Joi Ito's Web

Joi Ito's conversation with the living web.

As a Quaker, I wonder if you're allowed to think about hard-on's in church and joke about people's deaths on your blog. Or maybe being an A-List blogger forces you to resort to deadpan humor to tighten up your style. ;-|

Doc Searls
Other dead Atkins headlines  
I'm still on the Atkins diet. Dr. Atkins isn't , of course. I mentioned that a couple days ago under the headline Ultimate Diet . Since then I've regretted not using either of two other headlines that came to mind at the time:

100% weight loss
Dead weight

Anyway, both Doc and I are on the Atkins Diet which is basically a low-carb diet. Many people swear by it, but many people continue to warn me against it. It's too bad that Dr. Atkins died, but at least he died of an injury and not of something that could be tied to the Atkins diet.

Brian Barry writes in The Economist about how little Japan has leveraged IT and how this is still the source of inefficiency. He also gives some examples of companies that are using IT to change Japan. I agree with him totally and think that in addition to unwiding some of the big companies that don't make sense anymore, improving the cost performance of the exisiting companies can greatly increase the profitability of Japanese companies which is key.

I feel self-conscious about quoting my one quotes after that parody of this site but:

A tour of the
business-class lounges at Narita airport, says Joichi Ito, an internet entrepreneur, reveals how senior managers feel about information technology: "In United's lounge everyone has their laptop out; in the Japan Airlines lounge they are all drinking beer."
Actually, someone else pointed this out to me a long time ago and I have since observed it myself and have used it as one of my favorite examples.

PS Having a meal with TWO Brian B's in Tokyo this week was very confusing for my calendar...

PPS The Economist site link is "premium content". blah.

Had dinner with Brian Behlendorf and his wife Laura La Gassa. I met Laura for the first time last night wondering on the way to dinner what type of person she would be and I found that she was even a bigger geek than Brian and that they both LOVED food. I LOVE to go to dinner with people who appreciate food so we hit it off right away, talking about blogs, food and geekiness the whole evening.

I first saw Brian's name when I discovered the SFRaves mailing list and web page. I was REALLY into raves at the time and the mailing list was THE place to get info about what was going on in the rave scene. Brian used to run SFRaves. He also started Hyperreal which was one of the first places (was it the first?) where you could download music on the Net. I probably actually first MET Brian when he set up and was running Hotwired on the Indy on his desk. (It was just a PERL script at the time.) I still remember him showing me the web access log tail -f window on his Indy showing all of the accesses Hotwired was getting. He went on to help set up and make successful the first web consulting company that I know of, Organic. It was in the same warehouse building as Wired and I remember the florescent ethernet cables connecting Organic and the Wired offices. Brian was one of the connectors that helped make South Park in SF evolve from the home of rave flyer artists like Nick Philip to the home of Wired, to the home of companies built to support Wired to a thriving neighborhood.

After Organic, Brian when to found CollabNet where he is an executive and board member. It is a venture funded global company for supporting software development and sounds very cool. We talked about how blogging might be relevant. (Since to me, blogging is relevant to EVERYTHING. ;-P )

Brian had talked to Cory and Meg recently who both talked about blogging with him. Brian, Laura and I also talked a lot about Clay's power law paper. Brian, like many mailing list gurus was not blogging yet and had not yet gotten over the hump of actually trying it. Brian, like many mailing list gurus also was flooded with information and couldn't imagine having yet another place to have to read and write. I tried to stress the increase in signal to noise and resorted in the end to the old "you have to try it to understand it" tupperware lady pitch. I think we reached Brian's tipping point. He agreed to give it a try. On the way home from dinner (thanks to my 128K PHS wireless USB thingie for my PowerBook) I set up a Movable Type blog for Brian on my server.

Unlike many other mailing list gurus who promised to use blogs I've set up for them, less than 8 hours later, Brian has posted his first post. He blogs about blogging and his karaoke with a Red Army General in Shanghai. (Why is it that Red Army Generals like karaoke so much.) Anyway, everyone please welcome Brian Behlendorf and his new blog!

PS Brian, if I got any of your history wrong, let me know and I will fix it. Hmm... If this were a Wiki I could ask YOU to fix it.

Just to confirm the buzz: yes, the First International Moblogging Conference has been scheduled for Saturday, the 5th of July at super-deluxe on Roppongi-dori here in Tokyo.

Just found Maledicta Press Online on Metafilter. There is Maledicta, the International Journal of Verbal Agression.

Maledicta discusses language honestly: no dashes, no asterisks, no moralistic pussyfooting. Our motto: "They say it -- we print it."
This brings back some memories. I remember I was REALLY into the study of maledicta in High School. I wrote about it online on The Source and almost got kicked out. A good curse involves religion, scatology and sex. The following is the curse that I posted I guess 20 years ago. Please don't read the rest of this post if you are easily offended.

Oh God, quit slapping me in the face with your cock all covered in shit from fucking Jesus.

I actually don't remember where this one comes from... and... I don't remember exactly why I decided to post it considering how many people it offended. ;-p