Tuesday, 28 April 2015

2000 AD, DRM-free

I used to read 2000 AD every week. The issues piled up in my room, teetering monuments to Judge Dredd, Zenith, Slaine, the ABC Warriors, Rogue Trooper, Nemesis The Warlock, and many other stories that filled a teenager's fantasies. So it is good news that the publisher is removing DRM from the digital versions of their comics. No tottering piles and no techno-restrictions means it could be time to revisit these stories. Read more here.
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Thursday, 23 April 2015

Who Writes The Book O' Wikipedia?

We all do. Hence so many changes to it. I noticed lots of articles about living individuals (celebrities etc) have disappeared in the last few years, presumably because of the strict rules on biographical material - a necessity when threats of legal action are frequent and heavy-handed US laws end up governing the rest of the world. On top of which, copyright law is a confusing minefield, though sometimes amusing (for example, the monkey selfie issue of 2014, prompting satire and legal clarification which is itself entertaining).

Articles change all the time. Some of my own edits to articles have been removed for spurious reasons. I saw an interesting bit of text today in the Booker Group article which will no doubt disappear before long (highlighted in the third screenshot).




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Monday, 13 April 2015

Beauty

Beauty. What is it? The broadest definition: a combination of qualities that pleases.

For me it is stronger, something that causes a mental intake of breath, a sprinkling of awe. I don't use the word lightly. It is not the same as pretty, nice, or gently pleasant. It affects you and stays with you, extending beyond the moment of its existence.

Beauty doesn't just exist in objects. It could be a face, the way the light reflects off a stream, a painting, a word combination, an action you hear about or witness. Back when I studied geology I had no interest in the aspects about how humans exploited the earth for fossil fuels; instead I loved being in the lab, able to hold pieces of mineral, examining how they felt, reflected, shone. A sliver of olivine glinting in the late afternoon light that signalled the end of study might bring beauty into my life. Reading by the lake, alone but contented, and glancing up at the water - that brought beauty.

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