Me, elsewhere on the internet

By Christopher Allan Webber on Thu 05 May 2011

I have a huge backlog of blog entries I've been meaning to write about interesting things I've done recently, but haven't written because I often feel like I should be doing interesting things instead of just writing about them. Luckily most of the things I've done online recently have some sort of interesting web presence, so I'm just going to link to a bunch of them and call it a day:

First, conference stuff:

Next, even though I've been mostly silent here, I haven't been at work (well, I should be doing more work blogging, but anyway). On the main Creative Commons blog I've written the following:

That last one (the plaintext legalcode) was actually a side effect of something even more exciting: Using CC0 for public domain software, and CC0 compatibility with the GPL. I didn't write this blogpost (Mike Linksvayer did) but I was heavily involved in this process. For about half a year we had on and off conversations with the FSF (particularly Brett Smith) about GPL compatibility. At this point there had been nothing clearly marked about CC0's acceptability for software or whether its fallback license was GPL compatible, and for a tool that's all about internationalizing the public domain this seemed completely crazy (well to me, anyway). I made the assertion that getting CC0 on the FSF's free software licenses list and being noted for GPL compatibility would be the gold standard, and I am very happy that this is exactly what we achieved. Honestly, keeping the website running, maintaining our tools, etc is pretty great, but I think this may be one of the most important achievements I've made while working at Creative Commons. (As a side note, I think this means maybe that CC0 is now the only legal option for something that is simultaneously both free culture and free software (like some game assets) without dual licensing?)

I've also written up some more technical posts on CC Labs:

I've also been doing quite a bit of work on Tube doing python scripting and the like. I'd like to write more on this soon. Maybe I'll guestblog over there eventually.

Oh, and of course, even though I'm usually silent here, I am in no way silent on my identi.ca microblog.

That's all for now, or rather, all I'm going to bother to post. There's actually something much more exciting I'd like to mention, but I'll do that in the next post.

Update: There's another reason I haven't posted much. A while ago I switched my blog over to Zine and thought it was a great move because at least I wouldn't be maintaining my own blog software anymore. But Zine is now also unmaintained, and I haven't set up any sort of spam filtering system, which means at any time I have about 1000 unfiltered mostly spam comments to go through, and every time I think about blogging I get exhausted thinking about filtering through those comments. I had a crappy accessibility-breaking captcha on my old blog, but at least it worked. Until I figure out a better solution, and frankly I'm too busy to probably do that immediately, I've taken a tip from Bradley Kuhn's blog and am just going to use StatusNet's great comment threading as my comment thread. :) If you want to comment, you'll have to use something OStatus enabled. For now.

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