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St. Patrick’s Day fun fact: the Japanese owe their national anthem to an Irishman

Yes, really:

John William Fenton (March 12, 1828 – April 28, 1890) was an Irish musician, [and] the leader of a military band in Japan at the start of the Meiji period. He is considered… “the father of band music in Japan.” …In 1869, Fenton realized that there was no national anthem; and Japan’s leaders were convinced that a modern nation state needed a national anthem. Initially, Fenton collaborated with Artillery Captain Ōyama Iwao, who…was well versed in Japanese and Chinese literature, [and] agreed to find a suitable Japanese poem that could be set to music. Ōyama is said to have asked Fenton to make the melody for it… The melody was composed and was performed before the Emperor in 1870. As it happened, Fenton had only three weeks to compose the music and a few days to rehearse before performing the anthem to the Emperor. Fenton’s music was only the first version of Kimi ga Yo… The version developed by Franz Eckert using Fenton’s and Hayashi’s themes became the second and current version of Kimi ga Yo.

The Shamrock Maria made for Kai to wear to school on St Patrick's DayThe Shamrock Maria made for Kai to wear to school on St Patrick's Day
The Shamrock Maria made for Kai to wear to school on St Patrick's Day17-Mar-2004 17:53, Canon Canon PowerShot S230, 2.8, 5.40625mm, 0.125 sec

And as another example of just how small the world is, Fenton’s first wife is buried in the Yokohama foreigner’s cemetery, which is also where Maria’s family tomb is (her family was native, but they were Catholic…), and he is buried in Santa Cruz, where I went to college.

And since it’s St Patrick’s Day, I’m once again sharing a picture of the Shamrock Maria made for Kai to wear to pre-school back in 2004, to show off his fragmentary Irish heritage.

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WordCamp Lancaster

Giving my talk at WordCamp LancasterGiving my talk at WordCamp Lancaster
Giving my talk at WordCamp Lancaster01-Mar-2014 15:11, HTC EVO, 2.0, 3.63mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 222

I’ve lived in the Philly area more than 10 years, and yesterday was my first time visiting Lancaster, because I finally had a good reason to go! I gave a presentation at WordCamp Lancaster. It was the first WordCamp in Lancaster, and had a single track, with web accessibility as the theme:

The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect.

– Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director and inventor of the World Wide Web

There were a bunch of great talks. I especially enjoyed Aaron Jorbin’s and David Kennedy’s:

My talk focused on the language aspects of accessibility, which entailed a discussion of internationalization, localization, and character sets. The title alone was a mouthful: “A11Y? I18N? L10N? UTF8? WTF? Understanding the connections between accessibility, internationalization, localization, and character sets” (slides are below). I managed to make people laugh while discussing character encoding, so I must have done something right.

I also enjoyed having the opportunity to meet and talk with George Stephanis
(@daljo628S), who organized the WordCamp, Scott González (@scott_gonzalez) the jQuery UI project lead, and catch up with Jason Coleman (‏@jason_coleman), Liam Dempsey ‏(@liamdempsey), and Eric (@ericandrewlewis).

WordCamp Lancaster also had one of the nicest designs for a WordCamp t-shirt that I’ve seen.

Here are my slides (if you view them on you can see my notes as well), and hopefully the video will be up on soon.

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