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Hello. Happy Sunday.

So I have been seeing a lot of snow lately. I feel like last year there wasn’t quite so much coming quite so frequently. Oh, well. It is adding a very cozy dimension so my Sunday, I’ll give it that. It’s been a simply delightful weekend. For some reason time has been going by at a reasonable rate, maybe (just maybe) even a bit s-l-o-w-e-r (hooray!). How does that happen? One of life’s grand mysteries. Look not a gift horse in the mouth.

Yesterday after a luxurious morning of sleeping in way past a reasonable waking hour, I wandered over to Meymot’s to eat some crêpes (made by the exceptionaly talented Shira Melen) and drink some coffee. Laura and I talked knitting (she recently knit a mobius strip – quirky and charming), and we all gave our opinions regarding various font options for Shira’s new business cards. I eventually stumbled back out into the cold air alternately walking normally and doing the “don’t fall down” ice walk along the way. After a brief stop at Whole Foods I visited my favorite little video store on the planet. I picked up one of the Godard films I had not yet seen, as well as Ariel by Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki. I have to admit that what tempted me to rent it was this sentence on the back cover: “Ariel, which boasts a terrific soundtrack of Finnish tango and Baltic pop music…”. Finnish tango and Baltic pop music?! Sign me up!

Speaking of films, it’s that time of year!!! AWARD SEASON. I admit it fully – I am a sucker for Hollywood award season. Bring it on! Besides, another year of Hollywood award seasons also means another year where I can beat Joseph in the Oscar game (I have picked more of the winners correctly than he has for two years in a row now). Yes. Tonight, you will find me watching the Golden Globes. Every woman has a guilty pleasure or two…

And what would movies be without music? Part of the reason I am curious to see The Reader is to hear Nico Muhly‘s music for the film. It really is something that can make or break the experience, at least for me. Some particularly weird moments? The use of Debussy at the end of the George Clooney/Brad Pitt/et al version of Ocean’s 11 and the terrible use of Elgar at the end of Master and Commander. I’m not even providing links. It bothers me just that much. Ugh, I can’t even talk about it anymore. Let’s move on.

So Larry, my intrepid fellow hOmahaian (?)  was lucky enough to attend the Girl Talk show at the Slowdown. Here is a pic and a vid…visit his site for more.

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How awesome is that picture?!

Property is an intriguing and endless subject. Over at Wired they published this convo with Girl Talk (Gregg Gillis) about copyright and a new documentary coming out on the subject. I’m looking forward to seeing the documentary. I have been reading Rhythm Science by Paul D Miller (DJ Spooky) which is basically a little manifesto on this very subject. Paul Miller is a big proponent of free sharing. When my roomie and I went to see him lecture at the ICA in Boston he actually handed out various cds of his own work to us to prove his point. In Rhythm Science he writes:

Emerson , like Vico before him, develops his argument for a kind of respectful synthesis at the core of how culture evolves and changes. Midway through “Quotation and Originality,” we find him quoting Goethe, who as far as we know, was probably quoting someone else: “Our country, our customs, laws, our ambitions, and our notions of fit and flair – all these we never made, we found them ready made; we but quote them.” Goethe frankly admitted, “What would remain to me if this art of appropriation were derogatory to genius? Every one of my writings has been furnished to me by a thousand different persons, a thousand things: wise and foolish have brought me, without suspecting it, the offering of their thoughts, faculties and experiences. My work is an aggregation of beings taken from the whole of nature. It bears the name of Goethe.”

Really, copyright is about money. Isn’t everything? To own something, like an idea, is the ability to sell it. The ability to sell an idea you own usually means the opportunity to make money. What is riveting in this story of modern technology is the underlying pulse of democracy turned slightly socialist. Right? Or maybe more like capitalism vs. socialism? Suddenly people want one person’s idea to be available and adaptable for the whole group. The logic (or desire) being that idea “x” belongs to society, not to you the originator or creator. I’m not sure what I think about it as a whole, it’s all very complex and kind of endless, like following a single thread woven into lace.

RiP: A Remix Manifesto movie trailer:

Visit the website if you are curious for more.

What I do know for sure is none of this would matter if it wasn’t for the $$$.

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