Archive for the ‘arts’ Category

Steal this web video

April 15, 2010Jon Brooks 1 Comment », is an organization that seeks to “highlight the economic artistic, and social harm caused by distribution monopolies, and to demonstrate how freedom-based distribution is better for artists and audiences.” To that end, here’s an animated video it released a couple of weeks ago called “Copying Is Not Theft,” spelling out one argument against certain [...]

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McConnell’s last stand

April 15, 2010Jon Brooks Comments Off

This cartoon from Ted McCagg requires knowledge of one of the more irritating Facebook applications.

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Video: “I Pay My Taxes”

April 15, 2010Jon Brooks Comments Off

“April 15, baby.” Probably not the favorite video the tea party set…

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EconomyBeat Podcast #13: It’s Not Funny Anymore

April 14, 2010roman Comments Off

The one rule of performing improv comedy is “yes ,and…” When someone presents a comedic scenario, you don’t contradict the premise and start acting something else out, you build upon what last performer hands off to you, you effectively say “yes, and…” You continue the scene and forward the action and refine the characters. But [...]

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Tuesday Morning Coffee Show!

April 12, 2010Jon Brooks Comments Off

Well lookie here, we have one more OddTodd toon up our sleeve. Here’s the Tuesday Morning Coffee Show: Business Edition, in which OddTodd discusses corporate criminals and personal finance in typical vulgar fashion.

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“My life in Hollywood sucks because…”

April 6, 2010Jon Brooks 1 Comment »

If you’re out of work, you might find it hard to conjure up sympathy for someone who has actually landed a job in Hollywood. On the other hand, ever see the movie Swimming With Sharks, about an assistant to a Hollywood bigwig who is also the world’s biggest SOB? But there’s even a lower life [...]

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More currency manipulation

April 1, 2010Jon Brooks Comments Off

Respect for money — physical currency, that is — just isn’t what it used to be. For examples, check here, here, and here. And now this Flickr set called Refacing Government Tender. Click here to see the full set of over a hundred photos.

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That’s what I want…

March 29, 2010Jon Brooks 1 Comment »

From the UK artist Shardcore, a currency-defacing project called Money, that’s what I want. For those of us living in a capitalist society, there is an inexorable link between our lives, our perceived happiness, and the bits of paper we exchange for goods and services. A banknote has no inherent value, it is merely a [...]

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Haikus for Joe

March 26, 2010Jon Brooks 1 Comment »

Everyone knows by now that Joe Biden salted his introduction of President Obama at the signing of the health care bill with a comment he thought was off-mic: “This is a big f**** deal.” The Brian Lehrer Show has asked listeners to submit haikus about health care reform using Biden’s faux pas as the middle [...]

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How the Borg helped pass health care reform

March 24, 2010Jon Brooks Comments Off

I have to say I have tested people with this riddle myself, only with two less degrees of separation: What is the chain of events that connect the Borg — the evil cyber-bio villains of “Star Trek” fame — and health care reform. The blog a grammar asks and answers this in a post called [...]

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