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Sediments and faults outside San Francisco Bay


Posted on 25th March 2007 by Judy Breck in Subject Sampler

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The node of knowledge from the USGS here is tight-packed science information and links to related ideas—a typical bit of the grand network of what is known by humankind that forms the open online global commons. Earth Sciences

Carnival of the Mobilists #65


Posted on 19th March 2007 by Judy Breck in Carnival of the Mobilists

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Greetings from New York City — where our biggest and best Carnival is Coney Island, called “the playground of the world” since the early 1800s. The Wonder Wheel image used in this Carnival of the Mobilists is from Wired New York.

The reins for administration of Carnival of the Mobilists have been handed to me – Judy Breck, keeper of GoldenSwamp — with the continuing leadership back-up of Russell, Carlo and Rudy. I need your help to keep us rolling well. There are 2 key boosts that would be much appreciated:

First, as we make the transition, please enter your best posts to be reviewed by future hosts for upcoming Carnivals. Next week Dennis at Wap Review has agreed to host the Carnival. Send your entries before Friday midnight PST to mobilists AT googlemail DOT com. Details on how to submit a post is on the Carnival website here. Second, the future host schedule needs filling up. To qualify as a host you need to have entered a post at least 3 times. If you qualify PLEASE BE A HOST. To sign up, email me with your available dates at jbreck AT nyc DOT rr DOT com.

2007 is shaping up as a pivotal year for mobile. The Carnival of the Mobilists is a unique opportunity for us to be heard and have impact. I am honored to be a part of it and look forward to the ride with you as mobile emerges!


My Strands Social Player
Rudy De Waele brings you a video demo of the new Social Player. It plays music on your mobile and uses the songs as a format for organizing your music and your old and new friends. You’ll get an extra plus reading this post if you like to listen to David Bowie.

Open Gardens
Mobile Social software and (multiple) community affiliations?
This post is an interesting sojourn into the thinking of Ajit Jaokar. I recommend it. You will find yourself pondering your possible multiple identities and tribes. I did, and felt the richer for it.

C. Enrique Ortiz Mobility Weblog
The Mobile Handset – A Social Artifact
This worth a read quickie post tells us the why the mobile handset is first and foremost a social artifact.


All About Symbian
The Nokia N800 and Semi-Convergence
Krisse makes a sharp comparison here between convergence and a Swiss Army knife — and writes an informative essay about some devices.

Mobile Observations
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Jason Delport’s musing by a self-labeled small development house raise some troubling questions about how well the mobile specifications are brought along. There is a positive ending though to these ruminations.

Vision Mobile – this week’s Winning Post
Rethinking application environments
You don’t want to miss Andreas Constantinou’s diagram in this post. It gives you a visualization of the extent of customization allowed by application environments.


Anjum’s Web
Net neutrality and mobile networks
There are some very important issues raised here by Farooq Anjum that we of the wireless world need to know and stay on top of. Read and be wary.

Wap Review
Mobile Meme Trackers
Memes gone mobile is a capture method for emerging ideas. This post introduces leading mobile meme trackers and gives you background.


Idlemode: Voices for a Better Mobile Experience
Mobile Presence: The Essential Attributes
Having warmed up on a previous post about Twitter, Jared Benson provides a quick list of 10 go-to attributes for an effective mobile presence system

MEX – the strategy forum for mobile user experience
Where is the colour in the monochrome mobile industry?
This post is a round-up from Marek Pawlowski of great downloads, including his PNM’s own, of great downloads on mobile user experience.
Olly & The Guru, Ep. 5 – Conspiracy Theory
Future scenarios for ads — phone power plays — WiMax and hotspot predictions. If you mull such things, Ricky Cadden will give you a good mental ride here.

Smart Dreaming: smartphone industry commentary
Why the iPhone’s UI won’t scale
Packed with perceptive criticism and suggestions, this post by Malcolm Lithgow is strong schooling inspired by perceived iPhone UI weaknesses.

Xellular Identitiy
Tell Me Where You Are with Your Ringback Tone!
Xen Mendelsohn relays a story about a special ring back tone being used in India to indicate where the caller is. Read about yet another potential emerging for mobile location talents.

Mobile communication is revolutionizing economic and social development in rural India
This post by Gerrit Visser leads to a press release that provides an excellent description of how mobile is what is happening in rural India.

Security on Campus’s SMS petition to help make colleges safer
Assuring student safety is becoming a promising role for mobile phones on the campuses of higher education, as Justin Oberman explains in this post.

After-school program in their pockets
In my own post I put in a plug for diverting just a bit of the avalanches of money spent on after-school programs into sending learning content into the mobile phones in kids’ pockets.

After-school program in their pockets


Posted on 15th March 2007 by Judy Breck in Mobile Learning

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In an article titled It’s not always over when the bell rings, here rounds up some facts on how kids are continuing learning in their time outside of their class schedules in some example after-school programs. A sample fact from the article is:

In 2002, California voters approved a ballot initiative that, combined with previous funding, would direct as much as $550 million toward after-school programs for the state’s students.

Mobile learning offers on-demand any time after-school learning for each student who is participating. When learning assets are in his or he pocket, it is possible to pull out the device and do some learning any time. Numbers like $500 million can do a lot to put those mobiles into students’ pocket.

Carnival of the Mobilists 64


Posted on 12th March 2007 by Judy Breck in Carnival of the Mobilists

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This week’s Carnival is hosted by Rudy De Waele at As Rudy mentioned, here at GoldenSwamp I am now coordinating the hosting of future Carnivals. I look forward to being in touch with the bloggers who are telling the world about the transition of communication to mobile devices. This is Rudy’s announcement:

Next week Judy Breck has agreed to host the next Carnival. Send your entries before Friday midnight PST to mobilists AT googlemail DOT com. For detailed instructions and archives about the Carnival of the Mobilists, please visit the website.

We are also launching a new round of hosts for future Carnivals. Being a host normally gets you a nice boost in traffic and is a great way to showcase your blog or website to a wider audience. Drop a line to Judy – jbreck AT nyc DOT rr DOT com – and tell her when you CAN’T do one between now and summer. You must have entered the Carnival 3 times to host, but everyone is welcome – new and seasoned veterans alike. What are you waiting for?

Rockefeller University Newswire


Posted on 10th March 2007 by Judy Breck in Open Content

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The image here is from a Newswire story from this prestigious university reporting “new research from Rockefeller University shows that . . . several layers of regulation control cell death.” The Newswire can be subscribed to at no cost via email or RSS. As mobiles hasten their entry into the learning venue, the Rockefeller University Newswire format, an image and brief, authoritative text, is ideal for delivering mobile modules of the latest science to students across the planet.

Brain Backgrounders


Posted on 3rd March 2007 by Judy Breck in Subject Sampler

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The Society for Neuroscience offers an online series of six brief articles here that answer basic neuroscience questions related to the brain. Biology

Carnival of the Mobilists 63.1


Posted on 2nd March 2007 by Judy Breck in Carnival of the Mobilists

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See it online now at Software Everywhere—David Beers on Mobile Computing. The Carnival parades the best blog writing of the week from the mobile computer midway.

Let the little elephants feast online


Posted on 1st March 2007 by Judy Breck in Schools We Have Now

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In the new issue of Edutopia Milton Chen, the Executive Director of the George Lucas Foundation, explains the theme of his essay:

I was at a meeting recently when a colleague told a story of being in India, where an educator there asked her, somewhat skeptically, “In America, you test your students a lot, don’t you?” She replied, “Well, indeed, the United States has a national policy that requires testing of all students in certain grades.” The Indian educator said, “Here, when we want the elephant to grow, we feed the elephant. We don’t weigh the elephant.”

Dr. Chen then discusses this learning dynamic: “New research demonstrates that teaching children to appreciate their brains actually motivates them to learn and expend greater effort — with particular improvements in mathematics learning.” The improvements, apparently, are indicated by higher test scores.

Dr. Chen’s logic assumes that kids have available at school content in the language arts, science, and math for them to consume and get more intelligent — that our potentially bright little elephants don’t learn because they don’t think they can. What though, if the youngsters are turned off to learning because they are bored by pablum and by the tests to prove pablum consumption?

The comprehensive, compelling, interconnected content for language arts, science, and math has moved online and is now beginning to show up in the mobile phones the kids all have. A powerful motivation for the new generation to feed on knowledge is to let them do it from their own digital media. Schools need to understand that the Internet is now the primary resource of learning content. To allow youngsters to feed intellectually, education must expend greater effort to engage the open digital world into which the kids have focused intelligence often starved in schools.