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CBS News to sell vintage clips on Web
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Evidence uncollected, crimes undeterred
DNA saga causes families to wonder if crimes could have been prevented
Raymont Hopewell entered the state prison system on April 11, 2004, for attempting to sell $20 worth of cocaine to an undercover police officer. Under Maryland law, authorities should have taken a sample of his DNA to compare against evidence collected from unsolved crimes.read more:
They're in it for the change
Collectors gather at the Baltimore Convention Center to swap coins, stories
Jim Besley arrived at the Baltimore Convention Center yesterday to unload some rare coins and 40 years' worth of memories -- his children lacking the zeal for his hobby, his wife unsure how to sell what's left of his $40,000 collection should he die.read more:
Advertisements cannot sell the Army
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TV3 plans to seek more third party advertising sales contracts after it won a contract to sell advertising space on Living TV, which is due to start an Irish opt-out ad service this autumn.
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EasyReader Closes Deal to Sell English Learning Software to Malaysian Ministry of Education
EasyReader Education Ltd. announces that it has closed a deal with the Malaysian Ministry of Education for the purchase of its award winning Fonty Software. Fonty enables students learning English to become automatic readers in only 15 hours, using its revolutionary voice recognition technology. (PRWEB Jun 23, 2006) Trackback URI: http://www.prweb.com/zingpr.php/UGlnZy1GYWx1LVBpZ2ctQ291cC1JbnNlLVplcm8=read more:
Book: 'Things a Computer Scientist Rarely Talks About'
It's said that you can't judge a book by its cover, but that's no excuse for buying Knuth's 'Things a Computer Scientist Rarely Talks About' without even looking inside, as I did. Based on that impulse-buying experience, I fear I may be the kind of fool the famous have to thank for the fact that they can pretty much just crap in a box and be guaranteed to sell it.
It's not often you buy a book from the CS shelves and end up wondering 'Am I any better than a teenage girl who buys Britney Spears perfume?'
I can't even claim I wasn't forewarned. Years ago I bought, read, and passed on to a friend a copy of Knuth's earlier '3:16'. So I was fully aware of the perp's prior. But hope triumphed over experience and I assumed that this time he'd be talking about esoteric CS or mathematical topics. Like 'Selected Papers', only less famous.
But mainly Knuth wanted to waste 200 pages of once-lovely trees, $20 of my money, and several hours of my precious reading time on, well, nothing really. Nothing stood out as I read it, and nothing much has stuck with me. I remember him describing the religious symbolism in some of the calligraphy in '3:16', which for me finally explained why there were so many weak works in that book: the effort of shoehorning in symbolism can compromise anyone's work. (Interestingly, Knuth describes how he made a 'correction' to one artist's work because he didn't get it; I remember that as one of the uglier examples, but uncorrected it actually works.) I also remember him commenting that the ratings for '3:16' on a certain well-known patent-abusing bookseller's web site were all either 1 (the lowest) or 5 (the highest).
The website ratings for '3:16' go to the heart of the matter. The problem with books like this, or, to be more accurate, the authors of books like this, is that they're only really good at preaching to the choir. You might expect that the rigorous Knuth of the 'Art of Computer Programming' complexity analyses might avoid this trap, but he doesn't. If you don't already find mysticism interesting, you won't after reading this book. Really, this book is interesting only in the same way that Buckminster Fuller's 'Critical Path' is interesting, only it's rather less funny because Knuth's crackpot side is so much more commonplace than Fuller's: the friend I gave my copy of '3:16' has (to an outsider) the same beliefs as Knuth, but I'm pretty sure I've never known anyone quite like Fuller.
If you're a stoner or a drunken student, you might like this book. Then again, if you are either of those things, you probably get enough of this kind of blather every time you sit down with your friends. Sound and fury, signifying nothing. It's not even as forehead-slappingly 'let them eat cake' wrong-headed as C.S. Lewis' 'Mere Christianity' (a book I usually think of as in many ways the opposite of Aldous Huxley's 'Brave New World') because, as far as I could make out, Knuth and his friends don't really say anything.
Funnily enough, I've read Star Wars fiction that gave me more to think about.
I promised myself a while back that I'd stop writing reviews of books and films that weren't directly related to computing, but since I've just saved you $20, I have a couple of suggestions of what you might spend it on. If you want (often religious) craziness tranformed into art, try 'A Scanner Darkly'
. For once this adaptation really does Dick justice, even to the extent of poking gentle fun at him (or taking on his style so completely that the invented bits were totally convincing). If you're more of a book person, you could read the original book, or you might prefer T.E. Lawrence's 'Seven Pillars of Wisdom', about Lawrence's time fighting in the desert in WWI. It took me two months to read, but it was worth every page. And it coincidentally contains some of the most interesting writing on religion I've read in years.
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Playoffs and etc.
So the season has ended; my team finished in third place. The final stats for the season are available online here. If you drill down into the stats, you’ll note I got no goals, no penalty minutes, and a single assist. Go me. ;) Still, I feel like I had a great first season and a lot of fun. The handful of pictures Jenny was able to get before the camera battery died are up in the gallery. I’m in black with a white helmet, #79. (I would have been #13, but someone else on the team already had it).
Being in the top 4 teams meant we got to enter the playoffs, which are a simple single-elimination tournament. Our first-round game was last night, against the 2nd-place team. Of our 4 regular defensemen, one was recovering from salmonella and the other had just gotten new skates (and isn’t really comfortable in them yet) since the steel runner in his old ones shattered during a game earlier in the season (seriously). The referees seemed to kind of have it in for our team; we took 7 penalties to I think 2 for the other team, although I honestly think there were an equal number of offenses on either side. We did score first, one goal in the first period, but the second period kind of fell apart on us and we gave up two power play goals.
Fortunately, one of the things this team is very good at is coming back from a deficit, and we really went to work in the third period. My defensive partner scored a beauty of a wrist shot off a faceoff during a 4-on-4, leaving us tied. We had several more great opportunities, including one where I cut off a clearing pass, passed to a forward at the side of the net, and ended up with the rebound and a wide open net. My shot was a little off balance and someone got in the way of it, and we ended up with about 8 players involved in a scrum in front of the net—most of us laying on the ice. The puck ended up right in front of me, and I saw our center about three feet away, standing up. I very carefully used my stick to push the puck towards him, but as soon as he touched it the ref whistled us for a hand pass (which was nonsense).
Time wound down and ran out; unlike the regular season, there are no ties in the playoffs, so we went to a 5-minute 4-on-4 sudden death overtime. We played for about 3-1/2 minutes, with some good chances on both sides, until a miscommunication ended up with us apparently having too many men on the ice. (I’m not completely sure there actually were too many men, but that’s what was called.) One of our centers, my defensive partner, and I ended up as the 3 in a 4-on-3. I was really excited to get tapped for the 4-on-3, since it indicated a lot of trust from my captain and teammates. Less than a minute later my partner got the puck in our zone. He had some time, so he held it, and the center started yelling for him to ice it all the way down. Instead, he very calmly passed it straight up the middle to the center, who fought off the lone defense in his way, broke in on the goalie, and beat him 5-hole. It was an amazing goal shorthanded in overtime, and the crowd (friends and family as well as the teams waiting to play the next game) started yelling. It was great. :)
So we’re into the championship game, which will be played next Monday. We’ve played our opponents three times: beaten them twice and tied once, so we feel like if we play well we have a great chance. Either way, I’ve had an amazing time this season and I’m really glad I got to play.
In other news, yesterday and today my company held the annual conference for our independent resellers, consultants, and other developers. This year it was held here in Austin. I was scheduled to judge an annual competition yesterday, but I had to bow out at the last minute because I needed to make it to my playoff game. Today I gave a 25-minute presentation on recent improvements to one of the tools we sell. It was very well received, although I have several notes on things I can do better next time I get the opportunity. It was very interesting to me to meet all these people who build an entire ecosystem of software based on our stuff, and hear their perspectives on how things are and should be. Being an insider was a new experience for me too; all these developers wanted to know what’s coming down the pipe, and how things work, and I have to keep in mind what I am and am not allowed to state publicly. It was very cool taking questions and being able to give good answers. Hopefully I’ll get to participate in the conference in years to come as well.read more:
J2EE and AJAX: AJAX with Servlets
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Tips for Design Reviews
To follow-up on one of the recurring discussions at this year?s Art of Yahoo! conference
, I?ve compiled several of my thoughts on effective design reviews with product stakeholders (clients, business units, etc.).
Chris Conley (professor at the Institute of Design) recently pointed out
that the design critique training designers get in school better prepares them for the open discussions and feedback they will encounter in the business world. He rightly notes that the key is to ?learn to listen to make your ideas better, not learn to defend your ideas.? But there?s still a need to ?sell? stakeholders on the thinking behind a specific design solution. How does this design address business goals and user needs they care about?
In my experience, the following three tips have helped me make the pitch.Frame the solution within an appropriate context.
What problem are you trying to solve; what goals you are trying to achieve; what are the limitations you needed to accommodate? Outlining these items up front helps establish criteria for evaluating the design.
Have confidence in the solution you are presenting.
?Taking the time up front to really research and understand end users and business needs enables you to speak directly to consumer expectations and stakeholder objectives. You need to know what your design is trying to accomplish: who is it for? What does it do? And why does it matter?? - Visual Communication Questions
?Because they research and dissect user needs, designers are in a unique position to define a problem through the eyes of customers. Because they think and act holistically, designers are able to articulate relationships within a market, across product ecosystems, and between customer needs and business goals. Because they can communicate visually and with narrative, designers are able to effectively articulate these definitions to product teams and stakeholders.? - Defining the Problem
?By framing the presentation of a design with problem definition, designers can focus stakeholder feedback on how well the design addresses their goals. If the proper high-level definition is not present to provide context, feedback can quickly turn into a critique of the mockup not the solution. After all, it?s much easier to have an opinion on font sizes and color choices than on the right strategic positioning of an important product.? - Live by the Mockup, Die by the Mockup
Too many options or uncertainties creates doubt about the effectiveness of a design.
Explain what you?ve done.
?Good design is problem solving and should always be presented as such. Whenever a designer (be it an interaction designer, an information designer, or a visual designer) presents a client with too many options they risk undermining their value and opening themselves up to ?design by committee?. The message is ?I don?t know enough about your users or goals so you pick what works best.? Now the design is in a non-designer?s hands (who may very well be wondering why he hired a designer in the first place).? - Presenting Design
Without realizing it, consumers ?transfer sensations or impressions that they have about the packaging of a product to the product itself.? - Blink & Interface Design
Use the language of design to explain how your solution effectively (with confidence) addresses the context you established earlier.
?You can use visual design to communicate key concepts to your users. By addressing the question ?What is this?? we communicate usefulness. By addressing ?How do I use it?? we communicate usability. By addressing ?Why should I care?? we communicate desirability. When properly applied, visual design is all about communication. The better at communicating we are, the easier it is for our users to use and appreciate the web sites we design.? - Where Visual Design Meets Usability: Part 1
?For example ?Our research has shown that this information is what most users are looking for on this page. As a result, it has the most visual weight (achieved through a strong contrast with the background) on this screen.? Outlining how visual design decisions enforce the relationships between content and guide user actions tends to remove the subjectivity inherent in many design reviews. This can help designers explain and sell their concepts.? - Visual Communication Questions
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Web Patterns: Q&A with John Allsopp
Following up on part one of the Design Patterns
conversation, I recently had the pleasure of speaking with John Allsopp about Web patterns. John is the lead developer of the Style Master CSS Editor
and founder of Webpatterns.org
, a site focused on the intersection of design patterns and Web development. In John?s own words: ?The purpose of identifying patterns is to use them in our work as designers, information architects, and developers.? We chatted about doing just that.Q:
You've pointed out that HTML has a long way to go to support the semantic structure Web developers and designers need to build today's generation of Web applications. As evidence you pointed to the myriad of CLASS and ID attributes in use across the Web. Are there any particular components or structures that really stand out as recurring needs that HTML is not addressing?A:
A combination of my
-and others- empirical research
as well as more qualitative research like that of François Briatte
would suggest that to a significant extent, Web design is gravitating to a number of strong patterns, at least at the page and site architecture level.
Multi column layouts with headers and footers, breadcumb trails, tree-like page and site navigation, skip to content, search site boxes and other common elements recur frequently.
But, beneath this, at the level of the code, there is little if any consensus as to how these patterns should be coded, to the extent that in no case has a consensus emerged as to what to call these page components -as reflected in the various class and id values used to identify and classify them.
Now, in one sense, HTML addresses the need for all these components and structures, because they can be implemented with HTML and CSS. The question is should HTML provide any or all of these commonly used structures? I'd argue no. HTML is a low level language for creating more complex structures.
HTML also provides a generic mechanism for adding rich semantics to documents - the class and id attributes - which works in all browsers going back the best part of a decade. So HTML, in a sense, does address the need for these components and structures. It's really up to developers to form some kind of consensus regarding semantics and implementation of these components.
The key idea here is consensus. Individual approaches to rich HTML semantics are unlikely to gain widespread adoption. Projects like microformats show what a collaborative and cooperative approach can achieve. We need something similar which focuses on architectural semantics rather than data semantics, which is the prime focus of microformats.Q:
To what extent are these omissions tied to the fact that HTML is a mark-up for pages and, as a result, focuses on defining components like headings, paragraphs, lists, etc.? Surely this becomes problematic when building robust applications online that do a lot more than present information?A:
Certainly, the fact that HTML has its origins in analogues with the printed page means there is a tension between the kinds of patterns emerging that are unique to online use, and the built-in patterns of HTML -headings, paragraphs and so on.
Ideally, HTML would be a more generic language, with semantics added in specific domains -more like the XML model. But HTML is here to stay for a very, very long time. Fortunately, there are well-supported, non-hack mechanisms for extending its semantics -primarily id and class, but also the rel attribute.
So yes, the legacy of the printed page looms large with HTML, and potentially this causes difficulties when adapting its use to more sophisticated online applications than we typically saw over the first decade of the web. But HTML is also a reality we have to deal with for at least the best part of the coming decade.Q:
So what's the right way to address this lack of semantic definition present in HTML? Microformats? Shared CLASS and ID conventions? A user interface mark-up language like XUL?A:
Yes, Yes and Yes. In the near term, microformats (which rely heavily on id and class, as well as the rel attribute of link elements) illustrate a more general solution ?for today?s web?. XUL (and XAML and XForms) point in the direction of potential future ways of building web-based user interfaces - declarative languages - but realistically, it will be the best part of a decade before these are widely supported. Q:
Seems like you've settled on patterns as a good way to build an extended Web vocabulary and your Pattern Quiz
seems to be helping you work through that vision. What have you learned to date from the Pattern Quiz? What are the things folks seem to agree on and where has there been the most discussion or divergence?A:
Patterns are a widely used way of capturing problems and their potential solutions in a variety of fields, not least of all in many facets of IT.
In my discussions on this issue with many people over several years, it seems that when people initially think of ways of solving this problem of standardizing page and site architectures they think in terms of 'templates'. The idea being that if you can only capture the best possible solution for any given problem, then standardize its implementation, then everyone can use it and its a win for all.
What people soon realize, even in quite controlled environments like a single organization, is that a one size fits all approach doesn't work, it is far too inflexible - so people customize, 'polluting' the one true solution, and you quickly return to the chaos you had earlier. Patterns offer far more flexibility, and as a result, potentially a workable way of solving the problem.
The idea behind pattern quiz was to get people to start thinking about what they do in terms of patterns in a more formal way. The weakness of most pattern language approaches to web development I've seen so far is that they are idiosyncratic - they rely on the work of an individual or small number of people, often in a close knit team. In this context it is reasonably easy to see consensus and a common way of working. This doesn't necessarily scale.
For standardization to work, it needs to work across the web of developers more generally. So pattern quiz was also an attempt to glean how this broader web of developers thinks about the common problems they are solving.
The quiz has not progressed as far as I would have hoped, which is largely my responsibility. My daughter was born shortly after the quiz started, somewhat curtailing my ability to keep several balls in the air at once. But one thing that did emerge was that people commonly think in terms of content, when it comes to patterns.
For example, when asked to classify the kinds of sites people could think of, I was thinking in terms of 'blog', 'search engine' 'portal' and so on (largely content neutral), whereas many people suggested sites for a band, or a gallery or a bank (which to my mind could use different patterns to solve their problems - a band site could be a blog, or a more traditional static site, and so on.)
Another thing that emerged was a not uncommon attitude that by codifying patterns, somehow a developer's creativity would be stifled. This is an argument I hear commonly against the adoption of web standards. In the case of patterns, it comes in part from a misunderstanding of what a pattern is supposed to do. I put this misunderstanding down in large part to my inability to articulate what a patterns is and how it is useful more clearly.
Patterns are not supposed to dictate solutions, or suggest 'one true way' of solving a problem. Rather, in Alexander's famous formulation a pattern 'describes a problem which occurs over and over again ... and then describes the core of the solution to that problem, in such a way that you can use this solution a million times over, without ever doing it the same way twice '.
But hopefully we'll learn a lot more in the coming months and more.Q:
How about flexibility? Have you found patterns to be flexible enough to accommodate the rate of change in typical Web applications?A:
To tell the truth I don't know. Patterns are meant to capture emergent behavior - not possible or tentative solutions, but problems which developers actually face, and the core of a solution to those problems.
So in theory, and I guess the longevity of patterns in other fields suggests that in practice, a pattern language approach does have the ability to adapt to the changing problems and solutions a profession encounters in its practice.Q: Jenifer Tidwell
has argued that we shouldn't tie design patterns to any particular technology or code-base:
'I worry about the longevity of technology-specific patterns. If patterns are closely tied to current technology, won?t they become obsolete really quickly?'
You've taken steps to ensure integration between Web patterns and semantic mark-up. What's the life cycle of a system like this? How long can it stay relevant?A:
I think that is a really good question, with a number of dimensions.
Firstly, if a particular methodology, like a pattern language, is going to be widely useful then it needs to be widely adopted. Wide adoption requires wide understanding of the methodology and its benefits. Technology neutral methodologies are a very hard sell, because in my experience as an educator, many people learn through concrete examples within a problem domain they understand. Hence 'Web Patterns' focusing on patterns in the sphere of web development.
But there are two not so theoretical reasons why I think patterns are probably to a reasonable extent technology specific. As mentioned earlier, patterns capture problems and their solutions in a specific domain.
Patterns become obsolete when the problems they capture aren't problems anymore. For example, having a low resolution and high resolution image for fast loading slow connection pages isn't really a problem so much any more, so the pattern is obsolete.
The second thing is that patterns are not theories or conjectures - they are actual problems and their solutions. Right now, HTML and CSS are more or less the only technologies relevant to solving web problems when developing for the web. S its inevitable they ill be to an extent technology specific.
Above all, I think it?s a matter of giving it a go, then seeing what happens. Pattern languages have proven very useful in a number of domains. I have a gut feeling they'll also prove useful on the web. But I think in order for them to do so, any such project or projects need to be well explained, and have broad developer buy in.Thanks John!
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Well designed accessible websites sell accessibility
My thought for the day: 'Well designed accessible websites, sell accessibility more effectively than badly designed websites about accessibility.'read more:
Canon SD500 first impressions
I've always owned Canon cameras and was looking around for a new small digital camera and decided on the Canon SD500. I haven't had a small camera for a few years - the last being a Canon S100 (the original digital Elph/Ixus) which I enjoyed using. My goal with this camera is to be a companion to my digital SLR mainly for use when carrying the SLR isn't practical, so this is more of a backup camera.
First, the basics. The SD500 is small. It's about the size of a deck of cards. Small doesn't mean featureless though, it has a resolution of 7.1 megapixels and a 3x optical zoom. Storage is via an SD card.
What's in the box? Just the basics that you would expect, a USB cable, battery and an A/V cable. There isn't an included cases which is a shame as the camera looks like it could get scratched easily and it would be nice to have something to protect the large LCD on the back of the camera. Canon do sell an accessory kit though which is highly recommended as it includes a case and a battery which can often be purchased for less than the cost of the battery.
Canon include a 32 megabyte SD card with the camera which will store just 9 photos at the highest resolution and quality. A 1 gigabyte card will hold about 360 images.
The camera is pretty easy to use with an intuitive menu system operated with the buttons on the back of the camera. When turning the camera on you'll be greeted with an irritating noise from the internal speaker, thankfully this can easily be disabled in the customization menus, which also allow you to change the noise made when a photo is taken (a shutter sound is just fine thank you) and the background picture displayed when turning the camera on - not a feature I'd ever care about. Startup time is good, the camera is ready to be used almost straight away, which wasn't the case for earlier models. The LCD displays is large and bright and gives a good impression of the final output of a photo.
The camera has a 3x optical zoom and a digital zoom which much to my surprise was disabled by default on the camera. I've never been a fan of digital zoom and it's nice to see Canon encouraging people not to use it by disabling it by default. It's far better to zoom and crop on a computer than it is on the camera.
Picture quality is impressive so far. I haven't taken many pictures yet, but I have no complaints with the output. The camera supports USB2.0 so transfers to a computer are nice and fast - just as well with the size of the files produced.
There are a few features I want to also mention:
Stitch assist mode. This is a great feature. When activated the camera gives you the option of taking photos from left to right or right to left; after the first photo is taken the result is shown on the LCD display, but shrunk so you can frame your next shot against the previous shot. The camera does not attempt to stitch the photos together for you, but guides you so that you can see what you've taken so far and don't miss part of the panorama you are shooting.
Scene assist mode. There are a number of presets pre-programmed with general styles of photo such as 'night' 'portrait' etc. The camera adjusts the settings automatically to be the best for that style of shot. Useful for quick photos that you don't have time to manual configure settings.
That's it for my first thoughts; I'll post some more once I've used it a bit more. read more:
Disney-Owned Label To Sell Full Jesse McCartney Album in MP3
Two months ago, Sony released the new Jessica Simpson single in MP3 through Yahoo! Music. This week, Variety (via PaidContent) reports that Disney-owned Hollywood Records will release Jesse McCartney's full album in MP3. It seems that some major record label execs may finally be coming to their senses:
'We're trying to be realistic,' said Ken Bunt, senior VP of marketing at Hollywood Records. 'Jesse's single is already online and we haven't put it out. Piracy happens regardless of what we do. So we're going to see how Jesse's album goes (as an MP3) and then decide on others going forward.'
Kudos to Yahoo! for making progress on this front, even if this is just a baby step in the right direction by the major record labels. DRM won't stop or even meaningfully slow 'Internet piracy.' And after years of pushing for improved compatibility with DRM formats, the record labels have witnessed more, not less, balkanization of music services and devices. If the record labels really care about making sure their customers can play music on the devices of their choice, the only solution that plays-for-sure is an open, unencrypted format like MP3.
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(Fake Headline, Serious Point:) Movie Studios, Blockbuster File Copyright Infringement Suit Against Customer For Failing to Return DVD Rentals
That's obviously not true, but from the way people talk about Rhapsody
and other music 'rental' services, they believe that the story could happen, at least in principle. This is part of yet another misunderstanding about how the DMCA reworked the nature of copyright.
Too often, people confuse defenses of DRM+DMCA based on their ability to prevent *infringing* uses and defenses based on protection of new business models predicated on preventing *non-infringing* uses. The former defense is about protecting copyright holder's exclusive rights, the latter is in effect about expanding those rights. These days, this confusion typically involves online music rental subscription services like Rhapsody.
The DRM on Rhapsody songs can (in theory) prevent some infringing uses. But Title 17
grants the copyright holder several exclusive rights in 17 USC 106
(e.g., copying, distribution, public performance), and keeping songs after your subscription ends doesn't infringe any of them. When the DRM prevents you from listening to the song, it's limiting a private performance. The copy you downloaded was lawfully made, and you're entitled to make fair use [*1]; to the extent the uses would be protected with a purchased copy, you can move this 'rented' copy to a portable player or make a back-up copy of it [*1], for instance.
At first, this might seem strange to some, but consider a DVD you rent from Blockbuster. If you fail to return the movie, can the copyright holder or Blockbuster sue you for copyright infringement? No, they can't; you can keep watching that movie for as long as you like. Put aside DRM+DMCA and focus on 17 USC 106 for the moment -- if you rip a copy to your computer, it's a fair use just like ripping a DVD you bought at Wal-Mart; to the extent that the latter is non-infringing, so is the former. The copyright holder could argue that this ripped copy of the rental threatens the market for the work and thus is not a fair use, but ripping the purchased DVD threatens the market in much the same way; after all, if you can rip your purchased DVD, then it threatens the market by making it harder for them to sell you a second copy for use on your computer or your portable player. [*1] You can apply the same reasoning to rented or purchased VHS.
To be clear, you could be violating your contract with Blockbuster. And services like Rhapsody could sue you for violating their Terms of Service. In principle, they could get an injunction and actual damages.
However, you aren't infringing under 17 USC 106 and thus copyright holders couldn't get statutory damages on that basis. The DRM and DMCA don't change this analysis [*2], strictly speaking. If you use FairUse4WM
to unwrap your Rhapsody WM DRMed songs, you may violate their ToS, you may violate the DMCA (17 USC 1201) and have to pay statutory damages, but you are not infringing (17 USC 106). The public is still technically entitled to fair use, first sale, and all your other rights under copyright, but in exercising them you might violate the DMCA.
So this suggests one way the distinction matters (the DMCA radically changes the available remedies), but there's a bigger issue here. In reality, the people who support the DMCA's protection of this business model are not supporting the protection of copyright holder's limited exclusive rights, let alone supporting the prevention of 'Internet piracy' -- they're supporting in effect an expansion of copyright holder's rights.
The DMCA gives copyright holder's essentially a broad, exclusive right to control any uses of the work and compatible devices.Some people
may still argue that we need the DRM+DMCA because it protects Rhapsody's business model and thus this expansion of rights is a good thing. You return your rented DVDs not because Blockbuster will sue you, but because they'll cut you off from renting again. Rhapsody has no similar threat to hang over your head, so you could download the entire catalog and unsubscribe.I would dispute that the subscription models would go away for this reason
, but let's assume they wouldn't offer downloads any more. The endangerment of a business model, by itself, is not a sufficient reason to extend the scope of copyright holder's rights.
Title 17 entitles copyright holders to certain rights, not to certain business models. There are a lot of old and new business models copyright holders would love to protect. For instance, the movie and television studios' business models were ostensibly threatened by time-shifting, and they'd love to be able to limit it in many ways today in order to enable new revenue models. But that wasn't and isn't a sufficient reason to block time-shifting and creation of compatible devices via the DMCA, or to mandate DRM a la the broadcast flag.
A more valid argument here would be that the public benefits by protecting the rental model. Again, I would dispute that the DMCA+DRM really provides a lot of public benefit there. But, regardless, I think most would agree that there are many endangered business models that don't need protecting. I think many dislike how protection of the rental model also involves inhibiting innovation and competition in the development of compatible music devices. I think many would agree that prohibiting time-shifting and backing-up of purchased media doesn't benefit the public, even if it enables some new business models. And I bet there are many more ill-effects
of the DMCA that they would disapprove of , as well.
On that basis, I think that even those who laud the DRM+DMCA's role in protecting rental models would be, on the whole, unhappy with the DMCA. To be sure, there are those who like the DMCA because it acts as a general right to control use of copyrighted works and creation of compatible devices; they laud
price discrimination and platform monopolies predicated on restricting non-infringing uses. But I think many don't share that view, particularly when they see that those models aren't about stopping infringement, let alone 'Internet piracy.'
[*1 - Update:
Initially, I also stuck first sale in here. We've had an interesting back-and-forth
in the comments about how I may be wrong that first sale would actually apply to the DVD or to your hard drive with the Rhapsody file on it. Indeed, a court might actually view giving away your hard drive with the song as protected by first sale, but giving the away the DVD wouldn't be, since you can keep a permanent copy of the WMA file and don't have to return it, but you were just borrowing the DVD that perhaps Blockbuster itself had acquired under a revenue-sharing license agreement rather than as an outright purchase. Thanksto my interlocutor, 'analoghole'
The possible problem there doesn't affect my fair use analysis, however. Note that it also doesn't change my point that you're still entitled to first sale to the extent you were with a DRM-free, rented copy. Finally, since people are really getting up in arms about a person being able to keep the songs and use them past the subscription (that's the biz model at stake), I figured I'd just pull the first sale analysis out, for clarity's sake.]
[*2 - Update:
see a minor clarification
in the comments on this. If a copy is *only* non-infringing because of some implied or express license from the copyright owner that vanishes when you circumvent, then that could change the analysis.]read more:
Useful Web Design Tips
There are many aspects to designing an effective web site. Whether you own a company and are looking for advertise, promote, and sell your products and services, or you just simply want to create a web page that will tell others more about you, you want to be sure people will notice it. That is why effective Web Design is essential to the promotion of yourself, your product, and, of course, your site.read more:
Thoughts On Simplicity
A number of folks (myself included) have been sharing their thoughts on what it really means to make simple products. Here?s a round-up of what?s recently been said:Simplicity Is Highly Overrated
, Don Norman
?Make it simple and people won?t buy. Given a choice, they will take the item that does more. Features win over simplicity, even when people realize that it is accompanied by more complexity.?The Sweet Spot for Buying
, Luke Wroblewski
?Before using a product, people will judge its desirability and quality based on ?what it does? (i.e. the number of features). Even though they may be aware that usability is likely to suffer, they will mostly choose products with many features.?The Complexity of Simplicity
, Luke Wroblewski
?While there are many reasons why keeping things simple is difficult, I?ve encountered these three causes quite frequently...?Simplicity
, Joel Spolsky
?if you think simplicity means 'not very many features' or 'does one thing and does it well,' then I applaud your integrity but you can't go that far with a product that deliberately leaves features out.?Simplicity Isn?t so Simple
, Nick Bradbury
?Simplicity is a goal all developers should strive towards, but it's a mistake to think that simplicity means having a small feature set. You're rarely going to sell more copies of your software by providing less features.?Simplicity is Highly Underrated
, Joshua Kaufman
?As a designer, I take simplicity very seriously. (It?s in the first line of my bio.) So when Don Norman comes along and says it?s overrated, I feel obligated to respond.?Don Norman: simple doesn't sell
, Mark Hurst
?The challenge for designers, and executives, and other practitioners is to consider what's a good experience in their context.?The Laws of Simplicity
, John Maeda
?I wrote The Laws of Simplicity in late 2005 to early 2006 to get my thoughts down about simplicity. In the course of 100-pages, I outline the Ten Laws as used on this website.?
, don norman
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So you Wanna be a Design Strategist? (Part 1)
Once every two months or so I have the pleasure of chatting it up with Bryan Zmijewski
during breakfast. Bryan is an IDEO veteran, Stanford University lecturer on design, and the founder of a customer experience design company named ZURB
. His experiences have given him great insights into the intersection of design and business. Insights that he?ll be sharing in a three part series on Functioning Form titled: So you Wanna be a Design Strategist? We kick off the series today with part one.So you Wanna be a Design Strategist?
By Bryan Zmijewski
After consulting for nearly 9 years, I've come to the conclusion that being a designer doesn't automatically entitle you to the collective benefits of any industry. You have to sell yourself and talents every time you walk into a room. Is that good? If you have the skills to drive ideas, it allows you to set the rules and process; if being the person who pushes ideas forward just isn't your thing, you might find yourself becoming the disgruntled designer.
Here are eleven skills of a Design Strategist:1. Read people
What's the most important skill of business decision making? Knowing what drives people to make decisions. Getting groups of people excited about an idea requires understanding what motivates them. You might have the best ideas in the world, but if you fail to understand the dynamics of the room, you may never get past your first idea.
In my first consulting gig I was invited to present a proposal at a board meeting, unaware that this public company's entire executive team would be in attendance. There were two billionaires sitting at the table. Really. I was wholeheartedly unprepared to sell a single idea to this crowd. I tried getting the group to brainstorm, using some techniques that had been successful for me in past situations. But in less than 5 minutes I was told, 'I think we're done here'. Ouch. It's a lesson that rings in my head all the time.
Reading people is a skill that can be learned, but getting really good at it comes as the result of years of practice. Every meeting, every conversation is an opportunity to hone your skills. 2. Don't over research
By its very nature, a designer's job requires using both left and right brain functions. Sometimes over-thinking a solution makes it hard to get people excited about the emotional content of our work. You do need to present research that helps your point, but don't make the mistake of devaluing your gut instincts or hunches.
Designers have an innate ability to sense and feel out a problem based on experience. This is a characteristic that many people wish they had. Sometimes, you're just going to know something is 'right' and you won't have the luxury of time to do the research to back you up. Train your clients to be willing to take a chance on your hunches.3. Build in the metrics
No matter how right-brained and creative we are, in the business world, clients want quantifiable results. Building benchmarks and metrics into your projects will ensure that you get the chance to really show them what you've got, by giving them enough numbers during the process that they feel comfortable.
Remember, lots of people think that Excel spreadsheets and pie charts are the best way to justify budgets and map out next phases. Don't send your clients into metrics withdrawal--with a little work on your part, you can devise a numerical report card that helps the left-brained clients to feel more in control of and informed about the whole process, meaning that there's a better chance they'll sit back and let you work your magic uninterrupted.There's More...Continue to part 2
of So you Wanna be a Design Strategist?
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Pricing and Selling Web Design Services
Price your services appropriately in line with your competitors. Never sell yourself short - always make sure your clients appreciate what they're buying. Hunt, Benread more:
This Bugs Me; Is It a Coincidence?
GOP furious about timing of Rumsfeld resignation
By Patrick O'Connor
Donald Rumsfeld's abrupt resignation from the Pentagon the day after Republicans lost both chambers of Congress has infuriated some GOP officials on and off Capitol Hill.
Members and staff still reeling from Tuesday's rout are furious about the administration's decision to dump the controversial defense secretary one day after their historic loss, they said in a series of interviews about the election results.
President Bush announced Rumsfeld's resignation on Wednesday and named Bob Gates, a former CIA chief and president of Texas A&M University, as his replacement...
Gates Hearing in Senate May Have Echoes of 1991
By SCOTT SHANE
Published: November 10, 2006
WASHINGTON, Nov. 9 ? The accusations lodged against Robert M. Gates the last time he came before the Senate for confirmation, in 1991, sound eerily contemporary in the wake of the debate over skewed prewar intelligence on Iraq.
Mr. Gates, in the words of one Central Intelligence Agency subordinate, Jennifer L. Glaudemans, ?politicized intelligence analysis,? insisting on slanted reports that became the basis for ?momentous foreign policy decisions.?
The Senate will have to decide whether such claims, which did not prevent the C.I.A. veteran from becoming the agency?s director 15 years ago, have new relevance now that President Bush has named him to succeed Donald H. Rumsfeld as defense secretary.
Senators may revisit assertions that Mr. Gates falsely denied knowledge of the Reagan administration?s secret scheme to sell arms to Iran and use the proceeds to support the Nicaraguan contra rebels, an issue that derailed his first nomination to lead the C.I.A. in 1987...
U.S. seeks better ties by aiding militaries
Updated 11/10/2006 8:09 AM ET
By Barbara Slavin, USA TODAY
WASHINGTON ? Concern about leftist victories in Latin America has prompted President Bush to quietly grant a waiver that allows the United States to resume training militaries from 11 Latin American and Caribbean countries.
The administration hopes the training will forge links with countries in the region and blunt a leftward trend. Daniel Ortega, a nemesis of the United States in the region during the 1980s, was elected president in Nicaragua this week. Bolivians chose another leftist, Evo Morales, last year.
A military training ban was originally designed to pressure countries into exempting U.S. soldiers from war crimes trials.
The 2002 U.S. law bars countries from receiving military aid and training if they refuse to promise immunity from prosecution to U.S. servicemembers who might get hauled before the International Criminal Court. The law allows presidential waivers.
The White House lifted the ban on 21 countries, about half in Latin America or the Caribbean, through a presidential memorandum Oct. 2 to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice...
So we have a CIA chief from the Iran-Contra era brought back to power, Republicans upset about the timing of the personnel move, and news that the USA is stepping up military influence in Latin America.
Maybe these are not connected, but it bugs me that Gates -- who was in the thick of the Iran-Contra mess -- would be brought back into power at the same time that we are stepping up military involvement in Central America. And the timing of the move upset Congressional Republicans. So why would the move be done at this time...a time when everyone is paying attention to something else? Is it hoped that no one will notice the coincidence?
Plus this happens at a time when a lot of money is missing from operations in Iraq
? Where did the money go? Who has it, and what are they doing with it?read more:
Sell yourself or have somebody do it for youFreelance Services
: Sell yourself or have somebody do it for you . Freelance Services
By Jenna from Sunny Florida
13 comments. I have done quite a bit of freelancing work myself and have tried to get people to sell for me in the past, but it never worked. Have others been successful in getting a sales force behind your services or do you just do it ... ---Last comment
Mon Dec 4 12:01:45 2006 by Dell from Philippines
you have to sell yourself of course. someone who do it for you will just give you an extra cost. look for prospects local to you in craigslist.org if you are not aware of that. ...
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Advertising: The Free Classifieds Way
Online free classified sites offer a risk free, no cost solution to promote your businesses and sell products and services...read more:
Looks Like it`s Back to the Drawing Board for Yahoo 360
Yahoo 36 has been trailing the more popular blogging sites such as MySpace and Blogger. Will the latest redesign help it catch up And if not what will Hugo Guzman takes a look at Yahoo 36 and its competitors to find out....Refurbished and Used Networking Equipment
Network Liquidators sells refurbished and used networking equipment for up to 95% off list, with a 1 year warranty. We buy and sell top brands like Cisco, Extreme, Foundry, and more. Call us for best pricing.read more:
Make Your Webites Sell Like Crazy
I’m writing today because I want to share an amazing product that’s made my product sell like crazy!Nope…it’s not because I had my salescopy redone.Nope…it’s not because I had JV’s promoting my site.Nope…it’s not because I used another whiz-bang software that claims to give you a ton of traffic…Guessed what it is yet?It’s the brand [...]read more:
Learn How to Sell Online
Learn how and what to sell online.read more:
AH Digital FX Studios Featured in River City Weekly
Recently AH Digital FX Studios was featured in River City Weekly's article about businesses in Idaho that have succeeded on the web. (Full Article (535 K pdf) )
Kevin Keefe remembers answering the phone in Idaho Falls late one night, and on the other end was a voice with a unique accent. “Hi, I’m calling from Liverpool, and I want to buy a ski hat.” That’s just one of the stories he has to tell after retailing his custommade ski hats since 2001 on the Internet from his Web site www.getaKLU.com.
Keefe’s business, KLU Mountain Outerwear, is just one of many locally owned businesses that have taken advantage of the Internet. Some are custom-designed, some are variations of a ready-made site, but all bring customers easy access to their information and products.
Keefe and his wife sew the hats after customers place their orders online with their own head measurements and choices of colors and patterns. It only takes about a day to sew it up before they ship them out to all parts of the world.
“We don’t do any advertising,” said Keefe. “It’s all about search engines. The person who figures out how to get number one in search engines makes a million bucks.” Keefe for several years had a Web site that simply told about their products but didn’t have a way to order. He did a redesign of his site in 2001, then started taking credit cards as a form of payment and put in metatags so that his site was the first one found if someone searched for the key words “ski hats.”
“Our business went up five-fold,” he said. Last year was their best year ever, grossing about $12,000 in sales. In December he took two weeks off of his day job at the site; KLU mountain outerwear took 176 orders that month and each Monday shipped out about 32 orders.
“That’s our busy season. We don’t take vacations or visit family in the winter. By about March it slows down, and we have summers off, which is what we want,” Keefe said. “I thought about adding a summer line, but I’d rather go rock climbing and kayaking.”
Kent Frecker never really advertised his custom saddle-making business in its 18-year span. But when Frecker Saddlery went online (www.freckersaddlery. com), he doubled his business and hired two more employees.
“We did it for convenience,” Frecker said. “Our goal wasn’t to expand any; it’s easier to refer people to that Web site than keep making copies of pictures or try to make a catalog. Then we got bombarded with phone calls and more people wanting saddles. Now and then we’d put extra saddles on the Web site, and they would sell. Then those customers would come back and have orders lined up. It kind of surprised us. Now we get phone calls from all across the country.”
The Web site is essentially Frecker’s store, which allows added flexibility. “We don’t have a storefront per se. The shop is here at my house and we don’t keep business hours. If I want to go for a horse ride today I can close the shop, let the answering machine answer the phone or let the emails come in. It gives us a lot of freedom,” he said.
Convenience was the main reason for Melissa and Jim Barnard of Rigby to put Landmark Development and Silver Creek Construction online (www. landmarkdevelopment.org and www.silvercreekconstruction. com). It’s easy to list lots for sale and house plan descriptions online.
“It’s convenient for customers. They go to the site at their leisure and don’t feel sales pressure. It’s technology that everybody uses. It’s a way to find us and for the Web site the more information the better,” Melissa said. “We have protective covenants listed and any plots or house amenities. If I had to send out a mass mailing it would be very expensive, and I’d probably miss my market. Online it’s specific. They’re the customer you want because they’re looking.”
Adam Hayes started his Web design business in 2002. He does everything from the initial concept, design and branding to the coding, back-end administration and search engine optimization.
With several local and national clients, including Keefe, Frecker and Barnard, he has a few tips for those thinking of starting out on the Web.
He has helped individuals develop a small side business and helped large companies get noticed online.
“The most important thing that anyone can do when starting a Web-based business is understand their customer. You’ve got seven seconds when they find your site for them to decide this is where they want to be. Otherwise they’ll click ‘back’ and never come back to your site. You have to know what they want so they can say ‘yes, I finally found where I want to be,’” Hayes said. Hayes’ clients come mostly from referrals. He was recommended to Keefe by his father-in-law and was recommended to Barnard by a satisfied client. You can find his site at www.ahfx.net.read more:
Top 10 Key Search Factors in 2007
There is a great discussion going on over at SearchEngineWatch about the "Top 10 Key Search Factors in 2007."
The initial proposed list looks like this (with my comments after the topic):
- Content - As we've mentioned before Content is King. However, with so many social networks (digg, reddit, etc) you have got to be on your toes to provide "new and interesting" topics.
- Key Word Selection - If you don't know what keywords your users are looking for, then you will not be found. Simple as that.
- Site Architecture - If they can't find your content (or find it again once they come to your site, you've just lost a potential customer.)
- Rich Media - With the explosion of video mashups and YouTube, this one might take off. However, I'm still not confident that it will drive sales compared to just wasting people's time.
- Web 2.0 -Getting more people involved in any given project has a couple of effects. First you can quickly build a following and interest in any given topic. Second, with more "open architecture" you can cross sell your product into other existing technologies and gain notoriety even faster than ever.
- Accessibility - This has been a topic for a number of years now, but still hasn't really seen the attention that it needs to really succeed as of yet.
- Inbound Links - Linking is Queen. What can I say, PageRank rules.
- Relevancy - I clarify this by saying specialization. More and more people are using specific websites for specific searches. Associate with a group that has like desires, customers, and is mutually beneficial and become the "know-it-alls" about that topic.
- Popularity - I hate to say that this one will necessarily fade until social sites create a better way so people don't game the system. (Remember the issues Digg had with so called popularity)?
- Constant Improvement - Refine, repair, review, repeat.
Things that I see as being influential in 2007 as far as search goes are the following:
- RSS - With IE 7 supporting RSS, I see RSS feeds becoming an even larger part of keeping people and search engines up to date with new information. This also gives the users the opportunity to chose the way they want content displayed (larger fonts, easier to read color schemes, less noise, etc)
- Micro-formats - This one might just jump into the ring. As more and more sites support these simple standards information will flow more freely between diverse applications. If the search engines started backing these different micro-formats (like they did with sitemaps) more and more applications would be built to track and share the information.
- Tagging - Tagging has the possibility to become as large as linking. People telling people what something is about and liking it enough to go out of their way to say so.
I would add that I think that more and more "in-page rich media" browsing (courteousy of the mainstreaming of AJAX) will happen as people realize the benefits and as the search engines find better ways to index AJAX content. read more:
YARN, lots of YARN to sell (Mukilteo) $2
Hundreds of balls of quality yarns - selling my stash for only $2.00/ball.
All the name brands, highest quality stuff!
Please call for appointment to see it: Loretta @ 425-742-8292read more:
Scented Candles, Holly Berry & Bayberry, 12 total (Snoqualmie Valley) $1
Scented Candles, Holly Berry & Bayberry, 12 total
6 Holly Berry, 3? diameter and 6? tall, $1.00 each
3 Holly Berry, 3? diameter and 9? tall, $1.50 each
3 Bayberry, 3? diameter and 9? tall, $1.50 each
Sell all for $10.00
Snoqualmie Valley, easy driving directions just east of Issaquah
Theater seats from The Egyptian Movie Theater (Seattle) $30
These seats came out of the Egyptian Theater after it closed. Pictured is a bank of 3 seats, but I also have a few that are banks of two that I'm selling for $20. They look exactly the same, minus one seat. They are VERY high quality, rugged, durable seats and they are quite heavy. I own a recording studio in downtown Seattle and we used to use them for a small in-house theatre / club type venue arrangement, but we have a lot more musical gear now and a lot less space, so they have to go. I know these would probably sell new for $400-$500 or more, but I'm selling them VERY cheap because I really want to find a good home for them!!! I have about 5 banks of three and I believe four banks of two! They are in pretty good condition considering they were used in a movie theater for who knows how many years.
Call Evan with questions or if you'd like to come check them out! (206) 355-8420read more:
Vintage Style Signs/Posters (Bonney Lake) $80
Three (3) vintage style signs/posters. 'Pool Rules' is made of wood and contains several funny/comical lines. Great for outside at your pool, or inside as a decoration piece. 'Bikes & Babes' is made of thin metal. 'Workout Ladies' is a regular poster with a wood/glass frame. We had it in our workout room.
All are in excellent condition.
Asking $80 for the lot, or will sell seperately. Pool Rules ($40) Bikes & Babes ($30) Workout Ladies ($10). These prices are well below what we paid for them.
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Ceramic store - grand opening (Lacey, WA)
Do you like ceramics, painting, arts and crafts? We are opening up a new ceramic shop in the Lacey area. We sell duncan paints. We sell greenware, and bisque items. Ask about finished ceramic products since price varies on the item. Our business phone is 360-456-1826 you can call 24/7 leave a message and we'll get right back to you. Thank you.read more:
GREAT CONDITON!! 50+ Stamps / 1 Stamp Cleaner / 5 Stamp Pads (Seattle/Issaquah) $25
Looking to sell ASAP. Over 50 Stamps. Dream Impressions, Impress etc.
5 Stamp SETS from Dream Impressions (Chritmas Village, Sled of Poinsetias, Let it Snow, Stipple Poinsettia, Stipple Fruit)- These alone retail for around $90 and they are in great condition..only used a few times. This is in addition to the other stamps listed.
5 Stamp Pads
1 Bottle Stamp Cleaner - Almost full
If you have questions please call 206/992-9125 or email.read more:
Imperial Glass Retro Grape Motif Punch Bowl & 12 cups Mint! (Oak Harbor on north Whidbey Island) $175
What you see is what you get...a mint condition, georgous, unused (original Imperial glass stickers in some cups still) purple and gold patina depression glass punch bowl set including the seperate stand. This is the reproduction run of the 1960's of this very old pattern...make sure you put it somewhere so that it catches light...also have other glassware,decor,china,furniture,oriental rugs to sell before a big move...thank you for your interest...what do you need...I may have it in my storage, house or garage...textile beneath it is a Kashmiri, hand stitched creweled 4'x6' +- wall hanging,throw on furniture $155...like new...completely hand made, stitch by stitch wool blend with heavy liner on back..check all at Bellingham site...Royal Albert Old Country Roses English made china with gold trim dinner plates only $13 each...have a dozen left.read more:
#### Extraordinary Watercolor Paintings #### (Olympia ) $2
A signed, original watercolor by J. Krough Colwell called, 'Mountains in Morning,' a unique wet in wet technique done on 100% rag paper from France.
Colwell, a local artist living in Olympia, valued this painting, which she completed in 1985, at $450, based upon her current pieces she is selling.
We are moving to Hawaii and cannot ship this wonderful piece, so we have to give it up. We've owned it since 1985. The piece is large, measuring 27' by 48' in a flat silver metal frame.
We have two other, smaller original watercolor paintings we also cannot take with us and therefore must sell. We are highly motivated to find a great home for these valued pieces of art. All three are in excellent condition and would add to the beauty of any home.
Call 360-791-2700 or email your interest so we can show you the pictures. We are opeb to offers for each/all of these wonderful pieces.
JIM DAVIS' GARFIELD (Puyallup)
Everyone loves GARFIELD. These are the cutest plates. There are 6 of them, all saying something different. I will sell individual for $20.00 or the lot of $100.00 If you want to know what they say, email me and I will try to send you pics.
All plates come in original box and are complete with the certificate of authenticity.
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Limited edition signed / numbered art prints - Liz Lemon SwindleLEAPdirect.com
Whether you own one or one-hundred prints, you should be part of this growing community of art enthusiasts.Not just another site with tons of banner ads. Designed to be more like an art club than just another place to sell artworks, LEAPdirect is the place to inventory your artworks, document their values, and to connect with other people with the same passion...Art!So check us out today. Membership is free and so are the classified ads.We think the world of Craig's List, but for art, your best bet is LEAPdirect.Individuals and Galleries all welcome.
Popular artists Cassandra Christensen Barney, Robert Bateman, Bev Doolittle, Rod Frederick,
Peter Hildick, Thomas Kinkade, Bonnie Marris, Dean Morrissey, William S. Phillips, Liz Lemon Swindle,
Howard Terpning, John Weiss, Serigraph, Lithograph, Giclee, Canvas, Proof
Very Large Contemporary Seascape (48x84 in.) (Central) $2200
Artist: Nina Beall (b. 1959) American.
Medium: Acrylic on canvas.
Subject: Expressionistic seascape of rolling red sea with colorful sky. This work exhibits heavy impasto and vivid colors, on a monumental scale.
Title: Red Sea.
Date: Circa 2005.
Dimensions: 48'H x 84'W.
I received this painting as a gift from my former employer, and despite my desire to keep it in my possession, I am a lowly college student and I am forced to sell it due to the rising cost of living and tuition. I also have a certified complete appraisal report which was conducted in June of 2006. The value listed in the appraisal is $22,000; however, I am in desperate need of money and I need to sell this quickly, so I am willing to negotiate something. My asking price is $2,200 OBO. Thanks!read more:
Stampin Up (Texas) $1
We would like to find someone that is selling off a whole slew of their stampin up sets. It's hard buying a bit from here and a bit from there especially with the gas prices and postage. So if someone has a lot to sell at one price, please contact me and I will explain our need. Thanks! And if shipping is needed I will be pay costs. Please... if you are a demonstrator, that is not what is needed. Thanks Kariread more:
~~~*****Original paintings by local artist*****~~~ (San Marcos) $175
Hi everyone! I have some paintings up for sale. I will have more soon. I am in the process of making my professional portfolio but in the mean time, the college life is a little difficult so I am going to have to sell a few that I have been holding on too. Thanks so much for your interest. I will have more up soon!
Cherry Blossom- 2X2 on two separate canvases-$175.00 OBO
Rainbow Bay, Long beach- Sofa sized, about 2X3.5'-$375.00 OBO
The colors on this painting are a little warmer. In the photo they seem a little bright.
Please only reasonable offers and serious inquires
If you would like a better picture of them please email me, I will be putting a few more up later tonight with better pictures of all. Thanks so much everyone!!read more:
***Large Metal Cross Framed Behind Glass** BEAUTIFUL** (Elgin) $325
32' wide x 44' high - Metal Cross Framed behind glass - two dimension - Frame is brown to copper..Paid $425.00 asking $325.00 - BEAUTIFUL - PERFECT CONDITION. Moving must sell. Cash only please.read more:
300+ cigar boxes fancy fancy wood boxes to simple ones (austin ,texas)
I have tons of cigar boxes. Please make offer. I WOULD LIKE TO SELL THEM ALL IN ONE SHOT. THERE ARE SOME REALLY NICE BOXES DIFFERENT!!! CALL ME ANYTIME512-633-7665 OR EMAIL ME. TRUST ME IF YOU LIKE BOXES EMAIL OR CALL ME YOU WON'T BE DISAPOINTED!!
Gioconda Pastel 24 Pencils, Silver Leafing Supplies (S. Austin) $15
REDUCED ART SUPPLIES Gioconda Pastel 24 Pencils, Silver Leafing Equip. (Austin)
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Gioconda Soft Pastel Pencils, 24 set. These are unopened, new, bought them at Michael's for some ungodly price near $35 or more, I WILL SELL FOR $15.
I also have 3 items for silver leafing, for a total of $10 ALL TOGETHER, cash and carry.
(1) Silver Leaf: Authentic Metal Leaf Technique, Genuine Silver Colour Aluminum Metal Leaf. 5 1/2 x 5 1/2, 25 sheets.
(2) Metal Leaf Adhesive, 6oz. can (the big one)
(3) Metal Leaf Sealer, Fast Drying Acrylic, 5 oz. can.
I can meet you at the corner of IH35/Slaughter in the parking lot of Starbucks. Shoot me an email if you have questions. Thanks!
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cool art for sale bt local artist- me! (s austin)
i have a lot of random art i would like to sell, some are on canvas, some framed, some not framed, email me and i will give more details!read more:
Margarett McKean Sargent (1892 - 1978) Black & White Charcole (Beverly)
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I have a wonderful piece from around 1918 drawn by renowned artist, 'Margarett McKean Sargent', that I would like to sell - Please read her bio below...
Boston born society woman, Margarett McKean Sargent was, from the early 1920s to the mid 1930s, a skilled portrait painter of the upper-class world in which she lived. Her work has been described as being similar to that of Matisse but not as soothing in tone because she deliberately used dissonant colors and some disturbing psychological elements.
She was the fourth cousin of John Singer Sargent and very much a part of the cultural set of early 20th-century Boston and New York including George Luks, Harpo Marx, and Betty Parsons. She was plagued by alcoholism and mental breakdowns in her later life.
In 1996, Berry-Hill Gallery of New York City had a retrospective of her paintings.
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