Category Archives: Technology

The time came for it to be used for something important

I’ve been in charge for an emergency messaging service for Chikuyo Gakuen, a private school in Fukuoka Prefecture. Everything is made so that it’s easy to subscribe and unsubscribe, and easy to use with Japanese mobile phones.

New Zealand

There were students from Chikuyo Gakuen learning English in New Zealand when the terrible earthquake took place, but they were all evacuated and sent back to Japan without any problem. Being my work for this school an emergency system, I feel most relieved when it’s not used. But I felt very happy when it was used to relieve parents the day of the earthquake.

My lecture at WordCamp Fukuoka 2011

my classroom during the lecture

Last Saturday I did my lecture at WordCamp Fukuoka 2011 and attended as many other lectures as I could. It’s thought that about 400 people came, and the organization did something that was new to me – there were many short lectures, so many that there were two at a time despite them being short. I think today’s ease of communication (even after the event ends) makes this way of scheduling events very effective, and we gained a lot of variety.

So here are my slides. I spoke about things one should think before starting a podcast, and I showed an easy way to podcast using WordPress and Feedburner.

I guess you’ve noticed they are all in Japanese, but if you want to read about this in English please check my notes for a previous similar lecture.

Here you can find video footage for all lectures and presentations that were held at the big classroom, and here are links to the documents all the speakers are sharing. You can also read at pepinismo something more personal about the event. Thank everyone very much, and I hope we can meet at the next WordCamp!

Presenting Japoneschan

This week I made public a new service I called Japoneschan. It lets you convert Spanish words into Japanese characters (keeping the Spanish pronunciation), get translations through the Google Translate API, and many other things. I made this service in order to connect the Japanese and Spanish languages in both directions. For more information on how to use it, please read the Japanese or Spanish help pages.

The design and mascot character for Japoneschan are the work of Koga Takahiro

For the service to be comfortable and fast to use I’m using AJAX, but when you access a URL where you get the conversion results from the beginning (as the ones shared on Twitter, etc.) I’m reducing the number of AJAX queries, caching on the server side, etc. Many things I had never had the chance to build from zero.

I had a blast developing Japoneschan. Have I managed to get you curious enough to look up the Japanese characters for your favorite Spanish phrase? I hope I did!

Announcement: WordCamp Fukuoka 2011

Next February 19th WordCamp Fukuoka 2011 will be held. It’s an event about blog software WordPress, but this year it will be more focused on content than on technology.

They called to speak about how to make a podcast, and how to distribute it without pain using WordPress.

WordCamp Fukuoka 2011

Here’s a translation of an abstract to my lecture and my profile:

How to distribute a podcast with WordPress: the Escucha español way
You can distribute a podcast with WordPress using no plugins! It’s very easy thanks to WordPress and Feedburner, and I’ll teach you to do it. Once you know the way it’s your call to produce interesting content. From the idea to production and distribution, we’ll be covering the whole process.

Ale Cremades’s profile
I’m a Spaniard living in Fukuoka and spend my time making the podcast Escucha español, giving lectures about international understanding and culture, and developing web applications. I have been making websites for 15 years, and using WordPress for 5 years. I enjoy making heavy metal with Game Boy, and everything I do in life is about communication.

There will be many other interesting lectures, and if you’re interested in publishing content I think this will be an interesting event. I hope to meet many new people there!

Talking about podcasting @ WordPress 3.0 Kaigi

Last Saturday I joined an event called WordPress 3.0 Kaigi. I met a bunch of people (there were more than 60) and it was very interesting. About the end, I explained in Japanese how to distribute a podcast easily using WordPress and no plugins. Below is my presentation.

And this is a summary of my talk:

  • An RSS feed with links to media files is already a podcast.
  • You can upload your podcast from inside WordPress itself, through FTP or even using an external service such as
  • When linking different versions of your multimedia file you’ll want to put this attribute to the one you’d like to download automatically: rel=”enclosure”.
  • Now you have a good enough podcast, but iTunes will want more than that.
  • Using Google’s Feedburner service you can optimize your podcast so that you can have it show up at the iTunes Store.
  • Just configure the SmartCast option inside Optimize.
  • Now you’re ready to submit your podcast to the iTunes Store and wait for them to review it.

I’m looking forward to your comments and questions!