Brilliant protest

Bit late but what a great idea!

A woman in Paris holds condoms with a picture of Pope Benedict XVI. This condoms were released to mock the pope after he rejected condoms as a weapon against AIDS during his African trip.

From the Guardian.

Lessig asks for help in Fairy defence

Lessig is asking for help in the Shepard Fairy/AP case. He writes on his blog:

As mentioned, the Fair Use Project at Stanford’s CIS is representing Shepard Fairey in his suit against the AP. To that end, we’d be grateful for some net-based knowledge. How many photos are there “like” the beautiful photograph that Mannie Garcia took (the one on the left; the one on the right is a CC licensed photo taken by Steve Jurvetson)? Can you send any examples to

Also, please send any favorite examples of photos used as visual references for other works of art. We lawyers don’t know much, but we can learn pretty quickly.

Friday at last

It’s been a long week and I am looking forward to leaving the mill for a relaxing break… Maybe a spot of culture and a relaxing book?

What computers replaced II

Shorpy published another wonderful old office picture this time it’s from the Computing Division (as the sign in the photo helpfully explains). This time it’s November 24, 1924. Washington, D.C. “Bonus Bureau, Computing Division. This time it’s not the people who are fascinating everyone is too busy to look into the camera but rather the rows of shiny machines. It is also interesting to see that this is a female dominated workplace (I see three men working machines) but the supervisor is a man.

check out the full size here.

What computers replaced?

Ever wonder what computers replaced? Well one of Shorpy’s recent images gives a great example with this excellent image of office workers. Check out the different people! I mean open the open up the picture and take a look at the characters. All gone now, replaced by laptops, or else stuffed in cubicles…

Washington, 1923. “Stamp Division, Post Office.”

National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of Congress. Click for larger image.