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/run and Nothing Severed Yet

Matt Haughey, May 19th, 2004

This week’s featured content are two new blogs, /run and Nothing Severed Yet.

/run is one man’s obsession with all sorts of geek gadgets related to running. While you’d think running is just shoes and shorts, there’s a whole industry of other essential stuff like iPods, pedometers, and high-tech watches that do everything from time your run to mapping where you’ve been. Personally, I find running these days to be much more comfortable than it used to thanks to advances in shoe support, ultra-lightweight fabrics, and my iPod.

Nothing Severed Yet is a joke title for a woodworking blog setup by someone new to the hobby. Dan shares reviews, photos, and tips on all the projects he has done. He even offers blueprints of his own projects, specifically shared and licensed to allow others to build similar projects. As a new homeowner and casual do-it-yourselfer I’ve always wanted to do a blog like this to share my experiences building and fixing stuff. The more I learn, the more I’ve found that the only difference between a seasoned veteran and a new enthusiast is experience, and having a blog to share experiences can go a long way to teaching people new trades.

Both blogs embody the spirit of the licenses by sharing information with others and encouraging others to comment and learn from their work.

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Creative Commons Moving Image Contest: Staff Picks

Neeru Paharia, May 19th, 2004

Our panel of judges announced the winners of our Moving Image Contest a few months ago, but the CC team never got a chance to announce our favorite entries. Though these entries didn’t win the contest, they are excellent contributions:

Content Collage by Mike Telford, is a fun, interactive piece. Click on the boxes and a brief movie clips appear, along with sound.

Shape Shifters by Peter Lewis, has a great animation at the end featuring many of the Creative Commons logos.

And my favorite, A Real Marketplace by Chris Hamilton, it a beautiful flash animation detailing an adventure with Creative Commons, and copyright.

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The Hollywood Ouroboros

Glenn Otis Brown, May 18th, 2004

Today the wonderfully nasty Hollywood gossip blog Defamer points to the media blog Low Culture, which noted that a recent Entertainment Weekly story looks awfully familiar to one of Low Culture’s own pieces, which itself noted that several elements of the new Olson Twins “film” New York Minute look awfully familiar to scenes from the movies Ferris Bueller, Moonstruck, The First Wives Club, and There’s Something About Mary.

Is piracy v. hot or what?

(And, yes, I stole the idea for this entry’s title from Charlie Kaufman’s and Spike Jonze’s self-reflexive flick, Adaptation, which itself lifted an Ouroborus reference from the Folklore and Mythology Corporation, also known as — gasp! — the public domain.)

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Finding Creative Commons in all the weirdest places

Matt Haughey, May 18th, 2004

Cellphone ringtones were a $3 billion business last year, but a new bit of software from Xingtone finally makes it possible to easily create your own sounds. I always thought much of the Opsound archive would make good ringtones. It’ll be interesting to see if more CC music makes its way onto phones everywhere.

In other CC-in-other-media news, some people working on MythTV (a sort of open source TiVo that can run on any linux PC) are trying to find ways to import movies from the Internet Archive and under CC license to their TV systems.

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Pixagogo supports Creative Commons

Neeru Paharia, May 18th, 2004

Pixagogo, an online photo site, now offers Creative Commons licenses to its contributing photographers. Pixagogo allows you to upload and share photos via its web site. They also let you purchase prints. Check out their toolbar, that includes an option to choose Creative Commons:

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Free Culture at ILAW

Matt Haughey, May 14th, 2004

Chairman and co-founder of Creative Commons, Larry Lessig, spent most of this week speaking at the ILAW conference at Harvard. There are some great notes and transcripts on Furdlog and Copyfight of Lessig’s “Free Culture” talk. There are a lot of great questions from the moderator and audience, and a lot of great ideas being debated.

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PC World

Press Robot, May 12th, 2004

Music for Nothing; Tracks for Free” by Eric Dahl

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NewsForge

Press Robot, May 12th, 2004

Creative Commons highlights final day of OS conference” by David ‘cdlu’ Graham

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Business 2.0

Press Robot, May 12th, 2004

Giving It Away (for Fun and Profit)” by Andy Raskin

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Chart topping Donald Rumsfeld and his poetry

Matt Haughey, May 12th, 2004

Proving that culture can be remixed in almost real-time, a group from San Francisco has created an album of piano and opera versions of US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s statements to the press. They offer sound samples and the lyrics pulled from press briefings on their site, and are currently on tour. Rumsfeld himself has heard the songs and jokingly decried the state of music, now that he is the subject of songs. [via]

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