Love the passion, enthusiasm and simple world view of good & evil, right & wrong . . . but . . . "Everything is a Remix":
You have not done anything that was not somehow inspired, started or enhanced by others. i certainly don't lose sleep knowing that my creative and innovative self is heavily shaped by others. True for Apple, True for RED, True for WC, True for the real smart Scientists working on the Higgs Bason project.
Over 20 years I authored about 20 utility Patents. My work, like everyone before or since, was incremental and improvement over what was already in the market. If I didn't "invent" a certain something - then someone else would have in time. Patent laws don't protect innovation - they reward those with big lawyer budgets and a strategy of aggression. As an innovator the cost to defend your patent starts at about $250K - not an exercise for the common Joe. Speed to market, creative destruction (shit canning your own best sellers) and operational excellence is what wins in the long run - not camping out on generic design patents or milking archaic music distribution business models etc and suing folks to limit competition.
Check out what Louis CK has done recently through innovative distribution to keep his art producing revenue. Hint: it didn't involve hiring a team of DRM lawyers or bending over for TicketMaster
Josh! ... thank you ... i do totally agree, that we and our inventions are product of heritage. 100%.
It is the element of improvement, that is worth the recognition.
I think, there is just a tiny little difference, between "something" ... and "something really beautiful, useful, extraordinary, super efficient". To create that difference - takes either "genius inspiration" or hard work .... probably both most of the time.
in retrospect, i would say, it would have been better for the product to get out into the world and create a platform, back in 2004/2005 ...
the fact that in 2012, everything "web design and systems" is still done in the same "complicated, resource wasting time" and no one is coming up with the obvious,
tells me that i have put something together, that is worth protecting .... protection creates the asset, "free" sharing on the web is a mere invitation for "pirates" with a wider reach.
I want adoption, i want people to use it, to imitate, to improve on it and make me smile, i really do!
I say it again: I have been thinking, hard thinking, throwing away hundreds of approaches, thousands lines of code, reinventing, condensing and reaching "impossible" goals.
All by reducing my personal lifeīs pleasures and needs to the bare minimum, for 7 years! ... somewhere in the lonely desert, in an old cow stable (true!), as i used to say.
the real issue i see is this:
The concepts and tools i have created work perfectly well in concert. it needs a little bit of mental reframing, to get the simplicity of it. then its pure power. pure speed. a couple of hours of training. and people are ready to go and add there own. In the first 5 years of "the web" (1995-2000), the web technology has been massively abused, big time, people went down the wrong track - and still do.
In my heart, i want to shout it out, make videos, explain and share for it would create a better web and a better life for us online citizen. (didnīt want to write online junkies ... lol)
I guess, with the right partner, a global player with wide reach, i would favor that approach, get everything out and go back to what i love from my soul, making beautiful images and "finding the story".
I just do not want to do it "half" ... wouldnīt be right. .... and after all, what motivated me to push through the years, was the outlook of producing my pictures independently ... so, i need that "fix" .... :-)
cheers to all,
thanks for contributing
... regarding open source, heritage and attribution:
I do use apache, mysql, php, jquery. the bare minimum of it. excellent peer work, BIG THANK YOU, without, i could not have done what i did.
I have studied countless books, about the technology, CSS, HTML and so forth.
Without the accumulated thinking, research, code work and distribution of these authors and their works, i would do something else. (probably shooting pictures, ouch!)
Although i think, that these technologies could be vastly simplified and reduced to speed up thinks. they are blown up, catering to the infinite ways and needs(?) of millions(?) of web masters, web designers and so forth ...
Itīs to big. to complex. easy to get lost, to forget, to do something wrong. to much for one brain.
So, i thought, how about reducing it, to the bare minimum, finding the repetitive stuff, structure it different, so that the output always works, everything is in place,
all dependencies are properly set ... and so forth ... and then, create powerful tools on top, that reflect the way an artist or designer approaches problems - which is usually infinitely more elegant and useful compared to a code nerd... ;-) ...
Guess, the answer is in the right balance.
Uhh, would love to have it out and move on!!!!
... anyone got a link into Google management? ... please PM me ... thanks!
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