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March 2004 Archives

In Cannes »

I just arrived in Canne. I'm giving a talk tomorrow and will be on a panel the day after for Milia......

Ze Frank on Friendster »

Ze Frank, who was on my panel yesterday has a hilarious movie. MUST See. Makes fun of Friendster, Orkut and Wallop. And Ze is a VERY funny guy. Check out his web page....

Do all Frenchmen kiss their PDAs? »

You silly French. I love this picture of Loic. ;-) I'm looking forward to going to Cannes tomorrow....

Reality News »

Reality News - Jeff Jarvis...

The New Google »

Seth GodinThe New Google Google changed their UI today. The scary thing is how wrong it feels. Obviously, the small changes aren't wrong, but the fact that you notice them is a testament to how spectacular the marketing of the "original" Google was.The funny thing is... When I was chairman of Infoseek Japan, we would do user surveys every time we changed the UI, and almost EVERY time we did it just about 50% of the people hated the new UI. It was always big let-down after spending so much time re-doing the UI. I think people get used to...

Continuous Partial Attention »

Wet talked last night with Linda Stone about her idea of continuous partial attention. She says it is different from multi-tasking.Linda StoneFrom Inc.com It's not the same as multitasking; that's about trying to accomplish several things at once. With continuous partial attention, we're scanning incoming alerts for the one best thing to seize upon: "How can I tune in in a way that helps me sync up with the most interesting, or important, opportunity?This is really relevant to some of the thoughts I've been having about the UI of mobile devices and how they fade in and out of your...

Valenti, Right and Wrong, Is a Man to Respect »

Dan GillmorValenti, Right and Wrong, Is a Man to Respect How I wish Jack Valenti had been on our side in the copyright war. Valenti will soon retire from his decades-long post as president of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), the industry's enormously effective lobbying arm. I'm going to miss him.I recently met Jack at a conference last year but I first met Jack when I was working in Hollywood and was a translator at a meeting between him and the chairman of NHK, the Japanese public broadcasting company. I also worked with Jack's son, John, on Indian...

Examples for Creative Commons »

I've been thinking about finding interesting use of content sharing "in the wild" and trying to codify and transplant them. For instance, the dojinshi comics in Japan are fan derivative works of commercial comics. They are tolerated and sometimes even looked upon favorably by publishers in Japan because they are part of a positive fan community and sort of promote the originals. Many forms of Japanese poetry are based on derivative works and often allow people to republish them as a part of the norm. This provides a very vibrant community of sharing and "commons building". Both have functioning business...

The irony of Orkut and Wallop's platforms »

Isn't it funny/interesting that Wallop, Microsoft's social networking project is built using flash, xml and sql while Orkut, Google's social network project is built using .Net and C#? Microsoft avoids being locked into the Microsoft platform while Orkut is completely locked in. hmmm... What does this mean?...

Racing through Chernobyl »

A web site by a women who races her motorcycle through the Chernobyl "Ghost Town." Amazing photos.about town where one can ride with no stoplights, no police, no danger to hit some cage or some dog..via Markoff...

Off to Seattle »

I'm at Narita airport now on my to Seattle for a thingie at Microsoft. I hate the immigration at Seattle. I've had more bad experiences there than any other US port of entry I've ever been to. I've seen fathers deported because the checked "tourist" and mumbled something about visiting company friends and have had friends grilled for hours. I have also been treated rather poorly several times. I heard from someone that they trained immigration officers in Seattle. In any case, I'm not looking forward to it. I know my friends in the US State Department read this blog....

Hitting the iTunes DRM speedbump »

Cory blogged about this, but beware if you are buying music on iTunes and are prone to buying new Macintosh computers. You can only authorize three machines to play your iTunes purchased music. I recently bought a new machine and gave my old one to a friend. I have a desktop and my original PowerBook is being used by my aunt. So I had to track down my friend and have him log in as me and "deauthorize" the machine before I could authorize this machine. Which basically means, you have three lives. Lose/wreck/give away/sell three Macs and your iTunes...

Fixed in translation »

My current friend and former nemesis, Hiroo Yamagata and I were on a panel with Larry Lessig last week. He casually mentioned that he had decided to translate Das Kapital into Japanese. He is one of the best translators in Japan and has translated Lessig, Leary, Krugman and many others. Anyway, he said that all of the existing translations were related to the Japanese communist party in some way and were edited and filtered. For instance, violence and other things were omitted. He remembered someone in college who argued Marx with him based on a faulty translation and in retrospect,...

Richard Clarke apology »

pseudorandomCorrect Me If I'm Wrong... ...but I can't remember any current high-ranking member of the Bush Administration ever saying anything like what Richard Clarke said today: Mr. Clarke began his testimony before the bipartisan, 10-member panel, formally known as the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, with an apology to relatives of the 3,000 people killed on Sept. 11, 2001. "Your government failed you," he said, his voice close to breaking. "Those entrusted with protecting you failed you, and I failed you." "We tried hard," Mr. Clarke went on, "but that doesn't matter, because we failed. And...

Wearing black in protest »

GlutterCHINA HAS FURTHER CURBED FREE SPEECH AMONG ITS CITIZENS THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT HAS BANNED ALL TYPEPAD SITES WITHIN CHINA. ANOTHER BLOW TO FREESPEECH AND FREEDOM OF INFORMATION WITHIN THE COUNTRY. THIS IS A SAD DAY. GLUTTER TURNS BLACK AS A MEANS TO PROTEST AND BRING ATTENTION TO THIS ISSUE If I could so much ask, I would like to suggest others who own typepad sites and other blogs to put a note on theirs as a means to spread the word.So until TypePad blogs are unblocked, you will all have to bear with this ugly black border around my blog....

Reading "Free Culture" »

AKMALet’s Start Something Anyone feel like recording a chapter of Lawrence Lessig’s new book?What a great idea! Maybe someone can make some music for it too. Anyway, I better read the book first. ;-p...

Bush Jokes About Absent Wmd »

Bush Jokes About Absent Wmd Haha. Very funny... not. Via Lauren Weinstein's Blog...

Congress moving to criminalize P2P »

Xeni of Boing Boing writes in Wired News about Congress moving to criminalize P2P.XeniRead the full text of Senator Hatch's remarks describing children as "human shields against copyright owners and law enforcement agencies," and the "piracy machine designed to tempt them to engage in copyright piracy or pornography distribution," here. Human shields my ass. These kids are customers who are being treated like criminals. I know this is dead horse kicking, but I've learned about and subsequently purchased more music online since I started sharing music files. As a DJ, when I made mixed tapes, I was promoting these bands...

"Free Culture" is »

Lawrence Lessig“Free Culture” is Thanks to the lessons explained by others (Cory), and the courage of a great publisher (Penguin), Free Culture launches today with a free online version of the book, licensed under a Creative Commons license. You can get the book here, though at the moment, only the bittorrent version is apparently up. Later today, there will be a direct download available from the Free Culture site, and from the Amazon site. Sorry, a bit late in blogging this......

Full-Time Intimate Community »

I've been talking a lot about the Full-Time Intimate Community lately. I comes from work that Misa Matsuda is doing at her lab and I heard about this from my sister who is doing a lot of work in this area. It's a study about the mobile phone email communications of people in Japan and how people seem to keep in close contact with four or five people using a constant stream of messages. The point is that the content of the messages aren't as important as the fact that the people in this "Full-Time Intimate Community" are aware of...

Loic on European Emergent Democracy »

Loic blogs about and starts a wiki page on Emergent Democracy in Europe....

International Workshop on Inverse Surveillance - April 12 »

This should be a cool event. I'll be participating remotely in some way, but if you can make it, you should. I'm on the program committee.Subject: Int'l Workshop on Inverse Surveillance: Camphones, 'glogs, and eyetaps Call for Participation: International Workshop on Inverse Surveillance: Cameraphones, Cyborglogs, and Computational seeing aids; exploring and defining a research agenda Date: 2004 April 12th. Time: 12:00noon to 4pm, EST (a working lunch will be served) Location: Colony Hotel (1-866-824-9330), 89 Chestnut Street, Toronto...

Is TypePad blocked in China? »

I just got email saying that TypePad is being blocked in China. Can anyone else confirm this?...

Toothing »

Why I wish Japanese phones had bluetooth....

Photoshopped by Betsy »

Umm... thanks Betsy. But I would rather have been superman. But I guess it's better than this. My photoshopping has definitely gotten better since I've started blogging. Lucky for MT users that images in comments are turned off by default now....

New Technorati beta launches »

New Technorati beta launches. New looks, new features. Go to www.technorati.com to give it a whirl....

Richard Clarke on 60 Minutes - Did Bush Press For Iraq-9/11 Link? »

60 MinutesDid Bush Press For Iraq-9/11 Link? "Rumsfeld was saying that we needed to bomb Iraq," Clarke said to Stahl. "And we all said ... no, no. Al-Qaeda is in Afghanistan. We need to bomb Afghanistan. And Rumsfeld said there aren't any good targets in Afghanistan. And there are lots of good targets in Iraq. I said, 'Well, there are lots of good targets in lots of places, but Iraq had nothing to do with it. "Initially, I thought when he said, 'There aren't enough targets in-- in Afghanistan,' I thought he was joking. via Dan Gillmor...

iPodrace »

8.7MB movie about... an iPod race. via Markoff...

Too Many Daves »

The blogs have created another Dave. Now don't get me wrong. Some of my best friends are Daves, but we definitely have too many Daves.Dr. SeussDid I ever tell you that Mrs. McCave Had twenty-three sons, and she named them all Dave? Well, she did. And that wasn't a smart thing to do. You see, when she wants one, and calls out "Yoo-Hoo! Come into the house, Dave!" she doesn't get one. All twenty-three Daves of hers come on the run! This makes things quite difficult at the McCaves' As you can imagine, with so many Daves. And often she...

Six Apart and Ublog SA sign an exclusive representation agreement in Europe »

Six Apart and Ublog SA sign an exclusive representation agreement in Europe. Welcome onboard Loïc!...

LOAF »

LOAFLoaf is a way to share your address book without abandoning your privacy.Yet another cool idea hatched on IRC by Joshua and Maciej with help from Peter and Dan. It's a distributed email hack that uses Bloom Filters to allow you to check whether mail is from people you know, partial strangers or complete strangers. Lots of obvious applications in spam filters and social networks. Good stuff. Check out the web page....

Six Apart announced TypeKey »

Six Apart announced TypeKey. It's a user login system that can among other things, help prevent comment spam. It will work with Movable Type 3.0 and TypePad....

Six Apart closes TypePad deal with NTT Commnications »

Six Apart just closed a TypePad deal with NTT Communications. Congrats team!...

Three dogs »

Not that most of you will care, but we have three dogs now. Our friend moved to a new apartment and couldn't keep her dog, Dino. Dino's a bit stressed from being in quarantine at Narita for a month. We got Pookie from another neighbor. Anyway, Bo, Pookie and Dino are running around the house right now like the cartoon Tasmanian devil....

Discussion with Larry Lessig and Hiroo Yamagata tomorrow »

Having a discussion with Larry Lessig and Hiroo Yamagata tomorrow at ICC. It will be about Creative Commons and will have a live video stream....

Dishonest Dubya »

Dishonest Dubya. Funny. via Peggy...

Using Orkut to see who's online »

Orkut's "my friends" window seems to put the most recently active users on top. In other words, the people in your friends window are probably recently online. I have begun to use this method to find active people on IM, email or IRC....

Racial stereotypes in Korean newspaper »

copyright hani.co.kr Speaking of racial stereotypes... Here's a cartoon of bloggers writing about the the impeachment in Korea from a Korean newspaper. On the other hand, at least they're reading the blogs. via dda on IRC...

0-3 for Mesa Airlines »

When I was flying into Austin from Tokyo, I had a connection in SFO. When I arrived, there were a bunch of friends waiting to board the flight to Austin to go to SXSW. They told us there were maintenance problems with the flight and they kept delaying the flight until finally, 3 hours later, they cancelled it. There was a mad rush to the gate agent who booked us onto a Continental flight to Austin through Houston. In Houston, there were two flights to Austin and we were randomly distributed between the later flight and the earlier flight. The...

Off to Tokyo »

See ya later Austin and thanks for all the steak!...

Three birds with one stone - what a deal! »

Larry needs to get rid of these books, you REALLY need to read this book, Creative Commons needs the money. Do the right thing. If you haven't read Future of Ideas, donate to CC now and get a copy of Larry's last book now.Lawrence LessigAs I just said, I’ve got a new book coming out in about ten days. To clear the shelves, and to thank blog readers, I’ve got a few hardcover copies of my last book, The Future of Ideas, that I’ll happily send to anyone who makes a contribution of at least $5 to Creative Commons. To...

Angle-Grinder Man is back »

Angle-Grinder Man is back. His web page is here....

Rumsfeld Faces The Nation, And Stammers »

Video clip of Rumseld on Face The NationFace The NationSCHIEFFER: Well, let me just ask you this. If they did not have these weapons of mass destruction, though, granted all of that is true, why then did they pose an immediate threat to us, to this country? Sec. RUMSFELD: Well, you're the--you and a few other critics are the only people I've heard use the phrase "immediate threat." I didn't. The president didn't. And it's become kind of folklore that that's--that's what's happened. The president went... SCHIEFFER: You're saying that nobody in the administration said that. Sec. RUMSFELD: I--I can't...

Wireless and Grassroots Innovation panel today »

One more panel...Wireless and Grassroots Innovation Tuesday, March 16 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm 16A WiFi is a grassroots phenomenon where innovation is driven by the DIY gestalt that is so much a part of Internet and Open Source development. What are the latest grassroots developments and how do they relate to the future of wireless? Cory Doctorow , Outreach Coord - Electronic Frontier Foundation Dan Gillmor , Columnist - San Jose Mercury News Brad King , Author David Weinberger - Small Pieces Loosely Joined Joichi Ito , CEO - Neoteny John Quarterman , CEOI haven't seen John Quarterman since...

Targeting one homeland-security photo-op a month for Bush »

TIMEAdministration sources tell TIME that employees at the Department of Homeland Security have been asked to keep their eyes open for opportunities to pose the President in settings that might highlight the Administration’s efforts to make the nation safer. The goal, they are being told, is to provide Bush with one homeland-security photo-op a month.They should just give him a moblog and have him do it himself. via bopnews via American Footprint...

Ecto now supports del.icio.us »

Ecto now supports del.icio.us. It allows me now to take any URL using in a blog post and submit it to del.icio.us (the URL bookmark exchange) with one click from inside of Ecto (my blogging client). You can see all of these URLs under the delicious tab in my sidebar. You can also subscribe to the URLs in my delicious feed as an RSS feed....

EFF/Creative Commons Party tonight »

EFF / CREATIVE COMMONS JAMBOREE "Beware the Ides of March" Monday, March 15 8:00 pm El Sol y La Luna, 1224 S Congress Ave It's time for the annual cyberactivist jam honoring the exceptional work of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and EFF-Austin, joined this year by our friends from Creative Commons and Common Content! A plethora of delicious Mexican munchies from El Sol y La Luna will be served... Right in the heart of Austin's uber-cool SoCo district. Electronic music by Thomas Fang, Gift Culture, and David Demaris. Video art by mc squared. ABSOLUTELY NO COVER! Party coordinated by EFF-Austin....

First Supercomputer flashmob »

Looks like the date for the first supercomputer flashmob has been decided. Someone moblog this please!The University of San Francisco is sponsoring the first FlashMob Supercomputer on - Saturday, April 3, from 8 am to 6 pm, in the - Koret Center of the University of San Francisco. We're planning to network 1200-1400 laptops with Myrinet and Foundry Switches. We'll be running High-Performance Linpack, and we're hoping to achieve 600 GFLOPS, which is faster than some of the Top500 fastest supercomputers. We need volunteers to - Bring their laptops: Pentium III or IV or AMD, minimum requirements 1.3 GHz with...

California attorney general preparing to slam P2P »

Wired News just ran an article by Xeni exposing a draft letter circulated by Bill Lockyer, California attorney general slamming P2P. The metadata on the Word document shows that it has been edited/reviewed by the Motion Picture Association of America. Another example of Hollywood using the US government to push its agenda to blame and limit technology which it views as a threat. It is me, or is this pretty "smoking gun"?...

Mobile gaming and group forming panels today »

I'm on two panels today. I am moderating this panel:Mobile Gaming and Entertainment Monday, March 15 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm 16A Mobile applications that succeed as commercial products require careful planning and evolution to work with cellular networks and operating systems. What are the steps leading to successful commercialization? Joichi Ito , CEO - Neoteny Art Min - Metrowerks Mario Champion , Chief Creative Officer - team smartypants inc Dave couldn't make it to SXSW so I'm taking Dave's place on this panel: Ridiculously Easy Group Forming Monday, March 15 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm 17B Ridiculously easy group...

Weblogs and Emergent Democracy panel »

I'm the the following panel today at SXSW. Weblogs and Emergent Democracy Sunday, March 14 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm 18AB Traditionally, popular will in democracies is interpreted and applied to decision-making processes indirectly through representatives--legislators, lobbyists, activists, media, etc. Will expanded growth of weblogs and social networks, as well as tools for analysis of content and connections, bring us closer to the ideal of direct democracy? Adina Levin - Socialtext/EFFAustin Joichi Ito , CEO - Neoteny Jon Lebkowsky , CEO - Polycot Consulting LLC Mitch Ratcliffe - Internet/Media Strategies Inc. Zack RosenIf we say anything interesting, I'll post notes...

SXSW is blogger unfriendly »

There is a "no photography or videotaping" policy for the sessions. If I had known, I wouldn't have lugged my Canon Digital Rebel with me... There is also a $90 fine for using any of the power outlets in the halls or in the session rooms. What do they think we're going to do, plug Marshall amps into the power outlets and start playing in the halls? Pretty blogger unfriendly... UPDATECoryThe Austin conference center has changed its tune about its policy forbidding attendees from using the AC outlets. Jon Lebkowsky says, "They changed the rule - people can plug...

Don Park on Korean President Roh's impeachment »

Don Park on Korean President Roh's impeachment...

Chinese being frozen out of Japanese student visa process »

Chinese being frozen out of student visa process - The Japan Times A poll by the Japan Times shows that the Japanese Government is making it hard for Chinese to receive student visas. Out of 3,818 Chinese applicants polled, only 27.1% were granted visas, compared to 87.6% of the 2,332 non-Chinese applicants polled. The paper quotes a Tokyo Metropolitan Police official saying, "In particular, heinous crimes committed by Chinese make up 65 percent of the total, showing an exceedingly high percentage compared with other nationals." This trend of bashing the Chinese for criminals in Japan is a trend lead by...

Taxi flight recorders »

Future NowBlack boxes for taxis According to dottocomu, Japanese taxi firm "Nihon Kotsu has announced it is to introduce "flight recorders" to its fleet--a device that will record video as seen from the driver's seat for 18 seconds spanning before and after an accident." via Ross...

Off to Austin »

Off to Austin for today SXSW and the Wireless Future conference. I'll be there until the 17th. Logistics are on the wiki. I will be moderating a panel on wireless gaming on Monday from 15:30 and participating in a panel on Wireless and Grassroots Innovation on Tuesday from 15:30. If you're in Austin, lets hook up....

China shutting down blogs »

Isaac MaoThe biggest ever block on blog in China Blogbus.com, one of the biggest blogging service in China, has been ordered to shut down it's service from noon today....

Terrible terrorist incident in Spain »

In case you're just waking up and reading blogs before reading the news. There has been a terrible terrorist incident in Spain. News on CNN.com. The last count I saw was over 170 192 people dead. Several commuter trains in the early morning to Madrid. Government says it was the ETA. Victor has compiled a lot of information on the attack....

Similarity between Finnish and Japanese »

New York Times on the Finnish character and comment about similarity to Japanese. So why do these are these two cultures full of repressed emotion, alcoholism and suicide also (sort of) lead the world in mobile phones? What's the connection? Hmm... via Gen Kanai...

Buzz2Talk SIP client for Symbian »

Buzz2Talk is a Symbian application that lets you push-to-talk and use SIP to talk over gprs. What this means is that you can use the data channel on your phone to do voice over IP instead of making voice calls. This means that if gprs becomes flat rate (IF) then you will be able to call your friends without using the carrier telephone circuits. This looks like yet another extremely useful application for mobile phones that really throws the whole billing structure of mobile phone operators through a wringer. Does voice become free? Should they charge more for different...

Nathan and Michael of the American Cancer Society »

Today I met with Nathan Grey and Michael Mitchell of the American Cancer Society. Nathan is working on building their International network and Michael is in charge of the Futuring and Innovation Center. Randall Moss, who I met at ETech pointed them my way. My mother had cancer for decades before she passed away and my sister and I struggled much of our lives her cancer in the family and dealing with a variety of issues: financial, social, medical and psychological. I remember using the American Cancer Society web page when I was looking for help online. The idea...

My new P900i »

My new P900i. More about it on my stuff blog....

Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force Ad »

I think this is old news on the Net, but the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force has produced an ad that is has begun to show on big screens at major intersections now and will soon be on TV. It's a bit embarrassing as a Japanese, but I guess it makes us look less threatening... via Wirefarm See the JMSDF site for the movie....

Technorati »

I have decided to take on an additional role outside of Neoteny working with Technorati's team heading their exploration of opportunities in the mobile and international realms. I will be splitting my time between Neoteny, Six Apart and Technorati as my primary responsibilities with board positions on SocialText, Creative Commons and a few other companies and non-profits as additional roles....

Some changes at Neoteny »

I have decided to discontinue additional investments from Neoteny and focus on supporting its current portfolio of companies. In particular, I believe that Six Apart has enormous potential and most of Neoteny's resources, including me will be focused on helping to make Six Apart a success....

Nokia Series 60 shortcuts »

Christian Lindholm of Nokia shares some great shortcuts for the Nokia series 60....

Orkutworld »

Orkutworld (1.34MB mp3). Hilarious. (via danah via Cory via FilePile via Kevin via Mighty Mighty Spatchtones)...

Mailblocks down again »

Mailblocks was working well for me ever since it it failed on my in January. At the time, I told them that they should have an outages page so that users could find out why mail wasn't working and when it might be back up. This time, I can access the mailbox, but I haven't been able to receive any new mail for about 8.5 hrs. So if you're trying to reach me urgently, please email me or leave a comment here. They don't have any information on their page or replied to the email I've sent. hmm... I am...

Creative Commons Moving Image Contest Winners »

The Creative Commons Moving Image Contest Winners have been announced. They rock. Check it out....

Just in Tokyo released under CC license »

Justin Hall's guide to Tokyo, "Just in Tokyo" has just been released under a Creative Commons license. It's great for people who want to just dive into Tokyo. Thanks Justin!...

The sound of market share »

When I was traveling in Europe this trip, I heard the default ringtone of the Nokia 6600 everywhere I went and it was confusing because I always thought it was my phone. I mentioned this to someone and they said, "that's the sound of market share." ;-) PS Does anyone know where / how to get a mp3 of the Nokia 6600 default ring tone?...

Sacked by SMS »

Newsweek"What a convenient world we live in - for the management, that is." A union member at a South Korean credit-card company that sacked 161 employees via mobile-phone text messages....

Carriers should be context providers »

As the thought of paying $3500 for a month of gprs sinks in and I think about the speech I'm going to give at MILIA to the carriers and content providers in the audience, I'm thinking more and more about how I think it might be a bad idea for the carriers to get into the content business. I think that as broadband becomes a standard part of households, more and more people will fill up their iPods and mobile devices with all the content they need from their flat-fee low-cost pipe. Most content isn't THAT time sensitive. I don't...

Off to Tokyo »

See ya later Zell am See and thanks for all the wienerschnitzel. Sorry about the sparse blogging the last few days....

Dan Gillmor Tokyo blogger gathering »

Dan Gillmor's organizing a Tokyo bloggers meeting. Unfortunately, I will be in Austria, but Tokyo bloggers, please sign up and show him a good time.Dan GillmorTokyo Blogger Gathering? Arrived in Tokyo last night for a few days. Considering a blogger gathering on Tuesday evening, probably in Akasaka. Shoot me an e-mail, or post a comment below, if you think you can make it....
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