Odds and ends

Here’s a collection of random items that have crossed my radar over the past few months but I’ve been too busy to post anything about.

“Shot-by-shot comparison of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” vs. scenes from 30 different adventure films made between 1919-1973.” Thanks Andy

Infographic about SOPA, another kooky new copyright bill.

Inspired by Apple, a blog featuring endless rip-offs of Apple. (via Daring Fireball)

This is an oldie, but I’ll mention it here for archival purposes. This American Life produced an excellent episode about patent trolls, When Patents Attack. This nice infographic was mostly sourced from the episode (via TechDirt). Planet Money also produced a follow-up about the cost of software patents, The Patent War.

That Song Sounds Like, a blog about songs that sound like other songs.

You Thought We Wouldn’t Notice, a rather angry community blog about creative rip-offs.

Superb documentary detailing the creative process behind Peter Gabriel’s album, Security. He starts with a rhythm, sometimes drawn from recordings of African musicians, then molds his songs around that. Thanks Donald

4 Responses to “Odds and ends”

  1. Eleanore said:

    Jan 11, 12 at 23:35

    I’m a huge Peter Gabriel fan, thank you so much for passing that documentary along.

  2. Kirby said:

    Jan 12, 12 at 12:53

    My pleasure. I loved that little doc.

  3. Charles said:

    Jan 17, 12 at 13:49

    I loved this and I am impressed with this site in general. I’ve watched parts 1 & 2 of the documentary.

    It makes me think of a story I read by Orson Scott Card called “Unaccompanied Sonata.” You should read it if you haven’t. It’s about a future society where musicians are forbidden from hearing anyone else’s music and are severely punished if they do. Very pointed metaphorical critique of critics who like to call things “derivative.”

  4. Dennis said:

    Feb 10, 12 at 04:51

    That “Inspired by Apple” blog just seems like an endless series of pictures of rectangular objects with rounded corners, accompanied by snarky commentary about how their design was stolen from Apple.