Stairway to Heaven Copyright Trial Appeal

The battle over “Stairway to Heaven” will rage on for at least one more chapter as the copyright infringement case heads to a federal appeals court. Rolling Stone Magazine has the details.

At the crux of the “Stairway” lawsuit is the accusation that the IV classic copies a riff found on Spirit’s instrumental “Taurus,” which predates the 1971 single. In his appeal, Malifoy wrote that the jury did not find the two songs “substantially similar” because they were not permitted to hear the version of “Taurus” that Jimmy Page allegedly ripped off.

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Iconography

Lately, I’ve been taking part in online courses from the Adobe Education Exchange. My latest class, Graphics and Illustration, asked us to represent a movie using just four simple icons. Here’s my attempt:

This assignment was a lot of fun. At first I wondered what I could possibly make but then instead of worrying about picking a story that would be too hard to make icons for, I just thought of a story that I really liked and went for it.

I wanted to keep all of the line sizes the same but when I got to the dragon in the forth icon, I ran into issues with such thick lines in a small place and decided to have secondary lines at half the thickness. I like how it turned out.

Update: I was just recognized with a “Special Mention” award for notable artwork in this week’s class. I’m very excited because it’s something that I’ve been striving to achieve.

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Attack of the Drones

A few weeks ago, my brother Gary invited me to go with him to the Calgary drone fair. I left before him and found out later that he came home with a brand-new Phantom IV drone. I tried flying it yesterday for the first time.

V8 Working Papercraft Engine Model

Perhaps the most impressive papercraft I’ve ever seen, engineer Aliaksei Zholner created a working v8 model almost completely out of paper with just a few pieces of scotch tape added to reduce friction. The engine is so tiny it fits inside the plastic container found inside a Kinder Surprise egg. In this demonstration video, Zholner shows that tiny size doesn’t interfere with the engine’s moving components and when hooked up to a steady stream of air from a balloon, the whirling motor purrs in a rhythm not unlike a real engine.

One Second Everyday — 2015

2015 has been a great year. Most excitingly, Andrea and I got engaged and will be married this year!

Some other highlights of the year include:

  • travelled to Kawaii, Hawaii
  • working on the reserve in Brocket, AB
  • spending the best summer of my life in Waskasui, Saskatchewan
  • camping at the Ness Creek Music Festival
  • seeing my first NHL hockey game
  • attending a Broadway play (in Edmonton)
  • started training for a new job with Vivant
  • Christmas vacation with my family in Medicine Hat and Andrea’s in Saskatoon

Here’s one second from every day last year (made using the One Second Everyday app).