These desperate amateur cookies will do anything to stay warm. Site includes recipes. Link
TellTale Weekly is a new audiobook service selling low-cost (<$1) audiobooks as DRM-free MP3s and Oggs -- and building an audiobook version of the Gutenberg Project by releasing all their titles under a Creative Commons license after 5 years or 100,000 paid downloads, whichever comes first. There aren't many tracks up there yet, but as a certified audiobook addict, this is as exciting an idea as I've heard in a long, long time.
This is a pretty good extrapolation of the next probable announcement out of the Bush White House:
Worried by flagging poll numbers, a deteriorating situation in Iraq, and a sluggish economy, President Bush called on Congress today to approve a constitutional amendment that would ban gay sex on the Moon. Republican leaders hailed the move as a bold step to unite the country in a bold and forward-looking strategy to spread family values across the solar system, and protect the legacy of the Apollo missions.
A university has begin requiring that LAN party organizers secure a written letter of permission from all game publishers whose works will be "performed" at the party.
A college student at Bowling Green University has run into trouble while trying to set up a LAN party, after the university refused to let him schedule the event over fears it may violate copyright laws.
I was casually informed that I had to secure permission from the copyright holders for the games we would be playing. I was quite confused as to why they needed this, and their only answer was that it would be considered a 'public showing of copyrighted work', and therefore I must secure permission. I asked a lawyer about the policy and his best advice was to get a hard copy of their policy and then comply to the bare minimum. The University was unable to provide much hardcopy, but largely referred me to the University rule that all State and Federal laws were in effect.
Two goodies from EFF this week:
Legal analysis of the Grey Album's copyright status:
Are the Grey Tuesday protesters protected by fair use?
A proposal to end the file-sharing wars for a measly $5:
Fair use generally refers to the federal copyright law exception contained in Section 107 of the Copyright Act. Because the White Album is not protectible under federal copyright law, fair use is not directly applicable.
Voluntarily creating collecting societies like ASCAP, BMI and SESAC was how songwriters brought broadcast radio in from the copyright cold in the first half of the twentieth century.
Songwriters originally viewed radio exactly the way the music industry today views KaZaA users -- as pirates. After trying to sue radio out of existence, the songwriters ultimately got together to form ASCAP (and later BMI and SESAC). Radio stations interested in broadcasting music stepped up, paid a fee, and in return got to play whatever music they liked, using whatever equipment worked best. Today, the performing-rights societies ASCAP and BMI collect money and pay out millions annually to their artists. Even though these collecting societies get a fair bit of criticism, there's no question that the system that has evolved for radio is preferable to one based on trying to sue radio out of existence one broadcaster at a time.
M.Ace, who runs one of my very favorite weblogs, Irregular Orbit
, has posted a wonderful history of the punk band he was in over 20 years ago. I really like the songs, which you can download one at a time, or in a 50 MB chunk.
Once upon a time, back in the old punk era, I was in a band you never heard of called Narthex. We played shows in Philadelphia and vicinity from 1980 to 1983. We've put together a web page recounting our ridiculously obscure story, because we think all of the little stories of all of the little bands are what added up to make a remarkable era. Everyone who participated should be telling their own first-hand stories. So here is ours. Along with visual artifacts, there's also a free web-album of audio, released with a Creative Commons license.
Good daily report of idiots on parade.
Weather forecasters weren't yet sure whether a snowstorm was coming, but Somerville, Massachusetts, Mayor Joseph A Curtatone wasn't taking any chances. Though not a flake of snow was in sight, he declared a snow emergency. The next day, citizens of the city awoke to find little snow. But some 3,000 of them found $50 tickets on their cars for parking on a snow emergency street. They were the lucky ones. Another 200 had their cars towed. The mayor says he has no plans to forgive the tickets or to cancel the towing charges, which could net the city some $179,000. Neither the state nor any other city in the area declared a snow emergency.
Jesse sez: "Our mayor may have made a bad call to pad the city's coffers, but that doesn't mean he can't backpedal furiously."
: According to an article to be published by New Scientist on February 28, First robot moved by muscle power
, a microrobot half the width of a human hair has been powered by living rat heart muscle. "It is the first time muscle tissue has been used to propel a micromachine." Carlos Montemagno, from the University of California at Los Angeles, who created the 'musclebot', wants to use the technology to help paralyzed people to breathe without a ventilator. And NASA, who helped funding the research, hopes that battalions of these 'musclebots' could one day help maintain spacecraft by plugging holes made by micrometeorites. The device is an arch of silicon 50 micrometres wide. This overview
contains more details and additional pictures.
The tragedy of Marioland: a three-part Flash animation using pixel-cool graphics from 8-bit Mario games as characters in a screamingly funny movie about the tragic invasion of Marioland. The use of Marioland mood music is a masterstroke.
Part 1 Link
, Part 2 Link
, Part 3
Bayer is proposing to use electroluminescent panels to line womens' purses, turning them into radiant, suitcase-of-drugs-from-Pulp-Fiction-esque cavities in which no lipstick or loose change can hide.
This April will see the release of a jack-in-the-box featuring Drinky Crow from Tony Millionaire's genius transgressive funnybook series Maakies
sez: "The $249 iPod mini contains a $479.95 Hitachi MicroDrive. So the best deal on buying a MicroDrive is to buy a iPod mini and take it apart. You get the MicroDrive for almost 50% off and you get a free pair of headphones. You can slap an old compact flash card into the mini and keep on rocking." Link
Sean Bonner sez: "This guy took apart the mini iPod and found that it is NOT useable outside of the iPod, so buying one for the drive will prove useless." A firmware issue?
A Boing Boing reader sez: "The iPod/microdrive hack does work. Where the other poster is confused is that you can't format the microdrive in the camera. You need to mount drive on you system with a CF reader. Then format it FAT and it works fine. The drive out of the mini has a partition on it that their camera can't deal with. A full wipe on your machine solves the problem and gets you a cheap mammoth camera card.
Boing Boing guestblog alumnis Todd Lappin points us out to these pics of the Virgin Global Flyer, a plane designed for a solo pilot to fly around the world on a single tank of gas. (Here's a good PopSci article
about it.) Link
Scott sez: "Imagine David Fincher & Terry Gilliam having a drunken fistfight in ILM's parking lot, and you've approximated the look."Link
Bas sez: "One page showing some absolutely fascinating CIA gadgets. The remote-control libella and catfish are awsome.
Note that these are not on the CIA Museum's own website." Link