Month: August 2006

links for 2006-08-30

Politics and the English Language - Essay by George Orwell"If one gets rid of these habits one can think more clearly, and to think clearly is a necessary first step towards political regeneration: so that the fight against bad English is not frivolous and is not the exclusive concern of professional writers."(tags: orwell writing politics)Drupal…
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Debian, DRM, And Misunderstanding Freedom

Some years before the DMCA became law, Debian filed the serial number off the Free Software Definition, added some confusion, and produced the Debian Free Software Guidelines (DFSG). Over the years the DFSG have suffered bitrot as copyright law and the strategies used to attack freedom have evolved. In particular, the DFSG predate the laws…
Posted in Free Culture

The GNU FDL Revision

Some details on the FDL revision from the second audio file linked from:• 95% done.• 3 licenses, Russian-doll style.• A "simple fdl", for example for wikis.• BY-SA interoperability a goal. CC have been working with them on this.• No invariant clauses. This removes my only practical objection to compatibility!• Some ominous rumblings about flexible…
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Indie Comic Publishers Not Respecting Fair Use

What does the title of this post call to mind? An indie publisher publishing a Mickey Mouse mash-up perhaps. That marxist version of Tintin possibly. You'd be wrong.Nowdays indie publishers are more likely to be slapping an excessive copyright claim inside their books than treading on anyone else's copyright. The "Bear" graphic novels I have…
Posted in Free Culture, Uncategorized


One of the things that always makes me feel very proud is supporting people in little ways to help them achieve big things.Today was one such day. Woo!  
Posted in Personal, Uncategorized

Geoffrey Chaucer Hath a Blog: Serpentes on a Shippe! (spoylerez)

Geoffrey Chaucer Hath a Blog: Serpentes on a Shippe! (spoylerez)And thus cam aftir vespers Sir Stuntman Number Oon and Sir Stuntman Number Two, son of Expendable Extra who had done manye deedes in the dayes of Uther Pendragon, and wyth hem Sir Stuntman Number Thre.Yup. Snakes on a Plane given the Chaucerblog treatment.
Posted in Satire

The Madonna Code Revealed: Pointing to the Uplifted Blossom

The Madonna Code Revealed: Pointing to the Uplifted BlossomIn my research, I have noticed the affinity between the artists' rendering of the various apparitions of female saints and the vulva.Via Happy Famous Artists. Surprisingly convincing, but not safe for work.
Posted in Aesthetics

PooterGeek » Blog Archive » Running Rings

PooterGeek » Blog Archive » Running RingsI'd ascribe one other quality to crop circles that is lacking in most contemporary British art: they are (or were) genuinely subversive. Their delicious Englishness shows up graffiti artist Banksy for what he is: the art business equivalent of a rich white pop singer acting out a fantasy of…
Posted in Aesthetics, Satire

Flickr photos with a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License

Flickr photos with a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike LicenseGet an RSS feed of the latest BY-SA photos on Flickr. I have one set up for images of drawings as well.
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Sokref: Paul Laffoley

Paul Laffoley on Flickr - Photo Sharing!Piece I saw at Kohler Art Center in a show called Utopia. It immediately reminded me of the Army DARPA posters I've seen, which are of course dystopic since they are for planning war and the aftermath.
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