Archive for May 26th, 2013

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5.26.13 … copyright and Chris Hadfield ISS rendition of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” …

Chris Hadfield,  YouTube, David Bowie’s “Space Oddity”, ISS, copyright:  

 

CHRIS HADFIELD has captured the world’s heart, judging by the 14m YouTube views of his free-fall rendition of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity”, recorded on the International Space Station (ISS). The Canadian astronaut’s clear voice and capable guitar-playing were complemented by his facility in moving around in the microgravity of low-earth orbit. But when the man fell to Earth in a neat and safe descent a few days ago, after a five-month stay in orbit, should he have been greeted by copyright police? Commander Hadfield was only 250 miles (400 km) up, so he was still subject to terrestrial intellectual-property regimes, which would have applied even if he had flown the “100,000 miles” mentioned in the song’s lyrics, or millions of kilometres to Mars. His five-minute video had the potential to create a tangled web of intellectual-property issues. How does copyright work in space?

via The Economist explains: How does copyright work in space? | The Economist.

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May
13

5.26.13 … worth reading …

Merida, this Fight,  A Mighty Girl, worth reading: Worth reading …

As I have said before, Merida was created to be a different kind of princess — a princess with a strong will, a stubborn streak and a lot to learn. She makes mistakes along the way and learns from them. But she is not obsessed with what she wears or focused on looking good to attract a man. She’s a young girl — not remotely ready to think about romance or marriage. That doesn’t mean she never will. That doesn’t mean that those things are bad. It just means that she is an individual who has her own interests. And that’s not bad, either! In fact, that’s exactly the way that children should spend their childhood and adolescence — being kids and pursuing the things that make them happy. That’s why Merida has become such a beloved character for so many young girls — and even grown women. Why on Earth does that image need to be changed?

via Staying True to Merida: Why this Fight Matters / A Mighty Girl | A Mighty Girl.

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May
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5.26.13 … Love, love, love Bike Share Programs! Kudos, NYC! …

NYC, bike share programs, Citi Bike, kudos:  Love, love, love Bike Share Programs! Kudos, NYC!

 

New York City officials plan to launch the long-awaited bike-sharing program on Memorial Day, nearly a year after it was first slated to open, and amid the launch of similar systems in cities around the world.

The New York program bears the name Citi Bike, in homage to the corporate sponsor, Citigroup, that has provided most of its startup funding. And like several of the cities that have preceded New York into bike-sharing – including Washington, London and Boston – this city will use its own customized version of the model pioneered in Montreal.

About 6,000 bikes will be distributed across 300 solar-powered stations in Manhattan and Brooklyn. A 24-hour pass will cost $9.95.

via Graphic: What New Yorkers Need to Know about New Bike Share – Metropolis – WSJ.

 

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May
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5.26.13 … Why when I start liking a show do they cancel it. RIP, SMASH!

Smash, RIP: Why when I start liking a show do they cancel it. RIP, SMASH!

NEW YORK — The slow, lingering demise of “Smash” has felt more like a punch to the gut to the folks on Broadway.

The TV series about the making of a big stage musical came with a flurry of attention and some big names: Steven Spielberg, Debra Messing and Anjelica Huston. It was going to be a valentine to Broadway.

Sometimes, though, love letters get sent back.

After a first season with a healthy-sized audience averaging 7.7 million viewers, it returned this year to such dismal ratings it was banished to Saturday night. It won’t be back for a third season.

But while TV was finally focusing on Broadway, plenty of stage veterans jumped to TV during the two-year run of “Smash.” Some flamed out, some are holding on and some still hope:

via Theater Stars On TV: See How They’ve Fared This Year.

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May
13

5.26.13 … just like …

Atlanta, Cut Map, wall art, just like, home: 

Cut Maps are laser cut street maps of the worlds most famous and recognizable cities. These maps are cut from high quality recycled mounting board and framed. You may choose any color combination you wish. The picture shown is Black – on – White.

via Atlanta Cut Map by CutMaps on Etsy.

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May
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5.26.13 … on my bucket list …

Jane Austen, Chawton:  

Tony Grant’s recent pictorial visit to Chawton was so popular that I thought you would like to see the village in which Jane Austen lived out the last years of her life. You might want to reference Tony’s images with the ones below, which were taken with Google maps. After I made these, I felt as if I had traveled to Hampshire for a pleasant hour or so. Interestingly, the seasons go back and forth, from late summer to early November.  At times you will see full foliage and at other times the scene was shot in the middle of fall.

via A Drive Through Chawton Village | Jane Austens World.

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May
13

5.26.13 … it’s a small, small world …

packaging, small packaging, overeating, psychology:

Packaged-food makers might know the answer, even if you don’t. Aware that people snack a lot throughout the day, they continue to introduce new packaging that encourages consumers to eat their food anytime they have an urge to nibble, what some executives have dubbed “hand-to-mouth” eating.

Why is it so hard to tell how much you’re eating when you snack? Sarah Nassauer and INSEAD professor of marketing Pierre Chandon join Lunch Break with a look at why it’s hard to eat just one of anything.

The psychology behind how this affects eating behavior is complicated. Sometimes small amounts of food could drive you to eat more. There are cues savvy snackers can detect.

Hershey Co. HSY +1.48% learned that individual wrappers on bite-size candy were getting in the way of people eating candy in certain settings, like in the car. The company responded with Reese’s Minis, a small, unwrapped version of its classic Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, in a resealable bag. It facilitates “I-can-pop-one-in-my-mouth, on-the-go type of behavior,” says Michele Buck, senior vice president and chief growth officer for Hershey.

via Overeating: The Psychology of Small Packages – WSJ.com.




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