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Hatsu-moude

I went to Hatsu-moude. Hatsu-moude means New Year's visit to a shrine. I went to a shrine nearby my home. Pretty much crowded.

This was (and still is) basically a Shinto ritual, but most people don't care and simply want some fun. I'm not really a Shintoist too, but I love that festive atmosphere.

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Syndicated 2008-01-02 02:08:00 from A Crutch for the Crab

Hatsu-moude

I went to Hatsu-moude. Hatsu-moude means New Year's visit to a shrine. I went to a shrine nearby my home. Pretty much crowded.

This was (and still is) basically a Shinto ritual, but most of people don't care and simply want some fun. I'm not really a Shintoist too, but I love that atmosphere.

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Syndicated 2008-01-02 02:03:00 from A Crutch for the Crab

The Last Samurai

Dr. Hideaki Shirata is one of the foremost scholars on Japanese copyright law, and he is also a member of the advisory board for our organization, MIAU. One of his hobbies is disguise, or so-called "Cosplay". He is prudent enough not to dress himself like Sailor Moon, and this time he chose to become a Samurai. The result is hilarious. Other great pictures can be found in his profile page, if you could read Japanese.

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Syndicated 2008-01-01 14:15:00 from A Crutch for the Crab

What I did in 2007, What I will do in 2008

I just came back from Taiwan(went there basically for TWDebCamp2007) tonight. I met lots of great people down there and had lots of fun. I'll write about it later. Theoretically speaking, I was supposed to have decent Internet connections everywhere, but in most cases it didn't work or I was away from it anyway(and we had busy schedule!). So now I'm kinda catching up things quickly, especially what happend on the Net lately. Anywise, it would be a good time to look back 2007 and foresee 2008.

Personally, these things were significant for me in 2007:

Finished GPLv3
GPLv3 is finally out, and I'm proud I took part in the revision process. Also I could manage to finish my Japanese translation of GPLv3/LGPLv3. Now my translations are being reviewed by lawyers and other legal professionals, so it will be more sophisticated soon.
Establishing MIAU
As I wrote before, we founded a little organization called MIAU, in hope of becoming a Japanese version of EFF. At the copyright war front in Japan, we are partly losing the battle since the Japanese government essentially ignored our 1800+ unique public comments and seems dare to go the wrong direction somehow. However, we are not going to give up easily -- next year, we will sophisticate our tactics and try to get more people involved. Chris Salzberg wrote up a series of great articles on these or related issues in English, and also submitted his story to Slashdot.
Joined Wikimania 2007
This was also a great fun in Taiwan. I gave a talk at there and also met many great people.
Released GNU a2ps 4.14
Well, this is far less significant, but the new release is now out. I hacked up this release in my hotel room just before I left, so may contain stupid bugs. anyway, as usual, enjoy.

So, now we seem to be in 2008 now. Happy New Year or whatever. I'm gonna do the following this year, at least:

Finish my PhD thesis
This will be the highest priority, of course. I'm planning to make it be a comprehensive study on FLOSS from management/organizational theorists' view. Will contain some math. Maybe not.
Finish my book
I'm still writing a book on Open Source licensing. This was supposed to be done within 2007, so it's long overdue now.
Finish translations
I'm still translating Peter Seibel's great book Practical Common Lisp into Japanese. Also, I guess I should update my Japanese translations of www.gnu.org.
Reduce weight
I'm obviously overweight. I'm gonna go to swim, cycling, or even jogging, and do my best not to eat too much. I'm serious!

Anyway, again I'd say Happy New Year to all, and enjoy your life.

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Syndicated 2007-12-31 17:13:00 from A Crutch for the Crab

What I did in 2007, What I will do in 2008

I just came back from Taiwan(went there basically for TWDebCamp2007) tonight. I met lots of great people down there and had lots of fun. I'll write about it later. Theoretically speaking, I was supposed to have decent Internet connections everywhere, but in most cases it didn't work or I was away from it anyway(and we had busy schedule!). So now I'm kinda catching up things quickly, especially what happend on the Net lately. Anywise, it would be a good time to look back 2007 and foresee 2008.

Personally, these things were significant for me in 2007:

Finished GPLv3
GPLv3 is finally out, and I'm proud I took part in the revision process. Also I could manage to finish my Japanese translation of GPLv3/LGPLv3. Now my translations are being reviewed by lawyers and other legal professionals, so it will be more sophisticated soon.
Establishing MIAU
As I wrote before, we founded a little organization called MIAU, in hope of becoming a Japanese version of EFF. At the copyright war front in Japan, we are partly losing the battle since the Japanese government essentially ignored our 1800+ unique public comments and seems dare to go the wrong direction somehow. However, we are not going to give up easily -- next year, we will sophisticate our tactics and try to get more people involved. Chris Salzberg wrote up a series of great articles on these or related issues in English, and also submitted his story to Slashdot.
Joined Wikimania 2007
This was also a great fun in Taiwan. I gave a talk at there and also met many great people.
Released GNU a2ps 4.14
Well, this is far less significant, but the new release is now out. I hacked up this release in my hotel room just before I left, so may contain stupid bugs. anyway, as usual, enjoy.

So, now we seem to be in 2008 now. Happy New Year or whatever. I'm gonna do the following this year, at least:

Finish my PhD thesis
This will be the highest priority, of course. I'm planning to make it be a comprehensive study on FLOSS from management/organizational theorists' view. Will contain some math. Maybe not.
Finish my book
I'm still writing a book on Open Source licensing. This was supposed to be done within 2007, so it's long overdue now.
Finish translations
I'm still translating Peter Seibel's great book Practical Common Lisp into Japanese. Also, I guess I should update my Japanese translations of www.gnu.org.
Reduce weight
I'm obviously overweight. I'm gonna go to swim, cycling, or even jogging, and do my best not to eat too much. I'm serious!

Anyway, again I'd say Happy New Year for all, and enjoy your life.

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Syndicated 2007-12-31 17:02:00 from A Crutch for the Crab

MIAU founded

Some of you might notice that I've been somewhat inactive as a Debian developer or hacker in general for a while. There were several reasons, but at least one of my free-time-suckers these days has been MIAU (Movements for the Internet Active Users). I'm one of the founders, and recently we held the kick-off press conference and are steadily gaining supporters. Oh yeah, we know this acronym is quite awkward...we simply love that sound (in case you don't get, see our symbol mark).

Our organization is intended to be a Japanese counterpart of EFF or ORG, and possibly includes some elements of what Prof. Lessig & Co. are doing in the U.S. We would like to defend our freedom and build/preserve the nurturing environment for innovation, especially in the Net. We would also like to be a political voice for Japanese Internet users. Currently we are focusing to fight with (IMHO) ill-conceived Japanese copyright "reform"s, such as extending the copyright term to 70 years or making downloading (in a sense) questionably-uploaded materials (like BitTorrent downloads) illegal. In case you want to know what's going on in the Japanese copyright war front now, I recommend this recently-published Techdirt article: Japan Is The Latest Country To Explore Copyright Term Extension.

Unfortunately, for the time being, most of the MIAU Web contents are available only in Japanese. Yes, *I* got to translate the MIAU articles into English but need some more time...and I should admit MIAU as an organization is still tottering in many aspects. I'm not sure how we can gain greater momentum. If you have some experience to run this kind of initiative in your countries, please share your experience with us.

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Syndicated 2007-11-13 08:06:00 from A Crutch for the Crab

MIAU founded

Some of you might notice that I've been somewhat inactive as a Debian developer or hacker in general for a while. There were several reasons, but at least one of my free-time-suckers these days has been MIAU (Movements for the Internet Active Users). I'm one of the founders, and recently we held the kick-off press conference and are steadily gaining supporters. Oh yeah, we know the acronym is quite awkward...we simply love that sound (in case you don't get, see our symbol mark).

Our organization is intended to be a Japanese counterpart of EFF or ORG, and possibly includes some elements of what Prof. Lessig & Co. are doing in the U.S. We would like to defend our freedom and build/preserve the nurturing environment for innovation, especially in the Net. We would also like to be a political voice for Japanese Internet users. Currently we are focusing to fight with (IMHO) ill-conceived Japanese copyright "reform"s, such as extending the copyright term to 70 years or making downloading (in a sense) questionably-uploaded materials (like BitTorrent downloads) illegal. In case you want to know what's going on in the Japanese copyright war front now, I recommend this recently-published Techdirt article: Japan Is The Latest Country To Explore Copyright Term Extension.

Unfortunately, for the time being, most of the MIAU Web contents are available only in Japanese. Yes, *I* got to translate the MIAU articles into English but need some more time...and I should admit MIAU as an organization is still tottering in many aspects. I'm not sure how we can gain greater momentum. If you have some experience to run this kind of initiative in your countries, please share your experience with us.

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Syndicated 2007-11-13 08:01:00 from A Crutch for the Crab

ghostscript 8.61.dfsg.1~svn8187-1 uploaded

So, brand-new packages are now in the NEW queue. Sorry it took soooo long time(my life has been hectic these days). I guess it might take another long time to make them entered into the archive, so I give you some apt-line:

deb http://people.debian.org/~mhatta/debian/ghostscript/ ./
deb-src http://people.debian.org/~mhatta/debian/ghostscript/ ./
Tell me if something goes wrong in the process of transition. One of the reason I was reluctant to upload them (while Ubuntu has already did almost 2 month ago) was, the CJKV support in GPL Ghostscript 8.60 is notably regressed from the level of ESP Ghostscript 8.15.1. Seems Till Kamppeter once merged some key CJKV patches into the mainline SVN repository, but later they were revoked. Until recently, I didn't realize why Till used a rather peculiar old SVN snapshot 8187 for Ubuntu (the current SVN revision is something like 8249), but now it's clear for me. I could choose to apply those revoked patches to the 8.60 source by myself, but as you might know I'm a lazy bastard, so I simply follow the Ubuntu path, with some Debian-specific tweaks. Well, let's hope this issue will be fixed before the official 8.61 is released...or I'll try, hopefully.

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Syndicated 2007-09-25 01:18:00 from A Crutch for the Crab

CAPTCHA installed

I got fed up with comment spams, so finally I made some time and installed Bill Ward's excellent Captcha plugin for Blosxom. Seems it works nicely. I'd better migrate PyBlosxom or such, maybe someday...

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Syndicated 2007-09-24 13:58:00 from A Crutch for the Crab

The SVN snapshot gs-gpl package is available

Kevin Shanahan asked me to provide gs-gpl package based on the bleeding edge Subversion snapshot. Some of you might want it for your own enjoyment, too. At least I wanted it, since the merger of gs-esp/gs-gpl is now going on in the upstream (Kudos to Till Kampetter). So here it is. Add the following to your /etc/apt/sources.list:

deb http://people.debian.org/~mhatta/debian/gs-gpl ./
deb-src http://people.debian.org/~mhatta/debian/gs-gpl ./

Note that this is really FOR TESTING PURPOSE ONLY, and you should use this with caution. Or, you might waste not only your precious time but also equally precious inks and papers ;-) Needless to say, do not report any bugs to the Debian BTS.

Also, I'll use this repositry to test the reorganization of Debian Ghostscript packages. Currently I plan to divide the current sumo gs-gpl package into several subpackages (like gs-gpl-x, gs-gpl-doc, libgs and so on). So, maybe I'll blow up and some dependency tangling or such will happen. You are warned.

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Syndicated 2007-05-05 13:07:00 from A Crutch for the Crab

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