Michael Jackson RIP

Not much to add to what has already been said and will be said about Michael. I had the good fortune to do some work for Michael Jackson in the good times and he was kind enough to arrange for me to see a show at Wembley Arena in London when he was at the […]

More Poobahisms from the Pukka Sahib

For those of you who don’t know him, Fred von Lohmann is the very smart lawyer who gave a stellar performance of the losing argument in the Grokster case before the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals representing one of the defendants who the U.S. Supreme Court found had an “unmistakable” unlawful objective. (This is […]

Stop, stop–we’re criminalizing our kids

“I started hacking back in the ’70s and there were basically no laws against it, against phreaking or hacking. In school, my parents and other people actually encouraged it. There were no ethics taught. If you could hack into the school’s computer you were considered a whiz kid. Today if you do it you get […]

Why Creative Commons is bad for photographers

Really excellent treatment of the failure of Creative Commons for photographers from Bay Area photographer Dan Heller who has a very thoughtful website about creative techniques and business issues for photographers: “The reason [that Heller doesn’t use CC licensing for photographs] is because the Creative Commons—and the entire concept of “free access”—simply doesn’t work for […]

Home for Father’s Day

It hasn’t been headline news, but New York Times reporter David Rohde was kidnapped by Taliban elements and held captive for the last 7 months. That’s not forever but it’s a long time. He was writing a book. He escaped and is safe. “[Rohde’s] father, Harvey Rohde, said that while he regretted that his son […]

New Music 06-20-09

Semaphore Music picks: New music this week from Orianthi, Rodrigo y Gabriella, Joshua Redman, Emilie Mover, Framing Strangers, Music For Animals. Follow us on Twitter!