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!