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Open Source and the Arts Community

Submitted by matthew on Wed, 2005-03-23 02:32
I’ve been working in arts and culture in one fashion or another for my entire professional life in Canada and the United States. I’ve worked for experimental dance as a marketer/copy editor. I’ve been a historical interpreter for an antique fort made into a living museum. I’ve managed a book store. I’ve co-ordinated an arts festival focusing on Appalachian culture. I’ve worked as a lighting designer and technician for theatre houses. I’ve taught copyright law for artists as a continuing education trainer.

Firewire Drive

Submitted by matthew on Sun, 2005-03-20 15:37
In February, I posted that I was having trouble with my Firelite hard drive. I tried purchasing a replacement and it wouldn't mount on my TiBook or my iMac. I returned the drive thinking that it might be defective and got a replacement for that drive...which didn't work either. I've pretty much given up on the Firelite drives even though I think that the size is perfect. I think that they perhaps aren't sturdy enough for the rough and tumble travel that I put them through. That said, the first drive I had lasted nearly two years.

Selling Art Online

Submitted by matthew on Sat, 2005-03-19 21:21
One of the services that we offer at WESTAF is If you're curious, my personal account on ArtistsRegister can be found here. I've sold a bit of work through the register, but some artists are having extraordinary luck selling work online through eBay. CNN has a very interesting article on this trend and the strategies that some of these artists are using to make a living.

Roku Photobridge (formally HD1000)

Submitted by matthew on Sat, 2005-03-19 19:03
One of the projects I've been working on with WESTAF for about 5 years is an application and jurying system for art fairs, shows, and festivals. The notion behind the system is that all fairs ask core information that is common to all other fairs. There is no reason that an artist should have to send that information over and over and over again to multiple shows. In the Zapplication (tm) system, an artist enters this information once and then applies that information to multiple shows.

VooM Gets One More Shock

Submitted by matthew on Thu, 2005-03-17 07:23
Seems that my post earlier this month regarding VooM's demise was a little premature. The owners, Cablevision had reported that the service was going to be shut down. In one last gasp, a seeming dose of digital atropine has been injected in the fading patient. Last week Cablevision announced that they would keep the service alive at least until the end of the month while they try and arrange an "alternate" transaction to save the arm.

Library Begins Loaning iPod Shuffles.

Submitted by matthew on Sat, 2005-03-12 18:52
The South Huntington Public Library on Long Island NY is conducting a very cool experiment. They are loaning out the new iPod shuffle for use with audio books. The program has the opportunity to save the library lots of money because most titles on CD run $75, but purchasing them from the iTunes Music Store only costs $15-$25.

This is a pretty smart idea that will probably take off in other libraries. My wife is on the library board in our home town... I may have to suggest this idea to her.


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