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May 2008 Archives

Is mobile Internet really such a good thing? »

Just about everyone I talk to is very excited about mobile Internet. In 2006, the Japanese government proudly announced that more people used the Internet through their mobile phones than through their computers. Online services are all talking about their "mobile strategy" and VCs are flocking to fund the latest "mobile startup". I don't think there is anything wrong with mobile or with some of the great new mobile applications and devices, but we have to be careful to remember that most mobile networks that actually work are built on infrastructure that is operated by a small number of mobile...

Creative Commons and Copyright Registries »

Today, Creative Commons announced that we will be exploring the idea of a copyright registry. A registry could solve a variety of problems that we have. For instance, the orphan works problem where it is not clear who to contact in order to commercialize could be solved. A registry facilitates attribution which is a core part of Creative Commons. A registry could also help sites that allow users to post content to clear and clarify rights. The exact architecture of what a registry system would look like is still not clear and requires a lot of discussion and work. One...

Video of Cooking Young Bamboo Shoots (score by Ryuichi Sakamoto) »

Boing Boing TV post with the video is up. Ever since I moved to the boonies, I've posted photos and other notes about my bamboo shoots on Flickr and my blog. This year, after my first post about this year's bamboo shoots, Xeni contacted me and told me that I should make a video. With Mizuka's help, I made a short video of collecting and cooking bamboo shoots and sent it to Xeni. Xeni and her team edited the video and mentioned that it would be cool if I could find some Creative Commons licensed music to go with...

Two places at once »

On panel with Jun Murai, the father of the Japanese Internet Today is the 20th anniversary of the WIDE project which created the Japanese Internet. Thanks to Skype (is there a good h323 client for the Mac?), I'm in two places at once and was able to join the panel in Japan even though I'm in the UK. I think Vint Cerf also joined by video. It is working much better than I expected considering I'm just on hotel wifi, although the connection is probably super-charged with Google magic. (I'm at the Google Zeitgeist conference in the UK.) Maybe...

My new look and a new feel »

Over the last few years, my blogging slowed down and came nearly to a halt. I tried to figure out what had happened. Had I written about everything that I was interested in already? Was I just sick of blogging? Was I sick of my tools and the design of my site? Was I spending too much time playing World of Warcraft? I'm not exactly sure. It was probably a combination of all of these things. I had also gotten sort of sick of social software tools, conferences about social software tools and talking about social software tools. Sometime last...

Gilberto Gil's talk at Google Zeitgeist »

This photo is actually one that I took at the CC Birthday Party I'm at Google Zeitgeist and just got a copy of the talk that Gilberto Gil gave. (Thanks Claudio!) I wish we had such a cool, smart and articulate Minister of Culture....
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