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

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

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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

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

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.

Posted in Free Culture

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

Posted in Free Culture

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

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

Posted in Free Culture, Satire