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If imitation is the highest form of flattery, I must be very boring

sassylawyer has been plagiarized. That got me to thinking about plagiarism, and you know? I don't think I've ever been badly plagiarized. Probably not a single line maliciously lifted from my Ph104 or JapanTraining notes. No one reposts me to get +5 Insightful or to increase post count on some bulletin board. I saw a number of Google queries poking around my notebook directory back when I still had files from college, but those were probably people who would've copied netlists or programs from elsewhere on the Net, anyway.

Conclusion: I must be really boring. ;)

I suppose it also helps that the only things I post on my blog are random code snippets, bad short stories, business ideas, and my TODO list, all of which can be freely reposted anywhere you want. (In fact, please steal my TODO list!)

The only people who read my blog are geeks, my family and my friends. They're all smarter than I am and have no problems coming up with insightful posts on their own.

I'm not concerned about plagiarism. I trust that if my thoughts are being posted to a forum by someone who's too lazy to think up cool stuff, the mere fact that the poster would think other people would find such things interesting means that some of the readers might've stumbled across my blog before. Then they laugh at the poster, completely destroying the poster's reputation. Mwahaha.

Even if I never get attributed, it's nice that the ideas are out there. My ideas are more important than my byline. I don't care who eventually makes stuff happen as long as the stuff happens. I learn by writing, and I lose nothing if people copy me. If people go to the trouble of stripping out my identity, then they'll just have to deal with questions and bugs themselves.

I don't care if people stumbling upon my work never bother to find out who I am. If they find something in my braindump useful, well and good. If they copy-and-paste what I've written into something they need to submit for class or work, they've lost the opportunity to exercise their mind.

If someone ever accuses me of plagiarizing my own work, I'll simply laugh and point to the other stuff I've written or to the things I've done. People know I'm real.

So there. I trust you, reader. I'll never use Javascript hacks to make it difficult for you to save data from my website. I'll never make it difficult for you to syndicate my blog (RSS feed) or copy it whole-sale. Heck, if you want an archive of my planner, either wget -r or e-mail me for an archive.

Go ahead and steal my thoughts. Add your insights. Make them better.

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