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December 2007 Archives

Happy New Year »

Design by Loftwork, Photograph by Mizuka Happy New Year everyone....

Merry Christmas »

A belated Merry Christmas from all of us at Sanriotown. ;-)...

The nutrition/environment connection »

I went to meet Dean Ornish the other day with Larry. We talk about various things trying to tie together free culture and health. After the meeting, Dean Ornish gave us his new book, The Spectrum. While the book isn't focused primarily on this, Dean Ornish points out the relationship between nutrition and the environment which I found very interesting. ...according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization's report Livestock's Long Shadow, animal-based agribusiness generates more greenhouse gasses than all transportation combined. The livestock sector generates more greenhouse gas emissions as mesured in carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent than does transportatino...

My new bike »

My new bike - Photo copyright Mission Bicycles - CC BY-NC When I read that Zack Rosen and his friends were starting a bike business, I ordered one right away. The basic configuration was $790, but I upgraded the headset and crank and paid $850, which seems pretty reasonable. Zack is an old friend and a cool guy and I knew that a bike he was working on would be special. I wasn't disappointed. I went to their web design studio/bike assembly area and picked up my new bike and rode it back to the hotel today. What a...

Dopplr opens »

At LeWeb3, Dopplr announced (the release) that they have officially launched and are now open for registration without invitations. BBC did a nice story. Dopplr is currently my primary way of figuring out where I can meet friends coincidentally because it allows me to track where my travels overlap with my friends. The only problem is that I can't yet mark what days I'm busy so all of the extra opportunities to meet often stress my already busy scheduling. Personally, I think the net result is that we have more informed choices and opportunity, but we have to build the...

Mozilla Japan Get Firefox video awards »

Mozilla Japan is currently running the Get Firefox Video Awards event, an online promotion for Firefox where over 100 Japanese video artists and animators have created some amazing videos to promote Firefox within 30 seconds. This is similar to the Firefox Flicks contest from a few years ago. I am one of the judges along with Hiroyuki Nakano, Chiaki Hayashi, Andrew Thomas and Chibi Takita of Mozilla Japan. The party to announce the winners of this event will be on Tuesday, December 18th in Tokyo at Super-Deluxe, starting at 19:30. The event is free and should be a lot of...

Le Web 3 »

The second day of Le Web 3 is starting today, but I unfortunately have to leave in a few hours to go to San Francisco to attend the Creative Commons board meeting and the 5th anniversary party later this week. Le Web 3 was the best conference of its kind I attended this year. Great venue, great team and awesome speakers. Loic, Geraldine and team, super job. Thanks! Interestingly, my favorite talks were the two non-web people: Hans Rosling and Philippe Starck. Everyone else was great too. Ev gave an thought provoking talk about the importance of less features....

iCommons fundraising auction »

iCommons is doing a fundraising auction. There are lots of cool things that you can bid on and help iCommons at the same time. My contribution are some photographs.A set of five photographs from Joi Ito's Flickr collection, showing nature and landscape portraits from Japan. Apart from being the chairman of the board of Creative Commons and a member of the board of iCommons, Joi Ito is an avid photographer. In this collection he shoots a Shinkansen station in Yamagata, a view of Shanghai from the JW Marriot, a bamboo thicket from his yard and detail of dragonfly wings.You can...

Computer broken »

My computer broke when I was messing with it on the plane. The good news is that I think I can recover most of the data. The bad news is that I don't have a computer for the next two or three days until Fumi/Mika bring my backup computer to SF and I go there from here (Paris). I also stupidly don't remember the password for my main mail account (it is encrypted on my computer) so can only retrieve email sporadically on my iPhone from my main account. If you need to reach me urgently, please SMS me and/or...

T.t.t.t.twitter... »

Denied in Dubai. Time to fire up my VPN......

Wikipedia and Creative Commons move closer »

Lessig BlogSome important news from Wikipedia to understand clearly As you'll see in this video, there has been important progress in making Wikipedia compatible with the world of Creative Commons licensed work. But we should be very precise about this extremely good news: As Jimmy announces, the Wikimedia Foundation Board has agreed with a proposal made by the Free Software Foundation that will permit Wikipedia (and other such wikis) to relicense under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license. That is very different from saying that Wikipedia has relicensed under a CC license. The decision whether to take advantage of this...

Lawsuit against CC dismissed »

Lessig BlogFrom the Why-a-GC-from-Cravath-is-great Department: The lawsuit is over We received this happy missive in the mail yesterday: The plaintiffs in the lawsuit about Virgin using a CC-licensed photo have dismissed CC from the case. This is not a settlement. It is not the product of negotiation. It is the recognition by plaintiffs counsel that the laws of Texas and the United States give the plaintiffs no cause to sue Creative Commons.This is great news. Congratulations to the whole team who worked on this including a number of volunteers from the community....
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