Odds and ends

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Here's a collection of random items that have crossed my radar over the past few months but I've been too busy to post anything about.

"Shot-by-shot comparison of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" vs. scenes from 30 different adventure films made between 1919-1973." Thanks Andy

Infographic about SOPA, another kooky new copyright bill.

Inspired by Apple, a blog featuring endless rip-offs of Apple. (via Daring Fireball)

This is an oldie, but I'll mention it here for archival purposes. This American Life produced an excellent episode about patent trolls, When Patents AttackThis nice infographic was mostly sourced from the episode (via TechDirt). Planet Money also produced a follow-up about the cost of software patents, The Patent War.

That Song Sounds Like, a blog about songs that sound like other songs.

You Thought We Wouldn't Notice, a rather angry community blog about creative rip-offs.

Superb documentary detailing the creative process behind Peter Gabriel's album, Security. He starts with a rhythm, sometimes drawn from recordings of African musicians, then molds his songs around that.Thanks Donald

Protect IP Act Breaks the Internet

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When I found out Fight for the Future needed help with their campaign against a new bill called PROTECT-IP, I had to take a little time away from Everything is a Remix Part 4 and produce the video above. PROTECT-IP is the latest piece of legislation aiming to chip away at your online rights in the name of protecting the entertainment industry's business model. It's legislation that won't work, will give us yet more lawsuits, and will make the net worse.

Whether you lean right and hate business regulation, lean left and hate censorship, or lean neither way but hate useless legislation, PROTECT-IP is a bill everyone should oppose. I encourage you to head over to Fight For the Future and contact congress.

Everything is a Remix: The Matrix

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A special treat to tide you over until Part 4 arrives (it's running late): Rob G. Wilson made this video examining the origins of The Matrix. It was written by Cynthia Closkey and most of the comparisons were crowdsourced by Everything is a Remix fans.


0:27 - Fist of Legend (1994) 0:38 - Tai-Chi Master (Twin Dragons) (1993) 0:44 - Fist of Legend (1994) 0:48 - Tai-Chi Master (Twin Dragons) (1993) 0:53 - Drunken Master (1978) 1:02 - Fist of Legend (1994) 1:09 - The Killer (1989) 1:19 - Fist of Legend (1994) 1:21 - Iron Monkey (1993) 1:31 - Once Upon A Time In China (1991) 1:36 - Fist of Legend (1994) 1:41 - Tai-Chi Master (Twin Dragons) (1993) 1:45 - Philip K. Dick Speech (1977) 2:18 - Strange Days (1995) 2:24 - Akira (1988) 2:30 - Total Recall (1990) 3:24 - Alice In Wonderland (1951) 3:42 - The Killer (1989) 3:53 - A Better Tomorrow (1986) 4:05 - Ghost In The Shell (1995) 4:32 - Akira (1998) 4:39 - Koyannisqatsi (1982) 4:49 - Dr. Who: The Deadly Assassin (1976) 5:10 - Ghost In The Shell (1995)


(All sourced from The Matrix Soundtrack) 0:20 - Rob Dougan - Clubbed To Death (Kurayamino Variation) 1:44 - Hive - Ultrasonic Sound 2:30 - Lunatic Calm - Leave You Far Behind (Lunatics Roller Coaster Mix) 3:38 - Propellerheads - Spybreak 4:39 - Rob Dougan - Clubbed To Death (Kurayamino Variation)