am working on the nth iteration of a personal website.
I will be using a lot of Japanese on this site, probably some French every now and then. No, I am not Japanese, nor am I French. But, working in a multi-cultural context is the most consistent aspect of my life the last 30 years, so this site will always reflect that.
I come up with stuff: #ProofOfLaw (2016), #AgileLaw (2008ish), #LeanLaw (2008ish), #LawIsSocialMedia (2009ish), #DLE (decentralized legal entities, 2016), #dynamicspin (gloss on social networks, 2005?). Have receipts, but you'll probably never hear of me unless you come looking. Its cool. An idea is like an as...never mind. You get it.
I has tag a LOT on The Twitteh,--it's really an idea record for me that I share. The hope is that the learning circle runs around and around, I learn from others, others learn through me: it's good.
It's really just a place to keep the bits and pieces of what I get up to, to impose a sense of order and, hopefully, logic. Let's see how it goes.
If something doesn't work, please cope for now. I'll be back around to fix it.
At present, I serve as an arbitrator and mediator, but am very interested in facilitating legal conversations involving what I called "Agile Law,"--the implementation of Agile (software development) and Lean (value-based manufacturing) concepts within the practice of law to increase value to consumers and increase efficiency in legal teams and processes.
As an arbitrator, I let attorneys argue their case, but foolishness is never rewarded. Make it clean, don't be a jerk. Don't presume you know what I'm thinking: 99% odds you don't.
Very interested in the use of blockchain +/- cryptocurrency technology. Of several ideas, working on #ProofOfLaw,--a way of knowing (when using smart contracts and distributed autonomous applications) whether a law, regulation or social rule is valid, efficient and (ultimately) preferable.
Been thinking for donkey years that I should go back and grab a PhD that I would call something like "Agile & Japanese Blockchain Legal Futurism." Pretentious much, but what else would fit? Not really wanting to do a PhD PLUS time/value matrix lead to another idea that would save everyone sooo much money: The JABBDAO Collective (Japan Arbitration Brexit Blockchain Collective == #JABBDAO)). The JABB DAO is essentially a collective (distributed autonomous organization) that contains the knowledge one would expect from a highly-researched and competent PhD in a niche area, that can network widely.
Another idea is the Decentralized Legal Entity (#DLE). Not sure if someone has already come up with this, but in the meantime, it's mine. The technical workings of such a beast are absolutely fascinating. I am TOTALLY on this, so if you are too? Find me. Ping me.
From working with computer punch cards to nearly failing the required first year computer course (the TA was *REALLY* nice to pass me), I was mystified by computing. Until, on a long commute to Dearborn, sb made it click for me and thinking about object-oriented schtuff became fascinating. Immediately thought of applying object-oriented thinking to the practice of law, but no one...NO ONE at the University of Michigan Law School took an interest. Just a lowly law student...
Anyway, started building client-analysis databases in Japan, but bc of proprietary operating systems (hardware AND software), left it all there in 1993. Came back, couldn't BUY a job despite...yeah, I know Japanese speaking Japan experienced black female lawyer from top law school [blah blah blah: #BlackLivesmatter , so started a litigation firm and litigated against the biggest companies I could as a solo. "Won't hire me, train me" was my motto. Good times.
In order to have some chance of winning, I began to write programs to facilitate my practice. Wrote a client intranet (simple beast) in 1995. Taught myself HTML and XML (wayy premature, since no one using it really). I wrote a cell phone record analyzer, a portal for a legal services employer, an entire law firm web site analysis protocol and The Prison Services Project (a pre-Facebook online social network providing triaged case information for lawyers seeking to represent imprisoned people). Yeah, I know. Couldn't get even a $21,000 grant for it back then. Go figure.
Flash, the DOM, databases, PHP, JS, CSS and then things got complicated. Tried to set up an early Bitcoin mine, but it was a hobby and I had mediating to learn and practice, so coding took a back seat.
Publishing has always been important to me. Eveer since interning at the Radcliffe Publicatins Office, and watching the birth of Martha Stewart's Empire, publishing has been eventual. So, I am working on building a publishing house to release small print and web publications of fiction and photography and the Blues. From web sites to mobile phone applications, some ideas work best not as a publication, but as interactive software. As ideas come, we'll see.
Currently coding and recording a podcast farm called "Podburst Network," with all sorts of delicious thoughts and topical assets.
Looking to intern? Find me. Ping me.
I love photography and have been making pictures on and off since a child. My wonderfully kind, super-alcoholic uncle gave me a Kodak Instamatic. Then, got a Polaroid for Xmas one year.
A big jump was going to Japan the first time in 1985. I bought a super nice camera outfit, but couldn't understand the manual, so down traded for a point-and-shoot.
The second big jump was of course the effort to document The Boy's early life. Fairly successful there. he was adorable. The photos are adorable.
Finally, huge jump for a trip to Ireland where, among other things (like investigating multi-cultural Ireland), I bought a really solid middle-tier camera (Sony A55) and shot about 40,00 images, to see whether photography was *really* my thing. About 1/2 photos are useless, another 1/4 are experimental projects (eg several GBs of street photography of hands) but I learned that I was willing to commit to it. And, that detail photography (precursor to macro) was really fun.
Major project was Occupy Wall Street. I was down there nearly every day. Another collection is Blues and other musicians from New York, Chicago and the International Blues challenge. Those are for a magazine project.
I've a large collection of digital files, but I am mostly shooting film these days: 35mm and 120mm (medium format). These will be shared throughout web projects, in publications and many will be available for sale. Wanna buy something? Find me. Ping me.
When time permits, I'd like to creating short films and documentaries for YouTube, but that's an entirely new skill set, so will have to wait...