mellowbeing - crafty, geeky and a new yorker.
Mar 21, 2007
"The Empire & the iPhone: 'Technology Platforms,' the Commons, and the
Way We Live Now."
Professor, Columbia Law School and Director, Software Freedom Law Center
Monday, March 19, 8 PM
Some notes I took:
the pursuit of "prosumer culture" - production & use of products by the same person
- Paypal decentralizes the traditional bank structure
- Youtube, myspace, etc. decentralize the music culture
Hours that Microsoft actually spends, as a whole, producing software in a week: 3.8 million
This is what he called "a microsoft"
- a few years ago, there were 468,000 programmers on sourceforge.net
- 10/hrs approx. per person per week
- about 1.4 "microsofts" on sourceforge
- about 1.6 "microsofts" in GPL entirely
so, who's producing more software? and who is spending more of their resources on advertising, middle management and twiddling of thumbs?
Commons is motivated by politics; to fight against the incumbents after all the power.
Free software is a "cultural outlook" - universal knowledge is possible through sharing of resources - our own expertise.
So share. Learn about GPL and the Creative Commons. It's really up to us to figure out a way to not have everything patented
Mar 17, 2007
The pattern is very simple (or lack of pattern thereof) - I crocheted about 10 single stitches and then just start going around and around in double crochet... when it was the proper height, I just went across the same 3 stitches for a few rows and made a little loop out of single stitches. It was the perfect quick fix in the midst of my crazy week-of-midterm-madness-time.
Some pictures to show how it came out with the phone in it and by itself. Not too shabby, eh?
The money shot:
Mar 14, 2007
For now, all I have to report is that I am currently working on 3 concurrent knitting projects! Whew!
- girl sized wristwarmers with "geek" embedded on each hand
- guy sized wristwarmers with skull & bones on each hand
- regular dark brown short warmers
I will be hopefully starting on my future laptop bag very soon.. after I get all this custom knitting done. I still have a pair of wristwarmers for myself on my dpns (thanks jessica for teaching me!) but now it's getting warmer so maybe I'll leave those on hold for a little while. Plus, I really, really want a custom laptop bag. ha.