April 10th, 2005

Mobile Blogging … but without my camera phone and photos

Each day there are reminders to me that I live in San Francisco. In some ways they are fun and I’d like to share them with my friends who live back on the east coast. I couldn’t manage to capture these experiences with my camera phone and MMS so I’m going to give it a shot here with just text.

I had to wait in line behind a black lab to get a drink at the water fountain in Golden Gate Park this morning. And, yes, the dog was standing on its hind legs drinking from the fountain just as a person would. I would have snapped a photo, but I didn’t have my phone with me. Maybe Jobs will integrate a camera into the Shuffle. Or not.

I was enroute to a bar to meet some friends on Friday evening. From the bus window, I saw a girl scout dressed in her uniform pulling a red wagon full of girl scout cookies. She was stopped outside an adult video store just outside of the Castro. She later appeared at the bar. I did have my phone with me, but couldn’t do much from a moving bus or in a dark bar … even with the flash turned on.

I was doing a long bike ride to celebrate a friend’s recovery from breast cancer last weekend. An all-women’s ride called the Cinderella Classic. Of course, at least 15-20 percent of the women were in costumes – wearing skirts, pajamas, crowns, glass slippers, etc. – they road 100km dressed like that. I did have my phone with me, but I don’t think that anyone really wanted to be photographed – the costumes were for their own fun.

I like the notion of mobile blogging … and it would be a great way to share more of my life in San Francisco with my grandparents in Iowa – well if they had a multi-media cell phone. Even if I could have captured these moments on my phone, I probably would have missed the experiences. I just haven’t sorted out how to use my phone that efficiently yet.

Will be fun to watch how these applications evolve. The cameras are certainly getting better. I’ve seem lots of client software from Nokia, SnapIn, et.al. that makes posting easier.

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