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Museums and the future history of the information age

Last spring, I gave the keynote address at the Museums and the Web conference in Florence, Italy, speaking in the glorious confines of the big room at the Palazzo Vecchio; the organizers were kind enough to put my talk online. It was very well-received at the time and lots of people have since asked where they could get it -- and here it is!

Why journalists should be free speech partisans


Following on the New York Times's decision to continue its critical coverage of China, despite the Chinese government's retaliation against it, Dan Gillmor calls on journalists and news organizations to abandon the pretense of "neutrality" and take a partisan stand for free speech in questions of censorship, surveillance, net neutrality, copyright takedown, and other core issues of speech in the 21st century.

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BAKE Savory Millennium Falcon pie


It's basically a veggie quiche with a kamut pizza-dough lid that's been shaped into the iconic "ship that made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs" that "may not look like much but has it where it counts."

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Haunted Mansion leg sleeve tattoo


Redditor Buddytattoo posted these outstanding shots of an in-progress leg-sleeve Haunted Mansion tattoo, created by Tattoo Charlie's in Louisville, KY.

Custom literary matchboxes for chasing away poo-gas


From Burlington, VT's Dippy Lulu, Literary Lites are custom-made matchboxes that look like Penguin classics, with punny, poop-oriented titles, intended for use in the bathroom to light after particularly stinky Number Twos. They come in six, color-coded sets of three match-boxes each.

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Santastic No 9: more Xmas mashups for the holiday season


dj BC writes, "It's the 9th annual Santastic Holiday mashup collection. Contains much Beatles, Mariah Carey, AC/DC, Flula, Ella Fitzgerald, The Staple Singers, various holiday bad guys, DMX..."

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Nature makes all its papers free to view


The premiere science publisher will make shareable "read-only" links to its all papers stretching back to 1869, using technology from a startup that its parent company, Macmillan, has invested in.

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Amazing polymer clay Star Wars/Zombie jewelry


From her workshop in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Amy, AKA Rapscallion Design makes wonderful, creepy, whimsical zombie and Star Wars jewelry and suchlike from polymer clay and laser-cut acrylic, like the R2D2 and C3PO Best Friends Necklace Set (above) and the Wicket cufflinks (right) -- and so many more that I couldn't help but include them below.

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Giant Chetrooper bust


Derek "Urbanmedium" Fridman has revived his classic "Che Trooper" mashup (1, 2) with a new, limited edition 18" resin bust version. (Thanks, Urbanmedium!)

BMG and Rightscorp sue ISP for right to decide who may use the Internet


The giant, criminal rootkit distributor and the dying, sleazy extortion racket want a judge to say that ISPs should disconnect people from the Internet on their say-so.

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Youtube nukes 7 hours' worth of science symposium audio due to background music during lunch break

Yannick writes, "We live-streamed our second annual Canadian conference of Citizens' Climate Lobby, a day of speeches, with a very interesting panel discussion."

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Beatles "Across the Universe" covered using sampled audio from Rosetta mission

Essa writes, "Andrew Huang has taken fragments of the audio from the Rosetta mission and arranged them into haunting rendition of The Beatles' 'Across the Universe'. Apart from his singing, no other sounds were used in the song."

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Scratch-built, incredibly detailed Millennium Falcon


Thomas Richner spent more than 140 hours scratch-building a spectacularly detailed cardboard model of Star Wars's Millennium Falcon, working with scrap cardboard boxes and then shooting his model on a green-screen and compositing onto backgrounds from the movies.

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Superman branding iron


The $34, 3D printed branding iron snaps onto a standard Bic lighter and is perfect for pretending that you are a tiny, vain Superman whose heat-vision is used to tag random burnables with your awesome graffiti mark (please do not use this on animals or non-consenting humans). (via Geeky Merch)

Director Lexi Alexander explains why she sides with pirates

The actor, writer, producer, director, and martial artist Lexi Alexander drew fire for a cracking blog post explaining why she support copyright reform; even better than the post is her interview with Torrentfreak, where she explains what brought her to write it:

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New sf story: "Huxleyed into the Full Orwell"


​Huxleyed Into the Full Orwell is a new short story I wrote for Vice Magazine's just-launched science fiction section Terraform, which also has new stories up by Claire Evans, Bruce Sterling, and Adam Rothstein.

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Superheroes and sf characters in Dutch Renaissance style


Sacha Goldberger's "Super Flemish" series is a spectacular set of images of superheroes, sf movie characters and other futuristic figures (including some of his notorious aged superheroes) in the garb and affect of Dutch Renaissance portraits. (via Neatorama)

Sailor Moon hip-flask


The 8 oz stainless steel flasks are $27.50 and sport an etched Sailor Moon logo -- they come with a free funnel that the seller will etch with your name (or, presumably, any other pithy thing) at no added charge.

Band releases unplayable glass-master disc with entire catalog


Claire from the band Yacht sends us their newest project, Where Does This Disco?: "Among other things, it's a clear unplayable CD (without foil) containing our entire musical catalogue. It's also a microsite built to explain what it's like to be a band trying to design and sell physical media in an age where compact discs are both obsolete and still somehow ubiquitous."

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Rightscorp is running out of money


Rightscorp is a business based on the extortion business-model, founded on the idea that your ISP would lock you out of the Web unless you paid Rightscorp the arbitrary sums they decided you owed to them (but who was too scared to defend their business in court) -- but it looks like sleaze isn't as lucrative as they hoped.

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Spain's top piracy-fighter goes to jail for embezzling $50K to spend in brothels


Pedro Farré was head of corporate relations for the Sociedad General de Autores y Editores, and he falsified €40K worth of receipts for all night binges where he consumed Champagne and sexual services at brothels, claiming the funds were spent entertaining and meeting with senior cops, journalists, and academics.

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Handmade Dishonored masks


You've got until Dec 7 to pre-order one of Rob De Maio's handmade, incredibly detailed masks from the game Dishonored. (via Geeky Merch)

Amazon and Hachette kiss and make up

After nearly a year of Amazon (the largest bookseller on earth) refusing to sell books from one of the largest publishers on earth, they've finally made peace.

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Humble's Scholastic Audiobook Bundle


Pay what you like for more than 10 DRM-free audiobooks, including Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Warhorse, send some or all of your payment to Feeding America (gift download codes available, too!). (Thanks, Kelley!)

Roca Labs sends abusive, unwarranted DMCA notices to banish negative reviews

What do you do if you sell a product on terms that legally bind your customers not to complain and they complain anyway? Pretend that the DMCA gives you the right to censor search results.

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Amanda Palmer's Art of Asking: art for the crowdfunding age


Amanda Palmer's new book Art of Asking is a moving and insightful memoir of her life performing music while making personal connections with her fans; I wrote a long, in-depth review of it for The New Statesman.

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Ceramic, handmade Tardis soup-mug, saucer and spoon


The whole set is $50 from Barbarah Robertson, a potter in Virginia -- microwave and dishwasher safe, and can be ordered in time for Christmas delivery.

Back to the Future Delorean dashboard phone-case


The Back to the Future Delorean dashboard phone-case ($16.26) fits most recent smartphones, and the image is transferred using 3D vacuum printing to produce a wraparound effect. (via Geeky Merch)

Creative Commons and Aaronsw's sweet hack


All over the world today, people are having hackathons in memory of Aaron Swartz, and Creative Commons co-founder Lisa Rein talks about Aaron's role in hacking the law with the Creative Commons licenses.

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Hulk and Wolverine cushion


From UK Etsy seller This Shop Really Rocks, available with stuffing or without, the Hulk Wolverine Cushion (with art directly printed on the fabric) -- also noteworthy: Princess Bubblegum, Alice finds a TARDIS; Beemo faces. (via Geeky Merch)

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