This Week In Miscellanea: “Open Source”

1. Barack Obama has selected Julius Genachowski to lead the FCC. He isn’t

Talented Internet Guy, Say Headlines

Talented Internet Guy, Say Headlines

all that well known, but he did work the campaign trail (on the net), and is widely credited in headlines as a champion of net neutrality. To what extent he really is is a good question – if you only read one link in this post it should probably be this one – but there remains cause for hopefulness, at least when you consider the former alternative.

 

 

2. Open source code  is almost as old as the internet, and a statistically relevant portion of the ‘net itself runs on open source CMS. The idea of communally working on (or stealing) software, games, mods and music is endemic on the internet, and has caused it’s share of problems. There have been some seriously ham-fisted attempts to stop mash-ups and file sharing, but wise users are trying to figure out ways to make the collaborative aspects of the internet work for them.
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For the past few years a Canadian film project has been pusing the boundaries of what “open source” means. the project  is “RiP: A Remix Manifesto,” a documentary film about copyright and remix culture. Like many other documentaries, this one is the brainchild of one creative filmmaker, in this case 514-based Brett Gaylor. Unlike any other documentary, this one wants you to edit it, score it, and remix it to your heart’s content… and if your work is good enough, it could be included in the feature film. The movie has already premiered, but that doesn’t mean that the remix is complete – the SXSW film festival has already challenged Gaylor to show a different version of the film than the one that recently opened in Canadian cinemas. Check it out.
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3. On a lighter note, have you ever wanted to open-source your legs? Are you tired of only being able to take 1m strides? Don’t stand for that shit. Buy some Velocity Stilts and leap those pounds away.
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5. UPDATED: The tragic, glorious end of Problem Sleuth from  MS  Paint Adventures! Synthetic, made-to-order life within 10 years? Picture is unrelated!
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