Archive for May, 2011

Kurt Vonnegut On The Shape Of Stories

Monday, May 30th, 2011


And so it goes.

eG8 Alt Press Conference

Monday, May 30th, 2011

A follow up to my previous post on the eG8 – here’s the impromptu press conference held by those attendees (Lawrence Lessig, Susan Crawford, Jeff Jarvis at al) putting their spin on the Sarkozy government/business G8 slant on their proposed ownership and control of the interwebs.

Short strokes: “Yo, Nikki – the net is infinitely more than just a handy platform from whence you greedy geezers can continue to shill your lies and sell your shit. So go fuck yourself.”

But I paraphrase – let the better minds speak:

[EN] La société civile s’en va t’en guerre à l’ e-G8 from OWNI on Vimeo.

Lessig is great – so’s Jarvis – but be sure to catch Jérémie Zimmermann around 18:15 where he really nails what is going on with all this eG8 bullshit.


P.S. Found this over at BoingBoing posted by Cory Doctorow. Thanks!

John Perry Barlow At The eG8

Friday, May 27th, 2011


John Perry Barlow, the author of the Declaration Of Independence Of Cyberspace, was at the recent eG8 conference where he spoke very eloquently about the bullshit efforts of governments and corporations to own and control the internet. French President Sarkozy bluntly described the internet as “a new territory waiting to be conquered”.

Yeah – you little weasel – that worked out real well for you and yours in Africa, didn’t it? Fucker.

It’s worth listening through the over-chewed garbage coming out of the mouths of the other participants as they spew nonsensical propaganda about the “creation industry” for Barlow’s response, where he cuts them off at the knees.

Listen to Barlow and learn – because the internet, the technological extension of your nervous system that connects you with other human beings around the world, is under siege by the corrupt powers who believe they are entitled to own and control you.

Have a nice day.


P.S. I found this stuff over at Roger Davies excellent blog.

P.P.S. Also scrounged from Davies’ blog is this short interview with Jeff Jarvis on his reaction to the eG8. Jarvis is always worth reading and listening to – like this excellent write up of the eG8 from his own blog.

eG8 – Jeff Jarvis – CUNY Professor in Journalism from OWNI on Vimeo.

P.P.S.S.-etc. And from Susan Crawford, via her Twitter feed, comes this excellent post by Alex Howard which pretty much sums up the whole eG8 clusterfuck.


Keynote – e-G8 from lessig on Vimeo.

Toronto Mini-Maker Faire

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Ryan Varga made this excellent mini-doc about the Toronto Mini-Maker Faire which I and my family attended last weekend. It was an awesome display of wit and intelligence and talent – and all of it open and inclusive.

Imma gonna join me a hackerspace, you betcha!

Makers: Mini Maker Fair Toronto from Ryan Varga on Vimeo.

I love the ethos of the Maker culture and wholeheartedly embrace the idea of knowing what the fuck is going on inside our gadgets – so we can make our own and better and more individualized creations.

Time to pump some humanity into the culture of tech which we find ourselves swimming in. If the future is, as Ray Kurzweil suggests, inevitably headed toward a Singularity where our machines become sentient and we become our machines we’d better be damned sure our humanity goes along for the ride.

This is the way that will happen.


I’m A Climate Scientist

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

I found this via Fred who got it via Michael Moore and now You can pass it on to someone else.


Orson Welles As Falstaff

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

The Atlantic has a post on the upcoming 70th anniversary of Citizen Kane which is worth a read. As these things happen, I find one thing and then stumble through a few rabbit holes of idly searching for related stuff and then come up with a few nifty things.

Here’s Orson Welles as he appeared on the Dean Martin Show in 1968. Not only is the venue unlikely for a portrayal of a Shakespearean character but also the way in which it is conducted, with Welles (arguably one of the best raconteurs ever) describing the character of Falstaff as he takes his time applying the makeup, reveals this to be something we’d never see on the air today, certainly not on US primetime anyway – and reinforces the view expressed in D.B. Grady‘s Atlantic article that Welles has always, and will continue to be, a revered artist and personage.

Grady also mentions the best known of Welles’ unfinished films (of which there are, sadly, too many) entitled: The Other Side Of The Wind. Shot between 1972 and 1976, it’s still caught up legal battles over who owns the rights but everyone keeps hoping Peter Bogdanovitch – whom Welles chose as the one for the task – will get his chance to complete the edit according to Welles’ notes and we might once and for all be able to see the finished work.

In the meantime, here’s a brief clip from the film which shows Welles at his innovative best – over 40 years ago.

That, even by today’s standards, is fucking awesome.


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Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011