Archive for September, 2008

Adbusting in action

September 27, 2008

If you want so see adbusting in action visit the flickr slide show of ninja9ine.


Publishing Open Content

September 25, 2008

Publishing Open Content is a short documentary by Frances Pinter and David Percy that looks at how Creative Commons licenses can be utilized in a commercial setting. The film features interviews with Tom Reynolds, blogger behind Random Acts of Reality and author of Blood, Sweat, and Tea, Timo Hannay, Publishing Director at, and John Buckman, founder of netlabel Magnatune.


American girl with LED sweatshirt arrested

September 24, 2008

One year ago, a 19-year-old MIT engineering student named Star Simpson got dressed to go pick up a friend at Boston’s Logan airport. She pulled a hoodie out of her closet, a wearable tech design she’d made with a light-up LED-circuit on the chest. In her hand was a small pink rose she’d crafted from hardened clay, a gift for her friend.

A few hours later at the airport, after an airport employee mistook her sweatshirt for a bomb and the rose for an explosive implement, Star found herself surrounded by 40 armed police who believed she was a suicide bomber. She was arrested for “possessing a hoax device,” and an unprecedented media frenzy ensued.


Michael Moore: “Slacker Uprising” free on the net

September 23, 2008

You can download Michael Moore‘s new film Slacker Uprising on the internet. He decided to publish the film exclusively on the internet.

You can download it with bittorrent on or


Content: Selected Essays on Technology, Creativity, Copyright, and the Future of the Future

September 22, 2008

CC evangelist and acclaimed author Cory Doctorow announced [today] the release of his new book, Content: Selected Essays on Technology, Creativity, Copyright, and the Future of the Future. Content is exactly what it claims to be – 28 essays on “everything from copyright and DRM to the layout of phone-keypads, the fallacy of the semantic web, the nature of futurism, the necessity of privacy in a digital world, the reason to love Wikipedia, the miracle of fanfic, and many other subjects”. If that wasn’t inciting enough, Content also boasts an introduction from EFF co-founder John Perry Barlow and book design by acclaimed typographer John D Berry.

Like his other novels, Doctorow has chosen to release Content both as a print book for sale and as a free-to-download CC BY-NC-SA licensed PDF. In his essay, “Giving it Away” (originally published in Forbes, December 2006 – republished in Content).


“The Ant King: and Other Stories” Released Under CC License

September 12, 2008

Ben Rosenbaum, an American science fiction writer and computer programmer, recently released his latest collection of sci-fi shorts, The Ant King: and Other Stories, as both a print collection through Small Beer Press and a free download under a CC BY-NC-SA license.


New KDE development process?

September 12, 2008

At Akademy 2008, KDE Release Team members Sebastian Kügler and Dirk Müller discussed the future of KDE’s development process. Describing the challenges KDE faces and proposing some solutions, they spawned a lot of discussion. Read on for a summary of what has been said and done around this topic at Akademy. Our current development model has served us for over 10 years now. We did a transition to Subversion some years ago, and we now use CMake, but basically we still work like we did a long time ago: only some tools have changed slightly. But times are changing.”

You can read the whole article describing the proposed new system with git and new handling of trunk on


Mystery Game…

September 11, 2008

A commercial from the year 1960.

Mediawiki and Video Editing

September 10, 2008

Michael will work on adding support for video editing operations and other video-related functionality to MediaWiki, with a rich user interface built entirely on open standards like Ogg Theora. Michael’s work priorities will be coordinated between Kaltura and WMF. I am hoping that we can make incremental improvements to Wikimedia’s video capabilities that will start to become visible to users soon. 🙂

So MediaWiki does not only try to enhance standard wiki functionality but explores the possibilites of online collaborative video editing. Nice.


Political Hip Hop

September 8, 2008

In general I’m not a fan of Hip Hop but this music video attracts me visually and I find the music really good…