So the sundance film festival, notorious for bringing great films to everyone’s attention (fuck the Oscars), has decided that people seeing movies is better than not, and as such has decided to post all of the short films (“shorts”) from the festival on their website as they are simultaneously screened in front of the festival’s audiences. Some of them are really amazing (check out Everything’s Gone Green, pictured above, especially) and all of them are free (with a quick and painless registration.)
Link to Sundance’s (unfortunatlely) flash-based website. (You’ll have to navigate around a little to get at the content, it’s nice once you’re there though. Really.)
Seriously. I was listening to radio Wazee and Common People (click to listen) came on. Amazing, entertaining and enlightening, it’s both the first track on Shatners new album Has Been (that he co-wrote and produced with Ben Folds) and the funniest thing I’ve heard all day.
When asked in a recent interview what he thought about the recent movement to reform copyright and intellectual property law, Bill Gates called those backing this movement (groups like Creative Commons and the EFF) “some new modern-day sort of communists,” effectively showing not only his cold-war style understanding of ideology, but also his confusion concerning what these groups actually believe.
In retaliation the internet released a slew of logos mockingly promoting the copyleft (commonly logofied as the left-pointing ©) in its deserved red and yellow glory (BB links, 1 2), with one copyfighter going so far as to print tshirts using one of the logos (These are actually amazingly cheap, at 5$ you should buy one for everyone you know!)
In other news, Will Shetterly wrote a funny and completely relevant satire of the current state of copyright law and Mickey Mouse extensions that clearly and entertainingly shows the importance of the public domain for both the consuming and thinking public and the producers of cultural content (using the bible!).
I finally got around to signing up for my free 7-day trial of Second Life, a massively multiplayer online world similar to The Sims Online, and it has completely blown me away.
The level of detail in the character creation process is insane (8 sliders for your nose!) and allows you to not only live out your wildest fantasies, but also simulate yourself within the system to an almost eerie degree (does anyone else find that I did almost too well at reproducing myself, with my true hair color no less?)
The game itself is composed entirely of events and locations developed by its users. Players can build things and spaces, as well as write scripts to govern both the world and it’s inhabitants. Thus activities range from going dancing (with custom scripts for your phat moves) and playing in-game games (like a little combat simulator or laser-tag), to things as simple as poetry readings (all of which I did today)
Also, everyone can fly.
This is going to end badly, I can feel it.