So one of your resolutions for the New Year is to text message more. That and make use of your mobile blog.
We have been discussing here possible reasons why Americans don't text as much as mobile users in Europe and Asia. Russ Beattie decided to move from theory to action and just posted a phone number where his blog readers (and now you smartmobbers) can send him text messages to practice before start texting regularly. I just sent him a Happy 2004 message and I encourage you to do the same.
For those of you with a growing library here's something that might assist you.
Deep Prose Software LLC has released Booxter 1.0, a utility for Mac OS X that helps users manage their book collections. The software is released at US$14.99 shareware and can be downloaded from the Web site. [MacCentral]
Dear..... In reply to your request to send a check I wish to inform you that the present condition of my bank account makes it impossible. My shattered financial condition is due to fedral laws, state laws, county laws, township... [Digital Common Sense]
The mile high club is one thing. United Airlines is another. I suppose if you look at it a certain way, they're both just variations on how to get fucked. Based on my experience coming and going this last week,... [Sandhill Trek: A Public Space for Self Expression]
Disclaimer: While not on the board, I'm a user of Winksites and a beta tester. Check out the site and see how the product can assist you in your daily goings on.
I've been asked to join the Board of Advisors of Wireless Ink, LLC, the company responsible for the WINKsite moblogs I've been so enthusiastic about in the past, and I am happy to say I have accepted this kind offer.
What excites me the most about this - aside, that is, from getting to work alongside Howard Rheingold, whose work has been inspiring me since I was a 9th grader cutting class to read the Whole Earth Catalogue - is the opportunity to help a truly accessible and engaging product find its widest possible audience and deepest possible utility.
When I first started thinking and writing about moblogs, one of the very first things that occurred to me is that as influential and useful a force as blogging itself has been, as a simple matter of scale it pales into insignificance compared to the potential community of practice that might be able to coalesce around a mobile-phone-based selfpublishing tool. WINKsite is one of the first ways I see that beginning to become a reality, and Wireless Ink definitely has the energy and the initiative to open up these particular vistas. Like I say, I'm delighted to join them, and hope you'll check out what it is that they offer and let me know what you think. [v-2 Organisation RSS feed]
My country grows stranger by the day. The elderly Italian lady who lives next door to me annotates her almanac to keep track of which moon phases bode best for planting, thinning, or harvesting fresh back yard arugula. Suspicious ways? She's definitely attempting to maximize the likelihood of operational success through careful planning. If the taste of the fresh, shared greens she drops off on my doorstep in brown paper bags are any proof -- it's working.
The FBI is warning police nationwide to be alert for people carrying almanacs, cautioning that the popular reference books covering everything from abbreviations to weather trends could be used for terrorist planning.
In a bulletin sent Christmas Eve to about 18,000 police organizations, the FBI said terrorists may use almanacs "to assist with target selection and pre-operational planning." It urged officers to watch during searches, traffic stops and other investigations for anyone carrying almanacs, especially if the books are annotated in suspicious ways. "The practice of researching potential targets is consistent with known methods of al-Qaida and other terrorist organizations that seek to maximize the likelihood of operational success through careful planning," the FBI wrote.
Riding public transportation, in this case Denver's RTD, is always an
adventure. It is often better than Television and you'll often see things
you would never imagine or create in your wildest dreams.
Recently on two separate occasions I've had the opportunity to see a
young man and his Labrador puppy get on the bus. While this isn't unusual
in itself, there are some things to take note of with these two travelers.
The young man is one of the eclectic RTD patrons and a regular on this
particular route. His traveling companion, is a very well behaved pup, on a
leash, and will sit or lie down at his owner's feet for the duration of
their travel. Around the neck of the pup is a crudely done, hand-lettered
sign on a piece of scrap cardboard done apparently by the owner. Written on
the sign is, "Working Dog in Training." You've got to give the guy points
for figuring a way to get his pup on the bus with him and also not leaving
the puppy home alone.
Taegan Goddard: "If you have ever wondered why a campaign can spend $1,000,000 or more on television advertising and still be in the single-digits in the polls, you need to read this." [Scripting News]