Friday May 15, 2009

Tokyo Beers for Books 051409

I went out to the Tokyo Beers for Books event the other night at Genius Tokyo in Ginza to see John Wood, Founder of Room To Read and author of Leaving Microsoft to Change the World. Fun nite. Great cause. Special thanks to Gary Bremermann for organizing the event with several hundred of his closest friends.

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Tuesday Apr 28, 2009

Tokyo2Point0 Images in Japan Times

So cool to see an article about TokyoPoint0 in the Japan Times today, and the reporter, Alex Martin, used six of my images to help illustrate the story. Even better. Nice to be part of a growing international web community in Tokyo. All of my stuff tagged Tokyo2Point0 tagged here.

Tuesday Mar 10, 2009

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The Tokyo2Point0 community gathering was excellent last night. As always. But better, actually. They tried a new format of lots of mini-talks, so the evening was filled with a great deal of content. It was pretty dynamic. And taking pictures in the dark was as challenging as ever, too. I kept walking around looking for anyone who had even a little light on his or her face. I took 250 photos and only these survived. But I met several dozen of Tokyo`s finest entrepreneurs and Web 2.0 developers. It`s quite a diverse and talented international community, I must say. Very cool.

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Tuesday Feb 03, 2009

7,000 OpenSolaris Photos on Flickr

I just checked on flickr and there are now over 7,000 images of OpenSolaris community members. Cool. Keep tagging 'opensolaris' and keep taking photos.

Wednesday Dec 24, 2008

Building Community with Photography

I'm noticing more and more of my images showing up all over the web -- in blogs, on mailing lists, on news sites, in presentations, and inside multiple social networks. That's very cool. I tag my images with the Creative Commons license, so I specifically want people to use them in new and interesting ways.

Before I started taking photographs at community events a few years ago, I hadn't realized the power of an image to cut through language and cultural barriers. It's quite efficient, actually. Every time someone puts one of my images into a Chinese or Japanese or Spanish (or whatever) blog and links back to me it literally introduces me to that community in their native language. And, in many cases, I've met new people I would have never met before in countries I've never been to. All from an image. Now, this happens with text all the time, of course, since I've been communicating on one forum or another in multiple open communities for years now. But it's a very different experience with photography. Images are so much faster at making personal connections across barriers. You don't have to translate. It's easy. You just look. It's instant. In some ways, images actually transcend language while still communicating something of value. I'll have to take more pics and write fewer words.

Sunday Oct 19, 2008

Sharing Cultures

There is a new Creative Commons campaign for 2008. And a great new video on sharing the culture. This blog is under CC. And so are my 9,000 or so images on flickr. The CC culture has enabled me to meet many hundreds of people around the world and also to be exposed to many thousands more. Really wild experience. Liberation.

Sunday Jun 01, 2008

Fuji

Fuji in black and white from a couple of winters ago ...

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Wednesday Jan 23, 2008

The Best OpenSolaris Photo Series

I just love this photo series -- OpenSolaris: World Forum on Free Knowledge 2007 -- from Alvaro Lopez Ortega. I know, I've blogged about the video of these images and probably the images as well, but I can't get this set out of my head. It's so simple and so effective. It just drips of personality, individuality, community, and freedom. I've been searching for the one word to express all this and I got it -- attitude!

I think we should have a photo contest on OpenSolaris. We clearly have thousands of images now from so many regions of the world. It could be an interesting and creative way to meet new people in the community. Humm ...

Tuesday Jan 15, 2008

A Photo on Gizmodo

I love it when my images make it on to other sites around the web. Here's one of Sam King, a fantastic guy I met in India at FOSS.IN -- JediPad May Be Coolest and/or Fugliest Pointy- Clicky Thing Ever. It's the last image down at the bottom. I remember I almost fell off the chair shooting down like that. Very cool, though.

Sunday Nov 25, 2007

A Portrait

Joi Ito shoots some really beautiful portraits. He snapped one of me the other day, which is humbling to say the least. I quite like it, though, which is rare. I'd rather shoot than be shot, believe me. There are a lot of snap shots of me floating around, but this is probably the only portrait since high school.

Thursday Jul 26, 2007

Photo Credits

SD Times used one of my photos from the RubyKaigi2007 in an article (on page 8 of this pdf) recently. The piece is about JRuby's Charles Nutter and Thomas Enebo. Very cool. I remember having a conversation with the guys and a PR firm a while back and giving permission, but I forgot about it. Then a friend sent me the link this morning because he thought the image looked familiar. Sure enough. Looks great in the article layout, too. :)

I publish the vast majority of my images under the Creative Commons Attribution - NonCommercial - ShareAlike license, but, sadly, SD Times didn't give me a photo credit. Oh, well. I'll have to be more explicit next time right up front so there is no misunderstanding. But I'm very happy the photo was used, and I have a lot of respect for SD Times.

However, over the last year or so, I've noticed that a few others have taken my images and used them in blogs and such without asking and without giving credit. Actually, you don't have to ask since they are licensed for that purpose, but to rip off someone's work as your own isn't very cool, eh? I'll continue shooting images and contributing them via CC because I believe that the vast majority of people appreciate it and are contributing back to the photo commons as well.
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