It Happened to Me

The Lessig Audiobook Project

Last night at 11 (my timezone, Eastern Standard Time, a.k.a. GMT -5), AKMA wrote:

Anyone feel like recording a chapter of Lawrence Lessig’s new book?

The license pretty clearly indicates that, so long as we’re not

making a commercial venture of it, we can make a recording of

(“perform”) the text. There are a Preface, Introduction, fifteen

chapters, a conclusion and an afterword. If you’re willing to

contribute an MP3 recording of a chapter (ideally, hosting it on your

own server — but I’ll bet we can gird up the Disseminary

to host chapters for you, if you can host it yourself — drop us a

comment and let us know which chapters you’ll take. Heck, we could have

duelling chapters; which version of chapter 5 do you like, Accordion Guy’s or Jenny the Shifted Librarian’s?

(Disclaimer: I just typed their names in there. They haven’t offered or

anything. Yet.)

12 hours later, this item has already appeared on Boing Boing and

received 26 comments on AKMA’s site, and a flurry of email has appeared

in my inbox regarding this project. All on a Friday night! I have deduced two things from this:

  • Lessig’s work is important to a lot of us who work in that strange intersection of creative and technical.
  • I clearly need to teach my fellow bloggers how to party. It’s Friday night, people!

I have signed up to read a chapter, but haven’t chosen one yet.

I’m going to go look over the book and see if there’s one that tickeles

my fancy or if there’s one that nobody’s volunteered to read yet.

I will see if I can convince Boss Ross and Boss Ross’ boss Elliot Noss

to contribute a chapter. They’ve got great speaking voices and their

contribution to the ‘Net at large is far greater than mine. I write a

blog and helped generate some buzz for P2P; they’ve helped make the

Internet work.

But not today. I’ve got an aunt and uncle from the Philippines whom I’m joining for lunch at the St. Lawrence Market, followed by catching up with Cory’s book reading, a haircut, a couple of birthday parties to attend and a friend from out of town who need to sample some more of the local night life.

While I laud my fellow bloggers’ industriousness, I suggest that they

turn off the computer and get some fresh air. And a double rye and coke!

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