Dear marketing people for a certain major US political party:

"Load images to see why you should chip in now" is not good alt text for an image.

It is especially not so when a fundraising e-mail, in its entirety, consists of ten images and a legal disclaimer… and the above alt text was used for eight of them.

People of Tumblr, time for yet another basic lesson on how the Internet works, because I keep seeing this in posts on Tumblr…

If you create a text post and embed an image by URL from another site, it does not create a copy of the image on Tumblr’s servers. Instead, when someone views the post, their browser will fetch that image from the remote server that you specified. As a result, the owner of that server will also see an entry in their request log with a referring URL of tumblr.com.

It’s generally pretty safe to do this for sites that are specifically for image hosting (imgur, imageshack, instagram, etc.), and for images that you yourself have uploaded, as those URLs tend to stay stable for years and those hosts explicitly allow embedding images on other sites.

But for other things? You’re operating under the assumption that the webmasters of those remote sites won’t block access to the image— which is very much possible if they’re running an actual business site and finding that a large amount of their bandwidth is being eaten up by viral Tumblr posts.

You’re also operating under the assumption that that URL will always point to the same image. Suffice it to say, many webmasters have been known, upon finding ridiculous amounts of entries in their logs from sites that hotlinked their images, to tell their servers to load a very different image when that URL is being loaded from the culprit site. In many cases, the replacement image is insulting at best, and not safe for work (when the original image was safe) at worst.

So yeah. In short: always use caution when linking to images hosted on other sites.

logicalcounterargument:

codeman38:

Seriously, why do so many satirists not seem to get that, if satire isn’t aimed sharply enough, it can have collateral damage? That, as with any weapon, you may end up hitting more than you intended to if you’re not careful?

You’d think this would be obvious, but given the sheer number of times I’ve seen comedians completely fail to grasp this, apparently it’s not.

To be fair, it’s not very easy to see even what damage is done to intentional targets. Satirists may know when they’ve properly skewered someone, but they rarely know how it feels to be that someone or what the knock-on effects might be. Easier on the conscience to just believe that no one is really getting hurt.

Hm, another good point.

Seriously, why do so many satirists not seem to get that, if satire isn’t aimed sharply enough, it can have collateral damage? That, as with any weapon, you may end up hitting more than you intended to if you’re not careful?

You’d think this would be obvious, but given the sheer number of times I’ve seen comedians completely fail to grasp this, apparently it’s not.

For some utterly inexplicable reason, Amazon MP3 sells a karaoke cover of the Allman Brothers’ “Jessica”.

For those unfamiliar with this classic-rock staple, it is a seven-and-a-half-minute instrumental. (Also known as the theme from Top Gear.)

Still giddy that Mercer University, where I got my bachelor’s degree nearly a decade ago, defeated Duke in the NCAA b-ball tournament today.

I’d totally wear my Mercer T-shirt tomorrow if it wasn’t so cold up here… (Why did I not get a sweatshirt again? Oh, right, because Georgia.)

How pretty much every one of those Tumblr surveys reads to me

Hey, I’m doing a survey for class which shows that I never took a class with any sort of intro to survey design!

So. Here’s a polarizing statement with which I agree.

If you agree with this statement, reblog it, but don’t click the like button, no matter how much you agree with it.

If you don’t agree with it, don’t reblog it. I don’t like this opinion, and I don’t want it to actually get spread around Tumblr or anything like that! Just click the like button, which, by all normal semantics of Tumblr interactions, also generally means that you agree with something.

And if you can’t actually answer the question because your opinion isn’t covered by mere agreement or disagreement? Sorry, I forgot to leave my ask box open. But whatever you do, don’t reblog it to add discussion to it. Because that’s agreeing.

I continue to be annoyed by the fact that I’m ridiculously introverted even by software developer standards.

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clatterbane:

madgastronomer:

moniquill:

acrossthetracksrebounding:

dudefella:

wilwheaton:

GPOY

I hope this image out-survives all actual knowledge of what the internet was.

Is that mouse plugged into his keyboard?

Of course it is. You must be a n00b at this whole Internet thing.

There actually were mice that plugged into keyboards. It was a real thing. Generally the other side of the keyboard, but yeah.

Then there are some older models like the C64, where the keyboard unit was the whole thing and all the peripherals plugged into it.

That looks a lot like the old Apple Extended Keyboard, actually— it had ADB ports on both sides, one to plug into the computer and the other to plug the mouse into. Either configuration worked, and given that the kid appears to be a leftie, it doesn’t surprise me at all that the mouse would be plugged in on the left.

…Yeah, I am way overthinking this, I know.