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April 2007 Archives

Lessig urges RNC & DNC to use CC to encourage free speech »

Lessig has a thoughtful post urging people to urge the RNC and DNC not to use restrictive copyrights on political debates. With more and more political expression being done in video, it is time we consider the importance of free speech in video. Video is covered by stronger copyright restrictions when it comes to citation and remix than text. Having politicians and political parties push networks to air their words under the most permissive CC license, the CC-BY license would greatly enhance the public's ability to participate in the political video dialog. UPDATE: Lessig has an update with the crazy...

iCommons Summit 07 - Need your support to increase scholarships »

We really need your help on this.Two years ago, iCommons established the yearly iSummit conference as a way to bring together the thinkers, innovators, and pioneers of the "Open" movement. This year's iSummit (taking place in Dubrovnik, Croatia from June 15th through 17th) will bring together more than 250 key players for two days of intense discussion and debate about our digital freedoms and the future of the Internet. It is critical to assure that a truly global legal perspective is represented at this important conference. Creative Commons International affiliates are crucial to the success of the iSummit and of...

Being calm and happy »

I just arrived in San Francisco from Tokyo. My room's not ready at the hotel and there were various complications, but I'm really happy and calm. I feel almost like I do when I'm meditating. I don't know if it's the drawing, all of the reading/talking about Kriya Yoga and Buddhism or just the great weather, but I can't really imagine anything that would stress me out right now. /me knocks on wood On the other hand, I better not jinx myself. I'm SURE there are things that could happen right now that would stress me out. Ha! Also, apologies...

Breathing Poem »

From Thich Nhat Hanhin, out deep, slow calm, ease smile, release present moment, wonderful moment...

Mindful Writing »

I'm about half-way through The Heart of Buddha's Teaching by Thich Nhat Hanh who wrote the book The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh that I wrote about a little while ago. So far it's a wonderful book that describes Buddhism broadly but also brings it down to earth very specifically. The chapter on "Right Speech" starts with this description of Right Speech.Forth Mindfulness TrainingAware of the suffering caused by unmindful speech and the inability to listen to others, I am committed to cultivating loving speech and deep listening in order to bring joy and happiness to others and...

Discovering drawing »

When I was in the Bay Area last week, I visited Howard Rheingold and went for walk with him and Pearl. (More photos: 1 | 2) We were talking about meditation and other related activities. Howard recommended drawing as another relaxing and mind expanding activity. I told Howard that I had no talent and that drawing was one thing I would never be good at. Howard smirked and explained that there really wasn't much talent necessary for basic drawing and that he thought I would enjoy it. I was skeptical but Howard gave me his copy of Drawing on...

OS X digital camera import bug with UTC »

I've tracked down a weird bug when importing images on my Mac. When my OS X time zone is set to UTC, all of my images are dated 1/1/1970. When I set it to a time zone like JST, the date becomes correct. The dates are affected on my RAW files after they are imported. In other words, when I change to UTC, all of the dates become 1/1/1970. When I change the time zone, images imported in the past become correct. However, if I process an image using Capture One and convert RAW to jpg, the bad date is...

Bike shop in SoMa - Alternative to the W Hotel San Francisco? »

Anyone know of a good bike shop in the South of Market area? I'm in SF a few times a month these days and I think it would make sense for me to bike around instead of cab for those out-of-walking-distance locations. Also, I just called the W Hotel and they said I couldn't store my bike there even though I practically live there. Stupid hotel. Anyone know of a hotel that's around the scale of the W Hotel that might be more friendly? While I'm at it, I'd also like to mention that there are many things about the...

"Joi" denied by Nike »

I was messing around on the Nike store trying out the "made to order" Nike+ shoe section. There is an option to label your shoe with your "iD". When I tried "Joi" it said iD declined. It accepted "Jo", "Joichi", "JoiIto" but not "Joi". According to their policy:A Personal iD may be declined for any one of the following reasons * It might violate another party's trademark or other intellectual property rights. These may include words, phrases, celebrity's names, and even certain color combinations when used in connection with particular words or geographic designations. * It contains profanity, inappropriate...

Looking for an assistant »

I'm looking for a personal assistant to work for me at Digital Garage. I wear a variety of hats, but increasingly my business revolves around Digital Garage which is the sponsor of my lab, investor in Technorati, partner for Technorati Japan, major sponsor of Creative Commons, investor in FON, etc. I am a co-founder of and an active board member of Digital Garage. I am looking for someone who will be my primary personal assistant at Digital Garage. This will involve being in charge of my schedule, coordinating a variety of inbound and outbound requests to organizations and people in...

Triathamedia »

Breaking the 10% rule...Chart from Nike Partly because I've always wanted to try a mini-Triathlon and partly because I'm beginning to get minor wear and tear on my body from exercising every day, I've started cycling, swimming and running. It's easier to follow the 10% rule that way too. (Don't increase your exercise routine more than 10% a week.) My current exercise media of choice for the 3 are: Running - Podrunner with Nike+ and iPod Nano (just donated to Podrunner) Swimming - Ambient music on my SwiMP3 (taking a rest while my shoulder repairs) Cycling (Stationary) - Lost, 24...

Going UTC »

objUTC = new Object;objUTC.wtsclock = "wtsclock024.swf";objUTC.color = "6495ED";objUTC.wtsid = "UTC";objUTC.width = 200;objUTC.height = 200;objUTC.wmode = "transparent";showClock(objUTC);UTCI'm so sick of time zones and daylight savings and my blog posts being all funky because of it. I've tried it before, but haven't been able to do it well. I'm going to try it again. I'm setting the clock on my computer to UTC and would like people to tell use UTC with me when appropriate. For instance, when scheduling telephone calls. It actually makes it much easier if you convert to UTC for me. There are too many moving parts otherwise. In...

Mindfulness and deferred yak shaving »

I am reading The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh. Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk who wrote the book as a letter to a fellow monk when he was in exile during the difficult years in Vietnam. The book was recommended to me by Howard Rheingold. I'm still reading the book, but it is a wonderful little book about why and how we meditate. There is one interaction at the beginning of the book between the monk and a man eating a tangerine. The monk tells the man to focus on the tangerine segment that...

Rock vs Tree »

I feel like this tree - lots of branches that are heavy and overextended. I wish I felt more like this rock....

Advertising funded user generated media »

A subway mirror with an ad. In Web20-ese that's "Advertising driven user generated media"....

Photographing strangers »

Generation Gap Today, I experimented with taking pictures of strangers. I'm always impressed by Jim and iMorpheus' photos of strangers and I figured that the best way to get better at it was just to start doing it. I had been practicing portraits on people I knew and thought that portraits of strangers should be fun. It was definitely harder than I had expected. I had asked a number of people their "secret". Some people asked before shooting, some people people fooled people into thinking that they were shooting something else, others were stealthy. I felt a bit "dirty" taking...

Ismhunting »

I wrote a post awhile ago about Chuoism. Chiba Newtown Chuo is a designed from scratch community in the middle of nowhere near my house. The town has the feeling of Japanese consumer culture for the masses that someone decided to spin by calling it "Chuoism". I always thought it was a funny word. On my way home today, I decided to get off of the train at Chiba Newtown and go Ismhunting and try to capture some of the Ismism with my camera. I've posted some of the images in an Ismhunting Flickr set. I am an ismhunter....

Do I need loneliness? »

I've been spending a lot of time reading about, thinking about, and practicing my meditation. If I have time, I can spend hours just sitting there. I'm enjoying solitude more than I've ever enjoyed it before. In fact, I've never enjoyed solitude. Not only did I enjoy the company of other people, I craved and needed it. I have observed that a lot of active CEO types have a similar kind of obsession that allows them to invest more than average amounts of energy into communities including their companies and their partners - afraid to spend a minute of their...

Jaiku vs Twitter »

Looks like a bunch of people are trying out Jaiku after "tasting" co-presence with Twitter. To me, Jaiku, which existed before Twitter, is a bunch of Helsinki mobile jocks getting into the Web 2.0 of it all whereas Twitter is the Web 2.0 crowd "getting" co-presence. Twitter was funny for me because it was like the whole "laptop crowd" getting the "aha" that Europe and Asia had with SMS awhile back - the idea that the Internet isn't about "cyberspace" that turns on when you open your laptop, but that the Internet was something that you could carry around with...

Cornelius in Shibuya »

Mizuka and I went to see my second cousin Keigo and his band (he's aka Cornelius) perform in Shibuya today. These Tokyo shows are sort of a family gathering and we got to see little Milo who had gotten a lot bigger and my aunt who appeared to be doing well. The show was great as always. He played Wataridori which is one of my favorite songs and the song that he released under a Creative Commons license for the Wired CD. He had some really cool videos using lots of low light photography and photo animation. There was a...

Leica M8 Magenta Madness Flickr Group »

Example of grays and blacks showing up aspurple/magenta under infrared-strong lighting. I just started the Leica M8 Magenta Madness Flickr group.About Leica M8 Magenta Madness The Leica M8 has a sensor that is overly sensitive to infrared. This problem causes a magenta hue on certain blacks, particularly fabrics. The color is also visible directly in lights and on anything that is lit by strong infrared light. There is a promised firmware update and IR/UV filters are just now shipping to early M8 customers with more to follow for the rest of us real soon now. Until we get our filters,...

The Future of Web 2.0 - The Sharing Economy »

Impress, a Japanese publisher, just released a Mook (magazine/book) called The Future of Web 2.0 - The Sharing Economy based on presentations at the Digital Garage New Context Conference last year in Tokyo. The book is in Japanese. There are excerpts from presentations by Mitchell Baker, John Buckman, Tantek Çelik, David Isenberg, Lawrence Lessig, Jun Murai, Hiroyuki Nakano and Cory Ondrejka. I've got some words in it including a translation of my DBA thesis proposal. (I really do need to work on this more...) A really cool thing about this is that Impress has decided to release this mook under...

Technorati Japan sports a retro look for April Fools' »

It's already April 1 in Japan. Technorati Japan is sporting a 60's look. Screen shot on Fumi's blog....
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