Copyright infringements and you

More and more frequently, I receive e-mails from readers who want to inform me that images from our comic(s) are posted on other websites. This can be very helpful to detect copyright infringements, so I’m grateful for every notice I receive.

Note, however, that not every usage of our comics is automatically a copyright infringement. Our comics are published under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. In short, this free license allows the publication on non-commercial websites if proper attribution to the creators is given (more info).

But even if you believe that there’s a massive copyright infringement going on, you should never file a take-down request yourself! This is still my job if I feel that some kind of reaction is required. What you can do, apart from informing me, is to write a comment beneath the submission/blog post/… with a link to our comic website. Plenty of readers have found our comics this way.

Website stats and outlook for 2013

Here is a chart showing the visitors per day on Sandra and Woo and Gaia:

Website stats for Sandra and Woo and Gaia

The number of visitors is probably the most important measure of success for a webcomic creator. So I’m very glad that the number of readers of Sandra and Woo is still increasing. Especially Software Engineering, Now With Cats! has quickly become one of our most popular comic strips, resulting in 39,000 visits on Monday, 19 November, and Thursday, 29 November.

Thanks to everybody who spreads the word about our comics and posts links to them on his Facebook page or website!

Next year will bring two important milestones for Sandra and Woo. In July or August we will publish our 500th strip which will be a particularly complex one. Its creation will take a lot of time so we might have to publish some guest art instead of new strips in preparation for it. Later, on 19 October 2013, Sandra and Woo will celebrate its 5th birthday. While we don’t plan to publish another special strip on that occasion, you can look forward to some other special features. The year will begin with a story arc that introduces Sandra’s alter ego Sandy South, private eye extraordinaire. A parody of the detective genre is just something I always wanted to do.

Top 10 comments from comics #326 to #345

Here is my top 10 list of the best/funniest comments from the strips #326 to #345 in our archive. The top 10 of the strips #311 to #325 was posted on 17 November 2012.

Our reader Greenwood Goat was responsible for four of the following comments. Congratulations!

Comment by Sand Fox on the strip Monster:

This is the part were her Dad bursts in with two super soakers, screaming, “Long live the Queen!”

Comment by Greenwood Goat on the strip Punishment:

Cloud: You can stop kissing now….

Sandra: I thought I deserved life enkissionment!

Comment by Azure Link on the strip The Poem III:

You want to do something but your body doesn’t obey your commands. Do you know what this is called?
A cutscene.

Comment by Gahbriel on the strip The Poem IV:

Remember folks: Tackling people undress them.

Comment by Greenwood Goat on the strip The Poem IV:

Ye Thuza (with binoculars): Heart captured. Outer garments lost. Room for improvement…

Comment by Greenwood Goat on the strip The Contender I:

Unless that Hand of God keeps an omniscient eye out, Tom the talking toast will become Nom the talking stomach contents. This is Woo, sly scavenger extraordinaire, that he is up against!

Tom, the talking toast: Crumbs!

Woo: You will be.

Comment by SpiritWolf15 on the strip The Contender II:

Should I be concerned that this ( ) is the ad I saw before making a post?

Comment by Blitz on the strip The Contender III:

The lesson: if Sandra doesn’t find you funny, SHE WILL DEVOUR YOU RIGHT THERE.

Comment by Greenwood Goat on the strip The Contender III:

Well, that was unexpected.

All ready for buttering up, Tom finds himself heading for the toilet – by the long but not exactly scenic route.

Unless… the Hand of God arrives in time to stick a finger down her throat! (sorry)

Hand of God: Where is Tom the talking toast?!

Sandra: (innocent) I don’t know.

Sandra’s stomach: YES YOU DO!!!

Hand of God: ???!??!

Woo (stepping in): Ahem! I must ask that this interview be suspended, as my client, Miss North, appears to have eaten something that disagrees with her.

Comment by Draccoon on the strip The Contender III:

It’s a good thing she’s eating him… because he probably would’ve just loafed around.

Scan the world with your Kinect

… Or with your ASUS Xtion:

The 3D App Center by FARO! - Stand-Alone Apps - FARO - SCENECT

As you may know I work as a software developer for FARO Technologies. We recently released a Windows application called SCENECT that can be used to create point clouds of the environment while using a Kinect or Xtion as “camera”. The software was well received by professional operators of 3D tools, and is available for free in FARO’s application store. There are also plenty of tutorial videos on YouTube, e.g. about creating a polygon model out of your point cloud. There’s also an interesting thread in the laser scanning forum that features several cool scan projects and advanced scanning techniques. Kudos to my colleagues Rasmus Debitsch and Gerrit Hillebrand who are the main developers of SCENECT.

Meanwhile, we also released the new versions of our main application SCENE 5.1, which is used to process and visualize point clouds gathered with our Focus 3D laser scanner, and its associated web viewer SCENE WebShare 5.1. The new WebShare version was mainly developed by me, by the way. You can have a look at it on our official SCENE WebShare server:

SCENE WebShare

Minor website improvements

Today I worked on the website and removed commented out or unnecessary elements. I also replaced some database calls with hard-coded HTML to reduce the server load. The webpages should load slightly faster now. One always has to look that a website doesn’t become cluttered because more and more stuff is added to it.

My major ad provider will probably release asynchronous ads soon which should further increase the website speed.