Reputation to give credibility to the blog

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As I mentioned before, the difference between the established media and the blog comes from the credibility to the public. The credibility to the meia has been gained for not a short period of time, so it is not easy to give it to the blog in short time. Thus, we need some mechanism to make it possible shorter than the normal way.

Nature of the blog is based upon "the friend of a friend" approach. This is how people make friends over time. But I focus on the structure of the social network, some influential "hub" people usually maintain a small group with some friends, and the relation between hub people really makes "spoke" people link with another "spoke" people in different groups. These "hub" people have strong influence on the reputation of other people. So, why don't we implement this in the mechanism for blog reputation.

Leaflets of condominiums in central Tokyo

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Gorgeous condo priced from JPY 104 million to JPY 302 millionThese days, there are so many leaflets of condos with newspaper. AVG of 10 or so are usually posted. These condos are usually located in Central Tokyo and priced around $500k but quite often over $1MM. I heard the more expensive, the sooner sold out. Due to the very low interest rate, I heard houses and condos are selling very well in the U.S. as well.

I heard that the U.S. economy seems picking up. Stock prices look stronger. Money seems to come back to investment. I was wondering if the same in Japan...

The blog & social networking

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Connecting networksAfter the 1st International Moblogging Conference, there was a networking opporutnity at the same club. It was really nice seeing people from various countries talking together. But it was regrettable that not so many Japanese(well, compared to the number of Japanese attendees to 1IMC) came to know more about other mobloggers. I wish, as a part of the host country, more Japanese came and showed the biggest hospitality.

I talked with Mie about the thought behind this phenomenon. I feel the speed of the network effect within Japanese blogs is slower than that in English blogs, which reflects lacks of experiences of networking activities in real life, doesn't it?

As you noticed, I am not a bilingual nor English speaker so it is not easy to talk in English, especially in a loud. But it is such opportunities, I believe, that "serendipity", as many mentioned in the conference, happens. Especially "hub" people get together and connect social networks by accident, but such meetings sometimes breed something. This is what I always expect in my life. New findings! Without them I would get bored and die.

Maybe I should have been a part of volunteers that ran the wonderful conference and asked more Japanese to come. Gen said no Japanese were members of it. This time, too late. Hope next time.

Overall, I have really enjoyed whole the conference. Many thanks to those who organized the conference.

Int'l Moblogging Conference in Tokyo

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1IMC LogoIt's exciting the 1st International Moblogging Conference has been taking place in Tokyo.
Wow, I guess more than 100 people, not only from Japan but all around the world, came and talked about the moblogging.


Even a moderator took pics during a panel...No wonder everybody, including speakers, take photos before, during, and after their speech. There is a Wi-Fi network so that people "could" be connected to blog - unfortunately being set up available only for Macintosh users :(

The conference is now taking a break for the night session - which begins at 8pm going on until the dawn (I guess).

If you're in Tokyo, please come to SuperDeluxe in Roppongi and welcome those who came to Tokyo! I'll be there and post photos taken there after I come home.

SARS detector?

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I encountered the SARS detector at Narita Airport in Tokyo

Tokyo named costliest city in world

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Some papers reported that Tokyo has replaced Hong Kong as the world's "most expensive city" title. The survery, which is about the cost-of-living including housing, food, transportation and entertainment, is from foreigners' point of view.

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Top 20 Cities (with last year's ranking):
1. Tokyo, Japan (3)
2. Moscow, Russia (2)
3. Osaka, Japan (6)
4. Hong Kong, China (1)
5. Beijing, China (4)
6. Geneva, Switzerland (28)
7. London, U.K. (10)
8. Seoul, South Korea (9)
9. Zurich, Switzerland (32)
10. New York, United States (7)
11. Shanghai, China (5)
12. St. Petersburg, Russia (8)
13. Oslo, Norway (40)
14. Hanoi, Vietnam (11)
15. Copenhagen, Denmark (62)
16. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (14)
17. Milan, Italy (63)
18. Shenzen (13) and Guangzhou, China (11) (tied)
20. White Plains, United States (16)


Can't take photos in Starbucks? Afraid not.

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From Lessig blog dear Starbucks, say it ain't true?

So I have this from an extremely reliable source, who vouches totally for the facts that follow.

Story one: Last month while visiting Charleston, three women went into a Starbucks. They were spending the weekend together and one of them had a disposable camera with her. To commemorate their time with one and other they decided to take round robin pictures while sitting around communing. The manager evidently careened out of control, screaming at them, “Didn't they know it was illegal to take photographs in a Starbucks. She insisted that she had to have the disposable camera because this was an absolute violation of Starbuck's copyright of their entire ‘environment'--that everything in the place is protected and cannot be used with Starbuck's express permission.

Trusted Trackback (2) : simplest case

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I've been thinking of the role of the trackback since I mentioned about the idea of Trusted Trackback.

Let's start with the role of the trackback. Imagine trackbacks between weblogs, not entries. A trackback is like asking an appointment without any reference, or “hi I'm here, please look at me.” If your blog accept trackbacks, you will find something from trackbacks. But the mechanism to select really useful information out of bunch of trackbacks will make things get easier. I want to make the trusted trackback help realize this.

Public Domain

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Lawrence Lessig Blog we need your help

About a month ago, I started sounding optimistic about getting a bill introduced into Congress to help right the wrong of the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act. I was optimistic because we had found a congressperson who was willing to introduce the bill. But after pressure from lobbyists, that is no longer clear. And so we need help to counter that pressure, and to find a sponsor.

The idea is a simple one: Fifty years after a work has been published, the copyright owner must pay a $1 maintanence fee. If the copyright owner pays the fee, then the copyright continues. If the owner fails to pay the fee, the work passes into the public domain. Based on historical precedent, we expect 98% of copyrighted works would pass into the public domain after just 50 years. They could keep Mickey for as long as Congress lets them. But we would get a public domain.

I can't do anything but blogging, since I am not in the US, but hope it helps.

Giant company, life-time employment, and stability

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I don't remember what was the source of these survey results, but was surprised at the recent survey showing that the largest number of young Japanese people who just started working for a company showed the preference for the stability of employment: working for large companies under the life-time employment system. Under such economic environments, even big companies don't guarantee the stability of the employment, but for young "salaried people" they believe the bigger the company they work for, the more stable conditions will be.