If you were wondering why the all the Future or upcoming events style posts here on Black Phoebe :: Ms. Jen for the last few days, well I am participating in NaBloPoMo’s August “Tomorrow” challenge, which one is allowed to interpret as any future related thing/idea.
Expect more future oriented posts as the month wends on… You can laugh if I prove to be a poor futurist.
Samsung’s Pixon series of camera phones is moving rapidly towards the future of mobile phones, and not because of their addition of 8 and 12 megapixel sensors, but because of the whole package of a device that adds the features of a phone with mobile internet, email, touchscreen, a physical zoom on the camera, and a camera that is the most like a compact digital camera of any camera phone to date.
What I am most impressed by is that Samsung is not resting on their laurels of 5 megapixel phones but pushing the cameras on the Pixon towards the point where the device is a competitive compact digital camera with a phone & internet connection & touchscreen user interaction. The Samsung Pixon 12 has a physical zoom, a Xenon flash, a 12 megapixel sensor, a range of ISO, touchscreen ‘manual’ focus, and a range of programmed modes, as well as user programmed modes. The Samsung Pixon 12 M8910 is a digital camera and a phone that I am would be more than willing to pay $600 for unlocked.
Elgar at Mobile-review.com gives a very thorough review of the Samsung Pixon 12 Megapixel camera phone. Go read his review and see the comparison photos.
On a note to end the day, as far as Ghosts of Gothic Past go, Matt Edgar whimisically blogs on the comparison between Mobile usage and Victorian Gothic tenants as espoused by John Ruskin: Mobile Gothic: a flight of fancy.
The most exciting news for the day is that Android is stepping up the mobile game with the addition of 1 gig CPU speeds coming soon, which means that Nokia can’t continue to claim that 434 mhz is good enough for the flagship Nokia N97.
Nokia it is time to step up your game, both in CPU/RAM speeds and in terms of the camera on your devices. The other manufacturers are gaining both in terms of handsets & brand/market share.
By cameras, I was quite disappointed to read in two separate spaces that Nokia does not intend on engaging and competing in the compact digital camera space, but intends on keeping somewhat on top of the camera phone game. Only flaw in this plan is that Samsung, Sony-Ericsson, and others are starting to converge on the compact digital camera with a sim chip & data connection space.
In my opinion as a photographer and a person who buys & recommends camera phones to others, it behooves Nokia and others to work towards making a camera phone that can completely replace a compact digital camera in terms of optics (physical zoom), flash, sensor, and software. I and most other folks don’t want to carry 2 or 3 devices, but one.
If Samsung & Sony are doing it, Nokia can to and do it better if they put a bit of will behind the effort.
Photo taken by Ms. Jen with her Nokia N95.
Sat 08.01.09 – Tanya and Paul Bonaventure held a lovely Art Night at their house this evening with paintings, photography, sculpture, dance, poetry and song all performed or executed by attendees of the party.
One of the most delightful part is when Deborah Rosen (choreographer), Laine Proctor (singer/spoken word), and three dancers did a preview piece of the show that they will be performing at the end of the month. They performed the preview in Tanya and Paul’s driveway after 9pm on a warm evening, which was very appropriate to the song/dance/music. It was very lovely and I am looking forward to seeing the whole of ‘Say The Body is Like This Lamp’ and ‘S.O.S./ Sleeping on Snow’ on August 21st & 22nd.
Information on the Dance:
‘Say The Body is Like This Lamp’ | ‘S.O.S./ Sleeping on Snow’
Dances by Alyson Boell and Deborah Rosen
August 21 & 22, 2009
at the Diavolo Theatre
616 Moulton Street, Los Angeles
Tickets:Brown Paper Tickets or 800-838-3006
Notice to all readers: This blog is having May 2009 NaBloPoMo FAIL.
Sorry but it is true.
What in the heck am I supposed to write about sweet that isn’t sticky and slightly silly? I am not a big dessert eater, so I don’t have 31 posts about sugar or honey or agave syrup in me. I can only make so many puns/badbadbadjokes based off the Northeastern US slang “Sweeeeeeet!”, I did it for the first couple of days subtly and felt a bit gross for doing so. Then for a few days, I just posted mobile photos from my camera phone, because I am darned happy to be back on my Nokia N95 that has Nokia’s great but now discontinued mobile blog software, Lifeblog, on it.
After a very long week with lots of out of town visitors, I now sit before my laptop burnt out. Not sleepy but at the very end of my energy reserves.
Yes, Mother’s Day was nice, but yesterday hanging out all day with my Mom, working on my garden, and going to Dog Beach with Mom & Bird & Scruffy & Magnus was better. Tammy is still very pregnant and the baby has not come. I am still overwhelmed with work and will try to get the two big projects wrapped up before departing for Alex & Paige’s wedding in Hawaii next Sunday.
((Is even more burnt out thinking about the next 7 days))
I do have one sweet thing to blog about: The Nokia N79, just sent back to the NYC Nokia folk, really is a sweet little machine.
Other than that, I may not be able to make another 21 days of sweet posts. Gah.
Sat 05.02.09 – Oh Sweet, Young Love. Sometimes when one of your friends is in love, it can be a bit too sweet, a bit sticky; but at other times it can be sweet indeed to know your friend is so happy.
It was good fun to hang out with James Whatley and Vikki Chowney today, and sweet indeed to see them both so happy. I am glad that they decided to take their much needed holiday, or escape from London to SoCal.
We had a good time going to dim sum at the Elite Restaurant in Monterey Park, driving around downtown, stopping to take photos at the Gehry Disney Concert Hall, driving from the start of Sunset Blvd at Main Street all they way to the 405 fwy, and then off to the Getty Center and Museum on the hill for the views and the art. After toddling about the Getty for a few hours Matt Singley and his lady met up with us and I departed for home.
All and all a lovely day.
The NaBloPoMo theme for May 2009 is sweet. Interpret the word sweet as one will.
The month of May is quite full right now and so it makes complete sense for me to sign up for NaBloPoMo when I will be overly busy. (not). But the theme this month intrigued me and I decided to sign myself up. I may be naturally bubbly and happy, but how many sweet things can I write about in 31 one days? We shall find out, won’t we?
Our lovely friends over at the Online Etymology Dictionary give the word sweet’s history as follows:
O.E. swete “pleasing to the senses, mind or feelings,” from P.Gmc. *swotijaz (cf. O.S. swoti, Swed. söt, Dan. sød, M.Du. soete, Du. zoet, O.H.G. swuozi, Ger. süß), from PIE base *swad- (Skt. svadus “sweet;” Gk. hedys “sweet, pleasant, agreeable,” hedone “pleasure;” L. suavis “sweet,” suadere “to advise,” prop. “to make something pleasant to”). Sweetbread “pancreas used as food” is from 1565 (the -bread element may be from O.E. bræd “flesh”). To be sweet on someone is first recorded 1694. Sweet-talk (v.) dates from 1936 (in “Gone With the Wind”). Sweet sixteen first recorded 1826. Sweet dreams as a parting to one going to sleep is attested from 1908. Sweet and sour in cooking is from 1723, not originally of oriental food
Thus, I will spend the month attempting to blog about all things “sweet, pleasant, agreeable, and pleasing to the senses”. Since I am already blogging either a photo or a text post every day this year (as with last year), for the NaBloPoMo challenge, I will write a text post everyday with a possible photo each day, too. Possibly.
As for the sweet bit about today, I had a fuzzily delightful dream last night/early this morning, just in time for May Day where I was in a forest (a west side of the Sierra Nevada giant sequoia forest) and I had a mobile, handheld map of the forest made of model sized trees. To navigate you turned the tree model upside down and let your hand feel where to go in the forest.
The May Day 2005 post from this blog.
The May Day 2008 post from this blog about a dream I had May Day morning last year.
Last but not least, I hope you had a delightfully sweet day today, whether it was enjoying spring flowers and maypoles or out marching in the name of Labor. Though celebrating Beltane seems a bit more delightful than a march…
Late last December, a year ago, I decided to participate in Blog365 and I am here to tell you 367 days (365 days + leap day + today) from the start of the daily blogging for a year that I did it. I blogged every single darned day for the last 367 days, including leap day of which we were allowed to take off but I didn’t.
Due to the fact that I allowed myself the leeway of blogging from my computer and / or moblogging from my phone, I was able to complete the challenge and not feel that it was a struggle. Being able to moblog directly from my Nokia phones (N95 & 2 N82s) to this Movable Type powered blog via Nokia’s Lifeblog made all the difference in being able to complete the daily blogging schedule on top of daily life, work, friends/family, travel, and the vicissitudes of life.
Then to make life interesting a more than a bit challenging, I decided to participate in NaBloPoMo in July over at the Happy Tastebud and in November here at Black Phoebe.
In the Blog365 challenge, I decided that which/what content I (mo)blogged didn’t matter, it could be text or photo, as long as I had one blog post per day. In the November NaBloPoMo challenge, I decided that I had to blog text every day on top of any photo posts. That was hard, but really good.
After November was over, I had more text / opinion posts that I wanted to write but December got too busy and I didn’t have a challenge to goad me on to actually write rather than just mo-pho-blog. I am going to continue daily posting here in 2009 be it text or photos, but I resolve to blog more text, at least 3 times a week.