Can’t not create

Despite being written in 2000, it is still valid. Probably even more now than it was back then. And I could not agree more with Mark Pilgrim’s words:

As I write this, the year is 2000, and the Internet is a battleground of intellectual property disputes. Some people would like you to believe that, without proper financial incentives, music, literature, and computer software would disappear. After all, who would make music if they can’t make money on it? Who would write? Who would program? I know the answer. The answer is that musicians will make music, not because they can make money, but because musicians are the people who can’t not make music. Writers will write because they can’t not write. I’ve been programming for 16 years, writing free software for 8. I can’t imagine not doing this. If you can imagine yourself not doing what you’re doing, do something else. Do whatever it is that you can’t not do.

You don’t need money to create art. No matter what kind of art it is. Will we see the end of big record companies and even bigger movie studios? Or putting it another way, will we see more and more independent (and without any copyright burden) work gaining its momentum and being a commercial success for its creators? I certainly hope so.

(via plasmasturm)

Greasemonkey Firefox extension

I’ve been a little hesitant about installing greasemonkey as I already have too many installed extensions (seven at that time). Even though celebrities (also called A-list bloggers) like Robert Scoble were praising it. What convinced me was this little script that always switches gmail into https mode. So simple, yet so useful. I just could not resist.

// ==UserScript==
// @name GMailSecure
// @namespace http://diveintogreasemonkey.org/download/
// @description force GMail to use secure connection
// @include http://gmail.google.com/*
// ==/UserScript==
window.location.href=window.location.href.replace(/^http:/, 'https:');

And then came the madness of installing more and more user scripts. I was hooked.

EDIT: All your (x)HTML are belong to us.

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This offer gave me just enough motivation to start treating blogging more seriously, like using my real name and blog in my own top-level domain. And all of this thanks to Jesse Ruderman! You’re the man!

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