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Apr 15, 2024: The next stop of my (unplanned) specialty coffee tour of Kitahama #Osaka is Brooklyn Roasters, right on the river with a fantastic patio. The shop is …

Apr 15, 2024: Enjoying a pour over and cookie at the School Bus Coffee Stop in Kitahama #Osaka ☕️

Apr 14, 2024: This morning when I woke up to gentle sunlight and blue sky coming through my window, while everyone else was still sleeping in, I started A Prayer …

Apr 14, 2024: Day 14: 📷 cactus (@christopherchelpka) #mbApr Last Xmas my daughter gave me this little felt cactus to put on my desk so I would have some green …

Apr 13, 2024: Day 13: 📷 page (@robj) #mbApr After finishing off a 250 page notebook, I recently bought a new Leuchtturm1917 in Stone Blue. Also got a new Uni …

Apr 13, 2024: What a day! 🌞 Sports Day ⚽️🏅🏃‍♀️ for the school so I was out in the sun all day photographing the kids. OD’ing on Vitamin D right now. Need a shower …

Apr 12, 2024: Day 12: 📷 magic (@DaveyCraney) #mbApr The cherry blossoms are almost done 🌸! Here are fortune slips that must not have told of the best future, so …

Apr 11, 2024: Day 11: 📷 sky (@jedda) #mbApr Today was cloudy, so I decided to go shoot the Umeda Sky Building in the dark for you. Of course, I had to get some …

Apr 10, 2024: During my walk today… a school that pretty much every child wants to go to #osaka #anime #esports

Apr 10, 2024: Day 10: 📷 train (@starrwulfe) #mbApr The Nintendo Train through the cherry blossoms 🍄👸🚋🌸

Apr 9, 2024: It has been mostly cloudy, but I have gotten a few 🌸 cherry blossom shots and put them up on Flickr if you wanna have a quick scroll …

Apr 9, 2024: Day 9: 📷 crispy (@rom) #mbApr Karaage (fried chicken) with some sakurai mochi and hanami dango 🌸🍡

Apr 9, 2024: It is SOOOO windy out! 🌬 There are cherry blossom 🌸 petals on my balcony I am on the 12th floor!

Apr 8, 2024: Day 8: 📷 prevention (@anniegreens) #mbApr “Memory Park” is full of cherry blossom trees and a hanami spot for families in my …

Apr 8, 2024: Deb Chachra (@debcha@mastodon.social / @debcha.bsky.social) on CBC Spark. She hits a bunch of the main points of her great book “How …

Apr 7, 2024: Day 7: 📷 wellbeing (@ridwan) It’s been ☁️ overcast ☁️ every day during this cherry blossom season 😞 but finally we got some blue sky. An old …

Apr 6, 2024: Started listening to Children of Memory by Adrian Tchaikovsky 📚

Apr 6, 2024: Day 6: 📷 windy (@Miraz) I went out to try and capture something for today’s @challenges theme, but it is just not that windy 😫 Staying within my …

Apr 5, 2024: Day 5: 📷 serene (@chiawase) 🌸🌸🌸 🌸🏯🌸 🌸🌸🌸 Just sat and watched this scene for a while this afternoon. Many feels from real life … IYKYK

Apr 4, 2024: Day 4: 📷 foliage (@pratik) Although we are only at something like 60% bloom for the whole region, some varietals bloomed last week. Now the leaves 🍃 …

Apr 3, 2024: Finished Northern Ireland: The Fragile Peace by Feargal Cochrane 📚 A very readable, yet comprehensive, history of Northern Island over the past 100 …

Apr 3, 2024: Day 3: card 📷 (@val) Some sakura 🌸 themed greeting cards at a backstreet stationery shop. Unfortunately they didn’t stock any of those fancy 3D …

Apr 3, 2024: People not looking up so much today ☔️ (See yesterday’s pic micro.chadkohalyk.com/2024/04/0…)

Apr 2, 2024: A little night walk down by the riverside in my neighbourhood which is called “Palace of Cherry Blossoms” 🌸🏯 Finally the blooming has …

Apr 2, 2024: Day 2: Flowers 📷 (@davegullett) A photographer enjoys the blooming cherry blossoms

Apr 1, 2024: 📷 Day01 : toy (@pcora) Cherry blossoms will be blooming over the next couple of weeks, so I am going to see if I can somehow maintain a parallel theme …

Apr 1, 2024: Gorgeous day at Osaka Station 🌞 😎 🧸⛲️

Mar 31, 2024: What are you into? What would you like to GET into? My newsletter this month is on “making” and hobbies. Consider the possibility: maybe you aren’t …

Mar 31, 2024: Kyoto is CRAZY with tourists right now. We went to visit the family grave since we missed out last weekend. Cloudy, but got a couple of nice photos of …

Mar 30, 2024: Spent all day in the Wakayama mountains at a very eclectic Buddhist temple that will open soon. More photos but here are a few random shots. The main …

Mar 29, 2024: This was another great ep following the one with Simon Willison about finding the boundaries of LLMs oxide-and-friends.transistor.fm/episodes/… …

Mar 29, 2024: Bluesky, blue building 📸 No edits. Taken from the north side of Osaka Castle park.

Mar 27, 2024: Gorgeous spring day. Hung around Umeda enjoying the warm. There are still no cherry blossoms outside yet due to the cold, but the Hilton has a bunch …

Mar 26, 2024: Today I found out about Rev. Joanne Yuasa who this year started working as a chaplain at Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Base Kingston, where I went to …

Mar 25, 2024: Finished Governable Spaces by Nathan Schneider (@ntnsndr@social.coop) 📚 A positive read with a bunch of interesting branches to explore next. You can …

Mar 25, 2024: Appreciated this discussion about operations research and the “universal science” of advertising. Surviving adtech like I have, I was …

Mar 24, 2024: Really itching to go out on a photowalk. I’ve been on the backstreets at night but need to capture more. This rando snap I took since I liked the mix …

Mar 22, 2024: This is fun to play with jnolan.shinyapps.io/Populatio…

Mar 21, 2024: RIP Vernor Vinge file770.com/vernor-vi…

Mar 19, 2024: Haunting #longread on Irish remembrance & forgetting against the background of extremely low corp tax rates, 80+ datacenters (with 40 more …

Mar 19, 2024: Appreciated this accessible piece on the antitrust case against Amazon. (TLDR; jacking Marketplace fees to subsidize other parts of the business) …

Mar 18, 2024: Really enjoyed this interview of renowned scholar of Japanese history Thomas Conlan by the always excellent @becedo.bsky.social on his fascinating …

Mar 18, 2024: Handy comparison of Free and OpenSource Photo Libraries https://meichthys.github.io/foss_photo_libraries/ #photography #FOSS

Mar 15, 2024: Getting a boba at this neighborhood Taiwanese and Vietnamese cafe🧋

Mar 14, 2024: Lovely day to explore the backstreets of Nakazaki, home to many tiny coffee shops and art galleries #osaka #coffee ☕️

Mar 12, 2024: Currently reading: Governable Spaces by Nathan Schneider 📚

Mar 11, 2024: I would really like browsers to track the “Referrer” for new tabs. For example, if you click on a link in an email, from a social media post, or …

Mar 10, 2024: Started Northern Ireland: The Fragile Peace by Feargal Cochrane 📚

Mar 8, 2024: Takoyaki right from the traditional source 📸

Mar 6, 2024: Started listening to Perdido Street Station (New Crobuzon, #1) by China Miéville 📚

Mar 4, 2024: Want to learn how to make digital music with visual programming? Or do you just want your mind blown for 10 straight minutes? Either way, we got you …

Mar 4, 2024: internet.exchangepoint.tech/internet-… Mallory Knodel (@mallory@techpolicy.social) points out that 2024 is a big year for Internet governance. …

Mar 3, 2024: We have been considering moving away from DnD as we wrap up our current campaign. Started reading this as one of the candidates The Wildsea: RPG by …

Feb 29, 2024: Monthly newsletter is out. This month’s message is short since there are so many links to photos of plum blossoms and castles and Tokyo! …

Feb 29, 2024: Had this Korean roast today. Nice and light. Very smooth to drink! Had it at a small weekly pop-up. The owner travels lots and brings back all sorts …

Feb 28, 2024: Networking our networks The HN Tokyo Meetup. As one Kansai person told me: “I can tell it’s a meetup for people who are into frameworks.” Last week I went up to Tokyo …

Feb 28, 2024: Blue sky at the train station. Today in Osaka was warm with a perfect sky. Spring is coming! 🌱🌼🌸

Feb 28, 2024: Osaka Castle from Genpachi Bridge. In a couple of weeks all those trees will be pink with cherry blossoms 🌸🌸🌸

Feb 28, 2024: "we all can't be Buddhas" I am posting this publicly so that I can reference it in links going forward. There might be a more common way to express this sentiment, this is just …

Feb 24, 2024: Just watched DUNE for the first time since the theatre. I think I like it a lot more on the second watch. It is actually really well put together, …

Feb 23, 2024: I haven’t been sick for quite a while. So I suppose I should not feel so betrayed, so wronged for being sick on this long weekend 😷 But it still sucks …

Feb 21, 2024: Back in the big 大

Feb 21, 2024: The HN Tokyo hntokyo.io meetup last night. About a 100 people on the PARCO rooftop in Shibuya. Gorgeous view. Tons of new friends made. The startup …

Feb 19, 2024: Today I met @jamesvandyne in person! He showed me around his lovely office and then we went for a taco lunch 😏 We had a fun conversation about working …

Feb 18, 2024: On the Shinkansen 🚅 bound for Tokyo. Meeting some old friends and new over the next few days as I do my annual working holiday in the big city. I am …

Feb 17, 2024: Good time connecting with the wider community of devs in Osaka. We talked about all sorts of topics including using CoPilot in multilingual …

Feb 16, 2024: Enjoying @emilydingwrites@mastodon.world latest newsletter #MovableWorlds The writing is evocative and the accompanying little clips & photos …

Feb 16, 2024: The Heritage Foundations playbook for a Republican 2025 presidency will throw gas on the #ClimateCrisis turning everything including dishwasher cycles …

Feb 13, 2024: Listening to this podcast talking about using profilers to not only carbon-optimize your site, but also Linux, and your house 🏡 …

Feb 13, 2024: GitHub's Innovation Graph Rest of World has a piece on the fastest-growing countries for software development featuring GitHub’s Innovation graph. I got a peek at this …

Feb 12, 2024: Had a call with a friend I knew from Kyoto. We went to China together in 2004. I saw him once in Oakland in 2013. We occasionally have catchup calls, …

Feb 11, 2024: Blue sky in Osaka (We are here to see the plum blossoms, but they are not quite ready yet)

Feb 11, 2024: Leopard print 🐆 on the subway doors is 💯 🎯 Osaka

Feb 9, 2024: Big day today: the keys 🔑 have been handed over! We moved to Osaka in October and put our Kyoto apartment up for sale. Sold in December, and the new …

Feb 9, 2024: Speaking of Dungeons & Dragons, We have a long-time group doing the Strahd campaign… the DM commissioned cute voodoo dolls of our …

Feb 9, 2024: I know people are hatin' on AI/LLMs but they’ve improved my ritual spellcasting efficiency significantly! 🧙‍♂️😜

Feb 7, 2024: A wide-ranging and thought-provoking ep about crypto, AI, VCs, ZKs, quadratic funding, democracy, anarchism… Audrey drops the inspiring line …

Feb 6, 2024: 🙏 🥰 daverupert.com/2024/02/a… (Attached is a fuzzy photo of a server rack in a church alcove that I took at the Internet Archive more than a …

Feb 5, 2024: Started reading: Global Digital Data Governance: Polycentric Perspectives by Carolina Aguerre, Malcolm Campbell-Verduyn, Jan Aart Scholte 📚 …

Feb 5, 2024: More on Decentralization Of course a couple days after writing my post consolidating thoughts of decentralization I found a piece by Nathan Schneider in my Omnivore called: …

Feb 4, 2024: “Live in a small apartment rather than a big, drafty house… Fly rarely… Work less… exercise … Tax the rich… basic income… capital toward home care and …

Feb 2, 2024: Started reading: Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell 📚

Feb 2, 2024: Today at lunch I popped down to Namba Yasaka ⛩️ for a bite 🦷 More pix 📸 www.flickr.com/photos/sa… (The plum blossoms are out!)

Jan 31, 2024: Just an hour left in the last day of January, so sent out my monthly personal note with a little advice that might make you feel a bit better… …

Jan 31, 2024: On decentralization I really appreciated Mark Nottingham’s memo RFC 9518 on Centralization, Decentralization, and Internet Standards. In it he provides a wide-ranging and …

Jan 30, 2024: Spoke at Osaka Web Designer and Developer Meetup about my journey in tech. Talked about the never-ending technologies I had to learn, and the …

Jan 28, 2024: Watched this vid yesterday arguing that El-P is the most influential white rapper. So catching up on his non-RTJ stuff while doing laundry and chores …

Jan 24, 2024: Chilly blue sky from under the life insurance building

Jan 23, 2024: Mmmm 😋 Ethiopian coffee and walnut cheesecake o’clock at Ourlog Coffee Roasters ☕️ 🍰

Jan 23, 2024: They even sent stickers all the way to Japan for me! Thanks @jean!

Jan 22, 2024: Gonna be up in Tokyo on my annual retreat from Feb 18 to 21. What should I see? Who should I meet?

Jan 22, 2024: The high school volleyball teams brought home some silverware from the regional tournament this weekend!! 🙌🎉 Girls Volleyball team got first place 🏐 …

Jan 22, 2024: TIL that Wikipedia maintains a list of hoaxes, ie. times the org has been tricked, and how long it took to correct the record. Talk about …

Jan 22, 2024: “Change moves at the speed of trust.”

Jan 21, 2024: CO₂ emissions from Osaka to Tokyo: 🚅 Shinkansen is 4.2kgs/person ✈️ = 12x🚅🚅🚅🚅🚅🚅🚅🚅🚅🚅🚅🚅 🚗 = 30x 🚅🚅🚅🚅🚅🚅🚅🚅🚅🚅🚅🚅 🚅🚅🚅🚅🚅🚅🚅🚅🚅🚅🚅🚅🚅🚅🚅🚅🚅🚅 From …

Jan 21, 2024: Tragic discussion unseen-japan.com/noto-peni…

Jan 20, 2024: Spotted on the entrance to a Starbucks at Umeda St. Other than seeing one small pro-Palestine demonstration (4 people) I haven’t seen much here. …

Jan 20, 2024: Started listening to: His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik 📚 Saw a review: “imagine Aubrey-Maturin, but Stephen Maturin is a dragon.” …

Jan 20, 2024: SLIM lander press conference hence starts in 5 mins www.youtube.com/live/Udh6…

Jan 20, 2024: The Smart Lander for Investigating Moon was launched last September from JAXA’s southernmost facility at the Tanegashima Space Center. I visited last …

Jan 20, 2024: 10km to the surface of the moon! Watching the SLIM lander live on YouTube www.youtube.com/live/Udh6…

Jan 19, 2024: “Ministry for the Future” is my fav radicalizing read about the #climatecrisis, filled with real-life proposals played out in the book. …

Jan 16, 2024: First book read in 2024: A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers 📚 🤖 🍵 🥰 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Jan 15, 2024: Out for some fresh air… and some castle! 🏯 Osaka Castle is an amazing facility. Although it dates back to the 16th C, it has been rebuilt (a couple …

Jan 13, 2024: It was a fun concert. In the third section they played mandolin renditions of hit songs from decades ago while the crowd sang along. Made me imagine …

Jan 13, 2024: Current status: mandolin concert 🎶

Jan 11, 2024: Started reading Becky Chambers’ acclaimed solarpunk novel about a tea monk serving up comfort and I think this prayer will be immediately understood …

Jan 11, 2024: Started reading: A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers 📚

Jan 9, 2024: Just watching this new show “Rainbow Closet” and it’s intense 😭 The power of a national broadcaster. (バリバラ is another good show!) …

Jan 8, 2024: And now Kakuei Tanaka’s house is on fire!? #2024GoesHardOnJapan www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html…

Jan 8, 2024: Thinking about another annual retreat to Tokyo. Last year I went up for a few days, stayed at the Tokyo Dome Hotel, and met up with some old IRL …

Jan 7, 2024: It’s the 7th of January so time for a steaming bowl of Seven Grasses en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nana…

Jan 7, 2024: Concentric circles of content Boris goes through his complex social media setup: Mostly POSSE bmannconsulting.comBoris Mann …

Jan 5, 2024: Watched Forrest Gump tonight for the first time since I saw it in theatres when it came out in 1994. Wow, still stands up 👏 😭 👏

Jan 5, 2024: Perfect blue sky for some 初詣 ⛩️

Jan 3, 2024: 2024 is “The Year the World Votes” because nearly half the world will be voting for new national leadership. Here is a roundup from FP. A big year for …

Jan 2, 2024: This panel of women leaders from the Yukon was a fun listen and very inspiring for 2024. The assumption of subsidiarity in the North reminds me of …

Jan 1, 2024: Earthquake! Whoa we felt that in Kyoto

Jan 1, 2024: 明けましておめでとうございます🎉🐲

Dec 31, 2023: ゆく年くる年 is literally my favourite TV show. I look forward to it every year! #nhk

Dec 31, 2023: Sent out my final newsletter of the year! Now it is time to kick back, get the noodles going, and watch some end of year Japanese TV (for the last …

Dec 31, 2023: Best of 2023 I think this photo is my fav of the year. Historically my annual “best of” posts are a roundup of the best books and film I consumed, but this year I …

Dec 30, 2023: Hagia Sophia As described in my previous post, Istanbul is a city of layers. Nothing demonstrates this more than one of the gems of the city: the Hagia Sophia. …

Dec 29, 2023: Nice discussion with @becedo.bsky.social on how Nihon Shoki & Kojiki are treated through time newbooksnetwork.com/meanings-… If you want to …

Dec 26, 2023: Got a nice snack pack for the winter holidays from the company. 🎁 It’s a nice tradition. This year I got a chocolate set 😋

Dec 25, 2023: Merry Xmas! 🎄 After opening prezzies we drove to Ako, famous for Chuushingura (The 47 Ronin), and had lunch with a lovely view of the Seto Inland Sea. …

Dec 24, 2023: Christmas Eve on the water! Cruising around the Biwako on the Michigan

Dec 22, 2023: Last day of work for 2023 is done. ❄️ What a year! 🗓️ And I finished it with Inbox Zero 💪 Tonight I took a yuzu bath 🍋🛀 as I enter 10 days of rest, …

Dec 20, 2023: 11 year old: “OMG my friend she is SO ready for the zombie apocalypse! She can climb trees 🌲 she has a katana 🗡️ AND she has an iPad with OFFLINE …

Dec 20, 2023: From Heatmap Daily: “Americans often refer to their electricity or gas providers as ‘public utilities.’ But only about 15% of the population is served …

Dec 19, 2023: Perspective on Palestine — Review of The Hundred Years' War on Palestine In The Hundred Years' War on Palestine Rashid Khalidi takes us through six turning points of modern Palestinian history woven with family and personal …

Dec 19, 2023: My copy of EMPTY KYOTO and 2024 Calendar from @hermosawave@photog.social has arrived! 📸🎋⛩️ hermosawavephotography.com/emptykyot…

Dec 17, 2023: My uncle-in-law was decorated with the “Order of the Rising Sun” 🎖️ for his contributions to basketball in Japan 🎊 This is his medal. When …

Dec 17, 2023: Chili crab time! 🦀

Dec 17, 2023: Interesting ideological analysis of Cixin Liu’s popular Three Body series, especially this bit on how Chinese and American reactionaries use one …

Dec 16, 2023: He also has this striking map showing countries coloured depending on if most of their wealth is owned by the bottom 80% or top 5%. (Luckily in this …

Dec 16, 2023: Maps showing “% of Total Wealth Owned by the Top 1 Percent” per country by continent. From www.rubenmathisen.com/blank-2

Dec 16, 2023: Another great video from About Here: #density #urbandesign

Dec 15, 2023: It is Dec 15th in the year of our Lord Buddha 2566 and it is deva-damned 23°C out here‼️ 🥵

Dec 13, 2023: Adobe PDFs… just… no… NO! 😫

Dec 12, 2023: Daughter’s grade 6 class is working on the topic of “materialism” right now. It is inspired by this photography project from a while …

Dec 11, 2023: I’ve heard of “ducks in a row” … but… 📸 🐦

Dec 10, 2023: My 14 year old daughter to me: “I’ve never seen a grown man cry… except for when you watch Totoro. Every… single… time…” Truth! 🥹🥹🥹🌱🌽🐈🚌

Dec 10, 2023: Blue skies and primary colours walking around the neighborhood today 📸 #Osaka #Tenma #Ogimachi

Dec 8, 2023: Started reading The Hundred Years' War on Palestine by Rashid Khalidi 📚 Only one chapter in and it’s more complex than I thought. Got new perspective …

Dec 8, 2023: Been shopping for overear headphones to replace my old Sony’s. Today these landed in my inbox randomly! They look great! Love the idea of repairables …

Dec 6, 2023: Started listening to the full-cast audio of Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett 👼😈 📚

Dec 6, 2023: Finished How Infrastructure Works by Deb Chachra 📚 Enjoyed it a lot. Full of wonder! See my chapter notes here: www.goodreads.com/review/sh…

Dec 6, 2023: Osaka Tenmangu. Sugawara-no-Michizane stopped on his way to Dazaifu before being elevated to God of Letters. (Learn more about him and the fight …

Dec 5, 2023: Nice intro to an incisive book. End of the year is a time for reflection, but it is ALWAYS a good time to re-examine your inner work camp. #burnout My …

Dec 3, 2023: Clock tower at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto. I graduated the One Year Program in 2000, and came back to work in the PR office from 2002-5. Now, in …

Nov 30, 2023: Posted my end of month roundup newsletter. This month’s theme is “Continental Edges” buttondown.email/chadkoh/a…

Nov 29, 2023: I see the traditional Christmas Kurage have been set out 🎄🎅🏽🪼

Nov 27, 2023: Istanbul — Look around, feel history Istanbul, Constantinople, Nova Roma — the city at the crossroads of the world — is a city of layers. First settled 6000 years ago each new community …

Nov 27, 2023: Today is a working day of planning and reading. The perfect day to walk-to-think, periodically stopping at cafes to read/write. I am wandering through …

Nov 26, 2023: Uploaded a bunch of photos/vids from Istanbul. You can check out the collection. I will follow up with a blog post later this week. 📸 …

Nov 26, 2023: Early Sunday morning, everyone in the household asleep 😴 I sit on the balcony in the cool autumn weather 🍂 with a cup of steaming coffee ☕️ bathing in …

Nov 25, 2023: In this in-depth Syllabus interview with Evgeny Morozov, William Davies presents a handy periodization of neoliberalism, including how their thought …

Nov 25, 2023: Takes me back to when I was working in Nagoya port as a bunker agent one season and boarded about 120 ships. Fun to learn how to read infrastructure …

Nov 24, 2023: Enjoying“How Infrastructure Works” by Deb Chachra with a nice mocha and donut at my new local coffee joint, a funky hipster place that is also an art …

Nov 24, 2023: Currently reading: How Infrastructure Works by Deb Chachra 📚 I was looking forward to start this book, but chapter 1 has me really excited. I will do …

Nov 24, 2023: A nice little video walkthrough of Embark, featured in the latest Ink & Switch essay on dynamic documents: www.youtube.com/watch

Nov 21, 2023: After 24 hours of 🚕🛩️🚌🛩️🚌🚕 I am back in Osaka 🇯🇵 Perfect blue sky and 17°C. Gorgeous! Kids will be home soon and it will be Turkish Delight for …

Nov 20, 2023: Wheels up! See you in Japan!

Nov 20, 2023: Last view of the sunset coming up over the Asian side of Istanbul, across the Bosphorus Strait. Soon I will be getting in a taxi to the airport, and …

Nov 19, 2023: Appreciate this deep dive on the costs to provide secure and private chat from an org I whole-heartedly support: Signal. They even dig into some of …

Nov 19, 2023: Istanbul is the city of cats. I am at Kahve Dunyasi, a sort of Turkish Starbucks. It is pouring rain outside, so the cats take refuge inside the cafe!

Nov 19, 2023: Only a couple days left in Istanbul. Went back to the Hagia Sophia. Just amazing to think of this being built in the 6th century, and added to and …

Nov 14, 2023: Rooftop breakfast overlooking the Bosphorus as the sun rises over Asia

Nov 12, 2023: More scenes from Istanbul: the Galata Tower, symbol of the old 13th Genoese colony at the Fenerbahçe stadium in Kadikoy on the Asian side of Istanbul …

Nov 10, 2023: Some scenes from Istanbul: the Hagia Sophia inside the Hagia Sophia sun rises over the Bosporus from Asia the walls of Theodocius II, built in the …

Nov 10, 2023: The roar of the chanting fans in the Besiktas stadium beside my hotel MIGHT keep me up for another 50mins for the second half of their Europa Conf …

Nov 9, 2023: Welcome to Istanbul!

Nov 8, 2023: Whoa! The route is through Russian airspace! No polar route or southern bend for me this time. Turns out Turkish Air is one of the 55 that still fly …

Nov 8, 2023: The last time I was at T3 Haneda was before the border opened last year. It was a total ghost town, not one restaurant open and I had to eat at 7-11. …

Nov 8, 2023: Almost time for wheels up! (Osaka Itami Airport)

Nov 8, 2023: Just left the house. It is now 🚎🚌✈️✈️ Osaka → Haneda → Istanbul

Nov 5, 2023: Attending the Internet Governance Forum - Stakeholders (This is a post in a series about attending the Internet Governance Forum 2023 in Kyoto.) To describe where the Internet Governance Forum fits in …

Nov 5, 2023: Today, November 5th in the year of our lord Buddha 2567, the weather was 28 flippin’ degrees celcius here in Osaka 🥵 #ClimateCrisis

Nov 4, 2023: Took the new bike for a ride down the river this afternoon. Hit the old Sakuranomiya Public Hall, which used to be the entrance of the Japan Mint; …

Nov 4, 2023: Been prepping for my trip to Istanbul next week. Getting excited! So much to see so I have to be choosy. If you have recommendations please share! 🛫🇹🇷

Nov 2, 2023: “Some thoughts are come in to your head to die… but if brain is sick enough?” Genius 👏👏👏 ⌨️ #mechanicalkeyboard …

Nov 2, 2023: And now for a little specialty coffee. This is an Ethiopian bean from Tamiru’s Sky Project. You can learn more here …

Nov 2, 2023: Found a nice little restaurant in the Asahi Newspaper buildings in downtown Osaka for lunch with my wife. I used to come to these buildings 20 years …

Nov 2, 2023: Attending the Internet Governance Forum - Experience (This is a post in a series about attending the Internet Governance Forum 2023 in Kyoto.) The Kyoto International Conference Center is a sprawling …

Oct 31, 2023: Monthly Newsletter is out! buttondown.email/chadkoh/a…

Oct 31, 2023: IETF got backronym game 👏👏👏 SIP Best-practice Recommendations Against Network Dangers to privacY (sipbrandy) DANE Authentication for Network Clients …

Oct 30, 2023: Attending the Internet Governance Forum - An intro The Internet Governance Forum is a multistakeholder forum established by the United Nations and held annually around the world since 2006. The 18th …

Oct 29, 2023: Another of Japan’s charming manhole covers

Oct 29, 2023: Took the train up to Kyoto to the old apartment to pick up some things and see how the real estate agency interior designer staged the place with all …

Oct 23, 2023: Under the bridge art in Osaka

Oct 22, 2023: Well, we made it. Moved to Osaka successfully. Still some unpacking to do, but we made good progress. Really helps being minimalist 😅 Today at lunch …

Oct 21, 2023: Went to Osaka to pick up keys to the new apartment. Popped into the neighbouring Tenjinbashisuji shopping arcade, which is said to be Japan’s longest …

Oct 21, 2023: Look what arrived the day before we move out! It is the pre-order I made forever ago of Jocelyne Allen’s translation of Susumi Higa’s award-winning …

Oct 19, 2023: Goodnight Kyoto (from my balcony of the past 18 years)

Oct 19, 2023: Since I moved my standing desk, monitor, and everything out of the coworking space in preparation for our move to Osaka, this has been my standing …

Oct 18, 2023: On my way to get a latte ☕️ and maybe a slice of cake 🍰 just walking past a 13th C temple ☸️… as you do in #EverydayKyoto (only 4 more days left until …

Oct 18, 2023: Forget that man baby manifesto, I recommend this one 🌱 www.sustainablewebmanifesto.com

Oct 18, 2023: GOLD: an acronym for sustainable web design principles = Green, Open, Lean, Distributed. 🌱Read more at branch.climateaction.tech/issues/is…

Oct 17, 2023: Stopping flying considerations 🔗 Should I stop Flying — Outside Online Appreciate the discussion in this piece. It is something I have thought about for years, and actually one of …

Oct 17, 2023: Good morning, clear blue sky. ☸️ 📸

Oct 16, 2023: Got a Covid booster in one arm, and a flu shot in the other 😵‍💫

Oct 15, 2023: 🐡 Fugu skin hot sake 🍶

Oct 12, 2023: 🌅 Sun has set on the final day of the #IGF2023. I attended 21 sessions, only about 5% of what was on offer. I had many interesting hallway discussions …

Oct 11, 2023: Gorgeous day for day 4 of #IGF2023 at the Kyoto International Conference Center. Today we discussed how the nature of the internet has changed and how …

Oct 10, 2023: Day 3 of #IGF2023. Starting the morning off with a Tor session. The weather has finally brightened up so we can get a nicer view of the Kyoto …

Oct 9, 2023: Official greetings at the opening ceremony for the #IGF2023 conference. Lots of messaging around keeping a SINGLE internet, and “global …

Oct 8, 2023: A few snaps from Day 0 of the #IGF2023 (Descriptions in the alt tags)

Oct 8, 2023: Been in #IGF2023 sessions all morning. Doing booths and hallway track in the afternoon. Just had Taro Kono and Maria Ressa walk by.

Oct 7, 2023: Just finished Underground Empire: How America Weaponized the World Economy by Henry Farrell, Abraham Newman 📚 (off the cuff review posted on …

Oct 6, 2023: The new Nintendo mural is complete in the Hankyu underground passage between Karasuma and Kawaramachi stations! I popped down early before there were …

Oct 5, 2023: The UN’s #IGF2023 is about to kick off on Sunday. Over 7200 people will be attending here in Kyoto. Already I feel like a ton of people have …

Oct 3, 2023: Opening with a quote from Invisible Cities and celebrating reading to muse on atomization and social capital? This was a nice little read …

Oct 3, 2023: Been waiting for the internet repairman for 2 days, recalling those times on the road with spotty to no internet connection. O! Where art thou …

Oct 2, 2023: Goodnight Kyoto

Oct 2, 2023: Finished The Internet Con by Cory Doctorow 📚 If you want to catch up on 20 years of Cory Doctorow’s advocacy for a better society in just a few …

Oct 2, 2023: Sharing my Mastodon and Bluesky links with the accompanying 🐘 and 🦋 emoji I realize the “Elephant & Butterfly” would make for a cozy …

Oct 2, 2023: First! Hello there! 👋 Thought I would give a quick self introduction. I am a 🇨🇦 in 🇯🇵 interested in tech and society, Buddhism, travel, and more. You can get …