Monthly Archives: December 2007

rw : (re)create

Mie at Kokochi linked to this TED talk by Larry Lessig as the best so far of the TED talk videos that she and Dav have watched. I have watched a few of the Ted talk videos and agree with Mie and Dav on the above Larry Lessig talk.
I saw Lessig speak on Copyright and CreativeCommons at SXSWi 2003. He is amazing in person, on topic, on track, personable, convincing and knows how to pack a punch. Per his style, Larry gives great examples in the above video, stays on topic, and really convinces one that read/write or (re)creativity is the way to go. I agree. To an extent.
I returned home from SXSWi 2003 all fired up about the brave new liberal world of creative commons and set most of my websites to a “Share-AlikeCreative Commons “copyright”. All was well until this last year when I have noticed a number of for-profit folks violating this charter with my photos and text, ie using it for their website that they are making a profit from (either it is a business where the photos are a part of a sold product or a website with a lot of ads) and not asking permission for the use of the photos or text.
I don’t mind if folks remix/reuse small bits of photos or text if it is for fun/art and they give attribution, or for fair use, but the wholesale lifting of photos and blog posts with no links back has forced me to drop the Creative Commons attribution on this site and my Flickr page and revert back to an “All Rights Reserved” copyright. I don’t like it, but after consulting the two lawyers and one US Patent Agent in my life, it is the only way under the current law that I protect my claim.
I would love Lessig’s ideas on the creative commons to come into widespread use, but it means that all of us have to agree to respect the Creative Commons and unfortunately there are many who willfully abuse it or are ignorant to the contract and under current US and EU law the only way to really protect it is to have a copyright.
In the beginning of this video, Lessig talks about his attempts to change ideas and laws at the governmental and legislative level but that he is no longer doing so as it is un-effective. For Creative Commons to be more than a lovely idea-set for the liberals and creative-minded amongst us, we do need governmental and legislative back up so that over time we can protect our art from the occasional or rare case of abuse.
Update: Sun. 12.16.07 – Tara Hunt of ::HorsePigCow:: more accurately gets at the essence of what I was trying to say in her blog post the “Tragedy of the Commons“.

Not Done Yet

Sat 12.08.07 – I drove by to see if Renu Nakorn was open yet and as you can see the answer is no, the center is still under development. It will be a wonder if Renu Nakorn ever opens again after 16 months of closure, which is an eternity in the restaurant business.

Scruffy and Seal Xmas Lawn Ornament

Scruffy and Seal Xmas Lawn Ornament

In other parts of the world, people decorate their lawns year round with gnomes and other bits, in Seal Beach there are lots of seals – cement seals, plastic seals, stone seals, etc. As the Christmas house and lawn decorations came out, at least four homes with 3 blocks of my house now have Christmas seals on their lawns.
Welcome to Seal Beach, we like our kitsch in pinniped form.


Belle Startled

Belle bewildered by sounds coming from my computer.

AT&T having a bit of database reflux?

I think AT&T’s database is having a bit of credit card reflux. During this morning’s big adventure in watching folks scramble all over each to ride a wave, I noticed that my sim chip was reporting a fail and could not find the network. Hmmm… I haven’t had that problem before down at the beach.
Upon returning home, I logged into my AT&T wireless account to discover that I was “suspended” due to a bad credit card… Odd, I have room on my credit card. When I went to look at what card they had on record, for some reason, they had a card number from four years ago from before their switch to Cingular, and not my most recent card that has been working up to now…
AT&T, did your database take a dump or is it having a reflux issue and burping up numbers from years past?

Big Swell Littered with Surfers

Wed. 12/15/07 – 7:20am (PST) – A big storm north of Hawaii has created some lovely waves for the coast of California with Mavericks and Pebble Beach up North getting the BIG waves, but here in SoCal Seal Beach and Sunset Beach were the best positioned for the waves (LA beaches in the lee of the Channel Islands).
Last night at 10pm was the peak of the swell, but this morning was the last of the big waves, so out we went to watch. Most of the swells and waves hitting Seal Beach south of the pier were between 8-12 ft with an occasional peak at 14-16ft. Due to the beach and ocean floor, most of the waves were shore breaks, bad for surfers but decent for the body boarders.
A crowd of hundreds sat or stood up on the sand berm watching about 100 plus surfers and body boards attempt to catch a ride. It was mayhem, waves changing direction, sand bars causing them to gain or lose height at odd times, and too many surfers out on top of each other.
All photos & video taken by Ms. Jen with her Nokia N95. Flickr photo set at
From the surf forecast reports:
Surfline calls today’s swell: “Epic”. (Ms. Jen says: Not quite epic for No. OC)

Pacific Storm & Surf Forecast

On Tuesday (12/4) Northern CA surf was 6 times overhead with washing machine conditions and fog with light wind. South facing breaks in Santa Cruz were triple overhead and somewhat warbled with fog. Central California surf (Morro Bay) was double overhead and on the way up. Surf in Southern CA from Santa Barbara to just north of LA was up to 1-3 ft overhead early and building steadily.The LA Area southward to Orange County was chest high and clean. South Orange County down into San Diego best breaks were chest to head high and building. The North Shore of Oahu was double overhead, maybe a bit more. The South Shore had locally generated windswell. The East Shore has surf to 4 ft overhead at select breaks.

North/Central California was getting pummeled by the meat of Swell #9, even at protected breaks. An epic Mavericks sessions was reported in the afternoon with supposedly 60 ft sheet glass faces ridden by paddle-in surfers. On a sadder note there was reportedly a death at Ghost Tree. Southern California was getting fun sized preliminary energy from Swell #9, but the real core of the swell was still 8 hours off. Hawaii’s North Shore was starting to settle dow a little with the trailing edge of Swell #9 in effect, but down considerably from Monday evenings ragged peak. The big story remains Swell #9, with much size still poised off the California coast and taking aim on Southern CA next. A downward trend is forecast starting Wednesday, but a pair of gales are scheduled to develop, one just north of Hawaii pushing south almost over the Islands mid-week and another off the Central CA coast late in the week setting up raw proto-swell in both locations. After that a much calmer pattern is expected over the entire North Pacific, so get it while it’s here. But be safe, especially in regards to Swell #9. See details below…

(Ms. Jen says: 60ft at Mavericks? Now that is Epic.)