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Month: September 2005 (page 3 of 9)

Playing a CD is a privilege. Just ask Mr. Kyyrä

Read this is article from Ars Technica a few days back.It was titled “When playing a CD becomes a “privilege,” not a right” by Ken “Caesar” Fisher.

The “Trust No One” section of this blog trys to cover the encroaching challenges to our culture being brought about at the behest of the entertainment industry and it’s arrogance. DRM and DMCA have more to do about who makes a buck than stopping piracy to “protect the artist”.

The RIAA and MPAA and there various local bodies all talk up the losses from piracy and then con the pollies and the public into believing that the sky is about to fall. Most of the time they make sure that we only ever see reasonable and “genuinly caring” spokespeople but every so often the blinds are pulled back and we get to see the real “wizard”. Like Tommi Kyyrä, of IFPI Finland. Mr. Kyyrä told Tietokone (it looks like a Finnish tech mag” that the ability to play CDs on computers is a “privilege,” and that people who have problems with CDs laden with DRM should just buy new CD players.

To quote
“Now, we need to understand that listening to music on your computer is an extra privilege. Normally people listen to music on their car or through their home stereos,” said Kyyrä. “If you are a Linux or Mac user, you should consider purchasing a regular CD player.” (Translation via tigert.com)

Curiously, Mr. Kyyrä’s inflammatory remarks have since been removed from the story (http://gallery.tigert.com/scratch/tietokone3.JPG). But this is the internet and as you can see they weren’t quick enough.

So there you have it folks shut up, give them the money and go and buy some new toys that will last about six months until these idiots realise the latest model has been hacked and they put some more crap “anti piracy” measures that wont paly on last months model and around and around it goes.

Thanks to Ken Fisher of ARs Technica for writing about this and doing the translations.

Liquid Sculpture – High-speed and Fine Art Photography

Liquid Sculpture – High-speed and Fine Art Photography of Drops and Splashes

Liquid Sculpture

This is a site dedicated to artistic photographs of drops, splashes, and liquids and it’s really really pretty.

Eye Candy at it’s drop dead gorgeous best.

British Library – Online Gallery – Alice

‘…where is the use of a book’ thought Alice, ‘without pictures or conversations?’

From the British Library Press Release dated 13 September 2005 :

“On 21 September 2005, the original manuscript of Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, one of the world’s most popular and well known children’s books, will be available to internet users for the first time. This latest addition to the British Library’s Turning the Pagesâ„¢ is a fully digitised version of the original manuscript containing 90 pages and 37 illustrations. Its pages can be ‘virtually’ turned and viewed on-line on the British Library’s website, in the Treasures Gallery of the British Library and on a new CD-ROM.”

A Page From The Original Manuscript

What we are talking about here is the original version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, hand-written by Charles Dodgson for Alice Liddell between 1862 and 1864. The tale was first told by mathematician and pioneer photographer Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) on 4 July 1862 to the three young daughters of Henry Liddell, Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, on a river boat trip. Dodgson was told to publish his story and in 1865 he did, with illustrations by John Tenniel. It has since become one of the most popular of all children’s books. {“What, Even More Than Pooh?” “Yes Thatch. Even More Than Pooh”. “Bugger” said Thatch}.

Fortunately I like Alice too. So did Grace Slick and Jefferson AIrplane. You can find a live recording of “White Rabbit” at archive.org (my favourite source of music at the moment). It will be in FLAC format. Winamp has a plugin. Any Questions? “Go Ask Alice”.

Also there is a bunch more stuff about the people at Alice In Oxford, It has pictures of Alice and Dodgson.

Silly Cameras, Diggers and GPS Games

This is one of those really great projects that make the web fun. phototag

From the phototag hype…
“Phototag is a community photography project where we retrofit cheap disposable cameras with shiny new packaging, artwork, instructions and return postage. Each camera is then passed along to friends and strangers with the request that they take one picture and pass it along to someone else. (Phototaggers can also report on their experiences at our website.) Once all the film is used up, the last Phototagger can simply drop the camera in the mailbox–the return address, postage and all the fine folks at the United State Postal Service will handle things from there. When we get the cameras back we post the pictures here on the Phototag website so everyone can see.”

Don’t you find that glorious idea. I remember some people doing the same thing with books a few years back, there was a note in the front cover saying that when you finished reading it, leave it in a public place for someone else to read and move it on. There is something very San Francisco Digger about all this stuff. Read Emmet Grogan’s book Ringolevio if you can find a copy ( somehow I don’t see someone leaving it on the train for you), Amazon list secondhand copies.

Some other wonderfully silly things you can do if you happen to have a GPS thingy lying around, try geocaching. Read the link and it will explain the finer points.

and

the Degree Confluence Project
“The project is an organized sampling of the world. There is a confluence within 49 miles (79 km) of you if you’re on the surface of Earth. We’ve discounted confluences in the oceans and some near the poles, but there are still 12,082 to be found.” There was one up past Belgrave.

The ObjectGraph Dictionary

ObjectGraph Dictionary is an online dictionary that uses a similar technology to Google’s Suggest.

“Ho hum” I hear you say, “another dictionary…what else you got”.

No seriously this is really impressive, not only will it try and suggest the word you are typing, it also throws up a definition for all the suggested words, and it does it as you type (like the guess ahead that I keep turning off on my PocketPC but that’s another bleat for another day). This is just so cool if you looking for a word and not quite sure if it means what you think in means (Inconceivable… :-)), just start guessing and checking the suggested spellings and definitions.

I give it 10 minutes until Google snaffles this idea and probably 15 until Micro$scum do.

Update: OneLook’s reverse dictionary lets you describe a concept and get back a list of words and phrases related to that concept. Your description can be a few words, a sentence, a question, or even just a single word then hit the “Find words” button. (Keep it short to get the best results.) In most cases you’ll get back a list of related terms with the best matches shown first.

TinyUrl – Tiny How To

Long URL’s, oh what a pain. For example, can you imagine the phone conversation trying to someone how to get to Pooh Bridge
http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=51.088591,0.101967&spn=0.039539,0.079501&t=h&hl=en
or worse still, if I emailed that Google map URL to someone the thing is so long that many email clients will break that URL into two distinct lines of text. I mean look at what it does to the blog. Not real pretty :-(.

TinyURL solves this problem by automatically squishing any long URL into a permanent, smaller URL that you can easily share with others and the whole process is just so simple:

  • Copy any long URL [just highlight the URL in your web browser, right-click, and then choose “Copy.”]
  • Point your web browser to http://tinyurl.com/
  • Paste [Right-click > Paste] that long URL into the box on the TinyURL web site.
  • Click on the “Make TinyURL” button.
  • Copy the resulting shortened URL and share it with others.

For example, using TinyURL I can turn that really long Google Map URL for Pooh Bridge into something MUCH shorter: http://tinyurl.com/cawxw

If you are a fan of the “bookmarklet” (and I have to admit I’m not), TinyURL lets you add a TinyURL button to your browser that cuts the process downto one step: See “Add TinyURL to your browser’s toolbar.” on the site.

We all should probably try to use TinyURL more often.

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