24 June, 2016

Chocolate Syrup "recipe"

© Cindy Schnackel 2016

Someone asked for my recipe for this impromptu vat of homemade chocolate syrup that I made and post a pic of the other day on Facebook. Since I rarely cook in the traditional sense, and when I do it's very spontaneous, recipes aren't usually involved. I cook much like I paint! Grabbing what's on hand and letting it evolve, they often start out as one thing and end up another. So here goes, as best I can recall: 

CHOCOLATE SYRUP


Take one nearly full bag of brown sugar that has turned hard as a rock. Pound with hammer until bag disintegrates 


Add a few tablespoons of water to try to resurrect it. Then, decide it is too wet and must be used immediately. 


Put in pan with vegan butter and/or coconut oil and cook over medium heat until you begin to be frightened that it'll burst into flames. 


Add about a cup of vegan milk (I had soy milk on hand). Stir and stir while it gets amazingly hot. 


Test it once in awhile, to see if it's "just before" that point where it'd turn into hard candy. I managed to avoid turning it into a block again. It was syrup, kind of like caramel. 


Add some vanilla since you know now it's not a failure. 


Then, why not add cocoa powder? Chocolate makes most things even better. 


Turn off heat and wait til it's below the temperature of fresh lava, and eat.



23 June, 2016

Long time, no update

I rarely use this blog to promote my art anymore, instead prefer to do that over at WP: https://cindyschnackel.wordpress.com/

Since I was posting some favorite copyright related links today, I thought I'd at least give a brief rundown. Last I posted about shows on THIS blog was about a year ago. I decided back then to reserve this blog for other issues. More details on what happened in between then and now are on my WP blog above!



Some Good Fan Art Links

After having been a member of a Print On Demand (POD) site for a few years, the topic of fan art came up frequently. I don't do it myself, but over the years have collected a number of good articles explaining why posting fan art on a site where it's for sale often results in removal for infringement. Most of these articles are very recent. If I find any more in the future I may add them here.

Enjoy:

Lawyer written article on fan art: http://www.gurwinskeyboard.com/fan-art-tribute-or-tribulation/

Video Game Fan Art Initiative: http://www.ign.com/articles/2016/01/20/redbubble-launches-video-game-fan-art-initiative

Star Trek guidelines for Fan Films: http://www.startrek.com/fan-films

Fan art article re: copyright and trademark. https://sandpaperdaisy.com/2015/11/24/should-you-respect-copyright/

Fan Art and Copyright: http://graphicleftovers.com/blog/fan-art-vs-copyright-infringement-legal/

Fan Art article by attorney, specifically about conventions: http://www.sethpolanskylaw.com/2016/06/10/intellectual-property-the-wrath-of-cons/

11 January, 2016

Other artists' chicken art!

Just a reminder that in addition to my own wordpress art blog, about my art, I have a wordpress blog about OTHER artists' work, at least if their art is about chickens! That blog is called Found A Chicken, because wherever I go, I notice chickens. Whether they're real ones, in art, on signs, or just a vague chicken shape in a cloud, my chicken radar sees them.

After a few months of neglecting Found A Chicken, I again took it up this week and have a couple more artists in line to feature soon.

This week I featured the art of Claudia Hall O'Driscoll: https://foundachicken.wordpress.com/

My art is here: https://cindyschnackel.wordpress.com/  I've set up a domain name I bought years ago to default to this blog now, but that may change when/if I set up a "real" website some day. In the meantime, I'm questioning whether it is really all that important that I have a separate site. The domain name is: www.bycindy.com and because it's similar but not the same as my art email address, I have often given it out wrongly as arbycindy but it's just bycindy.

06 January, 2016

Favorite Intellectual Property Law Related Links

Intellectual Property information, especially copyright.

"False Creative Commons" https://www.plagiarismtoday.com/2013/06/11/the-problem-with-false-creative-commons-licenses/

"Copyright Myths" http://libguides.trumbull.kent.edu/content.php?pid=465045&sid=3811281

"Fan Art and Copyright" http://graphicleftovers.com/blog/fan-art-vs-copyright-infringement-legal/

"Public Domain Sherpa" http://publicdomainsherpa.com/

"Orphan Works, United Kingdom" (does not exist in many countries) http://copyrightuser.org/topics/orphan-works/

"Trademark Parody" http://www.lfiplaw.com/articles/trademark_parody.htm

"Publicity Rights (using the likeness of a person e.g. celebrity art)" https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/Publicity

"Make a Secure Watermark"  https://www.plagiarismtoday.com/2013/08/01/how-to-ensure-your-watermarks-are-secure/

"Find and Remove Infringements of Your Work"  http://www.redbubble.com/people/cschnack/journal/7750976-art-theft-copyright-infringement-find-it-act-on-it

"Safe Harbor and DMCA requirements" https://www.rcfp.org/browse-media-law-resources/digital-journalists-legal-guide/protection-infringing-material-posted-oth

"Criminal Infringement" http://www.justice.gov/usam/criminal-resource-manual-1847-criminal-copyright-infringement-17-usc-506a-and-18-usc-2319