Sunday, April 12, 2015

At the Relish

It's the open stage at the Rehish on Danforth:

I'm listening to a variety a bands playing free.

As a brilliant producer of the Clash said recently, the sum total of all music ever produced can be held in a flash drive that can you can put in your pocket.

So these great players are playing for nothing - on theTTC subway line.

Wish Queen Street had a subway line


Saturday, April 4, 2015

XKCD 1337: Parts 1 to 5 Republished - Copyright Must Die!

The digital era by definition, marks the end of copyright - because digital work can be copied exactly; and from the copy of the original, a copy of the original can be made from the second copy (and so on) which is exactly the same as the original.

The thing is, we need to find a new way of paying content producers for the work they do.  One way of accomplishing this could be as simple as a $5 charge on your monthly internet bill which then goes to a producers' fund - which pays out to producers based on views and other tacking data.

Complicating a relatively simple solution  is the fact of content ownership.  In a capitalist economic structure owners can be the individuals or teams, who created the work - or they can be massive global corporations who's business empires (and the profits those businesses make) are dependent on ownership of other people's work.

As capitalism becomes more and more dysfunctional in these later stages before it passes into obsolescence - the drive to squeeze more profit out of every little thing becomes more and more imperative. Thus - instead of finding a way to get it done - we as a society prevaricate - and that becomes a giant global knot of internet dysfunction - which will get worse and worse the longer the tension remains.

The technology isn't going away - so I guess capitalism will have to.

No?  :)

Here's the cartoon - enjoy.

XKCD is a webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language.

XKCD 1337 is a five-part historical action-adventure graphic novella by Randall Munroe.

Read it at Randall Munroe's website in five parts:
Part 1:
Part 2:
Part 3:
Part 4:
Part 5:

This work by Randall Munroe is Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 License. This means you're free to copy and share these comics (but not to sell them). More details.