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Conversation with Virginia Heffernan »

I first met Virginia in 2015 when she and I were on a panel with Fareed Zarkaria at the Connecticut Forum. Late last year, she and Panio from Heleo reached out to see if I'd join Virginia in a conversation over Skype. Heleo "curates compelling, candid conversations between writers and thinkers about their work, research, and interests." You can see their great summary of the conversation on their website. After the conversation, I asked if I could repackage the audio as a Podcast which you can find on iTunes and SoundCloud. Virginia and I had recently gotten each other's...

Eventful Performer »

I've just been registered as a Performer on Eventful. If you'd like me to participate in some event, try using the "Demand me!" feature on the site. I've been messing around with Eventful a bit and it looks quite interesting. I'm going to try posting my public events using this performer interface....

FlightAware »

This may be old news, but I just saw FlightAware for the first time. It tracks flights in the US that the FAA manages including general aviation. You find a private plane and then drill down to past flights that the plane has made. Quite amazing. I wish they could do this internationally. via Rodney...

The A380: Gamers in the sky? »

Posted by Thomas Crampton Wrote a story in today’s paper about the new section of Charles de Gaulle airport being built for the A380, the world’s largest airliner. Turns out that the aircraft is so big that it requires a reconfiguration of terminal and in some ways it could be good. The second floor of the aircraft, for example, means that you can have two almost entirely separate sections. For people flying business and first class – not me! - they would walk into a separate part of the airplane that could have separate style of reception. The airport created...

Global Voices redesign »

Global Voices has undergone a redesign. Nice look. Congrats to all involved....

Tokyo Art Beat »

The other day, I met with the guys doing Tokyo Art Beat. Tokyo Art Beat is probably the most comprehensive art event site for Tokyo in both English and Japanese. Interestingly, even though they are both French, the site is not yet available in French. Anyway, I know at least a dozen people who have pinged me that they are going to be in Tokyo over the next few weeks so I would recommend this site to find cool things to do when you are in town....

Hyperwords »

Frode and his team at Liquid Information have launched a demo of Hyperwords. Hyperwords is a very big idea about tools that make the web a lot more linky and contextual. For now, the demo allows you to load a web page through Hyperwords and mouse over and select various functions from a menu including looking up the definition, searching for on search engines including Technorati and highlighting. The cool thing about the highlighting is that the info is added to the URL so you can copy paste the URL to someone to give them your highlighting. Anyway, I know...

Plazes tracking map »

Plazes has just added a tracking features that uses IndyJunior maps to visualize where you've been based on locations from which you have logged into Plazes. Plazes is a cool site that allows users to register access points to physical locations. This is my Plazes tracking for the last 90 days....

Today's links »

Just finished my RSS feed and didn't find anything I felt I needed to comment on so I'll give you my two favorite links from today. From the mistress of the cute/cool thing, Andrea Harner, comes modernpooch.com. Warren Ellis over at die puny humans informs us that:Warren EllisIt's a glum day for optimists. After 24 years of community service, the Quakertown Optimists Club is calling it quits. They're holding their last meeting on Thursday, citing declining interest. "I feel sad," club president Bernard Kensky said. "Four or five people would come to meetings and only two or three people would...

The AOLer Translator »

IM is sweeping the world but it's a whole new vocabulary. Feeling old and out of touch? Try the AOLer Translator. via Sean...

Someone at CNN.com has a sense of humor... »

jluster.orgOK, this is so going to blow up... Go to CNN to find this page: http://cnn.netscape.cnn.com/news/election2004.jsp?feature=ne_election5 once there, you'll find a page like the one below. Snapshot archived for posterity after CNN wises up. now right-click, control-click or whatever on the Bush/Laura image. Select "Open Image" or the equivalent. And observe the image name. Yes, this is not a fake. As of right now, November 3rd, 2004, 21:23 PST this is the frontpage. My world just got a little brighter. Pizza, Canadian beer, and watching "Strange Brew" contribute, too.The name of the image file is asshole.jpg. Nice catch Jonas. UPDATE...

Friendster pachinko »

You're actually just a ball in a pachinko game in the grand scheme of things. Friendster Pachinko. Via Xeni and Waxy...

Strike a Lessig »

Striking a Lessig. The source... via Xeni @ Boing Boing...

p2p-Politics.org »

p2p-Politics.org is a cool new site that lists video ads supporting Kerry, Bush and Nader. Although the site was launched by known Kerry supporters and currently there are only ads from the Kerry campaign and some of MoveOn.org's Bush in 30 Seconds ads, there is a tab for Bush and Nader and are soliciting ads from them. They also ask people to submit their own ads. The idea is that the site would be a non-partisan site that allows you to view ads of the candidates and email links to the ads to friends. The ads are hosted by the...

I'm investing in flickr too »

Esther scooped me and announced that she is investing in flickr. So am I. I haven't been blogging about flickr too much, even though I'm addicted because I wanted to wait to announce this first. I'm just a passive investor, but wanted to disclose this relationship. You can see my photos on my flickr photo page. You can even subscribe to it in RSS 2.0 or Atom. Remember to check out the Tags page. There is also my personal tags page. Things have been getting very taggy around here ever since I started using del.icio.us. Thanks for the opportunity to...

last.fm »

During Ars Electronica in Linz, I got a chance to hang out with Michael from last.fm. I would have blogged about this earlier, but they have been having server problems and they wanted me to wait until they had stabilized the situation. Last.fm has been around for awhile now and they've even been covered in Wired so many of you may already know about them. It is a music site based on collaborative filtering. Using one of the many Audioscrobbler plugins, you can set your music player to upload the titles of the music you are playing to their site....

I )( Wi-Fi bumper sticker »

Christoph Wimmer asks where I got my "I )( Wi-Fi" bumpersticker. I got it from www.bumperactive.com. It's a very cool site with lots of great bumpersticks. Part of the money is donated to a variety of non-profits. This bumpersticker benefits Creative Commons. The "I )( Wi-Fi" bumper sticker can be found on the Tech Culture page....

Timeline + 25 »

Press ReleaseArs Electronica , the oldest, largest, and most prominent art and technology festival in the world, today launched a web site inviting participants to make predictions about the next 25 years, year by year, and to vote on predictions already posted.Looks interesting. Give it a try....

NROjr.gov - a message to kids from the US intelligence community »

Since I can't get onto the GW site, I guess I have to settle for the NROjr.gov site. The NRO? National Reconnaissance OfficeThe NRO designs, builds and operates the nation's reconnaissance satellites. NRO products, provided to an expanding list of customers like the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Department of Defense (DoD), can warn of potential trouble spots around the world, help plan military operations, and monitor the environment. As part of the 14-member Intelligence Community, the NRO plays a primary role in achieving information superiority for the U. S. Government and Armed Forces.So what is NROjr? It's a...

Interview with Craig from Craigslist »

I blogged earlier about the sale of 25% of the stock of Craigslist to eBay. Out of context, some people might not understand why this requires explaining or someone with a casual understanding might think Craig sold out. Here's some more context. (And no, Craig has not "sold out".) Craig is a very unique individual and this interview and his site are a testament to that. In March, on the way to SXSW, I was with a group which had an airline nightmare at SFO. Craig negotiated with the extremely unhelpful Mesa Airlines for the whole group of us and...

The first ChangeThis manifestos »

The first ChangeThis manifestos are up. They're definitely worth reading and commenting on. I have the honor of being one of the advisors who gets to read them and make comments before they come out.

eBay Acquires Minority Interest in craigslist »

eBay Acquires Minority Interest in craigslist SAN FRANCISCO & SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 13, 2004--eBay, The World's Online Marketplace (Nasdaq:EBAY) (www.ebay.com), and craigslist, an online community featuring classifieds and forums (www.craigslist.org), announced today that eBay has acquired a preexisting minority ownership interest in craigslist of approximately 25%. The resulting relationship will allow eBay and craigslist to share expertise, resources, and creativity on behalf of online communities everywhere.Craig shares his account of this about it on his blog. Craig mentions on his blog that it was a former employee who sold his shares to eBay and that the company was not...

BitTorrent public tracker needed »

I want to start playing with BitTorrent and integrating it into blogging more. I think I need a BitTorrent tracker. Can anyone recommend a respectable public tracker or does anyone have a machine they'd be willing to run a public tracker on? I want try to experiment with a variety of legal uses of BitTorrent....

24 Hour Dotcom »

24 Hour DotcomCreating a Dotcom in 24 Hours Right now we are at the Wizards of OS conference in Berlin to make a performance art/business project. The mission is to create a dotcom business from scratch in 24 hours. That means designing and programming a complete and useful web application, recruiting people, doing marketing, creating investment programs and much more. After 24 hours, the complete business will be sold on an eBay auction, and everyone involved will be rich!Funny real-time project going on right now. ;-)...

GarageBand.com offers Creative Commons licenses to artists »

Wired NewsGarageBand.com Leaves Door Open GarageBand.com -- a site that both hosts independent music and uses a peer-review process to identify hot bands -- is offering the Creative Commons Music Sharing License to artists who want to distribute their tunes for free, the company said Monday.Nice. GarageBand is one of the biggest legal mp3 sites and it's cool that they are offering a CC license to their artists. Alternative distribution of music using CC licenses is clearly a good idea and helps people understand the whole Free Culture concept. I really do believe that the issue will become more and...

Woman racing through Chernobyl a fraud? »

I blogged about a woman taking a motorcycle through Chernobyl and her web page. It looks like it was a fraud.Neil GaimanA fraud exposed, and a true thing... Found this on the infiltrate.org forum - thought you might find it interesting. You'd wonder why somebody would go to the lengths to fake something like this. deeChornobyl "Ghost Town" story is a fabrication TOP e-POSHTA subscriber Mary Mycio writes: I am based in Kyiv and writing a book about Chornobyl for the Joseph Henry Press. Several sources have sent me links to the "Ghost Town" photo essay included in the last...

Rubik's cube solver done in Lego »

CubeSolverThis robot solves the 3x3x3 Rubik's Cube®. I started to think about this problem in about August of 2000. In Jan 2001 fellow Mindstorms forums user 'agiecco' announced his intention to work on a robotic solution and, simultaneously, I saw that Rubik's Cubes were on sale at www.target.com. So I bought a couple of cubes and started getting down to business... I produced a 'late beta' version in mid-April 2001 that was a little clunky. The final version (presented here) is smooth and fairly reliable.Amazing. via Brian...

p-p-p-powerbook! »

Another funny example of scamming a scammer. This time on eBay. (PDF file of the scam | Web Site) via user0 UPDATE: The links above seem to be blocked now. Maybe they got too much traffic. I'm uploading the PDF here....

Prix Ars Electronica prizes announced »

The winners of the Prix Ars Electronica have been announced. I was on the Digital Communities jury this year for Ars Electronica. Thanks to the two jury pre-selection and final jury process, we were able to spend a lot of time on the 60 or so entries that were selected from hundreds of submissions by the first jury. We had an awesome jury. The final jury was me, Andreas Hirsch, Shanthi Kalathil (co-author of Open Networks, Closed Regimes: The Impact of the Internet on Authoritarian Rule), Jane Metcalfe (co-founder of Wired), Dorothy Okello (Coordinator of the Women of Uganda Network),...

Microsoft's embarrassing metadata »

A hacker grabbed all of the Word files on microsoft.com and scanned the edit/revision metadata. Very funny. Ooops. ;-) Via boing boing...

Racing through Chernobyl »

A web site by a women who races her motorcycle through the Chernobyl "Ghost Town." Amazing photos.about town where one can ride with no stoplights, no police, no danger to hit some cage or some dog..via Markoff...

TV wayback machine »

A cool site with TV clips from the 60's. via Markoff...

Help me find sites for the Webby Awards Community Category »

I'm a Nominating Judge in The Webby Awards Community Category. Help me out by suggesting cool community sites.Community: Sites creating and facilitating online community, connectedness and/or communication around shared interests. These sites can target either a broad-based or niche audience. Please use this web form to submit your suggestions to me....

Gapminder »

Gapminder is a truly amazing site of visualizations of stunning facts and statistics. Thanks for the link David!...

graffiti archaeology »

Very cool work by Cassidy Curtis.Graffiti Archaeology is the study of graffiti-covered walls as they change over time. The grafarc.org project is a timelapse collage, made of photos of San Francisco graffiti taken by many different photographers from 1998 to the present. Using the grafarc explorer, you can visit some of San Francisco's classic spots, see what they looked like in the past, and explore how they have changed over the years.via danah boyd (her site is down right now)...

Mars rover animations »

Amazing high quality animations of Mars rover. Via Gen Kanai...

Wikipedia needs money »

I just donated to Wikipedia. If you haven't, you should too. While you're at it, donate to the EFF and Freenode too. ;-)...

del.icio.us »

Delicious is a social bookmarks manager. It is still pre-pre-alpha, but it's already become quite a useful part of my daily routine. You bookmark sites as you surf and you can subscribe to bookmarks of your friends and receive them as RSS feeds. It all started during a rare productive discussion between tangra and _joshua on #joiito. The two of them came up with the idea and _joshua coded it. _joshua is aka Joshua Schachter and is also the developer of memepool and GeoURL. If you want to subscribe to my bookmarks, I'm joi_ito on Delicious....

The Dean for Iowa Game »

The Dean for Iowa Game just went online. It's cute and fun and captures the spirit of being a supporter. I'm glad to have played my own little part in making this happen. The game was developed by Ian Bogost and his team at Persuasive Games. Ian contacted me through LinkedIn. LinkedIn routed his request for contact via a mutual friend, Ian McCarthy who vouched for Ian Bogost. I took that request and forwarded it to Britt Blaser who is working with the Dean campaign. Britt is "Mr. Execution" and before I knew it, The Dean for Iowa Game happened....

Sneak peek of Dicky & Jackie by Joe Sparks »

I've blogged about Joe before, but he's an old buddy of mine from "back in the day." He made Starship Warlock, one of the coolest CD ROM games during that period. Recently, Joe's been doing Flash animations/stories with music. The last series he did, Radiskull and Devil Doll rocked. It really defined a new style.Now he's got a preview of his new series, Dicky & Jackie online.Thanks for coming to the CC party Joe. Now you've got to release some stuff under CC. ;-)

The longest line »

A great QT Movie of the Ginza Apple store opening.Via Markoff

Welcome to blogging Jean-François »

I met Jean-François Maïon in Helsinki last week. We were talking about blogs. I think I helped get him over the hump to start a blog. Nice photos.

Flash for expression »

I've been getting more and more email with links to flash animations. I'm going to have to try making my own flash animations again. What's interesting is to think about flash in the context of creative commons and how people are sharing their tricks and their code. Here are a few new ones and a list of some of my other favorites.Some new ones"Europe and Italy" - via MarkoffBush Sucks via LisaSome old onesJoi's first flashliberation of Afghanistan - via Tom HammerIrrational ExuberanceALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO USAdmiral Perry's real voicebadgerUPDATE: gansta gollum via Accordian Guy via Betsy - awesomeOh! And don't forget the Creative Commons flash animation contest. Deadline is Dec 31. First prize is a dual CPU Apple G5.

Blogshares shuts down »

Seyed Razavi has announced that he has shut down Blogshares. As Jeff Jarvis says, "It was fun while it lasted."Look forward to seeing what Seyed is cooking up next that's kept him too busy to run Blogshares...Thanks for the heads up Jason

Speaking of turtles... »

Speaking of turtles... don't forget the badgers...

MobileWhack »

Rael Dornfest just launched MobileWhack.MobileWhack is all about that mobile handset, palmtop, hiptop, ipod, or laptop in your pocket, purse, briefcase, or dangling from your utility belt. It's about squeezing every last ounce of mobility out of your mobile device.Looks cool!

Watch the eclipse on the web »

It's daytime here, but I'm watching the eclipse on the web.Thanks for the link Victor!

Aya's Syoyo-Jurin »

Ryuichi Sakamoto sent me an email asking me to make people aware of a movement to get Aya's Shoyo-Jurin, an Evergreen Oak forest in Japan selected as a World Heritage site and help protect this very important forest. Check out the web page if you're interested in forests. It's an amazing place that I hope to visit soon.

Political idea virus »

Seth GodinA fascinating experiment...in ideaviruses, permission marketing and cows.Worth a look, regardless of your politics: whowillbeatbush.comVery Seth. Very interesting. ;-)

Are U drunk? »

Weird image that tricks your eyes and your mind...On design media via Boris who just quit his job so he can blog on...

IBM's History Flow »

IBM has a very cool project called "History Flow" that visualizes the evolution of documents and the interactions of multiple collaborating authors. There are many interesting views. They are using wikis for this.Thanks for the link Clay!

#joiito RSS Roll with state info »

Brendyn has created a page that lists the online/offline status from jibot as titles and links to all of the recent blog entries of the regulars on #joiito from their RSS feeds. Very cool!Technical synopsis from Brendyn

Reid responds to comments on LinkedIn Wiki Page »

Reid Hoffman, the founder of LinkedIn has just gone through and responded to many of the points raised in the LinkedIn wiki page. If you had posted comments and were waiting for him to respond, please go check out his comments. He has interspersed his comments in dialog in wiki style. Thanks to the people who posted comments and thanks to Reid for all of the thoughtful responses. Now my wiki is much smarter. ;-)

LinkedIn launches! »

Reid Hoffman, former COO EVP of Paypal, co-investor in Six Apart, good friend and generally smart guy has launched LinkedIn today. He and his team have been working in stealth mode and I've been anxious to use their service after all of the discussions with Reid about it.There have been a bunch of networking sites launching these days like Ryze and Friendster. LinkedIn is more focused on business networking and has a bunch of innovations to make it more useful for connecting when you are trying to network seriously (vs dating sites).Anyway, I have no direct financial interest in LinkedIn, but I may invest if I have the opportunity in the future. Reid is a business associate so this is somewhat a shameless plug for a friend. Having said that, I like it a lot so far.

April Fools - Joy of Being Ito Web »

So, it's April 1 in Japan and I was sitting around trying to think of something clever for my April Fool's blog entry. Then Xeni sent me a link to Joy of Being Ito Web. Haha. Very funny Jim. I'm going to give up trying to write someting funny today... ;-p

Susan Kare and Magic Box Productions »

Magic Box Productions Logo designed by Susan KareWhat a blast from the past for me. I just read on Slashdot about Susan Kare's web page.

Satire blogs »

A roundup of hilarious satire blogs. Blogs by GW Bush, Saddam Hussein and Kim Jong Il.Kim Jong Il Live Journal link via woj@MetaFilter

Japanese guy with long hair makes a chonmage »

A Japanese guy (site in Japanese but great pictures) with long hair cuts his hair to make a chonmage.

TouchGraph GoogleBrowser V1.01 »

TouchGraph GoogleBrowser V1.01 is a cool Java tool to let you see your Google neighbors. Uses Google API. Reminds me a bit of the Blogstreet visualizer.

Soufle, a google based link sharing community site »

Albert just sent me a link to their new site which allows registered users to save bookmarks in folders and browse and search each other's sites.

Robert Kaye from Musicbrainz »

Yesterday, I had dinner with Robert Kaye. He is the founder of Musicbrainz.

Webby Judge this year »

I'm a Webby Judge in the "community" category. We're nominating sites first. If anyone has suggestions, please post them here and I'll take a look. Thanks!

Habbo Hotel Japan Opens »

Neeraj just launched Habbo Hotel Japan. I wrote about it before, but it is a cool 2.5D chat space where you can build your own room and play games as well. It's a shockwave and it takes about a minute to set up an account and it's free. It's less sophisticated than Sims Online, but maybe better because it focuses more on the community aspect. I sometimes have difficulty with Sims Online because the balance between gameplay and socializing is kind of difficult. Sometimes it feels like you're "in the way" of Sims trying to make money doing stupid repetitive tasks. Habbo (maybe because it's free) has a younger and more social population, generally speaking, although I HAVE met some nice people on Sims Online.I'm Joi and Neeraj is NikoNiko in Habbo.

Top 10 English and Japanese Pages according to Google »

Saw a cool trick on Boing Boing. If you search for "http" on Google, the results are sites ranked by page ranking. As Boing Boing notes, the tops sites are search site. Asahi.com, the online news paper is number one and that most of the top Japanese sites are mass media sites. I love that tabi no madoguchi makes it into the Top 10 in Japan. It's a great site and is all about conversation on the living web come true. Top 10 Overall 1. Yahoo! 2. Google 3. Microsoft Corporation 4. Adobe Systems Incorporated 5. AltaVista - The Search...

Photo.net »

Floor of temple in Koyasan taken while listening to a speech by a monk about the mandalas

Eric Myer Photography Stereotypes »

Eric Myer Photography Stereotypes A very cool site that lets you build faces from a variety of stereotypes....

New Wallace and Gromit available online »

found this on boing boing BBC Tuesday, 15 October, 2002, 17:46 GMT 18:46 UK Wallace and Gromit film premières Oscar-winning animated duo Wallace and Gromit have returned after a six-year absence in a series of short films - and BBC News Online has exclusive footage. Maker Aardman Animations has produced 10 one-minute movies featuring Wallace and his canny pet dog Gromit, entitled Cracking Contraptions. The films launched on Tuesday with the world exclusive première of the first short, Soccamatic, on BBC News Online. The film is downloadable and free to view. I love Wallace and Gromit. This is really...

Smartmobs Weblog Open! »

Howard just opened him weblog about Smartmobs. Cool! Smartmobs A Website and Weblog about Topics and Issues discussed in the book Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution by Howard Rheingold Smart mobs emerge when communication and computing technologies amplify human talents for cooperation. The impacts of smart mob technology already appear to be both beneficial and destructive....

Make way for Flash »

I was interviewed yesterday by NHK to talk about the Net category winners and the jury process this year. I talked about how in the early days, we approached the category from a media theory perspective. Derrick deKerkhove and Mitsuhiro Takemura were both on the first jury and they are both very media theory oriented. The jury, over the last seven years has swung around a bit, but we had always tried to look beyond the interface to find the "webness" or the community beyond. We always used to look at flashFlash animation sites as superficial and thin. At this...

Stewart Alsop on GoodContacts »

Stewart Alsop (who I met recently at the Fortune Brainstorm 2002) writes in his column in Fortune Magazine about GoodContacts. When Barak was visiting a few weeks ago, he was raving about it as well. GoodContacts is basically a contact management package that talks to Outlook or Act! and spams them with email and asks people to update their info. The good thing about GoodContacts is that they don't keep your contact list, they just enable you to spam from your computer. That's why I thought about using it until I realized I would have to switch to Outlook. (and...

Blog Rolling »

So I'm starting to understand a bit about "blog rolling". I first saw the term in the sidebar of Dan Gillmor's blog. It's the list of blogs that you read often and link to from your page. I found a cool tool called Blogrolling. It does various things all at once. You can create a sidebar in IE (Mac and PC) that lists the blogs in your blog roll. You can create php, javascript or rss code in your web page so that your blog roll shows up on your web page. Because it uses style sheets, it integrates seamlessly...

BlogStreet »

Sighted on WERBLOG BlogStreet is a database of blogs that lets you enter the URL for a blog and it finds other blogs in your "neighborhood". Cool idea, but not completely sure how useful it is. Or maybe it's just useful if your blog is famous and highly linked to and maybe I just don't understand the algorithm. When I entered my blog, mostly I just got a list of blogs that I link to on my top page. It ranked my blog 6479 out of 10259 blogs, which is probably not bad for a 2 month old blog, but...

SatireWire Ends »

SatireWire has closed down! Oh no! It was one of my favorite sites. In memory of SatireWire, which will stay online as an archive, here are a few of my favorites:SatireWireSTUDY FINDS YOU REALLY DON'T MAKE A DIFFERENCE In Grand Scheme of Things, Your Hard Work, Diligence, Found to Mean Squat London, England (SatireWire.com) - In an unprecedented study, British and American researchers have concluded that despite what you've been told at work, you really don't make a difference, and are not remotely integral to your company's success. "In our research, we found that you've been encouraged to believe that...

Kenji Eno's Favorite Web Page »

Kenji Eno ( Justin wrote about him ) is guest blogging on my Japanese blog. translated by me from Kenji Eno's entry In 1987 JALECO (which PCCW Japan reverse merged into) made a game called "Moero!! Pro Baseball" for the Nintendo Famicon. It was an amazing game. At the time, Namco had a very popular game called Famista which sold very well. Morero!! Pro Baseball tried to make a very realistic game to compete against the very popular, but rather game-like Famista. The graphics were the only part that was realistic. You could bunt home runs, the strike zone was...

Book Crossing »

Scott just sent me email about this site. This is very cool. It is a book club with 60,000 readers and 30,000 books. The idea is that when you finish reading a book, you tag it and leave it on a street corner, coffee shop or what ever and post it on the site and the next person can find it and read it. When you find books and read them, you add journal entries which become part of a huge database of over 10,000 reviews and recommendations. Sounds pretty cool to me. I'm going to sign up today. This...

Frank Boosman's Blog »

Frank, who told me, "Oh No. Now all you'll be thinking about is whether something will be material for your blog," when I told him about my blog, has started his own blog. I met Frank through our mutual friend Hiroshi Lockheimer when they both worked for Be Inc. Frank was in charge of marketing and communications and they asked me to be on Be's advisory board. I was the first and last advisory board member I think. Anyway, since then we've kept in touch and Frank co-founded AirEight with his old pals from Vertus. I'm on the advisory board...

They Rule »

If you haven't seen this, it's a great site. We gave it a Golden Nica this year at the Prix Ars Electronica. From the Prix Ars Electronica web page: Golden Nica Josh On, Futurefarmers (USA): "They Rule" http://www.theyrule.net Database visualization is an important area of interactive design. "They Rule" is an excellent example of this kind of project. It attempts to demonstrate the relationships between some of America's most powerful corporate executives by visually showing you which companies they are involved with, and how these companies might gain from such a relationship. The interface, once you get it, is pretty...

Very funny law firm page »

A true gem found on BoingBoing. A web page of a law firm which is hilarious. According to Jun, the legal community in Denver always looks forward to their regular emails. From their web page: The firm is composed of lawyers from the two major strains of the legal profession, those who litigate and those who wouldn't be caught dead in a courtroom. Litigation lawyers are the type who will lie, cheat and steal to win a case and who can't complete a sentence without the words "I object" or "I demand another extension on that filing deadline." Many people...

Leary.com wins Cool Site of the Year Award »

I met Tim Leary in 1990. He was a great inspiration to me and introduced me to many of the wonderful people that I know. One of the things we did together was talk about the web in its early days. He was very excited about the web and wanted him own web page. He had a great young team called Retina Logic who wanted to build the site so our company, Digital Garage funded part of the development. When the site won Cool Site of the Year in the personal web page category, it was great. Since Tim has...
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