Never stop moving

It’s been a year since I left Microsoft and moved to Japan to study Japanese at Yamasa. Now that my year-long studies have completed, I have moved to Tokyo (just this past Tuesday!) for a job doing IT design. In the spirit of change, my blog has also moved and can be found here: http://journal.nullschool.net/…

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Analyzing the aggregate music tastes of Mac, Windows, Linux users

Recently, a friend of mine introduced me to Audioscrobbler. Using an audio player plug-in, your music choices are collected and compiled into an overview of your musical taste, accessible from the Audioscrobbler website. The website also displays a list of neighbors–users with statistically close musical tastes. Friendster for music. Groups are another interesting feature of…

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I'm at war with the washing machine

I’m at war with the washing machine. No matter which countermeasures I take, this “home appliance” manages to stretch my clothes to extreme and unfair proportions. It is particularly brutal to t-shirts. I’m not the only one. Each apartment in my building has the same model. Every so often I spot a student, a fellow…

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People to thank, blogs as an emergent social network

Meeting people and building social networks is what makes conferences like TechEd really valuable. Last week was no exception. I had the privilege of meeting and talking with quite a few nice people. Thanks to everyone on this list:   [伊藤由起子] Yukiko Ito, ZEST Inc. [宇田豊和] Toyokazu Uda, Fuji Xerox [柿沼雄一郎] Yuichiro Kakinuma, ITMedia [河端善博]…

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Happy Blog Birthday!

One year ago today/yesterday I created my first post, since then averaging one per month. I feel like I need some sort of excuse for my snail-like pace. Maybe it was all those clandestine operations in Liechtenstein.

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Tokyo Trip Report: the Java-in-Japan question

Had a great time in Tokyo last week. Used Freespot to find some places with free wireless access, among them Cafe la Voie and Mixing Cafe. Also went to a meeting of the Tokyo PC Users Group where I heard an enjoyable presentation on the application of the electromagnetic spectrum to weapons technology. Spent some…

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