metaphorge: (beating a dead horse)

Digital tax could save the music industry from itself

In the last few years, the music industry has combated tumbling revenue by suing customers, decimating artist rosters and laying off thousands of employees.

That’s not a business plan. That’s the sound of the Titanic slipping under the waves.

But in the last few days, one important segment of the music industry actually came up with a rescue strategy that didn’t smack of panic, malice or desperation.

The Songwriters Association of Canada is proposing a $5-a-month licensing fee on every wireless and Internet account in the country, in exchange for unlimited access to all recorded music.

The deal would put $1 billion annually in the pockets of artists, publishers and record labels, according to the songwriters group. The money would be distributed to artists based on how frequently their music is swapped on-line; the more downloads, the more money the people responsible for the music would accrue. Big Champagne, a Los Angeles-based Internet monitoring service, says it can track file-swapping accurately enough to ensure that artists big and small would be compensated....
Read more. (via Johannes at monochrom)

This idea is very similar to one I've been advocating for several years now. It's too bad the music industry will likely not go for it, and instead will drop its proverbial bone into the water.
metaphorge: (Default)
The Golden Compass is excellent.

I'm also very surprised that it made it to the screen at all, considering the subject matter His Dark Materials deals with. I chalk this up a definite score for our side. ;)

I hope it's successful, as I think our mass culture could use more from where this came from. A lot more.

Go see it. Take your kids (or someone else's kids) to see it. They'll probably thank you for it sometime in the future.
metaphorge: (consecrated cock)
(This poll relates directly to this previous entry.)
[Poll #1075683]
This is, of course, accepting that we have no idea as of yet how LJ-Abuse will handle such reports, nor how having your content or your entire journal flagged as "adult" will affect access to it by other LiveJournal users and the general public....
metaphorge: (consecrated cock)
Well, this is just ever-so-exciting:
"A 'Flag content' icon/link will be added to the icons/links found in every entry (Leave a Comment, Add to Memories, Tell a Friend, Track Comments, etc.).

ETA (on Oct. 20 @ 11:45pm GMT): Users won't be able to "flag anything if their account isn't at least one month old". Logged-out users won't be able to flag content. Editor's Note: thanks to worldserpent for the heads-up.

ETA (on Oct. 20 @ 7:55pm GMT): developer janinedog tells us that users won't be able to flag their own entries via the Flag icon. However, they will be able to flag their entries when posting or editing them and, of course, flag their journals via Manage Settings or Manage Communities (we already knew that). The Flag icon will therefore be used by other users to report content to the Abuse team who will then review the content and decide to flag it as containing adult content or not. Janine also tells us that these changes will go live next Thursday. Thanks again, Janine.
Considering the wonderful job Six Apart has done handling adult-content-related issues in the past, color me extremely pessimistic. I'm viewing it as a HUGE pain in the ass and I post very little content I would consider "adult".

I'm really wondering what kind of access restriction s this will end up leading to as well as how Abuse is going to handle the drastic increase in things they have to check out.

Say an entry or an entire journal gets flagged as "adult". Does that then mean that only logged in, verified above 18 users can view the entry? If so, where does that leave those of us who actually want our LJs to be public blogs? How will all of this affect how search engines index material? Will we see messes like the whole Flickr/jailed Hong Kong blogger mess?

Feh. I wonder just how hefty of servers/hosting you'd need to run a small LJ-clone? And I wonder how thriled [ profile] bradfitz is that he left before this particular round of mess begins?

(thanks to [ profile] lupabitch and [ profile] starlightforest)

Edit: I've posted a poll related to this issue.
metaphorge: (signal)
Since I've been thinking a lot about these issues lately, I wanted to share a link to Danah Boyd's very helpful article on controlling your public appearance on the 'net:
"Create a public Internet identity. I strongly recommend blogging, but even a homepage will do. Have a genuine all-accessible identity online that you're cool with grandma and your boss reading. Don't make it uber drab, but do provide context for who you are, what you do, what you're passionate about, etc. Think of it as a digital body and dress it up as if it were going into a job interview. Blogging is especially good because you can keep updating your identity overtime in a way that shows that you think. It's much easier to get a sense of someone through their commentary on public affairs or life around them than through a static page....

Carefully crafting and cautiously managing one's public image is acritical aspect of living in a mediated public world. Every advice column I've read warns people of the dangers of living online. I think that this is idiotic. (emphasis mine) People need to embrace the world we live in and learn to work within its framework. Don't panic about being public -embrace it and handle it with elegance."
Read more here.
metaphorge: (kallisti)

_DSC5577, originally uploaded by metaphorge.

(photo caption: Mark Dery discusses macrophilia at Arse Elektronika 2007)

[ profile] tyrsalvia and I are still putting the finishing touches on our coverage of the Arse Elektronika 2007 conference, but I've got all of my photos up (though some of them still need to be tagged and captioned). You can see the full gallery of them here at my FlickR. Summaries of a number of the presentations are up at [ profile] tyrsalvia's blog with more to come.

More write-ups and photos:

- Wired, The Underwire (Regina Lynn & Lane Hartwell)

- Wired, The Underwire (Lane Hartwell)

- Tiny Nibbles (Violet Blue)

- BotJunkie (Evan Ackerman)

- Shake Well Before Use (Ariel Waldman)

- Suicide Bots

- qDot

- Sean Bonner

- Lane Hartwell

- Jonathan Lassoff

- Laughing Squid (Scott Beale)

Thanks to Scott and Violet for the shoutouts for my photo coverage.

AE was one of the best conference experiences I've had, with an excellent mix of technical and academic material combined with zanie antics and wacky hijinks. I think all academic papers should have to be presented in dungeons. I'm definitely looking forward to it next year.

Now off to the wrap-up party!

metaphorge: (hot sex)
Most of my weekend is going to be spent at Monochrom's sex and technology conference Arse Elektronika in San Francisco.

[ profile] tyrsalvia will be leading a panel discussion at 8:30 PM, How Porn & Tech Change Sexual Discourse. I'm also particularly looking forward to Mark Dery's talk.

I'm doing coverage for the conference for Scarleteen (the premier website focused on sexual education for teenagers), though it will be a few days until this specific coverage is available (to give me time to edit for a teenage audience).

I'll be covering it here as well; I already have a large number of photos online of last night's opening festivities available at FlickR (while none of these contain nudity, they might be NSFW, depending on where you work. Big thanks are due to [ profile] foxgrrl and [ profile] darkmoon for loaning me cameras for this event (my beloved Fujifilm 4900 is on its last legs and cannot hold a charge for very long)!

I'm too fried to summarize what's happened thus far now; Ariel Waldman has an excellent post about the earliest of last evening's activities.
metaphorge: (burning man)

i mean really really on fire, originally uploaded by Focal Intent.

If you're like me and not going to be on the Playa this year, but still want to see what's going on, check this out:

Some interesting stuff has already happened, such as an arsonist setting fire to the Man during last night's lunar eclipse (for those of you not familiar with the event, the Man is supposed to be burned at the END of the festival, not the beginning). Luckily the explosives and fuel used for the final burn had not been attached to the Man yet. The fire damage was too severe to repair, so apparently the plan is to construct a replacement Man over the next 72 hours in time for the final Burn.

More photos from Focal Intent are here.

Edit: This just keeps getting weirder:

Joe Garofoli from the San Francisco Chronicle has reported that the person arrested in connection with the arson is Paul Addis, who portrays Hunter S Thompson in the one man show Gonzo, which is currently scheduled to tour the west coast starting next month.

metaphorge: (the REAL dark knight)
I'd like to be able to include a list of FlickR/lastfm/etc.-style tags as metadata for my audio files and then use this information to be able to sort tracks, preferably in iTunes.

(In other words, I'd like to, for example, tag a song as "angry, new wave, erotic, fish" and then be able to sort based on any or all of the tags in order to assemble playlists.)

Assigning a singular 'genre' to a song seems far too limiting.

Does anyone know of software or plug-ins that can do this? ID3v2 is flexible enough to contain this type of data, but I'm unaware of anyone who's written an implementation of it, either as a stand-alone application or as a plug-in for music players.

Is this question clear as mud? If so here's an article on the kind of metadata tagging I'm talking about that might clarify my question.

(I realize that I could use the 'comments' or 'category' fields in an ID3v2 tag to do this, and then use iTunes smart playlist searching features to do this, but I'd like a more dedicated and elegant solution that treats each tag in a list of tags as separate data. Being able to work with tag clouds (here's an example) would be an additional bonus.)

{a href="" target="_blank">x-posted at my blog)
metaphorge: (techno)
Anyone else have an account at lastfm? I'm foxmagrathea there; feel free to add me.

metaphorge: (i <3 cephalopods)
Crossroads is insanely cool:

"Crossroads is a mobile-phone powered street game. It is designed by area/code for “The Good Life: New Public Spaces for Recreation,” at the Van Alen Institute.

The game is inspired by the traditions of New Orleans Mardis Gras culture, and especially those aspects of the urban experience which have changed in the wake of flood.

Specifically, the game draws from the idea of the second line – the parade of musicians whose route is never determined in advance. Traditionally, the second line moves through the city in a spontaneous and semi-random manner, drawing an unplanned path through disparate neighborhoods and cutting across social, cultural, and economic boundaries. Last year, for the first time, the second line agreed to submit their route to Mardi Gras parade officials prior to the event.

Crossroads does not make such concessions."
Read more here.

I'm particularly captivated from the idea of running from an invisible, computer-controlled entity in realspace....
metaphorge: (buggeryman)
I just created the feed [ profile] sfg_violetblue: "Frank, informative and fun sex commentary weekly by Violet Blue at"

Also, don't forget that Violet's personal blog is syndicated at [ profile] tinynibbles.
metaphorge: (beating a dead horse)
[Poll #817566]

My take: yeah, sure, the guys that sent this information in were dummies. However, [ profile] rfjason was even dumber to expose himself to the potential legal liability for undertaking the action in the first place. Even if he wins any pending lawsuits it's going to cost him a pretty penny.

In any case, be careful who you send your personal info to on the internet, kids....


Aug. 6th, 2006 03:49 pm
metaphorge: (fear and loathing)
"But when the Wall Street Journal tried to find the guy who posted the film "Al Gore's Penguin Army" — listed on YouTube as a 29-year-old —they found the movie didn't come from an amateur working out of his basement.

The film actually came from a slick Republican public relations firm called DCI, which just happens to have oil giant Exxon as a client."
*propaganda produced by professional public relations or media outfits that disingenuously appears to be "grass roots"
metaphorge: (Default)
It's flattering when someone likes your graphical design work, but it's doubly flattering when they use your design elements from more than one separate location without knowing that they share a creator.

This Discordian MySpace user has both some of the design elements I created for and this photograph of my crotch:


which was art directed by me and taken by [ profile] xanadumalion. The highly amusing thing about this is that she apparently located the photograph at a German website,, which had blogged about the Discordian Pool @ FlickR, which I founded and moderate.

Guess it's time to print up posters, huh?

(Just a note: I'm not one of thoise creators that gets bent out of shape when someone uses my work elsewhere, especially if they're not making a profit off of it. I find it flattering that someone enjoys my art and finds it representative... infornography in action.)

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