February 1, 2011

What we leave behind is our digital footprint… - Comments (2)

Lost In Translation

Our future is being documented by us in our present. Each and everyone of us who has a digital camera, a cellphone, a computer or even a camera phone has the task of creating our living digital history in real time. Our digital landscape has changed drastically from the meaningless dribble that once was in a stream of collective consciousness that is being contributed to by all of us. Collectively everything that we capture is part of our digital footprint that will exist as a living breathing legacy of ourselves online.

August 3, 2009

The Summer Gathering at Hollyhock on Cortes Island - Comments (10)

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When you live in Vancouver, summer time is all about spending time on the Gulf Islands and this summer is no different. I just got back from a seven day adventure on Cortes Island which five of those days was spent at Hollyhock at the Summer Gathering. The Summer Gathering is an invitational conference that gathers the best thinkers, activists and social change agents from around the world! Artist Chris Jordan, scientist Rupert Sheldrake, wordsmith Rachel Bagby, photographer Kevin W. Kelley, filmmaker Bill Weaver, social technologist Leif Utne, engineer Jeff Vanderclute, and educator Rennie Keats were just a few of the participants of this event.

The entire week was hosted by Rick Ingrasci who specializes in consciousness research and poverty eradication activist Torkin Wakefield. Each day started off with an opening circle invocation, a series of morning talks that were organized around a specific topic and then an afternoon of offered workshops from all of the 120 participants.

July 14, 2009

‘From a Web of Pages to a Web of Streams’ Presentation for SXSW 2010 - Comments (8)

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UPDATED: The Panel Picker for the SXSW festival has been released! You can vote for this panel here! Voting ends September 4th.

I often talk about the internet theory that the web is being moving from a web of pages to a web of streams. We are all familiar with the traditional method of internet content being hosted on sites specifically. The new method is how our identity is being dictated by the individual streams we leave behind on the web. I really wanted to give this talk in a discussion session at SXSW Interactive 2010.

June 18, 2009

China update: TED x Shanghai - Comments (1)

kk at TEDxShanghai TED is an annual event that pulls together some of the greatest and most innovative thinkers of our time. Defined initially as ‘technology, entertainment and design’, TED encompasses far broader topics than that, from the neuro-sciences, to cyborgs, to carbon footprints. Each event consists of a program of filmed talks that are later shared freely on the TED website. Daring in its protocol of limiting attendees to its actual events and revolutionary in its thinking of giving all the talks, presentations and lectures away free on the internet, TED is revitalizing the way we spread ideas.

December 30, 2008

China Business comes to SXSW Interactive Comments Off

The Raincity Studios crew is heading south again this year to the geek-tacular spring break conference SxSW Interactive in Austin, Texas. We’ll have a trade show booth, make shows at the Studio SX, and of course throw the SxNW party with our pals. More on these topics later, today is to announce the China business panel.

China Business Panel

Last year I moderated a panel called "Blame Canada" and this year I’ve been selected to moderate another panel. I’ve assembled an all-star group and planned a choice of topics which I’ll get into. But first the details so you get it into your calendar now.

Anti-Israel Protest @ US Embassay in Vancouver - Comments (4)

Today was an interesting day. I went to the protest in the video above. I had friends, bloggers, who i respect, on both sides of the line: Jonathan Narvey wearing his Star of David shirt supporting Israel on one side and Sean Orr lookin like a commie-pinko-hippy-faggot on the Palestine side. Both are smart, articulate, compassionate guys but this is a topic on which it seems there is little common ground and the two found them hollaring accross the street at each other before they recognized each other.

January 2, 2008

2008: To Infinity and Beyond! - Comments (4)

meta-selfMy resolution is revolution but here’s a couple more goals for the coming year…

– Read more books (one a month).
– Eat more lunch (everyday!).
– Get an acting agent (I want to play a villian in a movie this year).
– Don’t be in love… be love.

Updated: I should also prolly talk less and just see what happens…

What are gonna get up to this year?

February 25, 2006

Mile High Club Comments Off

kk in ItalyHey there internet. Just a quickie from somewhere above Greenland. I’m headed home from Italy. It was an amazing trip. Great contacts and meetings, lots of new friends and connections, and *so* much fun. That being said, I need home for a rest. I think I bagged about 30 hours sleep total in the 12 days I was here. Anyway, the real reason for this blog post is… my Lufthansa flight has wifi. Unbelieveable really, 40,000 feet up, 600 miles an hour, and connected to the internet. It’s a whole new world. Bring it.

Photo by Pietroizzo.

January 3, 2006

Hippie Camp – Intention 7 by Tribal Harmonix Comments Off

I spent the New Years weekend at Intention 7 (aka Hippie Camp) put on by Tribal Harmonix at Camp Elphinstone in Gibson, BC. It was any amazing 3 days of friendship, dancing, and reflection without the distraction of cell phones, watches, or computers. I did went on several ‘nature walks’, ate vegetarian food (gasp!), and sat in on a couple workshops including Non-Violent Communication, tribal economics, and the first part of an ecstatic dance class.

I took a bunch photos and will be getting the films developed this week and posted over to Flickr. I also created a Tribal Harmonix group over at Flickr so that other members who took pics can pool their Intention photos in a central location.

I took some time while away to make some resolutions intentions for 2006. I’ve never really done the New Year’s resolution thing and am curious to see if it works for me. Anyway, in 2006 I plan to….

+ Stablize my living situtation so that I can spend more time with my family.
+ Stop patroning Starbucks and find local, indy alternatives.
+ Be more open with my thoughts and feelings.
+ Spend time focusing on healing important relationships and my own heart.
+ Commit to less, and follow through in a timely way on the things I do commit to.

I think there may have been a couple others, but I haven’t slept much lately and this seems like a good start.

December 13, 2005

FU H2 Comments Off

FU H2This morning walking to work I had the opportunity to join project FU H2. I’ve been cruisin’ around flippin’ off Hummers all week but this was the first time I had quick access to my camera phone in order to document it. I sent it into the the FUH2.com website photo gallery today and will link to it once they post it.

From their website, here’s some good reasons for you to give the bird to HumVee’s and their owners too….

* The H2 is the ultimate poseur vehicle. It has the chassis of a Chevy Tahoe and a body that looks like the original Hummer; i.e. it’s a Chevy Tahoe in disguise.

* The H2 is a gas guzzler. Because it has a gross vehicle weight rating over 8500 lbs, the US government does not require it to meet federal fuel efficiency regulations. Hummer isn’t even required to publish its fuel economy (owners indicate that they get around 10 mpg for normal use). So while our brothers and sisters are off in the Middle East risking their lives to secure America’s fossil fuel future, H2 drivers are pissing away our “spoils of victory” during each trip to the grocery store.

* The H2 is a polluter. Based on G.M.’s optimistic claim that it gets13 mpg, an H2 will produce 3.4 metric tons of carbon emissions in a typical year, nearly double that of G.M.’s Chevrolet Malibu sedan.

* The H2 is a death machine. You’d better hope that you don’t collide with an H2 in your economy car. You can kiss your ass goodbye thanks to the H2’s massive weight and raised bumpers. Too bad you couldn’t afford an urban assault vehicle of your own. Or could you…?

* The H2 is a tax loophole. Under the current tax laws, business owners can deduct nearly half the cost of their H2s. If you are in the highest tax bracket, that’s a tax savings of nearly $10,000! The government rewards you more savings for buying an H2 than you’d get for buying an electric car.

September 21, 2005

Cortes Island Comments Off

I just arrived on Cortes Island for the Web of Change conference. For the record this place is 3 ferries away from the mainland (Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo, Campbell River to Quadra Island and then Quadra Island over to Cortes Island). This is definately the most remote spot I’ve been to since living in Yellowstone.

Cortes Island Map

People are still arriving and I’m about to wander down and find some (vegetarian dinner). I’m excited… and a lil bit nervous… about the days to come. Themes of this event seem to be hippies, eagles, synergy, un-connected-ness, yoga, granola, sticking the word community in front of anything, hot tubbing, geekery and winning the 2008 US election. More to come later tonight.

September 19, 2005

Web of Change Comments Off

(cross-posted from my Bryght blog)

I’ll be going to Web of Change on Cortes Island here in British Columbia on Wednesday. Web of Change is an annual gathering that connects global leaders in online communications, technology, and activism, who are actively building a better world.

"Web of Change is an invitational gathering for networked leaders from NGO’s, foundations, and the business world that are using the web to build relationships and inspire people to take action towards social change goals. We are the people leading change online and transforming the world through our work. Many participants return annually for trend-spotting, inspiring keynote speakers, to connect with like-minded peers, and tap into the humour, fun and creativity of this exceptional network."

The themes for the event are:

  • Collaboration Culture
  • Relationships and Networks
  • Branding and Storytelling
  • Open Business and Campaign Models

I’m excited to take a few days out with such an amazing group of people (including friends like Alex, Rob, Kaliya and Phil) and talk about how we can use the power of technology and the internet to connect, share, inspire, and change the world.

September 16, 2005

Northern Voice + Moose Camp Comments Off

The site for Northern Voice 2006 website has just been launched. Northern Voice is a grassroots personal publishing and blogging conference held here in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Northern Voice and Moose Camp

Last year it was awesome and many people who atteneded said it was the best conference they went to all year (and I hang with people who go to a lot of these things). It will be 2-days this year and will cost $30 per day or $50 for both days.

Expect to hear lots about DIY publishing including blogging, podcasting, videoblogging, and other social software and web 2.0 geekery. The 2006 confence will be held on February 10th and 11th which is a Saturday and Sunday.

As the date draws closer we’ll be looking for speakers and sponsors. Check out the fancy new site and get in touch if you want to be a part of it.

Here’s my photos from Northern Voice 2005.

Go sign up for Northern Voice now and make sure to get one of the super cool ‘Bloggable’ tshirts. Darren, you gonna do ‘Blog Widow‘ ones again this year too?

Here’s what some peeps had to say about last year’s Northern Voice.

What I learned most from the conference wasn’t about blogging or RSS or audio and video—most likely because I’m a multimedia blogger. What I did learn was about people, culture, and families.

– Eric Rice

“Looking back on Northern Voice, I have really good things to say. Like I’ve written before about such events, it’s the people, not the content that makes it good. Don’t get me wrong, the content was great–but getting a chance to meet the people you read is invaluable and the new connections –-priceless.”

– Lee LeFever

Props to the organizers of the conference for doing a great job of putting together an interesting day. Great speakers, some nice panels, a chance to put faces and voices to some of those ‘net people (Eric Rice, Suw Charman, Robert Scoble and others).

- Mark Hamilton

“The bottom line is Northern Voice was well organized, had all the amenities a blogger could ask for, had diverse, informative speakers and panels, provided information of use to podcasters and bloggers alike and was priced so that just about any blogger of any financial level could attend. Well done to all involved and responsible! Grade: A”

– Blogcritics.org

“I enjoyed myself this weekend at Northern Voice. My only wish is that it could’ve lasted longer. I didn’t have time to meet and greet everybody, and I certainly didn’t have enough time to talk at length with those I did meet.”

– Chris Pirillo

“Northern Voice has set a high bar that other conferences are going to have a hard time surpassing.”

– Suw Charman

“The organizers did a great job — there wasn’t chaos, but things weren’t over produced, either. By keeping the conference affordable, they made it possible for a different type of person to show up and find out what all the fuss was about. Northern Voice also reinforced my conviction that the smallest conferences are the best. I know that I’d show up for another one.”

- Ted Leung

“I’ll also remember Northern Voice for the people I met for the first time. I enjoy discovering the blogger behind the blog and having a chance to chat face to face.”

— Julie Leung

August 16, 2005

Just Another Soldier: A Year on the Ground in Iraq Comments Off

Jason just finished and released his new book “Just Another Soldier: A Year on the Ground in Iraq“. His stories are awesome. You should buy a copy. Here’s a couple great excerpts I blogged while he was in Iraq still.

The Tao of Soldiering
Just Another Soldier

Just Another Soldier

Three Days of Combat – Day Two – The Head

One of the best things about taking something over is you get to change things. Like when you marry a girl, you get to change her last name, or if you buy someone’s house, you get to turn the spare bedroom into a game room. Sometimes the changes made are good, and sometimes they aren’t. Sometimes the changes take, and sometimes they don’t. When my battalion moved into forward operations base Lion, north of Baghdad, the first thing we did was change the name to FOB O’Ryan. Our unit is known as Orion, but it was decided that we would use the spelling O’Ryan, the name of the decorated officer our unit was homophonically named after. I prefer the Greek over the Irish, and this book is my fiefdom, so I am hereby changing the spelling of our base to FOB Orion. Isn’t arbitrarily wielding power fun?

FOB Orion needed a lot of work and most of the physical changes we made in the time we were there were pretty good. For example, plywood shitters with poop barrels that needed their contents burned regularly were replaced with a port-o-john-type service. Sometimes the Iraqis who ran the port-o-john service and their families would be killed by insurgents, and it would take several days before replacement workers could be found, so we’d have to go back to shitting in burn barrels temporarily, but regardless, the port-o-john was an excellent change, a definite improvement. Another improvement was the gym that KBR, a subsidiary of Halliburton, built for us. They took an old ammo bunker, cleaned and painted the interior, installed air conditioning, put down a sectional rubber-mat floor, then brought in some exercise machines and free weights. It wasn’t fantastic but it was pretty damn decent. And it only took them six months and eighty thousand dollars to build. I am not exaggerating when I say that my platoon could have done the job in two days, five at the most, absolutely free of charge. After all, it was the soldiers who wanted the gym, not the overfed, beer-bellied KBR guys. But, hey, who am I to say how American tax dollars should be spent? Thank god for combat zone tax exclusion, because if I were paying taxes I would be pissed. Speaking of which, have I ever mentioned the KBR truck drivers I talked to who said they didn’t know of one single driver who didn’t fudge the hours they reported having driven each month? I love how the truck drivers would confide things like this to soldiers.

The most vital changes to FOB Orion were those that involved security. When we first came to our FOB, a smallish but somewhat sprawling collection of concrete and earth bunkers, there were a handful of insurgents who were living in and operating out of one of the remote bunkers. Concertina wire and berms were put up around the entire perimeter of the base, and the unexploded ordnance that littered the place (a draw for insurgents because this is what they use to make their improvised explosive devices) was cleared.

After the basic level of perimeter security was improved, there were ongoing changes to base security, most really good and some a little more superfluous. The buildings that housed our tactical operations center (TOC) and the administrative and logistics office were strong, but not what one would consider “hardened.” Tall concrete barriers were eventually put up around these buildings, a definite improvement. In an effort to further protect these buildings, a massive berm was installed in a location between the front gate and the TOC. I don’t know the exact reasoning behind the installation of this monstrosity of earth we dubbed “Hunter Mountain,” a name in honor of the battalion moniker of “The Hunter,” the professional title of the legendary Orion, but it just seemed a little excessive. If the insurgents had tanks, they would not have been able to directly attack the TOC because of Hunter Mountain. In that sense, it was a successful improvement. But the insurgents don’t have tanks, so it was just a big dumb pile of dirt with a wall of dirt-filled barriers across the top like the Great Wall of China.

July 8, 2005

Boris Mann Speaks Geek to Michelle Mill of Global TV Comments Off

Boris Speaks Geek to Global TVMichelle Miller and her crew from Global TV swung by the Bryght office today to talk to Boris Mann about citizen journalism, blogging, podcasting, and web 2.0. He totally nailed it, walking them through the power of distributed hyper-local newsmakers and used the coverage of the London Bombings as an example. He showed them Flickr, Technorati, and NowPublic. You can read Boris‘ post about it over here at his personal site. The segment will air tonight on BCTV and 6pm and 11pm and then again tommorow on the morning news. Let us know if you see it or can record it… none of us have TVs. :)

April 28, 2005

Dan ‘Mobius’ Sieradski Interview Comments Off

Who is Dan? Who is Mobius? You have any other personas we should know about?

Dan and Mobius are interchangable and indistinguishable. Mobius is more or less my stagename. I perform as a DJ and MC and post on the Internet under that alias. I also go by MC Lion Lung and Stinky Wizzleteats on rare occassions.

Dan 'Mobius' Sieradski Interview

Where do you live? How did you end up there?

I currently live in Jerusalem. How I wound up here is a kind of long a complicated story.

I was raised in a modern Orthodox Jewish home until around the age of nine when various determining factors brought my parents to the conclusion that Orthodoxy was no longer their bag. At that point I was placed into public school and had little if any relationship with Judaism up until my bar miztvah, which more or less sealed the coffin shut. In high school I started getting heavy into Buddhism and other schools of eastern mysticism. In my explorations I discovered a guru named Bhagavan Das and came to the conclusion that he’d be my guru and I his initiate and thus sought after this character, in the end coming up short in my quest. Two weeks into my first semester in college, though, guess who came strolling into town?

I went and spent two days in a yoga workshop with Bhagavan Das, but at the end of the workshop approached him: “I grew up in a Jewish home and am very uncomfortable with visualizing and intoning the names of different gods. I really dig this stuff, but I just can’t get past the idolatry.” And he replied, “So go be Jewish. It’s the same exact thing, just a different symbol set.” That was Yom Kippur 1998.

A couple of months later, while working with Students For A Free Tibet I was offered an opportunity to meet the Dalai Lama. After meeting him, I ran into my high school teacher who was my philosophy club advisor, and he said, “Dan, you met the Buddha! You can die now!” And that pretty much ended my exploration into Buddhism.

April 20, 2005

Douglas Rushkoff Interview – “Get Back in the Box” Comments Off

Douglas Rushkoff InterviewDouglas Rushkoff has been a longtime hero and inspiration to me. He is a writer, professor, and ‘ultra-hip‘ cultural quasi-sage who I first read in college and have known online for 7 or 8 years now since the *spark-online days. Here’s his fancy bio from his site.

“His ten best-selling books on new media and popular culture have been translated to over thirty languages. They include Cyberia, Media Virus, Playing the Future, Nothing Sacred: The Truth about Judaism, and Coercion, winner of the Marshall Mcluhan Award for best media book. Rushkoff also wrote the acclaimed novels Ecstasy Club and Exit Strategy and graphic novel, Club Zero-G. He is currently at work on a book for HarperBusiness, applying renaissance principles to today’s complex economic landscape, Get Back in the Box: Innovation from the Inside Out. “

He just wrapped-up the writing of his latest book, “Get Back in the Box“, and I had a chance to ask him a few question about what he’s thinking about these days. Thanks so much Douglas… I look forward to reading your book and thanks for helping me get my head around these new ideas.

So you just finished up your most recent book, “Get Back in the Box”. What’s it about?

In the most surface sense, it’s about how to innovate from the inside out
rather than the outside in. It’s aimed at business people and anyone engaged
in an enterprise. Too many of them tend to think they need to get “outside
the box” in order to make new strides, when in more cases than we might
suspect, real innovation comes from developing a true core competency and
then working out from there. No one seems to have faith in what it is
they’re doing, and they are scared to learn the codes underlying the
processes they’re using. As if everything will fall apart.

On a deeper level, the book is about renaissance, and the unique moment
we’re in as a society. A renaissance allows for a profound shift in
perspective. While the original Renaissance invented the individual, as well
as competition, this renaissance has really brought us new possibilities for
collaborative action – networked collectivism and a society of authorship.
We’ve been wrestling since the Renaissance – and some would say since high
Greek culture – with the seeming contradiction between the agency of
individuals and their power as a collective. I mean to show that we have new
ways of contending with dimension that let us see how individuality is
itself defined by connections to other people, and that agency is really a
group activity.

How did we get to this unique moment? What factors have made this age so special? Are you talking purely technology here?

Well, it’s a combination of things. Technology is a big part of it, sure. We’ve been using technology in basically one way since the original Renaissance: to allow for command and control. Everything from the steam engine to Ford’s assembly lines helped reinforce a mechanistic model where a manager controls machinery – or people through machinery.

Networking changed things, and allowed complexity to emerge through technology instead of simply being quelled all the time.

But other changes abound. The original Renaissance brought us perspective painting, the extended metaphor, calculus, circumnavigation of the globe, and the printing press. Our renaissance brings hypertext, chaos math, orbiting the globe, and the internet. We’re experiencing a shift in our ability to contend with dimension that is profound as the shift experienced back in the 1500’s. And the same kind of shift is happening across all the disciplines, not just technology. In fact, it’s rupturing the notion of separated disciplines, itself.

How will this Renaissance change how we understand ourselves and our place in society?

I think the “renaissance man” is obsolete. There’s only collectives. The individual – which was actually invented during the Renaissance, and then celebrated during the Enlightenment – no longer exists. At least not in isolation. The individual is defined by his or her connections. We are our connection to other people. And the failed experiments of the 20th Century, in collective action, give way to a much more emergent sense of group cohesion.

Who did you work with while writing and researching this book?

Well, I had some interns doing research for me – students from the
Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU. But I guess I did the writing
alone. Books kind of work that way. The ideas are the culmination of the
work and play I’ve been doing for the past ten years with hackers, cultural
change agents, non-profit organizations, religious groups, and businesses.

How do you think business and corporations will receive your ideas? Do you really think they will really be able to cast old models aside and get their heads around the concepts surrounding collaboration? After all, the real players have much more of a vested interest in maintaining the status quo than in innovation.

I think they’re ready to be told what I have to tell them. I think they’ll
find it a great relief that they can quit searching. They don’t need to hire
any more consultants, or get any more involved in the world of investment
capital and stock markets. They can instead take delight in what they’re
actually doing, rather than their quarterly report. And they’ll ultimately
make more money and have more fun.

The “real players,” as you put it, are not those market-addicted suits
writing shareholder reports and cashing in options. The real players are the
people who have figured out how to provide that people really need, and who
have a great time doing it.

I’m asking these people to abandon the Industrial Age models that require
massive oversimplification and reduction of human beings to mere cogs. I’m
asking they stop looking at their customers and clients as “consumers” to be
manipulated. And, believe me, if a person has an iota of comfort doing the
thing they say they are doing, they’ll jump at the chance to let go of the
anxiety and misery of meeting Powerpoint objectives.

Douglas Rushkoff InterviewWhat do copyright and intellectual property look like in this new collaborative model? How do those notions fit in and how will they evolve? How will the institutions and precedents that are currently in place help or hinder this cultural transformation?

I’m not that concerned with maintaining copyright, since my main income comes from teaching and speaking. The books are more like calling cards. Still, the distribution system is paid for, at least in part, by the copyright protection enjoyed by publishers. I think people have to learn to get paid in other ways. I’m more interested in bottom-up local currencies than these giant centralized ones.

Currently, we innovate for patents, and create for copyrights. These are the only ways we have come up with so far to reward innovation. And it eventually requires that some form of artificial protection be enforced. That’s because we have an economic reality based on scarcity rather than abundance.

The problem is that we look at books and music the same way we look at oil and food. They are very different, and require different economic models. So the first step is simply to help people see that the fiscal model we’re using – money ‘created’ by the central bank – is itself only one model for currency. It is an enforced monopoly right now, because the development of local currencies would pose such a challenge to forces from Wal-Mart to Citibank.

That sounds utopian and wonderful, but what do businesses have to gain from collaboration and throwing out the models they have used to reap huge and ever-increasing profits? How are they going to make more money and have more fun ditching quarterly reporting and corporate objectives?

It’s the adherence to quarterly, short-term goals and shareholder expectations that have led corporations down their profitless, innovation-lacking paths. They look to decrease the bottom line without expanding the top line. So they can’t make investments in long term strategies like real research and development, or creating a culture for their products. They can’t look to the longterm impact of their products without sacrificing what shareholders believe are their own short-term interests. Shareholders want the stock to go up, now. That’s all they understand. And the stock only goes up if revenues go up that quarter.

Where your question is off is that corporations are not reaping huge and ever-increasing profits. They are compensating for a lack of innovation by creating new efficiencies. But every process they throw off-shore is another competency removed from their own arsenal. They become management companies, capable of nothing. Then they lose their ‘competitive’ advantage, as well.

Toke The Vote Rally – BC Marijuana Party Comments Off

There is a provincal election coming up here in BC in the next few weeks. I’m new to Canada, but it’s definately not the same political environment as the States. To begin with there is no two-party system. There are tons of parties… some major and some minor. One of the newer parties is the BC Marijuana Party and they held their “Toke the Vote” party on the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery today. Shayne, Richard and I work in an office close to the VAG and decided to head down and take some photos and check out the speeches. Here’s a sample of them and you can find the rest of them here.

British Columbia Marijuanna Party Election Party

British Columbia Marijuanna Party Election Party

British Columbia Marijuanna Party Election Party

British Columbia Marijuanna Party Election Party

British Columbia Marijuanna Party Election Party

April 19, 2005

PODCAST: Cory Doctrow on Technology, Activism, CopyLeft, and DRM Comments Off

Cory Doctorow Is Da Fuckin' Man!PODCAST: Cory Doctrow on Technology, Activism, CopyLeft, and DRM

“Cory Doctrow is something of a technology renaissance man. He’s an advocate for the EFF, providing outreach in Europe as well as working on policies aimed at ensuring freedoms in the digital future. He’s a Nebula award nominee for the outstanding science fiction novel, Down and Out in The Magic Kingdom. Cory contributes regularly to Popular Science and Wired. In his spare time he’s a prolific poster to Boing Boing. We caught up with Cory at the Computers, Freedom & Privacy conference, where he talked about his infamous DRM speech at Microsoft, writing science fiction, living in London, Boing Boing, copyright laws and a stream-of-consciousness on other topics.”

Thx Chris. Roxor interview.

March 15, 2005

Judge Kramer Rules “The California Constitution Says that The State Cannot Discriminate” Comments Off

Derek wrote a great little post today about how the real story of this gay marriage decision is going to be lost in the media’s desire to create controversy, pitting “gay activists” against “religious fundementalists”.

I’m a 31 year-old married guy. I am not, by any measure, a gay activist. And I am thrilled by Judge Kramer’s ruling. Why? Because I believe in equal rights.

This is a very simple equation: The California constitution says that the state cannot discriminate. And marriage, for better or worse, is a state-sanctioned practice. So for the state to say that one group of people cannot participate because of who they are, that’s discriminatory. Period.

California’s ban on same-sex marriage is no different than the old laws that said that men could own property and women couldn’t. Or that blacks and whites couldn’t marry. Those laws had tradition and religion on their side, too, and how do they look today?

Read the rest of his post at http://www.powazek.com/2005/03/000500.html

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