Month: November 2005


Second Life allows you to set a "non-transferrable" flag on objects. This means that if someone buys the object they cannot then re-sell it.In the real world you can re-sell things that you buy. It's only with the event of software and digital media that companies are trying to get around this with end-user licenses…
Posted in Free Culture, Satire

Lots Of Cool Stuff From Creative Commons

iCommons is being launched as an international focus for commons activism: (link not yet live)And is being launched as a way for artists to make money from their cc-licensed work.(Updated: is a concept, not a URL. Thanks Mike! )Given all this good stuff, now is a good time to help CC reach their…
Posted in Free Culture

Magnatune: Less Evil Than Sony

A freeloader complains about Magnatune introducing a nagware policy for their noncommercial offerings:Magnatune: We're not as evil as we could beIf you don't want a company to introduce nagware, buy their products once in a while.Magnatune show either great chutzpah or the negative effects of speed reading by misrepresenting Lessig and Stallman to claim that…
Posted in Free Culture


I gave a talk about Minara to around 100 people on Monday at Dorkbot London 33.(Click on image for bigger version.)People asked questions and I managed to recode the window creation in the two minutes I had between the previous talk and my one. I feel that both these facts show I'm on to something.…
Posted in Generative Art, Projects

Flickr Not Hosting Drawngs?

Via Boing Boing:I emailed flickr and they told me that flickr is for PHOTOS ONLYAnyone for sketchr?Technorati Tags: free culture
Posted in Free Culture

Second Life

If you could register for Second Life and put your referrer down as "Yarrel Fox" that would be great.What?Uh.Second life is interesting because it simulates a strong IP regime. Indeed since property in the game is intellectual property, there is no difference between IP and physical property in the game. It has a monetary system,…
Posted in Generative Art

Joy Garnett in Harpers

The excellent Joy Garnett has some images in Harper's for January 2006:Chris Ashley on thisI haven't seen Joy's paintings in real life, but she makes them available as high resolution digital images under a creative commons noncommercial-sharealike license:Strange WeatherIt was seeing her paintings in this way that convinced me of the quality of her work…
Posted in Aesthetics, Free Culture

Pixel Sumo

One of the main speakers at dorkbotlondon 33 was Chris O'Shea, whose generative art weblog pixelsumo has a write-up of the event:pixelsumo .Technorati Tags: generative art
Posted in Generative Art

Minara Opendork Notes

BasicsA tool for generative 2D graphics inspired by Emacs."A programmable graphics program editor."Minara Is Not A Recursive Acronym. And apparently "minara" means "lighthouse" in one language.Written in a little C and lots of Scheme, using OpenGL (GLUT). Runs on Mac & Linux so far.The tools and the software are written in the same language as…
Posted in Projects

Minara Minibuffers

Minibuffers work, minimally. As the text I typed says, just char entry, deleting and ok/cancel. Delete autorepeat and left/right keys should work when those events are enabled. No cursor, although that could be implemented (probably as an asterisk or a | ?).Technorati Tags: free software, generative art, graphics, hacking
Posted in Projects