Hugh McGuire

publishing, technology, media, philosophy, a bit of politics.

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Wikipedia, LibriVox & a Librarian

Repost from librivox.org: Below is a paraphrased sample of an email we occasionally get from librarians and teachers, as well as my response to the email. I have paraphrased the email. *** To LibriVox, LibriVox is a great web site. I hope to help my students to use the audiobooks. However I am concerened by […]

a friendly paypal for podcasts

Why do so many of my posts start with: Mike from ISF was talking about … anyway: Mike from ISF was talking about micropayments, so I throw out this thought to the wind: PayPal’s sort of annoying and I don’t really trust them. I don’t know why. I just don’t. But having some form of […]

Free Mountain – on Reading Montreal

I was asked to write an article in Reading Montreal. Go check out the site. But here’s the text, and a photo (by Nika Vee): In the mid 1840s, Sir James Alexander proposed that Mount Royal should be turned into a park, and twenty-five years later, 1869, the City of Montreal amended its charter to […]

CBC: what’s wrong

I have been doing a fair bit of bitching about the CBC recently (see: here, here, and here, and here for examples), including my digs during a small presentation on podcasting I did at Concordia — audio: here. This has been in conjunction with some back and forths with the folks at publicbroadcasting.ca, some of […]

LibriVox – public domain books for your ears

OK, I’ve just launched a little experimental project, let’s see how it goes. It’s called LibriVox: LibriVox is a hope, an experiment, and a question: can the net harness a bunch of volunteers to help bring books in the public domain to life through podcasting? LibriVox is an open source audio-literary attempt to harness the […]

rms vs creative commons @ copyright2005

rms @ copyright2005 flickr pic by francois@edito.qc.ca Somewhere I’ve read that waiting for the interesting post too gestate into something truly gem-like usually means you won’t post about it. So, I was “planning to write a longer post later” (ha! I’ve heard that before); instead I’ll just jot down some thoughts about the copyright2005 conference […]

the flickr photo “coincidence”

this is just one of those cool things that the universe likes to throw out at us to remind us that everything, in the end, is related to everything else: Flickr Tokyo Photo Surpise. Update: O! Ye non-believers, with hearts of cold and minds closed to the Truth, behold: Evidence. Says one fella in the […]

suffering & justin hall

I posted a while ago about nietzsche and blogging, and then after a reminder from sen no sen, I dug up some more nietzsche, all of which amounted to a few observations, summarized a bit crassly here: 1. blogging can be a way to transform ones life into something more (art) 2. seeing ones life […]

free software, nozick, anarchy right & left

I have been thinking about Free Software as a uniquely successful anarchist project, and one which may well–through its success–have impacts beyond the tools we use on our computers. By “anarchist” I mean of course the actual definition, rather than reference to black-masked Molotov-cocktail-throwers, namely: a project based on the voluntary cooperation of free individuals, […]

intellectual property, free software & the new revolution

This is the start of my thoughts on copyrigh/left, IP and free software. My pal devlin who works on biotech/agriculture IP issues, sent me a Globe and Mail story about Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy. M$ of course is leading the charge, worried about pirate copies of Window XP funding terrorism (etc.). My […]