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September 2007 Archives

My Timothy Leary »

Me with Timothy Leary's terminus made of his mortal remains As Timothy once said, "everyone out there gets the Timothy Leary they deserve". WAV File Today, I did an interview with agent etoy.Monorom and agent etoy.Silvan for their Mission Eternity project. My job was to channel Timothy Leary who is one of the test pilots of the project. The project involves a terminus made from the mortal remains of Timothy which are connected to a sarcophagus installation. It keeps track of and maintains a network of volunteer angels who keep his archival identity parts alive on the Net. In...

HP Blackbird giveaway at Wikia »

Federated Media is doing a campaign with Wikia for HP to get people to talk about PC's to promote the hot new HP Blackbird. The Blackbird is a high-end, water cooled mod-friendly PC designed for gamers and other high-end users. They are trying to get people to talk about PC needs and the Blackbird on the Blackbird Wikia site. They asked me to do a video so here it is. FWIW, I think it's a cool idea. I wasn't paid to do the video although I'm an investor in Wikia so obviously benefit from this. Oh, and they are...

The Texas suit against Virgin and Creative Commons »

Larry just posted about the Texas suit against Virgin and Creative CommonsLessigOn the Texas suit against Virgin and Creative Commons Slashdot has an entry about a lawsuit filed this week by parents of a Texas minor whose photograph was used by Virgin Australia in an advertising campaign. The photograph was taken by an adult. He posted it to Flickr under a CC-Attribution license. The parents of the minor are complaining that Virgin violated their daughter's right to privacy (by using a photograph of her for commercial purposes without her or her parents permission). The photographer is also a plaintiff. He...

Tom's Intimate Contact »

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Tom's Social Software Idea »

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In Japan, Stagnation Wins Again - My Op Ed in the New York Times »

A few days ago the New York Times contacted me and asked me to write an Op Ed about Prime Minister Abe. I pondered a bit about it, but wiser minds advised me to do it. I wrote: In Japan, Stagnation Wins Again which is running in today's paper. Thanks to Toby of the New York Times for thinking of me for this, to Jun for getting me started, to Toshi for helping make sure it makes sense in a Japanese context and to Gen and Mimi for the final review. Also, good news for CC. The new contract that...

New York Times opens up »

The New York TimesTimes to End Charges on Web Site The New York Times will stop charging for access to parts of its Web site, effective at midnight Tuesday night, reflecting a growing view in the industry that subscription fees cannot outweigh the potential ad revenue from increased traffic on a free site./cheer...

SCS 2007 »

Tom Coates Fiona and danah I'm at one of my favorite meetings of the year - the Microsoft Research Social Computing Symposium. It's being streamed here: http://131.107.151.221/SCS - open in VLC as MMS We also have an IRC back-channel on irc.freenode.net/#scs2007 Also hanging out on #joiito as usual... Uploading photos in a Flickr set....

Mozilla 24 »

Jun Murai giving opening remarks It started at noon today Japan time, but don't miss Mozilla 24, a 24 hour global event organized by Mozilla....

Radar expands sharing »

Radar, which focuses and helping groups of close friends share photos mostly on phones has added a new sharing feature. While Radar's focus is still allowing small groups to share their private moments, Radar now allows you to share those photos that you don't mind everyone seeing. They've got the necessary widgets and stuff to make this easy too. I invested in Radar because I think that the small group co-presence sharing is different from "publishing" like this blog and that this market is still underserved. However, I do think that there are some moments we all want to...

Hard Vegan Redux »

Eight months since I started my vegan diet, I still feel much healthier than when I started, but with more alcohol, bread, pasta, rice and salt, I've slipped off the wagon a bit. I'm meditating less, exercising less, regained about 25% of the total weight I lost and don't have the euphoria that I had at the beginning. So as of today, I'm going to do the Eat to Live six week detox plan again. Basically the same vegan diet I'm on right now, but no salt, refined grains, alcohol or oils. See you on the other side. ;-) Technorati...

Ars Electronica 2007 »

Gerfried Stocker Other than being 7 degrees celcius and raining most of the time, Ars Electronica this year was a lot of fun. It was packed full of work for me this week with five talks and ten media interviews, but with Sandra, Elizabeth and Fumi's help, everything went smoothly and I survived. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to see all of the installations or talk to as many artists as I would have liked, but I had more than enough interesting conversations to make it great. I went to Ars Electronica this year together with the MOGA unit...

Dopplr »

Dopplr announced the closing of their seed round which I participated in. Dopplr is social network for travelers. While it is possible to sync your travel schedules with people using other applications, no application that I know of has focused on and delivered the answer to the "when are we in the same city next?" question so well. The upside of Dopplr is that it does this VERY well and is perfect for people like me who usually meet my friends while traveling. The downside is that it's not that useful for people who don't travel or don't have any...

Off to Linz »

Although I still haven't decided which camera to take with me, I'll be leaving for Linz in a few hours to attend the Ars Electronica Festival. According to my bio page on the site, this is the 10th year that I've participated. Most years I've gone twice - once for the jury and once for the festival. I think that makes Linz the city I've visited the most in Europe. I love Ars Electronica and all of the people involved and I'm excited to going back after missing last year. I'll be giving a few talks and will be on...
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