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January 2004 Archives

Bruce Schneier - Slouching toward Big Brother »

Bruce SchneierSlouching toward Big Brother Rarely do we discuss how little identification has to do with security, and how broad surveillance of everyone doesn't really prevent terrorism. Bruce writes about how security is a trade-off and how what we're giving up is not worth what we're getting in the war on terror through surveillance in the United States....

Dean Campaign Hires Bellhead »

David Isenberg blogs about the "Bellhead" background of Roy Neel, Howard Dean's new campaign manager....

danah's rant on Orkut »

danah has finally posted her long awaited rant on Orkut. Orkut, in case you don't know, is the social networking site developed by a guy at Google. Orkut also means "orgasm" in Finnish. I've been through so many of these now that I'm playing around. When it's running, it's fast so I'm adding everyone I recognize, (I guess danah would call this "misbehaving") and trying to beat Marc Canter in my local game of "king of the mountain." Lucky for me, he's been thrown in jail. Orkut's kind of like... people surfing. As danah says, I do not yet know...

Version 2.0 of Creative Commons licenses »

We're getting ready to roll out version 2.0 of the Creative Commons licenses. Please let us know what you think. Versioning -- Public Review Begins...

Disturbing image from Iraq »

I just received this by email from a friend.WELCOME TO THE WAR IN IRAQ Attached is actual night-vision footage shot from a U.S. Apache attack helicopter engaging Iraqis, whom allegedly were attempting to launch a Stinger missile at the Apache. The Apache responds with approximately one-hundred rounds of 30mm cannon fire, which is, ironically, the least powerful weapons system onboard the helicopter. The footage has been "dumbed down" to VHS resolution before conversion to MPEG, since the actual night-vision system on the Apache provides a much sharper and more detailed image. I realize that the targets were probably a threat...

Loic has posted videos of the Davos blogging panel »

Loic has posted videos of the Davos blogging panel. Thanks Loic and Geraldine!...

Understanding culture through motion pictures »

I had the opportunity to be invited to a dinner with Steven Spielberg last night. We talked about Memoirs of a Geisha which Steven's studio, Dreamworks, will be producing. I imagined the difficulty of getting it right. It appeared that Steven and his team are going to work hard on this. The book has been criticized by some in Japan as either revealing too much, or emphasizing one aspect that doesn't reflect the geisha today. Other people love the book. I think they have a challenge and am eagerly looking forward to how it comes out. My sister is teaching...

With bloggers inside, Davos secrets are out - IHT article »

Three chief executive officer participants at the World Economic Forum prepare public Internet blogs about their experiences in the ultra-exclusive retreat of the world's wealthy and powerful. Seated from left to right Loic Le Meur, CEO of Ublog, a Paris-based blog company; Yat Siu, CEO of Outblaze, a Hong Kong-based email service company and Joichi Ito, CEO of Neoteny Company Limited, a Japan-based venture capital firm. PHOTO AND CAPTION BY THOMAS CRAMPTONNo... I'm not about to punch Loic. My fist is an expression of our solidarity. -- JoiThomas Crampton's article in the International Herald Tribune about us blogging Davos just...

Never trust gate agents... »

I remember learning this lesson in the past. NEVER TRUST GATE AGENTS. My Lufthansa flight from Zurich to Munich was over an hour delayed. My transfer for my flight to Tokyo was very short and I thought I would miss my flight so I asked them to route me through Frankfurt. They told me all flights out of Munich were late and I would be OK. We arrived in Munich and we walked off the plane and were told to walk up an escalator going the wrong direction. Then at the top of the escalator, the door was locked and...

Passion and rage in directing movies - Shekhar Kapur »

I had a few ginger ales with Shekhar Kapur, a well known Indian film director. We talked about the life, the universe and everything. We talked about what it takes to direct a good film and how Shekhar chose which films to direct. He talked about being asked to direct "Long Walk to Freedom" about the life of Nelson Mandela. He said he turned it down. He understood about inequality and prejudice from his experiences in India and being Indian, but that he didn't think he would ever truly understand the extreme conditions of apartheid. He would never truly understand...

Sir Martin Rees on global warming and other things »

I sat next to Sir Martin Rees at dinner last night. He is the Royal Astronomer of the UK and the Master of Trinity College. I met him last year at the same dinner. He's amazingly smart and funny. Ever since I'd posted my entry on aviation and global warming, I've been trying to figure out how to get to the bottom of this issue. The journalists told me that they just cited experts and the trick was to find good experts. I figured Sir Martin Rees would probably have an educated and balanced view. Sir Martin Rees told me...

Transcripts of the Davos blogging panel »

The World Economic Forum has posted a pdf summary of the blogging panel. As usual, the tone isn't the same as what I experienced and they got most of what I said, but I think my emphasis was a bit different. I hope Loic gets his video transcript up so you can decide interpret it yourself....

Another blogger in Davos - billmon »

billmon at Whiskey Bar is blogging from Davos. I wonder who he/she is. I looked up "Bill Mon" and last name "Billmon" in the directory and I couldn't find a listing. I couldn't find his/her real name on the blog either. Is Whiskey Bar a pseudonymous blog by a professional journalist? Thanks for the link Abe. I think billmon is presenting an interesting view. I'm focused primarily on hanging out with people I like and going to sessions that I'm interested in so billmon's view is probably a good way to see another side of Davos....

Carrying privilege »

danah's always talking about privilege and I've started to think about this more consciously than before. Just about everyone here in Davos is privileged. Some have been born into privilege and some have gained it through their work. Some people carry their privilege well, others don't. There are people who seem to gloat in and flaunt their privilege, constantly bragging and doing the nudge-nudge-wink-wink. Others carry it naturally. Others seem to feel bad or strange having been chosen to be among the privileged. Some seem to guiltily enjoy the privilege. Some seem to believe that the privilege they have comes...

We're going to miss you Helmut »

Helmut Newton, Who Remade Fashion Photography, Dies at 83 - NYT I first met Helmut and his wife at Timothy Leary's house. Tim and Helmut were good friends. (I guess that would mean that Tim would be 83 if he were alive now...) They were the same age and even wore the same tennis shoes. I remember Helmut and as a funny and really cool guy. When I was working on Indian Runner, we asked him to do some of the photography for the movie and I remember hanging out with him in Omaha, Nebraska where we were shooting the...

Social Computing Symposium at Microsoft March 29-30 »

I've been invited to be say something at the Social Computing Symposium at Microsoft. I'm looking forward to hanging out with some of my favorite people. (Maybe the first opportunity for me to speak at the same conference as my sister too...) I'm REALLY interested in what Microsoft is thinking about this space, and it appears that they are doing a lot of thinking....

Rebecca moderates the Japan panel »

Rebecca MacKinnon is moderating a Japan panel this year. Last year, when I was on a Japan panel and MC'ing the Japan dinner, Japan was still looking dismal and my role as risk taking agitator was a good card for the Japanese to play to try to show that they were trying to change. This year, the economy is "recovering" and the panel is populated by more of the old-school participants who are cautiously trying to explain the "turn-around" and how the "recovery" will continue. I think the consensus is that the engine of the recovery is the restructuring of...

Studying journalism - stalking Thomas Crampton »

Introduced Thomas to Sergey. Joi helping his fellow "journalist"...Thomas Crampton is a fellow GLT and journalist for the International Herald Tribune. I've been hanging out with his a lot this trip, trying to learn more about how journalists work and think. For instance, I asked him about how he deals with issues such as global warming where it is so difficult to understand the first sources and we have to rely so heavily on experts and reports which often conflict. I've also been watching how he interviews people and teases out quotes and threads and focuses his discussion in a...

The blogging panel at Davos »

Yesterday was the blogging panel at Davos. Jay Rosen was the moderator and the panelists were Orville H. Schell, Loic Le Meur, yours truly and Hubert Burda. You all already know Loic and Jay I'm sure. Orville is the Dean of the Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and was at the Media Leaders discussion the day before too. He's got some great perspectives and his positive and insightful view on blogs was encouraging. Hubert Burda is the CEO of Hubert Burda Media, one of the largest media conglomerates in Europe and I was extremely impressed by his positive and open...

I'm a blogger »

Everyone in Davos is a CEO or some other fairly senior title. I've found myself introducing myself at sessions as "a blogger" much/most of the time. It still amazing me how few people know what blogging is. Calling myself a "blogger" seems to be the fastest way for me to get the "what is a blog" discussion going. ;-)...

Ethan and Gillian - Chatting with some REAL activists »

Chatting with Ethan of Geekcorps and Gillian of Witness conspiring to blogifying developing nations and organzations doing human rights work. Ethan and Gillian are educating me on doing human rights and technology work in developing nations and I'm trying to help integrate blogging into their work. The stuff that they're doing is SO important, I think it's a great application for the blog amplifier. Ethan's convinced me to visit Africa. Geekcorps sends geek volunteers into developing nations to work on technology projects. Ethan was an Internet entrepreneur turned social entrepreneur. Gillian has been an activist her whole life, first...

Breakfast between Global Leaders for Tomorrow, Social Entrepreneurs and Religious Leaders »

This morning, we had a breakfast between the Global Leaders for Tomorrow, Social Entrepreneurs and Religious Leaders. I got a great table with a broad range of people from developing nations, religious leaders, economists, and entrepreneurs. We started out the discussion talking about the nature of money. We talked about how greed and the idea that more money means more happiness is compulsive behavior and the notion that more money makes you more happy may hold true in developing nations, but is not necessarily true in developed nations. We talked about how this notion of more money means more happiness...

Air travel and global warming »

Scott Mackinney criticizes me in a comment on my blog about the damage I am causing to the environment with all of my air travel. I actually have been feeling a bit guilty about that and have been wondering where aviation is going to go from here. On the one hand, in some areas, air travel is becoming cheaper and there are even people talking about small, low-cost private planes becoming more common. A Feb 2000 GAO report warns that the damage to the environment from the emissions from aviation is particularly high because it is emitted into the upper...

Where are you my Sun? »

Sun always has a huge presence at Davos. They always rent a special house right across from the Congress Center and are a big sponsor. They add that special irreverence to the meeting and John Gage is always the life of the party. This year, there is no sign of them. I wonder what happened. And guess who rented the Sun House... Microsoft. I wonder if Bill Gates is trying to make a point. :-p...

Spam for dinner »

I'm at a dinner where we're talking about spam. There are high level execs from many of the companies involved in email. One person said that he thought we've seen the worst of spam and that it's getting better. It's too bad I can't quote people with attribution, because I think this is a totally unreasonable position. We've now moved on to Internet governance and as usual, I haven't heard a single opinion that convinces me that email isn't broken and that it isn't just getting worse. We talked about pay to send, better filters, re-inventing smtp, regulations... all of...

Blogging blogging blogging... »

Hugh just sent me another one... ;-) Yossi was making fun of me for sitting here blogging blogging blogging......

Insured by the Mafia »

"Insured by the Mafia : you hit me. we hit you!"...

Notes from Media Leaders Community session »

The Media Leaders Community session was a closed session with the CEOs and editors from the top media organizations. The representatives were all people who struggled with the issues of running a media business while trying to maintain editorial integrity. A variety of regions and organizational structures were represented including TV, magazines, newspaper, for profit and non-profit. The session was held in a circle and was broken into two session. I was one of the few "outsiders" who were invited to participate, my chance to open my mouth was the second session. the first session was, "The Double Life and...

Discussion with Media Leaders »

I'm in a meeting with the WEF Media Leaders. Its a few dozen people consisting of the editors-in-chief and CEOs of a variety of major media organizations from around the world. I'm going to talk about the role of blogs and how we might work together. I'm going to talk about how blogs can address the issue of getting people to care about about things by providing a voice to people who don't have a voice and can provide additional resources, which seems to be one of the issues that many of these media companies have. I will also try...

T-Mobile rocks »

I'm in a car on my way from Zurich to Davos happily blogging on my T-Mobile gprs connection that is roaming over Sunrize in Switzerland. When I landed, I had trouble connecting to Swisscom, but "611" and two rings later, I was connected to a friendly T-Mobile support person speaking in English and she gave me other roaming partners to try. Sunrize connected without a hitch. In Hawaii, Frankfurt, Helsinki and a little hiccup, but one call later in Switzerland, T-Mobile has consistently kept me connected. Also, the support people have been EXCELLENT and I haven't had to wait more...

Technorati beta up »

The new Technorati beta site is up. It's really fast. Sorry about the terse post. I'm in Frankfurt airport about to board a flight to Zurich. On PowerBook-bluetooth->Nokia 6600-gprs->T-Mobile....

Lessig on latest missive from Cato »

Larry Lessig comments on Adam Thierer's latest missive from Cato....

collaborating with gapingvoid »

gapingvoid and I are going to collaborate on combing our twisted humor and his cartoon skills......

Comment spam and its social equivalent »

Now that I'm awake from the hotel spam. I guess I should channel my annoyance into at least one more blog entry. Comment spam is becoming more "sophisticated". Originally, my policy was to erase stuff that linked to commercial sites if they didn't add to the dialog in the comments. Now comment spammers are actually trying to contribute to the discussion, but still leaving links to their commercial sites. It is much harder to identify as spam. Only by looking at the site that is linked do you realize that it's probably spam. This is sort of the social equivalent...

The fire alarm is ringing... »

I am awake at 3:45 AM (Helsinki time) because the fire alarm went off in the hallway. (I'm in the Radisson SAS Seaside Hotel in Helsinki.) Then the TV turned on. (Yay! A message.) The TV started flashing "Fire Alarm" and blaring, "Please remain calm. We are investigating the cause." The volume steadily got louder until the TV was full blast. (I couldn't turn down the volume.) Then the TV suddenly turned off. The alarm in the hallway continued. Then turned off. Then turned on. And off... over and over for awhile. Finally the alarm stopped. Either the operator of...

Writing style and blogging »

Poor writing style, like bad manners, makes someone appear less intelligent than they are. Writing style, like manners, can be learned in many ways. Reading and writing a lot is the first step. Having people critique your writing is probably the next best thing. There are many basic writing mistakes that people make, which can easily be avoided by being aware of them. I have never been a great writer and I am self-concious about my writing style. If you are serious about your blogging, I think that time spent polishing your writing style is well worth the investment. My...

Welcome to blogging Rebecca »

Rebecca MacKinnon, the Tokyo bureau chief of CNN and fellow GLT is taking leave-of-absence to be a media fellow at the Shorenstein Center at Harvard. We've talked a lot in the past about blogging and the future of journalism and I'm happy that she's going to jump out and take a bird's eye view of all this at what I think is the perfect time to be taking a bird's eye view of journalism. Rebecca has started a blog. Good luck and welcome to our world. ;-) I wrote a bit about her before when I visited CNN in Tokyo....

Social Entrepreneurship »

I've always had a hard time describing what I do. Recently, depending on the context, I've started calling myself a social entrepreneur. I first heard it in the context of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. Here is a Stanford Business School definition of Social Entrepreneurship. via CommonMe...

Two Cows : They're Back! »

This seems to be making its rounds on the Net right now. via Louis via Lane...

Three Mistakes in the Moral Mathematics of Blogging – Marko's Reply to Clay »

Marko points out three mistakes in the moral mathematics of blogging that Clay has been writing about and articulates very clearly some key weaknesses in the arguments....

perl on Nokia phones? »

Perl on Nokia phones? Sounds cool to me! via skimpizu...

Inequality and the role of "fitness" in power laws »

I've been trying to push against Clay's assertion that blogs exhibit a power law and that power laws cause inequality. You can't "fix" the system without breaking it. We've gone back and forth in different places and I THINK I've boiled it down to a few key points for me....

Off to Helsinki »

I'm at Narita airport about to leave for Helsinki. Hawaii -> Tokyo -> Helsinki is really traveling in the wrong direction. I'll see you all on the other side......

Cato gets it wrong in their analysis of Dean Net policy »

David Weinberger describes how the Cato Institute's analysis of the Dean Net policy is wrong....

Global crackdown on profanity »

Michael Powell wants to crack down on profanity in the US and the Brazilians arrest this pilot (via antti) for flipping them the finger. "He made an internationally known obscene gesture when he was being photographed by the Federal Police," according to the article. With all of the increased reason for profanity directed against establishment, I can see how a global war on profanity is essential for the security interests of the civilized world. :-p...

We may owe our speech and our existence to dogs »

In my pursuit to understand Bo better, I'm reading a book that Barak gave me called How to Speak Dog. It's really a great book about how to to communicate with your dog. Stanley Coren makes an interesting assertion about our co-evolution with dogs.Stanley CorenIt is well established that the primitive humans who survived to become our forefathers formed an early relationship with dogs. Compare our success to that of the Neanderthals, who never got along with dogs, and who ultimately died out. Some evolutionary theorists have suggested that the survival of our ancestors had to do with the fact...

graffiti archaeology »

Very cool work by Cassidy Curtis.Graffiti Archaeology is the study of graffiti-covered walls as they change over time. The grafarc.org project is a timelapse collage, made of photos of San Francisco graffiti taken by many different photographers from 1998 to the present. Using the grafarc explorer, you can visit some of San Francisco's classic spots, see what they looked like in the past, and explore how they have changed over the years.via danah boyd (her site is down right now)...

Fernanda's blog survey »

Fernanda in the Sociable Media Group at MIT Media Lab is doing a blog survey. If you're a blogger and have time, please fill it out....

RIAA's fake cops harrass based on racial stereotypes »

And even more racism...Kevin MarksRIAA's fake cops harrass based on racial stereotypes LA weekly story:'A large percentage [of the vendors] are of a Hispanic nature,' Langley said. 'Today hes Jose Rodriguez, tomorrow hes Raul something or other, and tomorrow after that hes something else. These people change their identity all the time. A pictures worth a thousand words.'Langley is Western regional coordinator for the RIAA Anti-Piracy Unit.I feel sorry for Sir Howard Stringer. I'm glad I don't have to hang out with people like the RIAA. (tech dirt on how Sir Howard might save Sony Music) I wonder just how...

Dean and the press »

Salon article on media pushed by Republicans and anonymous Democrats to paint a bad picture of Dean. (via metafilter) In the mean time, Dean rocks our world on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine. Here's the CNN synopsis of the interview. (via Rick Klau)...

Rev. Moon pushing genocide »

Here's another racist influential leader ranting, this time about genocide."There will be a purge on God’s orders, and evil will be eliminated like shadows," the Unification Church leader Rev. Sun Myong Moon, the owner and primary funder of money-losing right-wing Washington Times, said last week. (The comments were posted online by Rev. Moon’s webmaster and picked up by blogger John Gorenfeld.) "Gays will be eliminated, the 3 Israels will unite. If not then they will be burned. We do not know what kind of world God will bring but this is what happens. It will be greater than the communist...

Winners for Bush in 30 seconds posted »

The Bush in 30 seconds winners have just been posted. UPDATE: ad may not pass CBS's "standards". Hmm... via Dan Gillmor...

New moblog - Thanks Boris and chicgeek! »

Thanks to Boris and chicgeek for making me a new moblog. I ripped off the "crop it square" look from TypePad and Boris and chicgeek figured out that categories made sense and rewrote the scripts. Boris did the design with his usual magic and chicgeek did the coding. Thanks a lot guys. It looks/works MUCH better. It's officially upgraded from version .2 alpha straight to version 2. ;-)...

Yet more public racism by Japanese politicians »

Domo Domo WeblogShigefumi Matsuzawa, Govenor of Kangawa during a speech campaigning for the Nov. 9 House of Representatives electionForeigners are a bunch of sneaky thieves. As Ishihara has cracked down on them, they've all flowed into Kanagawa.If anyone has any grand unified theories as to why Japanese politicians often say such dumbass things in public, I'd love to hear.Because they can get away with it and the media doesn't call them on it. Blog blog blog......

Lessig on Supreme Court justices »

Larry gives his opinion of the Supreme Court justices like a sommelier describing a collection of fine wines....

Cards for 500 of my closest friends... »

Hugh aka gapingvoid, one of my favorite online cartoonists, let me pick a cartoon and sent me 500 business cards with my contact info on once side, and this image on the other. After getting a stack of 500 cards that say, "You are the most important person in my Life" I realized the irony and realized that maybe I chose the wrong phrase. ;-p I do think his idea of cartoons on business cards is a cool idea. So what I need is a bunch of different cards ranging from "You are the most important person in my...

Joi Ito is a short, straight, 37-year-old, Japanese guy who lives in Japan »

Many people seem to think I'm a woman because my name is rather gender neutral if not feminine. I am a short, straight, 37-year-old, Japanese guy who lives in Japan. I've noticed some people are very careful not to reveal their gender on their blogs. Others are clear. Others probably fake it. I'm sure danah can give us a list of people for whom it is much more complicated than "are your male or female." Anyway, I suppose I should make it more clear, but where? Picture in my "about section"? UPDATE: I just posted a picture. I hope this...

G. Pascal Zachary on "mongrels" »

G. Pascal Zachary on "mongrels"....

Off to Sony Open Forum tomorrow »

I'm off again to the Sony Open Forum tomorrow. It's an annual event. The main event is Sony's sponsorship of a golf tournament, but there is also a small forum where Chairman Idei invites executives of Sony and several other people to discuss some of the key topics for the year. Last year I was invited to speak about the future of Japan. This year I'm going to be talking about media consumption and the future of media. My talk will kick off a discussion session. The conference itself is not public, but I'm assuming my comments are. I've put...

Digital Democracy Tech-In »

It's $100 to register and you can register even if you're not attending ETech. I'll be doing a session with Ethan Zuckerman on International stuff. Emergent Democracy Worldwide Joichi Ito, Founder and CEO, Neoteny Ethan Zuckerman, Founder, Geekcorps Time: 3:30pm - 4:15pm Location: California Ballroom C While we're building great new tools to build communities, we've done very little to ensure that people around the world have access to them. And even when we've made it possible for people in developing nations to speak, we've done little to ensure that anyone listens. How do we ensure that the "Second Superpower" Jim...

Aaron Swartz - Downloading Isn't Stealing »

Aaron SwartzThe New York Times Upfront asked me to contribute a short piece to a point/counterpoint they were having on download. (I would defend downloading, of course.) I thought I managed to write a pretty good piece, especially for its size and audience, in a couple days. But then I found out my piece was cut because the Times had decided not to tell kids to break the law. So, from the graveyard, here it is. Stealing is wrong. But downloading isn’t stealing. If I shoplift an album from my local record store, no one else can buy it. But...

Ecto beta is out »

Ecto, the OS X blogging client by Adriaan (disclosure: Adriaan works for me) is out for beta testing. Check it out....

Tim Oren heckles us about the Internet not helping Dean close the popularity gap »

Tim Oren cites a poll by the Washington Post showing that the Internet has not helped Dean close the popularity gap with Bush. He says:Tim Oren @ Due DiligenceBut those who think the removal of big media means the newly empowered wil start singing 'Kumbaya' and turn into anti-Bush, anti-war 'emergent democracy' citizens are indulging in wishful thinking, and we now have evidence to that effect. (Yes, I'm looking at you, Joi.) These newly empowered participants actually have to be persuaded. And that's a very good thing, too.I agree. There is still a lot we need to do. I think...

Bush in 30 Seconds »

Fifteen "bush in 30 second" ads on MoveOn.Org. "a political advertising contest sponsored by moveon.org voter fund."...

The cultural context of money in Japan »

I'm going to reply to some of the comments on the items, but I thought I'd post this thought I had this morning in the context of the discussion about dichotomies and money/privilege. It is interesting to note that 90% of people interviewed in the US think that people around them respect entrepreneurs while only 10% of people interviewed felt the same way about entrepreneurs. The culture of the US was build during a primarily industrial revolution oriented social backdrop. Japan, however, built a great deal of its culture during the backdrop of an agrarian society. The traditional caste system...

Traffic, obsession and happiness »

I disagree somewhat with Adina. I think that traffic is similar to attention. Attention is not the same as power or money, but it is sought after in the same way and in some ways is something that money can't buy and is actually more valuable and difficult to gain. Having said that, it's not about the traffic. Just like it's not about money, or attention. Money, attention and traffic do not, at the end of the day, make you happy. It is associated with privilege and power. I've met many people who have privilege and power (and money and...

What's wrong with binary logic? »

I've been accused of using binary logic and am still having a very difficult time understanding the problem with it. Anne Galloway's blog has very high quality readership so I am fascinated by the discussion, but I still need some help understanding. Anne, I hate to highjack the comments section on your blog entry, but I have a feeling I'm still missing a very important point. I am turning off comments on the this item on my blog. If you have thoughts, please post them in context on Anne's blog....

A message to the left-wing freak show from the Club for Growth »

John Perry BarlowLest anyone lull themselves into the belief that the left has taken an uncontested lead in the bad-mouthing-the-oppostion derby, I submit the following from an Iowa anti-Dean ad being run by The Club for Growth, a PAC which describes itself as "one of the nation’s leading free-market political advocacy organizations." In a current press release on their web site, they announce an ad that began running today on Des Moines, Iowa broadcast stations and on cable news channels, for which they have budgeted over $100,000 during this phase of the campaign. For for those who can't stream the...

JeannieAndJibot session at ETech »

If you hang out on #joiito or are interested in learning more and plan to be at ETech, please vote for, sign up for and contribute ideas to the session we are planning. We're going to try to play with RFID's and the Jeannie's cafe idea and we need a head-count so please sign up early if you're interested. Hopefully Hecklebot will be there as well....

Google whois quicklink »

Ev writes about Google's new quicklink for whois. If you search for "whois [domain]" on Google you will get a link to a search on www.ratite.com's Global Whois service for the domain name. I guess this is useful for people who won't touch a command line, but I don't think I'd ever use it. I will continue to open a terminal window and type "whois google.com". That way I can continue to see whois spam too. ;-) $ whois google.com Whois Server Version 1.3 Domain names in the .com and .net domains can now be registered with many different competing...

It's like Microsoft Office... except it's not... »

Eeewwww... What ARE YOU THINKING Apple Computer? I just ordered it anyway, but this is crazy. Microsoft Office is the last thing in the world I'd want to compare iLife with. via Zeitgeist...

What can we do to help blogs promote justice? »

My last blog entry about blogs and justice was a bit theoretical and ended with more questions than answers. Maybe it was confusing. Let me try to be specific. I think blogging will go beyond text and by blogging I mean the whole space that includes all sorts of micro-publishing of micro-content in a highly linked and low-cost way. This includes camera phones, video and audio. There are many things going on right now that will be sand in the vaseline from a technology perspective. Most types of DRM will suck for micro-content distribution. So will things like the broadcast...

Are blogs just? »

Lou Marinoff described one definition of Justice as "doing the right thing at the right time." He continued by explaining that it means you have to define "right thing". There are at least eleven ways of being right. deontology - rules tell us what is right and wrong teleology - The end justifies (or sanctifies) the means virtue ethics - goodness comes from virtues, which are like habits humanistic existentialism - what we choose to do determines what we value nihilistic existentialism - "God is dead." And we killed him. So all moral bets are off analytic ethics - "Goodness"...

Barlow steps out of the echo chamber »

For those of you who continue to argue that most blogs and links between blogs are an echo chamber, go to Barlow's blog and take a look. Barlow has stepped out of his Barlowfriendz mailing list into a community which includes the Barlowenemiez. Barlow eloquently discusses the experience of stepping out of the echo chamber....

You remind me of those people who said they'd never get cell phones »

I remember when everyone shouted into their cell phones and thought that their batteries drained faster when they made long distance phones. I remember when people (who now have cell phones) swore to me that they'd never have a cell phone. I remember when cell phones looked more like military radios. I think it's fine to gripe about technology, but I would warn those people who swear they'll never use a technology. Technology evolves and so do social norms. We've been having a dialog recently about the relationship between social norms and technology. I think this is part of the...

Mailblocks.com is hosed »

I don't know if it is just me or the entire service, but Mailblocks.com, my mail host/spam filter was down for about 11 hours yesterday and has been down most of today. (Still down.) It appears that it is bouncing my mail with a error 500. If you have sent me any important mail in the last day or two, please send it to jito(at)eccosys.com or IM me at joi_ito(at)mac.com. This is the first time I haven't had access to my mail server directly and BOY IS IT FRUSTRATING. I'm going to take a look at moving my mail back...

Smiling makes you happy »

An interesting theory that facial expressions affect blood-flow to the brain and are not just results of emotions. The assertion is that these blood-flows affect our emotions. So SMILE! :-)Zajonc, R. B., Emotion and Facial Efference: A Theory Reclaimed, Scince, 1985, 288, 15-2 He also asserted that elation follows the smile, not the opposite. The blood flow changes caused by contracting the facial muscles in the smile alter cerebral blood flow and cause an emotional change. He extends this reasoning to account for all kinds of other bizarre facial habits associated with emotions -- wrinkled forheads, rubbing one's eyes, hand...

Mars rover animations »

Amazing high quality animations of Mars rover. Via Gen Kanai...

Speech tomorrow at Rakuten »

I'm giving a speech about the future of the Internet tomorrow afternoon from 2:30pm-3:30pm JST. The speech will be at the Rakuten New Year party. (Rakuten acquired Infoseek Japan and I am now on the Portal Group advisory committee.) I'll try to stream it, but it will be in Japanese. My slides are in English and I've put my outline on my wiki. Please feel free to add comments or links to examples on the wiki. The outline just lists the topics I will cover, but not what I'm going to say. ;-) I'll be giving live demos of #joiito...

Wisdom from Ev »

EvCome to think of it, this is a corollary to one of my favorite truisms: We judge ourselves by our intensions and others by their actions.Yup....

Judgmental technology »

It's kind of funny when Basil's TiVo thinks he's gay and Kevin's Outlook thinks Scoble's writing is junk, but it won't be funny when CAPPS II thinks you're a terrorist....

CSS in RSS removed »

I've removed the CSS Stylesheets in my RSS feed until further notice. I'll let the discussions play out and will wait for the tool builders to decide what is best before I start pushing on this. Thanks for all of the interesting feedback everyone....

Fun in Davos »

I'm in Davos right now and here are a list of entries I've posted from here.Notes from Media Leaders Community sessionDiscussion with Media LeadersSpam for dinnerWhere are you my Sun? Breakfast between Global Leaders for Tomorrow, Social Entrepreneurs and Religious Leaders Original post below....

Breathalizer Moblogging »

Phillip Torrone, moblogger extraordinaire breathalyzer moblogs his NYE....

We are not technological determinists »

First of all, I'm glad I'm not an academic. I wouldn't have known what a technological determinist was or how insulted one could be being called such unless danah had explained this to me awhile ago. But... now that I am sensitized, I would have to respond to Lago's claim that we are assuming technological determinism by saying that we clearly are not. Many under-estimate the impact that technical decisions have on society. Lessig's book "Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace" drives this point home. On the other hand, many technologists underestimate the impact that social norms have on technology....

Joi Ito's Stuff »

In order to 1) mess around with TypePad more, 2) allow me to indulge my gadget obsession with complete abandonment and 3) experiment with multiple blogs, I've decided to start a blog about Joi Ito's Stuff. It is "a blog about stuff that I have, why I have it, what I'm doing with it and how I feel about it." I have no idea if this is a good idea or not, but starting blogs on New Year's Day seems like a good idea to me....

We Quit Drinking »

We Quit Drinking: A blog by and about people who have chosen to not drink alcohol. A new blog for a new year....

A blog about addiction »

In my highly enlightened state this morning, I mused about the idea of a multi-author blog about resisting addiction. People could share their experience and we could also discuss the meta-issue of creating a network to support people who are trying to quit. I'm pretty set on getting this started today so I'm soliciting ideas before I kick it off. I need a name and a few key things to focus on. I guess that figuring out the URL is pretty important. Any ideas?...

Joi Ito Reloaded »

I just woke up from sleeping for 18 hours. I know some people who sleep 18 hours+ regularly, but for someone who averages 4-6 hours a day, 18 hours of sober sleep is quite a psychosomatic journey. I had had a full night's sleep the night before, but sitting in the sun cuddling Bo after a big huge brunch with Mizuka's family, their chatter turning into a comfortable drone in the background sent me into a deeeeeep sleep. I just woke up and my brain is in a interesting state. I've had two espressos but I still can't type properly....

Japanese New Year »

The Japanese holiday season is inverted compared to the US. Christmas is spent as a partying frenzy and as we approach the New Year things slow down. The days before New Year, we spend cleaning our houses and preparing osechi. Osechi is food that keeps well and tastes OK cold. Cooking a lot of osechi allowed the women (who typically did the cooking in the house) to take a break for a few days during the new year. The idea is to cook up a bunch of osechi, eat your noodles, go to the shrine, ask for good luck, and...

Creative Commons and The Kuleshov Effect »

As we start working on the details involved in the launch the sampling license over at Creative Commons, we find, as always, that God is in the details. The idea behind the sampling license is that many artists don't mind if their music is sampled by other artists as long as there is attribution. The Creative Commons is currently proposing two sampling licenses. The normal sampling license which allows other artists to transform the work even for commercial use, while prohibiting distribution of verbatim copies of the entire work. The Sampling-Plus license offers the same rights but allows verbatim sharing...

Some 2003 site stats »

I did a quick review of the 2003 stats for this site. Last time I posted my stats, Jeffrey Zeldman slammed my bad manners, but Cory thought it was fine and pointed out that he posts his stats ever new year. Liz points out in that thread that my site includes comments (and puts them in the same html as my entry for all of Google to index). Of the 8475 posts on my blog, 1247 are entries from me and 7288 are comments from YOU. This blog is more about community than a site with no participation.A quick survey of people on #joiito about whether I should post stats also resulted in mixed reactions.So, thus justified (and confused), I present (some of) my stats (in the continuation in an attempt to be a LITTLE PC).And for the record, I don't feel inferior to sites that have more traffic than me and I don't chuckle at sites that have less.This blog started 2003 with 5,000 page views a day and ended up with 28,000 page views a day. There were approximately 2.7 million sessions with 6.8 million page views for a total of 464 GB of blog viewing.The Browser breakdown looked like this:Internet Explorer21.72%undefined18.75%NetNewsWire11.04%SharpReader6.86%NewsGator6.30%Mozilla Compatible Agent 5.20%Radio UserLand3.38%Mozilla3.06%Safari2.16%85% of you came directly to the site and 3% of you came from www.google.com. 1,210 people ended up here by searching for the term "best headphones" (hope you liked the Shure's!), 1,133 people ended up here by searching for "diet coke" (Sorry!) and 814 people ended up here searching for "stealth disco" (boy that was fun wasn't it?).My RSS 2.0 feed was 24% of my page views, my html top page was 7% and my RSS 1.0 feed was 5.5%.382 of you registered your name and birthday in my birthday database. (Thanks!)37% of you came from .net, 19% from .com, 10% from .jp, 3% from .edu, 1% from .uk. .ca, .de, .au, .ch, and .nl and 21% from unknown (to me) domains.

Munakata Shrine »

Just got back from Munakata Shrine. This year we moved to a small village in Chiba and Mizuka and I decided to go to the local shrine to pay our New Years respects. At Munakata Shrine, we met many of our neighbors, clensed ourselves and payed our respects. I've just uploaded some photos. Anyway, Happy New Year EVERYBODY!...
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