May 29, 2012
"Bound by law?"
Tales from the Public Domain: Bound by Law? was written by three law professors James Boyle, Jennifer Jenkins and Keith Aoki and produced by the Center for the Study of the Public Domain at Duke Law School.
It examines the impact of the key principles of copyright law: "public domain" and "fair use." The comic book style presents the information in an easy to read and understand format.
"Bound by Law? won't qualify anyone for membership in any professional organizations dedicated to intellectual property law. In fact, carrying it might alone be sufficient to keep a person out of some of those groups. But the aim isn't to make readers intellectual property experts. Rather, the goal is to educate artists and the public about current issues and provide commentary by those who believe copyright law must be fixed to remain a useful tool in a digital world."
This book is available under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.
May 25, 2012
Vought-Sikorsky XR-4C, 1942
Sikorsky Aircraft Company
Image © Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Igor Sikorsky, the brilliant aviation designer and founder of Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, was born on this day in 1889. Originally from Kiev, he emigrated to the United States in 1919. He set the standard for helicopers in 1942 with the XR-4, the world's first mass-production single-rotor helicopter. The XR-4 helicopter pictured above was used by the Army Air Corps in World War II and is now in the collection of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. The Washington, D.C. museum has a fine collection of Sikorsky aircraft, as well as myriad other avation and space objects, and some are represented in their online image gallery.
May 22, 2012
FAUNA + DeSIGN
Searching for fun ways to incorporate your pets into your house? Check out the innovative designs employed by Japanese firm FAUNA + DeSIGN, and their homes specifically modeled for pet owners, especially cat owners. If you can read Japanese you have an advantage, but even if you can’t these pictures are worth a look. Check out The Cats' House for great pictures of felines having fun in an awesome architectural setting!
May 11, 2012
Movie Car Database
Still Image from GoldenEye, 1995
Source: Internet Movie Car Database
Searching for photos of your favorite car, need some images of high action chase scenes, or wondering what that car was in the last movie you saw? Check out Internet Movie Car Database, where you can search for around 383,995 different cars by manufacturer, movie, TV show or even cartoon. Real car buffs can participate in helping name unknown cars from various movies by checking out the unidentified section with film stills of mystery cars.
May 09, 2012
One of the challenges of new media art has been its preservation: works are often dependent upon technology that moves from cutting-edge to obsolete. The Rhizome ArtBase aims to counter the evanescence of this digital underpinning, and since 1999 has preserved over 2,500 art works. As they state, "The mission of the ArtBase is to provide free, open, and permanent access to a living and historic collection of seminal new media art objects."
Explore the variety of projects preserved so far - searching the Timeline is particularly fascinating for "old" new media works.
May 04, 2012
"A Walk into the Sea" (video review)
Still photo of Danny Williams
Film still courtesy of The Andy Warhol Museum. © 2006-8 The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, a museum of Carnegie Institute. All rights reserved.
Filmmaker Esther Robinson goes on a quest to find out what happened to her uncle, Danny Williams, who disappeared from his family home at 27. When his family began their search, only his car was found parked by some cliffs overlooking the ocean. As Robinson hunts for her uncle, many new things come to light, such as his excellent films and experimentation with lighting at The Velvet Underground concerts. A member of Andy Warhol’s Factory, Danny was involved in numerous artistic endeavors, and interviews with Chuck Wein, Billy Name, Brigid Berlin, and The Velvet Underground’s John Cale relate Danny’s personality and relationship with Andy. Robinson discovers more of the circumstances surrounding his disappearance, as well as more about his life, work and personality, but exactly what happened to her uncle remains a mystery.
May 01, 2012
Photography magazines (free!)
Looking for inspiration? Or just want to browse what's new in photography? Check out these free downloadable photography magazines:
"Unless You Will showcases a vision within photo-based art. The goal is to bring together a collection of notable photographers from around the world—particularly those who add layers of meaning and capture these feelings—and present their work with honesty and not too many frills."
"Canvas features stylish and emotive photography – especially focused on people. Each issue features a certain focus (skin, gender, the future, black and white, music, and so forth) and the showcased photographs then explore that theme."
You can find more downloadable magazines here: 20 Inspirational and Free Downloadable Photography Magazines