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Eating words….

Just when you thought you’d seen everything, the Interweb brings you another stunning example of the odd.

This gentleman is determined to eat the entire works of Neil Gaiman. I do mean eat. Yes, the literal books.

There truly are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of….

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Justin is famous!

Not only has everyone’s favorite Watt been featured on his local TV affiliate, but he’s right now on the front page of BoingBoing AND he’s in the most recent USA Today. There’s still time to get more parodies out there, if anyone is interested.

Un-freakin-believable, and a huge story for free speech, copyright issues, and blogging. Way to go, Justin! I can say that I knew you when… πŸ™‚

UPDATE: And, evidently, in the New York freakin’ Times. Very nice.
Justin in the NYT

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Back…

…from a whirlwind birthday weekend (thanks for all those who sent their well wishes!). Spent some time in Nashville (Thanks, MeFi!), and picked up a couple of used books, as well as a few interesting kitchen gadgets. After that, a fun time watching some march madness with Betsy’s family, and then back home with nieces in tow for the week.

Busy week ahead, as I have to finish up my HigherEd BlogCon presentation (anyone have Captivate tips that they want to throw my way?). Hopefully some time for blogging…I feel like I’ve been absent for a long while.

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A return to patronage

After reading the recent Wired report on The Pirate Bay, I had a thought: will, after everything shakes out legally, the copyright battles lead us back to a form of patronage?

Imagine a world where individuals pay artists directly, without the corporate middle man eating the artists profits. If I like a song, I can send the artist a micropayment via my computer or cellphone saying “thanks”. Music could be shared, and musicians could be rewarded by increased attendance at their live performances, sales of other merch, and the goodwill of the fans. I know that I for one would be FAR more likely to paypal $20 a couple of times a year directly to Ryan Adams or Counting Crows than I would to buy their CDs. The CD feels dirty by the time it hits shelves, and the reality is that the artists see very little of the actual cash made by their work.

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Xbox Media Center rocks my face off

So I spent nearly all of today working with my old, non-360 Xbox trying to make it a useful part of our entertainment system. I am A friend is now the successful owner of a system running Xbox Media Center, and connected to my home network.

I already have an Airport connecting our music to our surround sound system, and we use iTunes to stream all over the house. But I’ve got a decent amount of video/photos that I’d love to be able to access on the TV, and now, I my friend can.

Overall, I my friend followed this walkthrough, although because of the DMCA and other laws, they can’t actually link to the software necessary (which means, of course, that finding it is difficult, but not impossible). Part of the software completely eluded me my friend (the bootloader that actually makes linux a possibility on the xbox). However, there was another version, not mentioned in the walkthrough, that allowed me to bootstrap myself into XBMC, and streaming happiness. I My friend has no idea how it manages it, down deep, but it’s played every single video type I’ve thrown at it, perfectly. No stutter, no issues…just played them. I’m incredibly impressed.

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Come on, Ryan….

Well, the copyright/RIAA police have another law to throw at fans: two fans of one of my very favorite artist, Ryan Adams, are currently being prosecuted for leaking a few of the songs off of his album Jacksonville City Lights. This is the first prosecution from the new law that makes it a seperate, distinct crime to leak copyrighted material before the copyright holder does.

So here it is…my plea to Ryan: This is insanity. I can’t imagine that you, the actual author of these works, want these fans to go to jail for potentially 11 years for sharing your music. Pressure your label to drop the suit, apologize for the inconvenience, and let these guys off the hook.

via boingboing

EDIT: Wired also has a followup, with some links to fan site discussions.

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Web 2.0 opportunity

Here’s another Web 2.0 opportunity for someone out there: We’ve got an online word processor (several, actually), like Writely, and a ton of other online productivity software.

Well, I want an online spreadsheet. Betsy and I are trying to do a budget for some things we’re interested in doing this spring, and having one online would be SO much easier. We could both update, etc.

Anyone know of the sort of thing I’m looking for?

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Philly Zombie Crawl

In honor of the most famous zombie story ever, some guys in Philadelphia are organizing an Easter Zombie Pub Crawl.

Amazing! If anyone in the area is going, I’d love to see pics.

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Irony writ large

So my previous post linked to a digital short done for SNL by the comedy group that calls themselves Lonely Island. Said short was on YouTube for a short period of time before being yanked for copyright reasons.

The group that produced it was hired by SNL recently, and their hire was at least partially influenced by their popularity online.

A popularity that grew because they licensed their comedy shorts with a Creative Commons license, allowing people to share their work freely.

Which NBC is no longer allowing.

Even though the Lonely Island guys own homepage links to copyright infringing pages of the material they produced for SNL.

*boggle*

Ha! So NBC has their own stream up of the rap. Except: the quality is terrible, it’s WMV, which means windows only, you can’t blog it like you can the YouTube vids….jesus christ on a pogo stick these media types just do not get it.

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Natalie Portman throws down on SNL

Is SNL getting funny again? Cause this is awesome with a side of fries. Potentially NSFW, depending on how uptight your workplace is. πŸ™‚

Interesting…the above now gives a “removed due to copyright infringement” notice. Is NBC crazy? Seriously? Let me get this straight: they (NBC/SNL) get money, from advertisers, to broadcast SNL. These advertisers pay SNL/NBC a given amount for airtime to shill thier products, and this airtime is charged for depending on how many people watch SNL. More people watch when they think it’s funny….and this is FREE ADVERTISING FOR THE FUNNY.

Truly, deeply insane. Plus, it’s already up under another name: