On Screwing with People

I am such an ass.

I've noticed recently a number of hits on my website, specifically to an image found here of a Cyberman, most of them coming from LiveJournal.

I've always thought it rude to link to someone else's image, so when the BBC released an image of the Cybermen from the new season of Doctor Who I uploaded the promo image of the Cyberman from the BBC website up to my own webserver.

Now, people are linking to the image on my server rather than to the original.

Except that now they're not.

Here's a good example. Or here, if you scroll down to May 14th.

See that word, written in Tengwar, the phonetic alphabet developed by Tolkien for his Elvish languages? Click on the image, look at the image properties. Links back to my webpage, to a file called “cybermen.jpg”. But it's clearly not a Cyberman, not now. 🙂

So, what is it? It's my name, written in Tengwar. At least, I think it's my name, though I may have the vowel symbol above the M-like letter placed incorrectly.

I'm curious to see how long it takes anyone to notice.

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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