Anywhere comfortable

I'm now searching anywhere comfortable to move in, but Tokyo (or Kanto) is too huge to find "my" place.

I have a number of requirements for my place. I know it's verrrry difficult to find "the" room. Followings are just my dreams...

- I love to see a big sky. A place where there are no high buildings are good. Due to the same reason, a place not packed by many buildings is good.

- Green is indispensable for my life. A place where there is no green is not good. Boulevard trees are nice. Also a big park near my house is nice, but I have strict preference on it, not so many parks are suitable for my taste.

- Commuting is still my problem. I do not like to see a huge lump of people in my everyday life. Thus I hate to use Shinjuku and Shibuya station in my commute. Actually I haven't ever commute via those stations, but I can easilly guess how their congestions are in mornings.

- Hopefully, short commuting time is better, but even if it takes time to commute, if I loved that place, I wouldn't mind it.

- I like a bright room penetrated by sunlight. A bright room makes my mind happy. A corner room which can easily get more sunlight is very nice. West-faced room, however, is not good because it will be too hot in summer.

- The nearer a pool, a gym, a public library, a glocery store, are, the more preferable as my place.

I'm now thinking seriously where is my place, and I'm about to find several choices. As I have some time to decide on it, I am still planning to visit new places.


a little trip 2

I drew a fortune slip, which said my very good luck. I'm happy ;D

a little trip 1

I visited the World Heritage! This is the bridge the god walk on.

Declaration to be a Futurist

Today, I finished reading the book titled as "Declaration to be a Futurist" authored by Mochio Umeda and Kenichiro Mogi. Umeda is a journalist concentrating on IT issues and Mogi is a researcher on cerebral science belonged to SONY.

They are really optimistic to futures of IT. They believes infinite possibilities from it and they strictly refuse negative views against them.

To tell the truth, I felt a little bit they are too optimistic about risks with IT. But, concurrently, I felt that they will lead our future.

They say in their book that what we should think is not that what our future will be, but that what future we want and how we built it. This is a good word.

Then, since today I've started to read the next book, the Intel CEO, Andrew S. Grove's "Only the Paranoid Survive."

Actually I thought to read Ishigro's novel next but I changed my mind because now I really feel I need to intake much knowledge on IT environments and need to think how IT or IT industries are going forward or what we should do for such future trends.

Grove's English is clear and I guess that it's comparatively easy to read all regardless of the volume. Last week I have read the ex-IBM CEO Gartsner's book "Who Says Elephants Can't Dance?" and I could know about one of the biggest footprints in IT sphere. So next is I think Intel. To think future, I am feeling that I need to know its history. So I am really looking forward to my creating new ideas after digesting such heritage left by great managements.


Google Street View

http://www.asahi.com/politics/update/1010/TKY200810090350.html (Japanese)

The council of Machida City in Tokyo has submitted a proposal to the national government for seeking to establish a regulation on Google Street View.

The proposal says it is certainly useful at some points but really problematic in terms of privacy and security.

Google Street View has started at this August in Japan, and I have no idea if other local governments have same idea or not.

Considering above, it's difficult to say something for sure. It might be a small reaction throughout Japan, but what I felt is such feedback from GSV is really Japanese-like.

In the US, according to the news, people are accepting GSV because such photos are taken from public roads. Same scenes can be seen if a person go there.

I can understand Machida City's proposition. It is very important thing to know and think of how residents in the real world are feeling by GSV because pro-net people sometimes skip what not-net people feel as troubles.

Despite that, I feel sad a little. Probably this is because I am inclined to Anglo-Saxon's personalities and pro-net people.

From my view, Japanese dare not accept new-comers in such cases. And sometimes they don't see the possibilities from them. They just refuse it.

It is possible to say such Japanese behaviors are "prudence," and I also believe that that's a virtue of Japanese. The problem is such virtue and rejection against new things are intertwined closely.


IT industries and its futures

Following the history of IT industries, it seems that the trend moves forward networking from client-server system.

At present, the most hottest word in IT industry is "crowd computing." Even considering into opinions against this, many people would admit that grid computing is gradually and steadily prevailing IT environment.

- How such networked society will affect IT industries?

I'm now thinking that "open innovation" will be one of keywords to answer this question. Many vital softwares related to networking have been born in the sphere of networking.

For example, many communication careers and manufacturers are grappling developments of platforms of mobile phone together. Google has developed an open platform,"Android," and is about to market its product embedded it by cooperating with manufacturers such as Nokia, NEC etc. Also Limo from embedded Linux has now been produced as commercialized phone.

Actually, I am wondering if this trend is good or not for IT industry. Regrettably, it seems IT companies are forced into wars of attrition despite their intention. Price of products becomes falling down at once just after a new release, and companies are coerced into putting next new products in the market after and after.

Which is the best track IT industry should go forward?

This question is very hard to answer. Probably, many people cast doubt on the notion such answer is meaningful for real world at the first place, "business players has to run anyway at the environment provided before them - they have no time to stop to think a while."

Even if such prediction is not an easy task, I believe it would be meaningful enough to use my brain as one person who believes in splendid future of IT society.

The following is memo for my memory...
(Sure, these are still under construction.)


- Wintel dominance
- ('93) Louis Gerstner assumed CEO of ibm
- ibm sold its networking enterprize to AT&T
- ibm had already suffered the loss of PC

- moderate transition from client-server system to networking
- "grid computing"
- virtualization

- "crowd computing"


inside evils

Scared now by the idea sticking to me that I'm a bad person. And afraid that at the instance I allow it I become a bad, silly, unwise person really.

Then I lose my direction.



Until now, I didn't think about my hometown so much and have supposed that that's just one of small towns in japan. However, recently, I would like to support my hometown and to let many people know its good aspects.

What makes me change my mind is one tv program. It was a comic show which features "yuru-chara." Yuru-chara is characters for promotion of private companies or governmental organizations. The most famous one is "Hiko-nyan" of Hikone-city. Also "Sento-kun" of Nara prefecture is very famous. During the show, such yuru-characters played some games like Sumo or running. In many cases, such characters are hard to run or act freely, so their movements looked so funny. And, you know, also my hometown's character showed in that program. It's hard to say that the appearance of the character looks sophisticated, but all the more it is really my hometown-like, and looking at him for a long time it becomes lovely more and more...;D

Today's news said that the "yuru-chara" festival will be held in Octber in Hikone-city. Checking more information, I could easily find many characters I watched on the tv show. The characters are so lovely!

I haven't known that many governmental office have their own characters. Though I knew some characters like "Pipo-kun" of Metropolitan police and "Custom-kun" of Custom Office, I didn't know more offices have their characters.

One of them is the "Saiban-inko." Saiban-inko has been created by Prosecutor's office of Kyushu district. It was named for the words "Saiban-in" and "Inko(parrots)," and as you can easily guess that this character promotes "Saibanin-seido (new Japanese jury system)" And more surprising thing is that the Minister had wore this "Saiban-inko." His name is "Hato (pigeon)-yama." So the headline of this article is "A pigeon becomes a parrot." Picture is worth a thousand words...

This news was too funny and a little bit shocking simultaneously...but anyway my point is that some characters among them are playing the important roles for PR of regional areas in japan. You know the economies of japanese regional side has been battered, and promotion of sightseeing business is said to be useful for revitalizing powers of such regional economies. So I hope yuru-charas will be more focused on with their hometown and good aspects of them.

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