Sunday, February 22, 2015

TWIC: Fair use, Korean Soccer players, a cool cave and more

Fair Use is the practice of using isolated fragments of the work of others.  I think we can agree that use of a single frame or still of a movie, perhaps in a review or critique of the work, will improve the review while not damaging the financial prospects of the movie.  A few seconds is probably fine.  A minute?  Now it might depend on which minute is copied and shared.
On this blog, I have shared a fragment of various comics - typically the first frame or two out of four or five.
In the US, fair use is legally protected but what are the limits? At the Center for Media and Social Impact, a set of guidelines on the subject are available.

"Can an artist use images from Facebook in her collage? Can an art teacher show pictures he took at an exhibition in class? Can a museum put a collection online?"
The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use was created with and for the visual arts community. Copyright protects artworks of all kinds, audiovisual materials, photographs, and texts (among other things) against unauthorized use by others, but it is subject to a number of exceptions designed to assure space for future creativity. Of these, fair use is the most important and the most flexible.Via Boingboing which also states and links to interest by Audio artists.

I have written before about Korean education practices and the way they seem to stifle creativity. (Earlier on education.) The current coach of the national soccer team is concerned about how robotic they seem in their attack game.
German coach Stielike, who recently won overwhelming plaudits from the Korean public for taking the national team to its first Asian Cup final in 27 years, told Spain’s daily newspaper AS that he has been taken aback by the players’ tendency to relentlessly follow directions without improvising what they’ve been taught to do on the field.
“I’ve never worked in an Asian country before,” said Stielike, who took charge of the Korean team last October with the mission of revamping the soccer landscape in the country. “In terms of team discipline, a coach couldn’t ask for more from these players. Their willingness to work hard is impressive. What they lack, due to the education of players, is greater creativity.”
---In what seems to be a hobby, a man in New Mexico has spent ten years carving and digging and expanding a system of caves, designing a beautiful set of tunnels.
The purpose of this gigantic artwork is to create an environment that would inspire “spiritual renewal and personal well being.” It will also serve as a venue for artistic events once it’s finished.
Regarding fair use, is the use of one image from the 21 plus a video on the linked site?  Here it is:

There is a documentary of the man and his work at the link above.
How can you glue metal to plastic?  Wood to nylon?  Ask This-to-that.
Strong leadership can unleash group innovation. This is a stub of an article and the rest is behind a  paywall.
Maybe a good bookend to the Fair Use guide is a look at how photocopiers have changed the way we work,
  • The bizarre welter of things being replicated made even the folks at Xerox worry they had unleashed Promethean forces. “Have we really made a contribution by making it easier to reproduce junk and nonsense?” as Sol Linowitz, CEO of Xerox International, fretted in Life magazine.
  • “There were these copies where you had a Rorschach blot and you had to fold it and hold it up to the light, and there were people having sex in more positions than you could imagine,” says Michael Preston, a professor emeritus of English at the University of Colorado at Boulder, who published an early collection of what he called Xerox-lore—the folklore of the copying age.
Added later:

Robot School - an app to teach kids about programming.
101 things I learned in Architecture School. One of many books at - I can't seem to link to one specific book.

The picture and idea above is interesting to me.  When I can't think of an answer or solution to a problem, I try to think of the problem from a different angle.

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