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June 2007 Archives

San Juan photos »

Our awesome scribes: Teri Darrenougue and Laura Brewer My photos from the ICANN meeting in San Juan are posted on Flickr in a set. They're all Creative Commons Attribution licensed so free to use with attribution. If they're pictures of yourself, go ahead and use them without attribution if you have to....

Wow talk transcription »

Ars Electronica transcribed my World of Warcraft talk from 23C3 last year for publication of the article in the Ars Electronica Catalog 07, Goodbye Privacy (Schöpf, Christine / Stocker, Gerfied (Eds.): Ars Electronica 2007: Goodbye Privacy. Ostfildern, Hatje Cantz 2004). I fixed up the transcription with minor edits. I thought I'd share it although it is a bit old....

Brian Eno's 77 Million Paintings »

Cool things going on on our Sim in Second Life.blueair.tvBRIAN ENO’S 77 MILLION PAINTINGS TO PREMIERE IN MULTIPLE LOCATIONS ACROSS SECOND LIFE THIS FRIDAY, 8PM PDT, 6/29/07 pdf is here Click this picture to attend the opening: We are pleased to announce that this Friday the 29th, at 8 PM PDT (Second Life Time), The Long Now Foundation will begin the Second Life premiere of Brian Eno’s 77 Million Paintings. This will occur alongside its North American premiere in San Francisco, in partnership with blueair.tv. Each installation of 77 Million Paintings will be unique to its location. The event will...

MusicBrainz and BCC announce deal »

MetaBrainz SiteThe BBC selects MusicBrainz as its new music metadata provider and incorporates MusicBrainz data into its music website at bbc.co.uk/music. For all the details on this announcement, please see our press release.I'm a former board member of and supporter of MusicBrainz/MetaBrainz. It's to CDDB as Firefox is to IE. (Although it does a bunch of other stuff too...) This deal with the BBC is a big win and an important step in becoming ubiquitous in the main stream. Congrats guys!...

Interview for Macedonian newspaper »

As I prepared to answer a rather long list of questions for a Macedonian newspaper, I realized that I would be motivated to write more thoroughly and spend more time on the answers if I knew I would be publishing them on my blog. I chatted with the journalist and he agreed. Thanks Vlado. So here are my answers to some questions about the Internet, CC and Mozilla. Not that new for those of you who know this area, but if you're going to ask me some basic questions, you can start here. ;-) Maybe I should be plopping this...

Lawrence Lessig's new thing »

During Larry's talk at the iCommons Summit he talked about shifting his focus from IP related stuff to fighting corruption. Some took that to mean that he would be abandoning the "movement" but Larry describes in a blog post that he's not leaving us, but rather shifting his focus. He will continue to work on Creative Commons, but his public and academic will shift. Please read his post for the nuance and the specifics. Fumi uploaded the Larry's talk to YouTube....

Six months of veganism »

I blogged a decision to become vegan on December 13, 2006 which is approximately six months ago. I'm happy to say that it was the right decision and that I've never been healthier or happier as long as I can remember and I intend to continue being a vegan. Other than some allergies, I've gotten rid every one of half-a-dozen or so chronic conditions including obesity, fatty liver, high uric acid (gout), heartburn/ulcers/stomach acid, nervous tension, sleeping problems and rising cholesterol. I also have more energy than I've ever had. I've lost approximately 18 kg (40 lb) or so and...

Happiness, compassion and sharing »

I'm reading The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler. In it, they suggest that we should focus on pursuing happiness as our goal in life and the we should be careful to make a distinction between happiness and pleasure. Doing crack, drinking alcohol and even enjoying nice weather are mostly pleasures and not real happiness. One of the core elements of happiness, according to the Dalai Lama, is compassion. Cutler describes how many psychologists will argue that man is inherently greedy and that the first thing that babies try to do is look for a...

Freesouls and Photo Commons »

Last month, I blogged about one of my new "missions" - to take photographs of people and post them under a CC-BY license so that Wikipedians and other people writing articles have access to photographs that they can use in articles. There is a problematic lack of usable photos of most people as any Google Image search will prove. I've been talking about this a bit more and Larry suggest we start a "freesouls" movement to encourage people to post take and post their photos under a free license. I've started tagging any decent quality images of people on my...

Fiesta Fonera »

Martin blogs about Fiesta Fonera. Announcement includes new antenna for extra power, Fon WiFiAds with revenue share and roaming on other networks. Disclosure: I'm a FON advisor and my company DG is an investor of FON....

Off on a longish trip »

Just when I thought I had come home, I'm off on a longish trip again. I'll be going to Switzerland, Germany, Croatia, Macedonia, US and Puerto Rico. Haven't been to Europe in a few month so looking forward to it, but not looking forward to being away from home for so long again. I just offset 300,000 miles of flying with 60 tons of wind energy carbon credits at NativeEnergy. Should last me for a bit. See you on the other side....

Media Companies driving Web 2.0 "boom"? »

Reflecting on All Things Digital, I got the feeling that I've missed thinking deeply about something that is probably obvious to a lot of people. Big media companies are leading the charge (fueling the bubble?) into Web 2.0 probably even more than VCs and startups. I definitely felt a kind of bubble-like feeling at the last O'Reilly Web 2.0 Expo, but after D I realized that it wasn't really a bubble so much as a charge after hearing the heads of companies like CBS, News Corp., Time, Viacom, etc. talk about how they were basically just getting started. It seemed...

Eyevio and Video Walkman syncing »

Dialog box asking you to agree to CC license before downloading to Video Walkman Saw Masaki and Takeshi from Sony yesterday. They are responsible for Eyevio, Sony's video sharing site. Eyevio uses CC licenses as a default allowing users to select their license when they upload. As Kirai reports, you can sync to the PSP and the Video Walkman. They also have it working with the Video iPod. They use H.264 with no DRM and only allow you to sync CC licensed content. My favorite part of the demo Takeshi did or me with his Video Walkman was when Eyevio...
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