Best Cover Songs

July 25th, 2007

The NY Post published a list of the best 100 cover songs, and they put my version of “Baby Got Back” at #2 between Dolly Parton’s “Stairway to Heaven” and The Bangles’s’ss’ “Hazy Shade of Winter.” Admittedly this list is “in no particular order” so it doesn’t mean I did the second best cover song ever. Still, it’s quite nice to be nestled amongst all those ladies…

Which is Spookier?

July 23rd, 2007

Is it:

1) a Mandelbrot Set the size (and perhaps even the shape) of the known universe,

OR

2) an image of me (or perhaps Dr. Zaius) found in a stain on a hardwood floor in a house in CT that I have NEVER VISITED OR STAINED?
JoCo on the floor

(Thank you David and Alexander.)

JoCo Crosses the Pond

July 17th, 2007

That is what the headline will read if sometime in the future I am actually able to set up a tour in the UK and/or Europe in general. I hope to do this, and really, we’re trying to figure out how to make it work. From looking at Eventful demands I can see that there’s a nice cluster of willing fans in London and the UK, which is great. London is an obvious place to set up an anchor gig.

But here’s where I could use your help, dear internet. Ideally there would be more than the one London show – it’s kind of a long trip over the ocean you know. And I have a terrible sense of what’s over there, where people live, how far apart everything is, etc. (Europe is in Vermont, right?) So speak up foreigners: assuming I do a London show sometime (maybe later this year), where else should I hit? And all you people who signed up for a generic UK demand on Eventful: where do you live? And to the two people in the Berlin demand: you got any friends? Finally, if there are secret pockets of fans anywhere over there who haven’t yet signed up for a demand on Eventful, now’s the time to make some noise: http://eventful.com/performers/P0-001-000000067-4/demand

Million Dollar Idea

July 13th, 2007

Here’s your million dollars right here: it’s called Splittr (or perhaps something else, but let’s just say).

The Creative Commons by-nc license is great for non-commercial collaboration – tag your content with this license and you indicate to everyone that you’re happy for other people to use it in derivative works as long as it’s non-commercial and as long as they credit you. You’re both protected (maybe: some would argue this) by the boilerplate legalese that license represents. Creativity is lubricated, stuff gets made, everybody’s happy.

But what about the commercial end of things? How do you sell that stuff? For instance, let’s just say a guy named Spiff makes a bunch of music videos using my music. Then maybe Spiff and I want to put those videos on Revver and share in the profits. Or maybe I want to invite fans to create T-shirt designs that I then sell on CafePress, giving them a cut. Or maybe Len wants to create and sell a JoCo coloring book on Lulu. All this stuff is possible (and some of it has happened), but there’s too much friction – the creators involved need to agree on a split and handle all the accounting, paypal-ing money around as it comes in. Sometimes there’s a legal document involved that comes from the Revver or the Lulu or the CafePress, but it’s usually not made for content that has multiple owners. And to be safe and smart, the collaborators might want to be protected by some kind of legalese as well, maybe codify their collaborative relationship so they can enter into these kinds of agreements.

This is where Splittr comes in. Spiff and I both sign up and create individual profiles, to which we can upload CC-licensed content. If we create some CC-licensed collaboration that we’d like to sell, we then use Splittr to create a JocoSpiff entity, a little micro-partnership that just applies to this specific content. We can then sign up (and enter into agreements) with Revver as JocoSpiff. Big bucks flow into the JocoSpiff account and Splittr distributes those moneys to Spiff and Joco (keeping a cut). Other sites that want to use this content in a commercial way can find and contact us through Splittr, make us an offer, and Spiff and I can opt-in if we like. Now the commercial side of all this Creative Commons content is just as lubricated as the non-commercial side. Stuff gets made, MONEY gets made, everybody’s happy.

This already exists, right? Someone’s working on this?

More Geek Honors

July 9th, 2007

Will the internet never cease to bless me with these small but wonderful signs of creeping cultural significance? Over at Instructables you can learn how to make your own Big Warm Fuzzy Secret Heart in ten easy steps. Thanks for the tip Claude…