Profile

Cover photo
Jan Rubak
Worked at Fotech Solutions Ltd.
Lived in Calgary, Canada
40,782 views
AboutPostsPhotosVideos

Stream

Jan Rubak

Shared publicly  - 
 
This guy makes some great videos. If you're a subject matter expert on the US Primaries process, please take a moment to see if you can help him fill in some gaps for his next short.
CGP Grey originally shared:
 
The last major update to 'Work in Progress' before I record the script. If you can help out, I'd really appreciate it.
1
Add a comment...

Jan Rubak

Shared publicly  - 
 
I wish there were a cognitive inoculation against nonsense memes and FUD, though Jenny McCarthy would probably campaign against it.

(I know there is and it's called "science", but that doesn't help me when my 8-year-old has gotten spooked by some 2012-doomsaying nitwit.)
1
1
Alec Wisner's profile photo
Add a comment...

Jan Rubak

Shared publicly  - 
 
Kudos to Louis CK for recognizing that P2P file-sharing is as much a response to the failure of mainstream media distribution to keep apace with technological progress as it is about freeloaders wanting to rip off labels. Kudos to him for having enough faith in humanity to realize that most fans will gladly send some money his way for a video, provided he makes it easy for them and he doesn't try to gouge them for every cent he can squeeze out.

Even if you're not a fan of his comedy, please consider sending $5 his way so that he can make a big splash with this experiment, and maybe some of your favourite artists will be moved to try it themselves---and gods willing, hopefully it can become the new norm.

The more big names there are who conduct proofs of concept like this, the less impetus there should be for legislators to try to break the internet (see SOPA) just to prop up the obsolete business models of industries who are either ignorant or malicious. Industries who continue to act as though treating their customers like criminals is okay, and who restrict from here to Sunday all the different uses people might want to make of media that they've "bought", on the off chance that they can sell it to them over again in a different format. Industries who continue to think that it makes any sense whatsoever in the digital age to release or to license media content on a regional basis. They should already know that DRM doesn't prevent piracy. Let's show them that DRM-free can actually be an incentive to consumers!

(Thanks, +Sean Cranbury!)
Live at the Beacon Theater: show available to download now!
1
Add a comment...

Jan Rubak

Shared publicly  - 
 
Are we credit card-less people so few that big e-vendors lack business incentive to offer alternate payment options? #PathologicalEconomics
1
Arunas Salkauskas's profile photoJan Rubak's profile photoJames Le Brocq's profile photo
3 comments
 
Ok the things is that we are very unwell. If he can do that can dot Vail.
Add a comment...

Jan Rubak

Shared publicly  - 
 
I found this through Neil Gaiman's blog the other day. It's primarily a resource (sponsored by Audible/Amazon) for semi-professional production of commercial audiobooks, which I think is pretty cool in and of itself, but there are some good resources there for us hobbyist audiobook performers too.
1
Add a comment...

Jan Rubak

Shared publicly  - 
 
This has to be my favourite tweet in a long time...

@MisterPiercy: After listening to the Content audiobook many times (and now Context) I can't read @doctorow tweets without hearing the voice of @jrubak.
1
Add a comment...

Jan Rubak

Shared publicly  - 
1
Add a comment...

Jan Rubak

Shared publicly  - 
 
Ethan Zuckerman is one of my favourite commentators on internet policy and social freedoms (some of the others being +Jesse Brown and, you guessed it, Cory Doctorow).

I first saw an earlier incarnation of this speech a couple years ago, but he's updated it with a lot of thoughts about the Arab Spring.

Audio Link:
http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/podcasts/ideas_20111209_27861.mp3

The earlier version:
Internet Censorship: How Cute Cats Can Help

.
1
Add a comment...

Jan Rubak

Shared publicly  - 
 
Diaspora* is an open source alternative to facebook and Google+. It is now live in Alpha testing mode. I've only noodled around it a bit, but it looks to be more like G+ than fb. The biggest differentiator in Diaspora's social dynamic from facebook or Google+ is that they use #hashtags as the central organizing principle for both posts and communities.

It appears that I can send out invitations, so let me know if you'd like me to send one your way.
Logo home blog get involved supporters sign up donate. Social freedom. Diaspora* is a fun and creative community that puts you in control. Creative Community. Meet people from all over the world who l...
1
2
Jan Rubak's profile photoArunas Salkauskas's profile photoKent Palmer's profile photoNick Johnson's profile photo
5 comments
 
Of course, as Malcolm Gladwell points out here (http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/malcolm_gladwell_on_spaghetti_sauce.html ), you need to have enough choice, otherwise everybody's only slightly happy and not as happy as they could be.
Add a comment...

Jan Rubak

Shared publicly  - 
 
Isn't the Black Friday phenom worrisome? Retailers in the red for 90% of the year, only saved by Xmas frenzy. #PathologicalEconomics
1
Add a comment...

Jan Rubak

Shared publicly  - 
 
Alert +Chris Anderson! Before atoms were the new bits, there was Bob Diemert who built a fighter plane in his back yard.
This documentary is about Bob Diemert of Carman, Manitoba, and his dream of building the world's next great fighter plane. His worldwide reputation as a genius at restoring "warbirds" en...
1
Richard Pattee's profile photo
 
It takes all types ;)
Add a comment...

Jan Rubak

Shared publicly  - 
 
Attn: Lovecraft Fans. "Whisperer in the Darkness" from the HPL Historical Society is available for purchase in time for gift-giving season.
1
Add a comment...
People
Work
Occupation
I mainly design algorithms for scientific computing.
Employment
  • Fotech Solutions Ltd.
    Data Processing Developer, 2010 - 2013
  • Imaging Dynamics Company
    Mathematician / Physicist, 2005 - 2009
  • Mt. Royal University
    Sessional Instructor, 2003 - 2005
Basic Information
Gender
Male
Other names
Jan Rubæk, Jan Ostergaard, Jan Østergaard
Story
Introduction
I'm a math geek who enjoys digital signal processing and numerical analysis.  I also have a background in physics and biomedical engineering.

I have a strong interest in intellectual property policy.  I'm by no means an expert---just someone who feels that the current Copyright and patent regimes are broken.  Some of my favourite pundits on Copyright are Cory Doctorow, James Boyle and Michael Geist.

I do some amateur spoken word audio recording in my spare time.

Atheist.  Pacifist.  Politically skewed towards the Progressive Left.  Married.  Father of two.

I wish Denmark would hurry up and join the 21st century so that I can become a Canadian citizen without forfeiting my Danish citizenship.
Bragging rights
Exactly one of these statements is false: 1) Jan is actually my middle name, my first name is Ludwig. 2) I married my sister. 3) I once cut myself on a loaf of bread.
Places
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Previously
Calgary, Canada - Toronto, Canada - Vejle, Denmark
Links
YouTube
Other profiles