open the past, create the future

Re-use music videos on youtube

Two days after Universal exasperated many of us with its same old chest beating rhetoric about services such as youtube and myspace, Warners have announced a much more constructive response.

Under the agreement, YouTube users will have full access to videos from Warner artists. They will also be permitted incorporate material from those videos into their own clips, which are then uploaded to YouTube. Warner and YouTube will share advertising revenue sold in connection with the video content.


Filed under: open culture

star finder gadget


Digital sky-scope auto-locates and identifies stars: “Cory Doctorow:
The SkyScout is a sky-watching digital scope that automatically identifies stars, provides directions to other stars, and recites mythology about celestial bodies:

Simply point the SkyScout at any star in the sky and click the ‘target’ button. The SkyScout will instantly tell you what object you are looking at…

(via Red Ferret)

(Via Boing Boing.)

Filed under: toys

got a spacey idea…NASA will fund

Care of The Guardian, I heard of NIAC – NASA’s Institute for Advanced Concepts.

“The NIAC was formed for the explicit purpose of being an independent source of revolutionary aeronautical and space concepts that could dramatically impact how NASA develops and conducts its mission. The Institute is to provide highly visible, recognized and high-level entry point for outside thinkers and researchers.”
from here

Basically, they fund projects that sound as if they are ripped from the pages of the latest space sci fi novel. Past grantees have included the space elevator – no need for shuttles, just catch the elevator! Also, a revamp on the traditional spacesuit – looks like they are finally working on the girlie fit version.

Filed under: design

psp makes sense now

I have had a psp since you could have a psp care of a fantastic going away present. Sadly, although a gorgeous machine it sat on my shelf…until Santa Alice bought me SSX tour for Christmas. Settings: music volume==0, ambient sounds==10, it now all makes complete sense. The screen is just big enough to fill your view with the same lovely mountain scapes as the console game although it can get a bit disorientating as the distance you can see ahead doesn’t seem as far. The music didn’t seem as great hence the volume==0 but Alice tells me that one of the selling points is that I should be able to load the psp with my own music and play it instead…I have a feeling however that it prolly won’t play well with itunes.

Filed under: games

betty and cab live again on

Betty Boop

I have had my head very much in organisation mode for the last 6 months or so. But I promised myself that in the new year I would make sure to re-connect with my favourite domain. And right on cue I find Betty Boop on Check out the fantastic Cab Calloway rendition of St James’ Infirmary in Snow White for an inspiring bit of dance animation (compare it with the live opening sequence of Cab in Minnie the Moocher). All of the Betty Boop library is in the public domain and therefore available free of copyright. Which reminds me, the other new year’s resolution is to really spend some time on video editing this year. Maybe Betty goes to the moon?

Filed under: open culture

Archiville shorts

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