Month: February 2008

Help CC Fisk Sun’s DReaM

Is it possible to design non-defective DRM? - Creative CommonsIf not and admittedly, we suspect this is the case, all the more reason to hasten the abandonment of DRM and the hindrance it poses to innovation, and to embrace technologies that make content more useful and empower users.CC are cool, and they've handled this very…
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Why I Didn’t Like American McGee’s Alice

Scene: A restaurant, interior, night.A man sits at a table, holding a menu.A waiter approaches.Man: Ah, waiter. I'm ready to order. I'll have the pate for starter, steak (rare, please) and fries with a side salad for main course, and the creme brulee for pudding. Can you recommend something to go with that?Waiter: Certainly, sir.…
Posted in Aesthetics, Satire

Beyond Irony

- Primary Sources on Copyright 1450-1900Copyright statementYou may copy and distribute the translations and commentaries in this resource, or parts of such translations and commentaries, in any medium, for non-commercial purposes as long as the authorship of the commentaries and translations is acknowledged, and you indicate the source as Bently & Kretschmer eds, Primary Sources…
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NonCommercial Sharealike Is Not Copyleft

Creative Commons (CC) Attribution-ShareAlike-NonCommercial (BY-NC-SA, NC-SA for short) is not copyleft.This may seem counterintuitive. After all, ShareAlike is copyleft isn't it? Well, no it isn't.Copyleft is, as its name implies, a reversal of copyright. It restores and protects the rights that copyright removes and makes alienable. The rights, not some rights.ShareAlike takes a gift economy-style…
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Ben: Line Drawing

I think that AARON's basic line drawing algorithm is probably the one described in Harold Cohen's essay "On Purpose", or at least a descendant of it.I've implemented a version of this algorithm to use for Ben. It needs tuning up but here's an example:
Posted in Generative Art

Approved for Free Cultural Works – Creative Commons

Approved for Free Cultural Works - Creative CommonsWe've just added the seal you see at right to Creative Commons licenses that qualify as Free Culture Licenses according to the Definition of Free Cultural Works ” Attribution and Attribution-ShareAlike. Public domain is not a license, but is an acceptable copyright status for free cultural works according…
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New R.E.M. Videos Under Free Software License

R.E.M. Releases New Videos Under Open Source License - ReadWriteWebR.E.M. today released 11 videos for the first song from their forthcoming album, all in MP4 format in HD and under an open source license. "Supernatural Serious," is the first single from the bands next album, "Accelerate," due to be released April 1st.They've used a software…
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After reading the excellent "Paradigms of Artificial Intelligence Programming" by Peter Norvig, I've started on a toy re-implementation of Harold Cohen's AARON. It's based on AARON circa 1978, so it's production-system and pixel based, but in Lisp rather than C. After some deliberation I've named it Ben, which follows AARON alphabetically, and is smaller.Here's a…
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Scene: A bank boardroom somewhere in the North of England. Eight bored-looking old men are sat around an oval table.A sharply-dressed young MBA walks in, opens his laptop, and connects it to the video projector currently throwing a silent re-enactment of Derek Jarman's 'Blue' onto the wall. A powerpoint slide flickers into view.MBA: Right guys,…
Posted in Satire

furtherfield review – Addressable Memory

furtherfield review - Addressable MemoryMichael Takeo Magruder is portraying this landscape of digital memory with its own tools, producing portraits of its inhabitants with its own palettes. In Addressable Memory the first draft of history is allegorized as a process of combining and quantizing disparate experience and telemetry. Of mashing-up and composing. The technology and…
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