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The Volcanism Blog holiday closure 5 July 2008

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I’m away on summer holidays from 5 to 19 July 2008, so the blog is closed until I get back.

Thank you for visiting, and sorry for any inconvenience or disappointment. It’s possible the planet may not respect my holiday and that volcanic activity will continue during the two weeks I am away. That being the case, the following information sources are recommended for volcano news:

Smithsonian Institution Weekly Volcanism Bulletin
Erik Klemetti’s Eruptions Blog
Volcano World Blog
Fresh Bilge >> Volcanoes (for Chaitén updates)
Erupción del volcán Chaitén, Chile (for Chaitén updates)
POVI Llaima (for Llaima updates)

… and the blogroll on the right lists many more volcanically useful sources.

Que no hayan novedades.

UPDATE: holiday over – normal service will resume from tomorrow, 21 July 2008.

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Respecting copyright – why do I bother? 23 June 2008

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I think copyright is very important. The fundamental principle for me is that I expect my own work to be treated with respect and properly attributed, and I extend the same courtesy to others. When I want to use copyrighted material I always ask first.

And I’m wondering why I bother.

I’ve just been through my list of copyright requests pending and find that I am still waiting for a response from no fewer than eight organizations. In each case I’ve identified the item I wish to use (images, invariably), explained why and how I want to use it, made various guarantees that any permission granted won’t be abused, and framed the whole thing in the politest possible terms. And I’ve had nothing back from any of them.

In the worst case I’ve been waiting three months, and sent three follow-up messages. The rest come in at between six weeks and two weeks. These are not one-person operations: the organizations concerned are all large, have substantial budgets and full-time staff, advertise e-mail addresses through which they can be contacted, and plaster copyright protection notices all over their content. Some are government organizations, some are private companies, two are educational institutions.

They insist that you contact them to get permission to reproduce any part of their content, and when you do, they ignore you. Great.

Why do I bother?

Because it’s the right thing to do. But you can understand why I ask.

(I won’t name any of the guilty parties here. Yet.)

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Sick note 5 March 2008

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Apologies for the lack of recent postings: illness has intervened. There’s only the one of me, and when I’m sick things don’t get done. Fortunately things have been quiet, volcanically speaking, lately.

Back to normal by next week.

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Interlude: enter the geocats 4 February 2008

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This post by Callan Bentley at NOVA Geoblog gave me a strong sense of deja vu. He shows his cat Lola acquainting herself with the geology of Maryland, and here’s my own Lady Bracknell engaging with the solid geology of the United Kingdom (south sheet).

...just sits on Wales...

Callan Bentley notes that Lola at least tries to align herself with the prevailing geological trends. Her Ladyship, by contrast, just sits on Wales.

More geocats here at Harmonic Tremors, delightfully named after faults. Which one’s Liquiñe-Ofqui?

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