Links for 2011-08-03

  • The Worlds Weirdest Book

    A truly unique work of fiction, ââ¬ËThe Codex Seraphinianusââ¬Ë is a book that appears to be a visual encyclopedia of some unknown world or dimension. Written down in one of that worlds beautiful curving languages, the book by Italian artist, architect and industrial designer Luigi Serafini, explains the odd inhabitants and their colorful behaviors. The book was created between 1976 and 1978 and for the low price of about $500.00 you can ponder over your own copyââ¬Â¦

  • Views: Myths About Fair Use - Inside Higher Ed

    "Academics potentially enjoy some of the greatest benefits of U.S. copyright lawââ¬â¢s doctrine of fair use ââ¬" which lets them use copyrighted material without permission or payment, under some circumstances. Now if only they knew they did. In Peter Jasziââ¬â¢s and my research for Reclaiming Fair Use, which charts the resurgence of fair use and explains how to use it, we came across as much mythology as knowledge among our colleagues."

  • Swans on Tea û And the Winner isââ¬Â¦ The Turboencapulator

    "It's not cheap, but I'm sure the government will buy it."

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