Archive for the ‘Popular Culture’ Category

nyt: “Chuck Berry, Musician Who Helped Define Rock ‘N’ Roll, Dies at 90”

March 18, 2017

“CITROËN IS THE automotive equivalent of the platypus: bizarre, delightful, innovative, and, if not inimitable, never imitated.”

March 3, 2017  The Weird and Wonderful Citroën That Still Captivates, 60 Years On

“Netflix CEO Hastings: In Twenty, Fifty Years, ‘We May Be Entertaining A.I.’”

February 28, 2017

Clever quote, but science fiction.

“PwC Global has calculated that the overall emerging global market for business services using [drones] is over $127 billion.”

February 23, 2017

“[PETA filed suit] as “Next Friends” for a male macaque named `Naruto,’ [the court held] animals cannot be `authors’ [or] own copyrights.” (Updated)

February 23, 2017
For those who think intellectual property law cannot be interesting . . .


In 2015, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (“PETA”) and primatologist Antje Engelhardt of the Macaca Nigra Project brought suit against Slater for copyright infringement, as “Next Friends” for a male macaque named “Naruto,” in the U.S. District
Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco. Defendants filed motions to dismiss. On January 28, 2016, Judge William Orrick dismissed the case, finding that Naruto did not have standing to sue under the Copyright Act because animals cannot be “authors” and therefore cannot own copyrights.

PETA contended that the “highly intelligent” Naruto was accustomed to seeing cameras, observing humans handling cameras, hearing camera mechanisms in action, and seeing
them being used by humans for his entire life, as the reservation where he lives is next to a human village visited by tourists and photographers.

Update (20170314)

Serendipity.  Just after reviewing this post this morning, I came upon this:

20170314 panda photographing boy