Did Germany experience rapid industrial expansion in the 19th century due to an absence of copyright law? A German historian argues that the massive proliferation of books, and thus knowledge, laid the foundation for the country's industrial might.http://www.spiegel.de/international/zeitgeist/0,1518,710976,00.html
Friday, August 20, 2010
It is interesting to contrast this article's historic look at the lack of with what is happening today in the digital age. It seems that the absence of (or at least a more relaxed) copyright law actually fuels competition and innovation in industry as well as the interest of the general public. in 19th century Germany
Thursday, August 12, 2010
I stumbled this today and thought it was worth sharing. A real technical achievement on a shoestring budget. Watch it full screen. Here is a google map that shows the route they took and the locations they filmed.
Friday, August 6, 2010
Christopher Hitchens wrote a very moving new article in Vanity Fair about his recent experience with esophageal cancer. Here CNN's Anderson Cooper talks with Hitchens about his experience with cancer and his lack of belief in god.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
It looks like reason and civility are supplanting fear, hatred and religious dogma in California. The Proposition 8 dark age is finally coming to an end. Congratulations to my friends there; if only Texas would follow suit.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
A video involving two guys annoying their cats into making the annoyed-cat-sound while playing the cat's lungs like a yodeling musical instrument... I know, it sounds stupid and at the core of the argument, it is stupid... But if you've ever owned a cat, you will know that cats are both easily annoyed and incredibly forgiving. And, it's really funny...
Monday, August 2, 2010
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Gotta love the fact that they call the ensemble Mo-Pho for short.