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The Grateful Dead and Creative Commons

Could the Grateful Dead have been using Creative Commons principles decades ahead of time? This Matthew Helmke article from opensource.com makes the connection. Although many bands at the time allowed fans to record shows, the Grateful Dead took the idea … Continue reading

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Audiobooks Now in MP3

When I started recording readings of these books, I chose to offer them in OGG Vorbis format because it’s a free and open standard. That meant there would be no encumberances on the audio files due to patents or any … Continue reading

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Bombogenesis

New Word of the Day – Bombogenesis Today’s new word of the day — a form of neologism* — is bombogenesis. According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, bombogenesis is a noun meaning the development and intensification of a major storm. … Continue reading

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Conservatives Distrust Higher Education

There is a growing distrust of higher education among political conservatives. The linked Chronicle of Higher Education article discusses the phenomenon as it pertains particularly to American politics. A majority of Republicans and right-leaning independents think higher education has a … Continue reading

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NASA Image and Video Library

You might be aware of the website dedicated to the Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD.) You can visit the site and see another great picture every day. Some people even set things up so their computer’s desktop image is … Continue reading

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In defence of Creative Commons – TechnoLlama

As you know, my novels are published with a Creative Commons license. I use Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike (CC-BY-SA), but there are other variations, depending on how you want to share your work.  TechnoLlama, a blog I follow, has a … Continue reading

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Growing the Commons

Thanks to Cat Johnson at Shareable for making me aware of this. Ryan Merkely, CEO of Creative Commons, has written a series of blog posts about sharing and growing the commons. As you know, if you’ve followed my blog, Creative … Continue reading

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Further Update on Happy Birthday Copyright

A US judge (George King) has ruled that Warner/Chappell, which acquired the copyright to Happy Birthday in 1988, only bought rights to specific arrangements of the melody, not to the actual song. Warner/Chappell got the rights when it bought another … Continue reading

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Interstellar Seeds Could Create Oases of Life

In 2004 I wrote a short piece for my local newspaper in which I speculated about the possibility of comet impacts splashing chunks of Earth back into space, and some of the life in those chunks surviving long enough to … Continue reading

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15 Answers to Creationist Nonsense – Scientific American

This article is over ten years old, but it is still apropos.  Creationists are still using the same empty arguments, and this article still neuters them.  I know I have repeatedly had to endure these quibbles, put forward with such … Continue reading

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