Welcome to Green Comet

Creative Commons licensed Green Comet, and its sequel Parasite Puppeteers, tell an expansive story of love and adventure on an inhabited comet. To learn more, and for samples, visit the Welcome Page.

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How to Fix Everything | Motherboard

The right to open up your stuff is under attack, but DIY fixers are keeping the art of repair alive.

Source: How to Fix Everything | Motherboard

iFixit is spearheading an attempt to make it not only easier, but in some cases legal, to repair your own stuff. The John Deere company tried to use copyright law to make it illegal for farmers to repair their tractors. Fortunately, a lawsuit pushed by iFixit recently resulted in a victory for farmers against this immoral behavior. Apple corporation began using an oddball screwhead to make it difficult, if not impossible, for their customers to even open their devices. If you can’t open it, you can’t repair it.

“That Apple and other electronics manufacturers don’t sell repair parts to consumers or write service manuals for them isn’t just annoying, it’s an environmental disaster,” (Kyle Wiens) says. “Recent shifts to proprietary screws, the ever-present threat of legal action under a trainwreck of a copyright law, and an antagonistic relationship with third-party repair shops shows that the anti-repair culture at major manufacturers isn’t based on negligence or naiveté, it’s malicious.”

John Deere told the copyright office that allowing farmers and mechanics to repair their own tractors would “make it possible for pirates, third-party developers, and less innovative competitors to free-ride off the creativity, unique expression and ingenuity of vehicle software.”

“We decided as a result of our research in the developing world that what the world needed was an open source repair manual for everything,” (Kyle Wiens) said. “There’s two ways of doing that—you get the manufacturers to open source their documents, or you write a new one. We have not given up on the first one, but we have focused our efforts on the second.”

Small victories give hope that progress will be made in this area, but the manufacturers still seem more intent on locking their customers out than on treating them with respect. Fortunately, we have people like Kyle Wiens and organizations like iFixit watching out for us.

How to Fix Everything article on Motherboard website.


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Pirate This Book

Cover art by Piotr Czaplarski

Cover art by Piotr Czaplarski

Pirate This Book is the actual title of a book written by Linton Robinson. You can read about it on his website and you can download it from Smashwords, where it’s free, at Noisetrade, where it’s also free but you can leave a tip if you want to, and on Amazon, where they want you to pay 83 cents. I haven’t read the book, but I understand it’s a collection of stories and excerpts from the author’s work. He’s trying to employ the principle that, for non-best-selling authors, the important thing is getting your work out there. The problem for unknown authors isn’t piracy, it’s obscurity. So don’t worry about how many pirated copies of your book might be out there without having been paid for. Rejoice in the knowledge that it’s getting into the hands of potential readers. Be grateful that someone cared enough to pirate it.

Which brings me to the point of this post. Pirate this book. Download Green Comet and upload it to a torrent site. Take Parasite Puppeteers and put it in the hands of those scurrilous pirates. I want to see them everywhere. If I google Green Comet, I want to see pages of pirated copies. The same with Parasite Puppeteers. I just trawled about ten torrent sites and only one of them, Torrentz, had a link to Green Comet. Nobody had Parasite Puppeteers. I was disappointed. I was hurt. It’s embarrassing.

So, pirate this book. Please. You’ll make this ink-stained wretch happy.


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