Solar Powered Marathon Samurai

This was the scene last night at Tokyo Hackerspace as I was suited up in solar-powered armor. It’s the first time I’ve seen such large flexible solar panels. They may end up as a part of my Tokyo Marathon costume.

Freelance update

Really interesting time this. Since going freelance at the end of July, the amount and variety of work that’s come my way has steadily increased. It’s still manageable, although I am essentially working 7 days a week at present. I do take some time off, although it doesn’t tend to be whole days. This last […]

Cunning Caterpillar

I was in for a shock during my regular garden inspection this morning – my precious broccoli seedlings had been ravaged!  It didn’t take long for me to deduce who was responsible for this outrage – he was still on the scene, clamped tight to the stem, munching away on the remains of the leaf. […]

Zombies rise from the asphalt in Tokyo’s Yoyogi Park

A few weeks back I was introduced by friend & entrepreneur Dave Mori to his wife Andrea – she was organising Thrill the World Tokyo – would I be interested in live-streaming it? Knowing that I had far too much on already, I said yes, and on Saturday night following a meeting with the organiser […]

I like to make the most of my Evernote account

How about this for expert data management – 1 day to go in this Premium account cycle, and only 0.6mb of my allowance left. It’s a bit tragic when one gets so much pleasure from this kind of thing. But I like being tragic when it involves elephants. Posted via email from Joseph’s posterous

Getting an iPad

It’s been about three weeks now since I started using the iPad. It’s not the first time I’ve used one of course – with friends like @SteveNagata I was guaranteed to be one of the first few people in the country to try one out (which I was). I must admit, before I got one, […]

Tokyo Marathon 2011 – Live streaming gear development

Now that my place in next year’s Tokyo Marathon has been confirmed, it’s time to start planning the specialist headgear I shall use to ensure that the many people who haven’t been selected to run are able to do so virtually, courtesy of a number of cameras and sensors that I shall carry. I created […]

Alcoholic Apps

You’ve gotta cover your back against everything these days. This is one of the messages you’ll get when installing the augmented reality directory app AcrossAir on your iPhone. Why? AcrossAir contains information on, amongst other things, bars, restaurants and shops that may sell alcohol. Personally I think they (or Apple’s lawyers) are taking this whole […]

Tokyo Marathon 2011 – Lottery results

As I posted on my microblog yesterday, I’m on of the lucky 1-in-9.2 applicants that were selected by lottery to run the Tokyo Marathon 2011. Over 294,000 people applied for the full 42.5km race, with only 32,000 able to run. Unfortunately, unlike last year, the majority of my friends were not selected – I only […]

Google Goggles: makes me feel I am living in the future

I’ve lost count of the number of times this year I’ve been blown away by some new form of technology. There’s been the iPhone, the iPad, the Love+ app for iPad & iPhone. It happened again tonight: I’m watching a DVD with a friend. It’s set in England. There’s a scene filmed in the grounds […]

Mobile Phone Addiction

Whilst I can’t see myself actually getting a Windows phone, I can identify with their new ad campaign.

Pineapple growth update パイナップルの成長

Really delighted by the rate of growth we’ve seen with the pineapple this summer, especially after such a disastrous winter. On the right you can see what was the main plant, with the hardened brown stem that held the fruit still sticking up. On the left you have this year’s growth. The soil level gas […]

Banana-cherry shake

Been making banana milkshakes quite a bit lately. This morning I’ve been extremely daring and added some cherries. Tastes good 🙂 Sent from my iPad4 Nano Posted via email from Joseph’s posterous

Training Routine

This morning I met up with Tom, friend and trainer with whom I ran the Tokyo Marathon. It’s the first time in months that we’ve done a Sunday-morning run, but perfect timing for the start of a 5 month training program leading up to next February’s Marathon (which I hope we’ll get into – the […]