Instagram on the Site

I just discovered the Instapress plugin for WordPress, and so you’ll start noticing more of my Instagram photos (which I do take quite often) here on the site. In the extreme right sidebar you’ll notice that it now shows the latest three photos (I may change this later), and it also lets you add code to show a gallery of them in a post, which I’ve done here.

Most of the photos in this batch were taken today, while I was out and about in Ikebukuro with my dog.

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Who Doesn’t Love Posters?

I know it’s been slow going these days here, and oh how I wish I could share with you some of the cool things we’re developing on the PechaKucha front, but that’ll have to wait for a bit. One fun little thing I did the other day was to put together a Tumblr blog to just share PechaKucha Night posters, as I thought it would be great to see them all together up on a wall like that. It only includes posters from 2012 (so for the past 2 and half months), and I’ll keep updating it with new ones I receive.

I know I haven’t put up the last PauseTalk participants list yet, but I’ll do that soon, and in the meantime, you can have a look at photos by Michael, up on Facebook.

I haven’t had time for much else, but I do hope to record a new episode of the Codex tonight, and over on Warren Ellis’ blog, you’ll find a few thoughts I shared with him on the topic of magazines.

Despite this gray and rainy weekend, it really does feel like warmer spring weather is just around the corner, which should mean my bike life will become active again — can’t wait.

March 11: Inspire Japan iBook

Today is March 11, which marks the anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan both with its initial impact, and with the nuclear scare that followed, and that continues to worry us. Last year, about a month after that date, we organized a global PechaKucha event we called Inspire Japan, to help raise funds for reconstruction efforts in Tohoku, partnering up with Architecture for Humanity and ArchiAid. Today, werelease a free iBook that commemorates that event. But more importantly, this is but the start of what we are calling a “living book,” with plans to update a few times a year with more content that helps highlight some of the work being done to rebuild.

Pictured above, the Inspire Japan event that was held in Kathmandu, on April 16, 2011. Below, one of the pages from the book. It includes event photos, posters that were produced for all of the city events, videos, 20×20 presentations, and more.

PauseTalk Tonight

Yes, it’s cold and rainy, but don’t let that stop you from coming down tonight (March 5) to PauseTalk Vol. 58 at Cafe Pause — official session starts to 20:00, feel free to come earlier.

Also, as promised, over the weekend I added quite a few galleries of photos from past PauseTalk events, all taken by Michael Holmes, who will be there tonight. Just go to the Facebook page to see them all. Pictured above, the scene at October 2010′s PauseTalk Vol. 45.

Codex 50

Here we are, episode 50 of the Codex, and to mark the occasion I’ve decided to spotlight one band, and for anyone who has been listening regularly to the show, it should come as no suprise that it’s The Pixies. They remain my favorite band to this day, and so here’s a collection of 10 tracks that I love (but as I warn on the show, I wouldn’t necessarily call them my favorites, since there are just too many tracks that I love so much). Hope you enjoy it, whether you’re a fan of the band or not, and if you’ve been listening to the show for a while, thanks for sticking around.

This is the second of my personal projects that reaches the number 50 — last year PauseTalk had its 50th edition— and this year also marks my 10th anniversary of blogging. I can’t speak to the quality of everything I do, but dammit, I’m pretty proud of the fact that I’ve been consistent with all of these things.