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March 17, 2010

State appeals court rules threatening posts aren't free speech

Threatening posts not protected free speech
A state appeals court says a 15-year-old boy whose Web site was flooded with anti-gay slurs and threats can sue a schoolmate who admitted posting a menacing message but described it as a joke. In a 2-1 ruling Monday, the Second District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles said the violent language of the message - threatening to "rip out your ... heart and feed it to you" and to "pound your head in with an ice pick" - conveyed a harmful intent that is not protected by the right of free speech. The dissenting justice, Frances Rothschild, said no one who read all the messages posted on the Web site - in which youths tried to outdo the others in outrageous insults - would interpret any of them as a serious threat. The case is one of the first in California to examine the boundaries between free expression and so-called cyber-bullying. The court majority said a message that threatens physical harm, even if it wasn't meant to be serious, loses its First Amendment protection and can be grounds for a lawsuit.

March 13, 2010

LOFI (League of Independents) - Home of the Re/Mixed Media 2010 Mashup Remix Festival, Brooklyn, NYC

Facebook friend Bruce Ronn found out we like mashups and...

March 12, 2010

Man On Internet Almost Falls Into World Of DIY Mustard Enthusiasts

Man On Internet Almost Falls Into World Of DIY Mustard Enthusiasts | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
DES MOINES, IA—When Steve Gibson first became casually involved with an online community of mustard makers, he had no idea his mild interest in the condiment would, within a few short months, spiral dangerously out of control. But Gibson, unlike so many others, managed to get out before the hobby consumed his entire life. "I don't know how I wound up at that point, but thank God I escaped when I did," Gibson, 41, said Friday. "There I was, a grown man, planning a trip to the Mustard Museum in Wisconsin, when suddenly I heard a voice deep within me say, 'This is not what you want your life to be about.'" "It was like waking up from a bad dream," Gibson added. "A bad yellow and brown dream." Gibson's descent into the depths of mustard obsession started innocently enough, when he got involved in an Internet exchange about the best kind of mustard to use on a grilled bratwurst. When someone posted a link encouraging him to "click on this if you really want to spice things up," he took the stranger's advice and suddenly found himself on MustardMonster.com, a discussion group devoted to the cultivation, preparation, and enjoyment of the table-side condiment.

March 11, 2010

Power - John Oswald (1975)

I'm working on a list of mashups for Noah Berlatsky's Hooded Utilitarian roundtable on copyright, and was skimming the Wikipedia article on Bastard Pop for inspiration stuff to steal, and then:
John Oswald John Oswald has been devising illegitimate compositions since the late 1960s. His 1975 track "Power" married frenetic Led Zeppelin guitars to the impassioned exhortations of a Southern US evangelist at the same time that hip hop was discovering the potency of the same (and related) kinds of ingredients.
If there's anything I love, it's the artifact of a goddamn good idea that involves recording equipment and snottiness. The fact that the result is art just makes it even more yummy. YouTube - Power - John Oswald 1975 (rare)

Nation Shudders At Large Block Of Uninterrupted Text

Nation Shudders At Large Block Of Uninterrupted Text | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
WASHINGTON—Unable to rest their eyes on a colorful photograph or boldface heading that could be easily skimmed and forgotten about, Americans collectively recoiled Monday when confronted with a solid block of uninterrupted text. Dumbfounded citizens from Maine to California gazed helplessly at the frightening chunk of print, unsure of what to do next. Without an illustration, chart, or embedded YouTube video to ease them in, millions were frozen in place, terrified by the sight of one long, unbroken string of English words. "Why won't it just tell me what it's about?" said Boston resident Charlyne Thomson, who was bombarded with the overwhelming mass of black text late Monday afternoon. "There are no bullet points, no highlighted parts. I've looked everywhere—there's nothing here but words." "Ow," Thomson added after reading the first and last lines in an attempt to get the gist of whatever the article, review, or possibly recipe was about.

Judge rules with Pink Floyd on the integrity of the concept album

AP | Court backs Pink Floyd's fight for the album
In a victory for the concept album, Britain's High Court has ordered record company EMI Group Ltd. to stop selling downloads of Pink Floyd tracks individually rather than as part of the band's original albums. The group sued the music label, saying its contract prohibited selling the tracks "unbundled" from their original records. EMI claimed the rule applied only to physical albums, not the Internet.