222 Great Films in Public Domain

222 Great Films in Public Domain

I like lists. I like old movies. I like free. Naturally, I love Open Culture. The blog is in my “Start Here” folder in my feed reader and I often find awesome stuff to share at this site.  I read it almost everyday.

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Bruce Lee’s Lost TV Interview

Bruce Lee’s Lost TV Interview

In Hong Kong, teams visited the memorial statu...
In Hong Kong, teams visited the memorial statue of martial artist and film star Bruce Lee on the Avenue of Stars. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An Open Culture article brought my attention to this video. The 25-minute interview originally took place in 1971. I know a good number of people who are into the martial arts. I thought they might like it if I gave this shout out.

If you are interested in more Bruce Lee, his audition for The Green Hornet, for example, there are links in the article at Open Culture. The video is after the break.

This work has fortunately fallen into public domain.

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The Dancing Baby Wins!

Let’s Go Crazy for the Dancing Baby!

scales of justice photo
Photo by RaeAllen

While the Internet is about many things, cute kittie photos, viral videos and, unfortunately, Rule 34.  It also a great tool for freedom of expression, fair use and sharing information.  True, it can harbor pirates, those who break copyright laws, but freedom of expression is a double-edged sword.   I can’t ban the Koran and still, justly and fairly, have my Bible.  In order to function, it must be completely open and accessible to all, equally and fairly.

Unfortunately, not everyone feels that way.  There are some who believe in suppression of ideas, filtering and censorship.  I call bullshit.  Let me take my chances with that sword. Continue reading “The Dancing Baby Wins!”

10,000 Free Cylinder Audio Downloads

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Photo by Marcin Wichary

The earliest recordings, before those black-grooved-plastic-thingies, were done on cylinders of wax, tin foil and plastic.  While the first media for audio may lack much by today’s standards, there remain many reasons to keep these accessible, if nothing more for the sake of history and education.

Open Culture is a great source for matters regarding what is well described by their name.  They featured an article about the University of California-Santa Barbara Cylinder Audio Archive releasing 10,000 cylinder recordings for streaming or downloading.  Not only is the collection free, but is also searchable and has a page organized for browsing. The browse page offers both genre and instrument category links.