Avon Barksdale is not impressed with the new phone.
Watching the @BBC’s The Hour. Super tight writing, and the cast is totally tremendous. Unreal. #thehour
Just finished re-reading The Idea Writers. Recommended.
If I was American I’d vote for this dude.
Why is it that whenever I head in to work I think about all the things I want to do on vacation — little projects, ideas to explore, things to push forward on — then when my vacation rolls around, all I want to do is sit and read?
Tempura Dinner: Homemade
Bright ideas turn dark (whiteboard art)
Get Yr Video Transfert
Or, at least, only one high at a time.
Hawkman totally hates the Mayans.
- Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development) discussing Social Media.
It’s what’s inside that counts.
As noted before on Fauna Corporation, Michael Geist is more or less The Man when it comes to Canadian copyright and online privacy legislation.
A post from Geist on BoingBoing today points out that the Canadian music industry is about to lobby the Canadian government for more control and rights over what people post through blogs, social networking sites, search engines and video sites – including things intended for parody and satire – while putting liability on the sites and networks that carry the content. They also want a tax on new iPods, because, you know, that’s why Canadian records don’t sell. Insert incredibly loud sigh and mega-eye-roll here.
It all reminds me of when Canada Post tried to levy a 5 cent tax on every email being sent because people were sending fewer letters as email became more common. The result? Laughter, then even fewer letters being sent.
I would be surprised if the Canadian record labels that I actively support (and I mean actively support; I buy a lot of music) are amongst those lobbying government (ie: smaller, more interesting labels with more lateral business models), but at this point I don’t know enough about it. So we’ll see what shakes down in Parliament.
Either way, this is the kind of thing that often involves asking for the moon because, with concessions, you’ll probably get the sky. So it seemed appropriate to point some traffic to Geist’s post (via Cory Doctorow) on BoingBoing to raise awareness that this is happening.
Have a read, have a think, and then buy some wicked Canadian music directly from the artists that create it, because they are keeping up with the times and the choices consumers are making. And generally speaking, they’re not trying to control what you share.
The cure for long days: Dollar-bin records
There are a lot of websites that are currently protesting the US’s proposed SOPA legislation. Obviously a lot of ink has been spilled (both for and against) such restrictive online policing, but I’ve really appreciated the work done by BoingBoing on this, because they often provide a Canadian perspective via the work of Michael Geist.
Cooler still is how BoingBoing chose to protest the legislation today – by taking their site offline and providing info about their chosen form of protest. Heavy duty.
- Overheard in the street