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iPhone 4S battery usage report (so far)

In the photo you can see how
I am dealing thus far. Today was the first full day of mobile blogging with the new phone and a few friends have tweeted to ask me how it is going.

I took 112 photos so far today, 21 of which were emailed to Flickr/my blog. This was between maybe 10:30 am and 2:30 pm. Then I noticed two things: I was hungry and the iPhone battery only had 30% left. I stopped to eat and plugged the Energi To Go thing in. It’s the $20 model. It gave me another 30% to continue. I left DAK just before the parade to come to EPCOT. The phone was around 58%. I plugged both the phone and the Energi thing into the car charger. In time it took to drive to EPCOT and type this, I got back to 93%. I don’t know how the little Energi brick is doing because the indicator is either red or green and right now it is still red. Maybe I need the $59 Energi model. But overall I am ok with today’s performance.

If you take a lot of pics with your iPhone or use a lot of apps, and you do not drive around WDW then you will need a big Energi brick or other extra power source.

03/13/2010 – This is a test of PixelPipe to the blog.

Oh it did let me insert an image but it inserted the image BEFORE the audio, which actually came first. OK, let’s see what happens…

03/13/2010 – This is a test of PixelPipe to the blog.

This is the audio piece. Listen to it for details… Oh wait, looks like I can add a picture to this post!

03/13/2010 – A Moose I Met In Canada

This is a moose I met in the Canadian pavilion at EPCOT. Love me some Canadia! 😉

My Mobile Adventures *~*~* – Top 20 Posts of 2009

© Copyright 2008 Tink *~*~*

Now that 2010 is almost upon us, it’s time to do a 2009 “Best Of” post. I get a kick out of “fun facts”, so this year I’m taking a statistical point of view. Let’s see what 2009 held!

My Mobile Adventures *~*~* Top 20 Posts of 2009

Posts are ranked according to how many visits they received during the 12-month period ranging from 12/29/2008 – 12/29/2009. Data gathered and presented by the WordPress Stats plugin.

  1. Lego Sculpture at Downtown Disney: The Dragon
  2. Colorful birds from Orlando, Florida
  3. Disney’s Ladies in RED
  4. My Top 5 FUNky Facts About Pelicans
  5. “The Rocks”, Sanibel Island
  6. More Disney Characters in RED
  7. 7 Things To Do In Walt Disney World On Halloween (except THAT!)
  8. “There once was a man from Nantucket…”
  9. Yet More Disney Characters Who Wear RED
  10. My “favorite” Disney red-head
  11. A Disney Dance of the Hours
  12. Of Mice and Mutts
  13. Lighthouse at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
  14. The Empress Lilly, Downtown Disney
  15. Critters on the Castle: Kaa
  16. Sanibel Island beach birds
  17. Frog metamorphosis at Disney
  18. About
  19. Dancing mushrooms from Disney’s Fantasia
  20. Mickey Mouse Chillaxin’ In Paradise



Among my Top 20 Posts of 2009 are four posts which were originally published during 2008.

  • 100% of these posts contain Disney-related content
  • 50% of these posts were created for the Ruby Tuesday meme, and deal with the topic of Disney characters who wear the color red.
  • Dark horse: my “About” page somehow squeaked into the Top 20. Who knew, huh? 😉



  • The Ruby Tuesday meme, created and managed by Mary The Teach, is responsible for prompting 35% of my Top 20 posts.  The runners up are:
    • Camera Critters (Saturdays, 23%)
    • The Wednesday Trifecta (22%)
    • – of the three memes in which I’ve participated in on Wednesdays, Site Meter indicates that it is Outdoor Wednesday, created and managed by Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer, that brings the most visitors.

    • The Monday Trifecta at 9%
    • – Well, it’s actually a bi-fecta now, one of the memes having fallen prey to blogger burnout. None of them stands out as bringing in more traffic than the others.

    THE MORAL OF THE STORY: since I’ve been cutting back on meme participation – it was starting to feel like a “gotta” instead of a “wanna” – I should probably concentrate on my Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday memes, if I want to maintain decent levels of traffic.


    Lots of interesting information about your audience and how they get to your blog each day can be had from Site Meter.

    • Even though I do get a lot of traffic from the photo meme sites themselves, the vast majority of my traffic comes from Google searches. The memes just seem to provide an excellent prompt for what people are searching for.
    • I seem to have hit the nail on the head with several of my post titles in the Top 20. There are many, MANY searches for phrases like “facts about pelicans” and “Disney red characters”.
    • I get a chuckle every time I see that someone has searched on “there once was a man from Nantucket…” 😉
    • Site Meter tells me that I get a lot more visits on the days I mobile blog than I do when I create meme-related posts that are not mobile blogged. This is especially true when I mobile blog from Disney. Visits on mobile blogging days tend to be from fewer unique visitors, yet those unique visitors show up multiple times throughout the day to check for updates. Each post has fewer visitors but collectively they add up for the day to be many more visits than on a regular blogging day.

    THE MORAL OF THE STORY: Services such as Site Meter can provide valuable insight into who your audience is, where they come from, why they’re visiting and why they return. Add to this a little intelligent SEO in post titles and repeat traffic ensues.

    EFFORT COUNTS… sort of!

    It was a difficult year in my day job. I was thrust into something completely new and different and it was a tough row to hoe, for a while there. As the year wore on, my job became more and more carnivorous, devouring my life.


    Here we can see that as the year wore on, less and less posts were making it into the Top 20 for the year. 40% of the Top 20 were posted in the first quarter of the year; 30% in the 2nd quarter and 10% in the 3rd quarter. The 4th quarter is not represented at all.There are a couple of reasons for this:

    • That’s the way it goes when you’re in corporate finance; the last quarter of the fiscal year is challenging and doesn’t leave much time or frankly energy for other endeavors.
    • But to be fair, the posts from the previous quarters and even the previous year have been hanging around longer and had a longer time to rack up search engine traffic.
    • Had I been able to put more effort into blogging as the year wore on – posting every day, visiting other blogs – I might have been able to do better, but realistically, this sort of measurement over a finite period of time renders more recent posts chronologically challenged.

    Now here’s something weird. Despite the traffic appearing to slow down, the number of subscribers I have has been steadily increasing all year. Take a look at these numbers from Feedburner


    Despite not having the personal bandwidth necessary to visit other bloggers as much as I’d like to, I was still able to do a few things to gain exposure:

    • TweetMeme – I put the retweet button on my posts, and occasionally, someone actually pushes it!
    • TwitterFeed – I signed up for this and now every post I make is automatically tweeted
    • PicATheme – “elite” group of photobloggers/meme participants who posted to a group blog (group has since folded). While I was contributing there, I noticed some visitors who followed my link from there
    • – my feed automatically posts there to my very own forum. I get exposure, the owner gets Disney-related content. The fact that it is a forum means I can have conversations with the folks there; a busy thread will draw more and more people in, to see what the buzz is about, and many of them end up clicking through to the blog. If you are a Disney fan, I strongly suggest you check the place out. You will find a nice bunch of folks there to chat with about your favorite obsession. 🙂
    • Facebook – My Mobile Adventures *~*~* launched a fan page at the beginning of August. At this time, I’m not auto-posting there but I want to do that in the future. So far, I have about 70 fans; I have to assume there is some cross-over from my subscriber base, but a lot of them are real life friends and relatives who were not really aware that I blogged until I created the fan page and sent them an invite. So I gained a few subscribers there as well.

    MORAL OF THE STORY: Distribute your feed and mention your URL via multiple means. It all adds up to more exposure, more requests for the feed – more subscribers!


    These are very modest numbers I’ve been describing. Had I not a day job, I would have the time and the energy to devote to creating more valuable content and publicizing the blog more widely, including those all-important fellow blogger connections. However, modest or not, I think the numbers show that taking action makes a positive impact.

    • There are many venues in which to take such actions – Twitter, Facebook, forums are all good places to promote what you’ve got to offer.
    • Use metrics tools like Site Meter and a stats plugin to observe and measure – what’s working, what’s not working, what’s standing still. The numbers tell a story!
    • Use SEO techniques to attract search engine traffic – name your photos and construct your post titles with SEO in mind.

    Even a blog that is “just for fun” can enjoy some success and steady improvement when a few simple actions are taken. I’m looking forward to more of the same in 2010, and I’m also looking forward to hearing about YOUR blogging insights.

    Happy New Year!

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The Teach asked a question about photo size

src=””I’m hoping the above line will post as text and not as a photo! This is part of the code from when I posted the photo of the Crackberry the other day.When I mobile blog, the photos are going to show up small, usually. But when I am blogging photos from my computer’s hard drive, I resize them to 800×600 before I upload them. Still, blogger will usually post them small, initially – no matter if I check small, medium or large. I don’t really know why they give you the small, medium or large option if they are just going to post them tiny…. but you can fight back, dammit! :DSee the part in the line of code that says “/s400/” ? After I upload a photo to a post in Blogger, if the photo posted tiny, I edit the post – I switch to the Edit Html tab, find that S400 part, and change the 4 to an 8. That gets them back to the 800×600 that I intendedSee, I selected “large” and it still posted small! But I’m going to change the 4 to an 8 now, and see what happens –Glass bowls filled with sea shells found on Sanibel Island, including true tulips, banded tulips, Florida horse conchs, lightening whelks, king's crowns, moon snail, nutmeg shell, alphabet cone and many others.Now that’s more like it! BTW, these containers of shells are sitting on top of my piano, and that’s a bust of Wagner. I don’t really care an awful lot for Wagner, but he was sitting on my grandfather’s piano my entire life, so when my grandfather passed on, I took old Richard home with me.I hope this explains the photo size thing in Blogger. I don’t really know a lot of Html, but that size thing was driving me batty, so I experimented and eventually figured it out.

I guess I should explain about the Crackberry…

Why A Blackberry Curve TITANIUM Arrived On My Doorstep This Morning

  1. I have T-Mobile for my cell service carrier. While out on the Sound or on Sanibel/Captiva, I sometimes have NO bars at all while friends with AT&T have lots of bars.
  2. I have a Motorola RIZR. It’s blue, it’s small, and I like it. However, here in the USA, I cannot use it to get on the internet. No, not T-Mobile’s narrow little version of the internet – the REAL internet.
  3. The RIZR has served me well for mobile photo blogging. However it only has a 2 megapixel camera with no flash. Now, the camera does not do a bad job at all in full sunlight, but even in full sunlight I still have to carry the Cannon PowerShot G5 to get better shots of things.
  4. The RIZR also has a standard 9-key pad from which to send text messages. It takes a while, partially because I suck at texting and partially because the key pad is not qwerty.
  5. The Nokia N95 has a 5 megapixel camera and can get on the net. The REAL net. However, i don’t believe it has a qwerty keypad. Two outta three ain’t bad. In addition to the N95, there are other phones out there that are now sporting 5 megapixel or more cameras.
  6. The Nokia N95 and other Nokia phones and other G3 phones work with AT&T
  7. I called AT&T. I found they were having a “sale” – refurbished Blackberry Curve, which can get on the net and has a qwerty keypad, but does not have a worse camera than I already have for mobile blogging (it’s 2 megapixels, too), for the low, low price of $29.99 !!!!!
  8. The girl that was helping me, a nice NOO YAWKA, figured out a way to help me keep my current NY cell phone number. That was the ultimate deal breaker, and she figured out a way to make it happen. So I signed up!

There. Now you know everything! This particular person is going to see to my activation personally; the right strings have to be pulled because of keeping the NY number – and she’s not on duty again until Saturday morning, so I won’t be up and running on the Crackberry until tomorrow sometime. Wish me luck!

Dang, enough already with the iPhone stuff!

I really can’t wait for the iPhone hype to die down. My RSS reader is clogged with post after post after article after article about it, and I’m sick of clicking “mark all read” already!

Besides which, it still has only a 2 megapixel camera, so why would I want it when there’s the Nokia N95/N96?

I really hope it dies down soon; this is ruining my geek blog reading experience :p

Hey, so what’s Lefora?

We interrupt this meeting of the Redneck Yacht Club to bring you news in the realm of Geek Stuff.

Yes, I am a Geek. I read the Scobleizer daily nowadays, and just today I read about a new FREE forum hosting service by Lefora

free forum hosting by lefora

It looks like a completely different forum hosting concept and as a forum owner on Invision, I’m looking forward to thoroughly exploring and comparing Lefora’s capabilities.

OK, back to the grind – I’ve got more posts about the trip to Cayo Costa and North Captiva to compose! So, L8R y’all

I use RSS and you should too!

Why didn’t I start using RSS sooner? It’s really easy to set up in Google Reader, and then you look for that little orange icon – either somewhere on the page you want to subscribe to, or else at the end of the URL bar. Click it and subscribe!

Now you have a whole page of stuff that you read regularly and can plow through it in an organized manner.

You can find out more about what RSS is and how it can make your online life more efficient and organized by reading about it on

Delswife escapes Maine, goes to join her palm tree

Epic news today amongst the Mooses. Robin, aka Delswife, has escaped from Maine and is relocating to Kissimmee, Florida. Yay, Robin! Someone mentioned that they have GPS in the truck for the drive down.

Ah, GPS.

aka, “the bitch in the trunk” 😆

That’s what I call her. She’s just this disembodied voice that sounds impatient with you when you miss a turn


She says it with a sort of flat and disgusted accent, like Gladys Kravitz on [i]Bewitched[/i]

“reCALculating….” (insert eye roll into that voice)

I’m glad they’ve got the bitch in the trunk. Would hate for them to take a wrong turn out of 20 degree Maine and end up in Canada!

OMG, I think I’m in love….

I downloaded DivX last night, and stumbled across an endorsement on their site for the LG Viewty camera phone. Thing is 5.1 megapixels! OMG!

Share a single photo

Apparently, you can share a single photo, too. You can post it right to the blog from PhotoBucket. Not sure that this revolutionizes my blogging experience or anything like that. But it’s definitely a “nice to have”

Oh, that’s Psyche Opening The Door Into Cupid’s Garden (1904) by Waterhouse

Test sharing from Photobucket

How cool – you can go to Photobucket and send a link to an album over to your blog!

Photobucket Album

Stunning array of electronics

I just think it’s a funny commentary on these times. There are three cameras congregating here, and three camera/mobile phones. Four, if you count the one in my hand taking the photo. Where would we be without our toys?

I hate texting

I hate texting, mostly because I cannot do it fast enough on this phone. If I had a Blackberry, I could probably touch text, but I don’t have a Blackberry. So I got this idea from Robin-Delswife, and it works really well for me! Sent the above to No. 1 Niece, to make her laugh and feel better about our chances of still seeing Little Mermaid over Christmas.

Picasa Web Page Experiment

Experimented last night with creating a web page of photos using Picasa. If you want to view the page I made, click here to visit My Adventures *~*~* ( The photos are taken from both of my October trips to Walt Disney World.

The look is very clean; wish I knew HTML so I could customize it a big, but it was really easy to do and behaves MUCH better than the Front Page gallery template ever did.

ok, this is getting freaky

So now that I sit down to upload pics and blog them from Picassa, all of a sudden stuff from last night is showing up! I tell ya, I can’t win! I’m trying to be NICE (well, for a BIF anyway).

aarrrg, I HATE this blog!

I swear I have been blogging the night away but the posts have not appeared. I cannot find anything in the Help files that would explain why the blog stopped cold around 4-ish on Sunday afternoon. However, I’m going to wait until morning to try further, because I am so sleepy! Be advised that there was some Kungaloosh involved, and also some drinks, comedy, and a lot of laughter. SIL has been sick since she got to Orlando, and there is a possibility that she passed it to me; I feel sorta punky. When I left the revelers, they were making their way to a rock club, I think. I’m gonna crawl into bed now… ZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

The Saturday Report – finale

Well, I’ve added some photos and commentary below. I wanna know – you send a photo with comments and you get back an acknowledgment that “your post was successful” but it never turns up on the blog. Where do they go? Is there some blog junkyard somewhere? Island of misfit blog posts? WHERE ARE MY PHOTOS!

Anyhow, I’ve filled in some blanks and added some commentary. There really isn’t much after the below, except that I stopped at the French bakery on my way out to get a plain croissant. I wanted to soak up some of that wine and spice I’d been pumping into my stomach all evening. Took the boat back.

Now the REAL question is – why aren’t I packing? Hmmm? Because this is more fun!

Tomorrow, I check out. I dunno what I’ll do during the day, but on my way home, I get to check into some hotel in Tampa so I can have meetings in the Tampa offices on Monday. Then I get to finally drive home on Monday night.

So since I don’t know what I’m doing tomorrow – there may or may not be blogging happening!