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2006 October

Secret Mixter Revealed

Victor Stone, October 4th, 2006

ccMixter member PorchCat took it upon himself to create a series of events at ccMixter called “Secret Mixter” in which participants pull names out of virtual hat and are assigned to create a remix feature that artist. On a prearranged day everybody uploads their “secret remixes.” The upload day for the third installation “SecretMixter III: Splice Madness” was yesterday and entries have already been picked up by davi roque de souza‘s online mix-tape site músicalivre as “ccMixTape 007“. PorchCat has threatened to hold more Secret Mixters in the near future, watch the ccMixter forums for word.

Will SecretMixter ever become an “official” ccMixter event? Considering I am not eligible to participate in any “official” ccMixter remixing contest or event (something I wish I would have thought of before joining the ccMixter project) the short answer is: not if I have anything to say about it.

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10/11: CC Salon SF & Fundraising Campaign Launch Party f/ David Pescovitz, Micki Krimmel, Ryan Junell

Eric Steuer, October 3rd, 2006

Please join us for CC Salon / Creative Commons Fundraising Campaign Launch Party on Wednesday, October 11, from 6-9pm (don’t worry if you’re late; there will be stuff happening all night) at Shine , (1337 Mission Street between 9th and 10th Streets). Shine has free wi-fi and a super cool Flickr photo booth. Note: Since Shine is a bar, CC Salon is only open to people who are 21 and older.

October’s line-up:

  • David Pescovitz of MAKE and Boing Boing.
    David is MAKE‘s editor-at-large and co-editor of the popular blog Boing Boing. He is also a research affiliate with the Institute for the Future and writer-in-residence at UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering. Pescovitz is co-author of the book Reality Check, based on his long-running technology forecasting column in Wired where he is still a frequent contributor. His writing also has appeared in Scientific American, Salon, the New York Times, Popular Science, and IEEE Spectrum, among other publications.
  • Micki Krimmel of Revver.
    Micki is the Director of Community at Revver, an online video-sharing platform that rewards content-creators by giving them a stake in the profits. It’s her job to keep the Revver community happy and to spread the open media message. Micki used to work at Participant Productions, a film company with a mission to effect social change. She led the company in building an online activist community at participate.net, where film-lovers and activists can come together to make a difference. Micki is also nearing her one year anniversary as a contributor to Worldchanging.com, where she writes about global film, new tools for production and distribution and the democratization of the filmmaking process.
  • Ryan Junell of Webzine, Sagan, SLOMO Video, and more.
    Ryan has created music videos for bands such as Spoon, The Soft Pink Truth, The Natural History, Lesser, and Sagan. He directed a short documentary about John Kerry on the campaign trail in 2003. In 2004, he created an experimental documentary video installation about the Republican National Convention in New York. Ryan is founder and curator of the SLOMO Video Festival, featuring 100 one minute slow motion short films by 85 filmmakers and video artists. Ryan is also an organizer of Webzine, an event celebrating the art of independent online publishing. Ryan is currently at work on his third animation for Creative Commons.
  • CC Fundraising Campaign
    Also, this CC Salon marks the beginning of Creative Commons’ annual fundraising campaign, so don’t hesitate to bring your checkbook (or PayPal login info — we’ll have laptops on hand) to show your support for the work we do. This is your chance to donate a few bucks and be the first person on your block to get the brand new CC t-shirt design (which is super awesome). Donating to CC helps support the development of tools that help enable a participatory culture.

About CC Salon:
CC Salon is a free, casual monthly get-together focused on conversation, presentations, and performances from people or groups who are developing projects that relate to open content and/or software. Please invite your friends, colleagues, and anyone you know who might be interested in drinks and discussion. There are now CC Salons happening in San Francisco, Toronto, Berlin, Beijing, Warsaw, Seoul, Johannesburg, and coming soon in New York.

Track this event on Upcoming.org

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GiftTrap / board game remix contest with CC elements

Eric Steuer, October 2nd, 2006

GiftTrap is a fun new board game based on predicting what gifts other players might like. It uses more than 600 cards that feature user-submitted photos of gifts – many of these images are Creative Commons-licensed and shot by Flickr photographers. The company behind GiftTrap has recently announced the GiftTRAP Experience, a contest where people can participate by suggesting gifts for future editions of the game, sumitting their own photos of gifts, and offering suggestions for new games that use GiftTrap’s cards. You can print out a CC-licensed sample version of the game and learn more about the contest at GiftTrap’s Web site.

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