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Amazing short film via the European Space Agency

Such an amazing short film from the European Space Agency (ESA) about human ambition and space exploration. Check it out!

“Ambition is a collaboration between Platige Image and ESA. Directed by Tomek Bagiński and starring Aiden Gillen and Aisling Franciosi, Ambition was shot on location in Iceland, and screened on 24 October 2014 during the British Film Institute’s celebration of Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder, at the Southbank, London.”

http://www.esa.int/spaceinvideos/content/view/embedjw/441534

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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…

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…

Working on transition – more

People going to work“I am now convinced that the simplest approach will prove to be the most effective — the solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by a now widely discussed measure: the guaranteed income.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Just a quick amendment to the previous post about a Universal Basic Income. This podcast brilliantly lays out the plan:

For more information on the initiatives for a basic income and a 21hr work week, follow the links below:

Washington Post – How about a universal basic income?

Wikipedia – Basic Income Guarantee

Business Insider – Universal Basic Income

New Economics Foundation – 21 Hours

About Time – 21 hours

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