Regardless of how I do it, uploading a GIF to Tumblr is basically a useless operation for me. It never works. I always have to direct people to an outside site to see it.
See here as an example. You either have to click through or click “View in high resolution” to load a version that will actually play. The same is true when it appears on someone’s Dashboard (or my own). That’s stupid. I see plenty of GIFs that play just fine, but mine won’t. Clearly I’m missing something. Are there some unspoken rules of Tumblrdom GIFing?
24-year-old Ashley Payne was forced to resign from her position as a public high school teacher when a student allegedly complained over a Facebook photo of Payne holding alcoholic beverages claiming it promoted drinking.
The pictures were exactly what you’d expect from a European summer vacation: Cafes in Italy and Spain, the Guinness brewery in Ireland. So 24-year-old Ashley Payne, a public high school English teacher in Georgia, was not prepared for what happened when her principal asked to see her in August 2009.
“He just asked me, ‘Do you have a Facebook page?’” Payne said. “And you know, I’m confused as to why I am being asked this, but I said, ‘Yes.’ And he said, ‘Do you have any pictures of yourself up there with alcohol?’”
In fact, the picture that concerned the principal - showing Payne holding a glass of wine and a mug of beer - was on her Facebook page. There was also a reference to a local trivia contest with a profanity in its title.
Payne was told a parent of one of her students called to complain. And then, Payne says, she was given a choice: resign or be suspended.
“He told me that I needed to make a decision before I left, or he was going to go ahead and suspend me,” she said.
She resigned. Attorney Richard Storrs is fighting to get Payne’s job back.
“It would be like I went to a restaurant and I saw my daughter’s teacher sitting there with her husband having a glass of some kind of liquid,” Storr said. “You know, is that frowned upon by the school board? Is that illegal? Is that improper? Of course not. It’s the same situation in this case.”
But here’s the really troubling part: Payne had used the privacy settings on Facebook. She thought that only her closest friends could see her vacation photos or her use of the “B” word.
“I wouldn’t use it in a classroom, no,” she said. “But Facebook is not the classroom. And it’s not open to the students of my classroom. They are not supposed to see it. I have privacy in place so they don’t see it.”
What Ashley Payne or anyone of us who uses the Internet has to realize is this: Today our private lives are no longer so private.
"A tightening of copyright rules means kindergartens now have to pay fees to Germany’s music licensing agency, GEMA, to use songs that they reproduce and perform. The organization has begun notifying creches and other daycare facilities that if they reproduce music to be sung or performed, they must pay for a license."
The words I have to describe this are too inappropriate to type.