Archive for the ‘Creative Commons’ Category

Brilliant real-world animation May 31 2008

MUTO a wall-painted animation by BLU from blu on Vimeo.

Go to blu’s website:

(saw it mentioned by Michael Sharon (aka deprimer) on Twitter)

Walking through snowy Tower Grove Park in St. Louis, MO at night Dec 17 2007

Early morning dog walk in Tower Grove Park. At 15º F it was pretty chilly, but I bundled up pretty well and was warm the whole time.

A good trick I figured out for taking long exposure pictures in the snow is to take a glove, put it on the snow and rest the camera on it. This protects the camera from direct contact with the snow and also gives a handy solid base to get a steady shot.

Some more good shots:

Ice crystals on top of a dumpster in an alley on my way home

Walking through snowy Tower Grove Park in St. Louis, MO at night

Walking through snowy Tower Grove Park in St. Louis, MO at night - Christmas Lights

Walking through snowy Tower Grove Park in St. Louis, MO at night

Suiting up before the walk:

Getting ready for our walk tonight

Nerdcore Compilation CD Apr 15 2006

You can never have too much nerdcore. Looking forward to this new compilation album.

Banding together from around the globe, the most talented Nerdcore hip-hop artists who weren’t too big, busy or full of themselves are contributing tracks for this monumental event in the making. More artists are signing on daily.

Nerdcore Compilation CD

(Via BoingBoing)

More sweet free icons for use on the web Mar 16 2006

I thought I had blogged this before, but I guess not. Check it out – 1000 free icons for use, you only have to attribute the source (they’re Creative Commons licensed).

“Silk” is a smooth, free icon set, containing over 700 16-by-16 pixel icons in strokably-soft PNG format. Containing a large variety of icons, you’re sure to find something that tickles your fancy. And all for a low low price of $0.00. You can’t say fairer than that. Silk Icons

The Wisdom Compendium Sep 23 2005

Another neat site by my buddy Shanti. Check it out!

Update: you’ll have to wait until Shanti get’s the site fully going.
Update 2: go get’m.

The Wisdom Compendium

Welcome to the Wisdom Compendium
September 22nd, 2005
The Wisdom Compendium is a collection of interviews, advice, and, well, hopefully much wisdom that’s being compiled by Shanti Braford.
The compendium was started in late 2005 with the goal of compiling as much sage advice and wisdom from those who I admire and respect. So, why not share the fruits of the labor and allow others to contribute to the effort as well?
Wisdom Compendium Goals
* Interview as many passionate, creative, innovative, foreward-thinking movers and shakers as possible.
* Let them sound off on questions like: What advice would you give yourself if you could go back in time 5, 10, 15 — 50 years ago?
* Release all content under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License
* Translate as much wisdom as possible into as many other languages as possible (similarly licensed)
* Add wiki functionality to allow any passionate Wisdom Compiler to contribute to the repository
* Perhaps one day compile the wisdom compendium into dead-tree format to give to high-school students, college grads, 20-somethings (god knows we need this) and 80-years young grandparents

e-lusion > Icon Development May 11 2005

Neat Australian designer is offering a set of free greyscale icons. Check them out, and check out his site too. He’s the one who designed the WordPress theme I’m using right now….

e-lusion > Icon Development

Yep free icons!

Go on, download em. I dare you!

Here’s the deal, they have been sitting here on my desktop for quite some time which is no good to anyone is it. Originally they were designed to make a quick buck and see if I was up to the job. They were inspired from Dan’s awesome set, Overcast and after learning from his The Anatomy of an Icon tutorial I had to give it a go. I suggest if you want a top quality set of greyscale icons head over to Simplebits and buy yourself a set from a pro.
What do you get?

Greyscale is a set of 40 greyscale icons which each fit into a 34 x 34 pixel area.

* 1 flat file gif containing all 40 icons
* 1 flat file png containing all 40 icons (All colours intact)
* 40 individual gif files
* The right to do what you like with them – Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Australia

Red Alt – Kubrickr Mar 14 2005

Red Alt – Kubrickr

What is Kubrickr?

Kubrickr is a tool that lets you replace that giant blue blob at the top of your WordPress 1.5 blog with a nice photo from Flickr.

Simply type some words that relate to your blog and push Submit. Choose one of the photos from the that appears, and save the resulting file to your Default WordPress theme directory. It’s that easy!

Seems to work pretty AWESOME! (Although, the edge colors seemed a little bit not exactly the same as the background, but pretty nice nonetheless.)

(Via Matt a couple of days ago.)

Relatively Absolute: Simple PHP Gallery Feb 23 2005

Saw this linked in a WordPress support forum post. May bear some investigation.

Relatively Absolute: Simple PHP Gallery


Simple PHP Gallery is a gallery management system designed to tackle small- to medium-size galleries with a minimum of hassle. While SPG sacrifices a few of the bells and whistles of other gallery systems in favor of simplicity, ease-of-use, and speed, it boasts a large feature set:
Version 1.1
Screenshot of Simple PHP Gallery 1.1

All of the features of 1.0, plus:

* Significant speed enhancements.
* Image precaching – significantly improves the appearance of speed when paging through images.
* Better compatibility with GD 1.x
* Better quality generated images with GD 2.x functions.
* Image resizing – Bypass your photo editing software and resize your images on the fly!
* Image caching – SPG 1.1 can resize your images once, then save the generated files forever!
* Accesskey navigation – Alt [-] for the previous image, Alt [ ] for the next image, Alt [u] to move up one level. (In accesskey enabled browsers)
* Compatible out-of-the-box with Dan Benjamin’s Better Image Rotator.
* Aliases and descriptions for images and folders, controled via an easy-to-edit ini file.
* Automatically generated sub-folder details.
* Automatic thumbnail alignment.
* Folder hiding – keep that pesky ‘cgi-bin’ folder from showing up in your gallery.
* Improved sorting – folder lists are now sorted alphabetically by alias or file name.
* Myriad bug fixes and improved all-around compatibility

This may be the first project that I’ve seen use a Creative Commons license for the source code (versus GPL, BSD, MIT, Apache, etc…)

Authorama – Public Domain Books Nov 20 2004

Authorama – Public Domain Books


Public Domain Books

Welcome to, featuring completely free books from a variety of different authors, collected here for you to read online or offline. The books may have been published before, but not in this form, which I hope you find enjoyable to read and print.
This site will be regularly updated with new freeware stories. Feedback is welcome. Enjoy the reading.

Just finished reading Cory’s latest story here, because Salon seems to be hosed for me for some reason right now.

Quite nice. I didn’t want it to end when it did, but then maybe that is a sign of a good short story.

Read Anda’s Game. – Demand 100% accuracy in the next election. Nov 19 2004

Enough. I had to do something, so here it is. Let me know what you think. – Demand 100% accuracy in the next election.


Demand 100% accuracy in the next election.

Do you value the democratic concept of one person, one vote?

Democracy only works if every vote is cast fairly and counted fairly. is dedicated to solving the problem of innacurate results in American elections.
The Problem

The voting machines currently in use do not provide voter verifiable paper trails. And even if they did, the current practice of not manually counting each vote unless something seems really wrong, is well, wrong. If votes are tallied incorrectly for any canidate, democracy is not happening.
Our Solution

Our proposed solution is simple, cheap, effective, and 100% accurate: hand-count every paper ballot cast using volunteers to supply the labor.

I personally volunteer to help count every paper ballot cast in my precint in the next election. Regardless of whether or not a Democrat or Republican receives the most votes, the most important thing is that they count.

Go to and think about what you’re willing to do personally to make sure that in the next election every vote is counted.

Please comment below if you have ideas.

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