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The victim of old tv channel

 B&W Television, originally uploaded by forester401.   *The photo I picked up via seach in flickr with keywords “old tv.” I grew up in Kumamoto city, the southern part of Japan in my childhood, where they had only two tv

Posted in broadcast, consumer technology, explosion, tv, ui

The way toward my mixi request (a.k.a., maimiku request)

In mixi, people get to know each other gradually. Like any other SNS, in MIXI too, somehow it is important to express the self by uploading photo, decorating profiles, and joining communities, and exchanging messages with the new friends. Ashiato

Posted in ミクシィ, ブログ, consumer technology, folksonomy, Japan, maimiku, mixi, tag, Tokyo

YouTube contents are image-centric

Japan’s online research company NetRatings reports (via CNET Japan) that YouTube penetration in Japan is 5.2% which is almost close to that of US at 5.4% and that usage frequencies of 3.2 times and average viewing time of 32 min

Posted in ミクシィ, consumer technology, google video, Japan, metaphor, mixi, SNS, Tokyo, YouTube

The long tail for the quiet storm listenners (or time zone segmentation)

I like Quiet Storm (QS) at WBLS very much. It is played 7:00pm NY, that means 8 am in Tokyo, but I am not really in the QS mood in the morning. When I am in the QS mode at

Posted in consumer technology, Japan, long tail, music, Tokyo, wbls, WHUR

How google image helps learn English

I was reading an article about RSS to help me understand what it is. As usual, I have encountered the word, for which I don’t know the meaning. In addition to dictionaries ( and answers), google image (or yahoo image)

Posted in blog, consumer technology, google image, rss, yahoo

Broadcast as video

If “broadcast as video” is the new direction the ad agency-TV industry will pursue as Jeff Jarvis notes in the comment section of a vc’s post “Umair, Jarvis, Disney, and Me“, of Japan is probably more or less in

Posted in ギャオ, broadcast, consumer technology, 無料, digitize, disney, fred wilson, gyao, Hiroshi Kume, innovation, Japan, jeff+jarvis, MSM, newspaper, non-skippable, softbank, Tokyo, USEN, vod, yahoo, yomiuri

FONの風景 (The Scene of FON)

いまひとつ見えなかったFONの風景ですが、本日の発表会(? 記者会見)の録音を聞いて、なんとなくですが、イメージがみえてきました。伊藤穣一さんと多分お隣の女性が通訳&解説をされています。こちらは、Gohsuke Takama さんよりMIXIのコミュでご提供いただいた写真(↓)と発表会記者会見の録音です。 関連記事 IT media news and CNET JAPAN finally today (4/26/2006) After listening to the audio of today’s press conference, now I have a better understanding of how FON will be used and utilized in Japan (Audio

Posted in 伊藤+穣一, ミクシィ, ネットベンチャー, デジガレ, フォン, blog, consumer technology, docomo, FON, Gohsuke+Takama, google, Japan, joi+ito, martin+varsavsky, mixi, mobile, on the go, skype, softbank, Tokyo, venture, wifi, wireless, yahoo

WordPress acquired? ? by yahoo?

Posted in consumer technology, folksonomy, kenji mori, social media, wordpattern, wordpattrn, WordPress, yahoo


Yesterday, I was quite inspired by this video (thanks!, via Ejovi) and told it to a friend of mine. She subsequently returned yet another CANON Rock by another player, who turned out to be the Taiwanese’s guitarist, JerryC (google video,

Posted in canon, consumer technology, google video, JerryC, kenji mori, music, social media, YouTube

“Original” Quiet Storm – WHUR 96.3Mhz (in jp)

WBLSのOnlineが工事中のようでここ数日聴けません。それでも何か聴きたいなと思いWHUR 96.3MhzのQuiet Stormをきいています。やや選曲が違うみたいです。実はQuiet Stormというラジオフォーマットを最初に流したのが、この、WHURで、当時ハワード大学の学生 (WHURのインターン)だったMelvin LindseyというDJだったようです。 そのせいか、番組中はには、たまに”ORIGINAL!”とナレーションがはいり、 Quiet Stormの「元祖」ということをしきりにアピールしています。 一 方、今年35周年を向かえたWBLS 107.5FMの人気DJのChampaineは、「QuietStormというフォーマットを世の中に確立のはWBLSおよび故 Frankie Crocker (彼女からすれば元ボス)である」というようなことを先日しきりにアピールしていました。 まぁまぁ、それはさておき、たまには趣の違ったQuiet Stormも悪くないです。 いまだにWHUR(DC)あるいはWBLS(NY)いずれも、FMラジオで聞いてる人がほとんどで、オンラインのstreamingという市場は小さいので しょうね。オンラインでは州の境はおろか実は国境を越えた競合にさらせれるわけで、また、一方では、pandoraやlast.fmのように、生身のDJ を排除、聴者各人の好みの音楽を自動再生する機能や、コミュニティ形成という別の競争軸も入れてくるわけだし、厳しいですね。でもWHUR、WBLS、共 にがんばってほしいです。 Update: けっこうJeff BrownのQuiet Storm (WHUR, Washington DC)にも、はまってきました。つまるところ、いくつかの曲を紹介する時の、DJのナレーションとBGMとのビミョーな混じり具合、そのときの静けさみたいなのが自分は好きなんだなぁと実感してます。さすがに元祖というだけあっていいですね(ラーメンじゃないけど)。もちろん、Vaughn Harper のQuiet Stormもはやくききたいです。Champaineも。  technorati tags: wbls whur Quiet Storm streaming media broadcast champaine pandora  Frankie

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