Monthly Archives: February 2006

mobloggin’

Testing a moblog text post


So, I finally got around to setting up my blogger.com mobile phone blog for phone image storage and auto-publication of blog entries from my phone keypad. ^_^

Setting up the Go Blogger service was not like anything I’d ever done before; the user starts the process by sending a text message! Then using a reply text message with an automatically created temp URL and pass-code, you link the pass code and mobile phone number to your blog by logging into the blogger.com website, which knows your phone number!. The auto-integration of mobile phone technology and blog services is crazy (like the glue!). After registration, of course, the images are auto-updated to the blog you associated with your phone number! Now I can take pictures anywhere and upload them to the intarweb! Next step: celebrity stalking! woo

Now I need to update my css for this site to do some cool stuff to the mobile-post and mobile-photo classes, so that they are easily recognizable. Maybe put pink backgrounds on them or something.

Edit: So I moved my moblog. Previously, as noted before I set up a moblog at textamerica. It was a way to get my pictures from my cell phone to the internet, but nothing more. The layout sucked, there were things you just couldnt do with it. The templating, the link, the display area, the commenting, and the html could all not be edited. Even after joining the private google group [http://groups.google.com/group/textamerica] to figure out some technical issues, I still couldn’t find a way to simply format the page, images and comments. Maybe I just was used to the blogger.com style interface and non-WYSIWYG page editing interface.

Anyway, I had a “test” blog over at http://marthaler.blogspot.com for testing formatting and other stuff to publish into this blog. well, it is now my moblog (albeit, I am still working on the css over there). So to see the previously uploaded images, check that out. Its a more personal ‘snapshot’ (pun intended) into my life. 🙂

gmail chat

So tonight, i used the gmail chat interface for the first time. my first impression is that, AJAX is going to change the way that people use thier desktops.

first off, since I had emailed my enemy friend tommy recently, he showed up in my gmail ‘Quick Contacts’ menu with a little orange dot next to it. Not knowing what the orange dot meant, but it being different than the typical grey dots next to all the other @gmail accounts in my Quick Contact list, I decided to mash the mouse button onto it.

9:29 PM me: are you looking for love?

And so on and so forth, until we talked for 20 minutes about the badness that is the that the chat originally shows up in, to the fact that you can “pop” the iframe out into its own browser window (if you have your pop-up blocker disabled!), and continue to have a chat with the person to the fact that video games are the new golf. What was so nice about it (me being the minimalist that I am): the only thing in the new chat browser window is the chat and an input box.

The reason that I stopped using ICQ (7 digits bitchez) and later AIM (associated with an @arizona.edu email *cry*), is the fact that they try to make money off thier IM clients by putting animated gifs** on the top of thier clients. Well, this chat didnt have any of that annoyance.

In fact, it didn’t even have any of the emoticons that used to dominate the Yahoo Messenger(cm) days. I remember days of IM’ing my friend Turtle (who never comments on blogs) wasting it away just doing





all day long, instead of actually talking to one another. Well, although emoticons are still present in gmail chat, they seem to be WAAAY LESS ANNOYING (and colorful); hopefully keeping the actual communication to a maximum.

Anyway, the chats are definetly stored, the same way that email conversations are stored. You can star them, search them, and definetly archive them. Unless, of course, either party selects ‘Off the record’, one of two options at the bottom of the browser window. Pretty freakin handy, especially since sometimes you don’t want the FTC knowing that you gave Gordon Gecko that insider stock tip about Google’s stock going up.

9:57 PM me: afk, im going to blog about it

** OT: Did you know that when viewing an animated gif in Firefox 1.5 in a separate tag, it creates a thumbnail for that gif as the icon for that tab? Can you say sweet?!

Tailgates

So, The University of Arizona basketball team is coming to Los Angeles this weekend to play USC and UCLA. Its been a tradition of our little AZ clique to go to the games for the last 5 years. However, UofA was a pretty good basketball team the majority of those years. Now with Rodgers gone, out of the top 25 rankings for the first time in 7-8 years, and Lute giving the kibosh on 3 point attempts (he should just tell Radenovich to stop shooting) things are swinging back into the LA team’s favor.

Which brings me to the issue of tailgates. It would be nice to actually have a truck to go to the basketball games and put the tailgate down and sit and have a few beers and kick back. Well, I used to be able to do that.

Alas, as bad luck would have it (with the help of a few boys from a local chop shop ) my tailgate on my pickup truck was stolen clean. In the place where I park my truck at night. I mean, I see CLKs, H2s, m3’s and all sort of $$$ MB cars next to mine. And they have to go and take off my tailgate. Taken right off. Who does that?

I had a nice long chat with the Manhattan Beach police man while he took down the crime scene information and dusted the bed and back lights for prints. It turns out that not too many tailgates get stolen. I’ve never heard about it until now, and it just sucks when it happens to you. And by the passive you, I mean me.

Mood: depressed