Sony Pictures claims copyright of Blender film Sintel

This is just a quick post, but I would like to stress the importance of open source material and defending the ideals of creative commons licensing. In a previous post about open sourcing, I mentioned a software program called Blender, which is a program where you can model and animate in 3D and easily rivals those like Maya and 3DS Max. They created a fully open sourced project and included all of its assets free for public use. That film was called Sintel, a fantasy drama involving a very cute dragon.

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With corporatism gaining more of an iron fist on our daily lives, Sony Pictures took it upon themselves to use some of Sintel to advertise their 4K media. That’s fine for them to do that. It’s their prerogative. But they never credited the Blender community for that use and they even reported copyright infringement on the film on YouTube. It’s a new blow to the system and shows all of us that YouTube is using a “shoot first, ask later” policy. Definitely a sickening feeling.

Sintel has been reinstated now. Watch the film here:

 

The rise of an RBE is in the works

ChosunSharingEconomySo, perhaps the world is starting to pay attention to dire and impending collapse of our civilisation. Recently, a study from NASA was released in which they give us a couple of decades before our civilisation will collapse if we were to continue the trajectory we are currently on.

In the past, civilisations have risen and fallen from the Roman Empire to the Han Dynasty and even the advanced Mesopotamian Empire. It shows us that even the most technologically stable empires are fragile and impermanent.

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Future of politics. Is it relevant?

800px-Election_MG_3455“Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of gov­ern­ment except for all those other forms that have been tried.” ~Winston Churchill

Russell Brand has recently caused a bit of a stir when he advocated a global revolution to change the way governments run their countries. He spoke specifically of the system in Britain and how his refusal to vote is an example of how the current form of democracy doesn’t work. Brand explains in a tweet, “Whatever party they claim to represent in the day, at night they show their true colours and all go to the same party. #MillionMaskMarch“. Perhaps voting is futile. Perhaps we need a massive change to the system so that every one of us has our views fully represented. Russell Brand was Read More…

The Future of Learning a Language is Here!

Duolingo_banner“[We are] building a world with free education without language barriers.” -Duolingo

I have recently come across a new open source and free language learning site that just has me in awe and wonder to myself “Where has this been??”

Back in an earlier post found here I mentioned wanting to put Rosetta Stone out of business. I love languages. I love the challenge of syntax. I guess I am a linguist by hobby. I can read Greek, Cyrillic, Hangeul, Kana and of course the Latin alphabet. It doesn’t mean I understand what I’m reading though. I’ve been wanting to improve my language skills for so long but I don’t want to pay the extortionate prices that Rosetta Stone charges. So my goal was to teach myself how to code and get a website online to offer free language learning and tell Rosetta Stone to suck it. Well, it looks like Duolingo has beat me to it and I’m impressed. The website is amazing and as you learn, you progress through different levels, score points, compete against the clock and even translate documents which people can upload to get translated. Currently, only Read More…

Must See Documentary: “Revenge of the Electric Car”

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Awesome documentary called “Revenge of the Electric Car”

Originally posted on Driver Benji:

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I finally saw “Revenge of The Electric Car” last week of June. It goes all the way up to the pre-production version of the Tesla Model S. This movie gives insight behind the scenes of what it takes to get EVs on the road. I highly recommend it.

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(If you haven’t seen it yet, in my blog posted march 13 you’ll find the full movie (free) “Who Killed The Electric Car”. Watch first, or, if only have time for one documentary, just get Revenge….)
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Get it, rent it, stream it, borrow it (from local library?), just find a way to watch it, here are a few links:
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Hulu: (w/Hulu Plus subscription): http://www.hulu.com/watch/322022
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Hyperloop FTW!

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“I really hate patents unless critical to company survival. [We] will publish Hyperloop as open source.” -Elon Musk, CEO Tesla Motors

Elon Musk is a rising star in the world of entrepreneurship that has the world in awe. He revolutionised the way we use money around the world in internet transactions through PayPal. He led the efforts for space vehicle creation to carry on the space program with SpaceX. He is also the CEO for Tesla Motors, an automobile company that prides itself on fully electric cars that are very sexy and have also implemented car charging stations along the west coast of America. But all of these projects haven’t Read More…

Where has real journalism gone?

“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
-Benjamin Franklin

wire_tapping_07On 22nd June, 2010, a reporter by the name of Michael Hastings released an article in the Rolling Stone magazine that set in motion one of the most high profile resignations we’ve seen in quite some time. US Army General Stanley McChrystal was the commander of the US forces in Afghanistan until he was forced to resign over his off-duty behaviour, which was exposed by Michael Hastings. McChrystal was also known to be tied to the coverup of the ‘friendly fire’ death of an American football player, Specialist Pat Tillman, who enlisted in the US Army. Michael Hastings has been one of the most passionate and fearless journalists I’ve seen in a very long time. It has been known that Hastings would go against the wishes of his editors to report real news and facts. MichaelHastingsHe wasn’t going to be kept quiet by studios who have a mission to keep their networks happy or to get ratings or to pander to their political interests. Hastings recently became suspicious about the government tapping his phone line and accessing his emails and has let it be known. In the early hours of the 18th of June, 2013, Hastings was found to have crashed his car into a tree, and his car exploded into flames.  Many speculations are forming around his death, but at this time, I think we should get the correct facts before any assumptions are made. Michael Hastings was 33 years old.

Real and factual journalism seems to have gone away with the corporations and political parties vying for media support. News agencies such as Fox News would do anything to maintain their ratings even if it means reporting false information and inciting hatred and developing conspiracy theories of their own. Whistleblowing seems to be the only way to report real needed information. Let’s start with Read More…

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