Archive for April, 2009

In Teh Toobs

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

At long last I’ve opened up the web site for In Teh Toobs – a new weekly web series featuring the intrepid but hapless canine Cmdr. Riley aboard his trusty and rusty spacecraft, the STFU-1138, as he journeys through the interwebs.

This isn’t a full episode – just a prelude:

Tonight I’ll be at the Camera Lounge talking about In Teh Toobs and other projects for the Web Creators Show & Tell evening organized by Jill Golick. It’s part of a larger series of monthly events Jill has put together under the auspices of the Writers Guild Of Canada called Writers Watching TV.

Also participating tonight are Scott Albert and Christopher Guest with their web series Team Leader and Jill will talk about her new web series Hailey Hacks.

Should be a fun night. If you drop by please be sure to say Howdy.


P. S. I’m trying out a number of different video hosting options for the In Teh Toobs site and while although pretty much set on I must admit I was pleasantly surprised to see the quality of the YouTube post:

Maybe it just looks better on the YouTube site. Let me know what you think – I want to be sure I’m making the right choices.


Swine Flu, Pirates, Torture – J. P. Houston Sings The News

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

My musical compadre, J. P. Houston, has decided to start singing the news. This first installment, entitled, Swine Flu, Pirates, Torture was written and recorded today.

J. P. Houston Sings The News

You can listen to it on his site or right here:

J. P. now resides in LA and hangs out with the Joshua Tree music scene. He wrote the songs and scores for all our television productions including The Big Comfy Couch and Ruffus The Dog. His personal work is always stunning and his ambitious plans for future projects is inspiring.


We Didn’t Start The Flame War

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

This has been circulating around the interwebs and I kept tripping over it. Pretty damned clever.


I’m Still Here

Monday, April 20th, 2009

I haven’t forgotten you – I’m just trying to get my other stuff done.

I’ll post back here when I can.



James Boyle – RSA Talk On Public Domain

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

Hey! It’s Tuesday! Let’s blog about important shit instead of posting video clips of cute puppies juggling elephant poo. Actually, that sounds pretty cool, doesn’t it? I’ll go search for that as soon as I’m done here.

In the meantime, here’s a talk given by James Boyle at the RSA which goes hand-in-hand with some of the presentations given by Lawrence Lessig on the same theme: Intellectual property laws have a significant impact on many important areas of human endeavour, including scientific innovation, digital creativity, cultural access and free speech..

Boyle gives a good talk and it’s worth having a listen to what he has to say, which is an extension of his book The Public Domain: Enclosing The Commons Of The Mind.

If you must skip ahead through the talk please be sure to jump in at the 16 minute mark. That’s where the crux of Boyle’s observations come to a head and deserve to be heard by everyone.

The power of the media corporations lobbying efforts are concerned only with their self-interested quest for short term profits and control over the marketplace – unfortunately, for all concerned, the marketplace of intellectual property is not a mere physical space stacked with physical goods for sale – it exists in our minds and in our perceptions of the world around us and in our ability to speak to each other about our world and our lives.

The changes to copyright law and the subsequent corruption of the democratic process by these lobbying efforts serve to undermine our culture and our most basic human freedoms by the steady erosion of the public domain.

We live in an information age and we need to understand and respond to the laws which are being formed with respect to that information. It’s not just the business of the media corporations – it’s your business too.

Pass it on.


P. S. I found this over on BoingBoing from copyfighter Cory Doctorow.

UPDATE: TorrentFreak reports on the latest Wikileaked draft of ACTA:

ACTA is an international agreement that aims to target piracy and counterfeiting globally. The degree of secrecy surrounding the negotiations is astonishing. Many institutions, the press and various individuals have requested that the participating countries provide an insight into their plans, but none have succeeded thus far.

It almost seems they are actively blocking the public from having their say, while in contrast they continue to receive input from anti-piracy lobbyists such as the RIAA and MPAA. However, as time progresses more details about ACTA become public, largely thanks to Wikileaks.

Once again large media corporations are designing legislation outside of democratic discourse which directly affects your life.

These people are fascists.


Shared Narrative – Renny Gleeson – TED Talk

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

I am guilty of using and abusing my phone to tweet and surf while in conversation with others. It’s annoying. It’s annoying when others do it to me. When I do it I’m not being annoying – I’m just connected with the world in ways you couldn’t possibly understand so stop looking at me like I just shit in your mouth.

You can probably guess I don’t get very far with that attitude.

Apropos of this one-sided conversation here’s Renny Gleeson giving a brief and funny talk at TED on how our ability to communicate simultaneously in many social spheres is impacting on our basic humanity. Of course things are in a state of change – the world itself is being transformed by our technologies and how we choose to use them. I like Gleeson’s plea to the audience at the end of it.

Now go out and share your life with others.

Happy Zombie Jesus Day.


Susan Boyle – Britain’s Got Talent

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

Just a wee prezzie for you all. Enjoy your weekend folks.


Neil Gaiman on Q TV

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

All Billy Bob bullshit aside this Neil Gaiman interview on CBC Radio’s Q with Jian Gomeshi is a terrific talk about Gaiman and his work – right up to the very end where he sums up our adult needs for fairy tales. Great stuff.


Trying To Get It All Done

Friday, April 10th, 2009

my_writing_processAlthough today is Good Friday – ( I’m always naturally inclined to shout: “What’s so good about it?!” ) - and that makes it an official sort of holiday, official enough that my son is home from school and underfoot, I am still trying to get my tasks done so I can finally, once and for all, stamped it no erasing, launch my other fucking web site. I’ve used this animated GIF in the earlier iteration of this blog and remembered it fondly enough to include it here. That, of course, lead me down the rabbit hole of leafing through all my image files from the old posts and, just like when you clean out the attic or the cluttered shelf at the back of the closet, found myself saying things like: “Ohhh, I remember that one!” and wanting to post it once again for all to see. In all modesty, I did some funny shit with my Photoshopped images and I will make an effort to re-use them here but for now I can only regard the effort as yet another steaming wad of procrastinaton that stands before me and my goal of project completion. Hell, just writing all these words here is an act of procrastination in itself; dutifully pounding out an endless stream of description that has no deeper meaning or purpose other than to keep me from doing what it I have tasked myself with.


I’m still here – I’m still posting – and when I’m done with my work I will post here about that and tell you what went into making it all happen.

Jill Gollick has been kind enough to invite me to participate in one of her great WGC discussions at Camera on April 29th to talk about the project. You can find out more at the Facebook page for the Web Creators Show And Tell event. That should be fun. We might even be streaming the evening online – I’ll let you know if we get that happening.

And now I shall walk away from the interwebs and get my ass to work.


Sound Of Fucking Music

Monday, April 6th, 2009

I’m not a big fan of the Sound Of Music.

I’m this close to actually hating it. I think it’s shallow manipulative tripe; but I understand why it is as popular as it is.

Understanding is different than liking. I get it but I don’t like it.

I do like public space performance art.

I love what the folks at Improv Everywhere do.

This isn’t Improve Everywhere. But it is public space performance art.

Sort of.

And it’s the fucking Sound Of Music.

And I liked it.