Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
- Free if the software is not redistributed. For example, is used in house and not resold "as software." Reselling as a service is allowed so long as the software itself does not change hands.
- Free if used in software that is itself free. This is the viral nature of this license since if software includes GPL software, then using the same license is easy.
- Not having the resources
- Not understanding the liabilities
- Not being able to afford the lawyers to explain and defend the liabilities.
Monday, December 7, 2009
Join the Hellsing team, summon your beasts, and together we can find the greatest Mersenne prime number hidden in the darkness of the night.
The GIMPS project is a collection of volunteers world wide who allow their computers to run a program in the back ground or when they are not using it to assist in finding the largest unknown prime number. You might even win some cash if you find one.
Install the Software
To get started, go to the main GIMPS site at http://www.mersenne.org and install the software. They have versions for Linux, Windows and OSX.
Join the Hellsing team
Login your account at http://www.mersenne.org and, on the side bar, click join team. The quickest way to find the team would be to use the browser's find option (ctrl f) and search for Hellsing. Then click to join the team on the right side of the page and then your computer does the rest.
As an art and pottery collector and connoisseur of sake I could not pass up the opportunity to acquire an authentic guinomi. Usually I shop for pottery in the plentiful state of North Carolina, but in this case it seemed more appropriate to embrace a Japanese tradition. After an extensive search looking for something rustic, original and of manageable expense, I chose the one displayed below which was handcrafted by bizen artist Suzuki Tsunki in Okayama. It is about 2.4" high and 2.9" in diameter holding a modest 3.7 ounces of fine sake. The eight-sided shape of this cup is called Rokaku-hai.Bizen pottery, bizenyaki, is known to have started in the 12 century creating unglazed pottery with wood-fired kilns. Bizen pottery is well-known as one of the 6 ancient Japanese kilns. When looking for authentic traditional pottery from this area, be sure to ask if it was wood-fired in the traditional way. There is a robust assortment of pottery available from more modern gas-fired kilns as well.
So what's the big deal, you ask? Well, to some, maybe nothing... Heck most American's I know don't even like sake. That said, the majority who don't like it have never had real sake. They think it is something served hot with sushi. True sake is served cold and has a flavor delicate and pure with fragrances sweet to the nose and complex to the tongue.This cup has a texture felt both on the lips and tongue. It adds a new dimension to the already complex product for the senses. It may not save your palate from the ravages of brewer's alcohol often mascaraed as sake nor the hangover that is sure to follow from poor quality sake. But filled with the true daiginjo-shu it may add a sensation previously reserved for the angles. True sake is a deep breath of fresh air in the midst of a feild blooming cheerie trees washed down with a mist from a cold and pure mountain waterfall. It is an experience to be cheerished to the very last drop.
I hope this article inspires others to seek out and enjoy pottery art for themselves. This cup was purchased online from Artistic Nippon. 4/12/09
Monday, April 20, 2009
It was a lovely urban style lounge with metro art style furnishings and newage meets french music. The metro tram would periodically visit the front entrance for that extra special downtown feel. The owner, I think, was a very beautiful and very hospitable Japanese-American lady whom responded to my email inquiries.
We started our experience with the eastern flight of sake followed by the western flight. With each glass we fancied ourselves with a game of judging. Each of us drank our sake left to right waiting on the first sample of each glass in anticipation for the other to be ready. Will the next one trump the previous? To our delight, there is a great variety in the bar's selection of samples. In the midst of the sake we enjoyed many superb appetizers especially the salt and pepper edamame, tuna tartar and salmon hand rolls which were rolled with what could best be described as a seaweed snack for a very nice and slightly spicy touch.
We topped the evening off with a bottle of the Akitabare Suirakuten. "Heaven of Tipsy Delight", which words simply could not describe. If I were to attempt to describe this sake I would use words like "mist from a fresh mountain waterfall", "fields of cherry trees" and "airy mists of an angel's feathers". In all seriousness, my nose could not escape the gentle and refreshing fragrance of this sake. I pondered each drop til the last wondering what form of craft created this delicate and completely fulfilling drink. It is simply an experience words alone cannot capture.
To all who visits San Jose, please do yourself the favor and make time for this place.
Monday, February 12, 2007
One night, I am thinking about the shipping details of the EB Series print #12 by Wes Wilson and I am realizing that there are no more stickers with the Expresso Beans logo on them to pack with it. I had to find something to replace those stickers. So, I poured my glass full of a favorite spirit and went to work.
I will be the first to say that this is not a very detailed print. I could not afford to spend a week designing and carving something elaborate. The objective was to promote the company, not myself. Not too mention, the star of the show is Wes Wilson and that is where the focus needed to be.
To make things interesting I decided to use the 19th century copy press I acquired over a year ago for the first time.
The usual drawing and carving of the block took place over the next hour or two. I had to resist the urge to embellish it with lots of goodness, but I couldn't resist carving a pattern around the logo instead of leaving dead space.
After the carving was finished I grabbed a tube of screen printing ink and diluted it a little in water. Then for each print, I used a hake brush to paint the ink over the block. I was careful not to repeat the stroke or intensity on each print to force the bold uniqueness across the lot. Even in placing the paper over the block for printing, the position was randomized.
The printing took a few hours and a couple more glasses. Near the end, I had to resist the urge to get another glass or maybe I would not be able to sleep that night. 70 prints does not seem like a big number, but when one considers having to cut paper to size, paint and place the block, aligned the paper, screw down the press which was a bit in need of grease, unscrew the press, remove the block, peal off the print; it turns to work after the first few.
Before long I was looking for space to put them to dry. The prints consumed every horizontal surface in the room.
It felt pretty good when they were done. At the end of the night I went downstairs in right into bed.So yeah, these were 7x7 giveaway prints. After much thought, they were signed. Oh how I dislike signing anything. It was just an insert print and I was afraid that signing them would make it more than what it is supposed to be. For that same reason, they were not numbered or EB registered.
It was a fun job. I hope at least one person that gets it will tack it up somewhere because they like Expresso Beans.
One of my biggest problems is feeling confident with the techniques involved. It is kind of like magic in that when I get in the zone, there is no aspect of time and, to be honest, no certain destination. If I was to say, I am going to make this exactly like this in a logical fashion, it would never happen. It is all too overwhelming for my logical side. All to often, I start something wondering if will ever turn out, and when it does, I am totally amazed not realizing how I got even got there. It is so weird. I love making art.