Monthly Archives: February 2014

The Vending Machines

The Vending Machines

Fri 02.28.14 – Good night, February. Hello, some proper rain and wind.

Photo of the vending machines taken by Ms. Jen with her Nikon D800 and a Nikon 50mm f1.4G lens.

Mobile: What is the best / most beautiful / most innovative / most creative use of a mobile phone recently?

Eight years ago, I conducted a survey on the creative use of mobile devices by creative professionals, which became the research base for my Masters thesis: Moleskine to Mobile.

But that was 8 whole years ago, which in mobile or technology time was practically before the dawn of Mammals. In the last few years, it seems many people have settled into the mobile version of humdrum suburbia: iPhone photos uploaded to Instagram, sharing updates to Facebook, making a video of one’s favorite pet/child/drunkfriend and uploading it to YouTube, or just letting others do it while one watches, etc.

Much like any supposed boring suburbia, there has got to be something interesting going on behind the facade of your mobile’s casing…

People! What is the best and/or most interesting, innovative, beautiful, creative use of a mobile that you have done, seen, heard of, have a link to in the last few months or year? Even if what you think is not really that interesting, but you haven’t told anyone else you are doing it, let me know.

Yes, you, photographer, artist, DJ, musician, banker, teacher, couch potato, maker, creator, builder, I am talking to you. Don’t be shy. If it isn’t you, then tell me about your creative friend. If it is you, share what you have been up to with your mobile. Doesn’t matter if it is a smartphone, feature phone, or super basic phone…

2014 – Let me know. Post the link to your or someone you know of’s creative/innovative activity with there mobile phone. Comment here or tweet a link to me @msjen.


Nokia Connects has a fun program / award called MVC – Most Valued Connector (which really should be Most Valued Creative), wherein a group of us nominate folks who are doing cool and amazing things with their Nokia Lumia mobile phones or helping folks connect in some way thereof.

On top of wanting to see what y’all have been up to with any mobile phones, if you or a friend is doing some cool, creative stuffs with their Nokia Lumia phone, please send me the link so that I can recommend them for a nomination.

Y’all rock!

Earl at 320 Main

Earl at 320 Main

Wed 02.26.14 – Last night I had small plates and drinks with Earl at 320 Main while we discussed what was next for his business. It was a lot of fun and the food was very good.

The Move is Complete, Troubleshooting Begins

Tower 24, Dog Beach

Sat 02.22.14 – Yes, the move has been completed, excuse the construction dust as the troubleshooting and fixing of small details, esp for smaller mobile devices, starts now. All should be well by tomorrow. If it is not, I will re-install.

A New Black Phoebe starting in a few hours…

For a long time now I have been waiting for Movable Type to reach an iteration that works for my mobile blogging flow, but after many hacks and work-arounds it has not been working well or even barely for the last 3 years.

Since February 2011, I have made many attempts to kick-start, re-start, and jump start my blogging and moblogging practice to no avail. After Say Media sold Movable Type to SixApart Japan, I was hoping that the folks at SA Japan would make a kickass product.

And they have in MT 6, but it doesn’t work for me. I tried the beta trial and it was lovely, except that the mobile version works for iPhones and Androids and not other mobiles. As a dedicated other mobile human, I spent the last 6 months downloading and trying a variety of self-hosted modern blogging engines to see if they would work for me and my Nokia camera phone passion.

After much trial, error, and more trial, I have come upon a solution that includes a dedicated Windows Phone 8 mobile blogging app, a popular modern blogging engine, a plugin to make it static, another to have responsive lightbox image galleries, and a stripped down template based off of HTML5 boilerplate so that I could roll my (mostly) own code.

The feeds will all change. My current set up of a excerpted short feed for the public and then a private full feed for friends who email me will be changing for a bit until I can reset up the same after creating my own plugin to do so – please be patient as this may take a bit.

Please check your preferred feed as I will update it by hand when I have a new better solution. Or just resubscribe to the new feed starting tomorrow.

All of this to say, I have had a great time re-coding and mobile testing my blog. There will be a lot of new content, of which I will say more about as I have a series on Mobile Photo tips upcoming.

Thank you for your patience and sticking with me while I had a bit of a blogging block in the last 3 years. Black Phoebe :: Ms. Jen is back – back with daily photos, a couple times a week humor and longer text pieces.

Starting in a couple of hours the new feed will be at

Also starting in a couple of hours, there will be broken links. It will be apart of the process, as this blog is nearly 11 years old with thousands of entries and while I am doing the best to bring legacy stuff forward, I did decide to change the URI path structure. Out with the old, in with the new.

Here’s to the new Black Phoebe!

Update @ 3:30pm – The old site has been deleted and am now building the new.