After a long hiatus, Boing Boing is relaunching its guestblogger program. We are really excited to have Lisa Katayama contribute for the next couple of weeks.
We asked Lisa to write a bit about herself:
My name is Lisa Katayama, and I write about technology, human rights, and Japanese culture for magazines like Wired, Make, and PopSci. My blog, TokyoMango, is an archive of strange news, fun products, and cultural tidbits from my native Japan. I also write a column called MangoBot, a biweekly collection of silly musings about the future on Gawker's io9.
I'm super psyched to be guest blogging on Boing Boing! For the next two weeks, I will keep you posted on what's happening in Japan, quirky findings from the Internet, and some of my recent adventures like hanging out with the Dalai Lama's bipolar brother in India, writing fiction stories about my dog Ruby, and befriending female inmates at state prisons in California.
When I'm not writing, I like to rock climb, play volleyball, travel, buy knitting books, and obsess over my minpin Ruby. Feel free to email me with tips or just to say hi! Happy reading!
Libretaxi is an open source project that lets anyone become a rideshare driver in less than a minute; it has more than 20,000 users worldwide, and is maintained by Roman Pushkin, who started the project in December 2016 and is now planning to quit his job and work on it full time.
Mister Alphabet is an action-figure designed to cleverly bend and contort into every letter of the Latin alphabet; the website is long on trademark warnings and arty Instagram photos, but short on details, like, “Is this an object of commerce?” and “If so, where does one buy it?” (via Kottke)
John Deere is notorious for arguing that farmers who buy its tractors actually “license” them because Deere still owns the copyright to the tractors’ software; in 2015, the US Copyright Office affirmed that farmers were allowed to jailbreak their tractors to effect repairs and modifications.
The Lightning port has thus far resisted the cruel fate that befell the headphone jack, and despite rumors that it may be disappearing come iPhone 8, for the present and foreseeable future, Lightning cables are a hot commodity for iPhone users. As such, we must make do in this strange time in which long, glorified […]
All the filters in the world won’t save your smartphone pics from a shaky hand. To really step up your mobile photography game, you’ll need some kind of mount to hold it steady. You could buy a smartphone attachment for a conventional camera tripod, but who wants to carry that kind of gear everywhere they […]
The forced transition from analog to digital TV signals was probably met with relative indifference from people with Netflix subscriptions and the “I don’t even own a TV” snoots. But anyone living in the vast swaths of the country that don’t have guaranteed high-speed internet, broadcast TV is a perfectly valid (and 100% free) way […]