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Laser Tag is a new project from

posted by Jason Kottke   Feb 20, 2007

Laser Tag is a new project from Graffiti Research Lab. The idea is that you use a high-powered laser pointer to trace a pattern on the side of a building, a camera captures that pattern, some software processes the capture, and a projector displays the graffiti-ized pattern back onto the side of the building, more or less in real-time. The effect is pretty cool. The process and source code are available here.

We Work Remotely

Because of his open source programming connection,

posted by Jason Kottke   Oct 15, 2006

Because of his open source programming connection, Hans Reiser’s arrest for his wife’s murder was big news in that community. After his wife disappeared, Reiser bought 2 books on murder, including David Simon’s Homicide. Simon is the creator of The Wire.

Launch party tonight (4/14) at Eyebeam for Yochai

posted by Jason Kottke   Apr 14, 2006

Launch party tonight (4/14) at Eyebeam for Yochai Benkler’s new book, The Wealth of Networks. “His book shows why labor done outside the constraints of free markets and giant corporations can still have a huge impact on the economy and social relations. He argues that a ‘third mode of production’ offers the promise of a more free society, but only if we make the right collective decisions.”

Open source type design

posted by Jason Kottke   Mar 09, 2006

In Five Steps to Font Freedom, Adrian of Be A Design Group suggests some ways to improve typography on the web, noting that you don’t need to own the fonts in books, movies, newspapers to view works in those media. The fifth suggestion is interesting, even outside of that particular goal:

5. Build Free Versions of the Classic Fonts
If we can’t convince the font companies to set their versions of classic fonts free, we will recreate them ourselves. The great fonts are based on designs that are centuries old that can’t possibly be protected by copyright law. Although it would be a major task, the collective power of the online community could create quality versions of classic fonts. Little by little, we can build an open source classic font library! Does anybody have a complete set of the original Garamond that I can borrow? Let’s get started…

Applying the open source development process to make freely available and modifiable versions of classic fonts like Garamond, Caslon, Bodoni, Baskerville, etc. is a fantastic idea.

Bakeoff! A Gladwell article from back in

posted by Jason Kottke   Nov 30, 2005

Bakeoff! A Gladwell article from back in September on a project that used different team methodologies to attempt to create the perfect cookie: an open source approach, an approach based on extreme programming, and a traditional hierarchical team. You may be surprised which team won.

New version of MySQL (5.0) now available. Download here.

posted by Jason Kottke   Oct 25, 2005

New version of MySQL (5.0) now available. Download here.

Companies like Staples and BMW are increasingly

posted by Jason Kottke   Apr 13, 2005

Companies like Staples and BMW are increasingly looking to their customers for innovative product ideas.