Tools abound on desktops, but not phones

I am a phone guy, very attached to my Nokia Series 60 phone, currently a Nokia 6600 (I’ve used the 7650 and 3650 as well).

One main reason for being a late blooming blogger is because I don’t sit a computer all day nor do I carry one around (other than my phone). I have been tentatively posting from my phone, to the detriment of my thumbs and hands.

Blogging software for phones is popping up, but nothing that is really full featured. Mostly point solutions. But, on the desktop, blogging is so much easier – from Explorer toolbar functions, to PC software, to lovely Mac software.

I just discovered ecto and have really seen why blogging can be so easy to incorporate into your life – if you have a computer with you all the time. 🙂

Oh well.

[Posted with ecto]

From a desktop

I suppose every weblog starts with self-exploratory statements about why and when and whom. Indeed, I rember doing such stuff when I first started my Geocities pages in the Frontier Days of the Web. Back then and now, I knew that for most of us the act of going on the Web was not an act of shameless publicity, but more akin to putting a flyer in a library.

Actually, one probably has more chance of being read as a random flyer in a random book in a random library than being randomly found on the web (at least 10 years ago). I guess TypePad has instituted some better random browsing capabilities so that some may randomly fall here.

But, as a long time writer, I know that people will come more often if I have something useful to say (the intent – this isn’t random spouting off into an echo chamber), say it regularly enough (that’s always tough), and mean it (otherwise I’m just making noise).

Let’s see…

My posts will come from my phone (my primary computer) or a random desktop. This first desktop post is courtesy of my home iMac. I can’t stand being stuck to a desk. But, it’s so flippin’ hard to type a decent length of prose in T9. Gotta get me a keyboard…

Old traditions

As being in large part culturally American (Northern and Southern), I am always awed by ancient living cultures, such as Hindi or Chinese. These traditions have accumulated over the centuries small changes to words, dress, and protocols that when seen for the first time seem elaborate beyond belief – that is, who could have thought of such a set up? But the cultural trick is Time.

Evolution is an amazing process – changes accumulate slowly for such a long period of time that in the end there is a big change from the original. It is this incremental evolution over long periods of time that has given us rich cultures all over the world, a wide range of living organisms, and an inability to forecast the future of the real complexity we live in.

Hmm, complexity…


When negligible adds up to astronomical

You can’t avoid it – waste.

No matter how thoroughly you scrape your plate, food will be left on it. Same with your glass, silverware, pots and pans, packaging, cutting board, or sink – food will be left on it.

Now just stop and do the math: when you add up all that food that is left behind from buying, preparing, and eating, it might seem like a small amount per meal, but add up all the meals for the whole world for the whole day for generations and – well, you get what I mean.

Sheesh, what a sum.


Itty bitty

I’ve added another link in this sending chain – type on PC keyboard over BT to phone (with phone UI on PC screen) into email client on phone (pic captured on phone) sending over GPRS and so on until here…

Gotta be a geek to like that.


Weird balance

How can people live so far north where the winter temperatures are way below the freezing point of beer and the winter sun rarely shows it face (too cold, of course)? Or how can anything grow properly when the summer is so short? If you think about it, there’s some sort of strange balance to living so far north.

The months of December and January have short days and long nights, but it is in November, weeks before the Winter Solstice, that the shortening of the days is most felt. In Finland, I think the main reason is that it is overcast and there’s no snow. Once it snows, even the long nights aren’t that bad. The snow adds to the brightness, even after dark (especially in the cities). And with snow on the ground, December and January fly by. February and March can be really bright, as the days are rapidly getting longer and there is still plenty of snow around.

Then, in the summer, it takes a while for the green to come alive, but when it does, it is sudden. While the summer might be short, June and July feel like one long day.

So in a way the wierd balance is that the snow helps on the short days, and the long days compensate for the short summer.

Of course this could all just be rationalizing why people live in Lapland.