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January 2009 Archives

7 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Me »

The rules: 1. Link to your original tagger(s) and list these rules in your post. 2. Share seven facts about yourself in the post. 3. Tag seven people at the end of your post by leaving their names and the links to their blogs. 4. Let them know they've been tagged. I was tagged by Mitchell Baker. My first memory is of my father scolding me for putting sand into a fishing reel. Apparently we were very poor but my parents had the brilliant idea of driving across America in a beaten up old car. At one point along the...

New twhirl looks great »

The new twhirl looks great. Twhirl is a client that lets you track a bunch of different services like Twitter, identi.ca, FriendFeed and Seemic. The new version lets you record to Seemsic, search Twitters (in a very smart way) and post via Ping.fm. For me (I'm biased), the Ping.fm integration is key. Now I can do my posting and reading from Twhirl. The service is in a closed test period, but I think it will be released very soon. My status update streams are still a bit of a mess with comments all over the place, but this is a...

Response to Colbert/Lessig remix challenge »

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2008 Dopplr Personal annual report »

Dopplr has created personal reports for its users for last year. They come in the form of a PDF that you can download from your Dopplr page. It's a pretty nifty visualization licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license. For some reason, I thought I was away from home more than half the time, but according to Dopplr, I was home 184/365 days last year. My travel coincided most with Lawrence Lessig. I took 49 trips and traveled 143% of the distance to the moon (521,809 km/324,237 miles) and had an average velocity of 58.43 km/hr or the speed...

Congratulations America and thanks for bringing CC to the White House »

First of all, a teary-eyed congratulations to all of my friends in America. I'm really proud of and happy for the Americans and I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for making such a great choice and proving to us that democracy works in America. My faith in America has increased substantially today and I look forward to the leadership it may provide. I'll write more about this when I calm down a bit and get some sleep. (It's 3AM here.) However, before I went to bed I wanted to thank President Obama and his team...

Summary of December 13-14, 2008 CC Board Meeting »

We've posted a summary of the Creative Commons Board Meeting held 13-14 of December, 2008 on the CC Wiki. Highlights included the CC Network, progress with the Free Software Foundation with respect to CC and the GFDL, CC0, integration with additional tools such as Picasa, the "Defining Noncommercial" study, partnership with the Eurasian Foundation, the fall fund-raising campaign, website updates, updates from Science Commons and ccLearn and the launch of four new jurisdictions - Romania, Hong Kong, Guatemala and Singapore....

Al Jazeera Launches Creative Commons Repository »

As video footage and video remix become one of the primary forms of conveying and discussing political issues, we find that video is less permissive than text with respect to copyright. In other words, with text we are accustomed to and legally permitted to quote, annotate and share each other's words in political dialog. However, we find that in the case of video often presidential debates, war footage and many other things that we would like to use in political videos, are protected by copyright. Video has traditionally been treated more as "content". In the case of video journalism, this...

Lessig on the Colbert Report »

Larry was on the Cobert show. Great job Larry. Lessig BlogSam did the first remix of my Colbert appearance. Jim Vanaria did another. This is the first video remix I've seen. Here's a remix from the Eclectic Method Mix. And the audio to the show is available to be remixed on ccMixter here. Colbert says (or more accurately, "says") you can't remix this. I say please do....

NIN's CC-Licensed Best-Selling MP3 Album »

Very cool update on the CC licensed CD from Nine Inch Nails on the CC Blog. Creative Commons Blog NIN's CC-Licensed Best-Selling MP3 Album Fred Benenson, January 5th, 2009 NIN's Creative Commons licensed Ghosts I-IV has been making lots of headlines these days. First, there's the critical acclaim and two Grammy nominations, which testify to the work's strength as a musical piece. But what has got us really excited is how well the album has done with music fans. Aside from generating over $1.6 million in revenue for NIN in its first week, and hitting #1 on Billboard's Electronic charts,...

Moving to Dubai »

As of December 30, 2008, I am a legal resident of Dubai, UAE. When Della Van Heyst invited me to a conference in Bahrain in 2007, I decided to go because I had never really been to the Middle East and realized that I needed to understand the region better if I one of my goals was to be a global citizen. The meeting was interesting and only reinforced my view that I was completely ignorant about the Middle East and Muslim culture. After Bahrain, Jay took me to Dubai where he was about to relocate to and introduced me...
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