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Kara Swisher being tricky and funny again »

Kara Swisher is one of the smartest, funniest and sometimes cruelest journalists I know. She is a co-host of the Wall Street Journal All Things Digital conference with Walt Mossberg. For a variety of reasons she's having a hard time getting an interview with Jerry Yang. She discovered that "Lunch with Jerry Yang" is the prize from DonorsChoose.org Bloggers Challenge for the bloggers who inspire the most readers to give. To participate/give, just go to the AllThingsD page on the DonorsChoose site. So... in addition to loving Kara, I also owe her for introducing me to cool people and letting...

"Joi" denied by Nike »

I was messing around on the Nike store trying out the "made to order" Nike+ shoe section. There is an option to label your shoe with your "iD". When I tried "Joi" it said iD declined. It accepted "Jo", "Joichi", "JoiIto" but not "Joi". According to their policy:A Personal iD may be declined for any one of the following reasons * It might violate another party's trademark or other intellectual property rights. These may include words, phrases, celebrity's names, and even certain color combinations when used in connection with particular words or geographic designations. * It contains profanity, inappropriate...

Sitting in my room »

I seem to be doing this more and more, but I'm sitting in my hotel room watching the webcast and chatting in the chatroom for the IGF meeting. Until they make it easier for people to use their computers on site, I'm going to continue doing this. I realize it is slightly rude to have your computer open during conferences, but the ability to look things up, take notes and chat are much more important than appearing slightly rude IMHO....

A derivative work »

I KNEW people would make creative use of the CC licensed video I uploaded. The WoW section subtitled. By Kazpah our friendly neighborhood Warlock. And NO. That's NOT what I said. ;-P The video requires some quicktime stuff and won't run in many players. If anyone knows how to convert it to other formats, let us know. FWIW, it seems to work in Safari on my Mac, but not in Firefox... and it will take awhile to download....

Plague on World of Warcraft »

ShacknewsHeres the skinny: Blizzard adds in a new instance, Zul'Gurub. Inside is the god of blood, Hakkar. Well, when you fight him he has a debuff called Corrputed Blood. It does like 250-350 damage to palyers and affects nearby players. The amazing thing is SOME PLAYERS have brought this disease (and it is a disease) back to the towns, outside of the instance. It starts spreading amongst the genral population including npcs, who can out generate the damage. Some servers have gotten so bad that you can't go into the major cities without getting the plague (and anyone less than...

Poor Harry Potter... »

The new Harry Potter books has been pirated and posted online in 24 hours and there is a video of man spoiling the ending for people standing in line to buy the book. via Boing Boing and MetaFilter...

Anil GOATSE's the NYT »

Cory Doctorow @ Boing Boing BlogGOATSE t-shirt in the NYT Anil Dash wore a subtle and arcane GOATSE t-shirt for a recent New York Times photoshoot, and they ran a pic of him wearing it. GOATSE is an Internet legend -- a repulsive photo that used to live at www.goatse.cx that Internet pranksters went to great lengths to trick others into seeing. SFW Wikipedia entry on Goatse, NYT LinkThis is excellent... Wait, does this guy work for Six Apart?...

BSOD upgrades to RSOD in Longhorn »

Microsoft Longhorn has upgraded from the "Blue Screen of Death" to the "Red Screen of Death". Nice new look. Via Michael Kaplan via Willl UPDATE: Willl's friend noticed that "execution" is spelled "exectuion". Either this is a hoax, or they haven't spellchecked Longhorn. Can anyone out there confirm this RSOD? UPDATE 2: It appears that Michael is an employee of Microsoft. He also informs us that the RSOD is not an "upgrade". Longhorn still has BSOD. RSOD is for really bad errors....

Letter from Kevin B. Jones of sms.ac »

I received the following email and this attached Word document from the lawyer at sms.ac. It looks like a form letter to me. I have no idea what activity they think is illegal and I'm waiting to hear back from them. Has anyone else received this letter from them? See the word document for the slightly different letter in its full color all caps glory.Kevin B. Jones, Esq.NOTICE OF INFRINGEMENT OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS UNLESS YOU IMMEDIATELY CEASE AND DESIST YOUR ILLEGAL ACTIVITY, YOU WILL BE PROSECUTED TO: Registrant: Neoteny Co., Ltd. Plazamikado 3F 2-14-5, Akasaka Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052 JP...

Ann Coulter attacked by Al Pieda »

MSNBC: Columnist Coulter hit with custard pies The Smoking Gun: "Al Pieda" Targets Ann Coulter According to a copy of the police report from the University of Arizona Police Department on The Smoking Gun, the "Al Pieda" were involved.UAPD reportSearch incident to arrest I located on both Wolff and Smith pieces of paper (propaganda) involving Coulter's name and the explanation of "Al Pieda". via Markoff...

Feeback on Operation Clark County »

The Guardian had an interesting project to try to get readers to send email to people in Clark County and influence the US vote.The Guardian Operation Clark County [...] It works like this. By typing your email address into the box on this page, you will receive the name and address of a voter in Clark County, Ohio. You may not have heard of it, but it's one of the most marginal areas in one of the most marginal states: at the last election, just 324 votes separated Democrats from Republicans. It's a place where a change of mind among...

Giggling translators »

I'm on a panel right now in Milan. I learned the name of the conference when I finally got my pass. Lucky for me that they have simultaneous translation. On the other hand, I'm the ONLY one in the room who is using it right now since the speaker is speaking in Italian. There are two translators as usual who switch back and forth so the other can take a break. The thing is, the resting translator seems to be trying to make the speaking translator laugh. She keeps shutting off the translation and cracking up laughing. You can still...

The Lantern: LaRouche founded Wikipedia »

According to The Lantern, LaRouche founded Wikipedia.The LanternLaRouche, an outspoken political activist, set the record for consecutive attempts at the presidency by running eight times. He started Wikipedia.com, a Web site functioning as both a free encyclopedia and a wiki community, which allows users to add information to posted articles. He is known to be a promoter of conspiracy theories and has frequently been accused of being a fascist and an anti-Semite - claims he has denied. In 1988 he was sentenced to 15 years in prison for conspiracy, mail fraud and tax code violations but served only five.I DID...

Trucks »

Seth and Xeni write about this new American monster pickup truck, the CXT. According to Xeni it is "about 2 feet taller x 4 feet longer than the honkin' Hummer H2. Which, btw, it could tow along with that yacht, if need be." (MSNBC article and debut site) I just bought a 10 year old Daihatsu HiJet pickup truck. I got it because it's small enough to drive on the narrow paths between the rice fields. It can carry as much gravel or dirt as I would be willing to move on any given day. Just about every single...

Britney Spears used gum on eBay - $14,000 »

IHTBritney Spears's fans don't think the pop star's chewed gum is "Toxic" - they're buying wads of it on eBay. There are more than two dozen auctions of used gum on eBay, each claiming their product has been spit out by the 22-year-old singer. Prices go as high as $14,000, but most are for significantly less. Though there is no way to verify the authenticity of the various wads, many postings include photos of a small piece of chewed gum, a copy of a ticket stub from the "place of finding" and a personal story of procurement.eeeww... I wonder what...

audiomashupblogging »

Inspired by Maciej's anti-audioblogging manifesto, I started working on an audioblogger mashup. I'm not very good at this yet, but here's what I've got so far. (1.8 MB mp3). I'm going to keep working on this, but if anyone wants to pitch in and give me a hand... hint hint... UPDATE: I'm taking this down because Maciej says it's freaking him out. ;-)...

IM from Markoff re We The Media review »

"The New York Times is my blog" Markoff just IMed me with this funny comment from Slashdot about Dan Gillmor's We the Media. I would have gotten more defensive if it weren't so funny. Anyway, keep laughing Markoff. Just you wait and see. ;-) Yes... I did photoshop out the end of his AIM nickname....

Team America - World Police »

Team America - World Police, from the creators of South Park. "Putting the 'F' back in freedom". Coming October 2004 via Juche...

What was Eisner doing? »

Defamer imagines what Michael Eisner was doing in my moblog picture of him at Brainstorm 2004. ;-) via Glenn...

The US constitution with DRM »

Lessigthis is the constitution on DRMSo jump over here to Amazon.com where you can purchase an electronic version of the Constitution, fitted very nicely to a Microsoft Reader (not Mac compatible), and protected quite completely with DRM. The description says you're not permitted to print it. The reader reviews report you're permitted to print it twice a year. And don't try to hack the code to print it more than twice -- until Boucher's H.R. 107 passes at least. (Though the ranking is higher than for my book. Maybe free fails after all?) (Thanks Paul!)Now who in their right mind...

Photoshop as communication »

I had fun with some photoshopping last night, but this morning someone showed me a site of a photoshop-a-rama on the new MEP from Finland, Alexander Stubb. Too bad most blogs don't allow images in comments anymore. It's such a ... "creative" form of communication. ;-)...

Nigritude Ultramarine »

Nigritude Ultramarine. Here you go Anil....

Will airtexting BlackBerry become the mobile hecklebot? »

Smart MobsWave Messaging From the company that pioneered text messaging, picture messaging and multimedia messaging, comes new innovation - Wave Messaging, or Light Messaging, according to a Nokia press release By waving the Nokia 3220 camera phone from side to side, the LED lights of the Nokia Xpress-on FunShell light up to "write" a message that appears to float in mid-air. Related articles on airtexting-type technologies: -- In March 2003, the WSJ reported from CeBIT about a phone called Kurv, made by Kyocera Wireless Corp which featured airtexting: "The company believes airtexting will be one of it's most popular...

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....

Louisiana to ban saggy, butt-crack-exposing pants »

Louisiana to ban saggy, butt-crack-exposing pants via Boing Boing. This is really funny because many years ago I had the honor of being with the mayor of New Orleans during Mardi Gras. I distinctly remember the mayor talking about his new "moon pants". They were pants that you could easily zip down the back of and moon people from the balcony. I guess he can't wear them anymore......

Working hard, light blogging »

Light blogging today. Lots of work to do....

Japgrish »

Everyone makes fun of the Japanese use of English. (See Engrish) The Chicago Tribune has a story featuring Chicagoans with tattoos Japanese characters and a comparison of what the bearers think they mean and what they really mean in Japanese. Very funny. via MetaFilter and Boing Boing...

The irony of Orkut and Wallop's platforms »

Isn't it funny/interesting that Wallop, Microsoft's social networking project is built using flash, xml and sql while Orkut, Google's social network project is built using .Net and C#? Microsoft avoids being locked into the Microsoft platform while Orkut is completely locked in. hmmm... What does this mean?...

Angle-Grinder Man is back »

Angle-Grinder Man is back. His web page is here....

Charging for vanity »

I was excited when I got my entry in the Internet Movie Database. I was thinking about how vain it was to be excited by this. It felt like being in some sort of elite Orkut. Just like Orkut, there was a "click here to add photo". *click* $35 - Submit a Person's Headshot or a Film's Poster Replace the "no headshot" or "no poster" icon on their main page with a headshot/poster or change the current headshot/poster to a new one. $10 - Submit a Gallery Photo for a Film or Person Add an image to your film's...

Dvorak on Sir William of Redmond »

I've been hanging out with knights lately and had been thinking about British knights vs honorary knights and how strange the idea of American knights was. Just when I was pondering the weirdness of Bill Gates becoming a knight, Dvorak rants....

Where are you my Sun? »

Sun always has a huge presence at Davos. They always rent a special house right across from the Congress Center and are a big sponsor. They add that special irreverence to the meeting and John Gage is always the life of the party. This year, there is no sign of them. I wonder what happened. And guess who rented the Sun House... Microsoft. I wonder if Bill Gates is trying to make a point. :-p...

Global crackdown on profanity »

Michael Powell wants to crack down on profanity in the US and the Brazilians arrest this pilot (via antti) for flipping them the finger. "He made an internationally known obscene gesture when he was being photographed by the Federal Police," according to the article. With all of the increased reason for profanity directed against establishment, I can see how a global war on profanity is essential for the security interests of the civilized world. :-p...

JeannieAndJibot session at ETech »

If you hang out on #joiito or are interested in learning more and plan to be at ETech, please vote for, sign up for and contribute ideas to the session we are planning. We're going to try to play with RFID's and the Jeannie's cafe idea and we need a head-count so please sign up early if you're interested. Hopefully Hecklebot will be there as well....

Google whois quicklink »

Ev writes about Google's new quicklink for whois. If you search for "whois [domain]" on Google you will get a link to a search on www.ratite.com's Global Whois service for the domain name. I guess this is useful for people who won't touch a command line, but I don't think I'd ever use it. I will continue to open a terminal window and type "whois google.com". That way I can continue to see whois spam too. ;-) $ whois google.com Whois Server Version 1.3 Domain names in the .com and .net domains can now be registered with many different competing...

It's like Microsoft Office... except it's not... »

Eeewwww... What ARE YOU THINKING Apple Computer? I just ordered it anyway, but this is crazy. Microsoft Office is the last thing in the world I'd want to compare iLife with. via Zeitgeist...

Joi Ito Reloaded »

I just woke up from sleeping for 18 hours. I know some people who sleep 18 hours+ regularly, but for someone who averages 4-6 hours a day, 18 hours of sober sleep is quite a psychosomatic journey. I had had a full night's sleep the night before, but sitting in the sun cuddling Bo after a big huge brunch with Mizuka's family, their chatter turning into a comfortable drone in the background sent me into a deeeeeep sleep. I just woke up and my brain is in a interesting state. I've had two espressos but I still can't type properly....

Dvorak explains why Americans are behind on cell phone culture »

So here's someone who has "social norm tensions" around gadgets and cell phones.John C. DvorakCell Phone Hegemony - PC Magazine Let me walk you through my tale of woe. First, picture this gathering: New York Times reporter John Markoff, San Jose Mercury News columnist Dan Gilmore (sic), Andrew Orlowsi from The Register, author Gregg Pascal Zachary, blogger/investor Joi Ito, lyricist/pundit John Perry Barlow, and me. Everyone there had some relationship to the computer scene, and we were about to have dinner at a pseudo-swanky San Francisco eatery. Each reveler was political, opinionated, and outspoken. What transpired made my flesh crawl....

Bloggers google bomb George Bush »

If you go to google and search for "miserable failure" you get bio of George W Bush. This is a bloggers' google bomb.Newsday article on the topicThanks Kev for the clarification

Larry Page and Sergey Brin parody blog »

Larry Page and Sergey Brin Parody BlogI've wanted to do a blog for ages but Sergey couldn't manage to set up MovableType. Apparently it's "Just too difficult".Anyway, the other day he suggested that it would be a thousand times easier to just buy Blogger.com.So we did.Via Aaron Swartz on the Google Weblog

Dvorak on blogs »

Oh cool! Dvorak is bashing blogs again. It must be that time of year again. He probably needs more traffic.Oops. I broke my promise not to make fun of journalists who don't blog... But I'll make an exception for journalists who like to tease me too.UPDATE: Steve Gillmor takes the bait and responds to Dvorak.

F---ing USA? »

The FCC says it's OK to say "fuck" on TV. So it is OK to broadcast, "fucking USA" ?Via MetaFilter and Boing Boing

Do Not Call 317-816-9336 »

Telemarketers are suing the National Do Not Call Registry in the US, which is a place where you can register to block telemarketers from calling you. 50 million households have signed up. I think this is a good idea, they obviously don't.In his column, David Barry of the Miami Herald published the phone number of the American Teleservices Association, a telemarketing company.David Barry @ Mami HeraldIt turned out that a lot of you were eager to call up the telemarketing industry. Thousands and thousands of you called the ATA. I found out about this when I saw an article in a direct-marketing newspaper, the DM News, which quoted the executive director of the ATA, Tim Searcy. Here's an excerpt from the article:"The ATA received no warning about the article from Barry or anyone connected with him," Searcy said. ". . . the Barry column has had harmful consequences for the ATA. An ATA staffer has spent about five hours a day for the past six days monitoring the voice mail and clearing out messages."That's correct: The ATA received NO WARNING that it was going to get unwanted calls! Not only that, but these unwanted calls were an INCONVENIENCE for the ATA, and WASTED THE ATA'S TIME!I just hope nobody interrupted the ATA's dinner.Ha! This is great. The hypocrisy and the irony are truly monumental. The ATA changed their phone number, but the new one is 317-816-9336. Maybe I'll call them and ask them if they know about Stealth Disco...Via The Daily Irrelevant

Strategic Heckle Command »

I've set up a wiki page to try to heckle conferences more strategically. We should post information about conferences we are going to remote-heckle, list of speakers, past presentations from the speakers, what they are likely to speak about, hard questions we should ask, etc.
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