Call for Volunteers
We need volunteers before and during the event. We need help setting up signs to the event, helping participants find their way to Murphey Hall, help putting up flyers in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill area, basic tech support, help blogging and recording the event, etc.
The Adelphi Charter on Creativity, Innovation and Intellectual Property responds to one of the most profound challenges of the 21st century:
How to ensure that everyone has access to ideas and knowledge, and that intellectual property laws do not become too restrictive.
The Charter sets out new principles for copyrights and patents, and calls on governments to apply a new public interest test.
It promotes a new, fair, user-friendly and efficient way of handing out intellectual property rights in the 21st century.
The Charter has been written by an international group of artists, scientists, lawyers, politicians, economists, academics and business experts.
Steve and I were AIMing about the Flying Spaghetti Monster. He (Steve not the FSM) said he thought the FSM was like Cthulhu. I said I thought that the various Lovecraft monsters were frog-like and that HPL used a word beginning with BA to describe that froglikeness, but I couldn’t remember the word.
In the beginning, everyone was named Jones. Everyone in the world. A Jones discovered fire. A Jones taught other Joneses to swim and to read and write. All was utopic.
But as time progressed people were not so nice. A killing happened. The killer was no longer called Jones. he was now Caine. At each crime, at each dispicable act, a person was deJonesed and forced to take other
Although there are still many Joneses there are also many who have fallen from their original Jonesian state.
Perhaps in time we will all reJones and all sentient beings will be saved. The first vow of a Jones states: “Sentient beings are numberless; I vow to free them.”
Within every culture, there is a public domain—a lawyer-free zone, unregulated by the rules of copyright. Throughout history, this part of culture has been vital to the spread and development of creative work. It is the part that gets cultivated without the permission of anyone else.
This public domain has always lived alongside a private domain—the part of culture that is owned and regulated, that part whose use requires the permission of someone else. Through the market incentives it creates, the private domain has also produced extraordinary cultural wealth throughout the world. It is essential to how cultures develop.
I was there last week with Jimmy Wales and Brewster Kahle among others for the ritual induction in the Rare Book Room of the Louis Round Wilson Library. Appropriately, the induction took place under the Round dome at the center of the Rare Book Room.
Chris the commentor with no comment sends a link to the Google Video Blog as a way to answer my post early this year on Yahoo! and Google video searching.
Chris has been blogging about Google Video for about a week now (first post Oct 5 about Random Google Video Search) and is seeking comments. If he had bothered to comment on my old post, I’d probably comment on his — is that blogger ethics?
We hope that someday this institution will eclipse Google itself in overall world impact by ambitiously applying innovation and significant resources to the largest of the world’s problems.
– Sergey Brin & Larry Page
Note: the WUNC archives and their podcasts are hosted by ibiblio.org.
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
Buckminster Fuller: In 1948, Buckminster Fuller, then a visiting teacher at Black Mountain College in Western North Carolina, built his first geodesic dome. It collapsed. The next summer he returned to Black Mountain and succeeded. Fuller later became famous for his domes and inventions, including the Dymaxion car, Dymaxion map, and World Game. A current exhibit at the Black Mountain College Museum and Art Center in Asheville looks back at those inventions and Fuller’s time in North Carolina. Host Frank Stasio talks with John Wright, board chairman at Black Mountain College Museum + Art Center in Asheville; Lloyd Steven Sieden, author of “Buckminster Fuller’s Universe: His Life and Work” (Perseus/2000); Jay Baldwin, author of “Bucky Works: Buckminster Fuller’s Ideas for Today” (Wiley/1997); and David McConville, co-founder of Elumenati, a company in Asheville that designs immersive projection environments. Listener Call-in. (59:00)