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For three years we’ve been hosting Rubber Duck Theater (RDT) on blip.tv. Forty four episodes have been hosted on Blip and linked to other sites around the web like Facebook, Twitter and our personal blogs. Last month out of the blue, I got the following message from Blip:

Over the past year, Blip has been conducting an ongoing review of our content library, removing accounts that don’t meet our Terms of Service. As part of this effort, your account has been flagged for removal on November 7, 2013, and new uploads have been disabled as of today.

I thought there must be some mistake as RDT does not brake any Terms of Service! I emailed Blip to try to clear up this error and got this reply:

Blip requires that all its videos be part of a high quality, episodic, original web series. Please refer to Section 11 of Blip’s Terms of Service for more information about prohibited content:

11. Prohibited Content: Videos that are not part of a high quality, original episodic web series can be removed at Blip’s sole discretion.

In other words, we don’t like your stuff and we can remove whatever we don’t like. How rude and insulting!

Well, after a bit of research it turns out that Blip has actually snubbed over 80% of it’s users! Seems Blip has decided only to keep their big money making “Core Webseries” producers while giving the boot to it’s “lesser” accounts who actually helped to make them successful.

Obviously, Blip can do what ever it wants, but it’s the way they did it that is annoying. Basically Blip is telling users we don’t care about you and we can do whatever we want. Here is the canned reply that many users got from Blip:

“We suggest moving to a more general platform such as YouTube or Vimeo for your needs.”

So, to anyone who cares, I hereby boycott blip.tv / blip.com and ask you to do the same. They don’t care about their users, all they care about is making money for themselves.

Now begins the work of moving 3 years worth of videos to a new host and fixing hundreds of links. Thanks Blip…NOT!

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Happy Birthday Anthony!

Anthony is 19 years old today. This is the earliest photo we have of him. He joined our family when he was 6 years old and no photos came with him. His social worker gave me this photo from his file when we adopted him. I love this photo. I bet he was an adorable baby too!

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Grafton News Transitions to New Ownership

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The Grafton News, a fixture in the Grafton community for the last 53 years, recently transitioned to new ownership.

Founder Charles N. Bolack has sold his interest in the weekly newspaper and its website to editor and publisher Donald E. Clark, graphic designer Wendy L. Watkins and website developer Cynthia M. Bissell, all residents of Grafton.

Bolack will continue to write “Up and Down the Highways,” the weekly column he has penned since 1958 when the newspaper was founded. He will also continue to be listed as “publisher emeritus” in the newspaper’s masthead.

Clark was named editor of the Grafton News in 2003 and publisher in January 2011. He started with the newspaper in 2002. He has been involved in journalism, newspapers, publishing, and graphic design for many years. Clark holds an associate’s degree from Worcester Junior College and a bachelor of arts in English from Worcester State College (now University).

Watkins has been the newspaper’s graphic designer for the past four years. Born in Montreal, she has a degree in commercial art from Dawson College. She was formerly an art director for Phillips-Magnavox in Canada

Bissell started www.thegraftonnews.com, the online version of the Grafton News, in 2009. A registered nurse, she began creating web sites professionally in 1998 and has received several awards and citations for her work on the development of specialized medical and disability-related Internet resources.

“Charlie started the Grafton News as a way to help foster the civic, cultural and economic life of the area, just as it says on our masthead,” said Clark. “Although we may explore new ways to do it, there’s no reason we should change that philosophy.”

View article as it appeared in The Grafton News

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