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Missing Barry? Use AutoDave

Paul, · Categories: Amusements, General

Dave Barry is on leave. Fans must enjoy reprints of his old columns or read his Peter Pan prequel, “Peter and the Starcatchers” (written with Ridley Pearson) or wait for his movie, Guide to Guys (aka G2G) which premiered on February 2.
But for those of us who love the near predictability of a Dave Barry column, there is AutoDave. It’s been around for a while (since 1999) but while we’re awash in multi-media Barry assault, it’s good to know that the essence of Barry has been captured and preserved for us. The automated Dave Barry column generator will save your soul or at least your funny bone.

The Economist on Benkler on Sharing

Paul, · Categories: Alumni and other friends, General, Information Commons

David Bollier of On the Commons points us to The Economist (February 3, 2004) where an article in Economic Focus “The economics of sharing” gives the nod to Yochai Benkler‘s more complexly argued piece “Sharing Nicely: On Shareable Goods and the Emergence of Sharing as a Modality of Economic Production” [PDF] in the Yale Law Journal (November 2004).
David tells us that the Economist “expresses some surprise at the idea that ‘social sharing’ via electronic networks has become a potent sector of economic production right up there with markets and the state.”
On the Commons is full of pointers to other good readings in open source and open society.

McGuinn now all in MP3

Paul, · Categories: Alumni and other friends, Amusements, General, Information Commons

Roger McGuinn writes to say that all of the over 100 songs in his Folk Den are now converted to mp3 format. When he started in November 1995, we had to use .wav and .ra. This really limited the places you could play the songs. But with mp3 you have a lot of flexibility.
Roger began putting up one folk song every month almost 10 years ago and hasn’t stopped yet. There are a lot of nice surprises along the way including a trio of Roger, Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry playing and singing “Sloop John B” November 2004, Frank Hamilton (once of the Weavers) singing with Roger on “Brazos River” January 1999, and a vintage tape of Roger (then Jim) at age 16 playing “John Henry” August 1998.
All the songs are under Creative Commons licenses.