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"Calvin and Hobbes" Creator Bill Watterson Looks Back With No Regrets 327

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the memories-of-better-comics dept.
With fifteen years separating us from the last appearance of "Calvin and Hobbes" on the comic pages, reclusive artist Bill Watterson gave a rare interview reminiscing about his legacy. "The only part I understand is what went into the creation of the strip. What readers take away from it is up to them. Once the strip is published, readers bring their own experiences to it, and the work takes on a life of its own. Everyone responds differently to different parts. I just tried to write honestly, and I tried to make this little world fun to look at, so people would take the time to read it. That was the full extent of my concern. You mix a bunch of ingredients, and once in a great while, chemistry happens. I can't explain why the strip caught on the way it did, and I don't think I could ever duplicate it. A lot of things have to go right all at once."
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Court Says Fair Use May Hold In Some RIAA Cases 145

Posted by timothy
from the generosity-knows-no-bounds dept.
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "In SONY BMG Music Entertainment v. Tenenbaum, the Boston RIAA case in which the defendant, represented by Charles Nesson of Harvard Law School, admitted liability at his trial, the Court has entered judgment in favor of the RIAA for the monetary award of $625,000 fixed by the jury. However, the Court left open the questions of whether the amount is excessive, and whether attorneys fees and/or sanctions should be awarded, and has scheduled further briefing of those issues. The Court granted the RIAA much, but not all, of the injunctive relief it requested. In an unusual step, the Court issued a 38-page decision (PDF) explaining in some detail the Court's views of the Fair Use defense in the context of cases like this, and indicating that there are some factual scenarios — not applicable in this particular case — in which it might have concluded that the claims were barred by Fair Use. E.g. it declined to rule out the possibility that creation of mp3 files exclusively for space-shifting purposes from audio CDs a defendant had previously purchased might constitute fair use."

Comment: Re:spinal tap? (Score 1) 66

by Suicide Drink (#27415343) Attached to: First Proven Diagnostic Test For Alzheimer's
I had to get a spinal tap done when I was younger. I was hospitalized for a little while and I thought I felt fucked up because of the drugs or the illness. When I got sent home from the hospital I still couldn't move around very well and was stuck in bed. But no, years later I had another bout of whatever it was I had, and this time I didn't get a spinal tap, and was up and about in a couple of days after the illness had past. The most horrendous part is that they lost the results of the test for which the spinal tap was taken. Of course, given the choice between getting Alzheimer's treated early on and being laid up for a week, I think I'd rather avoid the Alzheimer's. My friend's grandmother had it and my grandfather had it. For me, there's hardly anything worse.

Comment: Re:It will be interesting to see how this plays ou (Score 1) 255

by Suicide Drink (#26391067) Attached to: First Flight of Jet Powered By Algae-Fuel

Since the whole organism converts sunlight into oil, algae can produce more oil in an area the size of a two-car garage than an entire football field of soybeans.

So are football fields of soybeans going to be the standardized measurement for biofuels? I'd prefer hockey rinks of alfalfa sprouts.

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