Cosmic Egg Yolk

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Alternative forest landscape photography, abstract. Manually shot image.

Obsolesence is what gives something its charm. Punk rock, if you will. I’m no exception to the everlasting renewal and rebirth, from the tree and wheel of life. Eventually, I’ll get what I need, even if I don’t know it immediately. But in time, I’ll sense it and move on to new adventures. Always grateful for the journey.

Guess the Date

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Going analog with old, retro cars. Orange Volvo station wagon. Astoria, OR.

If you guessed 1983, you’d be wrong. It’s May 2019. Astoria is a town with a thing for retro automobiles. The old classic did give me the feeling of a faded photograph.

Sentimentality aside, engineering and design progress is a good thing. Love the color, though!

I’m Bored with Pure Image Realism

If you’re going to use tech, put some of your creative soul into the tech.

Pinterest: The Pirate Bay IPO

If Instagram is the teen-age bedroom wall of the Internet, then Pinterest ($PINS) is the scrap book.

This would be fine, so long as most of the content was original. But it’s not. It’s a model that rewards image theft.

So, it’s not unfounded to say that $PINS’ IPO is akin to having The Pirate Bay IPO on the NYSE. At least TPB is honest about their intentions.

Let’s do a quick thought experiment. Suppose TPB did IPO, what would the reaction be? Hollywood lobby rage, for starters. And that would likely be enough to stop it, in its tracks.

But if it’s only photography, then who cares, right? Particularly if said images come from amateurs, students, or obscure local pros.

If the market is telling us that it’s all good to profit from unlicensed image copies, then end copyright. Drop intellectual monopoly. Open-source everything. Reform laws to fit the 21st Century, at least.

But that would need a bottom-up movement that top-down legislators responded to. Bottom-ups have advocates and practitioners, but not pocket-stuffing lobbyists. It would also need legislators who weren’t intellectual and moral bankrupts. Fat chance.

Unfortunately, we’re likely to get IP laws, that serve illiberal interests. None of them will help independent artists. This is the dilemma, when abstract universalism and fractal localism are in conflict. So what are people left with?

Creative Commons and the some rights reserved option is a place to start. But questions about its efficacy are reasonable.

There are no easy answers, other than to follow Warren Buffet’s suggestion to never buy an IPO… particularly if it’s a digital scrap book of stolen images, with a fluffed market cap of $13.7B on $-0.20 EPS.

Bubbles, we’re blowing bubbles.