The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

Go figure.

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

The upside is that this is not an election year—the downside is that we only have 364 days until it is

I've been looking over the past decade's worth of New Year's Day entries so I don't inadvertantly repeat myself, and boy, do I bitch about the fireworks. Thankfully this holiday season has been a bit low key, and that includes our neighbor's propensity towards blowing things up. Yes, there were fireworks tonight, but not nearly at the war sounding levels of previous years.

I'll take solace when I can when it comes to fireworks.

Hopefully, this means that this year will be low key. All I can say is thank God it isn't an election year! Only 364 more days until that madness starts.

Anyway …


Yes, we have no copyright

I just saw a commerical using the Prince song “Let's Go Crazy”. It was something I wasn't expecting because Prince had refused all requests to use his work for commericals (as well as turning down all requests from Weird Al Yankovic to parody his songs). But given that Prince died back in 2016 it seems his estate has waited long enough and is now enjoying the licensing fees.

Then it hit me—it won't be until 2086 that the works of Prince will fall into the public domain. Nearly a hundred years since some of his most iconic hits.

In other copyright-public-domain news, today is the first day in 21 years that works have fallen into the public domain. It's weird to think that up until yesterday, “Yes, We Have No Bananas” was still in copyright.

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