Archive for 2008-02

Environment Scorecard

02008-02-29 @ 08:02

EU Scorecard on Environment Published : TreeHugger

Music News from China

02008-02-29 @ 07:02

Wired News – AP News
China‘s top search engine, Baidu.com, has been sued by a music industry group in China over an alleged copyright violation, according to a statement released by the Music Copyright Society of China.

Public Domain Donor

02008-02-28 @ 13:02

Public Domain Donor
Why let all of your ideas die with you? Current Copyright law prevents anyone from building upon your creativity for 70 years after your death. Live on in collaboration with others. Make an intellectual property donation. By donating your IP into the public domain you will “promote the progress of science and useful arts” (U.S. Constitution). Ensure that your creativity will live on after you are gone, make a donation today.
(Via ektopia)

Why not use Creative Commons while you are still alive?

Felt Envelope

02008-02-28 @ 09:02

WORKING CLASS HEROES – felt and leather laptopwallets and more

I like these. Not much protection, but beautiful. I think I will try to make one myself. I made my rakusu and this looks a lot easier.

Global warming deniers

02008-02-28 @ 08:02

Global warming deniers | Salon News
The science isn’t settled — it’s unsettling, and getting more so every year as the scientific community learns more about the catastrophic consequences of uncontrolled greenhouse gas emissions.

The big difference I have with the doubters is they believe the IPCC reports seriously overstate the impact of human emissions on the climate, whereas the actual observed climate data clearly show the reports dramatically understate the impact.

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Leave talent spotting to the suits!

02008-02-28 @ 08:02

Leave talent spotting to the suits, says EMI boss | News | guardian.co.uk Music
In a stinging attack on the 260 A&R men employed by EMI, he said: “The power and the decision has sat with the A&R man, who is someone who gets up late in the day, listens to lots of music, goes to clubs, spends his time with artists and has a knack of knowing what would sell.”
Hands added: “What we are doing is taking the power away from the A&R guys and putting it with the suits – the guys who have to work out how to sell music.”

How many months before EMI will be for sale again?

I enjoy watching this VC move about the music industry like a bull in a china shop. He does not understand the relationships that were established over decades. The A&R person is the contact point between two worlds. Higher Octave did not have A&R and I hated talking to the suits, because they didn’t get it and they didn’t speak my language, whereas my A&R person at Epic Records was somebody I could relate to, strange as he was…

I suspect the saga at EMI will continue to be entertaining to watch.

Enjoy

02008-02-28 @ 07:02

‘Enjoy life while you can’ | From the Guardian | The Guardian
n 1965 executives at Shell wanted to know what the world would look like in the year 2000. They consulted a range of experts, who speculated about fusion-powered hovercrafts and “all sorts of fanciful technological stuff”. When the oil company asked the scientist James Lovelock, he predicted that the main problem in 2000 would be the environment. “It will be worsening then to such an extent that it will seriously affect their business,” he said.

“And of course,” Lovelock says, with a smile 43 years later, “that’s almost exactly what’s happened.”

Don’t read the whole article if you are depressed as this gentleman has a brutal view of the future. He does have the credentials:

Working alone since the age of 40, he invented a device that detected CFCs, which helped detect the growing hole in the ozone layer, and introduced the Gaia hypothesis, a revolutionary theory that the Earth is a self-regulating super-organism. Initially ridiculed by many scientists as new age nonsense, today that theory forms the basis of almost all climate science.

I disagree with him regarding carbon-offsets, recycling and windmills. I think personal production of electricity is where it’s at. Let 10,000 windmills bloom!

I think even if his predictions should be correct we need to move forward and if nothing else teach the next generations, among whom the survivors will be. Which leads me to another question. When will the first politician dare speak about population control? My guess is 2015. The first one mentioning it will sacrifice him/herself as s/he will be shouted down. The second one will most certainly not be elected, but one day it will become obvious that the rate of human reproduction is responsible for many of our woes.

Beauty

02008-02-28 @ 06:02

He who seeks Truth
Shall find Beauty

He who seeks Beauty
Shall find Vanity

He who seeks Order
Shall find Gratification

He who seeks Gratification
Shall be Disappointed

He who considers himself as the servant of his fellow being
Shall find the joy of Self-Expression

He who seeks Self-Expression
Shall fall into the pit of Arrogance

Arrogance is incompatible with nature
Thru the nature of the universe
and the nature of man
we shall seek Truth

If we seek truth we shall find Beauty

Moshe Safdie, Architect

Friends as well as Enemies

02008-02-28 @ 06:02

Antaiji: Kodo Sawaki – To you
Perhaps we can save our friends with atomic and hydrogen bombs – but not our enemies. Only zazen is capable of saving friends as well as enemies.

A few weeks ago I set this post up to publish today… and then forgot about it. Fun to time-release stuff and be surprised by the words… (time-release is nice feature of WordPress, I think)

Reading the quote today I think about the funny temporal nature of friends and enemies – friends today and enemies tomorrow or enemies yesterday and friends in two weeks. The evolution of mankind has to point to peace, beyond a doubt. Evolution will weed out the violent as they kill each other eventually. The future may indeed be inherited by the meek. If humanity continues for a thousand years, what will they think of the people of the 20th and 21st century? It was a stage. They couldn’t help it.

The Greenest and the Meanest…

02008-02-27 @ 08:02

And the Greenest Car in America is … | Autopia from Wired.com

I am holding out for something like this or this

Meanwhile I am glad to read articles like this one in Wired: Six Steps to Speeding up Trains in the U.S.

Copyright this

02008-02-27 @ 08:02

From the Opinion section of the L.A. Times

Copyright this – Los Angeles Times
A solution to determining which works are in the “Mickey Mouse” category of copyrights and which are in the more socially valuable “oral rehydration therapy” class of work is not feasible for a government bureaucracy. However, if all copyrights were taxed at a fixed (but significant) amount per year to maintain the copyright (all registered through the copyright office and searchable), there would be a significant carrying cost and most of the copyrighted material would revert to “public domain” and become available to “promote the progress of science and useful arts.” As intellectual property and copyrights become an even more significant part of our economy, and as copyright holders (not necessarily the creators) make claims of “stealing” as though it is real property, it should be taxed. Relative to copyrights’ significance in our economy, the amount of revenue from this source should be in the hundreds of billions of dollars per year.
(Via Slashdot)

Interesting. On the other hand, copyright was originally a contract between the government and the creator of the work according to which the government offered to protect the work for the duration of the copyright in exchange for the work to become public domain afterwards. It is in the interest of the public to have the copyright period as short as possible – so that the work enters the public domain sooner – whereas the creators (or their representatives) would like to have the copyright as long as possible in order to make more money from their work. But the crucial element was the government offering laws and courts and public force, i.e. the police, to defend the copyright for its duration.

At present copyrights are too long and therefore of less interest to the public. For anything to take 75-100 years to enter the public domain is too long, especially when culture has sped up. Copyright-terms were extended several times in the recent past, while we all know that our culture is moving much faster than say, 50 years ago. Since the essence of copyright IS a contract offering protection of creative work for a certain amount of time, we have gone in exactly the wrong direction. That much is clear. At this point musical copyright can basically not be enforced, however hard some organizations may try, and the public has no interest in really enforcing anything because it takes nearly forever for the work to become public domain… A new deal must be made. A sensible copyright duration (10-20 years? I believe the original term offered in the U.S. was 14 years) in return for measures to either guard copyright better or create an ISP tax (speaking for music). The current situation reminds me of the tale about the Emperor’s new clothes… the deal isn’t working and isn’t right for the times and I think it is obvious.

The problem with the above suggestion in the L.A. TImes, that creators or their representatives should have to pay an annual “copyright property tax” is that this would first and foremost hurt the indies, whereas Disney would be happy to pay the copyright tax on Mickey Mouse for the next 1,000 years! Interesting approach, but a bad idea nonetheless.

Three Years Ago

02008-02-26 @ 07:02

From the book Color: A Natural History of the Palette:

Jean Renoir once told his son that without oil paint in tubes there would have been no Cezanne, no Monet, no Sisley or Pissarro.

Tin tubes containing oil paint were invented in 1842 and made it possible to take the canvas outside one’s studio. The medium of painting became portable and changed radically – Impressionism was born.

This reminds me of the Aboriginal idea that everything has to be dreamed to exist at all. Technology creates new possibilities for art, which in turn visualizes/creates a new dream, which in turn helps people look at the world in a different or new way. The centerpiece of that sentence is art. Art informs society. Art guides us to new ways of experiencing our world.

Beethoven

02008-02-24 @ 23:02

NPR Music: A Beethoven Extravaganza Recreated
“The Vienna Philharmonic didn’t exist and there wasn’t even, in fact, a concert hall in Vienna, during Beethoven’s lifetime. So theaters were used, or sometimes, even restaurants and ballrooms.”

Sunday Morning

02008-02-24 @ 08:02

Blue skies and melting snow. Tonight it will give me great satisfaction to make In the Arms of Love available in our ListeningLounge as Higher Octave/EMI’s license expires. We should have the SSRI CD version sometime towards the end of March.

Most of yesterday was spent in the studio, working on the new album. I feel that I am on track to finish everything by the end of March. We already have a first draft of the album art.

Nines

02008-02-24 @ 08:02

It was pointed out to me that a nine is once again involved.
ITAOL and SFe Sessions reverted back to SSRI on 24.02.2008 = 2 + 4 + 2 + 2 + 8 = 18 = 9

Thanks Y.

Porsche vs London

02008-02-24 @ 08:02

Porsche takes on London mayor over road pricing scheme – Yahoo! News
Luxury car firm Porsche said Tuesday it will mount a legal challenge to a plan to more than triple the charge for “gas guzzling” vehicles entering central and west London.

It’s time for German luxury car manufacturers to see the writing on the wall. Change or be left behind eventually. I fell in love with Porsche cars when I was 5 or 6 years old, particularly the 911. I have driven them, but never bought one because I don’t want to be seen in one.

“Instead of spending time and energy battling these popular initiatives, such as the congestion charge, it would be more appropriate for Porsche to put its effort into making a new generation of much less polluting vehicles.”

Exactly!

You can read more here.
Long live the mayor of London!
Speaking of the mayor of London:

London to Retrofit Public Buildings for Reduced Emissions : TreeHugger
The Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, announced a new project last week to cut public buildings’ energy use by 25%. Contracts were awarded for the first stage of the project, in which 42 public buildings will be retrofitted for energy savings over the next ten years.

Food

02008-02-24 @ 07:02


Watch a higher quality preview of the movie on this web site. The director is Doris Dörrie. The first movie I saw of hers was Männer, which came out in 1985 and is a hilarious look at German men! I watched Dörrie’s 2002 movie Enlightenment Guaranteed at Upaya, as it is one of Joan Halifax Roshi‘s favorite films.
(Via Click opera)

Forget the Idea…

02008-02-23 @ 11:02

ART/ARCHITECTURE; The Irrepressible Ragman of Art – New York Times
Sometimes I’ll take a walk just to forget whatever good idea I had that day because I like to go into the studio not having any ideas. I want the insecurity of not knowing, like performers feel before a performance. Everything I can remember, and everything I know, I have probably already done, or somebody else has.

That’s a quote from an article on Robert Rauschenberg.

I want to create the music that wants to be made, regardless of what other musicians or the critics and reviewers or even the audience might think of the result. Stefan Sagmeister writes Trying to look good limits my life, which I could translate into Trying to sound good limits my music or maybe Trying to impress other musicians limits my playing. Often I fail. But when I succeed it is very sweet.

Things I have learned…

02008-02-23 @ 11:02

I have always found design produced for designers – similar to music for musicians and art for artists – sadly insular and consequently boring.

I have been reading in the book Things I have learned in my Life so far, where I found the above truism. Great book for everyone and I mean everyone.

Also check out the website and The Moment For the Moment | Stefan Sagmeister – New York Times Blog

Saturday Morning

02008-02-23 @ 07:02

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