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This is what free/libre/open source is all about

This is what free software and free culture are all about: the process of invention, of taking existing things and using them in novel ways that the previous inventors never even dreamed of.

"Here we ask those what if questions, and we are free to imagine what the answers look like. We're encouraged to look around us at the things that exist and imagine how we could make them better, how we could take them to the next level, how we could transform them." -Naomi Novik
“Here we ask those what if questions, and we are free to imagine what the answers look like. We’re encouraged to look around us at the things that exist and imagine how we could make them better, how we could take them to the next level, how we could transform them.” -Naomi Novik

This quote is why I do Open Source

This quote – I don’t know how I originally found it – is one of the reasons why I got into Open Source. I remember, several years ago, printing it out and putting it above my bed so I would always have this reminder of why a good person does what he/she/xe does.

"Before our white brothers came to civilize us, we had no jails. You can't have criminals without a jail. We had no locks or keys, and so we had no thieves. If a man was so poor he had no horse, tipi, or blanket, someone gave him these things. We were too uncivilized to set much value on personal belongings. We wanted to have things only in order to give them way. We had no money, and therefore a man's worth couldn't be measured by it. We had no written law, no attorneys or politicians, therefore we couldn't cheat. We really were in a bad way before the white men came, and I don't know how we managed to get along without THESE BASIC THINGS" -Lame Deer, Seeker of Visions
“Before our white brothers came to civilize us, we had no jails. You can’t have criminals without a jail. We had no locks or keys, and so we had no thieves. If a man was so poor he had no horse, tipi, or blanket, someone gave him these things. We were too uncivilized to set much value on personal belongings. We wanted to have things only in order to give them way. We had no money, and therefore a man’s worth couldn’t be measured by it. We had no written law, no attorneys or politicians, therefore we couldn’t cheat. We really were in a bad way before the white men came, and I don’t know how we managed to get along without THESE BASIC THINGS” -Lame Deer, Seeker of Visions

12 hours left to set Chopin free!

We’re down to the final few hours now. I mentioned this wonderful Kickstarter project once before. If you’ve been waiting to contribute, now is the time!
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A New Musopen Kickstarter

MusOpen is doing another Kickstarter campaign, this time to free the works of Frédéric Chopin. After their wildly successful campaign in September 2010 (see here and here for my posts about that), I have to wonder what took them so long. Not that I’m complaining; I think that releasing public domain music recordings is a great thing to do. It’s just that it’s been so long since the previous campaign, it seems like a lot of the excitement that I and others felt has had plenty of time to dry up. It’ll be hard to get everyone excited again. Then again, considering that it took until 2012 for their 2010 campaign to actually get the music recorded and released, it’s understandable that they might wish to wait a bit before going to all that effort again.

Set Chopin Free -- Kicktraq Mini
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Misc. Filmmaking Tips and Resources

Anyone who’s read my previous post on this blog knows that I’m currently working on a short film based on Edgar Allen Poe’s ‘The Raven’. I thought I’d write this post to share some miscellaneous tips and ideas that I have found useful during the filmmaking process. They’re organized (very roughly) in order of when you will probably need them, earliest being first.

-The Idea/Script

Often, for me at least, the hardest step in the filmmaking process is the first step: coming up with a good film idea. I like to film, I get the urge to pick up a video camera, but I have no idea what to do with it. Here are a few solutions. Continue reading Misc. Filmmaking Tips and Resources

The Raven short film

My friend Jack and I are currently working on a short film based on Edgar Allen Poe’s ‘The Raven’. Our basic idea is to have the raven not be a literal raven, nor a model or statue like in other short film interpretations, but actually played by a human actor. The same actor as plays the man. The raven is, at least in my interpretation of the poem, actually a representation of the darker parts of the man’s soul.

The costume design will be fairly simple. The raven will wear dark clothing, preferably all black, with newspaper or cloth ‘wings’ hanging from his arms, and probably a paper or paper mache beak. His hair, assuming it’s ever visible, I imagine being so slick and oily it lies flat on his head, not a single strand sticking up. He’ll be lit dimly, and may even be out of focus in some shots, so his costume will not need much detail. The acting for that character I imagine will involve mostly using different postures with little actual movement during shots. Continue reading The Raven short film

Happy Christmas to all!

To those who do not celebrate Christmas, I still wish you a happy Christmas. I hope you will enjoy the day regardless of whether you celebrate the holiday.

I’ve decided to give, to the public, this Christmas gift. Don’t open ’til morning! (Just kidding, you can open it any time). This is a Christmas album which I just finished creating. Continue reading Happy Christmas to all!