Reno J. Tibke

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AkihabaraNews.com Editor & Content Curator
Reno is a generalist researcher and commentator on robotics, cybernetics, non-biological intelligence, transhumanism, and the social & economic dynamics of large-scale technology investment. And other stuff he finds important or just, you know, cool.

Influences include ethnographic sociology, academic reporting, Freakonomics, Carl Sagan, Kurzweilian logic, stand-up comedy, being just old enough to remember life before the internet, and childhood access to his grandmother’s extensive collection of sci-fi literature.

Reno spends the bulk of his free time composing intentionally run-on sentences, supporting the pro-semicolon lobby, and just kind of making up punctuation.

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REVIEW: Casio G-SHOCK GPW-1000 GPS Atomic Solar Hybrid [TOP 15 of 2015]
[#2 of 2015's Top 15 Articles] If you’re reachable by terrestrial radio waves or GPS signals from space, this watch will always be accurate within about 15 nanoseconds or less. And sure, you can pop out the electronic crown with a twist and pull and set the time manually, or just like, you know, pretty much never do that again. Come meet the beautiful hulk!
Sony's 147" Ultra-Short-Throw 4K Projector (and why they need to make it) [TOP 15 of 2015]
[#15 of 2015's Top 15 Articles] We have seen the LSPX-W1S in action, proper up-close and personal-like, and it was a bit beyond impressive. It's much more than frivolous luxury, however - Sony's insanity is methodical!
Dyson's 360 Eye Robo-Vacuum Arrives Late, and That is Totally Fine
This is really a high-end home appliance - as a product, more akin to a washing machine or refrigerator than a smartphone - and in this realm, a brand new line being six months late is better than on-time but undercooked. We see here some real competition for the company than currently owns the Japanese market.
SCENE IN TOKYO: Robotic Helper Climbs Stairs in Shinjuku Station (Weekend Flashback)
While Japanese train stations have evolved considerably over the years, e.g., markedly fewer smoking areas and newspaper stands and a lot more ramps and elevators, there remain innumerable platforms and station services closed off to wheeled vehicles or those unable to negotiate stairs...

Reno J. Tibke - August 30, 2015

Tokyo No Ads: Undressing the Metropolis (GIFs)
It’s safe to say that when the world thinks ”Tokyo,” first to mind are the flashy, bombastic, visually stunning urban Asia aesthetics of the iconic Shibuya, Shinjuku, and Ginza neighborhoods. ...but, what if it all - big and small - just vanished? Now we have that answer.
EVENT REMINDER: The 'Disrupting Japan' Podcast Live Show in Roppongi
We're less than a week away! In celebration of a solid year online, the Disrupting Japan podcast will record a live show in Roppongi - the event is open to the public, conducted in English, includes a Q & A session, and promises to be one of the best networking opportunities we’ve seen this year.
(LIVE PODCAST) Disrupting Japan: Celebrating a Year of Tokyo Startup News
Disrupting Japan is Tokyo's preeminent English-language J-startup podcast. On September 2, in celebration of a solid year online, Tim will record a live show in Roppongi - the event is open to the public, conducted in English, includes a Q & A session, and promises to be one of the best networking opportunities we’ve seen this year.
Mirrored TOKYO Will Melt Your Brain (FLASHBACKERY)
The contiguous urbanization, beginning at Tokyo Bay, crawls westward and disappears beneath the sky, farther than we can see - not only by distance, but also due to the basic curvature of the earth. It’s just that vast. Okay, now double that. Twist and turn. Reflect. Go upside down and merge it all together in a videographic collage...
Surreal Tokyo: "In Motion," by Aaron Grimes (VIDEO)
It's easy to grow accustomed to the bombast of everyday life here in Tokyo, but it's also nice to get an occasional reminder of how beautiful the city can be. Photographer and videographer Aaron Grimes' In Motion elegantly captures what the majority of Tokyo's denizens probably take for granted.

Reno J. Tibke - May 04, 2015

May the Fourth be With You (Japan Style)
Here in Japan, the same popular characters are popular (although the bad guys are much more appreciated), but often they’re just doing other stuff. Like...well, for example: in Japan, the visage of an evil, genocidal dark lord is used to sell Goodyear Tires. Maybe because...both are black?
SCENE IN TOKYO: Tama Monorail High Above Tachikawa
This short clip was shot from an elevated walkway approximately 15 feet (4.5 m) above ground, which places the Tama Monorail’s track roughly 50 feet (15 m) in the air. Trains in the sky totally look like the future came early.
REVIEW: Casio G-SHOCK GPW1000 GPS Atomic Solar Hybrid
If you’re reachable by terrestrial radio waves or GPS signals from space, this watch will always be accurate within about 15 nanoseconds or less. And sure, you can pop out the electronic crown with a twist and pull and set the time manually, or just like, you know, pretty much never do that again. Come meet the beautiful hulk!
Do Not Read this Article about the New VAIO Smartphone
Everything you need to know about the new VAIOR, also known as the VAIO VA-10J - and by everything we mean to say that the first VAIO phone is not a VAIO phone, they've made a horrible misstep, and nobody will want this thing.
SCENE IN TOKYO: Hatsune Miku Minivan in Akihabara!
In this publication’s namesake Akihabara district (pre-AKB48ification, mind you), one of the most important categories used to evaluate individuals is known as the Ambient Otaku Threat Level Barometer. How do we judge this artifact of otaku culture?
VAIO to Unveil New Smartphone in March: This Should be Interesting...
Sony slimmed down, the newly formed VAIO Corporation was releasing new machines by July of 2014 (Japan-only, for now), and now the brand seems to be doing well...enough so, in fact, to diversify: on March 12, the VAIO Corporation and Japan Communications Inc. will jointly unveil their new Japan-only mobile device.

Reno J. Tibke - February 02, 2015

 SCENE IN TOKYO: Squid Snacks in Shinjuku!
Japanese food is pretty great, but when it comes to the epic range of water-dwelling animals that are consumed and their methods of preparation, non-Japanese can quickly come to the realization that, beyond novelty and stunt-eating for fun, things can get a little bit goofy, if not unsettling.
Sony's 147" Ultra-Short-Throw 4K Projector (and why they need to make it)
We have seen the LSPX-W1S in action, proper up-close and personal-like, and it was a bit beyond impressive. It's much more than frivolous luxury, however - Sony's insanity is methodical!
Disrupting Japan Episode 11: Japan’s Seeds of Disruption (PODCAST)
How did Japan go from being the world’s engine of disruptive innovation to being the developed nation most resistant to disruption? Things are starting to change, and a small handful of entrepreneurs are embracing the modern spirit of disruptive innovation. These startups will be the key to Japan’s next economic boom.
Robots are the New Mexicans and ActiveRobo SAM is Japan's Newest Mexican
Section A is our editor being furiously angry at robotics coverage and the corpsifying institution of journalism in general. Section B is some very interesting robotics news from Japan (telepresence robotic heavy equipment operation!). Section C is the bow on this wild ride robotics feature. Choose your own adventure(s)!
Girls of Anime Japan 2014 (and some other anime stuff) [TOP 14 of '14]
"The most important lesson I took from Anime Japan 2014 was that AkihabaraNews needs someone else to cover anime." -Editor Reno J. Tibke

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