Minara
A bank holiday weekend of hacking sees menu handling, keymap handling, a test framework and buffer s-expression picking finally in SourceForge CVS.
There’ some picking and masking code in there along with some colour handling code, but those parts are incomplete.
I think I’m going to pull the pen tool together next, which will give the buffer and redrawing code a work-out, then finally work out transformations.
I’ve been thinking about how to handle macros, functions, and multi-file projects. I think I might need to patch eval (and maybe define and defmacro) for picking in more complex scenarios, unless I can always get access to the call stack from Guile. I need to check that. 🙂
1968
The first part of 1968 is now online:

Click here to go there.

The Open Content versions of each image can be downloaded individually, and the archives of all the images (so far) in svg, Postscript and PDF format are all on the same page as the images themselves. Download and extend, everything’s cc-by-sa-2.0.

There’s more to come on this project, but I wanted to get this batch of images online now they’re finished.

Latent Semantic Analysis
Via Planet Lisp. This looks interesting. I’ve wanted to apply Markov Chains to bitmaps and PostScript for ages, this looks even better.

An Introduction To Latent Semantic Analysis.

Open Source Democracy
A book on how Open Source methods can re-invigorate democracy. Available under a Free-Circulation license that look suspiciously like a modified CC license 🙂 :

Book details and download.

The Success Of Open Source
A book on why Open Source works, how it’s good for business, and how its principles are more broadly applicable

Book site and downloadable exerpt.

All My Work Is Now CC-BY-SA-2.0
All my work (well, everything I feel I can release legally 🙂 ) is now available under the CC-BY-SA-2.0 license:

Click Here For Downloads

The NonCommercial Fallacy
(from cc-license-discuss)

1. NC stops anyone who uses the work from making money off of it.
2. The internet service providers, software and hardware companies, internet hosts and print shops that are involved in the creation of the work still make money off of it.
3. The warm glow of anti-capitalist virtue people get from NC is therefore self-defeating. They are giving money to commercial interests without taking anything back from them. Which is better, subsidising commerce a little or getting it to open some of its content in return for using yours?

Evie & Li In The Sea

O”Reilley Book On Open Source Licenses Coming
It covers the Creative Commons licenses as well. There are some factual errors in the sample chapter available online, and it isn’t spectacularly well edited, but it looks like a good legal discussion for the layperson (US law obviously):

Understanding Open Source and Free Software Licensing

It should be out soon.

The Indoctrination Of Youth
The latest US craze headed to the UK is our over-stretched teachers becoming unpaid propagandists for the kind of corporate unreality that lead to the DMCA/EUCD.

There’s a good letter against this at Kuro5hin.

Soon maths questions will be based on calculating how much revenue poor EMI lose each time someone downloads Unplayable Crap Vol.3 from the ‘net, history will be based on when the first conviction for file swapping happened, and art will be based on drawing anti-file-sharing posters.
This jihad is turning into a real multiple-whammy for culture.