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The Importance of Copyrights

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Copyrights. This is the issue. In today’s society, so quickly moving to the metaphysical sphere known as the Internet, we have to hold tight onto our pajamas and push our work out into a void previously unexplored by the eager practitioner of entrepreneurship. In order to survive in a volatile market where fame is greater than skill, there is one single key that protects your work from the thieves of heartless re-distributors, and that is copyrighting.

As much as your car or your house is your property, so should your work be yours (Lessig, Lawrence The Future of Ideas,) and just as a deed to your land or the title of your vehicle grants you that magical power of ownership, so the copyright empowers you to promote your work without the fear of others, less motivated than yourself, to steal, rehash, re-brand, and sell your hard work.

Artists, like myself, find it difficult to make it day-by-day, taking part in wild ventures of creation, such as illustrating a book on elves for free, or volunteering our time to help a random kid from California we just met promote his groundbreaking innovation in coding development. From our deep desire not only to create, but to be well-known, wealthy, and keep creating, artists deeply value copyrights. For as much as we love to create, we love to keep recreating, and in the spirit of this Richard A. Epstein writes “Some creators are motivated solely by the desire to create and would be happy to distribute their works under simple terms …requiring attribution only. But for most authors, compensation matters.” Because without compensation, we simply cannot survive.

And finally, there definitely is a place for free information: work to be shared by merely attribution and with no monetary reimbursement. Just like the book I’m working on illustrating, some projects are there just to help get our name out. But beyond that, artists, and everyone else across the globe, benefit from a moderation of free information and readily-available knowledge, as can be found on Wikipedia, however unreliable it may be. And as Lessig says, “The opportunity for learning is the Internet.” I agree with this, because I have found a great amount of help in online tutorials for learning 3D.

But what it all comes down to is the simple fact that artists cannot survive on their pencil stubs. They need money, and their work needs protection. And that, my friend, is why we have copyrights.

This is an essay I wrote as practice for the College Composition CLEP, but as it stands alone well, I am sharing it as my view on the issue of copyrighting.

Copyright © 2011 Benjamin Bailey

The victor ;)

Literally 6 More

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Yes, I have six more college credits.  This morning my sister and I went to Mountain State University testing center, and we both took the Analyzing and Interpreting Literature CLEP – a college-level exam.  I’m proud to say that I passed with a 78! (Scoring is from 20, being the lowest, to 80, being the highest.)

The victor ;)

I’m hoping to apply to a number of different colleges soon, as well for my passport.  And oh, there’s that package I need to send to the Sunshine state… anyway, please be in prayer for me concerning my life: finding the right college, the right career, et al.

Now time to write a BlenderNation.com post, work a lot on those illustrations for The Book of Sylvari: An Anthology of Elves, and watch more episodes of 24 and perhaps try and old movie like Dial M For Murder.

Peace!

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Humanity (and Six College Credits)

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Hello, all!  Just letting you know that I have passed my first CLEP – that is, College Level Examination Program test.  I took the Humanities exam.  This means I have six (6) credit hours to my name, completely transferable to whichever college I decide upon attending!

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Peeking Over The Results :)

Isn’t this just awesome?  It took me a few months of preparation to be ready for the test, most of which wasn’t really studying.  Alright, since I’ve confused you, let me give you the whole low-down on what I did:

  • First, my sister decided that she wanted to take the Humanities test next, since it was on her list of CLEPs she needed to take.  And since I didn’t end up taking Natural Sciences with her, I decided to have a go at this CLEP, too.  Thankfully, I ended up taking the exam this time.
  • Next, she bought a study guide, the official CLEP review book on Humanities. Man, was that book helpful.  It provided us with two practice examination tests.
  • Then we crammed.  We were expecting to take it back in April, but we didn’t feel prepared. So we waited.
  • Then it rolled around to last week, and my sister wanted to take the test.  Fair enough, but when it came time for it, I still wasn’t ready.  So we delayed till this week.  She took it on Wednesday, but once again, I did not feel ready.
  • So, I took it today. And passed!

One final thing you should know: right before a test, I would cram, cram, cram, using Wikipedia primarily.  I searched up so many different authors, poets, playwrights, operas, movements – wow.  I can definitely say I learned a lot.  Thing is, I probably won’t remember a bit of it in a few months.  But at least I can say I can cram.

After all, that’s all colleges want us to do, right?  Get an A?

>Sigh<  Well, I really did learn a lot from this preparing for this test.  I’m glad for the learning, the college credit, and the personal macho-feeling it gives you.  Even if the educational system is off-kilter, one can still choose to learn.  Life is a journey, and no matter what, new adventures and places to discover will appear on the horizon.

Let us learn together!

P.S. And oh, BTW!  I got a great score on the test: 72!  You see, 20 points is the lowest you can get, and 80 points is the very highest, whereas 50 points is passing.  So I did well, and I’m thankful.   A great, big thanks to all my friends who thought of me, encouraged me, and prayed for me.  Praise God!

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Snow, snow, please go!

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Actually, I’m enjoying the snow quite a bit.  Yesterday I helped my brother and father snowblow and shovel the snow.

Tim snowblowing away!

Tim snowblowing away!

Today, I helped a friend shovel the parking lot at church.  It’s good to let my lame muscles do some work for once.

Big decisions have been made  – a proper post would be in order, so I’ll save the gory details for later, but I’ve decided to stick around in the hills for another year, pushing an on-campus college education off for at least 2011.

So long for now, DAVE School.

So long for now, DAVE School! I will consider you for the future.

And finally, I’m very glad to say that what I thought to be a dead pixel in my camcorder really turned out to be a grain of sand on the Fujinon lens.  A damaged CCD would have cost me hundreds of dollars to repair.

And oh, one last thing: I sent in my audition videos to Crystal Creek Media for their upcoming film this summer.  Here’s for hoping I make it in!

And I guess that’s about all for now,

Until later, good friends, and may the road be kind to you.

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Back From Florida!

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I’m back from a wonderful trip to Florida!  I was able to visit  friends and meet new ones, check out schools, and see the Gulf.  It was a great time and I look forward to going back in April to escort Charlotte to her senior prom.

Here is a quick overview of what I did during my visit to the Sunshine State:

My first flight was quite amazing!  The takeoff was exhilarating, I had a nice conversation with someone on the plane, and had a blast with the turbulence as we entered Orlando – yes, I was smiling :)

Smiling me :)

Smiling me :)

Full Sail was a sprawling, sunny campus set in costly sound stages, a converted stripmall, and buildings with fake fronts for films.  The equipment was unbelievably expensive, with rooms full of high-end soundboards and Mac computers.  They even get the latest RED cameras.  A good friend of the Lynns, Joseph Hancock, a Masters student at Full Sail, and a friend of his, toured us around the the campus.

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Joey, Ben, and Charlotte at Full Sail

DAVE School is set in a warehouse-like building on the backlot of Universal Studios, right next to Universal Resort Orlando.  The school is very small, with a few long rooms filled with students working on projects ranging from texturing a frog in ZBrush or texturing a commercial product to putting their face on a creature from their favorite feature film.  Andrew Kral kindly toured me around the rooms and introduced me to students and teachers.  The school only accepts about 30 students for each class.  Unlike Full Sail, which is a four-year university (with a two-year accelerated version,) DAVE School is a 1-year tradeschool.  I have been accepted if I choose to go.

Andrew Kral and Ben Bailey at the DAVE School

Andrew Kral and Ben Bailey at the DAVE School

The Acting Studio is an amazing, small studio where Dan and Vicki Watson teach teens and college students how to act, sing, and dance.  The studio performs musicals, such as Into the Woods, Little Shop of Horrors, and Return to the Forbidden Planet.  This time around they were doing Godspell, a comedic musical with a 70′s take on the gospel of Matthew.  I really enjoyed watching it (twice,) and loved all the students.  I look forward to joining them someday, if I move to the area.

Charlotte, Ben, and Vicki at The Acting Studio

Charlotte, Ben, and Vicki at The Acting Studio

The Fairs were fun!  We went to the State Fair and the Pasco County Fair.  Charlotte and I walked around and played a few games, such as throwing baseballs at beer bottles, and went to a big tent circus.  Later we went to the Pasco talent show and watched some 46 contestants, ranging from 6-16, dance, sing, or do both at the same time!  And oh, I had my first funnel cake.

The beautiful ferris wheel at night

The beautiful ferris wheel at night!

The Gulf of Mexico was awesome!  Joy, Chuck, Charlotte, and I all walked along the beach on Valentines day.  We also fed the seagulls some heart cookies as I filmed the birds racing to get the food.  After that Charlotte and I walked the beach and watched all the happy couples as they enjoyed a romantic sunset.

Charlotte posing at the Gulf

Charlotte posing at the Gulf

The Conclusion? Well, I definitely want to go back again!  Possibly even move there.  But I’m torn between all the possibilities and responsibilities that lay before me: finishing high school, get a driver’s license, and deciding whether I want to spend my life doing visual effects for movies and commercials, act and direct films, stay at home for another year, move to Tampa for a year of acting experience and worklife away from home, or just up and move to another country and make a singing career.

In other words, I have no idea.

Ben, Becca, Charlotte, and Shelby chilling!

Ben, Becca, Charlotte, and Shelby chilling!

Please remember me in your prayers and shoot me an e-mail if you feel like chatting.  I’ve got a hard decision ahead of me, one that will change my life forever.

Blessings be upon you!

P.S. I had a wonderful time with you, friends!  I look forward to seeing you again!  And a HUGE thanks to the Lynns for taking care of me while I was down there – giving me a place to stay, serving me food, driving me all over the place, and loving me as family.

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Off to Florida

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wv_to_fl6Yep, I’m heading off tomorrow to sunny Florida. Coming into Orlando on February 9, I’m staying for about 10 days and checking out the colleges down there, including DAVE School (1-year trade school) and Full Sail (4-year multimedia university,) as well as visiting some good friends.

I hope to gain a better insight into what to do with the rest of my life. I’d really appreciate your thoughts and prayers. I plan to do some filming on the trip, too. First time flying, to boot.

Anyhow, see you on the other side,
God bless

2010 New Year’s Resolutions

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It’s almost 2010, so that means we should keep with tradition and make two thousand and ten resolutions for this coming year, right? Eh, maybe not.

I’ve been adament against making New Year’s resolutions all my life, but this year I feel strangely comeplelled to make a change – big change.

Sure, I’ve been compelled before, and on previous New Year’s, but this time I have a big list and an even bigger responsibility than before.

Instead of being free to just make huge wishes and hoping they’d come true, that I’d be a hero and succeed in everything I had set out to do, this coming year I have to consider something else, bigger, large, and definitely more scary.

I used to like to think I was ahead of the game – I still do, in a small, weird way, but in so many ways I’m behind. I’m fat (some would say “overweight”,) I have a lot to study, and most of all, college to consider. Afterall, next month I will be 19 years old.

Sometimes people are put on a fast track, garnaring a PhD at age 21. Other times they go slower, maybe getting into college at age 18. Still others are a bit slower, waiting and wondering. I guess you could put me in the latter faction.

Should I go to Full Sail to pursue multimedia and film, or to the DAVE School for animation and visual effects instruction, or to the ALERT Academy to get a firm gripping in Christian principles along with a full set of applicible trades – and a nice figure to boot.

The way I’m headed isn’t nearly as substantial as I’d like it to be, but my current focus is online software training, independent filmmaking, and contributing to open source projects.

I’ve always loved music, drawing, singing – but maybe film is the way I should go? Or maybe not.

Anyhow, this near year is looming upon us – only about 3 hours until the big 10 – our tenth year of the 21st century.

I could make a documentary about my health and coming fitness journey, or make a short video every single day for a year, or write a musical, or fly to South Africa and go backpacking across the wild continent.

So what should I do? Hey, why am I asking you? I have to figure this out.

But if there is one thing I know, it’s this:

You will never conquer the world until you first conquer yourself. This is the inner Beast – once you have control of this, you have control of everything.
- Benjamin Bailey (me)

So, enjoy this coming year, and God bless you!

Be the man you want to be – the man you are destined to be.

P.S. Having a great time with relatives up here in Iowa with relatives, watching football, shows, a movie; eating sweets, playing Super Mario Bros: Wii, and contemplating life. God bless!

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