Oh my, it looks like we’ve stirred some controversy with our recent Making Of A Designer T-shirt infographic. At Well Spent, there’s an interesting debate underway among a group of respected retailers. This graphic was never intended as an attack on retailers (we love beautiful stores too), but an illustration of the costs behind making our T-shirts and how — when you’re online only — you can cut the markup expense associated with having locations.
For those interested: Our T-shirts are cut, sewn, and dyed in Los Angeles, and the infographic reflects those made-in-LA numbers. We would have loved to weigh in, and are always happy to answer questions.
We, the undersigned, are musicians, actors, directors, authors, and producers. We make our livelihoods with the artistic works we create. We are also Internet users.
We are writing to express our serious concerns regarding the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).
As creative professionals, we experience copyright infringement on a very personal level. Commercial piracy is deeply unfair and pervasive leaks of unreleased films and music regularly interfere with the integrity of our creations. We are grateful for the measures policymakers have enacted to protect our works.
We, along with the rest of society, have benefited immensely from a free and open Internet. It allows us to connect with our fans and reach new audiences. Using social media services like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, we can communicate directly with millions of fans and interact with them in ways that would have been unimaginable just a few years ago.
We fear that the broad new enforcement powers provided under SOPA and PIPA could be easily abused against legitimate services like those upon which we depend. These bills would allow entire websites to be blocked without due process, causing collateral damage to the legitimate users of the same services - artists and creators like us who would be censored as a result.
We are deeply concerned that PIPA and SOPA’s impact on piracy will be negligible compared to the potential damage that would be caused to legitimate Internet services. Online piracy is harmful and it needs to be addressed, but not at the expense of censoring creativity, stifling innovation or preventing the creation of new, lawful digital distribution methods.
We urge Congress to exercise extreme caution and ensure that the free and open Internet, upon which so many artists rely to promote and distribute their work, does not become collateral damage in the process.
- Aziz Ansari
- Kevin Devine, Musician
- Barry Eisler, Author
- Neil Gaiman, Author
- Lloyd Kaufman, Filmmaker
- Zoë Keating, Musician
- The Lonely Island
- Daniel Lorca, Musician (Nada Surf)
- Erin McKeown, Musician
- Samantha Murphy, Musician
- OK Go
- Amanda Palmer, Musician (The Dresden Dolls)
- Quiet Company
- Trent Reznor
- Adam Savage, Special Effects Artist (MythBusters)
- Hank Shocklee, Music Producer (Public Enemy, The Bomb Squad)
- Johnny Stimson, Musician
Jusepe de Ribera, Tityus, 1632
From the Museo del Prado:
Tityus, the son of Jupiter and Elara, is shown chained to a rock in Tartaria. An eagle eternally devours his entrails, which are reborn with each phase of the moon. This giant was punished after he was incited by Juno to attempt to seduce one of his father’s lovers.
The subject of the condemned —Tityus, Ixion, Tantalus and Sisyphus— attained certain popularity in European art from the modern era and was often used in palace decorations. These works personified the reigning dynasty’s implacable powers against the infidelity, pride and arrogance of those who attacked the supremacy of the monarchy.
Here’s a “fair” test between the iPhone 4S and the Canon 5D MK II. I made a little rig that allowed me to shoot both cameras at the same time side by side. All scenes are perfectly synced together so you can pause and scrutinize the frames!
Now I really want one.
via Jordan Halvorsen
Money is horrible, a bandage where
there should be a hand, and heart’s engine
runs beat to daybreak. Money
and hands call to each other like
children at a pool; like this money
gathering noon into meadow.
As websites for the NewsHour, Frontline and PBS remain under attack by hackers, the NewsHour has published its transcripts and videos from Monday night’s broadcast to Tumblr for the time being.
Thanks for your patience as we work to get everything back to normal.
We can’t wait for our first ever Tumblr reading: Friday, February 19th at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in NYC!
Who should have the primary strategic responsibility for making American workers globally competitive – the private sector or government? This will be a defining issue in the 2012 campaign.
In his State of the Union address, President Obama will make the case that government has a vital role. His…
Root theme may not have been online long but that doesn’t mean another version isn’t already in the works. Root-Stack (my naming schedule could be improved) is an alternate version of Root which combines the theme with Stacky.
Click here to try the theme out on the test blog. I recommend you open a photo’s soapbox (click any photo) and then click “View larger”, what happens is not seen in any other UT theme.