Nikon D7000

It’s been three years since I bought my first Digital SLR camera. In the summer of 2007, just before my 9,000 mile trip by land from Japan to the UK, I invested in the Nikon D40x – an entry-level model that allowed me to get back to being creative with my photography, without breaking the […]

I love autumn leaves

(434 KB) Watch on posterous Sent from my iPad4 Nano Posted via email from Joseph’s posterous

A Week in Tokyo – Tame Style

I’m just emerging from what has probably been one of the busiest weeks of the year so far. Whilst busy is good for a freelancer, it’s been a little *too* busy at times – but emerging from the other end I can now look back and appreciate it all! Monday I met with the communications […]

TEDxYouth@Tokyo

[[posterous-content:pid___1]]What do a middle school student, world champion juggler, social entrepreneur, Pulitzer Prize winner, car designer, skateboarder, world champion yo-yo artist and a jazz singer have in common?  They all presented at TEDxYouth@Tokyo! One of 61 TEDxYouthDay events happening around the world, TEDxYouth@Tokyo, held at Tokyo International School, was organised and run by a team of 11-18 year […]

TEDxYouth@Tokyo

What do a middle school student, world champion juggler, social entrepreneur, Pulitzer Prize winner, car designer, skateboarder, world champion yo-yo artist and a jazz singer have in common?  They all presented at TEDxYouth@Tokyo! One of 61 TEDxYouthDay events happening around the world, TEDxYouth@Tokyo, held at Tokyo International School, was organised and run by a team of 11-18 year […]

£19,000 for one hour’s work – application submitted!

Domino’s Pizza Japan are celebrating their 25th anniversary with an unusual recruitment drive: they’re looking for a single employee to work one hour sometime in December, for which they’ll be paid 2,500,000 (about £19,000). Naturally, I applied. What do you think of my resume? I thought it important to show a bit of imagination. I […]

Autumn Cherry

The cherry tree in front of our balcony is giving us a final show for the year, before shedding its leaves and looking sticky for the winter. Behind the tree you can see Himonya Park pond, and beyond that on the horizon, the broadcast tower that I think belongs to NTT. Posted via email from […]

Launch of TM2011.com

Over the next few months the number of running-related posts I’ll be writing is probably going to increase significantly. I appreciate that there probably aren’t many runners amongst The Daily Mumblers, so have decided to set up a new section of TGW dedicated to running. www.TM2011.com (or tokyomarathon2011.com) is a bilingual site that will track […]

The Art of Running: Meguro Elephant

In a bid to help me get through The Wall(s) encountered during long distance runs, I’ve decided to bring GPSart (otherwise known as Position Art) to the streets of Tokyo. My first creation is the 18.43km Meguro Elephant. With an average speed of 10.28km/h, it’s one of the faster breeds, yet consumes a staggering low […]

Clearly the developer of Visual Hub had a lot of experience encoding videos

Visual Hub, sadly no longer available, is one of the best tools not out there for quick and dirty video encoding. The UI has built in messages that demonstrate that the developer was a seasoned video encoder. This is one of my favourites, at the top of the Advanced Settings pane: “Don’t! You’ll screw it […]

Idea: Japan by Bicycle

One thing I’ve long wanted to do is tour Japan by bicycle. Whilst I’ve hardly left Tokyo since September 2008, I have in previous years traveled a fair bit – working on organic farms, hitchhiking here and there, getting out into local communities. A couple of  things that stick with me from those times are […]

Running: Tamagawa Ekiden Carnival

Yesterday I ran the final 5km leg of an Ekiden (relay race). Myself and My friends were just two teams amongst hundreds that ran the 23km course along the Tama river. The weather was perfect for running – blue skies, but not too hot. Looking at my stats on runkeeper, I could see that my […]

Doing a bit of discrete sewing

The Jeans Live On. Great nighttime activity. Highly recommended. Sent from my iPad4 Nano Posted via email from Joseph’s posterous

New blog post on MIJ: Mobile Data Plans in Japan

It’s been a while since I contributed to Mobile in Japan, but I’ve made a comeback with a post that I hope is really useful for people coming to Japan for short-term visits. I’ve lost count of the number of times that people have asked me how they can get data access whilst here for […]

Dependence upon Ubiquitous Capture

I’m a big fan of GTD’s Ubiquitous Capture – dump everything in your head on paper (or in some kind of text doc or voice note), thus allowing yourself to focus on important stuff – no need to worry about remembering the little bits and bobs, more brain power available for deep thunkful thoughts. You […]

Half Marathon with Weights (almost)

Last night I took the next step with my training for the Tokyo Marathon 2011, by running with weights. If I’m going to carrying a computer during the full marathon I’m going to need to get accustomed to the weight, so last night I wore a rucksack with my iPad, bottle of water and other […]

Top 10 Essential iPad Apps

I’m not the kind of person to buy a lot of apps. I don’t browse the app store picking up random titles that look interesting, rather I go in there looking for a particular app that I’m familiar with having used the OSX version, or I’m looking for an app that a friend has recommended. […]

As it Happens

Off all the ‘as it happens’ videos / broadcasts I’ve seen up until now, this is definitely the most impressive. Wonderful photography, superb post-production – and they did all this off solar and battery power?! See more of this kind of stuff at http://camp4collective.com/ As It Happens from renan ozturk on Vimeo.