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Becoming a Professor »

Photo by Daderot [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons When I was first appointed as the director of the MIT Media Lab, The New York Times said it was an "unusual choice" - which it was since my highest academic degree was my high school diploma, and, in fact, had dropped out of undergraduate programs at both Tufts and the University of Chicago, as well as a doctoral program at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo. When first approached about the position, I was given advice that I shouldn't apply considering my lack of a degree. Months later, I was contacted again by...

Refreshed blog design and the history of this website »

Our website circa 1996 Thanks to Boris Anthony and Daiji Hirata for helping to upgrade and clean up my blog. We upgraded the platform to Movable Type Pro 6.2.4. (Yes, I still use Movable Type!) Daiji and Boris got Facebook Instant Articles working inspired by Dave Winer and with the help from folks over at Facebook. (Thanks!) Boris cleaned up the design of the blog and also made it responsive - much more mobile friendly. What's amazing to me is how well the design has held up over the years. We (the founding team of Eccosys) set up our web...

Video of Timothy Leary in Japan circa 1991 »

Wow. An amazing blast from the past. Saw this on Facebook yesterday. This is from when I was spending a lot of time with Timothy Leary. I was his adopted "God Son" and was working on a book with Tim called "The New Breed" which we never finished. The book was about the new generation of tech-empowered young people who were trying to "tune in, turn on, take over" instead of "tune in, turn on, drop out," a famous Timothy Leary quote. This is footage from a bus ride when Tim was visiting Japan for a conference. Zack Leary...

Why I joined PureTech »

When I became the director of the MIT Media Lab three years ago, my previous primary "occupation" was investing in and advising startup companies. I invested in mostly Internet-related software and service companies (e.g., Twitter, Flickr, Kickstarter). Joining the Media Lab and MIT was bit of a "pivot"-academia was a fundamentally different model for impacting the world, focused more on fundamental science and technology that wasn't as easily commercialized. In order to focus on the Media Lab after joining, I decided I would stop investing in startup companies. (I invested in Media Lab alumni companies, Littlebits and Form Labs, before...

Gurus, goals and mindfulness »

I remember my 24th birthday very clearly. It was 1990. I had just finished working as the associate to the executive producer on the film The Indian Runner. I was running a nightclub in the Roppongi district of Tokyo at the time together with my team fromThe Smart Bar in Chicago. Madonna had just released "Vogue," Chicago House music had evolved into Acid House and the rave scene was going strong. It was a fun and tumultuous time in the world and in my life. I met Timothy Leary for the first time through a mutual friend, David Kubiak,...

Kitchen counter bio hacking »

I first heard about Synbiota at SXSWi this year, when they won an Accelerator Award. According to the announcement, "Synbiota is a virtual collaboration site that connects scientists, researchers, universities and others from around the world to solve complex problems using genetic engineering." That week they announced the world's first Massive Open Online Science (MOOS) event. Called #ScienceHack, hundreds of researchers from around the globe (some as clueless as us!) would use a new "wetware" kit to produce prohibitively expensive medicine at a fraction of the price. A month later I got this email: From: Connor DickieTo: Joi ItoCc:...

Ito to Finally Get a Degree »

On May 24, together with Nate Silver, Caterina Fake and Kahlil Gibran Muhammad, I will receive an honorary doctorate from The New School. Thanks to Nancy Lublin and everyone at The New School for making this happen. It turns out that I'm actually an alum of The New School. Back in the fall of 1985, I took and completed two online courses - "Artificial Intelligence & Life" and "Propaganda: Lit Science" which were part of a batch of the first fully online graduate school courses for credit. (MOOC schMOOC!) It used a pre-World Wide Web system called EIES. I remember...

Video excerpts from DIY Video panel »

Ulrike Reinhard posted a nice "best of" video of our DIY Video panel. The panel was a lot of fun. The moderator was Howard Rheingold and the panelists were John Seely Brown, Yochai Benkler, Henry Jenkins and me....

Le Web 3 »

The second day of Le Web 3 is starting today, but I unfortunately have to leave in a few hours to go to San Francisco to attend the Creative Commons board meeting and the 5th anniversary party later this week. Le Web 3 was the best conference of its kind I attended this year. Great venue, great team and awesome speakers. Loic, Geraldine and team, super job. Thanks! Interestingly, my favorite talks were the two non-web people: Hans Rosling and Philippe Starck. Everyone else was great too. Ev gave an thought provoking talk about the importance of less features....

Tallinn »

Mart explaining architecture I just returned from a trip to Tallinn where I completed the paperwork to invest in GuardTime, an electronic archive and log authentication system using cryptographic time stamps. The idea was developed by the founder of the company, Märt Saarepera and his collegues in Estonia when Mart was in Japan. Mart started out as an academic and a researcher, but became an entrepreneur in residence at my company Neoteny back when we were still incubating businesses. At the time, our team thought that the business was too early and passed on the investment and Mart set...

Shibuya in the morning »

Shibuya Center Gai I spent High School in Japan. I lived in Shibuya and went to The American School in Japan in Chofu. I grew up in Shibuya. Back then, in the early 80's, Shibuya was a hot area of Tokyo. Brands like Van Jacket, Domon, Jun, etc. and the "Shibuya Casual" or "shibukazi" scene were getting a lot of attention. Shibuya was full of bars, clubs, restaurants, clothing shops and places to just hang out on the street. As a teenager, I spent a lot of time "on the street" buying liquor from vending machines, chasing rats and...

My Timothy Leary »

Me with Timothy Leary's terminus made of his mortal remains As Timothy once said, "everyone out there gets the Timothy Leary they deserve". WAV File Today, I did an interview with agent etoy.Monorom and agent etoy.Silvan for their Mission Eternity project. My job was to channel Timothy Leary who is one of the test pilots of the project. The project involves a terminus made from the mortal remains of Timothy which are connected to a sarcophagus installation. It keeps track of and maintains a network of volunteer angels who keep his archival identity parts alive on the Net. In...

SCS 2007 »

Tom Coates Fiona and danah I'm at one of my favorite meetings of the year - the Microsoft Research Social Computing Symposium. It's being streamed here: http://131.107.151.221/SCS - open in VLC as MMS We also have an IRC back-channel on irc.freenode.net/#scs2007 Also hanging out on #joiito as usual... Uploading photos in a Flickr set....

Ars Electronica 2007 »

Gerfried Stocker Other than being 7 degrees celcius and raining most of the time, Ars Electronica this year was a lot of fun. It was packed full of work for me this week with five talks and ten media interviews, but with Sandra, Elizabeth and Fumi's help, everything went smoothly and I survived. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to see all of the installations or talk to as many artists as I would have liked, but I had more than enough interesting conversations to make it great. I went to Ars Electronica this year together with the MOGA unit...

Off to Linz »

Although I still haven't decided which camera to take with me, I'll be leaving for Linz in a few hours to attend the Ars Electronica Festival. According to my bio page on the site, this is the 10th year that I've participated. Most years I've gone twice - once for the jury and once for the festival. I think that makes Linz the city I've visited the most in Europe. I love Ars Electronica and all of the people involved and I'm excited to going back after missing last year. I'll be giving a few talks and will be on...

Travel photos »

Just got home from Aspen and Taipei. Thanks to everyone for all the fun. Shona Brown in Aspen Benajamin Mako Hill at Wikimania 2007 in Taipei I've uploaded my photos as Flickr sets - Aspen Institute 2007 and Wikimania 2007....

Kaoru Yoshimura »

Mizuka and Kaoru 2007 When I was born in Kyoto my father was still at Kyoto University studying under the late Kenichi Fukui. My grandparents on both sides had been against their marriage - my father a merchant class boy from Kansai shunned as lower-class by my mother's noble family from Northern Japan. My father's family wanted him to marry someone who was healthier and more likely to be a hard-working member of their family. Because of this, my parents were rather poor, lacking any support from their families. We lived in a dumpy home and they struggled to...

Barcelona »

I'm at Frankfurt airport getting stuck in elevators during fire alarms and stuff... I just posted photos from Barcelona on Flickr....

Lightroom, hazy mornings and chromatic aberrations »

Jet lag woke me up again at 3AM so I watched the Adobe Lightroom stuff on Lynda. I learned how to control more things in post-processing so I went out into the foggy and hazy sunrise to take some photos in the yard to play with in Lightroom. I still have a lot to learn, but I think I have a better handle on how to deal with overcast lighting... Which is good since it's rainy season in Japan right now and overcast a lot. I also learned how to fix chromatic aberration which I used today on one...

Interview for Macedonian newspaper »

As I prepared to answer a rather long list of questions for a Macedonian newspaper, I realized that I would be motivated to write more thoroughly and spend more time on the answers if I knew I would be publishing them on my blog. I chatted with the journalist and he agreed. Thanks Vlado. So here are my answers to some questions about the Internet, CC and Mozilla. Not that new for those of you who know this area, but if you're going to ask me some basic questions, you can start here. ;-) Maybe I should be plopping this...

Six months of veganism »

I blogged a decision to become vegan on December 13, 2006 which is approximately six months ago. I'm happy to say that it was the right decision and that I've never been healthier or happier as long as I can remember and I intend to continue being a vegan. Other than some allergies, I've gotten rid every one of half-a-dozen or so chronic conditions including obesity, fatty liver, high uric acid (gout), heartburn/ulcers/stomach acid, nervous tension, sleeping problems and rising cholesterol. I also have more energy than I've ever had. I've lost approximately 18 kg (40 lb) or so and...

Happiness, compassion and sharing »

I'm reading The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler. In it, they suggest that we should focus on pursuing happiness as our goal in life and the we should be careful to make a distinction between happiness and pleasure. Doing crack, drinking alcohol and even enjoying nice weather are mostly pleasures and not real happiness. One of the core elements of happiness, according to the Dalai Lama, is compassion. Cutler describes how many psychologists will argue that man is inherently greedy and that the first thing that babies try to do is look for a...

Off on a longish trip »

Just when I thought I had come home, I'm off on a longish trip again. I'll be going to Switzerland, Germany, Croatia, Macedonia, US and Puerto Rico. Haven't been to Europe in a few month so looking forward to it, but not looking forward to being away from home for so long again. I just offset 300,000 miles of flying with 60 tons of wind energy carbon credits at NativeEnergy. Should last me for a bit. See you on the other side....

All Things Digital »

I'm at All Things Digital again. This year features, among other things, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs on stage together in a joint interview. This should be interesting. It seems unclear whether the video will be released so I'll try to be there to blog it. Anyone else here?...

Being calm and happy »

I just arrived in San Francisco from Tokyo. My room's not ready at the hotel and there were various complications, but I'm really happy and calm. I feel almost like I do when I'm meditating. I don't know if it's the drawing, all of the reading/talking about Kriya Yoga and Buddhism or just the great weather, but I can't really imagine anything that would stress me out right now. /me knocks on wood On the other hand, I better not jinx myself. I'm SURE there are things that could happen right now that would stress me out. Ha! Also, apologies...

Triathamedia »

Breaking the 10% rule...Chart from Nike Partly because I've always wanted to try a mini-Triathlon and partly because I'm beginning to get minor wear and tear on my body from exercising every day, I've started cycling, swimming and running. It's easier to follow the 10% rule that way too. (Don't increase your exercise routine more than 10% a week.) My current exercise media of choice for the 3 are: Running - Podrunner with Nike+ and iPod Nano (just donated to Podrunner) Swimming - Ambient music on my SwiMP3 (taking a rest while my shoulder repairs) Cycling (Stationary) - Lost, 24...

Going UTC »

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Photographing strangers »

Generation Gap Today, I experimented with taking pictures of strangers. I'm always impressed by Jim and iMorpheus' photos of strangers and I figured that the best way to get better at it was just to start doing it. I had been practicing portraits on people I knew and thought that portraits of strangers should be fun. It was definitely harder than I had expected. I had asked a number of people their "secret". Some people asked before shooting, some people people fooled people into thinking that they were shooting something else, others were stealthy. I felt a bit "dirty" taking...

Cornelius in Shibuya »

Mizuka and I went to see my second cousin Keigo and his band (he's aka Cornelius) perform in Shibuya today. These Tokyo shows are sort of a family gathering and we got to see little Milo who had gotten a lot bigger and my aunt who appeared to be doing well. The show was great as always. He played Wataridori which is one of my favorite songs and the song that he released under a Creative Commons license for the Wired CD. He had some really cool videos using lots of low light photography and photo animation. There was a...

GOOD / CC party at SXSW March 12th »

I'll blog more of the upcoming events that I'll be attending at SXSW, but here's an important one.CHALLENGE We challenge you, our community, to raise $6000 for Creative Commons by subscribing to GOOD Magazine and having a drink with us at the famed South by Southwest (SXSW) conference in Austin, TX. All it takes is for 200 people over the next 2 weeks to subscribe to GOOD. No, my math skills are not wrong. If you subscribe in the next 2 weeks your $20 bucks will be generously matched by Six Apart for up to $2000. So you won't just...

CC Salon Tomorrow »

I'll be in SF tomorrow and will at the CC Salon. Come by if you have time. Here's the Eventful listing. Here's the info from the CC Weblog: Creative Commons Salon SF Next Wednesday: Joi, John, Heather and Jim Please join us for the first CC Salon of 2007 at ShineSF.com on Wednesday, February 21, from 7-9 PM in San Francisco. It will be major! And, yes, please note, we are not doing this event monthly now, but every other month to maximize the impact in SF! The line-up for the evening: * John Wilbanks, Executive Director, Science Commons *...

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....

Being Vegan in India »

I really wasn't sure what to expect in India with respect to my strict vegan diet. This was my third time, but my first time to visit as a vegan. I am very sensitive to infections through the water and I ALWAYS get a bad belly, even when others don't. I've gotten a tummy ache every single time I've visited SE Asia including my two trips to India and my trips to Thailand and Bali. Because of this, I'm overly sensitive to drinking non-bottled water or things washed in non-bottled water. This made it rather difficult for me because that...

EDGE Question 2007: What are you optimistic about? »

John Brockman's EDGE asks a tough question every year. For 2007 the question was "What are you optimistic about?" My answer was:EDGE World Question CenterEmergent Democracy and Global Voices I am optimistic that open networks will continue to grow and become available to more and more people. I am optimistic that computers will continue to become cheaper and more available. I am optimistic that the hardware and software will become more open, transparent and free. I am optimistic that the ability to for people to create, share and remix their works will provide a voice to the vast majority of...

OMW to 23C3 »

I'm at Narita Airport waiting for my flight to Berlin via Frankfurt to attend the 23rd Chaos Communications Congress aka 23C3 as well as the iCommons board meeting. This is the third year that I've attended. It's one of my favorite conference with thousands of hackers converging on the Congress Center in Berlin. This year Digital Garage will be a sponsor of the conference and I will have a small team of folks including the MXTV BlogTV team covering the evening and doing some interviews. As always, the content will be released under a Creative Commons Attribution License and will...

Watts... »

I am going to be flying on Lufthanza to go to 23C3. If I'm lucky I'll have Flynet (Boeing Connexions) wifi on both legs. It's suppose to terminate on the day I return from Berlin. However... I don't have enough Watts. The Lufthanza seats (as with most airlines) only do 70 Watts. My MacBook Pro takes 85 Watts and My Dell XPS M1710 130 Watts. Arggh! This is so frustrating... If you haven't experienced trying to draw more wattage out of an airline plug, it's a pain. It looks like it's working for a minute, but it will just shut...

Sitting in a big chair »

Yesterday Creative Commons celebrated its fourth birthday with parties around the world as well as in Second Life. Larry was in Portugal and I was in Japan so we hooked up with the party in Second Life. Board members Hal and Jimmy also joined us there together with a great mix of SL visitors and regulars. In Second Life, Larry took the opportunity to pass me a digital torch as part of a ritual where he handed on the Chairman position to me after four amazing years as the founder-Chairman of Creative Commons. When I joined the board in 2003,...

Amazon.com thinks I'm a weirdo/nerd »

I just sent a bunch of joke gifts to people from Amazon.com. Now it thinks I'm a weirdo/nerd who buys Devo hats and obscure programming books. Too bad I don't have any more crazy friends that I need to harass. So a word of advice to those who plan on sending joke presents for the Holidays. Don't use your main Amazon account. ;-P...

My average speed »

My Plazes profile page (if you click the My World tab) now shows average speed. It shows that my average speed is 1880 km/day. That's 78.33 km/hr or 48.68 miles/hr. Isn't there some Muslim wisdom that your soul can't travel faster than a camel? (I think Barlow told me this.) I wonder how fast camels can run. I'd hate to be moving faster than my soul. UPDATE: After my last flight, my average speed went up to 2153 km/day. w00t! I think......

Reid Hoffman #22 on Business 2.0 list of most important people »

A belated "gratz" to my friend and co-investor/partner in most of my angel investments, Reid Hoffman for become a Rank 22 important person. Business 2.0 The 50 people who matter now Rank: 22 Reid Hoffman Angel investor and CEO, LinkedIn Why He Matters: Want to launch a Web 2.0 startup? Be prepared to kiss Hoffman's ring. In his day job, Hoffman is the co-founder of LinkedIn, the online haven for business networkers. But on the side, he's also an angel investor with a knack for spotting young companies with big potential. Thus far, he's supplied insight and investment money to...

Fortune Brainstorm 2006 »

Fortune Brainstorm 2006 starts today in Aspen. I've been to all of them so far and was bummed when they didn't have one last year. This is my favorite conference because of the diversity, the small size, and the rich content. I used to be one of the few bloggers that covered this conference. This year there are many other bloggers and Fortune has their own blog. I used to feel sort of sneaky posting pictures of Michael Eisner wearing a Mickey Mouse T-Shirt or scooping the Ted Turner talk. This year, they took their revenge by outing me on...

M.m.m.y Internet »

There has no Internet connectivity at this hotel for the last 2 days and I've had no Internet. Luckily I was surrounded by lots of smart and interesting people to distract me, but I would like to apologize to anyone who has been trying to reach me the last few days. I'll try to catch up on email over the next day or so. I'm about to embark on another longish series of flights from Rio to Aspen via Sao Paolo, Washington DC and Denver......

Goodbye to 6 months »

In a last ditch effort to get my computer operational I reformatted what appeared to be a corrupt disk and borrowed an external disk to boot from. My OTHER MacBook Pro is in the shop and I had wiped it clean before sending it in. This SECOND MacBook Pro was the backup so the only backup I have is a backup backup which is about 6 months old. Erasing the disk that possibly had the only copy of 6 months worth of data on it was an interesting thing. I knew that if I sent it to some service or...

Read your flight info carefully »

I am waiting to board my flight to Rio, Brazil right now. When I checked in, I found out that my flight to Dulles airport in Washington DC stopped in Los Angeles and that my flight to Rio stopped in Sao Paulo. So instead of the 2 flights I thought I was taking, I'm taking 4. I heard from a friend that there is a nice flight on JAL that goes from Tokyo to New York to Rio. Looking closely at my flight itinerary, I just realized that I should have that a flight to Washington DC from Tokyo shouldn't...

10 years since Timothy Leary's death »

Photo 1995 at Timothy Leary's home Timothy Leary passed away 10 years ago today. I was with him the evening before he died and I still remember his humor even in his final hour. I met Timothy Leary in Tokyo in the summer of 1990. Tim was excited about virtual reality and had told his friend David Kubiak in Kyoto to help him track down "young Japanese kids who know about virtual reality". I wasn't a VR expert, but I was into computer graphics, games and the rave/club scene. I had also just opened a nightclub in Tokyo. David, who...

Dialog - Ryu Murakami X Joichi Ito »

Ryu Murakami (WP) and I spent the last nine months or so meeting occasionally to chat about Japanese culture, politics, media and the economy. Creative Garage and Diamond Shuppan transcribed our conversation and published it as a book. (You can buy it on Amazon.co.jp.) The book came out last week and climbed to #6 on the Amazon.co.jp book rankings and is slowly settling back down. (It's #14 at the time of this posting.) That was pretty exhilarating. Having said that, Ryu Murakami is "the name" on the book. Anyway, thanks to everyone who helped on the book and especially to...

D4 »

I'm at D4 today and tomorrow. Anyone else here?...

Visa Waiver form is YOUR responsibility »

I'm a Japanese citizen/resident. I use the Visa Waiver program to get into the US which is a green form that gives you a 90 day visa for entry into the US. The US DHS officer will staple the departure card half of the visa form into your passport that they collect when you leave the country. When I was leaving LA for Toronto a few days ago, the agent looked at the visa and said, "OK. You have a visa and it is valid through your return." She didn't take the card and sent me to a 1 hour...

Annenberg Center »

I had lunch today with Jonathan Aronson, the Executive Director of The Annenberg Center for Communication of the University of Southern California (USC).The Annenberg Center for Communication of the University of Southern California (USC) supports leading-edge interdisciplinary research on the meaning of the new networked information age. Projects focus on drivers that will shape the future and on the impact of new communication and information technologies on politics, society, and innovation.I've spoken at the center twice in the last year or so and have really enjoyed the interactions. My sister Mimi is a Research Scientist at the Annenberg Center. Among...

iCommons Summit - June in Brazil »

We are in the final planning stages of the iCommons Summit which will be June 23-25 in Rio de Janerio, Brazil this year. We have international Creative Commons/iCommons and other friendly projects converging at this meeting. I hope you can join as well, either as a participant or a sponsor. Gilberto Gil, Minister Culture, Brazil, our fearless leader Larry Lessig, our iCommons director and star from South Africa, Heather Ford, board member and free culture leader from Brazil, Ronaldo Lemos, Wikipedia founder, iCommons and Creative Commons board member, Jimmy Wales, Creative Commons board member and free culture guru James Boyle,...

SDForum talk today »

I'll be giving a talk today at the SDForum in Mountain View. This section is called: Virtual Worlds---The Rules of Engagement. My talk is 4:00pm - 4:45pm Keynote - The Future of the Metaverse Not sure exactly what I'm going to talk about, but I'll probably be bopping around IRC, Second Life and World of Warcraft so maybe see you in one of the places or at the conference....

Shanghai »

The last time I was in Shanghai was in 1981 as part of a Nishimachi International School field trip. So... things have changed in 25 years. ;-) The architecture and the restaurants reminded me of stuff in Japan during the bubble. Everything was experimental, well designed and executed. Although it reminded me of some of the "bubble era" architecture of Japan, much of it had more class. I visited Augmentum, Leonard Liu's software company. (I wrote about Leonard before.) The company is only just over 2 years old, but it's booming and was in the Red Herring Asia's Top 100...

Video from SXSW Up »

Justin and Merci shot some video for my upcoming TV show and did a on-the-road quick cut of the first night and uploaded it to Archive.org. [Note: Try the YouTube or Vimeo link. The 200MB archive.org one will take ages, but if you want to mess with the video, feel free to download.] We'll put up a torrent soon, but you can see some of the people I met last night wandering around Austin. Thanks for the help Justin and Merci! UPDATE: Sorry it's a bit large. I thought Archive.org made smaller versions of it. We'll try to upload a...

Joined WITNESS board »

Ever since I met Gillian Caldwell the executive director of WITNESS in 2003 I've been fascinated with their work. WITNESS is is an organization that "partners with human rights defenders, training them to use video to document abuse and create change".Witness Mission Statement WITNESS advances human rights advocacy through the use of video and communications technology. In partnership with more than 150 non-governmental organizations and human rights defenders in 50 countries, WITNESS strengthens grassroots movements for change by providing video technology and assisting its partners to use video as evidence before courts and the United Nations, as a tool...

Going to SXSW »

I'm about to leave for San Francisco for a Mozilla board meeting before heading over to South by Southwest. I've set up a wiki page to coordinate stuff I'm going to do at SXSW. Let me know if you're going to be there or if there are any events I should know about. See ya!...

Supernova Party tomorrow »

I'll be in SF briefly for a Creative Commons board thingie this weekend. I'm arriving on the 16th and if I'm not too tired, I'll try to make it to the Supernova Party. Maybe see here there. Details:Thursday, February 16 5:30-9:30pm (come whenever you can) Cha-Am Thai, 701 Folsom St. (at 3rd), San Francisco Cost is $20 per person, which includes a full Thai dinner and non-alcoholic drinks. RSVP and pre-payment details at the wiki URL above.UPDATE: A dinner meeting ran late and I'm too sleepy to go tonight... I'm sorry....

My personal guarantees »

I spent part of the day today in court. I was defending myself against the landlord of a friend of mine who has been unable to pay rent. I am the guarantor on the lease and the landlord has decided to come after me for the money. This is probably the fifth time that I've had debt collectors of various sorts come after me because of guarantees that I've made. I'm sure people wonder why the hell I keep guaranteeing things. The odd thing is that it is so common in Japan. It is as good as required for any...

Nishimachi board meeting »

I blogged earlier that I had joined the board of my junior high school, Nishimachi International School in Tokyo. Yesterday was our first board meeting. I hadn't been to the principal's office there for over 20 years. We had the board meeting in the library. The last time I sat there, I was probably 3 feet tall. I know from my wrestling weight class that I weighed around 101 pounds at the time. I felt a bit like Alice in Wonderland after she drank that potion that made her into a giant. It was a weird experience talking about my...

MAKE and #joiito Macworld meetup at Moscone Center SF »

MAKE BlogMAKE and #joiito Macworld meetup at Moscone Center SF! Come to the MAKE and #joiito IRC channel MacWorld Meetup, Thursday, January 12, 2006 (12:30 PM - 2:30 PM). Moscone Center, San Francisco, Ca. The plan is to meet at the O'Reilly Media Booth #1017 where we'll will be hacking iPods and showing how to get DVDs and videos on your iPod - then we will all migrate from there." Link. If you need a free pass to get in, here's a PDF.I won't be there, but I expect a full report. Have fun. I'll try to be online if...

Center for Citizen Media »

Dan Gillmor has launched his Center for Citizen Media. According to his post on Bayophere, "Starting in 2006, I'll be putting together a nonprofit Center for Citizen Media. The goals are to study, encourage and help enable the emergent grassroots media sphere, with a major focus on citizen journalism." I have joined his board of advisors. Good luck Dan! I think this direction is perfect for Dan....

World of Warcraft update »

As many of you know, I've been spending most of my free time in World of Warcraft. We started the guild on September 3 and the guild is now 67 accounts and 109 players big. I've hit level 60 which is currently the maximum level for the game. My sister pointed out to me that most people really aren't that interested in the details of what goes on inside these games, but I thought I'd give you a short update. It turns out that although it's quite a struggle to get to level 60, it's really just the beginning when...

HICSS »

I'm off today to attend the 39th annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences in Poipu, Kauai, Hawaii. I will be giving a keynote at the conference. Not sure how my connectivity will be but hopefully I'll be able to post some pictures or something....

22C3 Podcasts »

I did a postcast with Tim Pritlove at the 22C3 meeting. He had an incredible podcast setup which I think I'm going to try to copy exactly. He's been doing radio for years and it shows. He's uploaded the podcast. Most people who read this blog won't find much new stuff in the interview, but it's on Tim's site. It starts with a German intro, but the interview is in English. I should say that it was a slip when I said that "my teachers in High School were mediocre" when I was talking about one of my incentives for...

Broadband addiction »

I just returned from Berlin on LH710. LH710 is one of the long-haul Asian flights that is supposed to have the new Boeing wifi connection. I took an early flight to Frankfurt so I would have time to use broadband in the lounge. I arrived in the lounge with several hours before my flight and I found a lounge full of very frustrated businesspeople unable to log into the wifi network. The landing page wasn't even showing up. The customers were irate, but the staff in the lounge just sort of shrugged. (I'm not blaming them...) I was able to...

22C3 Talk »

I just finished my keynote for the 22C3 conference. I'd been mulling over what to talk about from about 2AM or so this morning. After reading the program and the amazing breadth of the 150 or so talks and imagining the 3000 leet hackers that I would be talking to, I decided to put together a brand new talk hitting a lot of the points that often skip because they are controversial or difficult for me to discuss. I was a bit nervous kicking off what I think is one of the most important conference I go to. I am...

Moving »

This blog is moving to a new machine tonight. I'm updating the DNS now. You may experience some slight problems in accessing it. Apologies in advance. Thanks....

Planning trip to Berlin »

I'm going to Berlin for the 22nd Chaos Computer Congress. I'll be in Berlin the 27th-30th of December. I'm going to be working on my notes for the talk on my wiki. I also made a page for my schedule. If you'd like to get together or can recommend events that I should attend, please add them to the wiki. Thanks!...

WITNESS Gala »

Last night Mizuka and I attended the Focus For Change gala benefit for WITNESS in NYC hosted by Peter Gabriel and Angelina Jolie. I first became interested in WITNESS when I met Gillian Caldwell the Executive Director in Davos in 2004. I started talking to her about blogging then. I helped Gillian get her blog set up when she and Angelina Jolie were headed off to Sierra Leone to deliver the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's recommendations to the government in May. The blog was a success. We've been talking about other ways to use the Net. She invited me to...

Joined Nishimachi International School board of directors »

I was recently appointed to the board of directors of Nishimachi International School. I attended NIS 9th grade. I had just moved to Japan from Michigan with my mother and sister. It was a turning point in my childhood. I had been attending a public school in the suburbs of Detroit as the only Japanese kid in the school. It was a somewhat miserable experience where I often regretted being Japanese. At Nishimachi I joined a small but extremely diverse group of students and teachers that rebuilt my self-esteem and taught me the value and possibility of tolerance and diversity....

A bit too "easy" »

When I got off the plane in Zagreb, Croatia, my phone rang. "Hello? Mr. Ito?" "Yes?" "Are you in the US, this is Richard." "No. I'm in Croatia, who's this?" "I sent you an email about speaking at a meeting about the "Knowledge Economy in Paris on the 1st of December." "I'm sorry, I can't be there. I'll be in Vancouver for an ICANN meeting." "Oh, will you have an Internet connection?" "Yes." "Will you be available at midnight?" "Ummm... I guess so." "Great. I will send more details by email. *click*" Of course, I'm probably free at midnight, but...

Thanks Croatia! »

I've just spent five days in Croatia visiting Zagreb and Dubrovnik. The trip was organized by the Creative Commons Croatia dynamic duo, Marcell and Tomi with the support of CARNet. CARNet is the Croatian Academic and Research Network and I gave a keynote at their 7th Internet Users Conference in Dubrovnik. After Dubrovnik, I went to Zagreb and gave two presentations organized by Marcell, Tomi and the mama team. mama is a very cool media center, library, community center that is the meeting place of a number of really interesting communities in Croatia. One of the communities that hangs out...

I made the 10 Most Powerful Women in Blogging list... »

jackofallblogs10 Most Powerful Women in Blogging [...] 8. Joi Ito of Technorati (http://joi.ito.com ) has her hands in a lot of Web 2.0 companies, some you might not even know about yet. This makes her damn powerful. Often times the one you don’t know that well is the most powerful. My personal favorite because she seems to help people get shit done. [...]Sorry about having a ambiguous name, but I'm not a woman. I've been mistaken for a women by various bloggers, but this is the first time I've made it on a 10 most XYZ Women in ABC list....

22C3 »

I will again be going to the Chaos Computer Congress organized by the Chaos Computer Club in Germany. You know. THE Chaos Computer Club. They are one of the oldest hacker clubs in the world and they have an annual meeting. This will be the 22nd annual meeting. Last year I attended and gave a talk about free culture and Creative Commons. This year I'll be speaking about their theme, "private investigations" and am an "ambassador at large." I will work on my talking notes on my wiki. (Nothing there yet.) If you're in Berlin December 27th to 30th or...

A Rock Lee moment »

I'm at the San Francisco airport and after a long wait in line at security, a big grumpy-looking security officer looked at the Rock Lee sticker on my PowerBook. (My sister bought it in Akihabara for me.) He beamed and said, "hey! Rock Lee!" We smiled at each other and had a Japanese Anime moment. Rock Lee is probably my favorite Naruto character. He is pretty uncool, has no magic and wins by just trying very hard. His teacher is also very uncool and they wear these matching silly green jumpsuits. It's interesting to see who people's favorite characters...

The Year of the Rooster and my gaming habit »

I guess there's something about online games and the Year of the Rooster. I just remembered that the first post of this blog is a link to an article that Howard Rheingold wrote about my addiction to Multi-User Dungeons (MUD) back in 1993 in Wired Magazine. (The post is dated the publish date of the magazine article, not the date the post was written. This post dates back to before my blog when I organized various links on my web site.) Groundhog Day! It's 2005 and I'm doing the same thing. Eek. I remember that trying to get onto the...

Speaking at USC tomorrow »

I'll be speaking at USC tomorrow. Can you tell we're in LA? Speaker: Joi Ito Time: Wednesday, October 19, 6-8pm Location: USC's Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts (RZC), Room 201 Zemeckis Media Lab (ZML) 3131 South Figueroa Blvd./2nd Floor UPDATE: The image above wasn't created by the folks at USC. It was discovered on hard disk. Does anyone know the source? We want to give proper attribution for this (cough) artwork. UPDATE 2: Gene is the creator of the mashup. UPDATE 3: The talk will be streaming in a few minutes. You need Windows Media Player 9. Here is...

United flight map software »

I was grounded for 2 weeks for passport renewal and another week with a sprained foot, but I'm back on the road again. I seem to notice new things when they're not in front of my all of the time. One thing I noticed this trip is how stupid the flight map software on the plane seems to be getting. Before, it was pretty simple and had all of the important information. Time to destination, time at destination, etc. Now (at least on United) they've added a stupid trivia quiz among other things. It takes longer for it to page...

Veni and his movie »

Veni, a fellow ICANN board member and a good friend asked me to post a plug for The Optimist - The Story of the Rescue of the Bulgarian Jews from the Holocaust. I had to ponder what the context of my posting such a link would be, but then I read Larry's post and realized that I should blog about Veni and Bulgaria to provide context. In addition to being on the ICANN board, he is the founder of the Bulgarian Internet Society, is on the board of THE Internet Society (ISOC) and is on the board of Computer Professionals...

Off to Tasmania »

I'm at the airport on my way to Hobart, Tasmania to give a talk at the AUC "Evolution of the Species" conference. My apologies to anyone who cares for not posting very much lately. My travel has been getting continuously more crazy. However, I will be grounded for two week after this trip to renew my passport and hope to get thoughts and other things organized. Thanks a million to Thomas for picking up the slack on this somewhat neglected blog. I will admit that my (cough) research involving multi-user games online has also been taking up a little time....

Accelerating Change 2005 »

Picture from last yearI'll be speaking at Accelerating Change 2005 tomorrow and the day after.Artificial intelligence ("AI"), broadly defined, improves the intelligence and autonomy of our technology. Intelligence amplification ("IA") empowers human beings and their social, political, and economic environments. As in previous years, a collection of today's most broad-minded, multidisciplinary, and practical change leaders will consider these twin trends from global, national, business, social, and personal foresight perspectives. Conference Brochure (PDF, 6 pages). One Sheet (PDF).If you're going, I'll see you there. It looks like they're sold out, but I'll try to blog some stuff. On the other hand,...

Chicago Smart Bar »

I'm in Chicago where I had a one night layover on my way from the East Coast to Osaka, Japan. Last night I hooked up with Jeff Pazen, a friend and former DJ in Chicago that I hadn't seen for over 10 years. (He makes MT websites now!) He took me to the Smart Bar, a bar/nightlcub that was one of key influences in my life. We hung around at the bar and talked about the old days and we both had what felt like a catharsis of memories. I remembered the first time I visited as a student and...

We Know »

Decided to play a bit more World of Warcraft this weekend. Wandering around Darkshire, I met the first person so far with a sense of humor. (Also the first person over 30 who I don't know in real life.) His name is Illuminus and he's a 37 year old philosopher/bouncer who likes to play mages. Anyway, we decided to start our own guild. It's called "We Know". If you're on Khadgar and want to join us, sign up on the wiki and look for me on Khadgar. We're still in the process of getting people to sign the charter....

Stalled blog »

Apologies (if anyone actually cares) about my stalled blog. This is probably the longest I've gone without writing. I'm a bit travel weary and extremely busy with lectures/talks every day for the next few days. I'm going to try to catch my breath over the weekend and I hope I feel a bit more inspired then. ;-) (And NO. I haven't been playing World of Warcraft.)...

Off to the US »

I'm off to the US again for a longish trip. Will be going first to Utah to hang out with some friends. After that, I'll be bouncing around the Bay Area until the end of the month. Not sure how the connectivity will be in Utah, but I'll probably be able to moblog. See you on the other side....

Where am I? »

Plazes has a cool new feature called "Where is". So you can see "Where is Joi Ito?". It relies on Google maps which is a bit sketchy with addresses for Japan, but otherwise it seems to work quite well. On the other hand, it doesn't show the routing as well as the old map using IndyJunior....

Bye OSCON »

OSCON was surprisingly one of the best conferences I've been to in a long time. I learned a ton of new stuff, met a bunch of great people and found everyone to be extremely friendly and fun. This is definitely going to be on my list of regular conferences to attend. Thanks everyone! I'm on my way back to Tokyo now. See you on the other side....

OSCON 2005 »

I'm at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention in Portland. Perfect weather, nice town, good conference, good folks. This is my first time in Portland (I think), and my first OSCON. Having recently joined the OSI and Mozilla Foundation board, I'm getting to know the open source community and I am enjoying it very much. I have always had a respectful, but slightly distant relationship with the community having found it a bit intimidating. I'd always been a supporter, promoter and friend, but now I am becoming a participant. I saw Steve Gillmor and Doc Searls wandering the halls of OSCON...

National IDs and gravestones »

My graveAs I've blogged before, I spent years fighting the Japanese national ID system, pushing for a 3 year moratorium on the bill to allow privacy and security to be fully considered before rolling the system out. Even though our movement had majority support among politicians, the public and even the media, the system rolled out "because it would have caused too much confusion to stop it," according to one senior policy oriented politician. Afterwards, I had a choice of either continuing to protest a running system from the outside, or work on the inside trying to point out issues...

Yak shaving my way to Ubuntu »

All I wanted to do was forward my telephone calls. I decided to dive into Asterisk. I realized that all of the "easy configure" setups were limited for my purposes. Then I realized I should probably get my head around what Asterisk is actually doing and play with Linux. Before I knew it, the folks on #joiito had convinced me to install Ubuntu Linux. I finally routed my first call from my bottom-up install of Asterisk. What a Yak shave. So... what's the best laptop for running Linux?...

Typhoon to welcome me home... »

Joint Typhoon Warning CenterSpain was beautiful. Dry and sunny. Last night Paris was a bit wet, but nice. I landed today in a hot, muggy Tokyo lined up for a direct hit by a Typhoon. (Technically, I think it's a tropical storm.) I am about to head out to go to a Ryuichi Sakamoto concert where my cousin Cornelius will be joining him. I am trying to figure out the route that is least likely to get shut down. Various trains routes have been shut down. I can already imagine the frustrated crowds of Japanese office workers stranded in Tokyo,...

Menorca »

I am on the island of Menorca attending a friend's wedding. Right now, all I can seem to connect to is expensive gprs. My apologies if my blogging is a bit light and email responses slow and terse. I'll have real connectivity again on Monday on my flight back to Japan. ;-) Until then, I'll try to moblog some pictures....

One hour left... »

One hour left of my Connexion service. I was using my PHS and Narita Airport wifi before I boarded the flight and they were both slower than this connexion service aboard this flight. I have a feeling Frankfurt airport will be about the same, but it will be more expensive. (I only paid $30 for 12 hours of access on this flight.) I'm on my way to Menorca for a friend's wedding, where the last time I was there, even GSM was spotty. Anyway, gprs roaming, as I found out awhile ago, is ridiculously expensive. Connectivity, at least for this...

Skype from the plane »

I just Skyped from the plane using the Boeing Connextion system. It worked. ;-) It was a bit laggy and I probably should use a better headset, but it works. Yay!...

A week of ICANN »

Sorry about the light blogging the last few days. It's been a tough week at the ICANN meeting and it's finally over. I would like to express my appreciation to everyone in the community who took the time to explain their issues and gave us the opportunity to try to address these issues. I think we took a step in the right direction, but we have a large number of outstanding issues still left to address. I appreciate everyone's continued participation in the process. My commitment will be to deliver on the various promises that I have made this week....

Connextion on LH711 »

This widget suddenly become a bit more interesting...Lufthansa just upgraded the plane they use for LH711, the flight from Tokyo to Frankfurt. This is the flight that I use for nearly all of my European travel. The new seats are nice, but more importantly, they now have they have Internet on the flight as well as a multi-standard AC plug. Many of my friends have already been on flights with wifi, but this is my first time. I'm also excited because LH711 is probably one of flights I take the most. It's $29.95 for the whole 12 hour flight. See...

CC Summit »

If you're wondering why I haven't been blogging the last few days... I've been at the Creative Commons Summit with this amazing group of people....

Nukamiso redux »

Nukazuke is a type of Japanese traditional pickling that requires a special kind of mash that is made from rice husks and a number of other ingredients. This mash is called nukamiso. Some nukamiso is very old and it requires a special touch and constant mixing to maintain the special flavor. Vegetables are typically stuck in the nukamiso overnight or for the day. I wrote a Nukamiso guide was which I last updated in April 1999. Since then, I have moved twice and in the process, killed my poor nukamiso. My original nukamiso seeded from three 50 year old nukamiso's...

World of Warcraft »

Sorry about the light blogging around here. I had to take a short-notice trip to the US and was away for awhile... but another major distraction has been World of Warcraft. Although I love video games, I had banned them from my life because I decided I didn't have time for them. However, I decided I needed to try one of the new multi-user games myself for *cough* research. Anyway, I'm playing now if anyone wants to hook up. I'm on the North American World of Warcraft in the Khadgar realm. I'm a Gnome/Mage and my name is Vfd.Technorati Tags:...

Sniffing around in Yongsan with Dan »

I just got back from a short trip to Yongsan with Dan Gillmor. Yongsan is one of two electronics districts in Seoul. One of the larger buildings full of shops was closed for some reason and there weren't very many shoppers around. This made walking around easier, but probably didn't give us the full effect. In Tokyo, we have an electronics district called Akihabara which many people compare Yongsan to. There were more similarities than I expected, but some differences. I found in Yongsan, and Seoul in general, places are more spacious than the equivalent areas in Japan. Shops generally...

Seoul »

I just arrived in Seoul for the World Editors Forum. I'm on a panel tomorrow to talk about blogging. This is my first time in Seoul. It's amazing to me that I've never been here before. Korea is very close to Japan. I have had a great deal of interaction with Koreans and feel a fairly strong bond with Korea. The Akasaka district where my office is is primarily Korean getting much more excited about Korean Soccer victories than Japanese. My aunt is Korean and I believe that we have Korean ancestors on my mother's side of the family. For...

My CNN interview today »

I went to the CNN office on Sunset in LA today to record an interview for a program that Aaron Brown is doing. I talked about the evolution of media, Global Voices, spectrum deregulation, Gillian Caldwell and WITNESS, Creative Commons, BitTorrent and all of my favorite topics. It will be interesting to see what survives the editors. It's suppose to air Friday next week. It's likely that I will be out of CNN reach although it should be running internationally. If anyone sees it, let me know how it went. Thanks. UPDATE: Regarding on-air timeScheduled to air this coming Friday,...

Internship at Seth Godin's »

Seth GodinMy Secret Project and the Bounty I need your help. I'm looking for three special people this summer to work on a secret project. No, I can't tell you what it is. Yes, I can tell you about the internships: Seth's Summer Intern Project. Find me someone I successfully hire and you get $1,000 and the perverse satisfaction of knowing that you made a good match. Find me two and you get twice as much!Seth is one of the smartest and most interesting people I know. If I were looking for an internship, I'd jump on this. Seth, if...

Off to the California »

I'm off to the US today. I will be stopping by San Francisco on my way to attend Future in Review in San Diego. I'll be on a panel about Japan. Meeting Karel van Wolferen the day before yesterday was helpful since I feel a bit out of touch with Japan these days. On the other hand, I felt that my views were just reinforced by a "kindred spirit", but this gives me the confidence to state my opinions firmly....

Dinner with Karel van Wolferen »

The night before last I had dinner with Karel van Wolferen at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan. This was a very appropriate place to meet. Karel van Wolferen is the author of The Enigma of Japanese Power. Although it was written in 1990, it remains one of the best books in understanding the way the Japanese government works. I recommended this book in addition to Alex Kerr's Dogs and Demons as two essential books in understanding the dilemma the Japanese face today. Karel said that, in a way, Dogs and Demons is a followup book to The Engima of...

Public To Do list »

I had a public To Do list on my old wiki, but never set one up on my new one. I just set one up. My inflow of email consistently overruns my ability to act on them and I am feeling increasingly guilty about stuff that I miss. If you're waiting for me to do something or would like to suggest that I do something, please feel free to add it to my public To Do list on my wiki. You'll have to register in order to edit the page if you haven't already. This doesn't guarantee that I'll do...

Off to Japan »

Sorry about the light blogging. I've been pretty busy this short trip. I'm off to Tokyo again today. I'll be back in California in a few weeks....

Off to SF »

I'm off to SF again for a very short trip. Giving Ethan and Tantek a walk around my yard today, I realized how stupid it was that I didn't spend more time at home... See you on the other side. Thanks to Boris, I have my Plazes map page to remind me where I am when I forget....

Off to Japan »

I'm off to Japan again. This time only for one night. Ugh. Australia's been great. The talk was fun and the giving a talk right after Larry forced me to work on a new argument and new material which was good. The audience was diverse and interesting and I spent the day meeting individually with some of the people and have had some stimulating discussions. Lots to think about. If you notice that this site is slow, that's because the last RSOD post was slashdotted. Hopefully the traffic will let up soon. For the last few hours, it's been pinned...

Off to Australia »

I'm off to Melbourne, Australia today to speak at the Alfred Deakin Innovation Lectures series. I'll be there for about two days. Too bad it's during the best season in Japan... the spring before the rainy season....

Creative Commons lecture mashup »

I was spending part of my mind thinking about my talk next week in Australia in Melbourne for the Alfred Deakin Innovation Lectures. The topic of the talk was "The Creative Commons: intellectual property & public broadcasting & opportunities for common sense & public good". I was looking at Larry's schedule to try to see when I might be able to talk to him about some ideas and I noticed that he was scheduled to be in Australia too. Then I realized that he was speaking at the same conference. I looked at the site and realized that we were...

Weird Bugs »

Click on image to see bigger picture.I found these weird bugs on my favorite tree. Does anyone know what these are? Are they "good bugs" or "bad bugs"? They look evil. Especially with that queen-like one in the middle...Technorati Tags: bugs...

Going UTC »

This week is a national holiday for Japan and I am home trying to "rest". I was hoping to recover from jet lag, exercise, catch up on some reading... and install Tiger. Once I installed Tiger, I decided to take my increasingly complicated schedule and put it into iCal. iCal allows you to enter your time zone so your meeting are synchronized globally. Many of the regular meetings that I had been missing because I wasn't tracking properly now fell neatly into place in absolute time with iCal's pretty sophisticated repeating meeting mode. Obviously, I'm not the first person to...

Tiger break »

I just installed Tiger on my computer and it's now importing all of my email to Apple Mail from Entourage. It's been importing for about 24 hours, but it's still only about half way through. I don't feel like reading and writing on a slow machine so I'm going to take a blog break until my new Tiger machine is running properly... See you on the other side....

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....

Off to Japan »

Had a wonderful time yesterday at Les Blogs in Paris and enjoyed meeting all of the new people as well as old friends. I haven't been to many blogger conferences for awhile so I found the presentations and discussions a good way to catch up on what people were doing and thinking. Thanks for organizing this Loic. Take a look at the lesblogs tags on Technorati and Flickr for pictures and posts from the conference. I'm off to Tokyo today for some meetings and eventually a few days off next week....

Vive les Blogs! »

Tomorrow I will be going to Paris to attend Les Blogs the day after tomorrow organized by Loic. Many friends will be there. I'm looking forward to it after going mainly to conferences outside of the blogging community these days. Wired News has a nice article on it....

Prix Ars Electronica jury duty begins »

Although I missed two years or so, today marks ten years since I started working with Ars Electronica. I think this is my 16th time in Linz, Austria and for this reason I know Linz better than any other European city. I know taxi drivers, hotel staff, shop owners and it feels sort of like coming home when I visit now. I was on the first World Wide Web category jury in 1995 and we gave Idea Futures the Golden Nica that year. I remember getting a lot of "that's not art" feedback which marked the beginning of my struggle...

Happiness is a warm puppy »

Sleeping with Bo Mizuka took this awhile ago. Just found it on my camera....

Off to Kuala Lumpur »

I'm off to Kuala Lumpur today. I've been invited to give a talk at a Philips meeting tomorrow. I will be meeting up with some bloggers tonight in KL. Sign up on the wiki if you'd like to join us. UPDATED: I uploaded the pictures, but I need help with people's names. Sorry. Can someone help me?...

Comic Life a-go-go »

I just saw this cool image in my 1001 flickr stream... which lead me to Comic Life which turned into this and this. I really should be packing. I'm off to Japan today. Special thanks to Master Willem and his team for letting me stay at their chateau....

IFTF 10 year forecast »

I'm in Berkeley at the Institute for the Future 10 year forecast retreat. Tomorrow I'll be doing a breakout session and a talk with Howard Rheingold on the Sharing Economy. I'm not sure what the blogging policy is, but if it is allowed, I'll try to blog something tomorrow. ---- Jerry Michalski to Steven Weber: "If you started a Linux project you could call it SWINUX and use a pig as a logo."...

Off to San Francisco »

Thanks to everyone who showed up in Mar del Plata to participate in the ICANN meeting. I thought that the discussion was healthy and productive and although we moved forward on a number of things, we are left with a lot of work to do based on the feedback we received on the strategic plan, the board governance guidelines, .pro, .net, IDNs, transparency, process and a number of other topics. Special thanks to staff for running such a great meeting in the absence of our CEO Paul Twomey. I think you did an excellent job. Thanks to everyone who showed...

Dinner in Buenos Aires - April 8, 2005 »

I'm meeting some bloggers in Buenos Aires at 20:00 on April 8, 2005. Please take a look at the wiki for more information and sign up if you can come. See you there! UPDATE: Señor Mariano...

The media Pope and Tony Verna »

I was IM'ing with Boris yesterday and he said an interesting thing. "He lives on in our media... Forever remembered as the first super mediatized Pope ever. There is more documented evidence of his existence than any Pope ever before. He will NEVER die... as long as we have storage memory..." I worked with Tony Verna several times back in my MSM days. Tony is the inventor of the instant replay and one of the people behind Live Aid. I learned more about television from Tony than just about anyone else. I remembered Tony telling me an interesting account of...

AKMA boasting about his family »

AKMA’s Random ThoughtsWhat Then Of Boasting? Pippa continues making wonderful images with paint and pen and keyboard (Margaret and I cherish her email messages). At F2C, Dave isenberg brought out a t-shirt he'd been given by his print shop; it read in big letters, "God Bless America," with an American flag imprint. He reckoned that the clergy delegate was the right conferee to get the shirt, so he threw it out to me. (This story does get back to how proud I am of Pippa.) I sat with the shirt displayed beside me through Thursday's program, and brought it home,...

Off to Mar del Plata »

Long trip ahead. I'm off to Mar del Plata, Argentina today for the ICANN meeting. It's a long trip involving flying from Tokyo to Chicago San Francisco, Washington DC, Buenos Aries, then meeting some people there and taking a car for 400 km or so... UPDATE: I picked the fastish looking line coming through immigration out of Tokyo. The extremely efficient agent looked familiar and I confirmed from her stamp that she was agent 1128 that I had when I was departing in January as well. Kudos agent 1128....

Thanks Taipei »

I was in Taiwan for one day and am at the airport on my way back to Tokyo now. Even though the bloggers at the bloggers meeting probably came mostly for the iPod Shuffle give-away, it was a great turnout and it was a treat to meet the vibrant Taiwan bloggers community. The talk the next day to the somewhat more sober, but venerable TWNIC audience was also interesting. It was great to meet Paul Wilson from APNIC and listen to John Klensin who was almost as convincing on video as he is in real life. Special thanks to Ching...

Off to Taiwan »

I'm off to Taiwan today. Tonight I'm giving a talk at the TW Blogger BoF and tomorrow morning I'm giving a talk at the TWNIC Annual Seminar. I haven't been to Taiwan for over 20 years so I'm looking forward to visiting, albeit briefly. UPDATE: Video of Jedi, the father of Taiwan blogs. (312K .3gp taken with my Nokia 7610) I have no idea what he is saying. UDPATE 2: They gave away 3 1G iPod Shuffles at the end. No wonder so many people showed to the talk. Maybe I should make it a condition of future speaking engagements....

Back to Japan »

I'm in New Delhi airport on my way back to Japan. It will be nice to be home but unfortunately, I'm only going to be home for three nights and then I'm off again to Taiwan... I'm sorry to miss the Holi Day today where people throw paint colored water at each other, but I need to get home. New Delhi was excellent. Thanks again. India's an amazing place. I must come back....

Off to New Delhi »

I'm at the airport in Amsterdam waiting board my flight to New Delhi. I'll be there for almost a week to attend and speak at Doors of Perception. The doctor in Amsterdam said that I didn't need malaria pills even though many of my friends are taking them. I hope they're right. See you on the other side. This is only my second time in New Delhi and I'm looking forward to meeting everyone and getting to know the city better....

Creative Capital Conference »

I'm now at the Creative Capital Conference. Free WiFi. Yay! The DNS from the DHCP didn't work though so you have to find one and enter it directly... anyway. It looks like a very interesting conference. Some of my favorite speakers are here including Charles Leadbeater and Pekka Himanen (who I was just with in Madrid). The other speakers sound interesting too and I look forward to their presentations. I will be giving a keynote on the 18th at 11:00, doing at Q&A at 11:30 and will be on the "Publicly Financed Content" panel at 13:00. Today, the 17th,...

Off to Amsterdam »

I'm at the airport in Milan after being allowed to talk almost non-stop for three days. Thanks to everyone for listening. The spectrum of locations was exciting ranging from squats to universities to a industry press conference. Thanks to Donatella and Laura for organizing everything and managing the trip. Thanks also to everyone for the arguments, suggestions and questions. I have a lot to think about and it also helped me tie a bunch of new things together in my head. I'm off to Amsterdam to attend the Creative Commons meeting tomorrow and speak at the Creative Capital conference. See...

Off to Milan »

Thanks to everyone in Rome for great food and wonderful discussions. I'm off to Milan today... more later....

The Italian squat scene »

Yesterday, I had a meeting with some of the Italian Indymedia community at a squat. In most countries squatters are considered criminals and local law has very little tolerance for them. In Italy, the squat scene is the center of a lot of the sub-culture and alternative media. After years of resistance, many of the squats on property which was owned by the local government have been officially recognized by the municipalities in various degrees. The squats have events including debates and parties. They have kitchens, living quarters, and in the case of the squat I went to last night,...

Off to Rome »

Thanks to everyone in Madrid for all of the hospitality and excellent company. I'm off today to Rome. See you on the other side. UPDATE: Just arrived in Rome. I had asked for a hotel with Internet. I realized when I arrived at the Hotel Hassler that I had stayed here once before with my mother and sister around 20 years or so ago. I remember it being an excellent hotel. However, I remember that they didn't take credit cards back then. Now they have Internet. I remember this was my late mother's favorite hotel in Rome......

Threatened by al-Zarqawi »

Expatica Al-Qaeda tells Madrid: 'We will defeat all the infidels' 11 March 2005 DUBAI- Al-Qaeda's frontman in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, vowed to defeat "infidels and apostates" in response to a Madrid conference on terrorism. "We tell the infidels and apostates, the enemies of God: whatever you do, you will be defeated. God promised us victory," read the statement from the Organization of Al-Qaeda of Jihad in the Land of Two Rivers, in a statement published on the Internet. The authenticity of the statement could not be verified. "How many times will the infidels and apostates meet to fight against...

Madrid bloggers meetup March 12 21:00 »

Victor is organizing a bloggers meeting on Saturday in Madrid. I'll be going. Anyone who wants to come, please sign up on the wiki page. It is on Saturday 12th, March 2005 at 21:00. The location is La Giralda restaurant, Calle Maldonado 4....

Server will be down for maintenance »

This site will be down for maintenance from March 7, 0300 GMT for about six hours or so. That's in about one hour. It's moved and back up. Thanks Jason!...

Preparing for long trip »

Just started packing and charging up my gadgets for a longish trip ahead. I'm leaving tomorrow to participate in the International Summit on Democracy, Terrorism and Security and the Atocha Workshop in Madrid. Then I'm going to Rome to give a talk there in a few places. After that I'm going to Milan to give a talk at the Università Milano Bicocca and attend the press conference to launch the 2005 edition of IBTS. Then I'm going to Amsterdam to give a keynote at the Creative Capital Conference and meet with the iCommons folks. Finally, I'm going to New Delhi...

Yak Shaving »

I just got my copy of MAKE:. I read it in one sitting cover to cover. What an excellent mook. There were a lot of great articles. In the section Life Hacks: Overclocking your Productivity, there was fun little article called Yak Shaving by Danny O'Brien and Merlin Mann. "Yak shaving is the technical term for when you find yourself eight levels deep - and possibly in an recursive loop - in a stack of jobs." The example they give is:You start out deciding to tidy your room and you realize that in order to do that you'll need some...

Off to APRICOT »

I'm on the bullet train from Tokyo headed for Kyoto to attend APRICOT. Unfortunately, I can only be there today and tomorrow. I'll be in and out of the sessions. If anyone wants to hook up, let me know....

Wonderful avantouinti »

Just a day ago, I was in balmy Los Angeles noting how much the wonderful weather made me feel mellow and happy. Yesterday, I flew to Helsinki via Frankfurt and arrived at 5:30PM in pitch dark, freezing Finland and arrived at my hotel to find Marko and Jimbo waiting for me to go to Avantouinti. Avantouinti is ice-swimming which is often done in conjunction with sauna. Marko is a member of the 1337 sauna club, The Finnish Sauna Society, dedicated to the preservation of Finnish sauna culture. We went there and sat in the traditional smoke saunas packed full of...

Lessig portrayed on tonight's West Wing »

Cory @ Boing Boing BlogLessig portrayed on tonight's West Wing Larry Lessig is appearing in tonight's episode of the West Wing! Or, rather, an actor playing Larry is appearing in etc etc and so on. Here's some spoilersHere's Toby & Lessig's conversation (happening at the same time Igor & Vlad are having their conversation): Lessig says he picked up a few phrases -- the language isn't all that different from Polish. Toby notes that they're still eating lunch. Lessig says they love the roast beef. Toby says Lessig wasted the morning talking about a government system that'll never work for...

Living Tomorrow Today »

Actually, yesterday to be exact. I just spent the day yesterday at Living Tomorrow Amsterdam with a group of people from Philips and several other speakers talking about the future. It was a great session. The interesting thing was that the speakers from a variety of backgrounds including Philips Design, gaming, online dating, mobile telephony and myself all had a very similar conclusion. Technologies should empower people to participate and interact and the future was about context and community. (Sorry if I've over-simplified this.) I'm on my way back to Tokyo today. It was a short trip, but it reminded...

Site move »

Jason moved this site to a new server yesterday. Unfortunately, I lost a few comments and trackbacks along the way. I tried to recover the comments. Let me know if I missed you. UPDATE: DNS propagation seems to be flakey for some reason. Apologies for any problems....

Off to Amsterdam »

I'm off to Amsterdam today for two nights to give a talk at a corporate seminar. This will end possibly the first time I have been out of jet lag in almost a year. It was nice waking up at the same time every morning for a change. February and March are going to be pretty busy, but on the bright side, I will get to see many of you soon. Anyway, see you from Amsterdam or possibly from the airport....

WEF meeting in Davos »

People have been pinging me about this, so I guess I should post something about it. I'm not going to Davos this year. I wasn't invited this year. Not sure exactly why... But I'm in pretty good company... Anyway, I posted some thoughts on the Forum over on Omidyar Network which I'll post here as well. Joi ItoThis may sound like sour grapes, but I didn't get invited to Davos this year, but after going for 4 years, I was also planning on possibly not going. It's great fun meeting old friends, but I'm finding many of the smaller conferences...

Cutting it short »

I have a family crisis in Japan and need to return to Japan immediately. Apologies to people who I had been planning to meet this trip in San Francisco. I'll be back soon....

Off to SF »

I'm off to San Francisco. I'm pretty busy as usual, but hopefully will see some of my friends. Thanks for all the fun in LA and special thanks to McUnixJr for driving me home from the party. UPDATE: Thanks to Sean for driving me to the party and Justin for picking me up at the airport. ;-)...

New Year »

New Year to all of you. I hope this year will be better than the last. With the tsunami and all of the uh-oh's of last year, I don't think I can really say "happy" anything right now. :-| UPDATE: In Japan, there is a tradition that you don't send out New Years cards when you have had a death in the family the year before....

Uh-Oh »

BarlowFriendzA Tale of the Uh-Oh's: Amelia Takes A Fall At the dawn of this psychotic decade, I proposed, on instinct, that we should call it the Uh-Oh's. Decades need names. How else are we map their unique zeitgeists in our subsequent reflections on them? Imagine, for example, how awkward our historical recollections would become if we could not refer to "the 60's," a decade which needed no adjective, unlike, say, "the Roaring 20's?" The name is the frame, and the frame says it all.I totally agree. I have several uh-oh's going on right now and see several longer-term uh-oh's developing....

21C3 update »

My apologies for not blogging much substantive stuff. 21C3 is like no other conference I've been to. There are thousands of people. The center is open 24 hours a days with food 24 hours a day. People are sleeping in the halls and there is activity 24 hours a day. In a way, it is the perfect conference for jet laggy people like me. I can sleep when I want to, wander over at 3AM and there are people there hacking, talking and working. I've met some incredibly interesting people and have put faces behind a bunch of projects I've...

Off to Berlin »

I'll off to Berlin in a few hours. I'm going to the 21st Chaos Communication Congress. I will be speaking about the State of Emergent Democracy. (I am working on my talking points on my wiki.) I usually print out the conference schedule in case the immigration officer wants to know what I am going to be doing in their country, but I noticed that the schedule has stuff like: Lockpicking, Bluetooth Hacking, GameCube Hacking, Hidden Data in Internet Published Documents, Practical Mac OS X Insecurity, SAP R/3 Protocol Reverse Engineering... Maybe I won't carry a printout of this schedule...

My tattered passport »

I stupidly got a 10 year passport (instead of a 5 year) which is now approaching the final year in its life. It has become reasonably tattered. In particular, there is a corner of the passport cover just where the row of OCR characters starts. This corner is also the closest to my picture. It started as a minor peel. However, several immigration officers have picked at it trying to see if it was a fake (making it worse). Each time a brutal agent swipes it through the OCR scanner, it gets a little worse. I figure a little bit...

Peculiar Japanese »

I just got back to Japan after a few weeks abroad. It's the longest trip away from Japan that I've taken in awhile. When I was in the waiting area before boarding the plane, which was mostly Japanese, I noticed that the Japanese people seemed peculiar. I remember feeling this in the past after long trips. It's like suddenly I'm aware of weird Japanese body language, fashion, behaviors and facial expressions. It made me self-conscious too. I'm sure this is a pretty common phenomenon, but it was odd because it was disproportionately stronger compared to a one week trip away....

Back to Tokyo... »

I'm at Logan Airport on my way back to Tokyo. It was great meeting everyone and thanks for the very stimulating discussions. I'll try to write up some of my thoughts on my flight back. I just got through security at Logan and I didn't notice until the guy at the security check looked at my boarding pass and said, "you have been selected by the airline for additional screening." Yikes. I looked at my ticket and it had the dreaded "SSSS" on it. Crap. It wasn't that awful. I got a pat-down and a very thorough examination of my...

Off to Boston »

I'm off to Boston today to participate in the About Internet & Society 2004: Votes, Bits & Bytes conference at the Berkman Center. Lots of interesting folks seem to be coming. The theme of the meeting is:How are technologies changing politics, both in the U.S. and abroad? The purpose of this conference is to take a skeptical, results-oriented look at the current state of politics after the 2004 election and from an international perspective in terms of issue-based campaigns, emerging business models, and new tools that affect politics both online and off. The conference will focus on the following questions:...

Post ICANN meeting thoughts... »

I'm now at Frankfurt airport waiting for my connection to fly to San Francisco. I slept through most of the 12 hour flight here catching up on my nearly no sleep week in Cape Town. As I've said before, I'll try to pick topics as I get my head around them and blog them, but it feels like I learned more during this one week at the ICANN meeting in Cape Town than I've ever learned in a single week. The scary thing is, the more I learn, the more I realize how little I know. People who participate in...

The 21st Chaos Communication Congress »

I am extremely psyched to have been invited to speak at the Chaos Computer Club's 21st Chaos Communication Congress on December 27th to 29th, 2004 at Berliner Congress Center, Berlin, Germany. I will speaking on day 2. There are lots of really interesting speakers including Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia on day 1, Donatella Della Ratta about Arab media also on day 2. Also, don't miss the eight annual German Lockpicking Championships. Anyway, it looks like an amazing event so if you're in Europe and feeling materialistic and boring after Christmas, come on over to Berlin and join us. I...

Humming waiters »

I just arrived in Cape Town. I've had some tea and dinner and many of the waiters were humming tunes when they did stuff. Even the person who was putting candles on the tables was humming a tune. So far, people seem... happy. I wonder if it's the weather. The weather is BEAUTIFUL. Or maybe it's the contrast to Paris, where the weather was terrible and considering how wonderful the city was, generally speaking, people seemed a bit unhappy......

The Parisian postal shrug »

We were sitting in a cafe in Paris today having a meeting. The service was somewhat rude and as we sat around, a waiter came and said he wanted us to either agree to stay for lunch or leave to make room for people coming to have lunch. (Even though there were a lot of extra tables) My friend mumbled something and shrugged. The waiter walked away. He explained that when you go to the post office in Paris and you're really in a hurry, but the postal worker really doesn't feel like worrying about your problems, they shrug and...

Dolphins save swimmers from shark »

ReutersGreat Animal Story... WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Reuters) - A pod of dolphins circled protectively round a group of New Zealand swimmers to fend off an attack by a great white shark, media reported on Tuesday. Lifesavers Rob Howes, his 15-year-old daughter Niccy, Karina Cooper and Helen Slade were swimming 300 feet off Ocean Beach near Whangarei on New Zealand's North Island when the dolphins herded them -- apparently to protect them from a shark. I love stories like this. The contrast between stories like this and all of the stories of humans hurting humans amazing. via die puny humans...

Longish trip ahead »

I'm off to Paris today for some meetings, to Cape Town for the ICANN meeting, SF for some meetings then Boston for the Votes, Bits and Bytes meeting at Harvard Law School. As usual, my schedule is on my wiki. Also, my apologies to the environment... PS My trip to SF is VERY short trip. I'll be back for a more leisurely visit in January and will hook up with everyone then....

Off to Kyoto »

Blogging from the bullet train on my way to Kyoto to chair a panel at the STS Forum. I usually don't moderate or chair panels so this will be an interesting experience for me. I guess the key will be to shut up and listen. I still haven't shaken this bronchitis, but I think I should be better by the time I'm up. I did see a doctor and got some proper medication. I asked my doctor again whether I was contagious. He said, "not that contagious, but it depends on the person." Not very reassuring. So if you're feeling...

Back to Tokyo »

It's been a great experience meeting all of the vibrant people of Tel Aviv and visiting the holy city of Jerusalem. Special thanks to Yossi Vardi for his incredible hospitality. It looks like I must have caught some some sort of throat infection on the plane when I was weakened by the influenza shot. Since I have no fever or flu-like symptoms, my doctor doesn't think it's too bad or contagious, but I have a nasty cough. I wish I wasn't sick or I would be on the beach right now. I am not looking forward to the long flight...

My trip to Jerusalem »

Thanks to Yossi Vardi, we got one of the best tour guides around, Yossi Kalmanovich. I joined Lance Johnson who flew in that morning. Yossi is a professional tour guide and you could tell. His explanations were very thorough and balanced considering he was a very passionate and proud Jewish man. We first went to the roof of the University where we could see all of Jerusalem and the surrounding areas. Then we went to Mount Olive where he pointed out the primary places and described the Muslim, Jewish and Christian stories. There were a variety of towers by different...

Israel update »

I noticed that the "liberal" (I don't know if that is the correct term) people here are banning products made in the West Bank and Gaza to protest the Israeli settlements there. I am going to Jerusalem this morning. As someone who is mostly non-religious and Shinto if anything, the notion of so many religions can sharing the same holy place is very difficult for me to understand. Hopefully, I will understand it better after visiting....

Arrived in Tel Aviv »

I made it to my hotel in Tel Aviv. It was more hassle than I've ever had before, but people were polite and it was bearable. The women at immigration gave me a short glare, but she didn't stamp my passport when I asked her not to. It was a bit hard describing what I was doing in Tel Aviv since she didn't know what Internet or venture capital was. (or at least in English.) The most unbearable part is that the hotel said they had high speed Internet on the web site, but for some reason they don't have...

Off to Tel Aviv »

I'm at the airport now and I'm on my way to Israel. I have a 14 hour flight to Paris, a 5 hour layover and then another 4 hours plus flight to Tel Aviv. Long flight. The influenza vaccination I took is making me feel sick I think. It feels like I have half a dozen mini-flus at the same time. Symptoms of a bunch of different flus but mini versions. Blah. Since I have five hours in Charles de Gaulle Airport, maybe I should look for Merhan Karimi Nasseri, the Iranian refugee who has been living in the airport...

Influenza vaccination »

Yesterday I got an influenza vaccination. I'm not sure what I expected but surprise surprise. I woke up this morning feeling like I had a mild flu. As a result I've slept all day. More than have slept all year probably. Which sort of sucks because I'm about to leave for Tel Aviv on the longest flight I'm going to take this year. (sigh) Speaking of vaccinations, does anyone know if I need any special health preparations to go to South Africa?...

Tax refund »

I just got a $78.81 tax refund from the US Government in the mail today. What timing. Ha. I think I'll donate this to the EFF....

Persistent bombardment from Plasmaxx Research »

I am still getting bombarded from IP address 82.165.28.20 which is plasmaxx-research.de. My most recent outage was a a more "formal" attack, but my the cause of my first outage on bloghosts was caused by these requests from 82.165.28.20. It's basically a request for my index.xml about 15 times a minute. Not really hardcore and we are now filtering the requests, but still annoying. It might be a hoard of news readers, but the requests keep coming even after we've banned them and redirected the requests back to Plasmaxx. Anyone know who Plasmaxx Research is? There is no contact info...

Israeli and South African passport stamps »

I'm going to Israel this month and South Africa next month. I've heard from a few people that both Israeli stamps and South African stamps in your passport make it very difficult when traveling to Arab countries. Does anyone know if this is true? Is there any way to ask them NOT to stamp your passport? Is THAT a cause for being hassled?...

Back online »

Apologies to anyone who tried to access this blog in the last 24 hours. It looks like it was another malicious attack. I don't know if someone is after me in particular, or if I've randomly stumbled across two denial-of-service attacks in one week. But why would anyone want to take out MY blog? Oh, maybe I'm affecting the elections in the US... not....

IM switchboard operator »

This morning I feel like an IM switchboard operator. "Hey, ABC is hitting us 30 times a sec and our system is getting DoS'ed" "OK, let me IM the VP Engineering at ABC" "Here's his nick, he's waiting for your IM" -- "Hey, I can't seem to reach XYZ." "Hmmm... OK I found him. He says he'll IM you in 10 min so please hang on." Don't get me wrong. I love being useful and the IM introductions and switch-boarding is a very high return on time for making connections. Much more efficient and useful than email stuff. It just...

Blog outage »

The day before yesterday, I received a notice from my hosting service that I was 80% through my bandwidth limit. I replied and asked for m.m.m.more bandwidth please. Then suddenly, I was at 100% and some trigger kicked in and shut down my site. It appears to have been a flood of requests from a singe IP address. (Who would want to DoS my blog...?) Bloghosts has been generous on their pricing and Jace who runs it has generally been fairly responsive. For some reason, I haven't been able to get any response from anyone from Bloghosts. It is very...

Ever increasing ignorance »

Sorry about the light blogging. I've started immersing myself in reading and studying ICANN related stuff. I know this is generally true, but the more I study, the more I learn how little I know. Soon I will probably convince myself I know absolutely nothing. OK. It's not THAT bad, but it quite daunting. I hope it gets better by the time I have to go to the first official board meeting. I'm trying very hard to understand as many of the points of view as I can and am still looking for more views and opinions. I do promise...

Here comes Tokage »

Image from Japan Meteorological AgencyIt seems like we're having a typhoon almost ever week. This one isn't supposed to be as bad as the last one, but all flights at Haneda Airport in Tokyo have just been grounded. UPDATE: TSR says it's just a tropical storm, but it feels stronger than the other one. It's supposed to hit early in the morning... UPDATE: 17 dead, 19 missing and 207 injured as of 10PM (1 hr 40 min ago). 187,000 homes evacuated. This one seems to be worse than the last one. It should hit our town in about 30 minutes....

Off to Tokyo »

Flight is boarding now. See you later London and thanks for the Fish and Chips. See you on the other side....

Off to London »

See you later Helsinki and thanks again for the yummy reindeer steak. I'm off to London today....

sauna, birch, sea repeat »

Just went with Marko and a bunch of friends (including Loic and Heiko) to the Finnish Sauna Society. The sea wasn't frozen yet, so it wasn't avantouinti, but the ocean was 8 degrees celsius so it was plenty cold. Did the sauna, whip each other with birch branches and swim in the ocean routing five times. Then we sat around the fire cooking sausages. Very relaxing and a nice unwind after the Italian anarchy. ;-) Now I'm ready to spend the day tomorrow in a conference room with the Finns....

Ciao ciao »

I love Italy so much. Thanks for all the fun. I'll be back soon. I've just arrived in Helsinki and it's warmer than I expected. I am about to head over to Aula to give a talk on the the future of music......

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...

Roman Panel Time »

Yesterday, I got lost running around looking for the building where I was supposed to be on the panel. The street was numbered so that they they started from one on one side of the street, go all the way to the end of the street and turn around and continue to increase in number on the other side of the street. So the highest number and the lowest number are across the street from each other. This was very disorienting and very inconvenient since I started on the wrong side of the street and I was trying to go...

Why ICANN »

I've just been nominated to the board of ICANN (Internet Corporation For Assigned Names and Numbers) and will be officially joining already seated members at the conclusion of the ICANN Meeting in Cape Town, South Africa, December 1-5. ("Nominated" technically because I officially join in December, but the selection process is completed.) This is the end of a two or so year process of people telling me I should get involved and others warning me against it. Some of my wisest advisors urged me not to join saying things like, "you will make 3 mistakes in your life... this is...

Off to Europe »

I'm leaving today for Rome, Milan, Helsinki then London. 24 degrees C in Rome, 0 degrees C in Helsinki. Hmm... As usual, my schedule is on my wiki. UPDATE: Note to self. Try not to travel the day after a typhoon> If you have to, arrive VERY early. Luckily I arrived unusually early. The airport is hell. Piles of sleeping bags and cranky people who spent the night at the airport. Two hours to get to the check-in counter. Took me 4 hours to get to the gate. Ugh....

Direct hit coming from super typhoon Ma-On »

Image from Japan Meteorological Agency In a few hours, we will get a direct hit from super typhoon Ma-On with a max wind speed of 115 knots. It's the first direct hit I've been in in awhile. I wonder if we should go close the storm doors... UPDATE: Tropical Storm Risk (TSR) just downgraded it from a category 5 (maximum) to a category 4. Peak winds at 115 kts or 130 mph. It is projected to still be a category 4 when it hits Tokyo. We just closed our storm doors and gathered our candles. UPDATE2: TSR is showing a...

Speaking in Helsinki next Thursday »

I will be speaking at an Aula event in Helsinki next Thursday about the "Future of the Music Business".Joi will speak on Thursday, 14 October 5:30 PM at Korjaamo (details here, for directions see this map).So if you happen to be in Helsinki, drop by....

Sticking my head outside of the echo chamber »

I used to give a lot of talks to Japanese audiences, but have recently been spending more time speaking overseas and writing on my blog. Kenta in my office suggested that I accept the occasional talk in Japan to keep in touch with the Japanese audience. I accepted a talk at the Japan Information Technology Services Industry Association (JISA) annual conference. As I was preparing my presentation yesterday, I tried to imagine my audience and I realized that I had "lost it". It was almost impossible for me to imagine what they wanted to hear, or what they would understand....

I am now academic-enabled »

I just got my student ID which lets me into the library. I can now finally look up citations that the academics throw at me. But more importantly... I have access to Lexis-Nexis. w00t!! It's a weird feeling. I feel like I'm sitting behind some massive intellectual firewall. I can research all kinds of stuff here, but many of the sources are not online and do not have permalinks. I can blog about them, but many times all I will be able to provide is the "nah nah, I bet your library doesn't have THIS periodical" sort of citation. On...

Cornelius and Joi photo by Kishin Shinoyama »

Click photo for higherresolution on flickr I just got my picture taken with my second cousin Keigo. Keigo is aka Cornelius and is a pretty well known musician. The picture for a magazine called Brutus and the series is about cool people and their relationship with someone else. So I was the "someone else" for this article. The photo was taken by Kishin Shinoyama who is well known for his portraits. His confidence and efficiency were quite amazing. He found this cool spot to take the photo in our offices in 5 minutes. Then he set up his 8X10 camera...

First day of school »

Today was my first day of school. The requirement for getting an university email, intranet and wifi account requires a course in netiquette. The course focused on "don't spread viruses." OK. I showed up a few minutes late as Professor Takeuchi was talking about how tardiness would not be tolerated. (Sorry Professor Takeuchi!) Strike one. I sat in my student chair feeling very guilty. Next was the session where we were going to get our accounts. Instructor A: "So does everyone have have ICS IT Handbook?" I didn't have one. Me: "No. I didn't get one. Can I have one?"...

Back to Japan »

In a few hours I'll be leaving New York to go back to Japan. Met so many interesting people this trip and the weather was beautiful. Thanks!...

Wired/Creative Commons concert »

The concert tonight was amazing. I hope people got a chance to watch the video feed. Gil/Byrne were amazing and were eventually able to get a house full of somewhat tired old people on their feet and dancing. It was also amazing to realize how much Talking Heads songs were a part of my DNA... anyway. Maybe more when I'm less tired. Need to go to bed. Oh, and David Byrne dedicated "Road to Nowhere" to the Repbulicans....

Packing »

Main WaterField bag that I put everything else into I realized today when I was packing that just about everything I pack is in a little sub-bag. I'm not normally an anal person, but having bags in bags with a proper place for every cable and plug helps me structure my packing and pack without thinking too hard. One of the most important components of this system is my WaterField bag gear. I've been using these bags for awhile since Reid turned me on to them, but I keep buying every new specialized pouch they come out with. I'm an...

Off to New York »

I'm off to New York today to attend the Creative Commons board meeting and go to the Creative Commons benefit concert organized by Wired Magazine. Hope to see you there! UPDATE: At airport now. It was very crowded getting through. I was looking through my passport while waiting in line and I noticed that on my last trip the old U.S. Immigrations stamp I used to get when entering the US changed to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Similar, but definitely has a different ring to it. Also, I've been stuck waiting in line enough these days and have started...

Our web cam from 1995 »

Insert-Coin blogged a time lapse movie of our Eccosys web cam which was in my apartment in 1995. Talk about a walk down memory lane....

Off to Beijing »

It's been nice hanging out in Linz meeting all of the cool people here. I'm off to Beijing today via Frankfurt and Narita. I have a feeling this multi-airport flight is going to suck. Anyway, maybe see you along the way if I can find some wifi. UPDATE I said I had a feeling it would suck and it is sucking.Airport - Linz, AustriaGate Agent: Our computer is broken. I can't check you through to your final destination. Me: OK, but please check my bag through to Bejing via Tokyo. Gate Agent: My computer is down. I have to look...

Stickers on our PowerBooks »

As usual, there were a lot of PowerBooks at this conference. Interestingly, Esther Dyson, Lawrence Lessig, Bruce Sterling and I were the only people I noticed who had stickers on our PowerBooks. Other people who I know who have stickers on their PowerBooks are Mena Trott and Cory Doctorow. I wonder what this means? What do those of us who are willing to vandalize our pristine PowerBooks with stickers have in common? Anyway, just an observation......

Moleskine mania »

When Jim gave me my first Moleskine notebook, I didn't realize that I would become part of the Moleskine mania. Since then, I see these notebooks everywhere. I have recently been added to the fan blog, moleskinerie. Antoin has some interesting thoughts on the narrative and branding by Mondo e Mondo, the Italian firm making these things....

Ars Electronica Festival webcast »

Ars Electronica 2004Video Streams In addition to the proceeding of the Ars Electronica Gala, the panels of the TIMESHIFT Symposium and the Prix Forum as well as the speech by Itsuo Sakane, the Re-inventing Radio Symposium and the launch of Creative Commons Austria will be available online as video streams.The program is online here. I'll be on the DISRUPTION panel. Now listening to: Anarchy in the UK by the Sex Pistols...

walking around passport control »

I'm at an airport lounge in Frankfurt Airport and just had a weird experience. There was a huge line and passport control to get into the terminal with my departure gate for my next flight. I decided to go to the lounge. It was sort of a long walk, but when I arrived and asked how to get to my gate, they said it was around the corner - with no security or passport control. Somehow I just "walked around" the passport control. Now I realize that this is inter-terminal passport control so I have no idea what sort of...

Off to Austria »

I'm off to Linz, Austria in a few hours. I'll be attending Ars Electronica. My schedule in Linz is on my wiki. After that, I'm going to Beijing. My travel schedule for the year is also on my wiki. See you all there....

WQD Forums hit 100 »

In December, I announced that I quit drinking. I got a flurry of comments of support. Several of us who had decided to be sober, thought a group blog about quitting drinking would be interesting so we started We Quit Drinking, the blog. Soon, due to some weird Google magic, the blog became the first result for "quit drinking". A wide variety of people who were looking for support and help dropped in and commented. Jonas, who among other things works with addiction as a counselor, decided that a more private space, a message board requiring login might make...

Conference call surfing »

I have my PowerBook on my insTand next to my bed with a clock screen saver alarm clock. Usually, I wake up before my alarm goes off and wake up the computer instead. As soon as my status on my IM clients goes from idle to available, I get a little flurry of requests for contact. "Did you see my email?" "When can we talk?" "Don't forget our conference call coming up." "We're on a conference call right now you might want to join." I queue up these real-time requests like some sort of air traffic controller, put on my...

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...

Memories of vinyl »

test press of Communicate with notes from MarkI've been thinking about audio files lately. There are lots of interesting audio blogs these days and I realized that putting audio interviews for my sharing economy research online would be a neat thing to do. For the last month or so, I've been diving into audio gear and software. (I'll write about all this in another post when I figure out what I'm doing.) During this journey into gadgets past, I stumbled into my vinyl records from my DJ days. Most are promotional records that Rockpool sent me when I was reporting...

Looking for Adam Curry's Rocket Car of Death »

Adam Curry samples a portion of Halley's interview with me on Memory Lane on his Daily Source Code Aug 17 2004 - (1.2MB mp3 of relevant section). I'm talking about how I showed the chairman of NHK (Japan's public broadcast network) a video that I downloaded from Adam Curry's MTV.COM. I think this was around 1994 or 1995... It was one of the few video files on the net at the time. I used to show this video all the time and I told this to Adam when I met him at Bloggercon. He said he wanted a copy of...

Jonah Peretti and Jane's Blog »

Warning: rambling diary style entry to follow Jonah, a friend of Neeru and Joshua emailed me that he was going to be in Japan and wanted to talk about Eyebeam, a very cool art R&D project he is working on. He was leaving the day after I came back to Japan so we decided to meet for lunch at the airport. I printed out Andrea and Jonah's picture from Andrea's photo blog, taped it into my moleskine notebook and headed for the airport. I've been mastering the shortcuts from my house to the airport since I make the trip so...

Back to Tokyo »

I'm at SFO on my way back to Tokyo. It definitely feels like Silicon Valley is "waking up" again. Hopefully, we've learned from our mistakes and the "recovery" will be a better managed one. See you again from Japan....

Memory Lane interview with Halley Suit »

I was interviewed by Halley Suitt for Memory Lane. Memory Lane is Halley's new program on IT Conversations. Halley writes about the program on her blog....

Off to the US »

It's been nice to spend time at home, but I'm off again today to Wasatch, Utah to a retreat and then to San Francisco for a short visit. It's the summer obon season so the airport's probably pretty busy today. So I may check again at the airport, but if not, see you on the other side. I'm going to end up in the mountains in Wasatch for a few days so depending on the connectivity, you may not hear from me for a few days... UPDATE: I'm at the United lounge in Narita and the wifi here is free...

Hyote captured alive »

I know people are tired of this story, but this post gives us some closure on the discussion in my previous flippant post about the Hyote.Boing BoingHyote captured alive! The Hyote, a magical mystery animal that's been running around central Maryland, has apparently been captured. (Previous post here.) Amazingly though, this Hyote--a male red fox with sarcoptic mange, according to veterinarians--is most likely the offspring of the larger animal caught on video last month. Once the baby Hyote is well again, animal control will release it back into the wild. Link (Thanks, Soupie!)...

Sys Admin Appreciation Day »

Although the day has past in Japan, it is Sys Admin Appreciation Day in the US. System administrators are some of the most important and often least appreciated members of the team and this is a great opportunity to thank them. I'd like to thank Kuri who does the brunt of my network admin, Boris who does most of my blog admin and pixel pushing, and Adriaan and Jim who help out when they can. Special thanks to Justin, for installing my first Movable Type installation. Thanks to Peter, Adina and Ed for helping me out on my SocialText stuff,...

Back to school »

I just received word that I have been admitted into the International Business Strategy Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program at the Hitotsubashi University Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy. I was talking to them last year about possibly applying, since the Ministry of Education recently changed the rules so people could apply for a doctorate program without a masters degree. Unfortunately, I don't even have an undergraduate degree so it was tough nuggies for me. They changed the rules this year and let me apply again and I got in. I guess this makes me the least educated student...

Genesis P-Orridge »

I just got email from an old friend who told me that one of my old friends who I haven't seen for years, Genesis P-Orridge has breasts now. There is a picture of him and his breasts on his site, which turns out to be a blog. Yay! I first saw Genesis probably about 15 years ago when he came to Japan and performed a penis piercing on stage at at event that was sponsored by Sony, Silicon Graphics and a bunch of other big name companies. It was produced by Professor Mitsuhiro Takemura. Japanese companies sponsored a lot of...

Back to Japan »

I'm on my way back to Japan. I thought I was going back to Japan yesterday, but AFTER I checked my bags through to Tokyo, I looked at my ticket and realized that I had a one night layover in San Francisco. I should have stayed in Aspen. The weather (the fourth time in the last year) grounded my flight to Denver, but I made it safely to San Francisco. Anyway, thanks for all the wonderful thoughts from the people at Fortune Brainstorm 2004. It was GREAT. Once again, the small size and diversity of the people totally trumped any...

Blogging Brainstorm 2004 »

David Kirkpatrick, the man behind Brainstorm said I could blog this event. Rockin'! I'll post some of the notes from my wiki over here too....

Six Apart grows again »

Six Apart just acquired Loic's blog company, Ublog. Loic had been acting as our marketing partner in Europe, but now he's apart of Six Apart. (Mena has a good story about this.) Andrew Anker who I met when he was running Hot Wired back in the day has also just joined Six Apart. (More about that on at Mena's Corner) Last but not least, Barak Berkowitz who was once my boss at Infoseek, then later worked for me at Neoteny, is now taking over the role of CEO of Six Apart. (Mena's story about this) Welcome aboard everyone. I think...

Brainstorm 2004 »

I'm at Brainstorm 2004 which should be fun. It's my favorite conference of each year. I'm going to be taking notes and will encourage anyone else here wants to use the space to put notes on the Brainstorms 2004 page on my new public SocialText wiki. I'll also be hanging out on #brainstorm on Freenode on IRC....

AKMA and Jitterbug Perfume »

I was chatting with AKMA the other day about my thumb. He's had thumb problems, and my thumb hurts. Ever since he got his hernia operation and my post about his Hernia operation became the top result on Google for a search of hernia operation, we've had this mutual medical support bond. (It's not #1 now, but still on the top page.) Anyway, we were talking about thumbs, and that reminded me about Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins. Then I remembered that I liked Jitterbug Perfume better. AKMA said that he didn't have enough silliness in his...

New home for Joi Ito's Web »

Thanks to Adriaan, Jace, Boris and Kuri for updating Joi Ito's Web to Movable Type 3 and moving it to Bloghosts, the new home for Joi Ito's Web. The load time seems about the same, but the rebuild time on the new servers seems much faster so I think trackbacks and comments should not be a problem anymore. Let me know what you think. Also, I don't have the birthday script and other things running yet, but hope to get it going soon. We switched to Adriaan's Technorati MT plugin and are making some other changes. Boris is doing some...

Jet lagged, but Flashed Forward »

I arrived last night, made the mistake of eating a cheeseburger before bed and didn't sleep much and felt REALLY BAD this morning. I crawled onto stage at Flash Forward this morning feeling very scattered and weak, but thanks to a strong topic and lots of funny movies to keep people awake, I was able to struggle through my talk. I talked about Creative Commons, Intellectual Property and the future of marketing. I channeled lots of Lessig and Godin. We did a Q&A session afterwards and I really enjoyed talking to the Flash community. Flash and Creative Commons makes SO...

Off to the US »

It was nice spending some time at home in Chiba, but I'm off to the US again. I'll be giving a talk at Flash Forward in NYC on Friday and then going to Brainstorm 2004 in Aspen next week....

Credit for links »

Dave. Thanks for giving me credit for the Edwards as VP rumor link. You could have linked directly, credited only Metafilter or anything really. Actually, this is something that I struggle with every morning when I open Net News Wire and go through my news feeds. Some people take the position that it's not important where you get the link. I don't think this is true. The dilemma happens when you find links to the same interesting article on several blogs. Do you credit the first link you see? Do you credit the first person who posted it? Do you...

Light blogging, heavy machinery »

This week, I've been spending a lot of time in the yard. Today, we had neighbors over helping us fix our front entrance and the day turned into a community assisted day of heavy work and heavy machinery for me....

Izu Conference dinner with Yasuhiro Yamashita »

Last night, I attended an Izu Conference dinner and the guest speaker was Yasuhiro Yamashita. Yamashita is the former Japanese judoka Olympic gold medalist and he is currently teaching at Tokai University and is on the board of the International Judo Federation. He's quite a star in Japan and he talked about Judo and globalization. He started off the talk by showing an interview with Vladimir Putin on Japanese TV. Putin talked about his love of Judo and how he had been a street urchin looking for a way to be tougher when he started Judo, but that Judo taught...

Sad month »

On the 10th, one of my good friends, Mannojo Nomura of the 300-year old Izumi school of kyogen passed away suddenly. He was 44. His father and grandfather were both Japanese living national treasures and he was scheduled to take his grandfather's Manzo Nomura title in January. Our family house in Iwate used to have a no/kyogen theater and we had hosted his family in the past many years before I was born. A few years ago, Mannojo and I met up through Enjin 01, a cultural non-profit organization that we are both on the board of. He was always...

Welcome aboard Tantek »

Tantek, who worked on IE for the Mac at Microsoft has given notice to Microsoft that he will be joining us at Technorati. Welcome aboard!...

Supernova Party in Santa Clara June 23 »

This is a pre-dinner/party for Supernova 2004 at the Santa Clara Westin June 24-25. (But you can come to the party if you're not attending the conference!) Joi will be in Tokyo, but with us in spirit -- and perhaps more directly.... Location and Time Mayuri 2232 El Camino Real Santa Clara, CA 95050 Tel: (408) 248-9747 Wednesday, June 23 Cocktails at 6:00pm; dinner starting at 7:00pmSee the wiki for more details and to sign up. I can't make it, but am trying to sort out a way to be there virtually. ;-)...

See you later Helsinki »

See you later Helsinki and thanks for the reindeer and the midsummer nights. On my way back to Japan. Looking forward to being home for a few weeks......

See you later Sweden »

Thanks Maja, Per and Max for your incredible hospitality. Totally amazing visit with the perfect balance of chilling, business and touring around Stockholm and the archipelago. It was also nice meeting Ludovic, Erik, Dimo, Jon, Kim, David, and Roine at the meetup today. (Did I miss anyone?) Thanks for the overview of the Swedish Net community. Look forward to seeing more blogs from Sweden soon! At the airport on my way back to Helsinki now......

Congratulations Alan! »

Congratulations to Alan Kay for being awarded the 2004 Kyoto Prize in addition to the ACM Turing Prize and the NAE Draper Prize earlier. He's really "cleaning up" this year. This is cool. He deserves it. Hope this helps the Squeak project too! more info on the Kyoto Prize...

Date mistake in Stockholm meetup »

I'm really sorry. I made a mistake in the date for the meet up in Stockholm. I said the 12th, but I meant the 13th. Can people still meet tomorrow (13) instead of today (12)? Please let me know here or on the wiki. Sorry!! If you have already planned to go to Stockholm today, I suggest you drop by the official bloggers meet up today......

Breakfast with Guido van Rossum »

OMG. I met Guido van Rossum this morning. Guido is the father of python, my favorite only programming language. He was in Helsinki meeting with the Nokia folks working on python Symbian phones. He will be talking to developers later today. I have a long history with python. The Ultraseek search engine by Steve Kirsch at Infoseek was written in python and many of the people in Digital Garage which I was co-CEO of at the time were developing the Japanese version and working in python. Later, Cyrus et al at Digital Garage use Zope, a python package to...

Meeting up in Stockholm? »

I'm thinking about getting together with a few bloggers in Stockholm on Sunday. Maybe for lunch, maybe in the afternoon. Please take a look at the wiki page if you are interested. Sorry about the short notice. Update: Meeting at noon on the 13th at Kulturhuset. See you there! (If you're coming, please sign up on the wiki page.)...

Goodbye London »

Had a "lovely" time in London. Goodbye and thanks for all the chips. I'm off to Finland today. I'll be giving a talk at the EVA conference tomorrow....

Travel update from UK »

Sorry about the light blogging. Have been a bit distracted with my travels. British Midland lost my bag on a direct flight from Naples to Heathrow. Unsure who's fault it was, but no apology (not that I expected one) from anyone. Luckily, it arrived that night. Staying at the Park Lane Hotel on Piccadilly. Looked like a nice room at first glance, but the fax machine was broken, room safe broken (they've tried to fix it 3 times, still broken), drippy faucet, door lock broken (took 24 hours to fix), wifi in room, but a credit card based T-Mobile network...

Red traffic lights in Naples »

I heard from one of our hosts last night that when driving in Naples, "there are three kinds of red lights. Some you must stop at or you will die. Some provide advice to be careful. Others are merely decoration." Seriously though, I have never seen so many drivers completely ignore traffic lights in my life....

The missing links »

Thanks to all of the newspapers that picked up the somewhat embarrassingly nice article by Yuri Kageyama of AP. AP syndication is really amazing. One thing. The article doesn't contain links to Six Apart, Movable Type and TypePad mentioned in the article....

Super-nova pre-dinner/party June 23 »

I'm going to try to help plan a dinner/party that I can't attend. David Beckemeyer et al to are working on Heckelbot so I can be there virtually. The dinner/party is scheduled for June 23, the day before Supernova 2004 at the Westin in Santa Clara. I ALWAYS go to Supernova, but this year I just can't make it since I have to be in Tokyo for a shareholders meeting. Here a wiki page for the planning. Speaking of Supernova, I'm hoping I will be able to participate in the conference via rigged Hecklebot as well. Stay tuned for more...

Off to Europe »

Going to Naples today, the UK on the 6th, Helsinki on the 9th, Stockholm on the 11th, back to Helsinki on the 13th and back to Tokyo on the 17th. Speaking at Culture Digitali on the 4th and the EVA conference in Helsinki on the 10th. Meetups in Naples on the 5th and UK on the 6th. See you then! Thanks to everyone who gave me ideas for stuff to do in Europe this trip!...

Garbage day in the village »

May 30, or 530. 5 3 can be read "gomi" in Japanese which means garbage. So what does May 30 mean in our village? Garbage 0 day. This morning, I participated with most of the village in picking up trash and junk around the village. Along one of the roads, there was an area that was clearly being used as an illegal garbage dump by many people. There were mufflers, car batteries, toilets, beds, bicycles and even a car dumped there. We spent the morning hoisting this junk out of the mud and carrying it in trucks to a...

Meeting up in the UK June 6? »

Planning on arriving in the UK on June 6th. Anyone want to get together in the evening? I've set up a wiki page to plan this....

Off to Helsinki »

Last minute change in plans and I'm off to Helsinki for two days... too much travel......

Creative Commons presentation in Helsinki on May 24 »

Lawrence Lessig will be giving a public Creative Commons presentation in Helsinki. It will be at Korjaamo organized by Aula. It will from 5:30PM on May 24. It's open to the public and will be in English. Details are on the Aula web page. I'm leaving for Helsinki tomorrow and will be there....

Email problems »

I've been having email problems and have been missing email the last few weeks. I'm pretty sure I'm caught up on my email so if I haven't responded to an email you've sent, can you try sending it again? Sorry about this!...

Technorati Meetup in Tokyo May 27 »

Dave Sifry, the CEO of Technorati is coming to Tokyo next week. We're having a meeting for users and developers. Dave and I will speak and Dave will give some cool demos etc. If you are a Technorati fan, want to know more about Technorati or just want to hang out with Dave, please sign up and come. We will be charging 2000 per person for simple drinks and snacks. There will be wifi. The details are below: 5/27 Thursday, 18:00-21:00 18:00-19:00 Demo, Talk & Discussion 19:00-21:00 Reception with drinks & light snacks Place, Tokyo 21c Club, 7th Fl of...

What should I do between June 4 and June 10? »

As you can see, I have to be in Naples on June 4 and Helsinki on June 10. It's kind of a waste to fly back to Japan and turn around and fly back to Europe again. Is there anything interesting going on, or can we make something interesting happen in Europe between June 4 and June 10? I've started a wiki page to think about what to do between the 4th and the 10th. If you have any ideas, let me know. Thanks!...

Panel in Helsinki June 10 »

I will be on a panel at a conference in Helsinki on June 10. It is the Annual Meeting of the International Network of Private Business Organizations - COMPETITIVENESS THROUGH CREATIVITY. I will be representing the Keizai Doyukai (The Japan Association of Corporate Executives) and will be speaking about "Creativity and Innovation - Rare Virtue or New Standard?". I'm not sure who they're inviting to participate, but if you're going, please let me know....

Speaking at Weblog Conference in Naples June 4 »

I will be speaking at a Conference in Naples on June 4. The conference is called: Culture Digitali: I WEBLOG E LA NUOVA SFERA PUBBLICA, or Weblogs and New Public Opinion. The Conference has a blog and here is the entry with the program. The conference registration is not yet open, but I will blog about it when it opens. Some of us are thinking about getting together for lunch on June 5. If you want to hang out with us, please fill out this form. Look forward to meeting everyone....

Off to Tokyo »

I'm off to Tokyo today. See you later Switzerland and thanks for all the cheese!...

La Claustra »

Our host Jean OdermattAs usual the etoy.AGENTS arranged an interesting excursion this year. This year, we tried to go to La Claustra in Andermatt. (Check out the video on their site. It's the last link on the left.) Unfortunately, there was 8 meters of snow at La Claustra with avalanche warnings so we couldn't go. We stayed at a nice chalet in Andermatt instead. La Claustra is this amazing project that Jean Odermatt just completed. He purchased an old Swiss Army base built into the mountains of Gotthard. Inside of these caves, he built an extremely modern hotel and meeting...

ISC Pre-conference session with Martin »

I'm here in Switzerland at the University of St. Gallen ISC-Symposium again. I spoke at a leadership session last year about Emergent Democracy, but felt I didn't get the most out of the conference because I didn't get a chance to get to know the students who were attending, which is why I came. The 200 or so students attending this conference are chosen from hundreds of paper submissions from all over the world and they are an diverse and interesting group. In the addition to the students, there are a lot of government and business big-shots, but I get...

Off to Switzerland »

Off to Switzerland in a few minutes. See you on the other side. Going to St. Gallen....

Off to Linz »

I'm at Narita airport on my way to Linz to be on the Digital Communities jury of Ars Electronica. I think this is my eighth year as a jury member for Ars Electronica so going to Linz feels like going back to an old home. I look forward to eating my favorite wienerschnitzel soon....

Inba Standard Time »

I've spent the last few days hanging out at home holding down the fort while Mizuka has been busy with other stuff. I'm still adjusting to the local time zone. It is primarily an agricultural area so everyone goes to bed at 8 pm and wakes up at 5 or 6 am. Yesterday, the a few of the women from the village came by at 7:30 am to tell me it was my turn to help clean the assembly hall. "When?" "Um... Now." "Sorry, I've got to take my friend to the station and take care of a few things."...

The Kizuna gathering »

I am hosting a gathering here in Tokyo starting tomorrow. It's a somewhat academic meeting to talk about social science issues and technological issues around mobility and microcontent. Participants include a small group of academics, technologists and business people. I'll let you know if we come up with anything interesting. Some of the other participants will probably be blogging as well. This is the first time that I've ever worked together with my sister to organize something so that's been fun. It's also been great working with the team at the Insight & Foresight unit at Nokia who are supporting...

See you later Cannes »

See you later Cannes and thanks for all the mussels. I met some really cool people this trip and got a glimpse into "the other side". Enjoyed myself very much. Weather was beautiful too. Now I'm off to Tokyo via Frankfurt. I have a horrible 4 hours layover in Frankfurt. Anyone going to be in Frankfurt this afternoon? Maybe we can play scrabble or something......

Milia / MipTV Update »

I just gave a keynote this morning and I initially felt right, but a bit bad. Milia is one of the oldest and leading interactive content conferences and MipTV is a place where content providers meet with people who want to buy content from them. The halls are full of telephone companies, TV networks, Hollywood content providers and DRM technology companies. So here I am asked to give a keynote. What am I going to say? I talked about the shift in value away from packaged content and towards context oriented things like location, presence and transactions. I talked about...

Conference back channels »

Interesting discussion over at Liz Lawley's blog about conference back channels. Relates to the Continuous Partial Attention discussion....

In Cannes »

I just arrived in Canne. I'm giving a talk tomorrow and will be on a panel the day after for Milia......

Do all Frenchmen kiss their PDAs? »

You silly French. I love this picture of Loic. ;-) I'm looking forward to going to Cannes tomorrow....

Valenti, Right and Wrong, Is a Man to Respect »

Dan GillmorValenti, Right and Wrong, Is a Man to Respect How I wish Jack Valenti had been on our side in the copyright war. Valenti will soon retire from his decades-long post as president of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), the industry's enormously effective lobbying arm. I'm going to miss him.I recently met Jack at a conference last year but I first met Jack when I was working in Hollywood and was a translator at a meeting between him and the chairman of NHK, the Japanese public broadcasting company. I also worked with Jack's son, John, on Indian...

Off to Seattle »

I'm at Narita airport now on my to Seattle for a thingie at Microsoft. I hate the immigration at Seattle. I've had more bad experiences there than any other US port of entry I've ever been to. I've seen fathers deported because the checked "tourist" and mumbled something about visiting company friends and have had friends grilled for hours. I have also been treated rather poorly several times. I heard from someone that they trained immigration officers in Seattle. In any case, I'm not looking forward to it. I know my friends in the US State Department read this blog....

International Workshop on Inverse Surveillance - April 12 »

This should be a cool event. I'll be participating remotely in some way, but if you can make it, you should. I'm on the program committee.Subject: Int'l Workshop on Inverse Surveillance: Camphones, 'glogs, and eyetaps Call for Participation: International Workshop on Inverse Surveillance: Cameraphones, Cyborglogs, and Computational seeing aids; exploring and defining a research agenda Date: 2004 April 12th. Time: 12:00noon to 4pm, EST (a working lunch will be served) Location: Colony Hotel (1-866-824-9330), 89 Chestnut Street, Toronto...

Six Apart closes TypePad deal with NTT Commnications »

Six Apart just closed a TypePad deal with NTT Communications. Congrats team!...

Three dogs »

Not that most of you will care, but we have three dogs now. Our friend moved to a new apartment and couldn't keep her dog, Dino. Dino's a bit stressed from being in quarantine at Narita for a month. We got Pookie from another neighbor. Anyway, Bo, Pookie and Dino are running around the house right now like the cartoon Tasmanian devil....

Discussion with Larry Lessig and Hiroo Yamagata tomorrow »

Having a discussion with Larry Lessig and Hiroo Yamagata tomorrow at ICC. It will be about Creative Commons and will have a live video stream....

0-3 for Mesa Airlines »

When I was flying into Austin from Tokyo, I had a connection in SFO. When I arrived, there were a bunch of friends waiting to board the flight to Austin to go to SXSW. They told us there were maintenance problems with the flight and they kept delaying the flight until finally, 3 hours later, they cancelled it. There was a mad rush to the gate agent who booked us onto a Continental flight to Austin through Houston. In Houston, there were two flights to Austin and we were randomly distributed between the later flight and the earlier flight. The...

Off to Tokyo »

See ya later Austin and thanks for all the steak!...

Wireless and Grassroots Innovation panel today »

One more panel...Wireless and Grassroots Innovation Tuesday, March 16 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm 16A WiFi is a grassroots phenomenon where innovation is driven by the DIY gestalt that is so much a part of Internet and Open Source development. What are the latest grassroots developments and how do they relate to the future of wireless? Cory Doctorow , Outreach Coord - Electronic Frontier Foundation Dan Gillmor , Columnist - San Jose Mercury News Brad King , Author David Weinberger - Small Pieces Loosely Joined Joichi Ito , CEO - Neoteny John Quarterman , CEOI haven't seen John Quarterman since...

EFF/Creative Commons Party tonight »

EFF / CREATIVE COMMONS JAMBOREE "Beware the Ides of March" Monday, March 15 8:00 pm El Sol y La Luna, 1224 S Congress Ave It's time for the annual cyberactivist jam honoring the exceptional work of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and EFF-Austin, joined this year by our friends from Creative Commons and Common Content! A plethora of delicious Mexican munchies from El Sol y La Luna will be served... Right in the heart of Austin's uber-cool SoCo district. Electronic music by Thomas Fang, Gift Culture, and David Demaris. Video art by mc squared. ABSOLUTELY NO COVER! Party coordinated by EFF-Austin....

Mobile gaming and group forming panels today »

I'm on two panels today. I am moderating this panel:Mobile Gaming and Entertainment Monday, March 15 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm 16A Mobile applications that succeed as commercial products require careful planning and evolution to work with cellular networks and operating systems. What are the steps leading to successful commercialization? Joichi Ito , CEO - Neoteny Art Min - Metrowerks Mario Champion , Chief Creative Officer - team smartypants inc Dave couldn't make it to SXSW so I'm taking Dave's place on this panel: Ridiculously Easy Group Forming Monday, March 15 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm 17B Ridiculously easy group...

Weblogs and Emergent Democracy panel »

I'm the the following panel today at SXSW. Weblogs and Emergent Democracy Sunday, March 14 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm 18AB Traditionally, popular will in democracies is interpreted and applied to decision-making processes indirectly through representatives--legislators, lobbyists, activists, media, etc. Will expanded growth of weblogs and social networks, as well as tools for analysis of content and connections, bring us closer to the ideal of direct democracy? Adina Levin - Socialtext/EFFAustin Joichi Ito , CEO - Neoteny Jon Lebkowsky , CEO - Polycot Consulting LLC Mitch Ratcliffe - Internet/Media Strategies Inc. Zack RosenIf we say anything interesting, I'll post notes...

SXSW is blogger unfriendly »

There is a "no photography or videotaping" policy for the sessions. If I had known, I wouldn't have lugged my Canon Digital Rebel with me... There is also a $90 fine for using any of the power outlets in the halls or in the session rooms. What do they think we're going to do, plug Marshall amps into the power outlets and start playing in the halls? Pretty blogger unfriendly... UPDATECoryThe Austin conference center has changed its tune about its policy forbidding attendees from using the AC outlets. Jon Lebkowsky says, "They changed the rule - people can plug...

Off to Austin »

Off to Austin for today SXSW and the Wireless Future conference. I'll be there until the 17th. Logistics are on the wiki. I will be moderating a panel on wireless gaming on Monday from 15:30 and participating in a panel on Wireless and Grassroots Innovation on Tuesday from 15:30. If you're in Austin, lets hook up....

Technorati »

I have decided to take on an additional role outside of Neoteny working with Technorati's team heading their exploration of opportunities in the mobile and international realms. I will be splitting my time between Neoteny, Six Apart and Technorati as my primary responsibilities with board positions on SocialText, Creative Commons and a few other companies and non-profits as additional roles....

Mailblocks down again »

Mailblocks was working well for me ever since it it failed on my in January. At the time, I told them that they should have an outages page so that users could find out why mail wasn't working and when it might be back up. This time, I can access the mailbox, but I haven't been able to receive any new mail for about 8.5 hrs. So if you're trying to reach me urgently, please email me or leave a comment here. They don't have any information on their page or replied to the email I've sent. hmm... I am...

Off to Tokyo »

See ya later Zell am See and thanks for all the wienerschnitzel. Sorry about the sparse blogging the last few days....

Dan Gillmor Tokyo blogger gathering »

Dan Gillmor's organizing a Tokyo bloggers meeting. Unfortunately, I will be in Austria, but Tokyo bloggers, please sign up and show him a good time.Dan GillmorTokyo Blogger Gathering? Arrived in Tokyo last night for a few days. Considering a blogger gathering on Tuesday evening, probably in Akasaka. Shoot me an e-mail, or post a comment below, if you think you can make it....

Avantouinti! »

I woke up this morning with a headache and decided I needed to get my circulation going. I told Marko and he suggested avantouinti. Hmmm... Marko took me to the Finnish Sauna Society sauna where we hung out in traditional smoke saunas for awhile with a bunch of naked Finnish men. The saunas were covered in soot from the way they prepare them using real wood fires. The experience was about as similar to saunas back home as eating real sushi in Japan is similar to eating California supermarket sushi. After we were thoroughly heated, we sauntered out to a...

Loic in Germany »

Loic's going to Germany and is trying to hook up with bloggers there. brought to you by #joiito meetupster...

Off to Helsinki »

I'm off to Helsinki. See you on the other side. Thanks for all the sushi!...

Seven years in the search business »

Yesterday I visited Google Japan's offices then later had dinner with Yajima-san, the CEO of Digital Advertising Consortium (DAC). We talked a lot about the future of blogging as well as the good old days. Sato-san who was recruited by Google to get the Tokyo office going and Mr. Yajima both worked with me in the early days of getting Infoseek Japan going. We recruited Sato-san from Asatsu to startup Infoseek Japan inside of Digital Garage and Yajima-san was at Hakuhodo in charge of looking at the Internet advertising business. My company Digital Garage had just lost our offer to...

Back to Tokyo »

I'm at the San Francisco airport about to leave for Tokyo. See you on the other side. It's been fun hanging out in the US with everyone....

The power to offend »

This is not interesting unless you're tuned into the blogsphere sit-com so I'm posting my thoughts on my Live Journal....

Pecking at ETech? »

Jeremy ZawodnyRussell says: RussellInteresting conference - too bad I wasn't there to get a longer impression, but boy it seemed like there were some serious pecking orders there. And someone else I know there said this via IM last night: You are missing some good conferences this week here, although I have come to the conclusion that a lot of the bloggers are pretty pompous.I'm not sure what to make of that. Pecking orders? Pompous? It bothers me, I guess.That's odd. I haven't noticed pecking or being pecked. Pompous? Nothing more or less than I would expect. I wonder if...

Photos from ETech »

Rob Kaye is promoting bluetooth this year... My ETech 2004 photo album (feel free to use any of the photos) I'll be uploading through the day....

Leaving... »

I was going to write "hitting the road now, see you on the other side," but I realized that I'm going to be flying, not hitting the road, and I'll probably see you a few times along the way. Leaving on a trip is really not an important event anymore except that the likelihood that something bad is going to happen to you increases for a period of time. Anyway, for those of you who are going to ETech, see you you face to face soon....

Cats and dogs... »

I was playing with Bo all afternoon, thinking about what her blog would look like and was reminded of this funny comparison between cats and dogs. Thanks to Google, it was easy to find....

Wireless Future, Austin, March 13-16 »

I'll be in Austin, Texas in March (13-16) for a conference called Wireless Future, actually a "mini-conference" that's part of South by Southwest Interactive. I think I'm on two panels. According to Jon Lebkowsky, who's one of the organizers, the conference focuses on developers, entrepreneurs, and creative thinkers who're interested in wireless technology and mobility. The program includes major presentations by Howard Rheingold (the keynote, called "Mobile Communication, Pervasive Computing, and Collective Action") and Kevin Werbach (the opening presentation, called "The Open Spectrum Revolution"). Other presenters include Cory Doctorow, Dewayne Henricks, David Weinberger, David Isenberg, Dave Hughes, and Justin Hall....

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....

Our ETech logistics »

I received a request to help figure out a way to organize people hooking up at ETech. I set up a wiki page for that. I've posted my schedule. Feel free to add your stuff and post things. I guess we could have used to ETech Wiki, but I wasn't sure what was appropriate behavior there. If there is already such a page set up, let me know and I will refactor. In particular, I'd like to know how the participant session date/times are supposed to be decided. Does anyone know? Also, people planning parties, please post them on the...

Our ETech panel »

I will be moderating a panel at ETech at 2:45pm on Feb 10 called "Untethering the Social Network or What Happens to Social Networks in the Untethered Wilds?" The panelists are danah, Scott, Mimi and Howard. It should be one of the less geeky panels at this geek-a-thon. And yes... Mimi is my sister and Scott is my brother-in-law. This is what happens when you talk about work at home too much. This is the first time my sister and I will be on a panel together....

JoiTravel »

I just updated the JoiTravel page on the wiki. As you can see, I continue to burn a lot of jet fuel and I apologize for that. Also, apologizes in advance to people I will be missing along the way. Feel free to add to the wiki if we're crossing paths, particularly in Tokyo....

Never trust gate agents... »

I remember learning this lesson in the past. NEVER TRUST GATE AGENTS. My Lufthansa flight from Zurich to Munich was over an hour delayed. My transfer for my flight to Tokyo was very short and I thought I would miss my flight so I asked them to route me through Frankfurt. They told me all flights out of Munich were late and I would be OK. We arrived in Munich and we walked off the plane and were told to walk up an escalator going the wrong direction. Then at the top of the escalator, the door was locked and...

We're going to miss you Helmut »

Helmut Newton, Who Remade Fashion Photography, Dies at 83 - NYT I first met Helmut and his wife at Timothy Leary's house. Tim and Helmut were good friends. (I guess that would mean that Tim would be 83 if he were alive now...) They were the same age and even wore the same tennis shoes. I remember Helmut and as a funny and really cool guy. When I was working on Indian Runner, we asked him to do some of the photography for the movie and I remember hanging out with him in Omaha, Nebraska where we were shooting the...

Social Computing Symposium at Microsoft March 29-30 »

I've been invited to be say something at the Social Computing Symposium at Microsoft. I'm looking forward to hanging out with some of my favorite people. (Maybe the first opportunity for me to speak at the same conference as my sister too...) I'm REALLY interested in what Microsoft is thinking about this space, and it appears that they are doing a lot of thinking....

I'm a blogger »

Everyone in Davos is a CEO or some other fairly senior title. I've found myself introducing myself at sessions as "a blogger" much/most of the time. It still amazing me how few people know what blogging is. Calling myself a "blogger" seems to be the fastest way for me to get the "what is a blog" discussion going. ;-)...

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...

Blogging blogging blogging... »

Hugh just sent me another one... ;-) Yossi was making fun of me for sitting here blogging blogging blogging......

T-Mobile rocks »

I'm in a car on my way from Zurich to Davos happily blogging on my T-Mobile gprs connection that is roaming over Sunrize in Switzerland. When I landed, I had trouble connecting to Swisscom, but "611" and two rings later, I was connected to a friendly T-Mobile support person speaking in English and she gave me other roaming partners to try. Sunrize connected without a hitch. In Hawaii, Frankfurt, Helsinki and a little hiccup, but one call later in Switzerland, T-Mobile has consistently kept me connected. Also, the support people have been EXCELLENT and I haven't had to wait more...

The fire alarm is ringing... »

I am awake at 3:45 AM (Helsinki time) because the fire alarm went off in the hallway. (I'm in the Radisson SAS Seaside Hotel in Helsinki.) Then the TV turned on. (Yay! A message.) The TV started flashing "Fire Alarm" and blaring, "Please remain calm. We are investigating the cause." The volume steadily got louder until the TV was full blast. (I couldn't turn down the volume.) Then the TV suddenly turned off. The alarm in the hallway continued. Then turned off. Then turned on. And off... over and over for awhile. Finally the alarm stopped. Either the operator of...

Off to Helsinki »

I'm at Narita airport about to leave for Helsinki. Hawaii -> Tokyo -> Helsinki is really traveling in the wrong direction. I'll see you all on the other side......

Off to Sony Open Forum tomorrow »

I'm off again to the Sony Open Forum tomorrow. It's an annual event. The main event is Sony's sponsorship of a golf tournament, but there is also a small forum where Chairman Idei invites executives of Sony and several other people to discuss some of the key topics for the year. Last year I was invited to speak about the future of Japan. This year I'm going to be talking about media consumption and the future of media. My talk will kick off a discussion session. The conference itself is not public, but I'm assuming my comments are. I've put...

Digital Democracy Tech-In »

It's $100 to register and you can register even if you're not attending ETech. I'll be doing a session with Ethan Zuckerman on International stuff. Emergent Democracy Worldwide Joichi Ito, Founder and CEO, Neoteny Ethan Zuckerman, Founder, Geekcorps Time: 3:30pm - 4:15pm Location: California Ballroom C While we're building great new tools to build communities, we've done very little to ensure that people around the world have access to them. And even when we've made it possible for people in developing nations to speak, we've done little to ensure that anyone listens. How do we ensure that the "Second Superpower" Jim...

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....

Speech tomorrow at Rakuten »

I'm giving a speech about the future of the Internet tomorrow afternoon from 2:30pm-3:30pm JST. The speech will be at the Rakuten New Year party. (Rakuten acquired Infoseek Japan and I am now on the Portal Group advisory committee.) I'll try to stream it, but it will be in Japanese. My slides are in English and I've put my outline on my wiki. Please feel free to add comments or links to examples on the wiki. The outline just lists the topics I will cover, but not what I'm going to say. ;-) I'll be giving live demos of #joiito...

Wisdom from Ev »

EvCome to think of it, this is a corollary to one of my favorite truisms: We judge ourselves by our intensions and others by their actions.Yup....

Fun in Davos »

I'm in Davos right now and here are a list of entries I've posted from here.Notes from Media Leaders Community sessionDiscussion with Media LeadersSpam for dinnerWhere are you my Sun? Breakfast between Global Leaders for Tomorrow, Social Entrepreneurs and Religious Leaders Original post below....

We Quit Drinking »

We Quit Drinking: A blog by and about people who have chosen to not drink alcohol. A new blog for a new year....

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....

Japanese New Year »

The Japanese holiday season is inverted compared to the US. Christmas is spent as a partying frenzy and as we approach the New Year things slow down. The days before New Year, we spend cleaning our houses and preparing osechi. Osechi is food that keeps well and tastes OK cold. Cooking a lot of osechi allowed the women (who typically did the cooking in the house) to take a break for a few days during the new year. The idea is to cook up a bunch of osechi, eat your noodles, go to the shrine, ask for good luck, and...

Some 2003 site stats »

I did a quick review of the 2003 stats for this site. Last time I posted my stats, Jeffrey Zeldman slammed my bad manners, but Cory thought it was fine and pointed out that he posts his stats ever new year. Liz points out in that thread that my site includes comments (and puts them in the same html as my entry for all of Google to index). Of the 8475 posts on my blog, 1247 are entries from me and 7288 are comments from YOU. This blog is more about community than a site with no participation.A quick survey of people on #joiito about whether I should post stats also resulted in mixed reactions.So, thus justified (and confused), I present (some of) my stats (in the continuation in an attempt to be a LITTLE PC).And for the record, I don't feel inferior to sites that have more traffic than me and I don't chuckle at sites that have less.This blog started 2003 with 5,000 page views a day and ended up with 28,000 page views a day. There were approximately 2.7 million sessions with 6.8 million page views for a total of 464 GB of blog viewing.The Browser breakdown looked like this:Internet Explorer21.72%undefined18.75%NetNewsWire11.04%SharpReader6.86%NewsGator6.30%Mozilla Compatible Agent 5.20%Radio UserLand3.38%Mozilla3.06%Safari2.16%85% of you came directly to the site and 3% of you came from www.google.com. 1,210 people ended up here by searching for the term "best headphones" (hope you liked the Shure's!), 1,133 people ended up here by searching for "diet coke" (Sorry!) and 814 people ended up here searching for "stealth disco" (boy that was fun wasn't it?).My RSS 2.0 feed was 24% of my page views, my html top page was 7% and my RSS 1.0 feed was 5.5%.382 of you registered your name and birthday in my birthday database. (Thanks!)37% of you came from .net, 19% from .com, 10% from .jp, 3% from .edu, 1% from .uk. .ca, .de, .au, .ch, and .nl and 21% from unknown (to me) domains.

Munakata Shrine »

Just got back from Munakata Shrine. This year we moved to a small village in Chiba and Mizuka and I decided to go to the local shrine to pay our New Years respects. At Munakata Shrine, we met many of our neighbors, clensed ourselves and payed our respects. I've just uploaded some photos. Anyway, Happy New Year EVERYBODY!...

Off to Munakata shrine »

Mizuka and I are off to Munakata shrine, the local Shinto shrine for the New Year count-down. We'll be celebrating it with our new neighbors. See you all on the other side!...

Cheers Halley »

Halley, thanks for having #joiito over to your party. Thanks also for sharing your interaction with your wine bottles after the party. I'll be doing a lot of the same over the next few days. Ever since I noticed that I am now the top result for a google search on "quit drinking" I have this sense of responsibility to myself as well as others to show my/our resolve and share this. I was talking on the phone today with someone trained as a professional in treating addiction. It's interesting to note that when AA was started in the 60's...

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. ;-)...

can #joiito come to your Dean New Year House Party Halley? »

Halley, can #joiito come to your Dean New Year Party? Can you like project us on the wall or something? Good idea Lisa...

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....

Mameyoshi becomes a Geisha »

Mizuka and I went to Kyoto yesterday to celebrate Mameyoshi becoming a geisha. Mameyoshi was a maiko until recently. Maiko are young girls who live in okiya and are in training to become geisha They generally start when they are 15-16 and can be identified by their long flowing obi and the fact that they use their real hair for the hair styling. Typically maiko become geisha and become independent when they are 18-20 years old. There are two types of geisha. Geisha who perform with musical elements and geisha who are focused on dancing. Usually, geisha who perform with...

Sanji-Chion-Ji »

Mizuka, Zuiko-san and KaoruMizuka, Kaoru and I visted Sanji-Chion-Ji temple today. Zuiko is the lone abbotess who takes care of this temple. I met her through an introduction of a Monk the last time I was in Kyoto. She was once a politician but decided to throw away her career and become an abbotess. She is now 60 years old, but she has a beaming smile and does not look 60. She welcomed us and gave us a tour. The temple was built during the Oei Period 1394-1428 when the Irie Gosho, an area inside the Kyoto Imperial Palace was...

Welcome to our world Esther Ann Werbach »

Welcome to our world Esther. Sorry it's not in very good shape. Hope to get around to fixing it up a bit more before we pass it on to you. Congratulations Kevin!...

Pictures from the Creative Commons Party »

I just posted some pictures from the Creative Commons Anniversary Party. Thanks to Jonas and Cory for contributing their photos. It was also my first party since my sobriety and I enjoyed myself very much. PS: If anyone has any other pictures that would be willing to contribute to this photo album, please email me or post a link here. Thanks!...

Corrupting holidays »

Merry Christmas everyone. Many years ago, I stopped sending Christmas cards. Last year, I stopped sending out traditional Japanese New Years cards and sent email instead. This year, I'm going to stop sending email greetings as well. I hate to be a scrooge, but firing up my bulk mailer, importing my address book and spewing forth my seasons greetings feels way too much like spam. Thanks to my birthday script, I have a way to spread greetings to my friends across the whole year instead of having to pack it all into one day. (By the way, if I don't...

See you at ETech »

I'll be at the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference February 9-12 in San Diego. It looks like I'll be doing a session with Ethan Zuckerman on the Emergent Democracy Forum day February 9th and a session with danah, Mimi, Howard, Scott and others on the 10th about mobility, identity and culture. Hope to see you there. The panel members are not "final-final" so they are not on the web yet. I'll post the description of the sessions and the final-final members here when we get everything confirmed....

The "die puny humans" facet of Joi Ito »

Warren Ellis, author of Transmetropoitan and "die puny humans", asked some of us to do something for his blog on thinking about the coming year. I took the opportunity to expose the "die puny humans" facet of my identity. It's a slightly different persona than the one I use here so it was fun to write. Warren's got quite an interesting roundup of people....

Yo Marc! »

Actually, I guess the technical term is, "yo duuuude."Marc CanterWell maybe those days are over, but there's one thing for sure - Joi will have a drink - again.  Maybe on New Year's Eve - maybe 20 years from now - but once an addict, always an addict.  I mean that in a nice way. We can try and intellectualize our way out of our problems, manipulating our actions and behavior to suit our health - mental, physcial or economic - but you'll always go back to being - just you. I would beg to differ on this point Marc. Since...

So long San Francisco »

I'll be leaving for a few hours to return to Japan. This trip was an abnormally long trip for me (over 1 week). Almost enough time for me to adjust to the time zone. Met a lot of people, but not everyone I had hoped to meet. Apologizes to those who I missed this time around....

Barlow blog »

John Perry Barlow has started a blog!

John Dvorak and Chris Prilillo's new book »

John C. Dvorak and his new bookRounded up some of the the local capital "J" journalists last night and had an interesting dinner. Mostly we just played with gadgets talked politics, but it's always fun to hear journalists talk shop."Oh, what are you working on these days." "I'm working on a few scoops." "Oh! Like what?" ;-)Reminds me of sitting next to Dave Weinberger at a conference where we kept looking over each other's shoulders when we were blogging.John Dvorak dropped in briefly to plug his new book.

Drinking update... »

I haven't had a drink since I quit drinking. It may just be the novelty, but I'm enjoying myself greatly. I slept 10 hours last night (the most I can remember sleeping in years), I feel great and interestingly I don't feel and physiological withdrawals. I have the momentary, "boy, I need a drink" at the beginning of dinner, but once I get over that, I seem to be fine. Maybe it's that I'm surrounded by interesting people. Also, I realize that I can now work productively after dinner and my conversations during dinner are lucid and more intelligent. Anyway, I know that the "when you least expect it, expect it" rule applies here, but I think I'm off to a good start thanks to all of your support. Thanks everyone.PS If anyone catches me staring longly at a bottle of wine, feel free to smack me.

rebecca blood and her 10 tips »

Anil introduced me to rebecca blood of rebecca's pocket last night at the CC party. I remember reading rebecca's ten tips for a better weblog when I was starting my blog. They were my guiding principles. If you're starting a blog and are trying to figure out how and what you should write about, I'd start there.Tip #3Know your intended audience. You conduct yourself differently with your friends than you do with professional associates, strangers, customers, or your grandmother. Knowing for whom you are writing will allow you to adopt an appropriate tone.This is the difficult question that many of us deal with because sometimes we end up with unintended audiences or our contexts collapse. danah and I have been discussing this issue a lot in the context of Goffman and managing the facets of your identity.rebecca's ten tips are a good place to start because you'll never be able to manage developing a facet of your identity unless you have enough passion about what you are writing to do it frequently and rigorously enough to make your blog interesting. If you focus on your passion, it's likely you will attract the audience you are looking for. Having said that, sometimes contexts do collapse and you get unintended audiences. This can tend to cause a chilling effect and make it difficult to write freely. If your blog becomes popular, this is inevitable. Having said that, it often adds more rigor and forces you to research more thoroughly before posting, which is a good thing.

Photo Album of Creative Commons Party »

I'd like to put together a photo album on TypePad of last night's Creative Commons party. If you have any photos you wouldn't mind sharing under a CC by-nc-sa license, please send them to me. I will play editor and select photos and add my own captions, but if you have captions, especially names of people in photos, that would be helpful. If you've posted the pictures yourself, please either post links here or trackback.Thanks for all of those who showed up. It was a great party!

Quit drinking »

I've been trying to "cut back" on my drinking, but it doesn't work. I got drunk last night and I regret it. So, I've quit drinking. If you're my friend please be supportive and don't offer me alcohol please.Thank you.

Creative Commons Anniversary Party »

I'm in SF for the Creative Commons board meeting and I'll be at the CC party Sunday. Drop by if you can.PARTY -- You are invited!Why: One Year Anniversary of the Creative Commons tools and licenses.When: Sunday, December 14, 6:00 - 9:00 pm.Where: 111 Minna Gallery, 111 Minna Street, San Francisco, CA. (View Map).What:An address by Lawrence LessigThe sequel to the first Creative Commons animated hit, "Get Creative"Special guestsCC TunesAppetizers & DrinksSpace is limited, so RSVP, please! -- commonsbash@yahoo.comAnd if you are one of my "cool SF friends" you WILL be there.

Thanks Sachi and Nonaka-san for a fun time at J-Wave »

The J-Wave interview was a blast. We must have said "blog" 50 times in 30 minutes. It was especially fun because everyone there were recent blog addicts. We tried very hard to explain it to people who had never blogged before, but I think a few times we probably got a bit hardcore. Anyway, I think if nothing else, we were able to convey our excitement and people will at least try to learn more about blogs. J-Wave is the 3rd largest radio station in Japan and has a lot of reach so I hope we have some impact. We got a lot of email from people during the show.Anyway, thanks Sachi and Nonaka-san!Here's the 32 meg mp3 of the show. (It's in Japanese.)

J-Wave interview tonight »

I'm going to be on the Japanese FM radio station J-Wave tonight talking about blogging. I just got a technorati inbound instant message from my technorati script telling me that I just received a link from Sachiko who will be interviewing me tonight. She blogged about meeting me today. She blogs! How cool is that. Look forward to meeting you!It's from 21:15 on J-Wave if anyone is interested, but if you're reading this, you probably don't need to listen. ;-)

Lunch with Willem Dakota Neuefeind Lessig »

I had lunch with Willem Dakota Neuefeind Lessig and his parents Larry and Bettina. Willem is still three months old but gets around quite a bit. He was visiting Tokyo this week and invited me to lunch with his parents. Apparently Willem and Larry have a game they play where they take turns mimicking and repeating what the other says. One time Larry cheated and repeated the phrase twice instead of one time according to the rules. Willem was very upset by this and questions Larry's understanding of the rule of law.

PC Magazine Editors' Awards »

I feel like a proud dad. Six Apart's Movable Type got 5 stars, TypePad got 4 stars and an Editors' Choice and Socialtext Workspace got an 4 stars and an Editors' Choice in the recent PC Magazine's Editors' Choice Awards.Good work folks!

Bojangles Leary »

I was thinking about Frank joining Tim Leary and my other friends on the other side. I was also thinking about how my new friend Bo entered my life as another one left. Then, I remembered Bojangles Leary. Bojanges, or "Bo" was Timothy Leary's dog (I knew it sounded familiar... I must have associated it sub-conciously.) Bojanges was a really friendly dog that always made me feel at home at Tim's house. Remembering Bojangles reminded me of one of my favorite Bojangles stories.One day when Genesis P-Orridge and his family were staying at Tim's house, a big stretched limo drove up to Tim's house. The driver came to the door and asked for Bojangles Leary. Genesis, said, "Who?" "The dog sir..." The driver was picking up Bojangles to go play with Tony Scott's dog (I can't remember his name). They were good friends and they had a date on the beach. Tim's house was such an amazing mix of sub-culture, Beverly Hills and just about anything else that wandered into Tim's house where the doors were always open... I miss Tim too.

I'm going to miss you Frank... »

Frank Burns, founder of the Meta Network passed away yesterday. MDG Japan, a company I set up to distribute the Meta Network's online conferencing package, Caucus in Japan was the first company I ever started. Frank was one of the first people who believed in me. I was just a crazy teenager, but he treated me like an adult. He took me under his wing. I learned a lot from Frank. He was a great mentor and a great friend. I will miss him dearly, but he will live on in the connections between all of the wonderful people who were inspired by him and continue to inspire each other. So long Frank... See you on the other side.

Puppy »

Our neighbor's dog had puppies and we went over to see them today. We ended up coming home with a puppy. She doesn't have a name yet and she looks really scared and sad. Poor puppy. Anyway, we need to think of a name for her and start her potty training. Yikes!UPDATE: She's relaxing a bit now...

So long Helsinki »

I'm on my way back to Tokyo from Helsinki. It's been a great trip. So long and thanks for all the fish!

Elk, moomin and ice breakers »

From left to right. whiskey rings at Hvitträsk, Elk "Wallenberg" receipe, the childhood home of Tove Jansson, ice breakersAmazing Finnish day yesterday. Started the morning meeting Marko's mom and dad. Then we went to Hvitträsk.MarkoHvitträsk was built 1901–1903, by three architects, Herman Gesellius, Armas Lindgren and Eliel Saarinen. The main building, designed in National Romantic style, built of logs and natural stone, was both a common studio and a home for Eliel Saarinen and Armas Lindgren. Gesellius lived in the courtyard building. The Saarinen home is a museum today, and the courtyard building has a restaurant and a café. Hvitträsk and the garden in English style are surrounded by beautiful nature. Herman Gesellius, Armas Lindgren and Eliel Saarinen were basically three young and really smart architects from Helsinki Polytechnic, graduating just 8 years or so after the first architecture program there. They lead the field of architecture in Finland and paved the way for generations to come. It seems like they were an edgy, hyper-motivated team trying to change the world through their lifestyle. It reminds me of etoy. Everything from the furniture to the clothing was design by the team. One funny thing was the "Whiskey Rings" in the main living/party room. If you had too much whiskey where you couldn't stand on one leg while holding on to a whiskey ring, you had to go to bed.In the evening we went to Keitto Kokka, a famous restaurant in Helsinki. We had a "Game Food Course". We cooked our own wild game meal while being tutored on wild game, cooking and wine. I worked on the Elk. We also had hare and pigeon. It was absolutely amazing and fun. The passion of the chef and the sommelier was also completely contagious. Unfortunately, as the evening went on, my jet lag kicked in an I almost passed out at the end. Apologies to the other guests. ;-)During dinner, Lisa took me out on a short break to see some sites near the restaurant. I got to see the impressive ice breakers, sitting in the harbor waiting to be called out to break lanes in the ice as the ice starts to form in the sea.We also passed the childhood home of Tove Jansson. She is the author of the Moomin series which was my main memory of Finland growing up as a child. I loved to watch Moomin on TV in Japan. Lisa told me that Tove was said to be a lesbian and that she was not allowed to read Moomin growing up as a child. Tove supposedly lived on a loft hanging over the main room that her father had built and wrote about the wild parties that her parents threw that would leave her loft swinging. I didn't know anything about the author of the Moomin series so this connection to a childhood memory was very interesting.Thanks Marko et al!

Meeting Marko's dad »

Read more of Goffman's "The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life" thinking about how I consciously and sub-consciously show or hide facets of my identity depending on the context. Today, Marko introduced me to his mother and father. His father is Martti Ahtisaari, the former President of Finland and a very well known global diplomat famous for his skill in crisis management. I had heard a lot about his father and was looking forward to meeting him in person. As I was taking my morning shower, I was watching myself thinking about what I was going to talk about with him, trying to imagine what things would be interesting and how those things would affect his opinion of me. It was an odd thing. I consciously watched a lot of the things that I do sub-consciously and realized how much I was actually managing and presenting my identity. What might we have in common? Do I want to talk more or listen more? Do I need to impress him? A lot of things were going through my mind.Having said that, the shower rehearsal wasn't really necessary and we had a very comfortable breakfast. I found Mr. Ahtisaari to be a down-to-earth and receptive person with an extremely positive global outlook. I also had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Ahtisaari. I can see where Marko gets that "Mr. Diplomat" style. ;-)

Off to Helsinki »

Off to visit Marko in Helsinki.

Being vicariously giddy on a good day »

Cory just had the best day of his writing career. danah was a "giddy little girl" yesterday. I get vicariously giddy when my friends are giddy on a good day. As Cory points out, his day was the best day "so far". That's key. Wouldn't it suck if you started your life with the best day ever and it kept getting worse? Much better to start with the bad days and have each day get better.Does this mean that people who are born into luxury have a harder time having a good life than someone who starts out below average and ends up developing a great life? I guess it depends on what makes you happy.The mundane parameters of my life (money, attention, health...) are cycling like crazy, but I definitely feel like my life continues to get better. I would say that the primary source of happiness for me is the quality of the human beings I get to spend time with. Although many of my favorite people have passed away, I think I am hanging out with more interesting people today than any other point in my life.So in the spirit of the weird American holiday thank you. All of you.

I hope my cosplay didn't start all of this... »

Andy Baio pointed out that maybe my costume party influenced the cover of the bloggers book. Hmm... What a scary thought. At least that would make Kuri-chan the guy with the poo-poo on his head...

Nokia rocks on »

I'm watching the Nokia Capital Markets broadcast right now. It's a 30 minute break and they are playing what might be classified as "light-metal rock"... very cool/weird. Definitely edgy.

Six Apart Announces First License of its TypePad Personal Weblogging Service to NIFTY, one of Japan's Leading ISP's »

The Trotts shaking hands with the CEO of Nifty, Mr. FurukawaSix Apart Announces First License of its TypePad Personal Weblogging Service to NIFTY, one of Japan's Leading ISP's. Good job!

Six Apart Gathering tomorrow in Tokyo »

Six Apart gathering tomorrow at 3pm. See you there! (Sign up on the Six Apart page.)

Off to Izu to join the Izu Conference »

I'm off to attend the 22nd annual Izu Conference. It's a conference sponsored by IBM with a great deal of history. It's about an equal number of business people, bureaucrats, politicians and academics and has a fairly balanced male/female ratio. It's usually around 50 people. It's basically the same members each year with a few new members added each year. The membership represents people who seemed to be chosen for being clued in, not for being just famous our powerful. I already confirmed that I can blog about stuff we talk about there. This year's topic is what we think of the US. ;-)

Thanks for last night everyone »

Had a fun dinner and drinks list night. Thanks for organizing everything Jacob. Jay has some pictures posted.

Mailbox overflow »

I think it may be due to the press I got this month, but my mailbox has been totally overloaded with a variety requests. I've tried to go back and follow up with people who have sent me email, but I think I've missed a bunch. If you've sent me email about something and haven't received a reply, can you either put yourself in my Public To Do List or continue to ping me? I know this is rude, but not replying is more rude. I try to reply to everything I get, so if you've been ignored, it is accidental. Sorry.

Urging people to vote »

Getting ready to give speech. The guy next to my is Jun Maki who played the producer of the photo shoot in Lost in TranslationTomorrow is the general election for the Japanese parliament's Lower House. Mizuka and I joined the Governor of Nagano, Yasuo Tanaka, Shigeaki Saegusa (the conductor), Jun Maki (the copywriter who appears in Lost in Translation as the producer of the photo shoot), Yoichiro Kawaguchi (computer graphics professor), Hajime Takano (journalist) and many others in a two hour march through Ginza urging people go and vote tomorrow. It was called the senkyo ni ikouzei! movement. Our march was a nonpartisan effort to get people to vote regardless of their politics. We handed out leaflets, waved flags and made speeches on street corners. I made a speech about how most Japanese believe something needs to change yet do not feel they have any impact. I argued that Yasuo Tanaka showed that politicians can cause change and that voters can elect such officials. I stressed that you get the politicians you deserve and that if we wanted a democracy in Japan, people were going to have to vote.It was a hot day, but people were very receptive. It was clear they were happy to see Yasuo Tanaka and unlike the time we were handing out leaflets protesting the National ID, the percentage of people willing to take them from you was much higher.Also, the opposition party of Japan, the Democratic Party of Japan has announced a "shadow cabinet" appointing Yasuo Tanaka the minister in charge of decentralization. Ishihara, the mayor of Tokyo has spoken out against this.Here is a 11.3MB Quicktime Movie of Mizuka and I trying to hand out flyers.

Dinner on the 11th in San Francisco »

I'm in San Francisco from November 11 for 48 hours. I'm free for dinner on the 11th. Sign up on the wiki page if you're interested in getting together. I'm arriving on that day so I may be a bit tired, but I'd be happy to meet up with everyone.Jacob Levy has agreed to help organize it. Thanks Jacob.

Where am I? »

I was just looking at my United Airlines mileage online and realized that I'll hit the 100,000 mile mark with United on this next trip I'm making. Looking at my travel patterns, it seems to be tracking my network that has expanded over the last few years through people I've met online. My body is like a packet that's chasing around the bits.I've also started getting invitations just about every day to parties all over the world. "Just in case you're in the neighborhood." This is really weird. The funny thing is, sometimes I am in the neighborhood. I wake up each morning often not sure what city I'm in or in a mild panic because the city I was in in my dream is not the city I'm in right now.I know many people who travel more than I do, but I'd been pretty grounded for the last few years so this year has been a fresh experience for me. Connectivity like my Danger Sidekick, wifi in airports, IRC, my blog, wiki and all of the other social software stuff has made travel a much more enjoyable experience. I feel like I have friends in every region, I'm rarely lonely, and with IM and IRC, there are always a bunch of friends to hang out with while I wait in airports or take cabs around town. The fingerprinting and possible harassment at the US border is the sand in the vaseline. (And I don't remember where I got that metaphor, but I like it. Someone used it in reference to copy protection I think.)

Fast Company article by Seth Godin on "the posse" »

Seth Godin did an article for Fast Company about how I use my blog and IRC and am adapting my work-style to the social software. His perspective is interesting. I hadn't thought of it as a "virtual organization". I'm also glad he got this part right:Seth GodinIt's important, though, to not think of this as Joi's powerful new network or Joi's group. "Joi Ito is no longer a name, it's a place," he says. He coordinates a collective, one in which he's a member, not the chief.Thanks Seth!

Karatsukunchi »

We went to the Karatsukunchi festival near Fukuoka. We had an great meal including the incredibly rare kue fish. I uploaded some pictures of our meal. There were 14 floats that went past our restaurant. I've uploaded a 2MB mov file.

Congratulations Full Professor AKMA! »

AKMA just got promoted to full professor. Congratulations!Via Joho the Blog

Enjin 01 open college in Saga »

Asaba-san writing tonpa scriptI'm in Saga right now participating in the "Open College in Saga" organized by Enjin 01. Enjin is a non-profit organization that I participated in starting. I have been a bit delinquent in my participation at the board meetings recently, but I'm still a Vice Representative Secretariat Member of this group. It's an organization of diverse cultural figures and we do a variety of activities. We have seminars, we lobby the government on important policy issues and we organize events in different regions. Last year we did an event at Koyasan. This year, we came to Saga prefecture in Kyushuu. A bunch of us "cultural figures" organized panels and asked local citizens to join us in a discussion.I moderated a panel on democracy and Japan. My panel was Mr. Morimoto, a former Defense official, Mr. Hato, a management consultant and Mr. Takano, an independent journalist. I think it was the consensus of the group that Japan was not a democracy in the typical sense but really much more like a socialist country. Mr. Hato said he was always appalled when people blamed schools, the government and other organs of the state for their problems. Mr. Takano talked about a front page article in the left-wing newspaper of 1000 students marching in Tokyo protesting the fact that they can't get jobs. ;-)

The Dalai Lama's dinner speech »

Went to the Dalai Lama dinner speech today. I'm on the supporters board for his visit to Tokyo. This is the second time. I think the first time was more important because he was having difficulty getting into Japan, but this year it was much easier. He's not yet as popular in Japan as he is in the US, but he is gaining greater and greater support in Japan. The dinner guests were quite an interesting cross-section of Japanese business, political, religious, academic and entertainment related society. Just like las time he was very playful and inspiring.Today he told us that he will be visiting Ise Jingu, one of the oldest and most famous Shinto shrines. He will do the sanpai, a Shinto ceremonial visit there. He talked a lot about "Human Values" and "Religious Harmony" and "Emotional Religious Relationship." His visit to and honor of a Shinto shrine is part of this push for religious harmony. He talked about the importance of "Global Responsibility" and the necessity for everyone to realize that we are all physically and mentally the same. "Alright, maybe a BIT different physically," he conceded. But he stressed the importance of understanding the huge similarities rather than on focusing on the differences.At the end, he took questions and answers. A young Japanese man talked about how he was trying to change the world one person at a time and how he hoped Japan would plan in important role in bringing religion and science, East and West together. He asked whether it was OK to make a movie about how the Dalai Lama was reborn in Japan to help lead this movement.The Dalai Lama smiled and said that the Dalai Lama Institution existed only as long as the people of Tibet felt it was necessary. He has a prayer that as long as his soul was active, he would dedicate himself to helping human-kind everywhere. He said that if for some reason the people of Tibet decided that they didn't need a Dalai Lama any longer and he could find suitable parents in Japan, it was quite possible that he would be reborn in Japan to carry on his mission to help human-kind.It was obvious that the security team and the hotel hated that he walked through the crowd instead of leaving from the back exit that they were trying to usher him to, but he worked the crowd. Better than any politician I've ever seen. His hand-shakes were obviously much more sincere than most politicians (I should compare, but the image was similar) and everyone who had shaken his hand was left kind of stunned.One other interesting note was that he talked in Tibetan and there was a translator to Japanese... but when he got excited, he spoke in English. ;-)Monk Matsunaga of Koyasan was at my table so it was fun to talk about how excited I from my visit to Koyasan. Matsunaga-san told me that the Dalai Lama had visited his temple in Koyasan.

Disney Sea photos »

Just posted some photos from Disney Sea.

Photo with John C. Lilly »

When I mentioned on my post about ego-surfing Amazon that I wished I could see more context around where my name showed up in the books, Andy Baio pointed out in the comments that you could click on the page number and see the actual page. (Although RIO points out later that Amazon needs your credit card number before they let you do that.)Anyway, I was looking at the various pages and found this picture taken by Philip Bailey of John C. Lilly with Barbara Lilly, Kazuo and me in The Scientist: A Metaphysical Autobiography by John Lilly. I'm sporting Anarchic Adjustment threads which were hip at the time and I was helping to distribute in Japan. If I remember correctly, they were having a conference about John C. Lilly's work in Tokyo. I remember lots of academics talking on and on about John Lilly and his work. When John was asked to make a comment at the end, he said, "you all know much more about me than I can remember so I don't have much to add. My forgetery is much bigger than my memory." I remember thinking that was very funny. John Lilly was a very smart and very funny man. I miss him.It's kind of strange thinking about the path that this photo has taken. I remember Philip taking it, I think I remember seeing a print. Then it got published, printed, scanned, searched, downloaded and now blogged. I assume the copyright holder is Philip Bailey and I assume he doesn't mind me posting this.PS: Philip, I can't seem to find your email address or your web page. If you see this, can you email me?

Ego-surfing on Amazon search inside the book »

You've all probably read by now, but Amazon has added a feature that allows you to search the full text of over 120,000 books. Totally amazing. Now tell the truth everyone (so I don't look totally vain), how many of you have ego-surfed Amazon already? I searched for "joichi ito" and "joi ito". I got 8 results for "joichi ito" and 1 for "joi ito". The weird thing is that other than Timothy Leary's book and John C. Lilly's book, I have never heard of any of the other books. Also, the few books that I do know I'm mentioned in did now show up. I wonder if they are scanning books that don't sell well first. ;-) I DID find out that I have the honor of being in a "For Dummies" book.Excerpt from page 170 of Digital Aboriginal . . . voice to the radicals. Japanese information pioneer and digital artist Joichi Ito tells a great story about the CIA." An operative told . . . How can I NOT buy this book to find out what they said about me. Ack!

Welcome back Pete... We missed you »

Welcome back Pete... We missed you.

Governor Domoto's visit »

Governor Domoto greeting some of my neighborsGovernor Domoto visited our house after her lecture at the new health hall opening in Inba. We told the neighbors that she would be visiting and that they were welcome to come and meet her. Many of the neighbors brought vegetables and other gifts. They seemed genuinely pleased to meet her. We took a group photo and Governor Domoto told them that I was a good friend of hers and asked them to be nice to me. I OWE you Domoto-san. Thank you. ;-)Domoto-san loved the house. She explored every little bit and said it was perfect. The neighbors explained that they had all contributed their best pine trees to the house and that the house was very important to the community. I promised everyone that we would fix the place up (No one has lived here for over a year and it needs a lot of work.), and I promised to invite Domoto-san back when we have it all done. Pressure... Pressure...

Rubbing shoulders with Timothy Leary »

Dave WinerThe piece says he rubs shoulders with Timothy Leary . Ooops. Did I read that correctly? Leary died in 1996 and if he's rubbing shoulders at all it's with the fishes. Actually, Tim lives on in cyberspace and I rub shoulders with him there. ;-)UPDATE: Metroactive article about Tim living on in cyberspace. Thanks for the link Bill!PS: Special thanks to Chris and everyone at leary.com for keeping Tim and his site alive.

i'm a node »

Wired just ran an article casting me as "The Tokyo Node". Clay is "The Tech Node" and Linda Stone is "The Valley Node". I'd say that's pretty good company. It says we secretly run the world. It's not true. Really.A few clarifications... I didn't "head" the "Blueprint for Japan 2020" this year but was just a rather big node in a team and I wouldn't call Creative Commons a "digital archive and copyleft think tank". Also, it was Tony Kobayashi who took me to the Trilateral Commission Annual Meeting to repeat my Davos Japan dinner rant later that year although Idei-san invited me to the Sony Open Forum to rant on.Anyway... details details... Thanks for the nice write-up Jeff.UPDATE: I was first mentioned in Wired in an article in Wired 1.03 about MUDs in 1993 by Howard Rheingold.

Governor Domoto's going to drop by - must clean house »

I emailed Governor Domoto yesterday to let her know I moved in and became a Chiba resident. She emailed me back and said she was going to be in the neighborhood and would drop by our new house the day after tomorrow. Yikes! Nothing like a little pressure to unpack and clean up the house. I wonder what the protocol is with the neighborhood. This is like some kind of Japanese protocol adventure game...

New neighborhood »

Yesterday Mizuka and I went to visit our new neighbors bearing simple gifts. Our house is in the center of the village and was owned by the head family of the village until they had financial trouble and had to sell to our previous owners. Almost all of my neighbors are spin-off families of the same household. It's quite a small, tight community. It appears that we have have to join the community. This means semi-annual drinking feasts with the neighbors, help with funerals and weddings and a lot of socializing. Since all of the neighbors have the same last name, they are all called by their role in the community or their job. Everyone seems to know what everyone else is doing and there really isn't any privacy. On the other hand, everyone seems to look out for each other and are always available to help. No one locks their doors and there are eyes everywhere.One of the women we met was the widow of the man who built our house and cried when she talked about how much effort was made by him and the community in building our house. There seems to be a great deal of history that we're stepping into and Mizuka and I have to be very sensitive not to screw up our entry into this community.It's quite a shift from the anonymous existence one leads in Tokyo, but it feels like a microcosm of the rather closed community culture of Japan. Comfortable if you conform, but quite difficult if you don't...

Mori Art Museum »

A few days ago, I asked Nanjo-san if he could give a few of us a special tour of the new Mori Art Museum before it opens this Friday. Lisa has some notes and photos on her new blog. This Art Museum will be largest in Japan. It's quite amazing what they've done and what they plan to do. Look forward to visiting often.

Life among the insects »

Last night was my first night in our new home in the countryside. We have well water and no city water. We have a septic tank and no sewage. We have a propane tank for energy (hope to replace soon with solar). I do have ADSL and wifi though. ;-)This morning I woke up to the sound of song birds and insects. In fact, the sound of insects is non-stop. There are lots and lots of bugs. There are huge spiders and things jumping and crawling all over our lawn. This morning Mizuka pointed out a preying mantis. She said there were two of them hanging around until yesterday. I found the remains of papa Mantis on the floor. It's probably time for Mrs. Mantis to lay her eggs. Next year we will have a zillion baby Mantis's around.I used to love insects (at least most insects), but I had grown used to not seeing too many of them in Tokyo. I'm going to have to get used to this total insect immersion. On the other hand, it is so quiet here, I slept better last night than I have in months.

Earthquake Again »

We just had another earthquake. I'm glad I'm in my new house in Chiba surrounded by big trees and a bamboo forest. Researchers in Japan says that Tokyo is overdue for THE BIG ONE soon. Kevin Marks says it's all powerlaws and they're not periodic. You can keep your powerlaws. I'm glad I moved out of Tokyo. I'll wait until it's flattened again before I move back.

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.

Homeland Security at the border »

DanTurned Away at BorderThe love story of Trevor Hughes and his fiancee began in an elementary school in the Himalayan foothills. They were "global nomads." He was a diplomat's son. She the daughter of missionaries. They lived in Asia, attended school together, fell in love and want to get married in June. But when Hughes' fiancee, a German national, tried to visit him on a six-month tourist visa Monday, she was detained in Atlanta, handcuffed, jailed--even stripped of her diamond engagement ring. Then, after 20 hours without food, she was put on a plane and shipped back to Stuttgart. Horrible story. I was also harassed at the border this time, much worse than I've ever been. I have a zillion stamps in my passport and it's obvious that I travel frequently to the US, but the questions were quite relentless. The Homeland Security officer was really tough on everyone and when it was turn for the Japanese woman in front of me to go up, she was so frightened, she was shaking and couldn't even speak. He kept asking her name and she opened her mouth and nothing came out. I haven't seen anyone so scared.Anyway, for anyone traveling to the US... It's TOTALLY different now. I may have just hit a particularly tough guy, but the mood is totally different now. The questions are totally different now. Be prepared to explain everything about your trip, your history, your nationality and your job in great detail. My guy this trip didn't know what a venture capitalist was so I had to explain that too...I think I'm going to start cutting back my travel to the US. I definitely don't want to end up in some jail with no food for 20 hours... The US might as well put up a sign saying, "your trip may be randomly terminated for security purposes..."via Boing Boing

I'm back in Tokyo »

Spent the weekend in Kyoto "offline" with Loic and a few other friends. I decided to focus on the logistics and not spend time trying to blog. Loic's got some stuff on his site about the trip. I've got a bunch of stuff that I need to blog from my trip in DC, etc. Hope to get it all up here in the next day or so.

Off to Kyoto »

I'm on my way to Kyoto.See ya later USA... and thanks for all the fish.

ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US »

Last year, I saw Liz Lawley link to an Apron with an Apple Base Station that said "All Your Base Station Are Belong To Us." I thought it was really funny and bought one for my sister. Ever since then, I've seen references to, and have used myself on occasion, this funny grammatically flawed assertion.Last night, Rojisan asked me if I knew where this phrase came from. I didn't. He told me that it came from a mistranslation in a Japanese video game. ??? This morning I saw a link on RageBoy's page to an ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US flash animation. (My first exposure to the images from the actual video game.) A quick Google produced a Wired News article explaining that the game is called Zero Wing from 1989 for the Sega Genesis."I'm obviously the dorky kid coming late to the party."

On CNN yesterday »

With all of the Schwarzenegger coverage on CNN yesterday, the only good news was the great Mena and Ben interview. Congrats on the launch and the coverage!

Welcome back Larry »

Welcome back Larry. We missed you!And nice to meet you, Willem.

Bloggercon was fun »

Bloggercon was fun. It was great meeting so many of the bloggers I read and finding them just as interesting in person as I could ever have hoped. I'm not going to make a list of people who I met because I'm going to forget to mention someone if I try. If this were Japan, I would have a business card from everyone I met and could easily make a list. I wonder why the business card thing hasn't become more ubiquitous in the West...Anyway, thanks Dave and everyone else who made bloggercon possible.

Stealth Disco'ed by Halley »

During my session at Bloggercon, I got Stealth Disco'ed by Halley Suitt.Via AKMAWho took the video?

Meet on IRC at 1:30pm Eastern Time for session on community »

I will be facilitating a session today on community at Bloggercon at 1:30pm. I'll be on IRC so drop by if you're free. Some talking notes here.UPDATE: Thanks for everyone that dropped in. It was a lot of fun. Special thanks to Kevin Marks for the tech and other support. Picture on Bloggercon page.

Off to Boston »

Off to Boston for Bloggercon. I'll be there until Wed. My sidekick will be AIM enabled. Ping me at joichiito on AIM if you want to hook up. I'll be p-timing.

AKMA's hernia operation »

Reading about AKMA's hernia operation reminds me of my own hernia operation. My scar stings with the memory like Harry Potter's scar. This also reminds me of my tonsillectomy. I remember after the operation thinking, "this hurts WAY to much for it to be worth it. Note to self: remember how much this hurts." The funny thing is, I don't remember how much it hurt. My theory about anesthesia is that it's probably just as much about making you forget your pain as it is about making you not feel it. Would you choose to have more pain, but not remember it, or choose less pain but perpetual memory of it? I guess most people would choose no pain... ;-p Which reminds me of the Jack Handy quote, "I'd rather be rich than stupid." Enough associative memory fun...I hope you feel better AKMA. I'm still going to SD you. Actually, looking forward to SD'ing everyone this weekend in Boston. muahahaha!

Off to Kyoto »

I'm off to Kyoto for the day to give a talk on Emergent Democracy. I think the audience is mostly professors and it's a 40 minute talk with 50 minutes of Q&A. Pretty long Q&A. It should be fun, but I'm sure I'm going to be ripped to shreds. ;-)There are some other interesting speakers. If I have wireless access, I'll be on IRC and will try to post the interesting thoughts.UPDATE: My wireless card works so I'm going to drop into IRC sometime between 0430 and 0510 GMT/UTC to give a demo...

Strong quake hits northern Japan »

BBCStrong quake hits northern Japan A strong earthquake has struck the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, according to reports. The quake, which hit at about 0450 local time on Friday (1940GMT Thursday), was also felt in central Hidaka and eastern Tokatsu, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, according to Kyodo news agency..I was blogging when this happened. The glass rattled a bit, but I guess we were pretty far away from the epicenter. I went up stairs just in case to wake up Mizuka.Tokyo is widely acknowledged to be overdue for another "big one" soon. Recently an astronomer reported that a quake of magnitude 7 was going to hit Tokyo soon. The last big quake in the Kanto region was in 1923 and killed more than 120,000 people. This was also the quake where the Japanese army spread rumors that the Koreans had poisoned the wells and hundreds of Koreans were lynched. (I've visited their graves.)I definitely don't want to be in Tokyo for the next big one and I'm glad I'm moving to Chiba where there are fewer earthquakes and will be living in a house surrounded by bamboo forests which make ground splits quite difficult.The other interesting thing to note is that Jason D's comment on my blog was what got me to get my face out of my blogging and realize that it was actually a bigger earthquake up north and not a small one here. It's funny that someone in LA is feeding me news about Japan on my blog. ;-)

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...

Yoichi Funabashi »

Right on Gen. Rock on Funabashi-san. I met Yoichi Funabashi back in May 2000. He was getting started on the "make English Japan's second language" thing, which I was obviously extremely supportive of. ;-)Yoichi Funabashi's a smart, balanced guy we should listen to who can speak/write in English. We should get this man a blog...

Going home »

I have 2 more meetings and I'm on my way back to Tokyo. It's been a hectic trip but a fun trip, but I'm glad to be headed home. In the last 2 weeks I've been to Geneva, Menorca, Barcelona, Boston, Wood Holes, New York, Detroit and San Francisco. I feel like a blog salesman. I remember walking through LaGuardia airport and not being able to remember what city I was in. It reminded me of some scene in some movie, but I can't remember the movie.Thanks to everyone who helped make my trip a great one and apologizes to people I missed on this trip. See you all the next time around.

BlogPulse Key People »

BlogPulse Key People [BETA] - Automated Trend Discovery for Weblogs, Via Noah Glass.Ego fed. Rocking on... ;-)

Six Apart meetup location has changed »

We're going to be meeting at Push Café instead of Madison Square Park today because it looks like it's going to rain. Still from 2pm-4pm. See you there.

Ryuichi Sakamoto »

Ryuichi SakamotoWent to Ryuichi Sakamoto's place yesterday. I don't get to see him very often since he moved from Tokyo back to New York. Ryuichi is one of my favorite musician/activists and is a great inspiration to me. He's very smart and is called kyoju (professor in Japanese) by his friends and is always thinking and studying. He's an outspoken anti-war activist and an environmentalist. I met Ryu Murakami through Ryuichi. Ryuichi was also responsible for getting me involved with the effort to invite the Dalai Lama to Japan. (They are good friends.)The last time I saw him, we were both using Windows machines and this time we both had 15" Powerbooks. I showed off TraktorDJStudio and gave my blogging spiel. Ryuichi has a cool web page and is on a blog called codeblog but I tried to convince him to dive into it himself and get the full blown blogging community experience. I walked him through the tools and my favorite sites. Ryuichi sends out emails to a list several times a week with his thoughts on the environment and war and I think that having a strong voice in the blog space would be really cool for him.I also got to see Sora-san and Neo again. The last time I saw Neo, he was still a little kid. It made me feel old seeing him so big. ;-)

Proximity blogging »

I was sitting next to Cory yesterday. Today I'm sitting next to David Weinberger. When I sit next to someone, I sit around and read their blog, inevitably leading to finding something interesting on the blog that I need to blog about. Obvious, but interesting on this warm, balmy day.

Eternal Flame »

David WeinbergerI hereby name AKMA the executor of my site. When I die, my heirs will pay all reasonable expenses (up to $30/year) to keep my site publicly available as well as a small stipend to AKMA to prune the hedges and scrub the grafitti off every now and then.I hereby declare the same.AKMA, maybe you should start a business...

State Department warning on "increased indications" of attacks today »

CNNBREAKING NEWSState Department warns of "increased indications" that al Qaeda is preparing attacks on U.S. interests to coincide with 9/11 anniversary. Details soon. Ahh... OK. What do I? Run away?Thanks for the link GabeUPDATE: More details on State Department warning on CNN.

Dialog with Christopher Lydon »

Christopher Lydon and I had a discussion this morning. He's posted the audio file on his blog. Chris and I totally "clicked".Chris is originally a radio talk show host on public radio who moved to the Internet. I'm honored to be on his interviewee roll. He's a great example of audio blogging and is pushing the envelop. It's great seeing more and more professionals like Chris embracing the medium.I'd originally heard about Chris from Dave, and he's as cool as advertised. Check out his site. He's putting a voice behind a lot of the bloggers which adds another dimension to our identities online.UPDATE: I asked Chris to talk the radio show he used to have on NPRChristopher LydonMary McGrath and I made a little radio miracle. We called it The Connection and public stations in 75 American cities picked it up. It was two hours every day of ridiculously energetic call-in conversation about everything--starting with politics, books, poetry, music, philosophy, fantasy, humor. We had a short-story writing context, and a haiku contest. Toni Morrison, Yo-Yo Ma, Norman Mailer, Salman Rushdie, Yevtushenko, Seamus Heaney, Seiji Ozawa, Bill Clinton imitators, E. O. Wilson--you name them; the most interesting people in American life made our show their gymasium, and loved it. Somebody said: you treat your guests like callers and your callers like guests. When NPR came around to syndicate the show two years ago, we told the producing station we wanted a stake. The station signed the NPR deal without mention of us, then threw us out of the building. It was ugly, a custody fight, really, over a child we'd raised to glory together. They cut the baby in half. Mary and I will make another miracle yet.

Recursion »

Gary Turner moblogged Halley's comment about my moblogging.

Happy Birthday Willem Dakota Neuefeind Lessig! »

Happy Birthday Willem Dakota Neuefeind Lessig!

H-Bomb architect Edward Teller dies »

Boing Boing BlogThe Hungarian immigrant known as the "father of the H-bomb" died at his home on the Stanford University campus in California Tuesday. Link I remember interviewing Edward Teller for a high school paper that I was writing about the A-Bomb. I remember my teacher not believing that I had actually interviewed him. We knew him because he was a good friend of the company that my parents and later I worked for, ECD. He had written a book about atomic power which was ready to go to print. He heard about the solar technology we were working on at ECD. He had discounted solar energy in the book, but he came to visit ECD to make sure he was right. After we convinced him that we were further ahead in solar technology than he thought, he stopped the press and changed his comments in his book. His integrity with respect to scientific facts was very impressive, even if I didn't agree with his politics.I also had the opportunity to talk to him several times over the years and found him to be a very curious, neotenous, genius who had made a choice to build the H-Bomb based on his fear of the Russians based on his experience. I will miss him.

Bill Joy leaves Sun »

Boing Boing BlogSun Microsystems chief scientist Bill Joy said yesterday he is leaving the company. LinkHoly Shit!I had just talked to Bill about his job when I saw him in Aspen...note to self: call Bill and ask him what he's doing next

Crashed the Bloggercon meeting at the Berkman Center »

After drinks with Tom and Halley, I crashed the Bloggercon meeting that Halley was going to at the Berkman Center. Dave and his team were putting the final touches onto the program which looked pretty cool. I agreed to participate in a session about managing a community on Day 2 which is free. I don't see it on the page yet, so maybe it's not decided.I had imagined the Berkman Center as a big huge building, but it was actually a small nifty house. Dave Winer, Jim Moore and Christopher Lydon were there with a bunch of other cool people. It was nice seeing Dave and Jim again and It was cool meeting Chris for the first time. I'd heard about Chris from Dave and we decided to do an interview the next day.Andrew McLaughlin a fellow GLT was also there who had just been talking to Ethan, who I had just met in Geneva and had just blogged about. Small world... Anyway. You had to be there....

Pictures from Menorca »

Just posted some pictures from my trip to Menorca. It was a "retreat" after the GLT summit for the lucky few of us who decided to accept Martin's gracious offer to join him at his farm on Menorca. Thanks again for your hospitality Martin and thanks to everyone else for the stimulating conversation.

Off to Boston »

I'm in the Barcelona airport now. I'm sorry I haven't blogged anything substantive recently. I'm on my way to Boston. I'll try to think of something interesting on the plane.See you tomorrow!

Going to Menorca »

I'll be leaving in a bit to go to a retreat on Menorca where I don't think I will have access to the Net. I'll hopefully be back online in Barcelona on Monday. See you then...

Be there or be square, blogmob in Madison Square Park »

MenaGathering at Madison Square Park As part of our first trip to New York City, we are inviting everyone to join us in Madison Square Park, right near the Flatiron Building in Manhattan, on Saturday September 13th from 2pm to 4pm. Of course, it being New York City, Anil will be there, and our good friend and partner Joi Ito has promised to show up as well.

World Economic Forum Global Leaders for Tomorrow Annual Summit 2003 »

Today is the third and final day of the World Economic Forum Global Leaders for Tomorrow Annual Summit. This is one of my favorite events of the year and this year is the best one so far. This annual summit is a meeting dedicated to the GLT's. The GLT's are 100 people under the age of 37 from all over the world in a variety of fields who are chosen by the Forum every year. They are invited to the annual meeting in Davos, but also to this special summit in Geneva in the fall. Davos is pretty hectic and the staff are very busy with the main program so it a bit difficult to focus. This annual summit is great because the only the GLT's are here and the participants are the active members of the last 5 "classes" of GLT's. It's a great way to meet a huge variety of really interesting people you'd never get a chance to meet. Also, since you get back together every year for 5 years, you get to build a fairly special relationship with some of the other members.The sessions so far have been great. I attended a workshop on wisdom and one on creativity. I'll blog about them in a few minutes.Today, we're going to spend the morning with the Social Entrepreneurs. They chose eleven social entrepreneurs for 2004. "The eleven were chosen as outstanding examples of people who have identified practical solutions to social problems by combining innovation, resourcefulness and opportunity. Whether their organizations are constituted as ‘for profit’ or ‘not-for-profit’, their primary goal is social value creation."I know all of this sounds a bit "exclusive" and I guess it is. However, It's amazingly valuable to me and I think potentially a very good thing. Building ties with people in Africa, the Middle East, South Asia. I come away feeling personally responsible for issues that I never thought concerned me. When Bill Clinton talked about poverty, Africa and the Middle East in his speech, it was impressive, but when you realize you have friends there who are working, struggling, fighting, the issues become much "closer to home."

Traveling »

I'm off to Geneva today to attend the World Economic Forum Global Leaders for Tomorrow Annual Summit. After that, I'm off to Menorca for a retreat, then off to a Boston via Barcelona. One night in Boston and off to another retreat nearby. I'm dropping by New York for the weekend and off to ECD in Michigan. Two nights in Michigan and off to SF for 24 hours and back here again. I feel like a UUCP email message. Apologies in advance to people I will be missing this trip. It's a pretty hectic trip and I'm already tired just looking at my schedule which is nicely booked in 1-2 hour meetings for the whole trip without a single party...I hope to make a more leisurely trip to the US with more party time soon.

SpamAssassin's in my way... »

Two of my emails to ado got blocked by SpamAssassin today. According to him SpamAssassin message, my server was an open relay. I asked about this on #joiito and crysflame pointed to an article that explains that Osirusoft which Spam Assassin uses to check for open relays is broken. "Apparently, after having been DDOS'ed, the Osirusoft people have 'given up the ghost' and are now returning back every IP as a spam source when queried!"So if you want to get mail from me, please reconfigure SpamAssassin as explained on the use PERL; site.UPDATE: µthe inquirer has an article about this.

Off to Beppu for the HyperNetwork Conference 2003 »

I'm off to Beppu for the HyperNetwork conference. Had dinner with Howard who's also going to be speaking. I will be co-moderating a panel on Blogging. I'll try to be on IRC during the conference. See you there.

Infrastructure melting down in US today? »

Just a few minutes ago, I was on my vonage IP phone in my house in Tokyo sipping coffee in my air-conditioned living room listening to the birds outside. I called a friend in Virginia on his cell phone. It rang and dropped. He called me back on a land line. The Verison cell tower just went out in his area. As we were talking, his power went out. He had to switch to a phone that didn't use power. While we were talking, he did a clean shut-down of his computer and his UPS and went outside to see why his diesel backup generator didn't kick in. Then he went and started pulling out all of the oil lamps that he had just put away.What's going on over there guys? Maybe the power companies and carriers should just step aside and let some new people run the critical infrastructure...Although I can't say Japan is necessarily better, my phone still works and my air-conditioning is still working. ;-)

May you rest in peace mazeone »

Mike Lea aka mazeone on #joiito took his own life on Friday. He worked at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. He recently started hanging out on #joiito and was a pretty active participant in our community. I think he spent more time on #unixpunx. The #unixpunx site says that Vixnix talked to his sister who said to pass this on:Mike's sisterI wish I could tell you differently, but it is true. He has been very depressed for such a long time. I went down there and stayed with him last weekend and he was just miserable. He did it this past Friday night. He was ready to go. And he's at peace now. I wish I knew what to say. I know you all will miss him, and I know that his irc friends meant a lot to him and he enjoyed talking with you all. He kept trying to get me to go on and meet all the people he enjoyed so much. I'm so glad you all were there for him. I wish it wasn't true either. Feel free to forward this to his irc friends and know that my heart is with you all in missing his wit and him.mazeone, may you rest in peace...Mike's web pageInformation about his memorial services

Kevin Marks leaves Apple »

Kevin Marks blogs "How I emailed myself into a job and blogged my way out of it". I was trying to figure out whether I should write something objective and refer to my strength of weak ties post, but I'm not going to.Kevin Marks, of MediAgora fame and a regular in #joiito is one of the most helpful and interesting people I've met recently. A lot of his job involved compiling huge pieces of code on slow machines so he would hang out and help people on #joiito. I feel a bit guilty because I think people on #joiito were a bit demanding of his time, myself included. I remember asking him to take care of my nephew and niece over iChat at 4 am in California while I did some cooking.Anyway, I think this is a great loss to Apple, but may end up being a good thing for Kevin, MediAgora and the social software space. I am obviously talking to Kevin about "his next thing" but I encourage people who are looking for partners and are interested in someone who understands streaming media, alternative music distribution theories and social software to talk to Kevin. Now is your chance. (And if you come of with something cool to do, talk to me before you talk to any other venture capitalists. ;-) )

Governor Masuda of Iwate »

Today I went to see Governor Masuda of Iwate. Iwate is physically the largest prefecture in Japan. Iwate is also my "home town" where my mother's side of the family is buried. Our family house is there, the schools that my great grandmother and grandmother built, and our grave. I *think* we've been at the same grave for 14 generations. (I have to fact check this. I know it is between 14-17 generations.) The last time I visited my grave was to pour my mother's ashes into the grave. We pour the ashes on top of the ashes of our ancestors. You can see the hundreds of years of ashes when you move the stone. The generations of people buried under the stone are etched in the stone side by side. Looking at all of the names on the stones sort of puts my life into perspective. A blip in a lineage of rather interesting people.After our family property was parceled out to the locals during the Meiji Restoration, our money poured into the war effort in WWII and our heirlooms "confiscated" by the occupation, our family became a "normal" family and the city erected a little stone plaque in front of our house saying, "the former Ito residence." As an Ito who still owns the house, that's a bit disturbing. All that remains are the schools that my feminist great grandmother started building. She build one of the first trade schools for women during the war and my grandmother built a nurse school. My uncle reminded me that I must some day take over the school. I decided it was time to meet the Governor.Luckily, we have many mutual friends and Professor Takemura made an introduction. I visited the Governor today. I talked about Creative Commons, the Internet Archives and the Bookmobile. I explained that Professor Takemura and I have been trying to get support from some local governments and libraries to try to sponsor an effort in Japan. We talked a lot about the future of local governments.Governor Masuda was sharp, motivated and obviously on top of things. He is also a good friend of Governor Domoto of Chiba, who I know well. After meeting Governor Domoto of Chiba, Governor Tanaka of Nagano and Governor Masuda of Iwate, I think that the Governors of the strong provinces in Japan should start taking more control from the central government. I realize there is still a lot of reform required to allow the local governments to take more control. They need to become more financially self-sufficient. From a political perspective, the Governors are so much more accountable and representative of the people that it's a pity they don't have more resources...PS 6 hours in the train to go to a 45 minute meeting scheduled 3 months ago is UBER M-Time... ;-)

"Safe and sound, at last -- IRC and IM play a role" »

David Beckemeyer aka twostop, creator of the first hecklebot and regular on #joiito blogs the story of how his 12 year old arrived in JFK during the blackout and how the Net helped him coordinate the night's events.

Power out, but the Net still works »

I'm sure everyone's already seen this, but I just woke up (6am here) to call a journalist in New York for an interview. He told me that there had been a blackout and he was walking from Manhattan to Brooklyn in flip-flops. He asked me to look on the web and tell him if there was any more news about whether it was a terrorist attack. I told him that it appears, according to CNN.com, that the affected area is wider than just New York, but that it was not a terrorist attack. We agreed to try to talk tomorrow.I was in Tokyo in my underwear on a Vonage IP phone, reading news from the web to a journalist in New York on a cell phone. Rah rah Internet!UPDATE: Joshua on #joiito is logged in from his office in Times Square. His building has backup power. Amazingly, the Internet seems mostly unaffected. It looks like data centers are starting to go down...UPDATE 2: Just talked to the reporter, Jeff, who said that he had this conversation numerous times yesterday: "It wasn't a terrorist attack." "Why do you know?" "I was talking to someone in Tokyo." ;-)

Google Japan in new digs »

In other "search news"...Heard a rumor that Google Japan has moved into new digs in the posh Cerulian Tower with a Segway, massage chair, pool table, a lava lamp and everything. Congrats to all of the Infoseek Japan alum working at Google Japan. You've reached, "search nirvana". I'm a bit envious. ;-)

On CNN Today »

I heard my interview/talking head was just on CNN. Does anyone know where I can see it. ;-)Thanks Gerfried!

Happy Birthday Xeni, Jason and Reid! »

I love my birthday roll. Because of my birthday bot, I know that today is Xeni, Jason and Reid's birthday. Imagine that. Three of my favorite people have the same birthday! I also love my birthday roll, because I can send personal email to people on their birthdays and spread my "pings" over the year instead of writing hundreds of Christmas cards. I should dump holiday gifts and cards all together and switch to birthdays.

Posted pictures from SF »

I'm in SF for a brief visit. Posting pictures on TypePad photo album.

Seth and the purple polar bear »

I met Seth in Aspen. He's a "keeper". It turns out that he's a good friend of Halley's. I could have guessed.During the marketing discussion in Aspen, Seth was one of the few people who I thought really "got it".He has a thread on his blog about the purple polar bear that "increased visitor numbers to the zoo by 50%."Some people argued that it was a hoax, then Seth dug in and is now convinced that it is true. He says he doesn't want anymore email about it. ;-)Where's Halley's blog?!?

More photos from Aspen »

I just uploaded more photos to the TypePad photo album. The great thing about digital cameras and blogs being one of the things I love to talk about is that I can take pictures as part of my conversation. ;-)

Self Introductions »

Today we went around the room and everyone got up and said their name, title and affiliation. I was Joi Ito, CEO, Neoteny, Japan. The coolest was, "I am Noor Al Hussein, Queen." ;-)

Bill Clinton's Speech »

Unfortunately, Bill Clinton's discussion was "off the record" so I can't blog it, but it was the most intelligent, moving and inspirational presentation I've ever heard. I almost cried afterwards. He's absolutely amazing.PS : I took notes so if anyone is interested, iChat me. ;-)

Photos from Aspen »

Just posted some photos from Aspen. Will post more later.

Arrived in Aspen »

I DID NOT know that. That's amazing. ;-p Picture taken in Denver airportJust arrived in Aspen. The day of silence was interesting. It accidentally coincided with the Blogathon, making me an anti-blogathon. oops.I had to say a few things navigating the airports and other people talking was distracting, but sitting in the plane not watching movies, reading or doing anything except thinking and staring out the window was interesting. What was the most interesting was that after the initial discomfort, I wasn't bored and started exploring a very nostalgic space in my head. The scenery outside the window and the clouds were actually really interesting.I spent the first hour or so thinking about how I was going to blog this or that thought, then I decided not to think about blogging or really think about anything particular. I tried to just "hang out with myself." Anyway, it was a lot of fun and I should do it more often. A few things to remember next time. Don't drink and eat a lot before the "day of silence". I spent the first half of the day getting my head clear. Although the plane was a good place to be quiet, I would have liked to walk around in the woods or something. Even if you are silent, noisy people around you are distracting.Anyway, I arrived quietly in Aspen and saw a fox run across the airport parking lot. That was cool. Then I felt dizzy and realized that Aspen is at 8000 feet and that I felt dizzy last year too. Anyway, the conference will start this evening. I hope that have wifi at the Aspen Institute so you can all be there with me. ;-)

Mail problems »

Having some mail problems. If you sent email in the last few hours, please send again. I am now forwarding to a variety of mailboxes so even if you get a bounce, it's likely I'll be getting it in one of my other mailboxes. I'll let you know when it's all working again.

Off to Aspen to attend FORTUNE/Aspen Institute's Brainstorm 2003 »

I can't believe it's been a year since I went to Brainstorm 2002. Brainstorm 2002 was one of the best conferences I went to last year. Brainstorms is a conference where the editors of Fortune Magazine invite 100+ people to discuss a variety of issues. I think that the 100-150 number is a very special number for conferences. It's just the right size to get a great deal of diversity, but also be small enough to allow people to get to know each other. This year, Fortune is holding the conference jointly with the Aspen Institute.My favorite speaker last year was Shimon Peres. I blogged the event last year. I think it was the first conference I blogged live. A few quotes from my own blog.The King of Jordan just said, "We find ourselves between Iraq and a hard place." ;-) Shimon PeresFirst, he told us that he had just received a call from the Prime Minister and that another bomb had gone off in a University... "I have no hatred in my heart for the Palistinians." He thinks that maybe the Palestinians may be able to build the first real Arab democracy since they are building from scratch and have watched other Arab nations and their problems. "We are just two tragedies meeting in the same place. I hope that this doesn't turn into a third tragedy." "I believe that the greatest liberation in the 20th century was the liberation of women." "Since we can't build a world government, let's build a world NGO. Have the companies come together and pay insurance. Have a board of directors with members such as Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela. Totally based on volunteering. No one forcing. This may be able to handle the problems that globalization is creating." "Television made dictatorship impossible, but it made democracy intolerable." "What can you learn from History? Very little... History was written with red ink, wth bloodshed. We should educate our children how to imagine, not how to remember." Some students and a Rabbi were discussing how you can tell when night is over and day has come. One student said that when you can tell the difference between a lamb and a goat, day has come. Another student said that when you can tell the difference between a fig tree and and an olive tree, the day has started. The Rabbi says, when you see and white man or a black man and you call him your brother, the day has come. When you see a rich man or a poor man and you call him your brother, the day has come. Jack Kemp also said something like, "It doesn't matter what you know if you don't care."If this year's conference is as interesting as last year's, I'll have a lot to blog about. I also got an OK to bring Hecklebot with me, although I haven't confirmed that there will be Internet access for us at the Aspen Institute. I'm leaving for the aiport in 5 hours. Hope to see you there or along the way.

Interview at CNN Today »

Rebecca MacKinnon, CNN Tokyo Bureau ChiefI was interviewed at CNN today by CNN in Atlanta in a "live to tape" format. The segment is about generational changes in Japan and the youth culture. I was part of the "studio discussion" after they watch the video. I think I'll be on for about 10 minutes. We talked about a variety of things including the export of Japanese culture to the rest of the world. The interviewer asked whether I thought Japanese music would be the next big thing after anime. I said that I thought Japanese music is a good export. I said I thought mobile device culture where the producers are the consumers was more interesting and that this culture would be the bigger export. It was "live" so the question caught me off guard and I didn't express myself well. I didn't get a chance to say "mobblog" on CNN. ;-pThe show should be aired on CNN International next week or so depending on whether there is other "breaking news". I will be a talking head in my own little box. I've been on CNN before, but this is my first "Max Headroom" appearance.Rebecca, the Tokyo Bureau Chief is a fellow GLT and a friend. I set her up with an IRC client and got her logged into #joiito. She has an exciting and sometimes dangerous job. It definitely looks like a lot of fun. She had a gas mask and a helmut in her office...

Happy Birthday Cory! »

Happy Birthday Cory!

Happy Bastille Day! »

Lots of Cheese and other goodies at the French Embassy Bastille Day Party this evening. I have no idea who invited me, and I was worried that I wouldn't know anyone. Luckily I knew a few people and got to chat with Idei-san. We talked about blogs. I asked him to be my guest blogger.Happy Bastille Day!

Kids play with Pete over iSight »

Luna and Eamon play with Pete over iChatAV with my new iSight.

mp3 of Cory saying "Boing Boing" »

I got Cory to say "Boing Boing" into my Olympus voice recorder. Here's the mp3. Maybe I should start a collection of people saying their blog or product names... Maybe not...Also got Cory saying, venti mocha latte americana frap espresso-chino

Supernova Photos »

Lots of photos from Supernova by Jason DeFillippo

Party in DC »

Hally and Liz dancing with the belly dancerPhoto by Jason DeFillippoWe had a party in DC the other day. It was great seeing everyone. Thanks for coming. Special thanks to people who contributed on the wiki page and especially to rojisan who coordinated the venue.There are some great photos on Jason DeFillippo's blog.

Supernova talking points on Wiki »

My plane took off, flew for an hour and did a U-turn. Electrical problems. We're switching planes now, but I'm stuck in Japan again. Anyway, I've created a tentive outline of stuff I want to talk about on the panel. Please take a look and feel free to comment. It's here.I got this idea of using a wiki from Cory

Off to Supernova 2003 »

All packed up an ready to go. I'm off to Supernova 2003. Please join me in the #joiito channel on irc.freenode.net at 10am July 8 in DC (UTC -0400) if you want to heckle me during our panel. I'll be on IRC. Hopefully, we'll be able to get it up on a projector. ;-)See you in DC!

First International Moblogging Confrence in Tokyo today »

Today is the First International Moblog Conference in Japan. It's nice having an interesting conference in Japan for a change. It's also nice cuz it's an excuse for a lot of blogger types to make it over to Tokyo. IRC has made my relationship to many bloggers more personal so it's fun seeing people I've been chatting with the last month or so. So anyway, "welcome to Tokyo mobloggers". I'm moderating a session at 11am with my brother-in-law Scott Fisher from University of Southern California, Yuichi Kawasaki of JNutella, Takashi Tostuka of Sony. I think they're going to have a blog/wiki going up which I'll blog once I know. Until then, please feel free to splatter stuff on my unofficial 1IMC wiki page that I've put on my wiki. I'll try to put stuff up from the conference. Also, I'll try to be on #joiito on irc.freenode.net as well. For more information on getting on #joiito check out the IRC channel wiki page.Too bad we don't have a hecklebot yet.

Hey, Halley, Here I Am »

Halley of Halley's Comment, author of "How to Become an Alpha Male" is going to be in DC for Supernova and we're finally going to get to meet. We have some mutual friends like Dave and Gnome-Girl. I read Halley's blog, but I rarely link to it because she writes about all of the things I tend to avoid writing about these days. She writes about emotions. She writes about men. She writes about dating. Yesterday she wrote about me, and now I'm going to try to write back. ;-)First of all, anyone who hasn't read "How to Become an Alpha Male", must. When I read it, I started reading it with "academic curiosity" but ended up learning a lot and reflecting on my past, present and future.

Kabutoya-Ryokan »

Mizuka and I just got back from Kabutoya-ryokan. It's a very old building 18 generations old. It used to be a silk-worm/silk facility, but now it's an inn. Very old fashioned rooms. Traditional irori typed grill in your room. (See pictures on my moblog.) This morning they made mochi, a kind of Japanese pounded rice. I took some video that didn't turn out that great, but it's available here as a Quicktime Video Stream.

Invested in Socialtext »

Ross just announced an angel round raise for Socialtext which I participated in. Ross and his crew are working on wikis in the workplace and other social software solutions and represent the cutting edge on a variety fronts.

Joined the advisory board of Mindjack »

I just joined the advisory board of Mindjack, a cool online digital culture magazine. Donald Melanson is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief and Dan Richards is the Senior Editor. The other advisory board members are Gareth Branwyn, Mark Frauenfelder, Mikki Halpin, Jon Lebkowsky, Howard Rheingold, Douglas Rushkoff.

Party in DC July 7 »

It looks like most people other than Dan Gillmor prefer to have the party on the 7th at the beginning Supernova. I'd like to start closing in on the details. If you plan to be in the DC Area and would like to attend the party, please go to the Wiki Page and put your name in the wiki and vote on or suggest a venue if possible. You DO NOT have to be attending Supernova to attend this party.

email gone »

It looks like I may have lost all of my email from 07:00 thru 13:00 UTC/GMT or so June 20. If you sent something to me, please send it again. Sorry about the inconvenience.

On my way back to Tokyo »

2 great days in Finland. Nice seeing so many familiar faces and meeting a lot of new ones. See you all back in Japan. From a SURFNET PREMIERE airport kiosk in the Helsinki Airport...

Finland Photos »

I've uploaded some photos of Finland here, here and here.

Off to Finland »

I'm off to Finland to hang out with Dan, Cory, Clay and others...2 nites... Short trip.

Lunch with President Roh of Korea »

President Roh of Korea is visiting Japan and I was invited to attend a lunch with him today. He has been in office for about 100 days and was widely reported as being the world's first "Internet President". I wrote about it in Feb. Since then, his popularity has gone from about 60% to 40% because of difficulties in execution of domestic financial policy and constantly changing positions on the US and other issues. His trip to Japan was also very controversial back in Korea because Japan just passed a new law broadening the powers of the Japanese military's ability to defend itself on Friday. Former victims of Japanese military occupation are very negative about any expansion of the Japanese military.I was very interested in how the Internet would play a part in his leadership and deliberations so I was anxious to meet him and ask him about Emergent Democracy. Unfortunately, the "lunch" turned out to be a pretty formal and huge lunch with 150 business leaders. There was only time for two questions and the people asking the questions were already pre-chosen. The discussion focused around free trade, helping each other's economies, China and about Korea trying to become a hub for Asia and a railroad gateway to Europe.Mark Norbom, the CEO of GE Capital was at my table and I hadn't seen him for a long time so that was nice. Also got to see Chairman Nishimuro of Toshiba who I'd also not seen for a long time. Other than generally schmoozing around, it wasn't much fun and there definitely wasn't any emergent anything going on as far as I could tell.

Voting on the date for the party in DC »

There appears to be a conflict with a Supernova sponsors dinner on the originally planned date for the party on July the 8th in DC. We can either do it on the 7th or the 9th. I'm taking a vote on my wiki.

Lunch with Karl Dubost »

Olivier on the left and Karl on the rightHad lunch with Karl Dubost, the Conformance Manager of the W3C and Olivier Thereaux who also works for the W3C. I met Olivier once when he dropped by Moda when I was spinning records. Karl was visiting Japan and working with Olivier. Karl's well known to many of my friends and it was cool meeting him after having heard about him from so many people.Karl's job at the W3C includes making sure that the standards and the processes "conform" and are well-formed. He's kind of the standards guy for the standards guys.We talked about RSS, open API's and the balance between simple standards with low barriers to entry and strict and consensus based standards which have a higher "cost" associated with them. Karl talked about how they were trying to make some of the processes at the W3C simpler. I think we all agreed that it really depended on the stage and the type of standard when deciding what sort of process was best for standardization.We talked about the difficulty of getting developers in English speaking countries to think about internationalization issues. We agreed that we needed to keep pushing people to use UTF-8. I think we got over some of the initial negative reaction to UTF-8 in Japan and how we needed the developers in the US to start using UTF-8 so it will make our (I personally didn't do much) efforts worth it. Both Karl and I have our blogs set to UTF-8.

Karlin Lillington blogs about my presentation at St. Gallen »

Karlin Lillington was at my small session at the ISC conference in St. Gallen where I talked about Emergent Democracy. I think she was the only blogger at session and she's written a very nice piece about the session for The Irish Times. Thanks Karlin!

Party in DC July 7 »

Sounds like a party wants to happen in DC on July 7th. A bunch of us will be there for Supernova. I have set up a wiki page to plan the party. Looking for suggestions for places and volunteers to help organize it. Please post on the wiki.Update: There is a conflict with another dinner. Moved it to the 7th.

Apple people are... pontificatory »

I just learned a new word.AIM Friendster ChatroomJoi: Kevin, do you work at Apple?Kevin: YesJoi: There's something about people who work at Apple...Jeannie: What's FOAF?Jeannie: Marks, you got pontificatory about this once before, right?Joi: That's it. Apple people are pontificatoryI guess bloggers can be accused of being pontificatory too. Maybe I need a new un-pontificatory style sheet...

Happy birthday Larry! »

Happy Birthday Larry! According to my birthday bot, it's your birthday today. ;-)

Indian Runner reunions »

I spent the morning on IRC instead of reading my RSS feeds and thinking of something to blog. The most interesting thing that happened today was Eric Haller, who was a 2nd AD on Indian Runner dropped into IRC. Eric and I probably worked harder than many of the people on the movie. If I remember correctly, it was Eric's job to make the call sheets and put sheets under people's doors every night or something. I just remember working late and seeing him around a lot with a bunch of papers. I haven't seen him since 1991 or whenever it was that I was in Omaha working on Indian Runner. The movie was directed by Sean Penn. The executive producer, Thom Mount raised the money for the film from NHK the Japanese broadcast company. He hired me to work for him so that I could manage the relationship with the Japanese investors (keep them off his back) in exchange for "teaching me the rope." This basically meant that I got no sleep and had to do everything from ordering helicoptors taking care of the carpets for Thom's apartment. I was "Associate to Mr. Mount" in the credits. I show up in a tiny font at the end of the movie and can be seen for the first time at home now that I have a big display and Indian Runner is out on DVD.The interesting thing about movies is that people get together for a few months and work intensely. Then it's a wrap and everyone's off doing other things. It's like a compressed year in school together. I've kept in touch with many people that I worked with on Indian Runner. Thom's over at RKO, Mark Bisgeier has an entertainment law practice, Eric's got a blog and an art gallery, Jay Koiwai just sent me email. Hmm... Maybe I should make a movie crew reunion site. ;-pAnother random Indian Runnerism is that John Valenti, Jack Valenti's son, worked with me briefly. John is a cool guy who I kept in touch with for awhile, but have lost touch with recently. I wonder what John thinks of his father's position on DMCA...

#joiito on Freenode »

After the experience of being saved by Paul on irc, I've decided to get back into IRC. I'm going to start hanging out on Freenode in #joiito whenever I'm online so if you do IRC and want to chat, go to freenode and join #joiito.

Wiki Weirdness »

I'm having trouble with my wiki. My apache error log said "Premature end of script headers: moin.cgi". Testing moin.cgi, I get a python error saying that "SERVER_NAME" is not defined. Hmm... I wonder if someone changed the settings on the machine. I haven't done anything. The files all seem to be there. I've got to run to go give a talk, but I'll be back in a few hours to work on this problem. Until then my Wiki will be offline. My apologies. You can still get the TechnoBot source here.PS If anyone wants to help me debug this in a few hours (moinmoin/python/apache/freebsd) send me an email. ;-) jito@neoteny.comUPDATE: paulproteus on #moin helped fix the wiki. It's working now. Thanks Paul!! The first line in the cgi script was wrong. Now the BIG question is... how did it get changed in the middle of the night?

Stefan Smalla's FiRe notes »

I met blogger Stefan Smalla at FiRe and just when I was feeling guilty for not blogging any of the actual content, I noticed that Stefan did a great job. Thanks!

Photos to at and from inn in Appenzell »

Just got back and posted photos from the secret retreat in Appenzell here. The artifacts from my camera are still mildly visible. Drat!

See you later Switzerland »

I'm at the Zurich airport now at an Internet kiosk so I can't upload the pictures, but I spent the day yesterday in the mountains of Swizerland hiking, moblogging under the surveillance of the goats and cows with my PowerBook on my back. It was REALLY tiring, but REALLY beautiful. We all stood at the top of the mountain as the sun set and we had a 360 view of the countryside around us. At the apex of the mountain was a very old inn where 20 or so etoy agents, bitflux bloggers, and St. Gallen University students met up...

Secret Meeting in Switzerland »

Zai at etoy is organizing a secret meeting of Swiss subversives and bloggers Saturday night in a mountain retreat. Email me if you are interested in joining. Space is limited.

Dinner with Elliot Noss and Sidney Rittenberg »

I met Elliot Noss, the man behind Tucows. I've been a huge fan of Tucows ever since Thomas Riha showed it to me during an Ars Electronica Jury meeting. I've watched it grow and was always interested in who ran it. Doc Searls met (update: Doc knows him from '98 or so) Elliot at ETcon and told me I should meet him. It was a nice suprise to run into Elliot at FiRe. Elliot's in the domain name game and we talked about ICANN and other stuff. We agreed on just about everything and I was happy to find out that Elliot was just as cool as Tucows. Elliot and his wife had just gotten back from Shanghai and he joined our China/Japan session. We had dinner with Sidney Rittenberg and talked about China. I guess the domain name business takes you all over the world and Elliot seems like the right kind of guy to run a global business.Sidney, is another amazing guy that I enjoyed meeting very much. he has a very interesting bio.excerpt from FiRe bioHe became a leading translator for the works of Mao Zedong, and was the only American citizen accepted into the Chinese Communist Party, until the Cultural Revolution. [...]Sixteen of Sidney's 35 years in China were spent as a prisoner in solitary confinement on charges of being an American spy. He was freed in 1977 and declared a true friend of China. His family became a myth and a legend, giving them easy entrée to China's leaders -- a great advantage for their consulting work. Sidney was a co-host with me on the China/Japan Panel. He was extremely energetic, informed and sharp and knew more about China than anyone I have ever met in my life.The title is not completely accurate. It was a buffet dinner and I had part of my dinner with Elliot and Sidney.

Thanks Max and James! »

Dinner with Max Levchin and James HongJames and Max lookin' hot in their convertibleWhen I showed up at FiRe, I noticed a guy wearing a PayPal T-Shirt and a guy wearing HotorNot T-Shirt. They looked a bit out-of-place in the crowd. I noticed it was Max and James. Max was a co-founder of PayPal and the CTO. James is the founder of HotorNot. I met them at my party in Palo Alto a few months ago. Max left PayPal and is thinking of the next big thing. James still runs HotorNot. During the conference, (ironically during the Future of WiFi panel) the WiFi network flaked out and Max figured out a cool hack to get me back on the network. Somehow another network with the same name as the hotel network got created and the stupid Macintosh API only chose networks by name and would latch me on to the wrong network. Max figured out how to switch the order of the two networks and get me on the right one... Anyway, that was cool. James was zapping through all of the HotorNot postings from San Diego and that was a bit distracting. ;-)Max and James make me feel like an old fart. I guess I better get used to it since that's what I'm quickly becoming. Anyway, I'm happy that they'd hang out with me. They even drove me to the airport, although Max kept getting lost. Max told me he thought I was involved in way too much stuff that was just a waste of time. James and Max also turned me on to Yatta.

Off to St. Gallen »

I'm getting ready to leave San Diego for St. Gallen, Switzerland where I'll be doing a session on Emergent Democracy at the ISC symposium. Blogging from my sidekick now... I'll try to post more pictures when I'm in Switzerland. I'll also be trying out the tri-band sidekick....

Hooked up with Jim Moore at FiRe »

Hooked up with Jim Moore at FiRe. He shares an office at Harvard with Dave Winer. The last time I saw Jim was at the Fortune conference in Aspen last year and it was nice to see him again and catch up. We talked aboout the debate about googlewashing that his Second Superpower paper triggered.Jim, Dave Winer, Doc Searls blog about the current discussion which includes recent comments by the New York Times.We talked about Emergent Democracy and some of the problems with my current paper. He agreed to try to comment/edit it on my Wiki. People have made a lot of great comments on the Wiki and it's getting really interesting, but as far as I know, no one has edited the actual paper directly yet. It will be interesting to see who does it first. It's currently signed, "Mostly by Joichi Ito" but if enough people edit it directly, I will change it to something like "Hosted by Joichi Ito" or something like that.

Supernova 2003 »

Speaking of cool conferences. Kevin Werbach's Supernova 2003 July 8 & 9 should be cool. I'm looking forward to going. Maybe we should do a blogging bof.

Future in Review 2003 »

I'm at the Future in Review conference.

Commons Dinner »

From left to right: Mary holding "Tetris", Brewster holding still shrinkwrapped copy of "Visicalc", Larry, Bettina, me and GlennHad dinner with Brewster and Mary, Larry, Bettina and Glenn at the Foreign Cinema. First time at the Foreign Cinema. Cool place with good food. Nice open feeling, loved the wide selection of oysters. Also, both dinners so far this trip were organized using OpenTable.com which I saw for this first time.Brewster arrived with a box full of very old software. He had just finished testifying about why DMCA was preventing him from breaking copy protection on old software that he wanted to archive. The DMCA affects our lives in lots of ways and we need more people like Brewster to point out the stupidity of such laws trying to prevent legitimate activities for the sake of protecting the position of a few big media companies. What's scary for me is that Japan is trying to put together their own DMCA in a "me too" kind of stupid way. The problem is, we don't have people like Larry and Brewster in Japan and I can only image how much work it's going to be to fight it there.Met Glenn, the Executive Director of the Creative Commons for the first time today. Enjoyed our conversation very much. He was supportive of my position on the guarantee issue with regards to the CC license. (I guess he should be.) He told me that Glocom, where I recently gave a talk on Emergent Democracy, was working on localizing Creative Commons for Japan. That's GREAT! I was worried that the Japanese would end up continuing to with that "Free use label" for webcontent stuff that the Ministry of Culture was doing.Talked about the idea of using the Creative Commons Conservancy in the standardization process where it might act as a repository for assets like domain names. I had talked about this with Robert Kaye and Musicbrainz. I'll write another entry about this idea after I flesh it out a bit more, but I'm pretty excited about it.Talked a lot about how smart Aaron Swartz was.I wish my jet lag would go away so my brain cells didn't start to check out at the end of these dinners. Maybe I should stop drinking when I travel. Hmm...One more thing: We talked about Larry's push to get a bill passed to have a $1 fee to keep a copyright 50 years after publication. This put put A LOT of stuff into the public domain and is very hard to argue against and seems extremely practical... you would think. Well, it's harder than it looks. He needs our help.

Dinner with Markoff and Dvorak »

Had dinner, talked about blogging and had more dinner tonight with John Dvorak of PC Magazine and John Markoff from the New York Times. Markoff and Dvorak are about as different as they come, but are good friends and make a really funny pair to have dinner with.Dvorak said he wanted to start a blog. Both John & John are anti-bloggers, but I agreed that Dvorak would be much more convincing if he was critical after having blogged. We talked about Andrew Orlowski and the attention he has been giving my blog these days. We discussed the importance of lunches and dinners in the journalistic process and discussed Andrew's journalism. One amazing thing about Dvorak is that he can be talking about the food, wine, the owner of the restaurant, Orlowski's writing style and Apple Computer all at the same time. Sometimes I got confused about whether Dvorak was talking about Orlowski's writing or the food. I think Dvorak would make a good blogger.We talked about googlewashing and I agreed to link to Dvorak's site often to help increase his google page ranking. ;-) We talked a lot about the importance of thick skin and a sense of humor.Update: Andrew Orlowski's current web page. I linked to the old one because that's what came up first on Google. Sorry. Noticed that Dvorak was on Andrew's list of "Stuff I like"

In the air again... »

Traveling again from today. I'm making a VERY short trip to SF on my way to San Diego to attend Future in Review. Then I'm going to St. Gallen Switzerland to give a talk about Emergent Democracy at the ISC Symposium and will be back in Tokyo on Monday the 26th...My trip to SF is very short so I won't be able to have a party this time. Sorry! Next trip, I'll have another party. I'm meeting a few people, but definitely don't have time this trip to meet all of the people I want to see. Apologies in advance to people who I won't see this trip. (At least to those people who want to see me who I won't be able to see...) FYI, my schedule is completely booked.

Dinner with Takeshi Niinami, President of Lawson »

Had dinner last night with Takeshi Niinami. We ate at Okame, one of my favorite little Tempura shops in Tsukiji. We met for the first time last year at the New Business Forum Conference that I chaired and agreed to have dinner sometime. It took us 5 months to have dinner. ;-p It was worth it though. Mr. Niinami was interesting and gives me hope that our generation is taking over Japan. ;-)

Flying back to Tokyo »

Sorry about the generally light blogging these last few days. I've been in LA visiting my sister and her family with Mizuka. I'm at the airport now on a kiosk. Maybe I'll work on my birthday script some more on the plane.Anyway, see you tomorrow in Tokyo.

Joi's Birthday Database »

In an attempt to learn python, organize my life and figure out how to mess with Chandler some more, I have decided to make a database of birthdays of my friends. If you consider yourself my friend, please go to the birthday entry form and enter your info. Thanks in advance!

Lunch with Adam Greenfield »

Had lunch with Adam Greenfield. I met Adam online and recently have developed a relationship with him. This was the first time we shared a meal together. Recently he protected me against Richard B., coined the term moblog, launched a new site called Margin Walker and has a cool site called v-2 where he blogs. He wrote a paper called a minimal compact about open source constitutions for nation-state sized governance. He's currently organizing a moblog conference in Tokyo in July which I plan to attend.We talked about a lot of things, but we agreed on two things. He is yet another person who thinks wikis are butt ugly (YAPWTWABU) but I said he should try Wiki's. So I agreed to try to read everything in Margin Walker and contribute and he agreed to post on a Minimal Compact Wiki Page on my Wiki and we'd both try each other's new sites out. Anyway, enjoyed the conversation, but you will hear more about it on Margin Walker and my Wiki. ;-)

Japanese Suppon Snapping Turtle at Daiichi »

Mizuka and I went to Daiichi, my favorite restaurant to eat Japanese snapping turtle, or suppon. I've written about Daiichi before here. So I'll focus on photos for this entry...Here is a 176K MPEG movie of the boiling stew...

131st Annual Miyako Odori »

Mizuka and I attended the 131rd Annual Miyako Odoro. We have attended every year since we met. It is the annual event where the geisha of the Gion district perform their traditional dance. The event is open to the public, but is a lot about the patrons of the tea houses getting a chance to see the geisha and maiko perform their art that they practice so hard to perfect through the year.

Talk at ACCJ »

Gave a talk at the American Chamber of Commerce of Japan yesterday. Americans living in Japan are the most fun to speak to because they generally agree with what I say. ;-) It's a bit like preaching to the choir and obviously, I'm not adding as much value as when I'm debating with my opponents, but the Q&A session after my talk was good and there were a lot of good comments and thoughts. In addition to my "ad hoc society of Japanese revolutionary wannabes" maybe I should try to participate in more meetings about democracy with foreigners living in Japan...

Mori Buildings Roppongi 66 Opening Party - 1500 of Mr. Mori's closest friends... »

Today was the opening party for the new Mori Buildings Roppongi Hills development in Roppongi. "The project, covering approximately 11 hectares, with a total floor area of 724,000sq meters, is the largest currently planned redevelopment project in Japan." I was on one the Cyber 66 committee at one time which was a planning committee to try to figure out what to do about the radio spectrum "shadow" the building would cast and what to do about the IT infrastructure.

Dinner with Brian Behlendorf and Laura »

Had dinner with Brian Behlendorf and his wife Laura La Gassa. I met Laura for the first time last night wondering on the way to dinner what type of person she would be and I found that she was even a bigger geek than Brian and that they both LOVED food. I LOVE to go to dinner with people who appreciate food so we hit it off right away, talking about blogs, food and geekiness the whole evening.

Maledicta »

Just found Maledicta Press Online on Metafilter. There is Maledicta, the International Journal of Verbal Agression.Maledicta discusses language honestly: no dashes, no asterisks, no moralistic pussyfooting. Our motto: "They say it -- we print it. This brings back some memories. I remember I was REALLY into the study of maledicta in High School. I wrote about it online on The Source and almost got kicked out. A good curse involves religion, scatology and sex. The following is the curse that I posted I guess 20 years ago. Please don't read the rest of this post if you are easily offended.

Thanks for coming to Moda tonight! »

I'll write more tomorrow when my brain is a bit more fresh, but thanks for showing up to Moda tonight. It was great. I didn't get everyone's name/blog URL who came so please leave a comment here with your URL if you feel like it.

Lunch with Bill Emmott and Brian Barry of The Economist »

Bill Emmott, the editor of The Economist on the left and Brian Barry, the Tokyo bureau chief of The Economist on the rightBill Emmott, the editor of The Economist visited Japan on his tour through Asia. Ever since I met Bill, I've become subscriber of the paper version of and an avid reader of The Economist. Bill is a Japan expert and has written numerous books about Japan. It's great having someone who knows as much as Bill as the editor The Economist since Japan is not getting much coverage these days. We talked about the feedback Bill has been getting on the strong stance The Economist took on the war and how interesting and useful the feedback was. Brian noted that Bill got more feedback because his articles had his name on them. I explained that a lot of bloggers link to articles in The Economist and that if they used Technorati, they could track bloggers writing about the articles and get feedback more quickly and in more detail.We also talked a lot about Japan and many of the problems Japan faces. Bill is very supportive of our efforts and I hope that with Brian's help, we can get The Economist to cover Japan in an objective way. Media coverage will be essential in our efforts to push for more transparency.

Happy Birthday Liz! »

Happy Birthday Liz! Thank you for showing people how t use my new public To Do List.BTW, She's a tuppeware lady. Funny because I call the "you have to try it to understand why it is useful" aspect of Internet and blogs the "tupperware syndrome".

Scoble joins Microsoft »

Scoble, who was doing TabletPC's at NEC has left and joined Microsoft. He's an important part of the blogging community and I hope this ends up changing Microsoft in a good way. Good luck Scoble. I have mixed feelings, but I've shared them with him. I think it's the right think for him though.

DJ'ing at Moda in Harajuku this Wed from 8pm »

My old buddy Tomo from Jr. High (we used to throw parties together in Jr. High) runs a bar in Harajuku called Moda. I haven't DJ'ed for awhile, but I've decided to try messing around a bit. I'm going to be DJ'ing from 8pm until around 10pm this coming Wednesday so drop by if you want to hang out and see me try to DJ. There's no cover charge. He has a web page.

My hero Jay Dvivedi, the uber-CIO of Shinsei Bank »

Took Reid to go see Jay Dvivedi, the Chief Information Officer of Shinsei Bank yesterday. Reid is one of the coolest entrepreneurs that I know and as the former COO of Paypal, also one of the few people I know who gets off talking about payment systems with me. Jay is the smartest CIO I know and is ALWAY extremely inspiring when I see him.

Robert Kaye brings cherry blossoms to Japan »

Robert Kaye of Musicbrainz arrived in Tokyo yesterday. The cherry blossom season is about to end, but Robert had cherry blossoms in his hair so the season will be a little longer this year. We had dinner and talked about RDF.

Chris Goggans aka Erik Bloodaxe is now a Visiting Associate Professor at Tokyo University! »

Chris giving me his new Tokyo University name card with Professor Yasuda looking onProfessor Yasuda and "Visiting Associate Professor" Chris Goggans visited our office today. Professor Yasuda has invited Chris to Tokyo University as a Visiting Associate Professor to help educate Japan about security and to break into a few computers.

Dinner at G-Zone with Hasegawa-san »

Hasegawa-san, the CEO of Global Dining, at the La Boheme barHad dinner last night at G-Zone Ginza Global Dining's new restaurant complex in Ginza. It's a HUGE space with a Gonpachi, a Zest, a Monsoon, and a La Boheme, all Global Dining restaurants.

Flash map of my travels this year »

I've used a cool Flash tool called Indy Junior to render a clickable map of my travels this year. Indy Junior was developed by Bryan Boyer based on similar map done by my friend Joshua Davis. Requires Flash.Via Megnut

Fat Club Update - I won »

Yesterday, I officially weighed in at our gym with witnesses and I came in at 67.3kg with my clothes on. My target was 68.5kg so I cleared it comfortably. (Again, flashbacks from my wrestling days.) I had challenged myself to stop drinking alcohol completely until I reach the target weight. I was off of alcohol for exactly 2 weeks. It was a good experience. I lost a lot of weight, found out that I was an alcoholic (addicted to alcohol) and that alcohol was lowering my productivity and my general emotional quality.

Breakfast with Keiko Higuchi who is running for Governor of Tokyo »

I was invited to a breakfast with Keiko Higuchi by Merle Okawara. Ms. Higuchi is an outspoken anti-war feminist who was one of the first people to try to deal with the aging population issue in ernest. She is running for the office of the Governor of Tokyo as an independent against Shintaro Ishihara, the current Governor of Tokyo. She is characterized as a anti-war liberal and Ishihara is a well known nationalist.

Fat Club update »

I am now 9kg lighter than when I started my Atkin's Diet program about a month ago. I weighed in this morning at home at 68.4kg which is just barely under my target of 68.5kg.

Lunch with Aaron »

Aaron and Daiji Hirata talking about UTF-8Had lunch with Aaron Swartz.

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.

Chatting about Open Standards with President Ando of Sony »

Went to see President Ando of Sony. He is second in command under Chairman Idei and is more and more in charge of representing Sony in the US. He gave the speech at CES this year and some some very interesting things. First he pushed open standards.ZDNetOne of the major obstacles for Sony and others looking to establish networks and make content more widely available has been the relatively slow adoption of broadband access, but Ando noted that broadband is becoming more popular in countries such as Korea and Japan and is beginning to pick up subscribers in the United States. Ando said Sony will also work to use open standards in future products to make it easier for consumers to more widely access content on devices and urged other companies to help to establish these standards to help the industry progress. Then he complained about the difficulty of the current record label business.Steven LevyAfter the keynote, Ando unwound at a dinner for a few journalists, where talk turned to the knotty problem of digital rights. He startled everyone by speculating that in the long term, given the nature of Internet copying, record labels may not have a future. "When you have a problem like this," he says, sighing, "I really wish we were a simple hardware company."My kind of guy. We talked about blogs (of course) open standards and how cool it would be for Sony to really embrace open standards and let the blog tools and services talk to Sony products through open standards that we worked on together.

I'm back... »

I finally got my broken 15 inch PowerBook fixed and I've spent the last 2 days, messing with it to get everything installed.

Computer woes... »

Sorry. Have spent the day trying to switch computers with disasterous results. I won't bore you with the details, but apologies for not writing anything today.

Lunch with Adriaan, developer of Kung-Log »

Just had lunch with Adriaan, the developer of Kung-Log, my favorite OS X client for Movable Type.

Robert Berger the radio guru heading back to Silicon Valley »

Saw Robert Berger yesterday. He is yet another very cool person I met through John Markoff. (Thanks John!) Robert is a radio guru.

Dinner with the Swiss Ambassador to Japan, Jacques Reverdin »

The Swiss Ambassador to Japan, Jacques ReverdinHad dinner last night at the Swiss Ambassador's residence for the second time in one week.

Looks like I missed a great party »

Looks like I missed a great party. The Blogger/Google party that is. Chris has a posted lot of pictures with some very funny captions.

Today's RSS roundup »

Very early on, Howard warned me not to blog about the news that people will see in other places. I think this is very good advice generally. I've gotten some feedback about some of the stuff I've posted which seems to be heavily blogged already (showing up on Daypop and Blogdex). It appears many people haven't seen it yet and appreciate pointers to important stuff, even if it is a bit late. So, I'm going to write short "roundups" of links to things that bloggers seem to think are important. Heavy bloggers can ignore these.Comments on the format and this idea would be appreciated.

I'll be back... »

Dave quotes MacArthur and says, "I shall return." I'll use a more modern quote... "I'll be back." Thank you Silicon Valley for getting me buzzed again. I will definitely be back soon. (I'll throw another party too.) In his latest essay, Dave says, "These days the Japanese are our friends. Partners in economic misery. Moore's Law continues to rage, but somehow our economies are stuck. I think I know why, it's because intellectually we have gotten lazy." I'm on my way back to Japan today. I will try to wake everyone up and start a buzz there too.Lets wake up and move on.

Kim says, "The buzz is back..." »

Just had drinks (diet coke) with Kim Polese. She says, "The buzz is back." I agree. People are buzzing in Silicon Valley and you can feel it.

Robert Scoble shows me the birthplace of Silicon Valley »

Had dinner last night with Robert Scoble, Miriam, and Dave Winer at Dave's favorite Thai restaurant. After dinner, Robert took me to see the "birthplace of Silicon Valley."

Lunch with Ross Mayfield »

Had lunch with Ross Mayfield yesterday. Ross wrote a piece called The Ecosystem of Networks which described the three different networks: the political network, the social network and the creative network. This piece provided an essential framework for my paper on Emergent Democracy.

Chillin' with Larry Page »

Went over to Google to hang out with Larry Page.

Breakfast with Noah Glass »

Had breakfast with Noah Glass. He's the guy who made audblog.

Woz and his Segways »

Went to see The Woz. As I reported before, he's working on some cool new technology at Wheels of Zeus. The Woz has a bunch of Segways and he is getting a license to be a Segway trainer. I got notice from Amazon that I should call them and prepare to receive my Segway. The Woz said he would give me my training course.

Making room for more new friends... »

Coming to Silicon Valley is always a good excuse to throw a party. Last time I came, Kara Swisher and Megan Smith hosted the party at their house and it was great. (Thanks again Kara and Megan!) This time, I decided that I should probably invite more people so we had it at restaurant called Zibibbo.

Lunch with Matthew Haughey and Cory Doctorow »

Cory the uber-notetaker/bloggerMatthew Haughey of Metafilter taking pictures of Cory's low-res Sidekick camera with his super-high-res camera

Off to San Francisco »

Well, I'm leaving in 10 minutes for Narita airport to go to San Francisco.

Breakfast at Okura with Thierry Porte and Jack Wadsworth of Morgan Stanley »

I had breakfast this morning at the Hotel Okura with Jack Wadsworth and Thierry Porte of Morgan Stanley.

i-mode 4th anniversary party/panel »

When I arrived, I was suddenly immersed in the i-mode of it all. It turns out that 5 of the i-mode council members were supposed to be on a panel to talk about how i-mode is changing society and where it goes next. It was the 4th anniversary of the launch of Docomo's i-mode, the widely popular Internet enabled phone.

Photos of tour of Chiba »

I just uploaded some photos that I took in during my tour of Chiba with Governor Domoto

Working for Nagano »

I'm a "Mentor" of the prefecture of "Nagano". I'm not sure exactly what that means, but it does mean that even though today was a national holiday, I spent the afternoon in the Nagano office with the Governor's staff giving advice with the other Mentors on a variety of plans that they had. Actually, it was fun. We are trying to set up a lot of interesting trials involving wireless network webs, community VoIP networks and lots of other rather subversive, but community oriented projects. Nagano is the home of Governor Tanaka, who I wrote about before.After the trip to Chiba, Mizuka and I are thinking about moving to the countryside and just keeping a small apartment in Tokyo. The Governor's staff in Nagano said that they would help us look for places. I told them we were thinking of moving to either Nagano or Chiba. Nagano is closer, but it's colder. It's a bit classier than Chiba as well... but Chiba has an ocean. hmm...

Touring Chiba with Governor Domoto »

Domoto-san was very excited about find a busy bee in one of the flowers she picked.Mizuka and I are with a small group of people in Chiba touring the countryside with Governor Domoto for two days. We visited several flower farmers today and had lunch at a restaurant where all of the fish were caught today. We're staying in a small hotel with a... pulse dial phone. ;-) Unfortunately, my PHS wireless Internet doesn't seem to work here. I brought my Hassy with me and most of my lenses. Hopefully I'll get some nice shots... There is a strange similarity between camera gear and guns & ammo. Every place we stop, I have the trunk open snapping this on, reloading that, etc. Luckily, the bodyguard with Domoto-san is the one who likes to talk to me about cameras...

Lunch with Iwao Nakatani »

I just had lunch with Iwao Nakatani. I met him at the Sony Open Forum. Nakatani-san is one of the outside directors of Sony. He suprised everyone when he left his position at Hitotsubashi University to join Sony's board. Hitotsubashi is a public university which does not allow professors to take commercial positions. Nakatani-san is also well known for being very outspoken on political and economic issues. He held important advisory roles for the Hosokawa and Obuchi cabinets. He is now a professor at Tama University.At the Sony Open Forum, he commented that he agreed with me that the dysfunctional democracy was one of the core problems with Japan. We talked a lot about the Japanese system today. We both agreed that "change was in the air" and that somehow we needed to change the system. It was very interesting getting his insight and advice. He liked the idea of blogs driving change, but he thought that I should also write a book. I wonder if I could write a book that ties together emergence, blogs and democracy in Japan...Encouragement from intellectuals who actually try to change things like Nakatani-san is exactly what I need right now...

Dinner with Alan Kay in Kyoto »

From left to right: Joi, Alan, DavidDavid Smith has been trying to introduce me to Alan Kay for quite awhile now. We also have a bunch of other mutual friends including Scott Fisher, my brother-in-law who used to work for Alan at Atari and Megan Smith. Alan, David, Kim and the "team" were visiting Kyoto so I invited them to dinner at Minoya, my favorite tea house in Kyoto which I've written about in my blog before. I found a picture of Kaoru, the owner and me from when she was staying with us in the US. I am 3 years old and she is 18 in this photo.It's a bit difficult to talk about the past, present and future of computing surrounded by geisha in a tea house, but we tried. Alan talked about how so much of great computer science was invited in the 60's and 70's and we're just getting around to re-discovering some of it. It reminded me about my thoughts about ECD. People like to talk about quantum computing and nanotech because it is a long way away and is not threatening to the current products. Technology such as ECD's technology and Alan's architectures which have been feasible for decades is often ignored because it threatens business models and architectures today.It's great that Japan really respects Alan Kay and gives him a great deal of credit for his discoveries. I think Ted Nelson also gets much more credit for his discoveries in Japan than he does in the US. Maybe foreigners aren't as threatening. ;-)Alan and David are working on Squeak and are also developing a completely object oriented, cross-platform, networked, collaborative environment called Croquet which sounds very exciting. David's supposed to give me a demo tomorrow.

Japan's Bad Boy Does Davos - Slate »

Chris Anderson preparing to take my picture for his column.Chris Anderson wrote about the Japan dinner in his column/blog on Slate. Chris is the editor of Wired Magazine. He attended the Japan dinner in New York last year where I was allowed to make a statement as well as this year's dinner where I was allowed to MC the session.Coincidentally, the only song I can sing at karaoke is Anarchy in the UK by the Sex Pistols and Anarchy in the UK is the theme song I always play on my car stereo when I enter the National Police Agency building to park in the basement for study group meetings... or maybe it isn't coincidence...SlateExcerpt from Slate Dispatches from Davos by Chris AndersonIt started as a pretty formal-looking affair with a soporific agenda of greater understanding and friendship. But by night's end the event had turned into an anarchic generation war. A gang of Americanized upstarts, led by Joi Ito, a 30ish technology entrepreneur and power-blogger, dominated the discussion, blaming their risk-adverse establishment elders for Japan's slow-motion train wreck of an economy."The problem with 'destroy and rebuild' [the rhetoric then coming from the more radical reformers in the country] is that everyone immediately focuses on the rebuild part," Ito said. "What we need to do is just destroy." It was as if the Sex Pistols had crashed the party. Perhaps there was hope for Japan yet.So, I was looking forward to this year's dinner and curious to see how it would compare. Surprise: Ito was now the official MC, with full license to shake things up after dinner. Either last year's intemperate outburst had been slightly less spontaneous than it had seemed, or the old guard had listened. Fireworks were on the menu.

Drinks with some Bithaus students »

Had drinks last night with some students from Bithaus, a school that I was the headmaster of for a year.In 1997 an ad agency called Daiko came to me with a proposal to be the headmaster of a new school for multimedia and Internet. The idea of the school was that it would be a very hands-on trade school to help people learn how to make games, write Internet applications and make CG animations. The proposal involved working with a business partner who would run the day-to-day operations of the school. I would be in charge of the curriculum and the philosophy of the school. Sounded like a great deal.

Strange day... Dave Farber and John Patrick magically appear »

Today was a strange day. I had to give two presentations. The main one was to the Sony execs and other people that Sony had invited to the Sony Open Forum about the future of Japan. The discussion was extremely productive and I got a lot of feedback that will help us in Davos.Then I walked next door to the Sheraton Waikiki to give a short presentation about Trust and Security in Ecommerce. It was a Public Voice/OECD sort of thing that Marc Rotenberg was organizing. And there was Dave Farber, a surprise guest. We gadget talked for awhile and IM'ed on our Sidekicks during the panel. It was fun to see Dave and I did the blog song/dance on him and he agreed to try it.Later Mizuka and I were having cocktails with Chairman Idei of Sony at the Halekulani just standing around when out of nowhere appears John Patrick and his wife. Hello! I knew John was in town for the GIP conference, but what a wonderfully random thing. He was off to give a talk somewhere so I made quick introductions.It's really a small world... or everyone is in Hawaii today...

The Two Trotts in Tokyo »

Ben and Mena Trott, the duo behind Movable Type, are visiting Tokyo. Hoping to do a MT users meeting. Fill out the form on their site if you can come.

On morning news program Hodo 2001 today »

Was just on Hodo 2001, one of my favorite morning news programs. Mr. Kuroiwa, the announcer is quite an outspoken investigative type who is not affraid to question authority and Mr. Takemura, the comentator is also extremely sharp and says it like it is. Today, was the first program of the year and we talked about the outlook for 2003. The other panelists included Professor Yonekura who will be moderating my talk in Hawaii, Chairman Idei of Sony, Mikitani-san, the founder and CEO of Rakuten and the Chairman of Infoseek Japan, which I am on the board of, and Minister Hiranuma, the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry. It was a much friendlier panel than the last time I was on the show protesting the national ID head-to-head with Minister Katayama, Minister of Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunications.

Davos panel meeting with Idei-san et al »

Idei-san pondering the future of Japan...We had a meeting of the members participating the World Economic Forum panel at Davos on the Blueprint for Japan 2020. It's such a huge issue... I showed everyone the picture that we drew (on my Mac... oops! ;-) ). Idei-san has been using the term "quantum leap" instead of "reform" and shared some of his views of Japan's problems with us. We still have some more homework to do before the panel, but I think we all agreed on the major points. I was appointed to be join Heizo Takenaka, the Minister for Economic and Fiscal Policy and for Financial Services on his panel which will follow our panel. There are three panels on Japan and I'm the messenger from our panel to his. I wonder who's on the other panel. Anyway, we're the first one so I think we can set the tone.

Dave Winer accepts fellowship at Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School »

Congratulations Dave! This is great.Dave WinerIt's true, it's true. I've been offered a fellowship at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School, and have, of course, accepted. It's a very exciting opportunity. Check out this section of yesterday's DaveNet for an idea of what we're going to work on. And of course over the coming weeks and months I'll write more. I'm going to spend a lot of time in Cambridge this year. Totally looking forward. Onward!

Ejovi Nuwere »

Had lunch with Ejovi Nuwere today. He's a friend of Ken who used to work for me and they did some security work together. Ejovi has a new book, Hacker Cracker which was picked up in Wired News recently. It's an amazing story about Ejovi who grew up Brooklyn's Bed-Stuy and how a tech oriented kid used computers to build his life. He's lived in Japan and is now here writing some articles getting more and more into policy and privacy related issues. We had a lot of interests in common and it's great to meet a like-minded person from a very different background. He's got a blog and a site for his book.

It's primetime ready or not »

So this Blueprint for Japan 2020 that Klaus Schwab of the World Economic Forum got us started on is not ready, as you can tell from my sloppy postings still groping for the question, let alone the answer. But January is the due date and we're on primetime now.Next Sunday, Sony's chairman, Idei-san, has invited me to join him on Hodo 2001, a Sunday morning news program which is fairly widely watched to talk about the future of Japan. The week after that, I've been invited by Idei-san to to join the Sony Open Forum in Hawaii where I will be one of two speakers. My topic is... "Blueprint for Japan." The other speaker is Richard Smith, the Chairman & Editor-in-Chief of NewsWeek. It's a small but interesting group of a dozen or so outsiders and Sony top management. The theme this year is "Management in the Era of Uncertainty". Also participating are Rob Glaser, the Chairman of RealNetworks, Yoshihiko Miyauchi, the Chairman and CEO of Orix Corporation and Hisashi Hieda, the Chairman of Fuji Television. Unfortunately, the details are confidential so I can't blog much. (I got approval to blog the above.) Then I've got the panel at Davos which I think will be moderated by Carlos Ghosn, the president of Nissan Motor Co., and Oki Matsumoto, Idei-san, maybe a politician and I will be on the panel. Later that evening, we will be presenting the Blueprint at the Japan dinner hosted by the Association of Corporate Executives. So... I'm not asking for sympathy, but at least you know why I'm in a bit of a pickle since I don't know exactly what my position is on "this whole thing." It's really both an opportunity to sound really smart or look VERY stupid over and over again... I will write another entry about the style on my blog, but I just want to apologize in advance for possibly dragging everyone through a rather sloppy thinking process as I try to figure stuff out.

Dinner with Governor Domoto »

Governor Domoto on the left and Merle Okawara on the right

Lunch with Mrs. Morita »

Shigeaki Saegusa and Yoshiko Morita

SUPERNOVA »

Just arrived at Supernova...

Brewster showing us the Bookmobile »

Brewster showing us the BookmobileBrewster instructing us on how to print and bind the booksThe Connection Machine at the Internet Archive data centerA rack of PC's running Linux at the Internet Archive data center

San Francisco Update »

Brewster Kahle of the Internet Archive showing us books printed in the Bookmobile Cory Doctorow of Boing Boing and Howard Rheingold of Smartmob SmartMobs talking about the future of blogging...

Marc, John and Paul »

Marc Canter in full-motionJohn Markoff and Paul MercerBarak and Markoff gadgeting

Met The Woz »

Met Steve Wozniak who is recently founded Wheels of Zeus. I can't tell you what we talked about. ;-) I had done an interview of him for a Japanese magazine years ago at a Macworld Japan. He remembered......

See ya later windoze! »

I switched. I promised myself I would do this before I left for the US on Tuesday. I spend the day today moving stuff and tweaking. The only thing I couldn't get right was the kanji (Japanese character) files in my contact list and my Japanese email moved over. It was much easier than I thought and having switched, I feel euphoric. I'm now listen to music on iTunes (which tell me that I have 3.5 days of music), am syncing my Treo with my contacts, creating a this blog entry with Kung-Log staring at my brand new Dell Latitude...

Lessig/Yamagata/Ito discussion for Chuo Koron »

So yesterday's discussion with Hiroo Yamagata and Lawrence Lessig went well. It was a lot of fun and I think a constructive discussion. Hiroo was in good form. But he usually is... in person. ;-) He had written something negative about Mr. Ikeda in the afterward of translation of "The Future of Ideas" and had gotten in a dispute with Mr. Ikeda. He had just finished the battle and I guess they have both gotten over it now. Maybe Hiroo was just tired from that. I do generally agree with Hiroo's position, although maybe not the way he said it....

Thanksgivings with the Lessig's »

Had the Lessig's, Jiro Kokuryo, Sen, Yoon and Neeraj over for Thanksgivings Dinner. Didn't cook the turkey ourselves this year so it wasn't a REAL Thanksgivings, but it was better than no turkey. Sen and Yoon... Thanks for doing all of the work. Funny thing is, I'm seeing Jiro Kokuryo at the i-mode council, Neeraj at a meeting and Larry for an interview tomorrow night. Small world... or maybe just narrow taste in friends. ;-p...

Met David S. Isenberg »

(picture by Carver Mead's Foveon Camera) Thanks to Gen Kanai for introducing me to David Isenberg. David is famous for many things including his paper "The Rise of the Stupid Network" David was talking a lot about Oil. He says that "Hubbert's Peak", when oil production will begin to drop, will happen in 2003. On the other hand, world energy consumption will increase 66% (USA Today, 1/10/02) from 1999-2020. It's OBVIOUSLY time for the Hydrogen Economy that we're starting to get very excited about. David was extremely bright and gave me an interesting view into the "prosultants" (vs "consultants") who...

H.I.H. Prince Takamado Norihito passed away »

A picture of the Prince that I took with my P504iS just several hours before he passed away

National ID and privacy issues continue »

Facing off with the bureaucrats.. Sorry I didn't blog anything yesterday. I've been in overdrive this week with Jun (my chairman) in town and a continuous stream of extremely early morning meetings... Jun was mentioned I that I was spending too much time on this non-work-related stuff. He's right... Anyway... Yesterday, I started the day with a meeting of our anti-national ID group. I reported on my thoughts of how we should connect the privacy movement with the whistle blower protection law. Since I had the second National ID security oversight committee meeting later in the day, I wanted to...

CPSR-Lessig Dinner »

Hiroo and Larry with the hand on the chin "intelligent" look

Dinner with Lawrence Lessig »

Just finished having dinner and am in the cab on the way home... DInner was so interesting that I forgot to take a picture. Joi "always-takes-a-picture" Ito forgot to take a picture. Oh well. You all know what he looks like and we ate in the same restaurant that I took Dan and Noriko to. It's really great having someone like Larry in Japan. Kara, Megan, Dan... We're on a roll! Larry can really help push some of the issues I find most frustrating working in Japan. Japanese lawyers don't understand technology and technologists don't understand law. IP is still...

Strolling in the park with my Hassy »

Walking with my FE 60-120 zoom lens on my Hasselblad 205FCC fixed to my tripod.The entrance to Komazawa Park is one of the nicest views in the park. The leaves are just starting to turn yellow.Yakiimo is the great portable food of the fall/winter in Japan. These little trucks roast the sweet potatoes in ovens billowing smoke with this great tape recorded message going on and on about how nice, sweet and hot the potatoes are.Another great outdoor food is grilled corn. The corn has soy sauce on it that burns and smells like... burnt soy sauce. All Japanese are conditioned to salivate when they smell burnt soy sauce.The Japanese made a mistake and Japlish took over on this one. "free market" and "flea market" are generally used interchangeably. Some web sites talk about "free markets" being more "open" "flea markets"... So here is a "free market"...The local right wing truck showed up to join the festivities with speakers blaring on about the Japan flea market economy...Komazawa Park has these great bikes for 2 people that you can cruise around in. Mizuka wanted to ride one, but we got turned down and told that they were for kids.

Talk at Doyukai »

I gave a talk today at the Keizai Doyukai (Association of Corporate Executives) Secretariat study group meeting. I talked about Neoteny, venture capital and... blogs. ;-p Many of the older guys fell asleep. At the lunch, I sat next to Yotaro "Tony" Kobayashi. I'm a big fan of Tony's. He's very smart, nice, well-dressed and important. He is the chairman of the Keizai Doyukai and Fuji-Xerox. Tony also represents the Keizai Doyukai to the World Economic Forum so I gave him an update on the Blueprint for Japan 2020. I told him that we were discussing the issue of women's...

Takasuka-san and Funaki-san »

Takasuka-san on the left, Funaki-san on the right

Drinks with Chris Goggans aka Erik Bloodaxe »

Chris Goggans posing next to the safe in my office. (The little Samurai thing is Jun's)

Lunch with Governor Domoto of Chiba »

Governor DomotoPosing in front of the prefectural headquarters elevator hall with my daikon

It's a girl! Congratulations Utsumi-kun and Fujiko-san! »

Utsumi's wife Fujiko just had a baby girl! Congratulations! I got the blow-by-blow from Reiran via IM. ;-) Utsumi is one of my best friends and the CEO of Genec. He also made the Halloween JOI ITO WEB logo... IM with Reiranreirannihei: hi there Joi: Hi Reiran reirannihei: hi reirannihei: fujiko chan just began to feel labor pains this morning reirannihei: tanoshimi desu! Joi: Yes. Definitely! reirannihei: reirannihei: it's a girl !!!! reirannihei: ....ojama shimashita..... Joi: Wow! Great! Thanks for the news! reirannihei: you're welcome!...

NBC Press Conference »

Today was the regular press conference of the New Business Conference. The New Buiness Conference is an organization affiliated with the small and medium sized company section of the government. I am a director and chairman of the New Business Forum Committee. I was called to the press conference to make a presentation about this year's forum. This year, the conference will be December 2 at the Tokyo International Forum. The Keynote is the Kawabuchi-san, the head of the Japan Soccer Association. A lot of my good friends such as Mikitani-san of Rakuten, Oki Matsumoto of Monex, Takeuchi-sensei of Hitotsubashi,...

Kenji Eno and Hiroko Moriguchi »

Eno-san and Moriguchi-san meet for the first time...

Goodbye Maine, Newark Here I Come! »

A statue from the days of the "Great Rebellion"An amazing certificate from 1910 welcoming Henry J. Cole as a companion of the Red Cross, Knight Templar and Knight of Malta of St. John of Jerusalem

Poptech Live »

John Sculley on stage introducing the panel.Finally made it to Poptech. I'm here at the conference in the opera house in Camden. Of course there is 802.11. It's really great so far... I'll post stuff here. Right now Paul (He wrote "PopPuff the Magic Dragon") of Peter, Paul and Mary is on stage and he is playing a midi guitar connected to his computer using error messages on PC to make music. He calls it "Itza Jungle I/O There." It's really funny. There is a sample of Bill Gates talking about how how he hasn't wavered from his vision and...

Off to ECD and PopTech »

I'm off to Michigan to visit ECD. I haven't been in Michigan since I was still on the board of ECD. I'm excited to see all of the new science and technology that must have happened since I was there last. A tour of ECD is like nothing else on earth. It's really like a trip through the future. I'll also be seeing a lot of old friends as well as my father who still works at ECD... If I can get my connection working, I'll blog stuff about it from Michigan. Originally, it was just a trip to...

Picture of PSINet Japan POP 1994 »

PSINet Japan's POP in my bathroom circa 1994

Blogging with Cornelius »

Keigo pondering the notion of blogs...

Ubiquitous Justin »

ubiquitous adjective existing or found everywhere Had lunch with Justin and Jane. I met Jane for the first time and it was cool to be able to start talking about stuff right away since I read her blogs and she reads my blog. We were "synched" and ready to go. She was very cool and just like I imagined. And Justin... I was once called ubiquitous by someone and I remember looking it up in the dictionary. Justin is ubiquitous. Not only does everyone know Justin, everyone has just recently seen him. Another ubiquitous person I know is Gohsuke Takama....

30 Year Anniversary of Relations with China »

I was invited by Idei-san the Chairman of Sony to be on his panel the day after tomorrow in Beijing. It is one of two panel discussions that are part of an event commemorating the 30th anniversary of relations between Japan and China. The town-hall style panel will be held in a TV studio and broadcast nationwide in China. Idei-san is the moderator and there will be 3 Japanese and 3 Chinese. I'm going to talk about how Japan is still competitive in consumer electronics, but China will probably take over manufacturing. I think that Japan can add value in...

Suddenly a co-author of a book on the Japanese National ID »

I had asked Gosuke to ghost write a short article for the Tokyo Shimbun (newspaper) based on a discussion with me. It was about the problems with the National ID. (I DID review it.) Then, I was asked to write an blurb in a book about the National ID so I asked Gosuke to add some more of my thoughts to the aritcle and we gave it to the publisher. Before I knew it, with the mere contribution of a 2 page ghost-written article, I was the co-author of the book, my name on the front of the book...

Esther Dyson thanks us and makes fun of John Gage »

Cool! I was officially recognized as a "Japanese digital entrepreneur/venture capitalist" by Esther Dyson! Saw this article today for the first time. (Thanks Frank!) This about the Fortune Brainstorming Conference I blogged about. I brought everyone the MELCO Airstation. It is the smallest 802.11b access point that I know of. Recently, all port-a-demo pitches in Japan of network technologies involve one of these little guys. Esther Dyson - NYT Syndicate The Wi-Fi Warrior by Esther Dyson distributed by the New York Times Syndicate - August 07, 2002 excerpt THANKS FOR HELPING The system worked flawlessly for me, but somehow...

Justin Sneaks Past Immigration »

So I've been helping Justin try to get his Journalist Visa for Japan. I wrote a letter and helped him get one which got taken away the when he left Japan last time. Now he is applying for another one and I've written another letter. Justin Hall Update: They asked my sponsor, Joichi Ito, to call (because he is Japanese, he might "understand the nuance" they suggested). He did, from Europe. Nice of him. He reports, "They didn't ask me anything, but told me that the Tokyo office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was reviewing your case and that...

Information Security Seminar »

Now I'm sitting on a panel sponsored by the government about security. The panel is focused on the security of government networks. I am sitting on the far left and the guy in favor of the national ID is sitting on the far left. I just talked about the importance of privacy and the fact that privacy is different from security. I talked about how privacy is not only a right of citizens, but a necessary element for demcracy. I talked about how the OECD guidelines for privacy were written before the Internet and that we needed to look...

R&D Venture Project Team Committee Meeting »

So here I am sitting in the "Research and Development Venture Project Team" worrying about my Foma card intefering with the microphone again... They call it a team since it probably seems more "venture-like" than a "committee" but it is in fact a government committee. I THINK that this committee was mostly initiated through meetings that I had with the Minister of Education, Science and Technology Koji Omi after I gave a talk at the committee on business, academic and government cooperation. It was a very "high level" committee and I thought that it wasn't practical enough. Minister Omi...

Menorca »

I've uploaded some photos of Menorca. I put them on photos.yahoo.com because their multi-photo upload feature is GREAT when you have a flakey, slow line. So I'm standing in on the bed sticking my head out of the North facing window with my Vaio sitting on the window. This sort of works. I wonder what I am doing though. I feel like an alchoholic trying desperately to get drunk off of a wimpy drink through a straw or something. This narrowband experience must be some kind of punishment for having such a heavy index page on my blog. Or maybe...

Some Photos from Linz »

I've put some photos from Linz on Yahoo Photos. In wonder if this is the best photo site. Branding works. The first place I went to look for a photo album online was photos.yahoo.com and there it was. Right now I am using an OSX server and we can't seem to get perl module installed to let me do thumbnails in Movable Type. Also, doing titles and captions was a pain so I wanted to try an album site. On the other hand the photo titles and the layout in Yahoo Photos seems to suck as well. Maybe I haven't...

Connectivity Blues »

So I'm in my hotel room using an analog dialup connection to an Austrian Earthlink POP that is flakey. I've got a Sony-Ericsson phone that isn't doing gprs properly and I've got a Siemens phone that whose gprs is working, but I don't have the right cable. My VPN client isn't working so I can't read my email... I have connectivity blues... I've taken a lot of pictures and have a lot of blog material, but with the tiny screen on my Sony C1MRX and this tiny pipe... blogging is a totally different experience. Anyway, these are all excuses for...

Travel to Europe »

Mizuka and I will be leaving in 8 hours for the airport to go to Europe. We'll be going first to Linz, Austria where I will be giving a talk at the Prix Ars Electronica on Identity and Privacy in a Globalized Community. We'll be staying at the Wolfinger on the main square and I know already they don't have modular phone jacks in the room. So unless I wake up early tomorrow morning, my next blog will probably be from the Ars Electronica Center in Linz. After Linz, we'll be going to one of Martin's houses on his farm...

Being fasionable in Japanese business society »

The picture is from the shoene (Cool Suit) Page.Yesterday was probably one of the hottest most uncomfortable days I've ever had from a fashion perspective. We were all wearing suits and ties from 9am to 8pm sitting in the same room of a Japanese government building with the themostat set at the official 28 degrees (which is 82 degrees fahrenheit) for government buildings. This energy saving policy is a good thing from a tax paper perspective, but pretty tough for someone like me who isn't used to it. This policy prompted a whole line of energy saving suits. Former Prime...

Giving METI Money to University High Tech Ventures »

Hirata and I will be spending the day at Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry (METI) judging the business plans of dozens of high tech venture business plans from university/industry programs. The TLO/venture program is part of a huge METI project to try to get ventures to grow from universities. The problem, after reading most of the plans, is that just giving money to these guys will not a venture business make... I am worried that this is going to be a huge waste of tax money... I think it is OK to fund basic research with government money, but...

The Family Business »

Last week my uncle Hiro visited from Iwate to let me know that he was turning 70 and that I should start preparing to take over the family business. The family business is not really a business, but a family foundation that runs schools. The main school is currently a school for nurses....

Some Koyasan Notes »

I just got back from Koyasan. It was an amazing experience. The day we arrived the head monk gave us a speech about the mandalas in the Kongobuji temple of Koyasan. There was a very impressive ceremony and dancing by women from the temple at the end. We all sat around inside the main temple room and listened. (I snuck around a bit and took pictures.) A magazine, AERA, is doing a story about me and the cameraman was also snooping around taking pictures of me taking pictures of stuff. Koyasan only has temples and no hotels, but many...

Going to Koyasan »

Engin01, the cultural non-profit that I helped start is having an offsite meeting at one of the most famous temples in Japan, Koyasan. There are no hotels to stay in, just temples. I will be staying in a temple with Mizuka, Yanai-san of Pia and his wife Makiko-san. I will be bringing my camera and computer, so I may be able to bring my blog with me, but if I am out of touch for a few days, sorry! I'll upload stuff when I get back....

Ministry's Efforts to Co-Opt Me? »

Japan has a process where they make boards and inquiry panels to discuss important issues with experts and the public. These inquiry panels are defined by law and are supposed to be an important part of the law making process, but in fact they are often used to diffuse public pressure and just act like they care. I am often asked to join such panels and I find I learn a lot about what is going on and can usually influence the direction ever so slightly. I usually feel this is better than not doing anything, but I am often...

Fortune Brainstorm 2002 Wrap Up »

So it 4:40am in Aspen and I'm going through cards and notes from the conference. Overall, it was one of the best conferences I've attended. I think they invited a little over 100 people. All of the people were very high quality and the format of the sessions were great, although the scheduling was a bit out of control. On the other hand, I guess that can be expected to a certain extent considering the egos of the people who were speaking. ;-) I had 2 false starts for my blurb and when I was suddenly told to present, I...

On My Way to Fortune's Brainstorm 2002 in Aspen »

I'm on my way to Aspen today to attend Fortune's Brainstorm 2002. There is the list of people who attended last year on the Fortune web page. There is also a web page about what they discussed last year. I am supposed to prepare a 3 minute "brainscan" blurb. Hmm... I think I'll talk about the imact of digital communications on media, the public, the economy, security and the sovereignty of nations or something. I think people are sick of hearing New Economy crap, but I think that people have overestimated and short term impact and underestimated the long...

Moda »

Dropped by Moda with Mizuka last night. Moda is a bar run by my Jr. high and high school classmate Tomo. We used to run the Nishimachi yearbook dark room together and also used to throw the school dance parties together. We're both still into photography, but Tomo has made a career out of throwing parties. ;-) Tomo had redesigned the place and installed a dart board with an electronic scoring system. He also hired two guys and one of them cooks, so they serve food now. It's a cool place to hang out if you are in Harajuku....

Havenco Doing Well According BBC »

Quoted from Slashdot (I quoted the whole thing since it is short. Thanks for finding this Sen!) Posted by timothy on Tuesday July 09, @06:36PM from the private-enterprise dept. davecl writes: "The off-shore datahaven, HavenCo, is doing well, according to the BBC. HavenCo is based on a WW2 gunnery platform several miles of the English coast. In the 60s it was outside the 3 mile territorial waters, and a retired Army officer moved there and proclaimed it the independent state of Sealand. In the 80s territorial waters were extended to 12 miles. Sealand's nation status is this unclear, but...

Gene Kan Passed Away »

Gene was one of the co-founders of Gnutella and a very outspoken leader in the P2P movement. He co-founded Infrasearch which was acquired by Sun Microsystems. I'm not sure about this, but read this on boingboing and boingboing pointed to an obituary "written by one of Gene's co-founders from Infrasearch" The obituary says: Gene was a unique individual. He was quiet and perceptive, kind and honest, possessing a quick wit and a questioning mind. During the last two years we made good and bad decisions, were happy and sad at the same moments, and after selling InfraSearch always wanted to...

Site Soft Launch »

So it looks like my web site is finally ready for a soft launch. Now I have to figure out what to do with the Japanese version... Anyway, thanks Justin, for helping me get this far. I think this blog format is much better than my old static page which I had edit html directly. For anyone who isn't using blog software to do their web page, I highly recommend it. If you don't know what a blog is, google for it. ;-) Any comments about the site would be really helpful....

CPSR Japan Chapter Formed »

We have formed a Japan chapter of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility. Shinji Yamane, who has been working on this project for quite a while will be the chair. Kazuo Fujimoto will be the secretary and I will be the treasurer initially. I am trying to get CPSR to help me show the technical problems with the National ID program that Japan is trying to implement. We have a local movement protesting the national ID....

RSA Japan 2002 talk on Privacy »

I gave a presentation at the RSA Japan 2002 conference. The talk was about privacy. Here is the presentation in pdf format....

Is i-mode simply a merger between the teenage pager market, which was huge in Japan, and voice? »

From my column in Japan Inc.: ...We talked about i-mode and the future of 3G and wireless. Mr. Ishiwata pointed out that 80 percent of DoCoMo's revenues still come from voice and that DoCoMo basically subsidized handset makers so that they were able to sell them at the same price as the plain old voice handsets being sold by competitors. It wasn't a brilliant marketing scheme allowing companies to sell the Net to young people so much as a way to use DoCoMo's deep pockets to subsidize a new device for stealing voice traffic away from competitors. Also noted was...

Met Gnutella founder Gene Kan. »

From my column in Japan Inc.: Gnutella, Toyota, Oki Matsumoto of Monex and sneaky stock tricks....

Had dinner with Shigeaki Saegusa »

From my column in Japan Inc.: Had dinner with Shigeaki Saegusa, spoke with Mitsumasa Murase, appeared on Hodo 2001, met Tim Collins of Ripplewood....

Participated in a brunch for John Gage with the usual suspects. »

From my column in Japan Inc.: Participated in a brunch for John Gage with the usual suspects. Rounded up some of the local BeOS gurus and gave a demo of some of the cool apps they've developed to Steve Sakoman. Had dinner with Keigo Oyamada. Was interviewed by Bloomberg Magazine. Had dinner with Irving Wladawsky-Berger, VP of technology and strategy at the Enterprise Systems Group of IBM....

People still seem to think that the Net is something that happens on top of voice. It's the other way around. »

From my column in Japan Inc. - Gave my thoughts about NTT's interconnect fees to Wendy Cutler, assistant to the US Trade Representative who was in town negotiating the fees for telcos trying to reach Japan. - Was on a panel at an Israeli venture business forum and was impressed with the presentations. - Went to the police station in Chiba to confirm that the person in the OVIS photo was me. - Met with Kazuo Asada, the president of NTT West. - John Markoff, a good friend and my favorite technology journalist (from The New York Times) came to...

The Markets Are Stupid. The Current Internet Valuations Have Very Little to Do With the Actual Value of the Companies. »

From my column in Japan Inc.: - Had dinner with Yukihiro Kayama, the CEO of EC One. - Went to see the new Lawson team. - Was invited to US Ambassador Tom Foley's residence to meet a group of people from Washington State visiting on a trade mission. - Saw Shoichiro Irimajiri, the CEO of Sega who recently stepped down from his post as president. - Oki Matsumoto of Monex called me up the other day and said that the Bit Valley folks wanted to have a small seminar to talk seriously about the issues facing entrepreneurs today. - Now...

Eventually We'll Realize We Shouldn't Spew Our Data Into Cyberspace »

- Had a meeting with Oki Matsumoto of Monex about how he figured out and got approval for a method to get around the サ0,000 par value stock issue and allow companies to issue as many shares as they want. - Saw Hiroshi Mikitani for the first time since the IPO of his company, Rakuten, soared to a multibillion dollar valuation. - Participated in the first meeting of the MITI study group on corporate statute and what needs to be changed to help venture businesses and the New Economy move forward. - Had dinner with my sister, Keiko Ochiai, and...

US Net Ventures Lack Globalization Skills »

From my column in Japan Inc.: - Did an interview for Hotwired Japan with Taiga Matsuyama, one of the founders of the Bit Valley Association. - Gave a talk at the Financial Supervisory Agency about my thoughts on the future of financial services on the Net. - A group from the Kellog School of Business visited our offices and we had a chat about venture businesses in Japan. - Attended a meeting of "Mumei No Kai" or "the gathering of the unknown people." - Met Michael Dell of Dell Computer. - Did a discussion-style interview with Jiro Kokuryo from the...

Obscene Japanese Taxes Countered by Good Food and Culture »

From my column in Japan Inc.: - Appeared on Professor Mitsuru Iwamura's show on Asahi News Star. - Was invited, along with several other entrepreneurs, by the minister of the US Embassy, Mr. Christopher J. La Fleur, to meet David R. Andrews, legal adviser to the US State Department. - Met the famous Jack Wadsworth, chairman of Asia for Morgan Stanley. - Had dinner with Jun Makihara of Goldman Sachs, Ernest Higa of Higa Industries, and Merle Okawara of JC Foods who is now president of eBay Japan. - Participated as a board member of a study group meeting at...

In This Land-Grab Era of Net Growth, We Can Be Both Successful and Generous »

From my column in Japan Inc.: - Went to visit some business model patent experts. - Had dinner with Kuroiwa-san [Yuji Kuroiwa, Japan's Ted Koppel] and his director from TV Man Union. - Had dinner with Yu Takami and Kotaro Yamamoto. - Met with Dan Fujii from Hambrecht & Quist. It looks like H&Q are being very aggressive in Asia and they may help raise the quality of VCs here. - Met with Funabashi-san of Asahi Shimbun. - Gave a short presentation at the Global Internet Project meeting. - Had breakfast with John Patrick. - Was selected to be on,...

Politicians: Their Ignorance Is Our Bliss »

From my column in Japan Inc.: - Had lunch with Yasuhide Uno of Osaka Yusen. His father wired up much of Japan with a cable music service, without MPT approval. - Had dinner with Ryu Murakami, the Akutagawa Award-winning writer of Coin Locker Babies fame who is now writing an email magazine on finance. - Professor Iwamura is one of the smartest people I know; he studies extensively on his own and has become one of Japan's leading experts in a myriad of fields, including macroeconomics, cryptography, risk, venture business, and policy. lso, several Japanese government agencies had their websites...

Neoteny: The VCs Commit, The Board Sings »

From my column in Japan Inc.: - By the time you read this, the news will be on the street that US VC J.H. Whitney (an investor in J@pan Inc.'s parent company, LINC Media) and PSINet have invested $20 million in Neoteny, my incubator. - I attended one of the regular meetings at Koso Nippon, for the first time as a speaker. - At the beginning of the year, I was on a show with my favorite announcer, Yuji Kuroiwa, and Kenichi Takemura, Kiichi Miyazawa (Japan's minister of finance and ex-prime minister), Jiro Koku-ryo (KBS), Yotaro Kobayashi (chairman of Fuji...

What the Government Should Be Focused on Is Deregulation to Allow New Businesses to Operate Freely »

From my column in Japan Inc.: - I'm in the process of restructuring my business development company into a more scalable incubator. 0 November 29 was the Mothers launch party. - On December 2, Taiga Matsuyama of the Bit Valley Association asked me to make a few comments at the Bit Valley meeting. - A few days later, at the Net Vision meeting, Tetsuya Isozaki from NetYear made a very interesting comment. - Also this month, I attended an interesting meeting where a government agency lined up Masayoshi Son, George Hara, myself, and various other outspoken venture people and started...

Swapping Tips and Arranging Bits »

From my column in Japan Inc.: - On November 21, Shobi Gakuin hosted Infowar-a conference based on last year's Infowar symposium at Ars Electronica. - I also went to Silicon Valley this month. I spent a few days at Infoseek, a day at a new school called Ex'pressions, where I serve on the supervisory board, and spent the rest of the time zooming around the Valley, catching up with old friends and meeting new ones. - I spent some time at Be Inc., now shifting its attention to the Internet appliance market. I've also been spending a lot of time...

Don't Believe the Lawmakers When They Sat That Law Can Protect Your Privacy »

From my column in Japan Inc.: - Last month, I wrote about the unauthorized access bill drafted by the National Police Agency that would finally make breaking into computers illegal in Japan. - In the meantime, banks have decided that they don't want to take any risk. - On the 18th of September, Austin Hill from Zero Knowledge Systems dropped by on his way back from the privacy conference in Hong Kong. - Recently, I have been thinking about community and services on the Internet that support communities. - Although there are various models of co-ops and other groups coming...

Japan's Cops Are Getting Smarter, but Only Some of Them »

From my column in Japan Inc.: I was on the National Police Agency (NPA) study group committee that put together the recent unauthorized access bill. Next item on the Net security blotter was the Ministry of Justice's wiretap bill, clearing the Diet on August 12, likely as the result of pressure from the U.S. What the Japanese Diet did not understand when deliberating the bill is that we are no longer in the days of analog wires, tapes, and headphones....

The Annual Billionaires' Digerati Dinner 1999 »

I was invited to dinner by John Brockman. Lots of "digital stars." I was probably the poorest person there....

Cypherpunks Archive at MIT »

I've been flamed several times in Cypherpunks. This notes is Vulis offhandedly taking a stab at me after I jumped on (and was jumped on by) Tim May for mocking Nakatsuji's bad English. At the end of the day, Nakatsuji had it coming after a flurry of stupid messages, but I didn't think it was fair for Tim to make fun of his English. Tim got attacked by many on the list, but I doubt it concerned him much. While we were at it, I got Vulis on my tail. Typical Cypherpunk action I guess. Here is the offensive email...

My glock 23 »

This is a picture of me with my Glock 23 at the Frontsight Firearms Training Institute. I learned a great deal about guns and the people who like guns. I found myself liking guns a lot after the 4 day course in the desert. The class was great and I appreciate Lucky Green who turned me on to guns.Just an interesting thing I've noticed... Computer vulnerability cracker/hackers tend to like pornography a lot. Crytographers seem to really like guns. Makes sense I guess.

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...

RU Sirius and Mondo 2000 in SF Weekly »

This is an article about the early days of Mondo 2000. I thought we were friends, but this is what they had to say about me. I didn't know I was being "targeted for a possible investment." Of course it's not true that my parents came from "wealthy big business." I think the party they are talking about was the party that Tim Leary organized for me at the Mondo 2000 house to introduce me to a bunch of people in SF. Anyway... quote: Mondo also partied with people whose money it coveted, throwing one affair for Joichi Ito, its...