Grrrr (Via Lessig’s Blog Comments)
The sad old crashed car analogy has to turn licensing into ownership in order to work. You don’t own a recording or a piece of software, you license it (read the small print). It’s not like crashing your own car, a physical item that you own, and then demanding a replacement. It’s more like hiring a car, it failing, and the hire company refusing to replace it. Or worse, it’s like not being allowed to refill your car’s tank with petrol. Want to drive any further once you’ve “broken” your petrol tank? Well, make sure you buy a new car rather than engaging in “car piracy” by visiting a node on a petrol-sharing network.

As for backing up money, I do this regularly. Indeed I use my backup more often than the notes that I use to make the backup. Sometimes I don’t even bother with banknotes, I just get the money over the network from someone else. I think people even make a profit from distributing other people’s money in this way.
If I remember correctly, these networks are called “banks”.
I’ve long enjoyed the convenience these “banks” provide, but I now realise that they will destroy our society’s supply of money. Clearly they must be outlawed immediately and their operators imprisoned to serve as a warning to others who would threaten our economic wellbeing.

Things I Wish I’d Said #247 (via eu-gene)
“…surely all (good?) art explores (and possibly redefines) the ontology of the artist….. Isn’t “style” a corrupted form of ontology?” -tbatt.

Ethics & Aesthetics (via eu-gene)
…both aesthetics and ethics are axiomatic restrictions on form. Aesthetics is concerned with pleasure, ethics with pain. (OK, the second sentence isn’t true, but it was too good not to type 🙂 )

I sometimes claim that philosophy is a subset of aesthetics, but anyway. 🙂

UNIX As Literature

Commons-Based Production is Not Communism

Petals Around The Rose
Because this is one of the very few misdirection puzzles I’ve ever figured out 🙂 :

Petals Around The Rose

And because it’s very funny once you get it. I particularly recommend it for anyone you know who’s big on mathematics…

I’ve moved the sketchbook section to its own blog:

my sketchblog

1969 Sketchbook is a web site to share catalogues of web links. Here’s my page:

and my rss feed:

See what I come up with each day.:-)

The Computer Art Society
The rebooted Computer Art Society looks like it’s off to a good start: