The best comic book on copyright I've ever read is now available for sale. Last month, I blogged about Bound by Law, a comic from the Duke Center for the Public Domain that brilliantly explains how copyright -- which is supposed to promote creativity -- can get in the way of creation. It tells the story of Akiko, a film-maker working on an indie documentary about New York, and covers the insurmountable hurdles put in her way by copyright and trademark, citing examples of real filmmakers whose jobs were made hard or impossible by rights-clearance hassles. The comic looks great, expertly mixing in the styles of previous "didactic" comics from The Crypt Keeper to Understanding Comics. I just got my copy and I'm loving it to bits.
Update: Here are free, CC-licensed downloads of the comic, too!
Looking for a tiny PC that still has space for a gaming-quality video card? SFF PC Cases is a remarkably detailed spreadsheet listing dozens of models, complete with cost, dimensions, volume and even important build tips. The very smallest are not practical for powerful builds, but the critical “Maximum GPU length” field is right there […]
Enjoy Michael Mullany’s review of the Gartner Hype Cycle, with all the things tech predictors got right and all the things they got wrong: “we’re terrible at making predictions.” Lesson 6: Some technologies keep receding into the future There are some notable technologies that recur on the Hype Cycle and every time they appear they […]
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Toaster ovens are the perfect appliance for small things like toasted sandwiches and roasted garlic (try it!), but anything more involved usually requires a full-sized conventional oven.However, despite its small size, the Wolfgang Puck Pressure Oven can handle anything from baked pastries to broiled meats. This kitchen appliance has a minimal countertop footprint, and cooks […]
The Pry.Me Bottle Opener holds tens of thousands of times its own weight, and you can pick one up now from the Boing Boing Store.This remarkable keychain is considerably smaller than any of your keys, but don’t let that fool you: it can easily open any bottle, and could even tow a trailer full of […]