Saturday, November 15, 2008

Mobile Publishing

The quest continues, I am still looking for a proper cell phone. I am researching various "smart phone" type tools that are being used for mobile publishing which is what I'd like to use the phone for as well as the basics such as talking on it and the calendar. I do want an iphone but the picture taking on it is so weak. I was looking at the Nokia N85 which supposed to be an upgrade from the N95. It has yet to come out in the states. The camera is so much better on it and it has an external mircrophone feature that could be really helpful for what I'd like to do. I am hoping I can use somehow synch it with google calendars. I looked at the Fuze too but it seems like it might be too much about windows for a MAC lover like myself. Oh how I wish the iphone had a better camera and video.

Below are notes I have made during my phone search that I am going to publish for all to see as it might help someone else out and will open the door for suggestions.

Note to myself for the phone search

Nokia N85 - Fuze - iphone

writes about Nokia N82 mojo phone for Reuters mojo mobile journalist project. Reuters picked the phone because it has a high-quality camera and operates at high speed."was able to use it to broadcast live to the internet using"

issues with microphone

I’m glad Reuters found a decent microphone to use with the N82 as I couldn’t so far. Could you maybe tell what they use and how does it connect to the phone (guess it’s Bluetooth)?
# Jeff Jarvis Says:
February 11th, 2008 at 11:12 am

The mic remains a problem; there’s a kludged plug and I”m not sure how that’s done.

# Anna Says:
February 12th, 2008 at 9:20 pm

> I was able to use it to broadcast live to the internet using

fyi for the curious, from Qik’s FAQ:

“What do I need to run Qik?
Currently, we support video streaming on Nokia S60 phones: N71, N73, N75, N76, N77, N80, N91, N92, N93i, N95, E50, E51, E61i, E65, E70m E90 Communicator, 3250, 5500, 5700 Xpress Music, 6110 Navigator, 6120 Classic, 6121 Classic, and 6290. You also need a Data Plan and it is also advisable to have an Unlimited Data Plan from your service provider as video streaming can consume considerable amount of bandwidth.

How can I participate in Qik’s Alpha release?

Currently, registration is only through invitations…“

/exhaustve N85 vs N95/96
Thinking Machine - Using Mobile Phones to Learn
great links & info but annoying font

Moblogging - term for Mobile Blogging
This article is about Moblogging in Japan 2003

New Article

Citizen Journalism 2006

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Phone Search Continues

I have eye strain from all the research seeking the phone or smartphone that works for me. I realize I need to make a list a the features I would like and do not so much care about to assist me and others in such a search. There are so many options out there and is not easy to sort through the reviews. I so wanted the iPhone to be the "one" but after research I am finding that it may not be. I am a big MAC Apple fan and think I would love it but I don't listen to music on my phone and have no interest in doing so. My intension is to use the phone a bit like a journalistic tool and have found some articles on line that are helpful that I will share.

What I need:
-AT&T Provider
-Call quality is important
-long battery life
-ability to use google calendars
-take & send decent quality photos to the web
-take & send decent quality video to the web
-blog to web
-record sound
-maybe a few things I don't think I need now but might once I discover them

What I don't so much care about
-Playing music on the phone

What would annoy me:
-short battery life
-bad voice sound quality

Friday, November 7, 2008

iphone vs blackberry vs G1 vs ?

I dropped my sturdy and much loved, two year old, little old Motorola phone a couple of weeks ago and it died. Luckily my husband had an extra that he was going to switch to that I am temporarily using while I determine which phone is the best for me.

I am on the hunt and looking at all the options out there. I am wondering if I should replace it with another simple cell phone or one of these new fangled "smart phones". I have to judge the cost, the necessity, the fun and the addiction factors. There are so many options. I have recently started using more of the features on my phone such as texting for twittering and would love to be able to post pictures from where ever I am. I am also wondering what will stand up to abuse and work nicely for me. My family has also begun using mixed calendars on google with success and I would like to have a phone with which I can use these calendars.

I am going to researching and thought I would blog about my search. I know there are other moms out there who would like to enter this geeky world of organizational tools. I'll give you what I got.

and here's a joke smart phone

and the iphone comes out on November 7th, 2008

iphone vs blackberry vs G1 vs Moto Q vs Treo

iphone :
downers: intn'l rates are said to very high so BB is best for a lot of intn'l travel

J.D. Power Ranks Apple iPhone Highest
BlackBerry manufacturer RIM (703) and Samsung (701) follow Apple in the rankings.

here is another article on Smart Phone from Washington Post

the new BlackBerry Review

G1 from T-Mobile Review from PC (Google Android Phone),2817,2331003,00.asp

CNET iPhone vs T-Mobile G1

The iPhone 3G beats the G1 in the CNET Prizefight:

One of my main desires is to be able to use my google calendar on my some to be new smartphone and am looking on the web to try and see if this is possible These guys have the same desire:

and it looks like this is the answer:

another approach but looks more complicated

iPhone G3 - latest info from Apple

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Motherhood - "a revolution for the brain,"

The many advantages of Motherhood

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Level Down for Obama

IMG_7104.JPG, originally uploaded by tarafireball.

I found my name on the list of voters and was happy to see it there.

I voted for Obama & Biden on the Working Families ticket as you can see here, recorded for historical purposes. I had the Tulip in the booth with me and she assisted in the magic moment. We didn't shed any tears as many did, we pulled the big lever at the bottom. There was a moment when it was stuck and the lady had to help us.

Now if I could get my hands on a copy of New York Times.

Happy Poll Workers In Brooklyn

IMG_7087.JPG, originally uploaded by tarafireball.

This was the first time in my life that I had to wait on line to vote and I've done a lot of voting. Our neighbor had texted me that she'd had a long long wait earlier in the day so I came prepared. I didn't have to wait in the long line outside because my neighbors insisted that I could go in front because I had a child in the stroller. I went inside and ended up waiting in the wrong line inside and then was sent to the proper line.

The workers inside our polling place were friendly and helpful as was everyone there to vote. It was a crowd. The atmosphere inside was on the verge of festive, with everyone trying to get the serious business done.

I took a few pictures inside with my big camera and the poll workers asked me where I was from. I said "down the street, I am just excited". They laughed and said they were excited too and were hoping to get a copy of the pictures. I ran into friend there who were also with their kids and big cameras. I hope they get these pictures because I have no way to get in touch with them.

It was an incredibly exciting moment.

Voting line at Jackie Robinson in Crown Heights Brooklyn

IMG_7108.JPG, originally uploaded by tarafireball.

This is the line for our district to vote outside of Jackie Robinson School on McKeever in Crown Heights Brooklyn. The line was so long early in the day that it made the news and people reported having to wait in line over two hours. Here is the link to the news story

and here is a ling to a yourtube video for another local voting hot spot

Monday, November 3, 2008

Tulip Family on Parade

IMG_6996.JPG, originally uploaded by tarafireball.

We finished the NYC Halloween Parade in our Edward Gorey finest.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

RIP Jake

Phat Orange Cat Jake & me on Roof at South 8th in Williamsburg

Jake Man Jack enjoying the Pre-Mermaid Costuming Party at home

cat & viking gear, originally uploaded by tarafireball.

RIP Jack Man Jack - Best Phat Orange Cat ever. He died in my arms Sunday October 19th, 7:18pm.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Lady Kong break dances at Honk!

IMG_2553.JPG, originally uploaded by tarafireball.

The third year of HONK! This was a massive good time with 25 bands and over 300 musicians in a quaint little town outside of Boston, MA in Somerville, MA

We came, we played, we loved, fought and when we weren't performing spent a great deal of time in the parking lot.

This is Kong break dancing in the street during a parade with all the Honkers! & local community groups from Somerville to Harvard Square Octoberfest celebration

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

little mister E

little mister E, originally uploaded by tarafireball.

This is a photo from a wild kid party. I am going to see if I can post to my blog from my Flickr account and see if it works


This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Kids Rubulad

Kids Rubulad is a monthly affair for adventuresome parents and their rambunctious spawn. The atmosphere ranges from madhouse mayhem to a calm lull. The lull tends to be during the craft making and mealtime. The rest of the time is pretty much a constant din of children wilding and someone nearly always gets hurt but injuries are quickly forgotten so as not to miss out on the action. There are often balloons, hula-hoops and music combined with rowdy games, dancing and plenty of opportunities for teaching moments. The food is always spectacular and vegetarian.

Jessica Baldwin in the founding mother and keeps the action going. Each month features a different theme with crafts, games and food in thespirit of the theme. Everyone can participates in whatever capacity they choose. We generally tend toward the have a glass of wine, chill out, make a craft while keeping one eye on the kids, keeping the small fry out of harms way.

Some of the past events have included a dradle game, horticultural crafting, pumpkin carving, clay sculpture making and even bow and arrow shooting a turkey piƱata. Yes, it was a real bow and arrow. There is sometime a DJ, the ever patient Kamal or the kids DJ.

There is no email list for this event and most of the coordination is done via phone calls and the advertising is old school grass roots postering.

Here's a couple of sets of photos
Kids Rubulad Dec 2007
Kids Rubulad Oct 2007

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Santa Con

Our time at Santa Con was very brief this year as we had the little one in tow, which can be particularly problematic with hordes of Santas careening on subways. We opted for getting dressed up in our Santa finery at a leisurely pace and joining them at the end of the day in the East Village at Tompkins Square Park.

When we arrived and started toward the park, we could see santas scattered around bars and meandering the streets. The massive horde was stationed at the main entrance of the park at the end of Saint Marks. We ran into some of our friends there including Suzie Q, Samantha, Jasun, Mark & Becky Party. I had the opportunity to experiment with the new camera as the sun was setting.
Santa Con 2007 Photo Set