This Film Is Licensed…

This film is licensed only for public exhibition in first-run theatres, and is not to be screened in schools, on oil rigs, or in prisons.
If you are watching it in a school, on an oil rig, or in a prison, you must immediately drop out, throw yourself off the edge and swim to safety, or plan an elaborate escape with the help of a ragtag team of charming criminals, most of whom were wrongly accused, and all of whom wish to become productive members of society.
The rights to the story of your escape immediately become the property of the makers of this film, in any and all forms of expression now extant or to be invented in the future, throughout the universe and three feet beyond, just for good measure.

Jacob Sager Weinstein: “Before the Movie Begins” : The New Yorker

Everything For Free

I’d go into the long list of all the crap they’d fought as an industry, from the remote control to cable TV, from diversified cinema ownership to yeah, the VCR, and they’d mumble something about how EFF stood for “Everything For Free,” and I just didn’t understand the arts. Which always made me laugh because generally speaking I was the only working creative artist in the discussion, and I’d often be going to meetings in between working on novels. Clearly, to understand the arts you need to be an entertainment industry lawyer working for a giant multinational conglomerate, not a working artist.

Infographic: Hollywood’s long war on technology – Boing Boing

Atheists Don’t Just Want Sex, Drugs, and Lack of Morality

As much as religion’s defenders would like us to believe otherwise, there is no non-human moral authority. Every religious text in the world was written, edited, translated, and printed by humans.

All edicts, interpretations, decrees, proclamations and fatwas issued by churches are human opinions. If a huge, glowing set of tablets with commandments engraved on them descended from the sky accompanied by angels blowing trumpets, we’d be having a very different debate, but there is no such thing.

All moral opinions come to us from human beings. The only question is whose opinions we should accept as normative, and why.

Once Again, Believers Have it Wrong: Atheists Don’t Just Want Sex, Drugs, and Lack of Morality | Belief | AlterNet

Hedy Lamarr, Inventor

In 1940, while acting alongside Jimmy Stewart and Judy Garland in the MGM musical Ziegfeld Girl, the 26-year-old Lamarr spent her free time devising a radio-controlled submarine missile-guidance system to help the U.S. Navy in World War II. What moved her to do this? “She didn’t drink and she didn’t like to party, so she took up inventing,” Rhodes explains.

Hedy Lamarr Biography: Hedy’s Folly by Richard Rhodes (Review) – The Daily Beast