So Who Owns Culture?

Today we can chat about the question of “Who Owns Culture?” . A lot of this has been copped from an article in the New York Times.

The New York Times reported on a public lecture (sponsored by Wired magazine but I couldn’t find any mention of it on their site… so I guess we can scratch them from the running as potential owners of culture) – a discussion of digital file-sharing, part of a library series called “Live From the NYPL.” Both Jeff Tweedy, the leader of Wilco, and Lawrence Lessig, a Stanford University law professor who has opposed criminalizing file sharing, seemed to agree that just about anybody who owns a modem also owns – or at least has every right to download – culture products.
“I don’t think anybody should make any money on music,” Mr. Tweedy said at one point, only half joking.
“Maybe we would pay audiences.” . Obviously Mr Tweedy has never worked in Melbourne pubs where “paying to play” is almost the rule… but this isn’t a discussion on door deals so we will move on.

Reality Hacking

Well today we can talk about Reality Hacking. This group/person/hive collective I stumbled over some years ago in 1999 with “Cattle Scrabble“, they painted white letters on 65 cows. There is a whole bunch of other stuff they do. Check out the Permission Denied link. Sick puppies… really sick puppies.


Parasitic Power Shoes Project

Some of you have passed some thoughts about the Yesterdays Post (Car Pipe Organs). Now for those of you who were less than generous. Check this out.

The Parasitic Power Shoes Project (thanks to the hackaday team for pointing this site out)

As the power requirements for microelectronics continue decreasing, environmental energy sources can begin to replace batteries in certain wearable subsystems. In this spirit, this effort has examined devices that can be built into a shoe, (where excess energy is readily harvested) and used for generating electrical power “parasitically” while walking. Two of these are piezoelectric in nature: a
unimorph strip made from piezoceramic composite material and a stave made from a multilayer laminate of PVDF foil. The third is a shoe-mounted rotary magnetic generator, an early version of which is currently exhibited at the London Museum of Science and Industry. As a self-powered application example, a system had been built around the piezoelectric shoes that periodically broadcasts a 12-bit digital RFID as the bearer walks.

And then there are the rest of the projects

Car Pipe Organ Orchestra’s are looking pretty tame now by comparison


Car Pipe Organs

For the last couple of days, I have been thinking about car pipe organs again. This is an idea from some years back. The basics are fairly simple, you have a number of cars driving along a freeway side by side. On the top of the cars are long metal tubes of various lengths and diameters and as the car hits the right speed the velocity of the air travelling through the pipe will resonate and a note will sound. So the theory is that if the cars drive along speeding up and slowing down they will be able to play a tune. Now there are a number of things that need to be worked out I agree, but in principle, it should work.

The reason that this is back in the front of my consciousness as opposed to hiding down the back with all the other scary thoughts is that I saw a show on the Crucible ( a blacksmiths shop in San Francisco, not the play) and they were playing with flame throwers mounted on the top of their trucks and it got me to thinking (hey you down the back there… yes you the car pipe organ thought. Come up the front here for a minute) that maybe by squirting flame down the pipes you would lower the density of the air in the pipe and get a bit better control over the pitch.

Anyway, that’s as far as the thought has got at the moment (OK thought, back into storage.). I need to find a pyromaniac and see what they think. Don’t you just love it when art, physics and madness all intersect?


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