Giving away €5 (about 7 bucks) in Flattr credits

Update: This offer is now over.

The fine folks over at Flattr have offered me €5 (about 7 bucks) in Flattr credits to give to 100 people. (If you don’t know what Flattr is, watch the short video above.) You have to be a new user to qualify.

To get your free credits, email me at kirby at with the subject line, “Flattr”. The first 100 respondents win. The guys at Flatter will then contact you with a promo code to use during your sign-up.

Once you’ve got some credits, here’s some recommendations on folks to flattr:

  • Brain Pickings
  • TechDirt
  • Nina Paley
  • Symphony of Science
  • Citizen … Continue Reading

Protect IP Act Breaks the Internet

When I found out Fight for the Future needed help with their campaign against a new bill called PROTECT-IP, I had to take a little time away from Everything is a Remix Part 4 and produce the video above. PROTECT-IP is the latest piece of legislation aiming to chip away at your online rights in the name of protecting the entertainment industry’s business model. It’s legislation that won’t work, will give us yet more lawsuits, and will make the net worse.

Whether you lean right and hate business regulation, lean left and hate censorship, or lean neither way but hate useless legislation, PROTECT-IP … Continue Reading

Everything is a Remix: The Matrix

A special treat to tide you over until Part 4 arrives (it’s running late): Rob G. Wilson made this video examining the origins of The Matrix. It was written by Cynthia Closkey and most of the comparisons were crowdsourced by Everything is a Remix fans.


0:27 – Fist of Legend (1994)
0:38 – Tai-Chi Master (Twin Dragons) (1993)
0:44 – Fist of Legend (1994)
0:48 – Tai-Chi Master (Twin Dragons) (1993)
0:53 – Drunken Master (1978)
1:02 – Fist of Legend (1994)
1:09 – The Killer (1989)
1:19 – Fist of Legend (1994)
1:21 – Iron Monkey (1993)
1:31 – Once Upon A Time In China … Continue Reading

Shop now open!

Update 25-02-2012: Shop is sold out but I’ll have new stuff in the next month or two!

The Everything is a Remix shop is now open for US customers. I’m offering $5 off on posters and t-shirts until October 15th. In exchange I’d appreciate your patience. I’ve never operated a shop before so there’s bound to be a few snags here and there. If you experience any bugs with your order, just drop me a line at and I’ll straighten it out.

August 2011 status update

Hi everybody.

Research for Part 4 is now complete and I’m in a very busy writing phase. I hope to have a first draft in about a week. My tentative launch date for Part 4 is October 25th.

A few assorted bits of news…

If you’d like to see me and Austin Kleon at SXSW 2012, please take a moment to vote for our panel.

I’ll be in Sweden at Media Evolution this week and at the Cusp Conference September 28th and 29th.

For those who emailed about partnerships and collaborations, I’ve been on the road for a while and haven’t started to sort out … Continue Reading

The Language of Christianity

A new video commission I produced for CNN…

New remix-ready versions, Part 3 subtitled

I’ve uploaded an MKV file of Part 3 with subtitles, as well as versions of all the videos without music and without voice-over. Right-click and choose “Save Link as…” to download to your computer.

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Everything is a Remix Part 2 (no music)
Everything is a Remix Part 2 (no voice-over)

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Everything is a Remix Part 3 (no voice-over)

Tell me about the best remixes

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Everything is a Remix Part 3

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    Nelson and Valdez of Wreck and Salvage each produced videos inspired by Part 3. Check ’em out: Nelson, Valdez

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    Everything is a Remix Part 3 Transcript

    Click here to watch Everything is a Remix Part 3.

    The act of creation is surrounded by a fog of myths. Myths that creativity comes via inspiration. That original creations break the mold, that they’re the products of geniuses, and appear as quickly as electricity can heat a filament. But creativity isn’t magic: it happens by applying ordinary tools of thought to existing materials.

    And the soil from which we grow our creations is something we scorn and misunderstand, even though it gives us so much… and that’s copying. Put simply, copying is how we learn. We can’t introduce anything new … Continue Reading

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