Monthly Archives: November 2014

“We will need writers who can remember freedom”: Ursula K Le Guin at the National Book Awards

Ursula K. Le Guin was honored at the National Book Awards tonight and gave a fantastic speech about the dangers to literature and how they can be stopped. As far as I know it’s not available online yet (update: the video is now online), so I’ve transcribed it from the livestream below. The parts in […]

On Lichtenstein and “theft”

There’s an emotionally compelling comic going around now that shows some of the hardships artist Russ Heath faced in the decades after Roy Lichtenstein appropriated one of his panels in a now famous painting. Per the comic, Lichtenstein sold the painting for four million dollars. (I’m not sure where that figure comes from, as another […]

Digging in to the USPTO FOIA 2014 log

The USPTO has released a log of the FOIA requests it has processed in the fiscal year 2014 in response to a request I submitted early last month. 1The US government’s fiscal calendar runs October to October, so FY2014 has been over for a month. Looking through these logs is interesting because you can start […]