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Note to LGF Pages Contributors: Use More Images!

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Here’s a quick note to remind all of our LGF Pages contributors that using images is … good! It’s a good thing! And setting up the LGF Facebook Page has provided us with a great example of why this is so.

Here’s our Facebook page, showing the last four LGF Pages I’ve posted there:

If we scroll down past these posts, here’s what the last three LGF front page articles look like:

Those nice big full-width images! That’s what I’m talking about. If you don’t include an image in your LGF Page we substitute our default green football logo, because Facebook actually requires an image of some kind for these posts. But as you can see, if there are several of these default images in a row it tends to look monotonous and uninviting.

If you post a video clip from YouTube or Vimeo in an LGF Page, a video thumbnail “meta image” will automatically be set up for you by our software. But if you’re not posting a video, it’s up to you to plug in an image of some kind, and I’ve coded things so that’s about as easy as possible by letting you drag and drop images into the editing area of our LGF Pages window to upload them.

Facebook tries to figure out how to crop and clip images; if they won’t fit in that full-width area above the post, it may put them in a smaller left-aligned area. Images below 250 pixels width always seem to go in that area, and that’s where the default green football logo appears.

Remember — you can’t violate copyrights. Don’t grab news photos from the Associated Press or Reuters or those kinds of places. But Google’s image search can often turn up interesting images that aren’t copyrighted, and you can also use screen capture software to grab screenshots when appropriate (which I did to produce the images above).

Pro-tip: if you’re posting about a specific person or thing, uploading a portrait shot and giving it a tag with the name of the person/thing lets you quickly re-use the image by searching for the tag with our Image Library system, the next time you write about that person or thing.

Images aren’t only important on Facebook, by the way; they’re also used for Twitter’s previews (“Twitter Cards”) that show up in tweets about your Page.

Now, none of this is mandatory, of course. You can always post an LGF Page without an image, and we won’t put you in the stocks for it. But if you’d like it to look as nice as possible on these social media sites (where it’s going to end up anyway), images are the cat’s pajamas! Use one today!

Little Green Footballs Now Has an Official Facebook Page With Its Own Address

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I’ve been working on this for a while, and tonight I’m proud to launch the official Little Green Footballs Facebook Page, where you’ll find both front page articles and user-submitted LGF Pages featured in their own little corner of Facebook, with its own web address.

New LGF Feature: Download a Copy of Your Entire Image Library

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Here’s a brand new feature I’m sure everyone who uses LGF’s personalized Image Library system (available free to registered users) will appreciate: now you can download your entire collection of images in a ZIP file. When you expand the file, it creates a directory structure with all the images neatly filed in folders and subfolders named by dates.

Since these zip archives can be quite large depending on how many images you’ve uploaded, there’s a limit of one archive download per user per week.

Still to do: I haven’t decided yet how to handle tags, captions and other “meta” information about the images. But having a complete backup of all your images is such a useful feature as is, I decided to go live with it now.

It’s simple to use; only one button labeled “Download Image Library,” visible at upper right in the Image Library main page.

SCOTUS: Scalia Says Constitution Permits Court to ‘Favor Religion Over Non-Religion’

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E gad, I was out with my son all day last Thursday and wasn’t even aware of this until just now. Seriously creepy stuff—I’m surprised no one Paged it (at least not that I could find).

Antonin Scalia

The separation of church and state doesn’t mean “the government cannot favor religion over non-religion,” Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia argued during a speech at Colorado Christian University on Wednesday, according to The Washington Times.

Defending his strict adherence to the plain text of the Constitution, Scalia knocked secular qualms over the role of religion in the public sphere as “utterly absurd,” arguing that the Constitution is only obligated to protect freedom of religion — not freedom from it.

“I think the main fight is to dissuade Americans from what the secularists are trying to persuade them to be true: that the separation of church and state means that the government cannot favor religion over non-religion,” the Reagan-appointed jurist told the crowd of about 400 people. […]

More at MSN…

John Boehner Is Sick of Unemployed People Who Would ‘Rather Just Sit Around’

The GOP still has nothing but contempt for people struggling to make it
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Richard Cowen, Reuters: John Boehner Is Sick of Unemployed People That Would ‘Rather Just Sit Around’

Boehner then lamented “this idea that has been born, maybe out of the economy over the last couple years, that you know, I really don’t have to work. I don’t really want to do this. I think I’d rather just sit around. This is a very sick idea for our country.”

The evidence is clear that once someone has been unemployed for six months, as happened to millions of Americans as jobs disappeared during the Recession, virtually no employer is willing to give them a chance. But we can always count on the GOP to kick people when they are down.

Minnesota Police Tase and Arrest Black Man for Sitting in a Public Space

“Put your hands behind your back, otherwise it’s going to get ugly”
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This is wrong and just pisses me off, I can’t watch it again.

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St. Paul Cops Allegedly Taser and Arrest Black Male for Sitting in Public Space | Twin Cities Daily Planet

A video showing the arrest of a black St. Paul man for allegedly sitting in a public space and refusing to give up his name surfaced yesterday, Aug. 26 — only weeks after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Missouri re-sparked the national debate on race and police profiling.

The video, shot by the man’s cellphone, shows his interaction with officers as he attempts to pick up his children from New Horizon Academy in downtown St. Paul. As the officers force the man to put his hands behind his back, he drops his phone and the video goes black, but the audio continues and we hear the man crying for help and proclaiming that his kids are watching. Both officers in the video are white.

“Why do I have to let you know who I am?” the man tells the first female officer at the beginning of the video. “I don’t have to let you know who I am if I haven’t broken any laws.”

From the following dialogue, it appears the police were called by a store clerk, who was upset over the man sitting in front of his store. The man in the video tells the officer he was sitting in front of the store for 10 minutes as he waited for his kids to get out of school, and that the area is public and he had a right to sit there.

Special H/T to Pam Spaulding (aka “Pam’s House Blend”) where I first saw this. If you aren’t following her on facebook you probably should be now that she’s stopped blogging.

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