Year: 2010

  • The Future of Print

    Two concepts floated around in the past year envision the future of print on connected tablets such at the iPad. Future of the Book, a video by IDEO, suggests three designs for an interactive book. Co. Design has some thoughts and link to an interview with some of the designers behind this concept. Mag+ is […]

  • Facebook virtual currency now real

    Facebook virtual currency now real

    USA Today reports that Facebook Credits will be available as gift cards at Target. The new Facebook gift cards will be available in values of $15, $25 and $50 at all of Target’s 1,750 retail stores and at Target.com. Two or three more national retailers will start selling the cards in coming months. The article […]

  • Pokémon Breeding and the Masuda Method

    The depths of Pokémon gamer knowledge are beyond my reach. My kids, on the other hand, have gone deep and are using the internet to expand their learning further. I helped connect their Nintendo DS to Wifi so they can explore virtual worlds. Now they are connecting with other players around the world to trade […]

  • Miss Universe National Costumes

    I had no idea that there was a National Costume portion of the Miss Universe pageant. I need to tune in next time. Excellent collection of snarky one-liners over at Tom & Lorenzo’s blog. Part One & Part Two.

  • Getting Down Finnish Style

    Hope you all had a chance to tune into Radio Helsinki at 4:30 pm and boogie down. For some virtual fun, click play on all three links below at the same time. It’s all part of Happy Helsinki and the Helsinki Festival.

  • EdgeRank, the Facebook Newsfeed Algorithm

    EdgeRank, the Facebook Newsfeed Algorithm

    Michael Berstein, a researcher at MIT, posts a snapshot of the algorithm used to calculate what is shown to you in the Facebook Top News feed. The algo is called EdgeRank and he describes it as such: I’ll cut through the math using words. Whenever somebody interacts with a news feed item, they create an edge […]

  • Fun with Foursquare

    The visualization below was built in 48 hours using the FourSquare API. Ian Kennedy’s Foursquare by WeePlaces.com. A video of the global view, posted it on Vimeo, and posted it below.

  • Back to Blogging?

    Paul Carr – Thnks Fr Th Mmrs: The Rise Of Microblogging, The Death Of Posterity by constantly micro-broadcasting everything, we’ve ended up macro-remembering almost nothing. Leo Laporte – Buzz Kill I was shouting into a vast echo chamber where no one could hear me because they were too busy shouting themselves. All this time I’ve been […]

  • What to do in Tokyo?

    What to do in Tokyo?

    A friend visiting Tokyo asked for recommendations. I often get this kind of question (I lived there for 10 years and am half-Japanese)  so for future reference, to point people in the future (and a place to park any follow up suggestions in the comments) I’ll put my recommendations here in this post. Here’s the […]

  • Cheesecake for Breakfast

    Cheesecake for Breakfast

    I just got back from two weeks vacation in Paris with the Izumi and the kids. We opted to spend all our time in one place and rented an apartment so that we could soak in the rhythms of daily life in the city at our own pace. As an American from Silicon Valley, two […]