Flocking for the Winter

FlockAs the rainy winter sets in here in San Francisco, two birds of a feather spread their wings. Last week, the much anticipated social browser Flock made it’s debut. This is my first post using Flock to see how she flys. So far, she’s airborne.

The other Flock coming to San Francisco is the beautiful metal sculpture piece pictured here from Burning Man 2001, by longtime artist Michael Christian. Flock (the sculpture) will be coming to the plaza in front of City Hall in mid-November, assuming the Black Rock Arts Foundation can raise enough dinero. You should donate, hint hint. Flock is one of my favorite pieces from all of Burning Man. The legs that rise up from the ground are organic and vine like slowly transforming to an animal shape as it reaches the headless mammalian torso. Possibly a glimpse into our own genetic future?

Hey Scott, so I think Flock officially bridges the gap between the SF Burning Man art scene and the new generation of open source geekdom. Your perception was spot on.

UPDATE: The San Francisco Examiner did a story on Flock coming to SF. I’m happy they chose to use my photo, despite not giving me a credit.

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  • phew! comments work now.

  • phew! comments work now.

  • Yeah, corporate media needs to get schooled on Creative Commons licensing. Your photos are great!

  • Yeah, corporate media needs to get schooled on Creative Commons licensing. Your photos are great!

  • Looks like the Examiner article moved to a new link in their archives.

  • Looks like the Examiner article moved to a new link in their archives.

  • Eddie, you should seriously consider contacting the Examiner and asking them to pay you for the use of your photo. Even if you don’t need the money yourself, do it for the sake of the other photographers who the Examiner will try to screw in the future. If they think they can get away with using people’s photos without paying for them, it only makes it that much harder for professional photographers to make a living.

  • Eddie, you should seriously consider contacting the Examiner and asking them to pay you for the use of your photo. Even if you don’t need the money yourself, do it for the sake of the other photographers who the Examiner will try to screw in the future. If they think they can get away with using people’s photos without paying for them, it only makes it that much harder for professional photographers to make a living.

  • I mean, it looks to me like they really did violate two of the terms of your CC license: they didn’t attribute the photo to you, and they used it in a commercial context without permission. If you don’t call them on it, it blurs the line between your CC license and plain old public domain.

  • I mean, it looks to me like they really did violate two of the terms of your CC license: they didn’t attribute the photo to you, and they used it in a commercial context without permission. If you don’t call them on it, it blurs the line between your CC license and plain old public domain.

  • From the picture and from your description this sculpture sounds a lot like the Forest Spirit from Princess Mononoke. Cool.

    Lazy reporters stealing content from blogs… and they wonder how we manage to compete with them!

  • From the picture and from your description this sculpture sounds a lot like the Forest Spirit from Princess Mononoke. Cool.

    Lazy reporters stealing content from blogs… and they wonder how we manage to compete with them!

  • eddie

    cassidy: I completely agree with the sentiment and will contact them. They really only violated one term of my CC license. I gave permission to Leslie Pritchett who runs the Black Block Arts Foundation to use the photo for the Examiner story, but with credit. The credit part is what’s lacking. I will see about getting that corrected.

    ruby: That’s funny, there was an opening dedication last week with the Mayor and a bunch of kids with him. He quizzed the kids on what they thought of the sculpture and one of them also said it looked like the Forest Spirit after it had its head cut off. Great minds think alike! Check out Scott Beale’s photos to see Flock in its new home.

  • eddie

    cassidy: I completely agree with the sentiment and will contact them. They really only violated one term of my CC license. I gave permission to Leslie Pritchett who runs the Black Block Arts Foundation to use the photo for the Examiner story, but with credit. The credit part is what’s lacking. I will see about getting that corrected.

    ruby: That’s funny, there was an opening dedication last week with the Mayor and a bunch of kids with him. He quizzed the kids on what they thought of the sculpture and one of them also said it looked like the Forest Spirit after it had its head cut off. Great minds think alike! Check out Scott Beale’s photos to see Flock in its new home.

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