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Kindling is Not Theft

I am on Prometheus’s side here.

Here's an xkcd comic with two figures confronting a third, who is holding a brand with flame at the top.

Prometheus has stolen fire from the gods!

Well, sort of.

I mean, when you use a fire to make another fire, the first fire doesn’t go away.

So really, it’s more like sharing.

Caption: FIRE WANTS TO BE FREE.

xkcd: Prometheus

Direct Action Comix (#3)

Here's a cartoon of a politician standing behind a lectern, giving a speech, far out on the edge of a plank which is hanging over the drop-off of a cliff. The other side of the plank, on the ground, is weighted down with a crowd of people looking on and listening to the speech, some with signs and placards. One person, from the back of the crowd, is stepping off the plank that they are helping to hold down. The caption, above, reads: THE PEOPLE DON'T KNOW THEIR TRUE POWER.

(Via Roderick Long (2013-06-25), Shorter La Boétie.)

Also.

So I guess Calvin’s dad wasn’t telling the truth after all?

So I guess it turns out that the world didn’t really turn color sometime in the 1930s?

This is from 1922, and is one of the earliest recordings ever of natural color on film. You can see it again now because technological civilization is awesome.

This clip is a very early, full-color Kodachrome film made by Kodak in 1922 to test new film stock and color processing. . . . The color and lighting are exquisite—all warm reds with flattering highlights—making it a purely enjoyable thing to watch. In 1922, for all its technical achievements, Kodak hadn’t yet done away with the flicker that gave movies one of their earliest and most enduring nicknames: the “flicks.” The flicker resulted from variations in film speed produced by the slow, hand-cranked cameras of the time and by variations in the density of the film itself . . . .

— Joan Neuberger, This 1922 Kodachrome Test Footage is Strangely Bewitching, in The Vault at Slate (February 8, 2013)

Write Your Own Caption, STOP SOPA edition

Here's a cartoon with Uncle Sam holding a box at a gift-wrapping counter, reading US GOVT. CONTROL of INTERNET SPEECH. The man staffing the gift-wrapping counter has two rolls of gift-wrapping behind him, labeled ANTI-TERRORISM and PROTECT KIDS. The man is wearing a tag reading CORPORATE MEDIA, and he asks Uncle Sam, “How would you like this wrapped?”

Do you have anything in Saving the Entertainment Industry?

(Via Facebook, originally published in Alternative Press Review, Fall 2000.)

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