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…Eric Solheim captured One Year in 40 Seconds?

Four Seasons

Eric Solheim snapped images and captured audio from the same spot outside of his house for an entire year, and then stitched them together into a fantastic time-lapse video called One Year In 40 Seconds:

In addition to the video, Eric also documented his entire process, including the story, the camera, the settings, the software, the techniques and more, and posted it all on his blog, along with every source file that he created under a creative commons license so that you can take his work and experiment with it as well to see what you can come up with.

[Eric Solheim – One Year In 40 Seconds]

…It’s Movie Monday: Elephants Dream?

Elephants Dream

Elephants Dream is another great short from the Blender Foundation (the guys behind Big Buck Bunny) about two strange characters exploring a capricious and seemingly infinite machine. The elder, Proog, acts as a tour-guide and protector, happily showing off the sights and dangers of the machine to his initially curious but increasingly skeptical protégé Emo. As their journey unfolds we discover signs that the machine is not all Proog thinks it is, and his guiding takes on a more desperate aspect”.

    Elephants Dream is a story about communication and fiction, made purposefully open-ended as the world’s first 3D “Open movie”. The film itself is released under the Creative Commons license, along with the entirety of the production files used to make it (roughly 7 Gigabytes of data). The software used to make the movie is the free/open source animation suite blender along with other open source software, thus allowing the movie to be remade, remixed and re-purposed with only a computer and the data on the DVD or download.

[Elephants Dream]

…Diesel Sweeties is now free?

Diesel Sweeties

Diesel Sweeties (a fantastic web comic) is celebrating its 8th birthday by releasing the entire archive (nearly 2,000 comics) for free via Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial license. (You are free to non-commercially redistribute, archive and share in any format you like as long as you don’t edit the comics or remove credit and links.)

Volume One is out now, and a new volume will be released each week until the entire collection is available, so prepare to get out the reading glasses and become a fan of DS all over again.

[Diesel Sweeties]

…Bob Ostertag is giving away his music?

Bob Ostertag w00t

Bob Ostertag’s w00t “is a free, internet-only release composed entirely from fragments of music from video games”.

Created as a collage of computer game sound and image, it’s Bob’s first release “to skip the CD-for-sale stage and go directly to free Internet download, under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license”.

What does that mean?

It means Ben encourages you to “download, copy, send to your friends, remix, mutilate, and mash-up” his music as long as you share in the same manner.

If only all music could be so free.

[Bob Ostertag – w00t]

[Via: Kotaku]

…It’s TGI Friday: The Great Flickr Photo Find?


For today’s TGI Friday, I’d like to announce a new contest that I’m calling The Great Flickr Photo Find. Since I haven’t done a giveaway in a while, the winner of this contest is going to get something special. If ‘the find’ gets 10 or more entrants (10 people, not 10 photos), I’ll be giving away a one year Flickr pro account (so spread the word and let your friends know, because the more entrants, the better). If ‘the find’ gets less than 10 though, don’t despair, because I’ve still got something special in mind that won’t disappoint.

To enter, just find a photo on Flickr that you like. Simple, right? It can be funny, inspiring, emotional, or unique, but just make sure it’s interesting. Then, post a link to the pic in the comments. That’s it. At the end of the day (PST) on Sunday, March 25, I’ll pick my favorite pic out of the entrants, and the poster will win the prize. Though any photo is eligible (even your own), I’d like to post the winning photo here on the site, so bonus points will be awarded for the use of a Creative Commons photo (like the photo above, Hammertime, by Afroswede, or the photo below, pillars, by Jef Poskanzer). To make things easy, just use the Creative Commons Search.

Find a photo, post it, and win; that’s all there is to it. Let’s see what you’ve got.

Edit: I’ve extended the deadline until Sunday to give you some time to find the good stuff.