Archive for January 2005
Dave Bayer provides one of the best webpages I’ve ever seen, on a topic I’ve never heard of before, making a Chitarra, or a Pasta Guitar. No skimping on details or notation! This is truly what the web can be. Let all who create web pages take a lesson from his example. Informative, philosophical, technical, and illustrated. Nice work!
Eyes on the Screen: Direct action to save Eyes on the Prize: “Cory Doctorow:
Eyes on the Prize is a seminal documentary about the US civil rights movement, a classic that is shown and re-shown every year around this time, for Black History Month. The problem (see earlier BB post) is that the archival footage in Eyes on the Prize was only cleared for the initial production, and the cost of clearing the copyrights again is prohibitive. It seems, then, that this documentary is doomed to vanish, once the existing VHS copies wear out.
Downhill Battle has decided to stage some direct action around this. They’re running a site called Eyes on the Screen, which is distributing copies of Eyes on the Prize via Bittorrent, and they’re organizing a national network of screenings on February 8th — have your friends over to watch your downloaded copy of the documentary.
At 8pm on February 8th we will celebrate the struggle and triumph of the civil rights movement with screenings of Eyes on the Prize Part 1: Awakenings. Eyes on the Prize is the most renowned civil rights documentary of all time; for many people, it is how they first learned about the Civil Rights Movement (more about the film). But this film has not been available on video or television for the past 10 years simply because of expired copyright licenses. We cannot allow copyright red tape to keep this film from the public any longer. So today we are making digital versions of the film available for download. Join us in building a new mass audience for this film: organize or attend a screening in your city, town, school or home on February 8th.
This could be a seminal moment in technology liberty. It’s a brilliant campaign on Downhill Battle’s part. I hope you’ll participate.
(Via Boing Boing.)
Amplifying… Hey, jono… check out a great use for a projector: jolly roger community screenings of historical documentaries… Nice! I’m just wondering where I can get power out at the park near my house.
After getting Jono’s projector off the ground, I have… procured at no small expense… a quantity of reusable optical parts for an LCD projector. I just bought a jetway 15″ LCD from surplus computers… I have some photos of the back of the monitor with the RF shield off. I’m going to rip the rest of the junk off tonight when I get home.
from left to right, it appears like there’s the inverter board, the power input, video board, FFC connector screwed down, and the audio board for the internal speakers. Check out those crossed over FFC cables! wowow, this is going to be interesting when I get the rest of the plastic off.
interesting. Netflix has RSS feeds for my queue and some other angles. Neat. So, R and I share one account, and now I’ll be able to see when new things get on there, or the queue shuffles… until they steal and implement my “dual accounts linked to one household” idea. Please, netflix, steal away.
What’s up with these companies with their cool ideas but archaic user experiences? We love netflix. R and I have one netflix account that we both log into and throw movies on our queue. I should really have my own account, but so should R. But we should be linked up so that our queue is only set to one household. We should both be able to add movies and equitably get to watch the movies we put on the queue. The formula could be pretty simple:
“I’m going to put about 10000 movies in my queue. You better do the same, otherwise, we’re going to watch all the movies I want to watch. When we both have movies in our own queues, netflix should flip flop between our queues. When there’s a movie on both of our queues, it gets eliminated from the list of the person who had it further down their queue. That way, we both get to watch an equal number of movies we want to, and we can track back who put this awful movie on our queue. :)”
One thing we tend to take for granted, if nothing else, is that the 43rd president is a wealthy man. After all, that’s the reward of a lifetime’s work running companies into the ground and then handing them off to your dad’s cronies. But if you look at his most recent federal financial disclosure form from May 2004, you’ll see that a good percentage of President Bush’s personal wealth is tied up in (horribile dictu!) US Treasury notes, i.e., a worthless stack of paper/IOUs.
How ole’ 43 let himself get into such a financial crisis it’s hard to say. But perhaps it explains some of the belligerence?
[Special Thanks to TPM reader AP for the tip.]
[ed.note: Unfortunately, federal financial disclosure forms only includes ranges of value for a given asset, not the exact dollar amount. But perhaps some enterprising blogger — or even, reporter — should print out the form, get out the calculator and come up with a rough figure for how much of Mr. Bush’s wealth is tied up in this funny money.]
(Via Talking Points Memo.)
Looking for Ken Farkash? Me too. Here’s the list of clues so far:
Hey, Ken! We studied art at Moorpark in 1992-1993. Let’s catch up, and, if you want to permanently park your domain on my server, you’re more than welcome to do that. I saw your work on the page above… it’s top notch… excellent work!
Check out my work here: steve cooley fine art.
1. install iWork. 2. "command-I" (get info) on any .doc file 3. find "Open with:" in the "get info" window 4. change the default from "MS Word" to "Pages" 5. click "Change All..." 6. Remove Word icon from your dock! 7. Bask in the glow of participation in decreasing Microsoft's world domination.
Think Secret owner seeks legal aid in Apple case: “Nicholas Ciarelli, the 19-year-old editor and publisher of Think Secret, is hoping to find free or low cost legal representation in his lawsuit with Apple, which sued the site earlier this month claiming that it illegally published company trade secrets…”
I wouldn’t touch this guy with a ten foot pole.