy Chicken - Backyard eggs in St. Louis, MO

My sister's family just started a new St. Louis-area business, The Easy Chicken, providing resources to those interested in raising chickens in an urban or suburban environment.

The Easy Chicken Logo

There are some potentially difficult and time-consuming aspects to keeping chickens in an urban environment: acquiring chickens, seeking permits or licenses from particular municipalities, finding a source for feed, coops, and other materials, and finding reliable information about keeping chickens healthy. The Easy Chicken's tagline is Backyard eggs made easy, and they have the easy part nailed down, as they'll help anyone through all the different steps, and provide all the necessary supplies (including guaranteed-to-lay hens!).

Check out The Easy Chicken's website for much more information, and please pass along the link to anyone you know who might be interested in raising chickens and having some fresh eggs and fun, finely-feathered pets!

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