• Bookmark of Among Giants

    Among Giants is a short documentary about a group of activists who lived in the trees of a Humboldt County redwood forest for four years in order to stop logging in the area.
    4 years. Glad they were successful.
  • Bookmark of Heating Up in Tokyo

    Tokyo’s humid subtropical climate means hot, muggy summers are unavoidable; the U.S. Southeast and northern India fall into the same climate zone. However, there are other underlying factors exacerbating the conditions. Human-caused global warming has contributed to a 1.5°C (2.7°F) increase in temperatures in Tokyo since 1964 and a 2.86°C (5.14°F) increase since 1900.
    Heat Island Effect in Tokyo (from the article)


    Heat Island Effect is an oft forgotten aspect of us covering the land with asphalt and concrete. What always shocks me, even in my suburban Yokohama neighborhood, there's plenty of green, but not much shade. Especially if you're traveling around noon when the sun's directly above.
  • Bookmark of Free is a Lie (2014)

    Privacy is between me and myself. Privacy does not mean between me and Google. Privacy does not mean between me and Facebook...Violating privacy violates the United Nations of Human Rights.
    I don't have a specific quote, but I quite enjoyed this talk from Aral (of Small Tech). The premise of the talk is something that most people are familiar with, free (ala Google/Twitter/FB) silos aren't free, but you pay with your privacy. ( This blog respects your privacy and doesn't track you).

    But what really made me think was the chart quadrant chart comparing Open Systems and Closed Systems on Features and Experience. In the upper left Closed / Features you have the leader: Microsoft. Next to that is Closed / Experience, where Apple and Google lead.

    What's in the bottom half where open systems preside? Open source can compete with features, but they often can't compete on experience. Most people care about experience more than they care about features. An entire quadrant of the chart has no competition from open systems!

    And since there's no competition in from open systems on the experience front, the system is going to arch closed. In order to have an open future, open systems must compete not only on features, but also on experience as well. 

    Competing on experience is increasingly difficult as more systems have some kind of hosted server component. I think about this in regards to Tanzawa on a regular basis, but I haven't figured out a model that I think would work.
  • Bookmark of Frugal computing: On the need for low-carbon and sustainable computing and the path towards zero-carbon computing

    On the need for low-carbon and sustainable computing and the path towards zero-carbon computing.
    Computing and infrastructure currently use around 11% of the world's electricity and is projected to grow 3 - 4 times over the next 20 years. As makers of software (and hardware) we've got to find a way to extend the lifespan of devices for as long as possible.

    Taking into account the carbon cost of both operation and production, computing would be responsible for 10 GtCO₂e by 2040, almost half of the acceptable CO₂ emissions budget

    The report about the cost of planned obsolescence by the European Environmental Bureau [7] makes the scale of the problem very clear. For laptops and similar computers, manufacturing, distribution and disposal account for 52% of their Global Warming Potential (i.e. the amount of CO₂-equivalent emissions caused). For mobile phones, this is 72%. The report calculates that the lifetime of these devices should be at least 25 years to limit their Global Warming Potential.

    25-years on the same mobile phone. I can't even imagine. I'd love it if that were possible in today's world. Maybe if it was a "dumb" phone. But even then wireless network's lifespans aren't even that long these days. 

    I used my iPhone 6S+ for around 4 years until a pin broke on it and I could no longer charge it. "Repairing" it (my first option) would have meant getting a new iPhone 6S+ for half the cost of a brand new iPhone XR. I hope I can keep my phone for at least as long as I've had my current computer (7 - 8 years).
  • Bookmark of Reaching people on the internet in 2021 - The Oatmeal

    A comic about social networks.
    Fantastic comic from the oatmeal about reaching people on the internet. I don't have a mailing list, but I feel the pain – hence Tanzawa.

    Reaching People on the Internet
  • Bookmark of Django & Celery in production

    DjangoCon JP 2021 発表資料

    Djangoで非同期処理を実現するために、よく使われているCelery。ただDjangoほど知見が共有されていないため、なんとなく使っているという方も多いのではないかと思います。そのような場合Celeryを使えるようにするまでは順調でも、実際に運用がはじまったあとに困ることが出てきます。例えば、ログの保存、リトライの設計、デプロイ戦略など。
    このトークでは、CeleryをDjangoプロジェクトで実際に運用するうえでの役立つTipsをお伝えします。
    Some good tips about Celery Production tips from Django Congress 2021 in Nagano this year (I couldn't attend). Most of the information is in the docs in English, but it's handy to see it condensed, even if it's in Japanese. A couple key points:

    • Use **kwargs for your tasks input. This makes it easier to make updates to your tasks once they're already running in production if your input needs to change. 
    • Reminders about all of the handy kwargs you can pass to tasks in regards to retry. Especially handy autoretry_for where you can pass a tuple of exceptions that will cause the task to automatically retry
  • Bookmark of ワクチン接種プログレスバー

    Vaccine Progress Bar

    Vaccinating Japan... 1.238% Complete
    A nice page that helps visualize the (glacial) rollout of the covid-19 vaccine in Japan. Worth checking every so often to see progress bar move. Averaging 200k shots / day. 1240 days until completion, 732 days until 60% herd immunity. 😱

    1.238% Complete
  • Bookmark of The Need for Speed, Bicycle Messengers in New York (1993)

    The Need For Speed propels you into the fast and dangerous lives of new York City s hippest sub-culture: the hard core bicycle messengers who adhere to only one motto,- Either you get better or you get dead. They are the last free spirits in America, or as Steve - The Greek puts it, I am Marco Polo, doomed to New York!
    I was searching YouTube for a documentary about bike messengers in NYC that I downloaded ages ago and found this fantastic documentary. The actual movie I was searching for was Pedal (2001).  What's interesting is that one of the main characters in The Need for Speed, Steve "the Greek" had just started his bike messenger service and was still making runs and he also appears in Pedal, but this time as a dispatcher at his company.

    These messengers have no cellphones, no gps. Just a pager (!) so they can use a payphone(!) to find out about their next run. So. Cool.
  • Bookmark of What is the Small Web?

    The Small Web is for people (not startups, enterprises, or governments). It is also made by people and small, independent organisations (not startups, enterprises, or governments).

    On the Small Web, you (and only you) own and control your own home (or homes).
    This is exactly what motivates me to work and build Tanzawa. The world needs a smaller web focused on people. The Small Tech principles are also bang on.
  • Bookmark of The small web is beautiful

    However, it’s not just about raw size, but about an “ethos of small”. It’s caring about the users of your site: that your pages download fast, are easy to read, have interesting content, and don’t load scads of JavaScript for Google or Facebook’s trackers.
    Ben really hit the nail on the head with this one. The small web really lines up with my goals for Tanzawa – maybe this desire to return to a smaller, more independent web is part of a larger trend?