How to recover WordPress posts from NewsBlur

This post is not related with Asia/Japan IT news.

When I noticed that there were no latest backups kept on any cloud services by combined mistakes, Asiajin’s past articles since January 2014 seemed to be lost for good. My RSS reader might keep the latest 10 or so, but I was not so eager to take time for them.

When suggested to salvage form Newsblur, I did not know that service. The service keeping all past copies of the feed (Asiajin offers full RSS feed for readers’ convenience) does not sound good, if I become to know it in regular time. Letting readers know about Japanese IT news is more important for us than earning page views, though.

Anyway, the site offers API, and I found a good tool to export the data from there. Then, I needed to convert the exported data (in JSON style) to our using self-hosted WordPress.

I wrote a script to do that, and it worked and the lost 40 posts are now back on the blog. This is not really generic tool, but for someone who might see the similar troubles in future, I decided to make it public on GitHub.


Manga Authoring Software “ComiPo!” English Version Released

At the Tokyo Game Show, a variety of businesses and organizations other than game companies have displays. This comic book software “ComiPo!” [J, E] is one of them.

“ComiPo!” is released by the ComoPo! production committee, (Web Technology Com Corp., committee chairperson: Keiichi Tanaka), and it’s a program that’s like, “Even though I can’t draw a picture at all, I can make a 3D comic in a flash!”

So, you can easily create a comic by combining backgrounds with various 3D data and speach bubbles inside the pre-prepared panel layout.  Because it’s 3D, you can set the character objects at any angle within 360°, and also change the pose.  You can also make them hold things like handbags and umbrellas.  Furthermore by updating the software when the time comes, new 3D data will be added.  Secondary use is possible if for non-profit / non-commercial purposes, and a for-profit version is also possible for commercial use.

Actually, examples of business-related use have recently been taking place.  Here is a publication of all of the labor laws regarding “ComiPo!” works.  The writer basically purchases a for-profit version of “ComiPo!” and it seems that manuscripts have been created and published.

What’s more, from September 15th the ComiPo! production committee is releasing an English Version of “ComiPo!” as “ComiPo! (English Version).  This will have all contents and the user interface converted into English, so 20 different frequently used “BANG” and “SHHHHSHH” English sound effect letterings from American comics can be used.  Also 102 European characters (51×2 types) are included, such as [ç ä á à â], appearing on the screen as drawn lettering fonts, so fans from non-English speaking countries should be able to get into it.  When I checked it on Twitter, directly after release many foreigners seemed to be writing tweets about it, and among them were tweets in Spanish, Portuguese, and other languages other than English.
From here on, the ComiPo! production team is thinking of producing 3D data for mascots of local governments and such offering collaboration projects using Data from ComiPo!  People of governing bodies of all countries, why don’t we activate the landscape with ComiPo!?

ComiPo! “Even though I can’t draw a picture at all, I can make a 3d manga in a flash!” [J]

Translation authorized by VSMedia

See Also:

Official English site [En]

Comipo’s official release [J]

A New Software Only To Bounce Brests (Or Whatever) On Image

Gazou-wo-purupuru-ni-suru-soft (A software to make image puddingy) is a tentative tool developed in C++ language by a Nico Nico Douga user YNW. You see how it works here, (you may turn off Japanese comments by the bottom-right button)

# I cannot watch the movie above from Taipei hotel now but should be okay. If your browser doesn’t go you need to go to the original page which requires Nico Nico Douga registration.

On the tool, you direct regions to move and give parameters how much it bound with area around, how it is bounced. Then dragging the image will make natural(?) movement physically calculated.


[Update 2012-06-21]

Version 3.0 and its demo was released.

See Also:

The tool download page [J] – you need a password written on the original Nico Nico Douga page’s description

[Update 2012-06-21] new version 3.x download page

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Google Releases Google Japanese Input (Beta)

Google Japan's Logo

Google Japan’s development section announced on Google Japan official blog [J] a project started from their famous 20% rule” produced a new Japanese input method “Google Japanese Input” application, both for Windows and Macintosh (currently for Intel 32 bit only, no 64 bit support).

After installation, you may choose Google IME(Input Method Environment) on your operating system.


Then, your Japanese typing calls the IME. The user interface is not much different from other IME so no Japanese user should have difficulty to use.


IME tools allow you to import/export your own dictionary difinitions, switch keybind to some popular existing input methods. You can optionally send all your typing and choices to Google server to improve their social dictionary for better conversion algorithm, which is also supported by other commercial and open source input method tools.

Historically, Japanese input method environment(IME) on personal computer has a long history because it is the critical application everyone needs, since 100-letters keyboard cannot handle over 3,000 letters in any way.

In MS-DOS era, there are many commercial IME competed, but for Windows and Macintosh, Operating System bundles one default embedded IME, purchased from Japanese companies, and most people are using that, except few people including professional writers who buy commercial IME such like ATOK by Just System, which once was the biggest Japanese word processor provider.

Google has massive Japanese data by their collecting web pages, which indexed and processed for search and Google suggest. That could be a big advantage for showing better Japanese candidates. On the other hand, their boasting “automatically generate from texts on the web” approach may tend to show more colloquial results, popular choices than grammatically correct choices.

As IME is “more popular than web browser” application for Japanese, this release is causing a lot of buzz now and Japanese twitter timelines are now flooded with which minor/niche phrases/proper nouns they tested with the Google IME were properly converted, or not.

Google China released Google Pinyin, Chinese input method, in April 2007, which caused some troubles (info by @gen).

Jogging in Tokyo virtually


Tokyo-Jogging is an open source project lead by Ryo Katsuma, which makes your Macintosh (can be PC, too) and Wii controller Wiimote be a virtual roomrunner.

Your Wii controller will be pedometer, sending your steps to Mac/PC to draw your current location over Google Maps, so that you can run any Google Street View supported town in your room. Demo video is provided.

Try to run on the google street view like a jogging game of wii fit from katsuma on Vimeo.