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Scientific American

I have a very definite niche.  Many of the things that I do, not a lot of people do.  And, I document most of what I do – with lots of pictures, which I post online.  So, when people are searching the web for something related to my unusual interests, they often find my pictures.  Then, if I’m lucky and they’re polite, they write me and ask for permission to use the pictures.  I usually say yes, although it’s case by case; sometimes there’s even a little money involved, or a contributor’s copy of a cool book or magazine.  I’m particularly likely to say yes if it’s for a museum supporting science, or for educational materials for schools – the only exception is if it’s for a religious organization promoting pseudo-science.  I think that teaching creationism to kids is an insidious and very damaging form of child abuse.  Sorry about the soap-box, but it’s something I’ve run into hard a couple of times.  If you want to tell children that God made silkworms for the express use of mankind, I respect your Constitutional freedom to say so – but I also have a right to sue if you use my copyrighted pictures without permission.



This time, it was a writer with Scientific American’s website; he was looking for some images to support an article on metamorphosis.  So, now, I’ve got a photo on their website, with links back to mine – and it’s a very cool article!

The article with my photo

Another article, related information, same author. 


Originally published at WormSpit. You can comment here or there.


( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 10th, 2012 03:59 pm (UTC)
That is so cool! Congratulations on your contributions to science!
Aug. 10th, 2012 04:17 pm (UTC)
Awesome article!
Aug. 10th, 2012 04:54 pm (UTC)
Aug. 10th, 2012 04:57 pm (UTC)
You should be getting visitors!
Aug. 10th, 2012 06:24 pm (UTC)
This is just wonderful. I remember as child, the very first time we were taken to the school library (2nd grade), checking out a book on silkworm husbandry, an academic text translated from Chinese. My teacher, Sister Theresa, took it away when she discovered me reading it and made me get Curious George. Stupid Sister Theresa. The silkworm book was fascinating.

Do you actually end up harvesting the cocoons yourself or are you doing this as a business?
Aug. 10th, 2012 06:28 pm (UTC)
Check out the "silk work" section at www.wormspit.com - I do the whole thing! It's a hobby, not a business, for me, though.
Aug. 10th, 2012 07:36 pm (UTC)
Very interesting. I've been to a silk spinning factory in China (wow, 30 years ago). The steam and the stink were...memorable.
Aug. 11th, 2012 03:43 am (UTC)
Wow, congratulations! :)
Aug. 11th, 2012 01:37 pm (UTC)
I hear you about the creationism. So good to see posts from you!
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