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Zahra’s Paradisewww.zahrasparadise.com

A “real-time historical fiction” web comic about contemporary life in Iran. The NY Times writes:

The Web comic, which will be published in book form next year, is written by Amir, a human rights activist, and illustrated by Khalil. First Second Books is keeping their last names confidential to protect their safety. The comic will be updated Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and will be published simultaneously in English, Farsi, Arabic, French, Italian, Spanish and Dutch.

Link via The Morning News

Music Journalism is the New Piracywww.eff.org

This hits close to home since I’ve started posting about music here.

In cases like this, attacks on music blogs seem to be the latest example of the widening disconnect between the goals of the music industry’s promotional wing and its enforcement wing. Smart musicians and promoters understand that the Net is a powerful promotional tool, and know that sharing an artist’s music is the best way to earn new fans. The IFPI, on the other hand, writes clearly in its takedown notices that “Our top priority is to prevent the continued availability of the IFPI Represented Companies’ content on the internet.”

Link via Andy Baio

Events for February 19-21, 2010

I’m kind of annoyed I missed the sold out Will Wright lecture last night. I had tickets and just totally forgot about it. But there’s a lot happening this weekend in my little sphere of interest, so maybe it’s good that I conserved some “going out energy.”

Friday, February 19

Saturday, February 20

Sunday, February 21

And of course there are a few workshops with space left at Trade School including “Caviar: Demystified,” “Collecting amidst disaster” and “Accidental Pornographies: Developing Underground Health Magazines and Stealth Distribution Models.”

Matthew Coolidge speaking at Pratt

I’m not seeing this posted on Pratt’s website or at the CLUI or at Bomb, so I’ll just copy + paste the email announcement here.

Anthropogeomorphology Today: Current Programs and Projects of The Center for Land Use Interpretation

A Lecture by Matthew Coolidge, founder and director of The Center for Land Use Interpretation, part of Pratt Institute’s Spring Lecture Series

Monday, February 22, 6pm
Higgins Hall
60 St. James Place
(corner of Lafayette)
FREE

Listen to a BOMBLive! conversation between Matthew Coolidge and BOMB contributing editor and architect Deborah Gans after March 1 on BOMBsite.com.

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Phantogram – When I’m Smallwww.amazon.com

MP3 link

Formerly known as Charlie Everywhere, from Saratoga Springs. I’m kind of curious who their label was worried about getting sued by.

Guitarist Josh Carter explained that the band made the change because they have signed a record deal with British label BBE, and that the label was concerned that the name Charlie Everywhere could see to trademark issues. Carter wasn’t sure why, but said it was better to be safe, especially when the band is planning the release of their already recorded album and an international summer tour.

Amazon MP3 link via Andre Torrez

Kozakiewicz’s gestureiconicphotos.wordpress.com

The 1980 Olympics were kind of crazy:

After setting a new world record on July 30th, Polish pole vaulter Wladyslaw Kozakiewicz made a rude gesture (bras d’honneur) to the hostile, jeering Moscow crowd. The crowd was rooting for Soviet jumper Konstantin Volkov. The image was seen around the world except ironically in the Soviet Union and its satellite states. To many, it signified Polish resentment of Russia’s control over Eastern Europe; in Poland, the gesture became immediately known as Kozakiewicz’s gesture. (gest Kozakiewicza).

After the Olympics, the Soviet ambassador to Poland demanded that Kozakiewicz be stripped of his medal over his “insult to the Soviet people”. The official response of the Polish government was that the gesture had been an involuntary muscle spasm caused by his exertion. Kozakiewicz for his part promptly defected to West Germany.

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