You wouldn’t reimplement an API

I’ve been attending (and livetweeting) the Oracle v. Google jury trial for the last two weeks, and have had a lot of conversations and made a lot of jokes about it. One joke that went surprisingly well was an image I made and tweeted without context:

In fact, the picture got enough retweets and replies that I decided to make stickers. And t-shirts. And each of those things have gotten more attention than I expected. It’s been really exciting! I don’t have a distribution plan for the stickers besides handing them out in person (and self-addressed stamped envelopes to me at EFF), but there will be more than 300 t-shirts out there in the world. That blows my Alice & Bob design out of the water.

All this for being a pretty esoteric design. For one thing, the API reimplementation issue being litigated in Oracle is pretty arcane. For another, it relies on an anti-piracy reference that’s a decade-plus old at this point.

The shirts will be donezo Monday evening—if anybody wants to print their own, here are the high-res source files you can send to a printer or put on a screen yourself. (The first one is white on transparent, so you have to change the background to see it.) I’d love to see your take on it!

One Comment

  1. Posted 23 May, 2016 at 16:00 | Permalink

    I neither want/need the sticker nor the t-shirt, but I am so grateful that you made this thing. It makes me happy.

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