Great TED Talks on Copyright and Piracy

A few months ago I posted Clay Shirky’s TED Talk (Why SOPA Is A Bad Idea) and earlier today I stumbled across two more fantastic videos addressing copyright laws and the faulty math behind industry claims as to how much money has been lost due to the piracy of copyrighted content.

I strongly recommend that everyone watch the video of Larry Lessig’s discussion; “Laws That Strangle Creativity” and how this is effecting our children and their future. If you’re up for something equally intelligent, but briefer and more light hearted, then just give Rob Reid’s “The 8 Billion Dollar iPod” a spin and appreciate a very honest look at the faulty world of ‘copyright math’.

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New “Contact Me” Vector Icon

Vector Icon for Contact Me website button or link.

Just like in the previous post, while I can’t reveal what exactly this icon is for, I’ve had the pleasure of illustrating another vector icon for a project.  2 in 1 day, a real treat.

This was was much simpler to put together than the dashboard version, which, if you recall, is still incomplete.  However, simpler or not, I really like the overall effect and think it turned out pretty well.

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Sanjeev Goel – New Showcase Site

Sanjeev Goel - Showcase

I recently finished putting together a site for my client and friend, Dr. Sanjeev Goel.  Sanjeev’s involved in a lot of assorted initiatives, both humanitarian and technologically innovative programs in the health care industry – what he needed was a place where we could send people that would give them access to all of his assorted projects and endeavours.  So the idea of as a showcase site was formed.  Read More »

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Revised “Intellidash” Vector Icon

Vector icon for intelliDash

As promised, here is the revised version of the “intelliDash” vector icon that was posted a couple of weeks ago. (Original is here.)

The original gauge shows Blood Pressure measurements and the additional gauges include LDL Cholesterol (left) and HbA1C (right).

The icon is being used as part of a CSS3 Dock that showcases links to the client’s multiple sites – you can view the site here.


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The best SOPA / PIPA Explanation Online

The internet has been absolutely over-flowing with anti-SOPA content, not that I’m complaining, but I’ve also not seen enough informative content that explains more than just SOPA & PIPA in their basest and most far-reaching potential threats to the internet.

On the one hand, the idea that SOPA / PIPA are a danger to free speech, legally free information remaining free and could potentially break the internet as we know it, is something that we should all be aware of.

However, what we should all also be aware of is exactly HOW this could potentially happen, what the ramifications of the law COULD potentially be, how the law came to exist in the first place and what we have to look forward to going forward, not just if it’s passed, but even if the US Congress and the US Senate knock the respective bills down.

The best explanation to me, is the one that simplifies it all and explains the key elements in a manner that isn’t filled with rhetoric and venomous attacks.  Clay Shirky gave a talk at the TED offices (they’re called TEDsalons instead of TEDtalks) that I feel fits the bill perfectly.  I’ve embedded the video below and provided a link.  It’s 13 minutes, but definitely the most productive 13 minutes of most of your day should you watch it.

Clay Shirky: Why SOPA is a bad idea – view on

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