new toy!

As the more astute readers will notice, there's now a little picture over there on the right hand side of the blog. Well, that's because I've joined in on the moblog bandwagon. What is a moblog, you ask? Wikipedia defines it for us:

Moblog is a portmanteau of mobile and weblog. A mobile weblog, or moblog, consists of content posted to the Internet from a mobile or portable device, such as a cellular phone or PDA. Much of the earliest development of moblogs occurred among foreigners residing in Japan, among the first countries in the world where camera phones (portable phones with built-in cameras) were widely commercially available.

According to Joi Ito's History of Moblogs, the first post to the web was from Steve Mann in 1995. He used a wearable computer, a more elaborate predecessor to modern moblogging devices. The first post to the Internet from a mobile device was by Stuart Woodward, in January 2001; the term “moblogging” itself was coined by Adam Greenfield to describe the practice in 2002. The term is sometimes pronounced with the emphasis on the first syllable – MOBlog – out of affinity with the ideas about social self-organization developed in Howard Rheingold's “Smart Mobs”.

It's scary how much info Wikipedia has about the most random subjects. Anyway, this is all made possible by my new toy: the Nokia 6620. Don't let the “Coming Soon” link on fool you, the phone has been out for a whopping two weeks now. All in all it's a really cool phone. A bit wider than my old Samsung A500, but still small.

Another note about this… All you people out there with Sprint phones that call me for free can't anymore. I ported my number over to AT&T Wireless. On the bright side, all you AT&T Wireless people out there can now call me for free. And I have real SMS capabilities finally! Yay!

And the Earth Stopped Spinning for a Moment

Yes, ladies and gentlemen (and those of you reading who don't fit these descriptions… I'm an equal-opportunity blog-writer), you did feel the earth slow down and in fact stop spinning last Friday the 13th. No, NASA wasn't involved. This was all my doing.

Wait for it.. Wait for it…


After seven long years of work and school, now it's just work. It's like a vacation. No homework, no tests, no papers. School is overrated, I tell you. But I'm happy to say that I got through it, and got the most expensive piece of paper I've ever seen.

And with that, this should be the last entry in the school category. For a long time, that is. Maybe one day I'll go back, but if you ask me today or in the next few weeks, I'll tell you that it is highly unlikely.

RIP: An Obituary for the Blender

Well, the blender that we've had for so long (a Cuisinart SmartPower 7-Speed blender, for those of you curious) has finally passed on Thursday night, of natural causes.

It had done it's share of mixing drinks, making smoothies, and doing the occasional light food processing task. During its good days, it even ate the end of a wooden spoon without putting up too much of a fuss (I can't say the same for the spoon). The plastic gear that connected the blender motor to the blender carafe basically disintegrated.

The blender is survived by a Cuisinart Coffee Machine, Cuisinart Mini-Prep food processor and a Kitchenaid Stand Mixer.

On a more serious note, we're looking to replace the blender with either a Kitchenaid or a Waring Pro. Does anyone have any opinions about these two?