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January 2005 Archives

Fake ads »

The New York Times says that VW is upset about the fake ad showing a suicide bomber and a Polo. I'm sure everyone has seen a reference to this in their local papers. (In a Japanese newspaper, they had a hand-drawn story-board of the ad.) For your reference, Wizbang has links to the video. And just for old time's sake, here are the snopes.com pages for the Ford SportKa and the Nokia fake ads. (They have links to the videos.) People used a lot of flash and video during the elections to express their views online. With more bandwidth...

What Can't I Do Today? »

CopyfightWhat Can't I Do Today? (Donna Wentworth) A Slashdotter, on Endangered Gizmos and the threat to harmless "me2me" uses: At this point, I've accepted that there are things I do that may someday be considered a crime. ...: Record TV shows from my DirecTV reciever that I pay a monthly subscription fee for into my computer using a Hauppauge PVR250 card for archival purposes (to show friends and family when they come over) Rip all CDs that I buy to the infinitely more convenient Ogg Vorbis format so that I can listen to my music anywhere Stream any audio or...

Another example of Japanese anti-foreigner bullshit »

The Japan TimesPromotion just for Japanese: supreme court South Korean civil servant's suit fails The Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned a high court ruling and supported the Tokyo Metropolitan Government's decision to bar a civil servant from taking a managerial promotion exam due to her South Korean nationality.They are upholding a Tokyo ban on allowing foreigners to take positions of authority in public services. the ruling is "Based on the (constitutional) principle of national sovereignty and in view of the fact that the people should in the end be responsible for how the central and local governments govern, (the Constitution)...

Gesture lost in translation »

Xeni @ Boing BoingJenna Bush, Spawn of Satan Is it me, or is Jenna Bush holding up the sign of Satan next to her father's face in this photo? Choose picture #7 in this MSNBC slide show. Here's the original MSNBC Link, and here's a link to a copy of the photo I saved locally (it's now offline at MSNBC) (thanks Jeremy) Update: BB reader Charles Bestal says, "As a University of Texas student, we hear a good bit about the party animal around campus -- but it should be noted that she is most likely invoking the school's hand-sign...

WEF meeting in Davos »

People have been pinging me about this, so I guess I should post something about it. I'm not going to Davos this year. I wasn't invited this year. Not sure exactly why... But I'm in pretty good company... Anyway, I posted some thoughts on the Forum over on Omidyar Network which I'll post here as well. Joi ItoThis may sound like sour grapes, but I didn't get invited to Davos this year, but after going for 4 years, I was also planning on possibly not going. It's great fun meeting old friends, but I'm finding many of the smaller conferences...

starting the car »

Eric and I were chatting about how cool Garage Band was and we decided to try collaboration over the Internet. I grabbed some samples off of a talk Lawrence Lessig gave in Helsinki, laid down some beats and "started the car". The I passed it over to Eric. Eric laid down some more tracks, added effects, mixed it and sent it back to me. I added some metadata and posted it to archive.org (being processed now) and "Permission Granted" was born. We just figured this out a few minutes ago, but I think Permission Granted will be a collaboration between...

It's the Wiki Wiki thing »

What happens when you 1) were thinking about stupid songs that you can't get out of your head, 2) are listening to the audio of Jimmy Wales talking about Wikipedia in Boston (audio and text transcripts here), 3) are chatting to wikipedians on IRC and 4) happen to have Garage Band open? This (800K mp3 / 870K ogg). PS I would like to add that many wikipedians contributed links, sounds and feedback in the creation of this piece. It's amazing what you can do as a community. ;-P Just kidding, I can not take credit for the entire work, but...

Halley interviews Dan Gillmor on Memory Lane »

Halley interviews Dan Gillmor on Memory Lane. Two of my favorite people. Dan, as usual, presents a balanced view on blogging and journalism....

New Technorati search Firefox plug-in from ratherbiased.com »

Firefox plugin for Technorati search from ratherbiased.com. via Sifry...

Silicon Valley 100 »

Silicon Valley 100 is a project by Auren Hoffman. I was lucky enough to make it on the list. The idea is to make a list of "connectors" and send them new gadgets and products to test. Newsweek just did a story about this. I think it is almost like an opt-in focus group. The obvious criticism would be these companies are trying to buy "buzz". The difference between this and some buzz creation companies is 1) it's not stealth 2) they don't tell you what to say. I checked with Auren and he says that we can write whatever...

Jib Jab again »

In case you missed it - the new Jib Jab......

A chat with AKMA about self-esteem »

A few weeks ago, there was an article in Scientific American "debunking" the myth of self-esteem. I've never been to therapy in the US so I don't have first hand experience, but my good friend John Vasconcellos is one of the founders of the movement and my impressions about the movement from him were that it was important and useful. John told me that he thought the definition that they used in the article was different from the one he was using. He said he would get back to me on his thoughts on the article. I found a thread...

Defining privacy »

tins ::: Rick Klau's weblogBonus goofy news item of the week: Paris Hilton’s Blackberry was hacked. Quoth the source for this bombshell:“It’s one thing to have people looking at your sex tapes, but having people reading your personal e-mails is a real invasion of privacy.”Clearly, different people have different definitions for invasion of privacy....

Support for nofollow »

Six LogSupport for nofollow Recently, we’ve reached out to other blog tool vendors to try to coordinate information about comment spam techniques and behaviors. As part of these efforts, we’ve also begun to talk to search companies about enriching linking semantics to better indicate visitor-submitted content (like comments or TrackBacks). The search team at Google approached us with the idea of flagging hyperlinks with a rel="nofollow" link attribute in order to alert their search spider that a particular link shouldn’t be factored into their PageRank calculations. The Yahoo and MSN search teams have also indicated they’d support this new spec,...

O-Zone madness »

There is song called Dragostea Din Tei on the Disco-Zone CD by O-Zone. O-Zone was a little known Euro-dance act from Romania... until someone in Japan syched some flash to it. Then someone else. Here is the original music video. Then someone made a video. Suddenly, this CD is a hit and many of my friends are ordering it from Amazon. I bet they don't know what hit them. This reminds me of the badger badger/potter potter meme and the Yatta meme. There is some peculiar element of certain songs that gets people's creative juices going. I think they have...

Blogs help reform in Iran »

Hoder @ MetaFilterBlogs help reform in Iran Blogs contribute to political reform in Iran (New York Times): Former vice-president of Iran, Mohammad Ali Abtahi, said that he learned through the Internet about the huge gap between government officials and the younger generation. "We do not understand each other and cannot have a dialogue," he said. "As government officials, we receive a lot of confidential reports about what goes on in society. But I have felt that I learned a lot more about people and the younger generation by reading their Web logs and receiving about 40 to 50 e-mails every...

Omidyar Network cooperation experiments, reputation system »

Smart MobsOmidyar Network cooperation experiments, reputation system The Omidyar Network reputation system is a new experiment in designing the social architecture of an online social network. We'll check back in a year and see how the architecture has influenced the Omidyar Network online community. Something tells me that the $25,000 offered by the network to its members, to do whatever they agree to do, will energize the experiment.When you join omidyar.net, you start with a feedback bank of 10 points. Your feedback bank can be given away, one point at a time, as either positive feedback or negative feedback to...

Gates clarifies is "communists" comment »

Bill Gates clarifies his comments about free culture people being communists in a Gizmodo interview. via Lessig...

Geeky cooking »

Cook's Illustrated is by far my favorite recipe database with their extremely extensive and geeky/scientific approach to cooking. O'Reilly has now launched Gastronomy for Geeks. It's like a competition of cooks trying to be geeks and geeks trying to be cooks. Which reminds me... I need to go cook some lunch....

Technorati tags »

We have tags at Technorati now. Explanation about tags here. Interestingly, a lot of the tags are Japanese......

LinkedIn suddenly popular at PeopleSoft »

Chiara Fox . comLinkedIn Craziness Everyone at PeopleSoft is going a bit nuts with getting their networks up-to-date and whatnot. Not surprising since it's a little more than a month until the axe drops upon most folks here. Invitations to LinkedIn are flying around like nobody's business.If you search for PeopleSoft employees who have joined in the last 30 days, you get over 3,700 results. There are 5,500 or so employees listed in total which is around half of their employees. It probably has something to do with the fact that 6,000 PeopleSoft employees are supposed to get the axe...

Getting out the vote in Ramallah »

OneVoiceGetting out the vote in Ramallah More photos are available in the new Palestinian Elections gallery.Good luck and my cheers for everyone working on getting out the vote in Palestine!...

Potter Potter »

Potter Potter... And you won't get this unless you were part of the Badger Badger Badger infection awhile back. via Eno...

Jay Rosen's letter to Dan Rather »

Jay Rosen questions whether Dan Rather has ACTUALLY learned his lesson.A Short Letter to Dan Rather "So I kind of resent your attitude toward your numerous critics who operate their own self-published sites on the Web. They were being more accurate than you were, much of the time. I don't speak for them, but I know my own archive." Plus: Lose the spokesperson, Dan. Hire your own blogger. Dear Dan Rather: "Lest anyone have any doubt," you said in your statement yesterday, "I have read the report, I take it seriously, and I shall keep its lessons well in mind."...

IBM contributes 500 patents to the public »

Ross Mayfield's WeblogIBM Opens the Patent Market Steve Lohr reports that IBM is open sourcing 500 patents.John Kelly, the senior vice president for technology and intellectual property, called the patent contribution "the beginning of a new era in how I.B.M. will manage intellectual property."Perhaps for more than just IBM -- competitors may have to follow, um, suit.  While 500 patents is a drop in the bucket for the largest portfolio (40k), this is a significant move and part of a broader strategy to commoditize their inputs, pool risk, leverage a lead in services and change the game."This is exciting," said...

Arrogance at Apple »

Dan Gillmor on Grassroots JournalismArrogance at Apple CNet: Apple suit foreshadows coming products. Apple on Tuesday sued the publisher of Mac enthusiast site Think Secret and other unnamed individuals, alleging that recent postings on the site contain Apple trade secrets, according to court documents seen by CNET News.com. The suit, filed Tuesday in the Superior Court of Santa Clara County, Calif., aims to identify who is leaking the information and to get an injunction preventing further release of trade secrets. However, in filing the suit, Apple identifies specific articles that contain trade secrets, indicating that at least parts of those...

$1500 to read "Sony Talks about PSP"? »

Seth's BlogIs there a future in selling digital words? Sanj points me to Amazon.com: e-Books & Docs: Just in Time: Sony Talks About PSP [DOWNLOAD: PDF]. This is a special "flash report" from a reputatable firm. It costs $1,500. According to my favorite review: If you were stunned by the shocking twist ending of "No PSP for the Holidays," well, you haven't seen anything yet! Quite possibly the best sequel ever written, "Sony Talks About PSP" takes everything you THOUGHT you knew about its predecessor and turns it on its head. One page of data for $1,500.... certainly there is...

FastLane Blog »

antoin@eire.comGM: a big company blogging GM's vice chairman now has a blog. According to Neville Hobson, this is the first Fortune 100 company to do this. The interesting thing is not how revolutionary this blog is, but how ordinary it feels. It's just a website where a guy who makes cars talks to people who buy 'em. They talk about the things car buyers might be interested in - interior trim, cup holders, SUV, insurance costs, the Saturn range, and so on.It sounds "ordinary" and I think it's great. It really sounds like a voice. I've been trying to get...

Off to the Sony Open Forum »

I'm off to Hawaii to the Sony Open Forum. It's a very small gathering of Sony executives, academics and business people who meet during the Sony Open in Hawaii, a PGA tournament. This is the third year I've been invited to go. I really suck a golf. I think I'm the only participant who isn't going to participate in the pro-am tournament. The first year, I promised I would learn to golf by the next year. Last year I made the same promise. I'm returning again, not a single step closer to being good enough to participate. I've been asked...

The Future of the New York Times »

Good article in BusinessWeek about the future of the New York Times. (Requires registration.) The Times is facing a crisis....NYT Co.'s stock is trading at about 40, down 25% from its high of 53.80 in mid-2002 and has trailed the shares of many other newspaper companies for a good year and a half. "Their numbers in this recovery are bordering on the abysmal," says Douglas Arthur, Morgan Stanley's (MWD ) senior publishing analyst. [...] There are those who contend that the paper has been permanently diminished, along with the rest of what now is dismissively known in some circles as...

Stop sketching, little girl -- those paintings are copyrighted! »

Xeni @ Boing Boing BlogStop sketching, little girl -- those paintings are copyrighted! Museum security guard told a child to stop sketching paintings in a museum -- because they're copyrighted. It is standard operating procedure for students of art to learn by example by sketching masterpieces in an art museum. A budding artist in Durham found that the time honored tradition was challenged while seeking inspiration at the Matisse, Picasso and the School of Paris: Masterpieces from the Baltimore Museum of Art exhibit in Raleigh. Over the weekend at the North Carolina Museum of Art there were works by Matisse,...

Bill Gates calls free culture advocates communists »

Xeni @ Boing Boing Bill Gates: Free Culture advocates = Commies In an interview on news.com, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates described free culture advocates as a "modern-day sort of communists." Well now.Q: "In recent years, there's been a lot of people clamoring to reform and restrict intellectual-property rights. It started out with just a few people, but now there are a bunch of advocates saying, 'We've got to look at patents, we've got to look at copyrights.' What's driving this, and do you think intellectual-property laws need to be reformed? A: "No, I'd say that of the world's economies,...

The Great Wall of Iran »

Editor: Myself - HoderNo more blogging and net-socializing Friends in Iran, journalists and technicians, are saying that judiciary officials have ordered all major ISP to filter all blogging services including PersianBlog, BlogSpot, Blogger, BlogSky, and even BlogRolling. They have also ordered to filter Orkut, Yahoo Personal and some other popular dating and social networking websites.Anyone know if TypePad or LiveJournal are being blocked? Is Google doing anything about this? UPDATE from #joiito: [Catspaw] Joi: Livejournal and Typepad both accessible form the major Iranian ISPs...

LiveJournal and Six Apart »

Sorry I couldn't say anything before, but the rumors are true. Six Apart has acquired Danga, the company that runs LiveJournal. See the press release, the FAQ, Mena's Corner and Brad's post for more info. So I guess I better clean learn bml and make my LJ look a bit better....

New York Times people and their perception of blogs... »

Ernie the AttorneyBlogs are 'unsourced rantings' says former NY Times editor From the 'Department of Supreme Irony' comes a statement by Howell Raines (the former Executive Editor of the New York Times) that blogging is 'unsourced ranting' (the link is to a News.com article that links to an Atlantic Monthly article that you have to subscribe to in order to view). First of all, Raines' statement is so completely ludicrous as to be laughable. Weblogs have a lot of shortcomings, but lack of sourcing isn't one of them. In fact, if you want to criticize weblogs you would do better...

Technorati keyword search watchlists »

You can now query Technorati for advanced search terms such as tsunami AND ("red cross" OR "red crescent") and it will give you all of the blog posts in order by how long ago they were posted that include the word "tsunami" and either "red cross" or "red crescent". You can then click "Make this a Watchlist" and create an RSS feed so you can track all new posts that match that query in your news reader....

Richard Gere and Chief Islamic Justice in Palestinian Pro-Vote PSA »

One Voice is a project lead by my friend Daniel Lubetzky. He is doing a lot of cutting edge work bringing peace to the Middle East particularly by trying to amplify the moderate voices of the people in Palestine and Israel. We have been bugging him to start a blog and he did. He's given us a scoop on his new blog.One VoiceThe first-ever Get-Out-The-Vote Campaign in the Palestinian Authority, conducted by OneVoice-Palestine, is about to release a Public Service Announcement that will turn heads: it juxtaposes Sheikh Taysir al Tamimi, the Chief Palestinian Islamic Justice, and Father Attallah Hanna,...

Cutting it short »

I have a family crisis in Japan and need to return to Japan immediately. Apologies to people who I had been planning to meet this trip in San Francisco. I'll be back soon....

Antoin on the crisis in Sri Lanka »

Some of us have been having an email exchange online about how we can help tsunami victims. Here is an email from Antoin that I found particularly interesting. It concurs with an IHT article I read the other day which said the biggest problem in many regions was not the volume of support but the coordination and the most limited resource was airspace, airstrips, and coordination.AntoinHi folks, I've been staying with some Sri Lankan friends living in London. But they really don't know what to do. They are perplexed really. There is a relief effort, and a lot of people...

Dan Gillmor's new blog »

Dan Gillmor who recently left the Merc has a new blog called Dan Gillmor on Grassroots Journalism. Go Dan!...

Off to SF »

I'm off to San Francisco. I'm pretty busy as usual, but hopefully will see some of my friends. Thanks for all the fun in LA and special thanks to McUnixJr for driving me home from the party. UPDATE: Thanks to Sean for driving me to the party and Justin for picking me up at the airport. ;-)...

dog listening to podcasts »

dog listening to podcasts Originally uploaded by pt. This is my favorite picture of the year......

New Year »

New Year to all of you. I hope this year will be better than the last. With the tsunami and all of the uh-oh's of last year, I don't think I can really say "happy" anything right now. :-| UPDATE: In Japan, there is a tradition that you don't send out New Years cards when you have had a death in the family the year before....
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