Month: November 2009

the_colour_of_news

The Colour Of News -http://robmyers.org/the_colour_of_news/Colours from the leading stories on leading news sites, updated hourly.See the source here -http://robmyers.org/git/?p=the_colour_of_news.git;a=summary
Posted in Aesthetics, Art Computing, Generative Art, Projects

Copying Is Better

I believe that being free to copy is better for culture, society and the economy than trying to turn copying into the subject of usury. This is a belief I gained at art school and that wasn't shaken by my experience in industry. But while I can mention many examples of why I believe this…
Posted in Free Culture

Trisquel

I finally decommissioned my last Mac (an old G4 that dual-booted Debian) and replaced it with a slightly newer PC running Trisquel GNU/Linux. Trisquel is a "free as in freedom" distro that takes all the proprietary junk out of the Linux kernel and doesn't install non-free codecs or plugins for media players and web browsers.…
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Wormwoods

http://www.wormwoodsstore.com/Wormwoods is a generative sitcom. Go and take a look.The characters are based on DGRs, Demo Graphic Replicators. DGRs are code bots that search for tweets matching keywords based on factors such as the time of day and their simulated emotional state then retweet them. I wrote the code for the DGRs (inspired by my…
Posted in Free Culture, Generative Art

Star Dot Star Punk

Gah Punk!Back in the day I found the name "cyberpunk" utterly cringeworthy. But William Gibson's sprawl trilogy did do what punk did, which was to aesthetically critique socio-economic conditions through art. Gibson's Reagonomic future seen through the eyes of those that it chews up and spits out is in its attitude recognisably punk.Colourful Aesthetic Resistance…
Posted in Aesthetics

Free Riders

In economics, a "free rider" is someone who takes value from a public good without giving anything back. They are an economic parasite of the commons. Too many free riders will destroy a public good, denying its value to everyone. This is clearly bad, and should be prevented.There is an argument that the GPL can…
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Economic Exploitation and Control vs. Operation and Freedom

Copyleft does not limit the "freedom" of business to "use" resources that would otherwise be restricted by copyright. Organizations do not have freedom, individuals do. Individuals may be members of organizations, freedom of association being an important personal freedom. but their freedom as members of that organization is a product of their personal freedom, not…
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Two Shoe Salesmen

The boss of a shoe company sent two salesmen to a new country to see whether there was any market for footwear there.The first salesman returned and gave his report to the boss. "Everyone there already has shoes, but if you try to change your laces you go to prison! That's terrible! We should make…
Posted in Free Culture, Satire

Screwdriver Sketch

SCENE 16.--------ANIMATION - AND NOW, THE SCREWDRIVER SKETCH.SCENE 17.--------INTERIOR, DAY. A SCREWDRIVER SHOP. JUST PUT A SIGN SAYING "SCREWDRIVER SHOP" ON THE COUNTER OF THE CORNER SHOP SET FROM SCENE 8.CHARACTERS - SCREWDRIVER VENDOR, BEHIND THE COUNTER IN A SHARP SUIT AND WAXED MOUSTACHE. CUSTOMER, IN WORK OVERALLS, FLAT CAP AND GLASSES.CUSTOMER: Good morning, I'd…
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