01 About, Vero, Notices, Disclaimers

ON THIS PAGE:

  • About Me …
  • About My “futuristguy” Content Blogs …
  • … and My “futuristguy” Media Notes Blogs
  • General Notices and Disclaimers, and VeRO Notices
  • Notices to eBay Sellers

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About Me …

I’m known online mostly as “futuristguy,” and I’ve been blogging since 2003. This is something like my 15th blog during that time (not all of them are even available anymore as, sadly, my favorite blogging host from the mid-2000s was irreparably hacked and eventually folded). As I noted on my eBay “About Me” page, I have four unusual amateur “professions” that I pursue as pastime activities:

I am a strategic-foresight futurist, helping everyday people create a better future, not simply survive into the future.

I am a media culturologist, studying films, print and digital materials, and toys to create fun learning exercises that train leaders.

I am a social activist, helping create a sustainable world with a “quadruple bottom line” approach that benefits people/community, the planet/ecology, profit/economy, and personal and social change/spirituality.

I am an organizational ecologist, helping people: (A) figure out their organization’s “cultural DNA,” (B) discern what it has the potential to become, and then (C) strategize a healthy trajectory to get from starting point A to fulfillment point B.

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… About My “futuristguy” Content Blogs …

My “futuristguy” blog is the main one dealing with thoughts on those four topics. I have been writing about them for at least 20 years, producing about 300 to 500 pages of material per year – articles, reviews, simulation games, other kinds of immersion learning exercises. I’ve been blogging more intensively about these topics since the mid-2000 decade and, more recently, boiling those thousands of pages of primary work into a curriculum.

That forthcoming training curriculum is the subject of my Futuristguy’s Field Guides blog (curriculum and blog both still under construction). Its purpose is provide “Resources for designing holistic social transformation with a systems perspective, intercultural paradigm, and interdisciplinary processes.” I’ve designed it with enough flexibility for use by teams in non-profit or business settings, collaborative partnerships across organizations, and short- and long-term social change projects.

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… and My “futuristguy” Media Notes Blogs

My series of futuristguy media notes blogs is mostly a fun hobby for me. But it’s also a way I can source some serious media materials to train the next generation of leaders interested in the future, culture, social justice, and sustainability. (You’ll find hints of the practical how-to aspects on the blogs, but the workbook sections in my Futuristguy’s Field Guides curriculum contain far more on how to use specific media elements as training materials.)

As time goes by, I plan to add other “Media Notes” blogs for other books, films, and media. The links will show up in the sidebar blogroll when I do. Also, I plan to keep on adding information and images to many of the media blogs I’ve already created. So, if you’re interested in updates, subscribe to them!

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General Notices and Disclaimers,

and VeRO Notices

This Dune Notes website is meant to serve as a source of information and entertainment to its readers. Most of the material here, I’ve written myself and I hold the copyright to it unless otherwise noted.

Documentation and illustration are important in exploring the topics I’m interested in. So, occasionally, I do refer to, quote, and/or show the written or visual contents other people have produced. When I do, I make every effort in good faith to maintain the copyright, trademark, and other intellectual property rights of those who produced the materials and memorabilia mentioned.

ABOUT CONTENT

  • When quoting others, whenever possible I link to the source’s website so you can see the whole context of what they said.
  • When I quote other sources, I seek to abide by the U.S. rules of “fair use.” This means short quotations, not wholesale copying-and-pasting.

ABOUT ARTWORK

  • I only use stock photos from other websites when that is explicitly allowed. And, if I do, I abide by their “terms of use.”
  • I license the use of professional illustrations or photographs through Fotolia/Adobe, iStock, and similar sources.
  • I sometimes post scans or photographs of items (e.g., books, magazines, press kits, media) for illustration or reference purposes. These are images I have personally taken of items I have owned. Also, there are times when I cover or otherwise obscure details (such as signatures) that could otherwise be misused to counterfeit the product.

ABOUT THIS BLOG’S HEADER IMAGE

The illustration in this blog’s background is “futuristic soldier desert dune,” (c) Luca Oleastri, Fotolia #29470232, licensed to Brad Sargent.

VERO* NOTICES

  • I do not post images, screenshots, or videos found in such digital media as press kits or video games.
  • I do not post entire documents, such as production notes or promotional brochures found in film press kits, but sometimes provide short excerpts of their content under fair use rules.
  • No rights or transfer of usage is implied by the presence of any information or image here that comes from to a VeRO-related item.

I seek to demonstrate ethical integrity. However, I am not a lawyer or a professional publisher and probably make mistakes at times. If I’ve inadvertently overstepped fair use or VeRO boundaries, or if you have corrections or additions to site information, please let me know through the Contact page, and I’ll take care of changes as quickly as possible.

*VeRO stands for Verified Rights Owner, which relates to intellectual property rights (for example: copyrights, patents, and trademarks). As both a research writer and occasional eBay seller, I see VeRO compliance as an important ethical responsibility.

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Notices to eBay Sellers

I am an eBay buyer and seller. However, the presence of this page is NOT an offer to buy, sell, trade, evaluate, and/or market your items on eBay or elsewhere. I wish you well in selling your materials on eBay, but I do not respond to contact messages about these topics.

ITEM DESCRIPTIONS

If you are an eBay seller, you are welcome to quote or adapt my descriptions for your eBay listings. But, I would appreciate your giving credit to “futuristguy at Dune Notes.” Also, when text you use from this website is quoted from some other source, please give credit to that site/source instead.

ITEM IMAGES

Do not use images from this site in your eBay postings. Your potential eBuyers deserve to see the actual items you are selling, not the items that have been in my collection. (Also, it’s against eBay rules.)

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ISSUES

I own the copyright on the content here, except where otherwise noted. As noted above, I give limited permission for using my material in your eBay item descriptions. However, do not copy my information pages/posts or images onto any other website without prior written permission. Thank you for respecting my work and my wishes on this material.

This Dune Notes website is meant to serve as a source of information and entertainment for its readers. No rights or transfer of usage is implied by the presence of any information or image here. I make every effort to maintain the copyright, trademark, and other intellectual property rights of those who produced the materials and memorabilia mentioned. I only use stock photos from other websites when that is explicitly allowed, I seek to abide by their “terms of use.” When I quote other sources, I seek to abide by the U.S. rules of “fair use.” If I’ve accidentally overstepped boundaries, or if you have corrections or additions to site information, please let me know through the Contact page, and I’ll take care of changes as quickly as possible.

For more details on ethics and intellectual property issues, see this page’s earlier section on General Notices and Disclaimers, and VeRO Notices.

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