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.
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.
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.
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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This Week In Miscellanea: “o_O”

1. The most awesome thing you have ever seen, ever, in your entire life:

2. Are you excited about the new American President? His inauguration speech contained several lines that might one day be looked upon as presidential classics, including a pledge to restore science to it’s rightful place in American life.  There was also a mention of “non-believers” in his list of faiths that shape the nation. Change indeed.

3. Even if you disagree with Obama’s politics, you can’t disagree with his ride, which sports ultra-modern armor and defensive systems, as well as a hand-crafted interior. The overall look of the new “first limo” can only be described as FUNKTASTIC: 

4. Links:  Dethballet, the iLimb in action, and stop-motion youtube streetfighter.

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The Gospel According To Turok

Do you believe in killing dinosaurs with your bare hands? With a nod of the head to TGoSJ, I wanted to throw some old news up for discussion on 514.

The tremendously slick creation museum in Kentucky is consistently exceeding the lofty attendance goals it set for itself. The comments of religious leaders are seemingly set to play a huge role in the US presidential primaries. A new Turok game came out last month. What do these things have in common? 

Ok. The creation museum is at war with reality. John McCain’s pastor wants war with Islam . Turok is at war with dinosaurs, possibly in space. The creation museum believes men fought with and rode on dinosaurs. McCain wants Americans to return to space. Am I the only one detecting a memetic pattern here?

I know that creationists are basically batshit fucking loco (bias mine), but in a limited sense they are gaining ground; not only is Intelligent Design a hot topic in the US school system, but you can now get an online masters degree in, to cut out the double-speak, creation science. The American religious right may be as powerful now as it ever has been.

On the other hand, popular atheism is on the rise, Richard Dawkins is a best-selling author, and people like John Shelby Spong and the Archbishop of Canterbury are trying to move religion into the new century. We’ve always been good at projecting ourselves into the future tense, so I’d like to know what 514 has to say about this. Apparently the new Turok game makes it easy to love shanking your fellow man… but the dinosaur boss-battles are brutally difficult to resolve. Who said video games aren’t modern morality tales?