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Little Rice – Smartphones, Xiaomi, and the Chinese Dream by Clay Shirky

When we moved to Shanghai earlier this year, I did not know that Clay Shirky had moved to China over a year ago to teach at NYU Shanghai. Clay has a new book out: Little Rice – Smartphones, Xiaomi, and the Chinese Dream

When I heard that Bernard Leong was going to visit Shanghai, I worked to get Clay onto Bernard’s podcast and this is the result.

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supporting Nepal Earthquake Relief for Rural Communities

If you have been shocked and horrified by the images and news from Nepal, and you are looking to perhaps donate to an organization in Nepal, please consider donating to this effort to rebuild two schools in Nepal which have been badly damaged in the earthquake. Sadly, 120 are confirmed dead and 400 injured just in these two rural communities. My friend Yat Siu is organizing this effort to rebuild schools that are run by Tenzing Norgay‘s grandchild, Tashi Tenzing and his wife.

Nepal Earthquake Relief for Rural Communities

There are many worthy organizations and it may be hard to choose one, but this is a worthy cause and Yat will make sure that the funds will be used properly. I am donating today.


Rest in peace Mark Alpen

Mark Alpen, photo by Phil Kopp











A wonderful man has left us too soon.

My condolences to Ln and Mark’s family and everyone who was touched by their love.

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goodbye to Eiko Ishioka

A truly unique artist has passed.

Our dear family friend, from before I was born, Eiko Ishioka, passed this weekend.

For those of you who don’t know of Eiko Ishioka, she was (and probably will be for a long, long time) the only person to have won a Grammy Award, an Academy Award, a Cannes Film Festival Award as well as two Tony nominations. She was a visionary artist who worked in graphic design, stage design, costume design, and many other formats.

Eiko was also of that era of Japanese artists who were internationally recognized when few were. That she was also female made her even more rare among Japanese artists.

Although we will miss her, we all can have the pleasure of seeing her work, whether it’s Miles Davis’ album cover from “Tutu”, her movies with Tarsem Singh (“The Cell”, “The Fall”), Coppola’s “Bram Stoker’s Dracula”, Cirque du Soleil’s “Varekai”, Bjork’s music video for “Cocoon”, or the new “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.”

For those of you who want to study Eiko’s work, I strongly suggest tracking down two books she produced, “Eiko by Eiko” (1983) and “Eiko on Stage” (2000).

One of my favorite pieces Eiko did was the art design for a huge poster for the release of Apocalypse Now in Japan. It’s now very valuable and hard-to-find.

My condolences to her husband Nico and the Ishioka family.

Eiko Ishioka, Multifaceted Designer and Oscar Winner, Dies at 73


new blog software for 2012

I wanted to start blogging again and wanted to migrate my blog to WordPress from MT.

With help from Pete (thanks!) I’ve migrated to WP. I still need to tweak my Theme.

If you see any problems, please leave a comment.