There was a moment that it seemed like a proliferation of flickr-like webservices would result in a network of deep shared pools of cultural resource, from which every user could build expressions and applications, but the “entrap and surveil” economics of platforms kicked in.
And now we have no history, and rather than communicating via visualizations of our own shared cultural record, we are left waiting like dogs for treats as facebook decides to surface one of our own images from 3 or 8 years ago. Don’t try to search the graph! Advertisers only.
Marc took some great pictures at Patterns Day.
Photos of analogue interfaces: switches, knobs, levers, dials, buttons, so many buttons.
If you enjoyed reading Marcin’s serendipitous story on Twitter, here are the pictures to accompany it.
Lovely, lovely photos from this weekend’s Indie Web Camp.
Lovely, lovely pictures from last weekend’s brilliant Indie Web Camp in Düsseldorf.
Great photos from a great gathering.
Kate has been hand-making Christmas cards for seventeen years.
2013’s Gizmo Stardust remains my favourite.
This is so, so wonderful—hundreds and hundreds of photographs from all of the Apollo missions. Gorgeous!
The shots of Earth take my breath away.
We celebrated ten years of Clearleft’s existence this weekend. A splendid time was had by all!
An old-school styleguide.
This was a fun way to spend the day—getting my hands dirty with ink and type.
This is a superbly-written, empathetic, nuanced look at the issues around Creative Commons licensing, particularly the danger of inferring a “spirit” in a legal agreement.
“Spirit” as it’s being used in this conversation is a relative term. You have the spirit of the user, the spirit of the license, the spirit of the community, the spirit of the service, and the spirit of the law. All these can align and all these can diverge and that’s OK. It is also the reason we have a legal system that sets clear parameters for how things can be interpreted: Spirit is relative, legal decisions and documents are not (at least in theory). The whole idea of a legal contract (under which we can find CC licenses) is that there is no room for interpretation. The meaning of the document is singular, unambiguous, and not up for debate. Of course this is purely theoretical, but that’s the idea anyway.
The problem arises when the spirit – or intent – of the user when applying a license differs from the actual legal interpretation of that same license.
The title is harsh, but this is a good summation of the issues involved in choosing a Creative Commons licence.
Open licensing is about giving up control so that other people can benefit. That’s all it will cost you: control. Having control feels nice. But you should ask yourself what it really gets you. And you should think about what others might gain if you were able to let go.
Think carefully and decide what you need. No one is going to make you tick that Creative Commons box. But when you do, it’s a promise.
We can expect even more stunning images like these from Rosetta soon.
Rhea and Titan, as seen by Cassini.