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The January 2009 issue of Harper’s Magazine featured an editorial listing several headlines from The New York Times Special Edition.

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14th Street, New York City, January 8th.

I keep hearing of more and more billionaires killing themselves.

End times…

A while ago I wrote Nathan Yergler of the Creative Commons Foundation about the logistics of including (C) work in a CC book? Amazingly I couldn’t find any guidance about this on their site, or elsewhere. It seemed like something you could obviously do, but the publisher’s legal dept had questions. So Nathan answered them:

Hey Michael –

Thanks for following up on this via the phone today. I talked to some colleagues, and generally the situation is this:

* You can use a copyrighted work, assuming you have the rights to do so (either under fair use or explicitly negotiated), in a CC licensed work so long as you point out the exceptions in the license notice.
This is effectively what Creative Commons does with our website — see the footer text where it states “except where otherwise noted…”

* With respect to the digital version of your book that you were asking about, you would typically negotiate rights for digital redistribution along with the rights to use the copyrighted works in
the first place. Whether you have the rights to redistribute the pictures isn’t impacted by the CC license, or the fact that its included in a CC licensed work.

And as I mentioned on the phone, Creative Commons can not offer legal advice or opinions and this should not be interpreted as such.

Hope this helps, and let us know if/when your book is released under a CC license; we’d love to mention it on the CC blog.


Bright Bike at the Holiday Hackshop

Beacon Graphics (our vinyl supplier) has made DIY kits. You can get get pre cut, or a 6 foot segment. For bulk orders, contact Dave Lynn at 800 762-9205. You can also stop by the Eyebeam bookstore and pick some up.

Then go to the instructable to get the steps right

Here is a set of photos from the event:

And here is some press coverage from Core77, Gizmodo, and MAKEzine

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The new laser drawings are coming together. My dad the woodworker did a quick job of a really nice display case for the encyclopedia.

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And we’re burning through paper


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From November 14th to 22nd,a bunch of Eyebeam fellows went to California for a roadshow.  I’ve been talking about this quite a bit lately.

The trip went very well overall, and I hope to do it again soon.  The wonderful Christina Kral is currently working on a video about the trip, and here is a small preview.  Stay tuned for the full version.

draft from christina kral on Vimeo.

For the past semester I have been teaching an intro course at Hunter college in the Film & Media department Integrated Media Arts program called Tools & Techniques.  The class has a blog where they have been posting all of their work, and it is pretty great.

Also, all semester I have been keeping track of the hits that my students have been getting on their blog posts. The highest scorers got a little extra credit. The winners were:

  1. Jennifer Jacobs with 12 hits
  2. Da-Hye Lee with 11 hits

Looks like next semester we’re going to have to focus on drawing hits a little more.

ArtistMeeting is a New York City art collective that is doing a show at Postmasters on Jan 10th, 7-9PM.  The artists are using YouThreebe to present triptychs.  And there are complimentary drinks! Sounds like great fun to me!  Here is the press release.

Video triptychs involve three simultaneous video loops projected side by side on the gallery wall.  While formally simple, the effect of the looping sequences, overlapping sounds and awkward  juxtapositions is uncanny and unsettling. This is due to the slippery dis-harmonization of clip lengths,  and the conceptual layering of the elements within the videos.

For this 2nd youtube video show at Postmasters Gallery, the curators Thomas Hutchison, Maria Joao, Salema and James Andrews have selected dozens of examples of original U3B triptychs created by members of Artists Meeting.

I’d love to see you there!

Add-Art In addition to moderator Jamie Wilkinson, the panel will feature fellow F.A.T. Lab member Steve Lambert (who you may remember from the NYTimes Special Edition project a month back, among other projects), and Tobias Leingruber, creator of China Channel and the man behind Pirates of the Amazon. They’ll also be talking about ArtZilla, an awesome repository for Firefox add-on projects usually denied from listing on the universe for being “useless art.”

New York City ROFLThing Details
When: January 24th, 2009
Where: Santos Party House (96 Lafayette Street, Manhattan, NY)
Featuring Alexis Ohanian (Reddit), Charlie Todd (Improv Everywhere), the creator of Comic Sans, the founder of 4chan, Bre Pettis and a host of others to be announced.

Lambert Brush Font

This font is created from scans of hand painted 7 inch tall letters. The letter style is the one I’ve used for I WILL TALK WITH ANYONE ABOUT ANYTHING, Drawing for Scott and Annie, and many, many other drawings and signs. It also includes some bonus characters and glyphs.

LambertBrush.ttf available from Artists’ Space website under WebCast.

Created for the Artists’ Space WebCast for January 2009. Thanks to Joseph Del Pesco.