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June 2008 Archives

Global Voices Summit 2008 in Budapest »

We just wrapped up the Global Voices Summit in Budapest. I unfortunately missed the first public half of the Summit, but participated in the meeting afterwords for the authors, editors and the staff. It was amazing to see so many countries and regions discussing issues face to face in combinations that only the UN would come close to. It was a really great meeting everyone and the last session was tear-jerking, listening to everyone's stories. Since the first Global Voices meeting in 2004, I've been peripherally involved, most recently as a board member. I'd seen the site growing and...

Featured on gapingvoid widget today w00t »

This cartoon was featured on the gapingvoid cartoon widget today. What a blast from the past - a legacy from when my blog was actually widely read. ;-) Thanks Hugh!...

Photoshopped George Lucas and JJ Abrams photo »

Photoshopped version of my photo by unknown artist - I do not own the copyright to this derivative work The original image It was awhile ago, but someone sent me a photoshopped version of my photo of George Lucas and JJ Abrams. I can't seem to find the email. I'd like to contact the artist to ask for permission to use it and ask them to license it under a CC license. I'd also like to provide attribution. If you sent me the photo and are reading this, can you leave a comment or send me an email? If...

Bad taste joke by AT&T in their marketing »

Ms. Suspicious has nothing to hide. Well, she has a little to hide, but her love of Online Billing isn't one of them. She and the other Online Liberation Movement(sm) members have all made online billing work for them, whether they need simplicity, convenience, flexibility, or just peace of mind. In a recent marketing ad, AT&T makes a really bad joke poking fun at people upset about their warrantless wiretapping. Bad taste. I think I'm going to cancel my AT&T phone number. Via Reading (for Dummies)....

Dopplr public profile »

Dopplr recently released public profiles. Here's mine. There lots of nifty info on the page with code to link to or embed the various thingies. One of my favorites is my velocity. Done in typical groovy Dopplr style. Good job guys. Disclosure: I'm a Dopplr investor....

WITNESS Appoints New Executive Director »

Yvette Alberdingkthijm WITNESS Appoints New Executive Director June 25, 2008 PETER GABRIEL'S HUMAN RIGHTS NGO APPOINTS DIGITAL MEDIA CORPORATE EXECUTIVE AS DIRECTOR New York, NY (June 25, 2008) - Today, the Board of Directors of WITNESS the international human rights organization co-founded by musician and activist Peter Gabriel, announced the appointment of Yvette J. Alberdingk Thijm as Executive Director. Alberdingk Thijm has nearly two decades of experience in media and new technology. Most recently, she served as Executive Vice President of Content Strategy & Acquisition at Joost, the global online video platform formed by Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis,...

Seesmic video comments on my blog »

A Flowgram about it... My Seesmic video about it. I like Flowgrams better when I haven't had any sleep and look like crap, I just realized. ;-) UPDATE: Here's the Seesmic plugin for MT....

ARONIA DE TAKAZAWA »

Went to Aronia De Takazawa with Joshua, Roger and Oki last night. Here's a flowgram about it....

My first Flowgram »

Here's my first Flowgram. It's in closed beta right now and I'm an adviser and an investor. It's lets you put audio narration over a bunch of links or photos. It's sort of like a podcast with bookmarks. One thing I learned when using it was how crappy my microphones are. This is actually a good way to get people to upgrade their mics since most people don't really get to hear how awful they sound when they're talking on Skype. So apologizes about the sound quality on my first Flowgram. I'll work on getting a better mic. This...

Creative Commons Launches Global Case Studies Project »

Creative Commons Press Release Creative Commons Launches Global Case Studies Project Jon Phillips, June 23rd, 2008 Brisbane, Australia & San Francisco, USA -- 2008 June 24 Today Creative Commons (CC), in association with Creative Commons Australia, officially announced the release of the Case Studies Project, which is a large-scale community effort to encourage all to explore and add noteworthy global CC stories. Creative Commons provides free tools to allow copyright-holders to clearly show rights associated with creative works, and now this project shows how notable adopters like author Cory Doctorow, web video-sharing company Blip.tv, and open film project "A Swarm...

yeeyan and Freesouls »

This is a bit "horse-before-the-carriage" but I feel compelled to share and ask for support. Since the end of last year, we've been working on a book called "Freesouls" based on portraits that I've taken in the last year or so. I promise to blog more about this soon. As part of the book, we've asked a number of people to contribute essays. Recently, Isaac Mao introduced us to this great project called yeeyan. yeeyan is a translation community site. They have started working on translating the essays into Chinese. Sooo cool. They are about 30% through the translation process....

Firefox 3 and Color Management »

Firefox 3 supports color profiles, but you have to turn this setting on manually. There are some great blog posts that describe this in detail, which you should read for more information, but this "feature" greatly improves the accuracy of the colors. Color profiles provide a kind of map for your computer about what colors in an image should look like. Your camera, monitor and printer all have color profiles. The color profile of a image will allow your printer and monitor to accurately render the colors of an image by mapping the image colors to the profile of your...

Firefox 3 Download Day - June 17 »

Tomorrow (and today in some places now I guess) is Firefox 3 Download Day. We're trying to set the world record for the most software downloads in a day. Do your part and sign up and download Firefox tomorrow (June 17th). Also, I think it's the best browser around now. Here's Walt Mossberg proclaiming Firefox 3 the new browser champion on video. UPDATE: The official download day starts at 10AM PST 6/17. If you sign up, you'll get an email with a download link... or you can just go to the Mozilla.com and get it after it starts....

10 Corso Como Be@rbrick »

The 10 Corso Como Be@rbrick The 4th annual Corso Como Be@rbrick (Be@rbrick Wikipedia article) will go on sale tomorrow at the 10 Corso Como shop in Aoyama. Be@rbrick collecting is a HUGE rage in Japan. This 400% larger, limited edition Be@rbrick made as a collaboration with the select shop Corso Como and Be@rbrick will go on sale tomorrow and the manager of the shop, Mr. Yamazaki, expects people to start lining up for these sometime this evening and sell all 500 of the limited edition very quickly. Many of them end up on Japanese auction sites at huge markups,...

NHK to use Twitter »

NHK, the Japanese public broadcaster and the largest broadcaster in Asia, will use Twitter for a live TV special called "SAVE THE FUTURE". Twitter will be used to connect the studio and the viewing public. The Twitter account is: NHK_onair Also, NHK recently started a YouTube channel. Go NHK! ;-)...

Offbeat Guides »

Video by Mike Arrington - See Techcrunch for writeup. Dave Sifry, founder of Technorati, launched Offbeat Guides today. It's a travel guide service that produces both printed and downloadable PDF travel guides for you on the fly from a variety of publicly available sources. It's customized based on questions it asks you about your upcoming trip. Currently, my assistant (thanks Mika!) prepares a Socialtext wiki page for every trip I'm about to make with all of the various things that I need to know about my trip. I usually print this page along with the weather, power plug info,...
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