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Thor’s homepage


Posted on 28th November 2006 by Judy Breck in Subject Sampler

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Thor is presented on the page here that is part of the University of Pittsburg’s Folklore and Mythology Electronic Texts presided over by retired professor D. L. Ashliman. Clicking through a few pages reveals that Professor Ashliman is clearly extremely knowledgeable in his speciality. In 2005 his book on Fairy Lore was published about elves, dwarfs, gnomes, trolls, mermaids, brownies, pixies, leprechauns, and many other beings found in world folklore. Somehow it makes me enjoy the Internet more to know the delightful folks of mythology can be found amoung the zeroes and ones of the digital world.

I hope it will not be long until these merry folk find their way on to mobile phones as mobile browsers are more welcoming to the open web. May Thor soon cast thunder through your ringtone! Literature

Species discovery news


Posted on 21st November 2006 by Judy Breck in Subject Sampler

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A blog category on provides a running report of new species as they are discovered in different part of the world. The material is exciting stuff for a broad range of students, from the early grade schoolers who are learning first lessons about animals and plants to the graduate scientist working to understand and preserve biodiversity. Image credit: Enirco Bernard General sciences

Carnival of the Mobilists #54


Posted on 20th November 2006 by Judy Breck in Carnival of the Mobilists

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GoldenSwamp is a name for the open Internet, as explained here. We mobilists are all working on delivering the gold from the Internet swamp on to mobiles. welcomes the Carnival of the Mobilists, bringing together the week’s brightest mobile warbling for you to enjoy by clicking the blog posts below.


The future is bright .. The future is 3 . .
Open Gardens: Ajit Jaokar
is in demand as a speaker across the world. This week his Carnival post gives his enthusiastic take on 3’s X-Series. Ajit says: “Many other respected bloggers . . . concur that it is this is the single most significant digital development in recent times. I agree.”

Blyk – free, ad-supported mobile phones
Smart Mobs: Howard Rheingold
, author of this post, has been seeing and writing about the digital future since its dawn decades ago. In this post he says a new service may be “one answer” bridging the digital divide for youth.

Motorola’s AJAR set to follow in Nokia’s S60 footsteps
Vision Mobile
: Follow the thinking here of Andreas Constantinou as he details why AJAR will suffer.

The Indian Wireless Carrier War – What it means for Indian Mobile Startups
SmallDoses: Just back from a 6 week long business trip in Bangalore, India, Kiran Bellubbi shares his thoughts.

Jeff Hawkins’ “secret” project is coming next year
Mobile Opportunity: This one is Palm’s secret Michael Mace writes, with some “cryptic hints.”

The Ubiquitous Web
StayGoLinks: In this forward looking post, Barry Welford makes this key observation: “For many, this ubiquity of connectivity will start from their mobile device since that will be their most frequent companion.”

The big world in my pocket
: My own post for the week is based on a Washington Post article. I suggest the mobile in the pocket is a powerful viewer of the bigger world for isolated individuals.

Ancient temple embraces FP codes
Wireless World Japan: Jan Kuczynski explains how technology will “put a stop to . . . cheating monks” in a Japanese temple. I give this story the weekly “best post” kudo because Jan is seeing the wider work of mobile — and a dash of humor always gets my vote. Congratulations Jan, and I hope you get a better fortune on your next visit to the temple.


Just how many third party applications do you need?
All About Symbian: This detailed musing is a sounding board for reflecting on third party applications in which Steve Litchfield says “I’d like to raise up a voice of sanity . . . .

US Wireless Data Market: 3Q06 update
Always On Real-Time Access
: Lots of big and diddly facts here served up by Chetan Sharma.

Performance vs Developer productivity and ease of coding: Why can’t we choose both?

Everything and the Mobile Software Universe
: This post by Thomas Menguy is a good read if you think this ever happens to you: “It may sound obvious, but many many times programmers take too many things for granted . . . ”

Podcast: Impact of 3G Licensing Fees on Prices and Network Coverage
Martin’s Mobile Technology Page
: In this post, Martin Sauter invites you to download a professor’s podcast commentary.

Changing Times for Mobile e-mail
Mobile Enterprise Weblog
: In this mobile e-mail exploration Daniel Taylor says why: “lately I’ve come to assume a different take on things. Right now. Today. The power users are driving the market.”

Mogmo, the Google of mobile?
Mobile Games Blog
: Take a Mogmo cruise with Arjan Olsder: “on to the real candy. Lets test the games search!”

Respond Mobile launches made-for-mobile TV platform
Musings of a Mobile Marketer
: Acknowledging that, “We all know that, like it or not, online adult ‘erotic’ content and services led to a lot of innovation and take-up of web services more generally,” Helen Keegan takes a look at implications for mobile.

Making Better Use of HTTP Headers for Device Profiling
: At the end of his excellent essay, Jason Delport concludes, “Adding custom HTTP headers is a very simple thing to do and it would make a huge difference in terms of creating consistent mass market applications.”

Hacking the T-Mobile RazrV3 to Get Opera Mini Working
: Says Sarah Perez, “if you really want to get your geek on,” you can follow her 16-step hack.

Thoughts on an advertisement-based model for cell phones
: Google’s Eric Schmidt “foresees a future where cell phones will be given away free to the users, so long as the users don’t mind a little advertising.” Abhishta Paranjpe mulls and comments.

Identity and mobile
TomSoft, Technology, wireless, games. . . and more
: Thomas Landspurg tells us that “Digital Identity will be without any doubt one of the big challenge in the coming months. Why? Because of two important trends . . . .”

The 5 dimensions of mobile tagging
unrated – mumblings of a mobile entrepreneur
: This week’s noted newcomer to the Carnival is Dennis Hettema, who gives his take on types of tags—explaining: “When using your mobile device you are actually cramming a PC or Mac into your jacket pocket and dragging it along where ever you go. Because of this the mobile space will, logically speaking, provide you with many additional tags.” Mobile
Wap Review
: In this post, Dennis takes a look at what he says is “the first good, free US mobile traffic site I’ve seen.”

Interviewing Savka Andic on Mobile Marketing & Youth
Xellular Identity
: This is an interview by Mendelsohn Xen revealing youth trends and takes on mobile.

The Carnival will be hosted next week by Eli Dickinson at FierceDeveloper.

The big world in my pocket


Posted on 19th November 2006 by Judy Breck in Mobile Learning

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There is an article today in the Washington Post here about The Meaning of Work for black men. The article concludes with the hope its subject, Chris, gets from a view out of a window to see beyond the neighborhood where he has spent his whole life:

He picked up the final box, carried it to a far wall and placed it under a window that happened to offer a breathtaking view to the south.

Down there to the right was Ward 3, where the unemployment rate was 1.5 percent.

And down there to the left was Ward 8, where the 16.3 unemployment rate no longer included Chris, who stood now at the window transfixed.

He’d never seen things from such a perspective.

In a moment, he would get back to work. He would move some filing cabinets. He would keep a job. He would learn how to love himself.

But right now, all he could do was stare.

“Damn,” he said.

A mobile phone in his pocket increasingly becomes a window beyond his circumstances for a man like Chris — and for individual people everywhere across the world. For now, weather, ball games scores and a few special features are the first views from this window. Soon there will be much more as mobiles begin to browse the Internet more and do so more thoroughly. Chris and billions more will “have the big world in my pocket” — seeing things for the first time from such a perspective. Damn cool!

Opposing public schooling “the whole way”


Posted on 17th November 2006 by Judy Breck in Schools We Have Now

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The Nobel Prize winning economist Milton Friedman died yesterday. His New York Times obituary below describes his willingness to go the whole way toward antistatism. His example of expressing an underlying conviction is the sort of breath of fresh air that energizes the coming “perfect storm” Todd Richmond predicts is about to hit education. Dr. Richmond said last month that “the educational sector will be dragged into the future kicking and screaming by the next perfect storm.”

I am opposed to public education. It is fine to have public institutions for children for day care, sports, communications programs, community service—and perhaps for practicing their French. But the virtual, digital commons has become a better place for them to engage what is known by humankind and to interact with learners and teachers—most importantly to do so beyond the cubicles of public education space and ideas.

Instead of a tempered postion on this point, as an advocate I am one of the somebodies that henceforth goes the whole way—with a salute and farewell to Milton Friedman:

As a libertarian, Mr. Friedman advocated legalizing drugs and generally opposed public education and the state’s power to license doctors, car drivers and others. He was criticized for those views, but he stood by them, arguing that prohibiting, regulating or licensing human behavior either does not work or creates inefficient bureaucracies. Mr. Friedman insisted that unimpeded private competition produced better results than government systems.“Try talking French with someone who studied it in public school,” he argued, “then with a Berlitz graduate.”

Once, when accused of going overboard in his antistatism, he said, “In every generation, there’s got to be somebody who goes the whole way, and that’s why I believe as I do.”

The Carnival of the Mobilists is coming


Posted on 14th November 2006 by Judy Breck in Carnival of the Mobilists

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It has already arrived at Mobility Weblog, where Carnival 53 is now online hosted by C. Enrique Ortiz. CEO has the best mobile writing of the week set up on his midway. Next week the Carnival is coming here, to GoldenSwamp.

Principles of Freedom


Posted on 14th November 2006 by Judy Breck in Subject Sampler

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Colonial Williamsburg’s online exhibit here is an excellent place to learn about the Declaration of Independence: a hundred and ten words fatally undermined the political basis of the old order and proclaimed a new era in which free peoples would henceforth govern themselves. Government

Mobile 2006, automobile 2005


Posted on 11th November 2006 by Judy Breck in Mobile & Ubiquitous

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Since attending the Mobile 2.0 conference in San Francisco on Monday, I have been mulling the main thing I learned. The best way I can think of to explain that key thing about mobile today is in the picture above. The mobile today is just like my grandfather’s prized Pope Toledo automobile was in 1905.My father’s father, Dr. L.M. Breck is shown above at the wheel, and his wife Olive Jane, my grandmother, is seated behind him. The couple is showing off their stylish automobile by giving friends a ride. Grandpa’s Pope Toledo was the 17th car licensed in El Paso, Texas. My Dad mentioned the Pope Toledo often over the years, in the context of how proud his father had been of owning the new and wonderful machine.

It is certainly easy to feel the same sort of pride Grandpa did if today you own a sweet mobile like Verizon’s new “Chocolate.” The challenge is to have some long range perspective—especially since things change a lot faster today than the did a hundred years ago when Grandpa was zooming around town at ten miles an hour.

The double perspective for mobiles right now is to know these two things:
1. They are cool, sweet, amazing, huge — the cat’s pajamas!.
2. They are very primitive.

Grandpa only lived until 1932, and did not see the greatest blossoming of automobiles. But our new kinds of “mobiles” are changing much faster. We will see big changes over months and huge changes over just a few years.

For some perspective, you might want to read the following description of the state of the stylishness of the Pope Toledo in 1905—comparing it mentally to the way we now look at the features of today’s sweet mobiles.

Are the kerosene fuel type things on today’s mobiles hopelessly primitive or promises of a brilliant future? How do we get the mobile speed 30 times faster like the auto guys did?

The Pope Toledo was the pinnacle of Pope Automobiles, being outfitted with luxurious amenities and powered by large engines. The early automobiles featured one cylinder engines producing ten horsepower. The Tonneau cover was removable and the brass trimmings gave the vehicle a distinguished and prestigious appearance. There were two forward speeds and one reverse. The steering was on the right and was able to seat four passengers.

The company averaged about 720 vehicles annually. In 1911, 693 vehicles were produced. Their vehicles were fast, reliable, and durable. They were more than a means of transportation; they were distinctive, stylish and luxurious masterpieces.

The headlamps were fueled by acetylene gas while the side lamps used kerosene fuel. These were standard on the vehicles, a feature provided by other automobile manufacturers at an additional price. The styling of the body was elegant while the interior was decorated and adorned in luxurious amenities.

Ice cams Antarctica


Posted on 4th November 2006 by Judy Breck in Subject Sampler

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Watch the live ice action on the Ross Sea iceshelf on the webpage here from NascentCam. The page connects to other very cool Antarctica camera sites. Earth sciences

Money Flashcards


Posted on 1st November 2006 by Judy Breck in Subject Sampler

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The interactive practice here for counting money would give mobile phone users exercise for their brains along with their thumbs. Math