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Happy New Year!

Photo taken by Ms. Jen with her Nokia N95 while on a walk today with the dogs.

The true glories of winter in SoCal is the mild weather, which roses and gardenias love. As I was walking the dogs this afternoon, I spotted this rose next to the sidewalk on 10th St. in Seal Beach. It was similar to a Double Delight rose, but with an apricot yellow rather than cream colored interior. Gorgeous. I was so taken by its beauty that I forgot to sniff to see if it smelled like a Double Delight. Must walk back tomorrow.
The New Year’s Resolution Part of the Blog Post:
I received an email from Mrs. Kennedy the other day letting NaBloPoMo 2007 participants know that various folks decided to take NaBloMoPo even farther and start Blog365. When I read the rules, I signed up.

– Blog everyday for 365 days.
– Feb.29th is a Free Day and will be the Blog365 day of rest!
(Thanks Leap Year)
– You do not HAVE to post to the same blog as long as you post everyday.
– No internet? Write your post locally and post it once you are back on the grid.
– Computer Broken? Grab some paper and do some old school blogging.
– A post is a post, not everything has to be in writing. Photos, YouTube videos, and the like are all considered content.
– Have fun, because that’s the whole point!

So, I signed up. This I can do, as I do post either photos or text to some spot on the ‘net everyday anywhoo and if I don’t I do write in one of my two notebook / sketchpads. What I will set as a goal for myself is to post to this blog everyday in 2008, be it a photo or text or both. Wish me luck.
Happy New Year!

The Last Day of NaBloPoMo

I just reviewed my archives for November 2007 and I didn’t do as badly at NaBloPoMo 2007 as I thought I had. I only missed one day.
My goal was to moblog one photo and write one text post each day. Most days of November I accomplished both. Many of the days (Nov. 16 – 26th) that I was on the road, I was only able to send a moblogged photo with a bit of text. But on Nov. 25th, I failed entirely. It was the only day that I did not post a photo or text all day for the whole day. Oops.
All in all, I had hoped to get more writing done. Moblogging, or sending photos and/or text from my phone directly to this blog via Lifeblog and my data plan, is relatively easy. I just need to pick a photo that I like, open Lifeblog, type some text (non-qwerty mobile phone keyboard), and then push the send button and off it goes to my blog. Given I was in Ireland and England this month, my mobile bill will be painful when it arrives, but it was worth it.
I had grand plans about catching up on writing up all the big topics I have been wanting to blog about (mobile creativity, Whole Foods, PHP vs. Ruby on Rails, etc.), but writing up big topics and traveling don’t mix, esp. when one’s hotel / B&B does not have an internet connection.
There is always December.

The Final Stretch

Eden sent an email to NaBloPoMo 2007 participants today encouraging us to keep blogging strong to the finish line at the end of the week. I appreciate the encouragement, but I have utterly failed to post daily here at Black Phoebe :: Ms. Jen, due to traveling and a lack of wifi and/or mobile connection. I wanted to, the spirit was willing but the connections and flesh were weak.
Yes, I could have used my US sim chip to blog short notes to this space every night from my phone’s Lifeblog (my UK sim chip does not have the needed email/ISP data plan that Lifeblog requires), but either tiredness or cheapness got the better of me most nights.
My biggest problem with blogging is that I always compose whole posts in my head when I am miles away from my computer and then when I get back and have the time to write it all out, edit, rewrite, and then publish the post, I am too tired or have lost the train of thought or…
Having a Nokia mobile camera phone with internet connection the last three years has greatly helped me to keep my computer from being the black hole of digital photos, as now I can post my photos to this blog or flickr when I take them, but my brain is still a black hole of writing / text / opinion posts. Either I need voice recognition software that will translate recorded ideas into text that then can be posted or I need a direct brain to blog link.
I even have a folder on my desktop with posts that are started but not finished, idea rough drafts, and whole written pieces that need revision before posting. I had hopped to use the November NaBloPoMo challenge to move those posts and ideas out of the folder and on to this space. Sigh.
Well, there is always December and I still owe y’all a bunch of photos from the last 11 days of traveling around Ireland and England. Yeah, that is what I will do on the 10 hour plane ride on Wednesday back to LA, I will edit photos and write posts, if I can wrangle a seat with a power port…

NaBloPoMo and Traveling are Not Necessarily Compatible

Conclusion from Day 18 of NaBloPoMo 2007 and Ms. Jen’s blog : daily text posting whilst traveling is not necessarily compatible without spending too much on international data on one’s mobile and/or trying to find wifi and the time to blog whilst visiting and exploring. Right now, we here at Black Phoebe are in a bit of a fail mode.
The photos are relatively easy but the text blogging, not so much. This whole thing is causing me more stress than necessary. The worst part is that I have quite a few blog posts I would like to write, but by the time I get to my computer late at night the last thing I want to do is write on mobile, or development, or life, or the world, or even possibly the universe, or the political / philosophical implications thereof. Or the recent daily impassioned post I have building in my head about my hate / hate relationship with PHP, PEAR, and the Flickr API. Or even what I did that day in travel-land.
Bah. So, rather than continue my blogging self-flagellation party here, I am now going to turn off the computer to research what we are going to do in the next few days in Ireland, where we should go, and possibly where we should stay. Otherwise, Mom and I will be driving around the M-50 in circles.

Why I Love NabloPoMo and Other Bits

Donna's New Peek-a-Pooh

Here are a few tidbits from a late Thursday evening in London on the eve of going to Dublin for graduation:
1) Why I love National Blog Posting Month #2… Quite a few of my very favorite bloggers who usually blog very irregularly are participating this month. I have been looking forward to my RSS reader queue for the daily tidbits from the following:
Heather Powazek Champ : Words
Ugly Green Chair
Maybe when NaBloPoMo is over Mrs. Kennedy, Heather, Whitney, and Jessica will post more frequently. Now if we could have only convinced The Adnostic and Hadashi to do NaBloPoMo this month!
2) I am too tired to post my photos from today here. I will blog them later. My Mom arrived in London from LA today and very early tomorrow morning we depart for Dublin. Tomorrow is graduation for moi at Trinity.
3) After Ireland, Mom and I were planning to go to Spain, but I canceled the tickets to Spain tonight. We went to dinner with Donna from WOM World this evening and I was gushing about my favorite medieval English architecture to my Mom and Donna, when Mom suggested that we ditch Spain for a tour of Southern England next week.
Donna departed after dinner, Mom and I talked about it some more and I canceled our tickets to Malaga and hired a car for England instead. Avebury, Salisbury, and Wales, here we come…
4) This evening I gave away the last of the seven Peek-a-Poohs that I brought with me. Donna’s Nokia N95 is now the proud wearer of a purple Libra Peek-a-Pooh.

NaBloPoMo Day 11

Ok, so I am not doing so well on the daily blog post business… I had vowed I would give y’all text and photos in separate posts each day. Late last night I got the photos up and was too tired to write words about my great, fun day in Oxfordshire. Here I am today feeling repentant…
Oh well. Y’all forgive me, right? ;o)
Today I had loose plans that due to various travel schedules have not resolved themselves, now I have a free day in London. What to do? What to do?
My plans for the next few days until the Future of Mobile on Wed. and my Mom arriving on Thurs., is to visit with friends and see London during the day, and then work on various bits in the evenings. With the on set of darkness around 4:30 or 5pm, I need to hop to it and not be sitting in bed at 11:37am on a Sunday morning….
Hopping to it!

A Working Day

I have spent all day today digging away in the Flash and PHP Salt Mines. I am very tired but am hours away from being done. I am now drinking tea in a attempt to revive myself, so I can keep going.
I had lots of thoughts earlier today for NaBloPoMo posts but now they have all escaped my head. Hopefully tomorrow will be more fruitful.
Now back to the the salt mines…