Anatomy of a Tumblr post on the desktop dashboard.
I think Tumblr is one of the most exciting sources of social data that is just now being tapped and its value is just now being realized. The level of interest and amount of adoption of the data is really exciting.
These days it’s different. The young — and the young at heart — bundle into beds, laptops and tablets propped inches from faces. They are snug in these cocoons, sequestered from all stimuli but those they source from screen and headphones. People watch alone now or in pairs, at odd hours, either streamed, downloaded, or on DVD, sometimes months or years after the shows have originally aired. Low budget shows on small market basic cable channels like FX don’t have to be populist, because they don’t have to pull in big advertisers in order to survive. These shows make money through licensing contracts with companies like Netflix and Hulu, through DVD sales, and through digital download sales via iTunes and Amazon.
Nature has been for me,
for as long as I remember,
a source of
solace, inspiration, adventure,
a home, a teacher, a companion.
It’s not perfect, but I’m consistently impressed by Tumblr’s automatic source-linking function. Sure, there are the jagoffs that will manually strip an image of watermark. But Tumblr made it so that it’s harder to not credit sources, and they did it in an unobtrusive way that anyone who cares about attribution would find helpful.
Stolen content still happens all the time on Tumblr. But now it’s generally the product of malicious intent rather than just laziness, an affliction that besets a much broader swathe of users.
We’ve had it for almost two years now, but I don’t think it ever got the recognition it deserves. What an accomplishment.
Love never dies a natural death.
It dies because we don’t know
how to replenish it’s source.
It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals.
It dies of illness and wounds;
it dies of weariness, of witherings,
- the willingness to accept
responsibility for one’s own life
- is the source from which
self respect springs.
Since Tumblr does not have a graphic for NASA posts in the dashboard (as they do with Wired, Wikipedia and others), I propose they use this logo to identify sources that point to NASA websites.
Fear is the
main source of superstition,
and one of the main sources of cruelty.
To conquer fear is
is the main source of
superstition, and one of
the main sources of cruelty.
To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
is the source of the greatest pleasures,
even the most agreeable pursuits become tedious.