Sep 08

Joining the TripIt Board


Very happy to write that I joined the Board of Directors of TripIt this month. Simple story — I’ve been using their service when I travel for several months, mentioned it to one of their investors at OATV, met with the company, really liked them and their product, and here we are.

It’s a fun company with a really differentiated product offering that actually helps my life when I travel, so I’m excited to be involved. (Try it out!)

Jun 08


Another good & full trip to Tokyo — just got on the Narita Express — and I have to say that Tokyo trains are an absolute marvel. I bought my ticket at 2 minutes to 2p, with the train set to board at 2:03, and made it all the way through a very complex Tokyo Station to get to the train with a minute or 2 to spare — and of course the train left precisely on time.

Over the past couple of years of coming here, I’ve really come to appreciate Tokyo as a city — it never really feels super-dense anywhere even though there are lots of people living in a close space — and there are lots of green areas, sidewalks, public transportation, on and on. When you consider that it’s an absolutely gigantic city with maybe 28 million souls, the way that it works and feels is a stunning accomplishment.

The past couple of mornings I’ve gotten up early to jog 10k or so from my hotel and around the Imperial Palace, and it’s been great. Or, rather, yesterday was a good run, but not all that great, since it was rainy & cold and I was jetlagged. Today was much nicer, and felt great to run around a place that’s been important (and beautiful) for centuries. I’m starting to really like running in the early morning in urban areas like this (although I don’t do it too often, and Sunnyvale isn’t quite dense enough to be interesting) — it’s a bit of a communion with other runners — a shared start to each of our disparate days.

I found today & yesterday that it really helped my running, too, as there was always someone ahead of me on the loop around the Palace — so I always had someone to work to catch up to (and occasionally fall behind). As a result, I think I (re?)discovered something about myself: I tend to run better from behind. It’s easier for me to concentrate and focus enough to catch up, and it makes me a better runner. (Or at least a more consistent, faster runner.) That’s probably a little window into my non-running psyche, too, and maybe a clue to why I’m drawn to work at a place like Mozilla.

Or maybe not; I’m a little jetlagged for psychoanalysis. On to Narita, then heading home. Thanks to everyone at Mozilla Japan for another very good trip, and for an unbelievably great launch here in Japan. See you in Vancouver.

Jun 08

on the road

On my way to Tokyo for a few Firefox 3 launch festivities — I’m looking forward to seeing everyone there, as usual. But as much as I like traveling, as SPL gets older (almost 3!) and he, Kathy & I develop more as a family, it’s getting harder and harder to say goodbye each time. Not particularly for SPL, I don’t think, as he was happy to roll my suitcase out to the car, give me a quick hug, and get on with his playtime, but for me and for Kathy. So much seems to change day to day now with all of our development, and it’s a marvel — gets to where you just don’t want to miss a single day. Traveling does make me appreciate being at home, truly.

So now to Tokyo — gotta figure out what some very interesting bloggers in Japan will be interested in hearing about from Mozilla. 🙂

Apr 08

CSSnite in Ginza featuring Kohei!


As I mentioned a couple of days ago, I was very lucky to be able to see Kohei’s presentation to a room packed with people at the Ginza Apple Store here in Tokyo. And I have to say he did an incredible job. Very comprehensive, entertaining, funny, engaging talk about Firefox 3 and what’s coming next, given to a full house at the Apple Store. Very happy to have been able to seen it live and was blown away by how great it was. (click through if you want to see more pics)

Apr 08

heading to tokyo

for a couple of days — am lucky to get to see Kohei give a talk at the Ginza Apple Store about Firefox 3 for web developers, then will spend a couple of days with the folks in the Mozilla Japan office. will try to take some pictures of Kohei tonight. 🙂