5/25/2005

The Weather Here Is Fine

We see speculation afoot that FBoFW is on the prowl against FBOFW commentary blogs. A couple have wondered: Did the fuzz close down this particular outpost of FBoFW criticism?

Not that we know of -- though maybe the hammer will come down now that some of our blogging bretheren have cited us by name. (Thanks for that, all. "Hey, Mr. Nazi, I hope you don't hassle Mr. Goldberg over there.")

Was this blog down for some amount time over the past few days? Could have been. Seems to happen quite frequently. We believe that has something to do with how much we paid for this service. Which would be...nothing. Blogger.com is our Lovey Salzman. It just wants to love us and make us comfortable, despite all those nasty people smoking big cee-gars elsewhere on the Internet.

Does the occassional screen capture of an FBOFW image constitute a copyright violation? Not surprisingly, copyright law (created for the copyright holders, not the potential infringers) is a little vague on that point. The various comic strip critique blogs could make the argument that we are offering literary/artistic criticism, and that few pixels of FBOFW-generated images we use don't compromise the value of the original work, don't represent the bulk of what's being offered and don't produce any profit or other benefit for us.

Problem is, if it comes down to it, that's an argument we'd need to make in court. And, frankly, it ain't worth the time to do that just to make fun of Elly's nose and Merrie's lack of bladder control. (And, come to think of it, John's too.)

So, then, if we haven't been sent to the slammer, why has Elly's Revenge been strangely silent these past few days?

Partly confusion -- aren't a "fracture" and a "break" the same thing? Deanna's ongoing distinction between the two keeps throwing us for a loop.

But, mostly, the culprit is sheer boredom: We're beginning the third week of FBOFW documenting the travails Mike and Deanna have encountered by moving up one flight of stairs. (Broken beds! Busted arms! Smelly new neighbors! Evictions! Civil unrest in the foyer! And Lovey's getting an ulcer..oy!) Just imagine if they'd move up two stories...or, heaven forbid, a few blocks away!

Anyway, with FBOFW stretching out two minutes of action over three weeks, it seems a bit, well, obvious to point out that characters aren't drawn realistically or that their actions don't seem true to life. When Lynn or her minions start giving a damn again...so will we.

Until then -- or until the FBOFW posse comes and strings us up from the highest tree -- others are welcome to post and we'll promote meritorious comments.

9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, Binky Betsy here, of FOOBiverse Journal. Sorry I mentioned this site. It was out of concern, not a desire to put you in the line of fire!

Anyway, I like this site, and if the hammer did come down, I would be outraged on your behalf. Hopefully, Lynn and her crew have been appeased.

3:25 PM  
Anonymous ellcee said...

Hi, ellcee of St. Eleanor of Milborough -- same here. I honestly thought there was a good chance you'd been taken down, given Betsy's little love note. I'm really glad you weren't!

LC

5:31 PM  
Blogger mike said...

Sorry, Binky and Ellcee, I realize that my post did not sound like amusing grumpiness, which is what I intended when I wrote it, but instead seemed a little on the nasty side. I'll pull down this whole post and comments tomorrow. I'm just leaving it up for now in the hope that you'll see my response. You guys didn't do anything wrong, and I'm sorry to have implied you did.

7:24 PM  
Anonymous nsp said...

Hi,
I just want to say I'm glad the blog is back. Yay!

7:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Binky says: No problem!

9:05 PM  
Anonymous cherry said...

I thought the blog had been pulled again when I got error messages a few days ago...the horror I felt! Glad things seem to be going well.

On a different note, I simply CANNOT WAIT til Mira enters the ring with the Kelpfroths-- match of the century, it will be!

12:49 AM  
Anonymous ellcee said...

Hey Mike,

Thanks -- I was just worried that we'd identified you as the Keymaster to Lynn's Gatekeeper!

LC

5:43 AM  
Anonymous oysterback said...

Another point that can be made in any copyright flap is that all these blogs (bless them! They keep me from doing any real work at work!) generate more readers for the original strips. Sure, we're mercilessly deconstructing them, but I'll bet the number of eyes scanning some of these comics has risen measurably and kept them from a certain death.

There's an old saying about what people who can't take a joke can do.

3:29 PM  
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