Joi Ito's conversation with the living web.

The rules:

1. Link to your original tagger(s) and list these rules in your post.
2. Share seven facts about yourself in the post.
3. Tag seven people at the end of your post by leaving their names and the links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they've been tagged.

I was tagged by Mitchell Baker.

  1. My first memory is of my father scolding me for putting sand into a fishing reel. Apparently we were very poor but my parents had the brilliant idea of driving across America in a beaten up old car. At one point along the way, they had to decide whether to buy food or buy a fishing rod. My father decided to buy a fishing rod and try to fish dinner. I put sand into the fishing rod reel and broke it and we went without dinner. At least that's what I'm told. Anyway, he was so mad and that scolding was etched into my childhood memory. I think I was three years old.
  2. My first job was working at a tropical fish store called "Wet Pet" in Southfield, Michigan. I knew the Latin names of all of the fish in the 100 or so tanks there and tropical fish were my first real obsession. I think I was 12 years old or so. I think this was the year that the Tandy TRS-80 came out. I was also into reptiles, bugs and amphibians and once smuggled a pet tarantula to Japan in a hollowed out clock radio.
  3. My first real drink in a real bar was when I was around 15 years old. One of my mother's Japanese businessmen friends took me out drinking and introduced me to everyone as his Filipino girlfriend.
  4. I co-founded and co-edited an underground newspaper in High School called "Entropy". Re-reading it recently, I noticed we spent way too much time criticizing the official school newspaper and stressing the unimportance of grammar and other rules. I remember breaking into school after hours and running them off on the mimeograph machine. Thanks to my co-editor at the time, Eiji Hirai, for finding copies. Eiji reminded me that we used WordStar to edit the paper and were super proud of ourselves when we figure out how to print words in bold. This was 1982-1984 or so.
  5. I'm shy and relatively lazy. I've worked most of my life overcoming my fear of meeting new people and my tendency to slack off. I actually remember a conscious moment when I noticed that the things I wanted to do the least were at the bottom of my to do list and never got done. I started working on my to do lists from the bottom instead of from the top. I forced myself to do little things like this to overcome my problems. It turns out that I may be lazy but I'm trainable and have trained myself to be a bit more productive than I was as a youth.
  6. I've always wanted to sing but I suck at singing. My mother was good at singing and many people in my extended family are professional musicians. I flunked the choir entrance test in Jr. High School and always embarrass myself at karaoke when I'm forced to sing. I hate that I suck at signing. My father can't sing so I blame him.
  7. I was second place in my weight class in High School wrestling at the 1984 Far East tournament which was (I think) about 27 US military and international schools in the Far East. I lost first place to Mike Rothstein from Yokota US Air Force Base. Sports-wise, it's been all downhill since then.

I tag Sean Bonner, Mimi Ito, Lawrence Lessig, Michelle Levesque aka Catspaw, Loic Le Meur, Ethan Zukerman and Thomas Crampton


Your first item scares me as a parent. I am constantly watching myself and how I behave around my little boy. I would hate for his first memories to be negative memories, especially of me angry.

I can probably learn a couple things from your #5 too! I tend to procrastinate way too much. Good tip, working from the bottom up.

Thanks for sharing these insights.

For starters, everyone can sing! Maybe you don't like to hear your own voice, but that doesn't necessarily mean, that others don't want to hear it, too. Just do it! Be loud and proud! You won't start out as the next Pavarotti, but as with everything it becomes better, the more practice you have.

So, maybe you're not the next Pavarotti, but there's always a chance to become the new Bob Dylan ;)

I could have written #6 and in fact may include it in my 7 and just copy and paste from you. :)

okay okay :)

Well, everyone can sing but not every listener can maintain a polite smile for long under the wailing pride without a keg of sake. ;-)

Hasn't anybody watched even a single episode of "American Idol?" Not everybody can sing. #5 is a good idea of starting from the bottom on the to-do-list.

Filipino is spelled with an "F" and one "p" :)

Oops! Fixed.

Certainly some interesting things about you. Advice about starting from end of TODO list could be good way to make things happen as one does least interesting things away from the list, they can focus on more interesting tasks (that might also be done faster than those in the end of the list when there is less of distraction).

Memory is strange thing; many don't realize that even some relatively small things can create important and permanent traces to memory.

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