Libraries are at risk!

Today, I want to spotlight the Internet Archive and its fight for the libraries' right for digital lending, something that is at risk right now. In a nutshell, as the Fight for the Future's page on the situation says, major publishers don't allow libraries to purchase permanent digital copies of their books - the given only option being renting the digital copies for high fees, meaning that things like censorship are veritable risks - forcing libraries to instead scan physical books so they can be loaned digitally while the physical copy is kept in storage and the digital copy's loaning is limited to just one file per book - a practice known as Controlled Digital Lending. The nonprofit Internet Archive and more traditional libraries like the Boston Public Library preserve their books digitally this way. The publishers sued the Internet Archive for doing this and on March 24th, a lower court judge ruled in the publishers' favor, which puts not just the Internet Archive but libraries like the aforementioned Boston Public Library at risk as well.

Currently on my art: Happenstances

The first quarter of 2023 has reached its midpoint, so it's time for a new post - although this time, it's with a minor announcement: namely, the fact that I've finally decided to bite the bullet and rename these updates from Currently on art to Currently on my art. A bit wordier but I figured that a bit more specificity would probably be nice.

Anything Not Saved Will Be Lost

An excellent reminder to keep your backups up to date – or make them in the first place if you’ve neglected them entirely!

Damon L. Wakes


Hey you.

Yes, you. Reading this on some kind of electronic device right now.

If a mischievous little goblin showed up and drop-kicked that thing into the ocean, would you lose anything important? (Besides the device itself, which I’m assuming was expensive.)

If so, you should back your stuff up right freakin’ now.




Have you done it yet?

If not, I’ll wait.

If so, feel free to keep reading. This is going to be a post in two parts.

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Currently on art: FFM and low productivity

It's been close to two months since the last Currently on art update, so it's about time I got around to writing this. While I had plans to be productive this month, reality has turned out to be far less optimal; projects have been left hanging due to low motivation and I've procrastinated a lot of stuff (including writing this post).