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Life and death on the Tokyo metro »

I ended the work day with a study group and an expert guest where we discussed the Japanese legal system. Although there were some small signs of hope, I find that the more I learn about how things really work, the more pessimistic I get about causing actual change in Japan. As I pondered the futility of revolutionary activities in Japan, I jogged to try to catch the train to connect to the commuter train for my 1.5 hr shlep back to my home. As I entered the station, I noticed an unusually large crowd of people on the...

Shibuya Photowalk »

We did another photo walk the other day. This time we wandered around Shibuya. I just realized that I didn't blog about it. I posted my set to Flickr and you can see the images of the rest of the photographers tagged with ccphotowalk071111. Thanks to everyone who participated and special thanks to Fumi and Mika for organizing everything....

Enjin01 in Niigata »

Got back yesterday from the Enjin01 event in Niigata. The theme of this year's event was laughter. (Flickr set here.) Enjin01 is a Japanese non-profit that I helped start. It is a funny mishmash of people including artists, business people, politicians, academics, journalists, novelists... just about every kind of background you can imagine. It is a membership organization with about 180 people. It is a totally volunteer organization and no one gets paid for talks we give or activities we participate in and it is funded by membership fees from the members and corporate donations. Some members give a...

A day in my life in Beijing »

JUMP系列 Photographer:老0 I landed in Beijing yesterday at 5AM from Los Angeles and am leaving today at 1PM for New York. From a logistical and environmental perspective, I think this was one of my stupider trips. However, from a content perspective, this was one of my best trips ever. I really met more interesting people, saw more interesting things and had more interesting conversations in a single day than I've had in a long time. I started out the morning yesterday by giving at talk at cnbloggercon organized by Isaac Mao. I gave a talk about the sharing economy...

Changes at ICANN »

Today Vint stepped down as chairman of ICANN as his term came to and end. The new board elected Peter Dengate Thrush as the new chairman. My term also came to and end. I'll blog about this more, but thought I should post this first......

Hello Kitty WoW Interface »

My new Hello Kitty UI for WoW Via Yusuf. And no. I didn't do this. ;-) ... but it is awesome. Does anyone know where I can download this? UPDATE: Found it! Hello Kitty Island Adventure UI...

Enjoying PhotoPhlow »

Still early stage but very well done. Enjoying PhotoPhlow a lot. Reminds me of proto-Flickr. Set up a #joiito PhotoPhlow channel there and hanging out when I'm free. For now it appears that they will shoot you an invite if you sign up on the site. Kudos to iMorpheus for the invite....

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...

Tom's Intimate Contact »

Based on the true story of Tom Coates Technorati Tags: Tom Coates...

Tom's Social Software Idea »

The saga of Tom Coates will continue... Technorati Tags: Tom Coates...

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....

Mozilla 24 »

Jun Murai giving opening remarks It started at noon today Japan time, but don't miss Mozilla 24, a 24 hour global event organized by Mozilla....

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...

Kyoto »

Just got back from visiting Kyoto with Reid, Michelle and Mizuka. Posted some photos to a Flickr set. Also posted a short chat with Reid about venture business in China and Japan in mp3 (8.9 MB) and ogg (15.3 MB) formats....

China trip »

View from Shanghai JW Marriott Just returned from a trip to China with Reid, Michelle, Ellen and Kazuya organized by Leonard Liu and his team. We met with VCs, entrepreneurs and a few of my old friends. I was in Shanghai a few years ago just as the US VCs were starting to set up offices in Shanghai. Things have clearly moved forward a notch. The first wave of entrepreneurs have exited their successful ventures and are now on their second or third venture. The VCs seem to have a community. More and more US educated Chinese seem to...

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....

freeplaces »

Talked to nacho_c and we decided to start using the "freeplaces" tag as a location/place compliment to the "freesouls" tag....

Wikimedia Commons user page »

Just made a gallery on my Wikimedia Commons User Page. Wee....

Ryuichi Sakamoto »

According to Wikipedia, "Ryuichi Sakamoto (坂本 龍一 Sakamoto Ryūichi, born January 17, 1952, Nakano, Tokyo, Japan) is an Academy Awards-winning, Grammy-winning, Golden Globe-winning Japanese musician, composer, producer and actor, based in New York and Tokyo." I first met Ryuichi Sakamoto in 1997. Of course I knew of him having been a HUGE fan. Like many Japanese my age, Yellow Magic Orchestra defined an era of our youth where video games, anime and technology merged in the 80’s. YMO made us feel cool, global and different from our parents. Timothy Leary and I talked a lot about YMO in the...

Tokyo photo walk »

Harajuku Takeshita dori A bunch of us went for a walk in Tokyo and took some pictures....

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....

Keigo Oyamada aka Cornelius »

According to Wikipedia, "Cornelius (born Keigo Oyamada (小山田圭吾) January 27, 1969 in Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, Japan) is a Japanese recording artist and producer. Oyamada's first claim to fame was as a member of the pop duo, Flipper's Guitar, one of the key groups of the Tokyo Shibuya-kei scene. Following the disbandment of Flipper's Guitar in 1991, Oyamada donned the "Cornelius" moniker and embarked on a successful solo career." Keigo's mother is my mother's cousin. Keigo's grandmother moved to Tokyo in her youth while my grandmother stayed in Northern Japan to run our household. Keigo and his cousins became our local...

Lawrence Lessig »

According to Wikipedia, "Lawrence Lessig (born June 3, 1961) is an American academic. He is currently professor of law at Stanford Law School and founder of its Center for Internet and Society. He is best known as a proponent of reduced legal restrictions on copyright, trademark and radio frequency spectrum, particularly in technology applications." I think I met Larry when he was in Japan promoting the Japanese edition of Code and I was on a panel with him. I got to know Larry better when he was in Japan for an extended period in 2002-2003 I think. At the...

Justin Hall »

According to Wikipedia, "Justin Hall (born December 16, 1974 in Chicago, Illinois), is an American freelance journalist who is best known as a pioneer blogger (internet-based diarist), and for writing reviews from game conferences such as E3 and the Tokyo Game Show." I don't know exactly how I officially met Justin, but it was probably through Howard Rheingold or something back in the early early days of the Web. (Howard is one of Justin's mentors.) Justin had a site called Justin's Links from the Underground. It was the first website of his kind where he wrote about his life....

Howard Rheingold »

According to Wikipedia, "Howard Rheingold (born July 7, 1947) is a critic and writer; his specialties are on the cultural, social and political implications of modern communication media such as the Internet, mobile telephony and virtual communities (a term he is credited with inventing)." I met Howard a long time ago by Internet standards - in the early 1980's... before The Web. *gasp* We were both heavily involved in online services and their forums like The Source, CompuServe, The Meta Network, Delphi and others. We were both part of an organization called "The Electronic Network Association". I think that...

Scott S. Fisher »

According to Wikipedia, "Scott Fisher is Professor and Chair of the Interactive Media Division in the USC School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California, and a Fellow of the the Annenberg Center for Communication there. He is an artist and technologist who has worked extensively on virtual reality, including stints at NASA, Atari Research Labs, MIT's Architecture Machine Group and Keio University." When I first moved to California, Timothy Leary, who I had recently met in Tokyo, picked me up at LAX and took me to his house where he had a party and introduced me...

John Perry Barlow »

According to Wikipedia, "John Perry Barlow (born October 3, 1947) is an American poet, essayist, retired Wyoming cattle rancher, political activist and former lyricist for the Grateful Dead." Barlow is one of my best friends who connects to a large number of my different networks. I first met Barlow through Timothy Leary. Timothy was always generous with his network and Barlow was one of the first people Tim introduced me to. Barlow became a friend of the family and we spent a lot of time together. Barlow and I have talked a lot through the years about the differences...

Time-lapse using a Canon 5D and a Pclix »

Pat recommended I try to Pclix for time-lapse. Just recorded dinner in our living room using my Canon 5D. Pretty interesting effect. Now to find something more interesting to shoot. (5 MB .mov of the dinner) UPDATE: Put together a day's worth of time-lapse with Wataridori 2 by Cornelius. (29 MB mp4)...

My picture of Pierre in BusinessWeek »

Good news. Pierre made BusinessWeek's list of Entrepreneurs for the Ages. Congrats Pierre! And... they used my photo of him. Yay! Bad news. They didn't give me attribution. It's the ONLY thing I ask people do with my photos since they're Creative Commons Attribution licensed. It doesn't cost them anything... and they're crediting the photos by Getty Images. /me shakes fist at BusinessWeek The original Flickr image is here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/joi/498701092/ I suppose they might have found it on Pierre's Wikipedia article. But... clicking on the photo shows the license. UPDATE: I wrote them a letter and they sent me...

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...

San Juan photos »

Our awesome scribes: Teri Darrenougue and Laura Brewer My photos from the ICANN meeting in San Juan are posted on Flickr in a set. They're all Creative Commons Attribution licensed so free to use with attribution. If they're pictures of yourself, go ahead and use them without attribution if you have to....

Freesouls and Photo Commons »

Last month, I blogged about one of my new "missions" - to take photographs of people and post them under a CC-BY license so that Wikipedians and other people writing articles have access to photographs that they can use in articles. There is a problematic lack of usable photos of most people as any Google Image search will prove. I've been talking about this a bit more and Larry suggest we start a "freesouls" movement to encourage people to post take and post their photos under a free license. I've started tagging any decent quality images of people on my...

Steve Jobs and Bill Gates at D »

Walter Mossberg and Kara Swisher interview Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. John Markoff wrote a New York Times article about this interview. They used my photo. w00t! A few notes of my own that I posted on Flickr: Bill: "I'd give a lot for Steve's taste." Steve: "Bill was much better at partnering than Steve Wozniak and I were." We've kept secret that: Steve: "We've been married for 10 years." [It was actually: "We've kept our marriage secret for over a decade now."] Bill: "I'm not the Fake Steve." Quotes from memory. Exact text may be wrong. UPDATE 2:...

Rock vs Tree »

I feel like this tree - lots of branches that are heavy and overextended. I wish I felt more like this rock....

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...

Ismhunting »

I wrote a post awhile ago about Chuoism. Chiba Newtown Chuo is a designed from scratch community in the middle of nowhere near my house. The town has the feeling of Japanese consumer culture for the masses that someone decided to spin by calling it "Chuoism". I always thought it was a funny word. On my way home today, I decided to get off of the train at Chiba Newtown and go Ismhunting and try to capture some of the Ismism with my camera. I've posted some of the images in an Ismhunting Flickr set. I am an ismhunter....

Leica M8 Magenta Madness Flickr Group »

Example of grays and blacks showing up aspurple/magenta under infrared-strong lighting. I just started the Leica M8 Magenta Madness Flickr group.About Leica M8 Magenta Madness The Leica M8 has a sensor that is overly sensitive to infrared. This problem causes a magenta hue on certain blacks, particularly fabrics. The color is also visible directly in lights and on anything that is lit by strong infrared light. There is a promised firmware update and IR/UV filters are just now shipping to early M8 customers with more to follow for the rest of us real soon now. Until we get our filters,...

My first HDR »

High Dynamic Range image ofstained glass in cathedral in LisboaAfter the ICANN board meeting yesterday, some of us went sightseeing. We visited a beautiful cathedral. It was amazingly fun and full of wonderful photo opportunities after spending a week trying find interesting shots in conference rooms and my hotel room. One thing I realized after taking some shots of the stained glass was that the cathedral was a perfect opportunity for High Dynamics Range (HDR) imaging. The Wikipedia article describes HDR thus:In computer graphics and photography, high dynamic range imaging (HDRI) is a set of techniques that allow a far...

Portraits of my ICANN friends »

Njeri RiongeI've been spending more and more of my time over the last few days looking at the world through the viewfinder of my M8. The predominantly interesting thing here to look at are people. The lighting of the conference is the standard tungsten lighting that causes my M8 sensor to turn everything into a horrible magenta hue. I've figured out how to basically correct for this, but the lighting in most of the meeting rooms is so boring anyway, that my focus has started to shift away from trying to do anything fancy in color during the sessions. Ian...

Can I show you my pictures? »

Ian Bogost is helping me figure out my "workflow" and my post processing. He's giving me very good advice on the shots. As I work on trying to figure out how much perfection to work on in the context of my workflow, I realize that I'm getting more and more confused about the role of Flickr on my photography. My Flickr feed currently consists of everything from quick shots uploaded immediately from my camera phone to quick portraits shot, processed and uploaded in minutes with my Leica to 6X6 film shot with my Hasselblad scanned with my film scanner. The...

Leica otaku bliss »

At GDC, Ian Bogost and I were geeking out about the Leica M8. He showed me his M8 and the amazing leather case he had for it. Later I asked him to refer me to his source. There is a guy named Luigi Crescenzi in Italy that makes them. You email Luigi via the somewhat crazy looking website. He took my order immediately and I got it a few days later. I've been sporting it for a few days now and I'm in otaku bliss. The case is really great and has that special handmade loving workmanship thing that...

Aperture Problems »

Ever since the OS X update, Aperture keeps crashing. Bah!Mar 16 15:52:09 joi crashdump[4663]: Aperture crashedI reinstalled it and ran a bunch of disk/directory repairs, but no go. I'm switching to Adobe Bridge. UPDATE: Someone at Apple just told me that the patch I made to the system to get it to do M8 RAW is probably the problem causing the crashing. They also told me that Apple is working on M8 RAW support. Stay tuned!...

Firefox color profile handling »

I am visiting Mozilla today for a board meeting. After a few inquiries, I was able to track down Stuart Parmenter who is working on the color profile issue that I blogged about in my last post. The good news is that Stuart is a photo and color geek and has already figured this out and fixed it. (It is Bug 16769 in Bugzilla@Mozilla.) Firefox 3.0 will have a bunch of improvements including dealing with color profiles in images properly. There are a few more tests that are required, but it will soon be in the tree and should be...

My M8 and my struggle with color »

I got the Leica M8 last week. My logic was that I had a lot of M series lenses already. I had waited too long to get the Digital back for my R8 and it was way too low-resolution by the time I finally got it. I didn't want to wait so long to get the M8. Although I guess I'm still happy I got the M8, I didn't do my research and there are a number of bugs that I'm having to work around. I already knew about the first bug by the time I actually got my M8....

Aperture and RAW »

Does anyone use Aperture and RAW images? I'm having trouble. I've downloaded and installed the RAW update, but it doesn't seem like Aperture recognizes the RAW DNG files from my Leica DIGITAL-MODUL-R. My Adobe Bridge deals with them fine. Any ideas? Thanks in advance for any advice....

No Photos from Fortune Brainstorm 2006 »

They just announced that the conference is on the record (yay!) but there are no photos allowed (boo!). They cited security reasons. I have a feeling maybe this had something to do with it. (disclaimer: I had nothing to do with the "derivative work")...

Pieter Hugo's photos: Hyena people of Nigeria »

Copyright Pieter Hugo Xeni Jardin @ Boing Boing BlogPieter Hugo's photos: Hyena people of Nigeria The thought that popped into my head when I first saw this incredible photo was, "next time you feel smug or badass, remember this and say -- no you are not tough. This is tough." Pieter Hugo's photo series "Hyena People of Nigeria" is the result of a ten-day trek the South African photographer took with a group of wandering minstrels and their animal companions: three hyenas, two pythons and four monkeys. Shown here: "Mallam Mantari Lamal with Mainasara, Nigeria, 2005" Here's a snip from...

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....

Getting out the vote in Ramallah »

OneVoiceGetting out the vote in Ramallah More photos are available in the new Palestinian Elections gallery.Good luck and my cheers for everyone working on getting out the vote in Palestine!...

dog listening to podcasts »

dog listening to podcasts Originally uploaded by pt. This is my favorite picture of the year......

1001: a desktop Flickr client »

10011001 is a desktop client to be used in conjunction with Flickr, the online photo-sharing website. 1001 not only uploads photos to your Flickr account, it notifies you anytime new photos from either your contacts, everyone, or your favorite tags are uploaded. 1001 allows you to step into the stream of photos passing through Flickr and to quickly see what's new at the moment. Just run the app in the background and if triggered, 1001 pops up a small unobtrusive window to notify you of new photos.Groovy new OS X client by Adriaan for Flickr. disclosure: Adriaan works for...

Get down and get taggy »

I'm going to quote David's whole post because it has a bunch of good links.David WeinbergerMetadata without tears Peter Merholz, AKA peterme, has an excellent article at Adaptive Path called Metadata for the Masses: But what if we could somehow peek inside our users’ thought processes to figure out how they view the world? One way to do that is through ethnoclassification [1] — how people classify and categorize the world around them. He takes del.icio.us and Flickr as examples of "ethnoclassification" (a phrase he tracks back to Susan Leigh Star),. (I am enamored of the branch of ethnoclassification 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...

I'm investing in flickr too »

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

How to take digital photos from a kite »

Ever wanted to take digital pictures from a kite? Phillip Torrone who brought us the Search Engine Belt Buckles shows us how. He makes it sound so easy....

It's just a lost pet Hyena »

I think the "mystery creature" in Maryland (via Boing Boing) is just a lost Nigerian pet Hyena. The mystery creature or "Hyote" Nigerian pet hyenas and baboons...

flickr integrates Creative Commons »

flickr, a photo management/social network/community/chat service just integrated Creative Commons so you can choose a license for a photo when you upload this. This is awesome. flickr integrates photos into your chat so that you can plop photos into a chat room from your shoe-box and copy photos into your shoe-box from a conversation. People can comment on the photos, etc. It's probably the best integration of photos in conversation that I've ever seen and now with Creative Commons, it should make feel safer and more fluid. Nice job Stewart!...

Rumsfeld bans camera phones in Iraq »

News24.comRumsfeld bans phone cameras London - Cellphones fitted with digital cameras have been banned in US army installations in Iraq on orders from Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, The Business newspaper reported on Sunday. Quoting a Pentagon source, the paper said the US defence department believes that some of the damning photos of US soldiers abusing Iraqis at Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad were taken with camera phones. "Digital cameras, camcorders and cellphones with cameras have been prohibited in military compounds in Iraq," it said, adding that a "total ban throughout the US military" is in the works. via Smartmobs The...

Lomography »

I recently discovered lomography. I think it fits very naturally with the spirit of moblogging.Lomographic Society InternationalThe 10 Golden Rules of Lomography 1 - take your camera everywhere you go 2 - use it any time - day and night 3 - lomography is not an interference in your life, but a part of it 4 - try the shot from the hip 5 - approach the objects of your lomographic desire as close as possible 6 - don't think (Wiliam Firebrace) 7 - be fast 8 - you don't have to know beforehand what you capture on film 9...

Cosplay community site "Cure" »

The Japanese "sort of equivalent" of SuicideGirls is Cure, a cosplay sight. The biggest difference is that the sexy pictures are not allowed. It's quite an amazing community. There are 5000 layers (comes from Cosplayers) and 30,000 cameko (comes from camera kozo or "Camera Boys"). The layers can be sorted by ranking or by the characters they play. The cameko are otaku who spend their lives taking pictures of the layers and giving beautiful prints of their photos to the layers and sharing them online. The site lets you send these photos to or view them on your mobile phones....

Sergey Brin in Drag »

Sergey Brin in Drag - EXCLUSIVE on Google Weblog...

Ethan and Ben »

That' me holding BenDan GillmorEthan and Ben At the Emerging Tech conference, more than one person noted the striking resemblance between Ethan Zuckerman and Benjamin Franklin. Coincidence? You decide.A lot of the people working on emergent democracy look founding fatherish. I wonder if you start looking like a founding father after you start pondering or whether looking in the mirror each day causes you to go down the "pondering about democracy" path. Where does that put me?...

Photo blogging ETech »

I knew I would not be able to compete with the other bloggers in covering the content of ETech so I focused on photos. I've finally uploaded most of the decent photos here. I took the photos with my Canon 300D. I used a 55-200mm telephoto zoom lens which helped me be more invasive and catch people off-guard. It looks more like a collection of snapshots of my friends than anything resembling photojournalism. For some real photojournalism, take a look at the World Press Photo awards....

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....

Joi Ito's Stuff »

In order to 1) mess around with TypePad more, 2) allow me to indulge my gadget obsession with complete abandonment and 3) experiment with multiple blogs, I've decided to start a blog about Joi Ito's Stuff. It is "a blog about stuff that I have, why I have it, what I'm doing with it and how I feel about it." I have no idea if this is a good idea or not, but starting blogs on New Year's Day seems like a good idea to me....

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!...

Switching to Canon EOS "Kiss/300D" Digital for my 35mm photography »

Ever since I saw a $30K digital back for my Hasselblad, I've been waiting for digital photography to come to REAL cameras. The guy at the store said, "some day they will be cheap enough to be worth it." Then I saw the article about the Digital-Modul-R digital back for the Leica R8/R9, I decided that I was going to go that route. I have a whole R8 system with many many lenses and this just made sense to me. Yesterday I went to a camera shop and asked when they would have them. "Oh, probably about a year...

Building norms together with the technologies »

danah has a good rant in response to Cory's thoughts on technologists that create technologies which cause awkward social situations.danah boydSo, in fleshing out Cory's call to technologists, i'd ask all technologists to consider not only what problems a technology solves, but what new ones could emerge. Start thinking like a writer or an abuser of technology. Imagine how people could misuse a technology to hurt others. Consider who gains and loses power from such technology. It's a fascinating exercise and far more fulfilling than just thinking about who benefits from something. And besides, then you won't always be thinking...

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!...

Cherry blossoms and my Nikon 8000ED »

Mizuka and I went to see the last cherry blossoms last week and I shot some Provia 100 with my Hasselblad. I got sick of the poor quality of the Photo CD's considering the cost and bought a Nikon 8000ED film scanner so I could do my own scans instead. Here's my first attempt. I'm still trying to figure out how to get it right and it does take a lot of time, but you have control and obviously much more tender loving care than the people scanning for you onto Photo CD's. I've posted a few pictures on my .mac site. I can't figure out what the white space is that gets inserted when I publish from iPhoto.Anyway, my iLife just got better thanks to Nikon.

Dinner with Governor Domoto »

Governor Domoto on the left and Merle Okawara on the right

Lunch with Mrs. Morita »

Shigeaki Saegusa and Yoshiko Morita

Japanese National Police Agency General Security Response Council »

This is a picture of Suguru Yamaguchi smiling when I told him I'd blog him.

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

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

Lunch at the new Marunouchi Building »

The XBOX CafeThe view of the Palace from the 36th floor restaurant we ate at

Photo.net »

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

Dinner at Gonpachi »

That's Yanai-san on the left and Hasegawa-san on the right

CPSR-Lessig Dinner »

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

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.

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

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

Picture of PSINet Japan POP 1994 »

PSINet Japan's POP in my bathroom circa 1994

Blogging with Cornelius »

Keigo pondering the notion of blogs...
Whiplash by Joi Ito and Jeff Howe
Freesouls by Joi Ito

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