My daughter has a set of Sea & Learn Bath Shapes that are very entertaining for her and me and the wife alike. (The wife might not want to admit that. But for me I can say that they engage my brain more than a typical work-related meeting.)
I happened to notice that the “e” looks very Microsoft Internet Explorerish. It’s a small letter. It’s blue. So I looked around for the “f” and found that by an amazing coincidence, it is Firefox red!
(Ok, so the Firefox logo is predominantly orange and this is mostly red. Just play along, ok? The stars are orange. Take it or leave it.)
How about that? The forces of good and evil arrayed against each other in a child’s collection of floating letters.
I then further explored ways that these spongy forms might promote this web site and the cause of free software.
(Now, pay attention and look to see where I cheated in a couple of these.)
First, a beacon of hope in a proprietary wasteland:
Next, it’s interesting that “freedom” starts with the nice Firefox “f,” but has two bad IE “e”s. Let’s hope the red-sympathizing “r” (for ruskie?) will lend its support to the communist/hippie free software cause:
Finally, a great GNU/Linux distribution that has helped me make the move to freedom after many years of wandering in the wasteland:
Did you see where I cheated? Hint: The set includes two of each letter and number.
As with many free and open source projects, others showed up with their own ideas and wanted to contribute their talents:
It can be a real challenge to manage these things, and sometimes it all breaks down in to chaos:
I guess she had a different artistic vision, or she thought some major refactoring was called for. They are her Sea & Learn Bath Shapes, after all.
I didn’t include my usual Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license on these pictures. With today’s iron-fisted copyright regime, I wondered if Munchkin might claim rights to words made with their product’s letters.
What do you think? Are these pictures admissible in to free culture? Do I have fair use rights? Can you further distribute them far and wide in the name of software and cultural freedom? You certainly have my blessing, but I can’t be responsible for what clue-lacking lawyers might do.
Wouldn’t it be great though, if some Munchkin company lawyer actually sent out a cease and desist letter? I could proudly post it and perhaps stir up some outrage and traffic. Oh, the fun we would have!
Perhaps a fun game for the 21st century will be “IP” lawyer-baiting. Set the snare and then trap them with bad publicity.