I’m not a gadget geek. The droid incredible is nifty.

I’ve had my new phone (HTC Incredible) about a week now. It’s my first smart phone. I decided to get it when I realized I was feeling a bit left behind not having a fancy mobile device of my own to experiment with, and that I could stop bitching about how crazy it would be to pay that much for a phone because, well, it really is a little computer that happens to also make phone calls. It isn’t really a phone.

My thoughts so far

I like the 8MP camera. The only app I’ve paid for so far is Vignette for Android, an app that lets you apply all sorts of filters and framing effects. From what I can tell, it is like Hipstamatic for the iPhone, only it does a bit more. I created an android set on flickr — I can title, tag, and upload right from the phone with flickroid. It’s true that pics seem to look better on the phone than on a computer screen, but the quality is pretty decent, good for a phonecam.

The twitter app from twitter seems sufficient so far. I don’t keep twitter on all the time, I just sync it when I’m out and about and have some time free to read through tweets. I do sort of miss my tweetdeck columns, though. I wonder if reading tweets on the phone will change my following behavior — I can see noisier folks being more annoying on the phone. I was getting some people’s tweets sent as texts; I turned that off.

When my iPod(s) die, I won’t be getting new ones. I have an ancient nano and a little orange shuffle, both in questionable health. The sound quality of this device appears to be as good as the pods, and with the ability to fill a 32 gig card, I just don’t see the point in another device just for music. This is a huge change for me — I never thought I’d want music on my phone. But then, this really isn’t a phone ;)

I use Mint on the phone more than I ever used it on my computer. When I have my laptop it’s easy enough to log in to my bank directly, so I didn’t really bother with Mint. I’m not a tracker and I don’t feel the need to tie my whole financial world up in one app — I just don’t need to be reminded of the size of mortgage or 401k account all that often. But being able to quickly determine if a payment has cleared because I can now avoid my bank’s convoluted phone system is fabulous.

I may give up my wallet. Not because payments by phone are happening (where do you think I am, Asia?) but because I have to carry the phone in something… it is so nice and shiny and deserving of more protection than cramming it into my jeans pocket possibly with my keys and change. So I got a golla pouch for it, one that has a little zip compartment for cards and bills. I’m experimenting with leaving the wallet at home for two weeks to see if the golla bag is actually better. I figure that is long enough to stop panicking because my wallet isn’t in my back pocket.

Things I haven’t done yet but think I want to do

Find a super easy way to post things to delicious. I read some web stuff on the phone, but more often I’d like to save it for later here must be an easier way to post things to delicious. I need to be able to cut and paste text into the note field in delicious, not just add tags.

Create a mobile stream. In part this would be to learn what is possible and easy, and what is a real pain. I’d consider it an experiment.

Start using Evernote. Everybody seems to love it, and it apparently it does everything short of clear smoke from Canadian forest fires and clean oil from the ocean.

Things I can do, but don’t want to do

Connect to exchange server. I spend enough hours online already, I don’t need to be instantly notified whenever I get email from work, especially as most of my mail is coming from folks three time zones away. If I really need to, I can access work email in the browser.

Leave background syncing on. First, they should probably call this option Battery Killer as it does insanely sap battery life. Second, I don’t want to be so interrupt-driven. I appreciate that I am able to get email from all my accounts, notifications from twitter, etc. etc. but I don’t need to see them the instant they are sent to me. Really, I don’t.

Play with facebook. In the past couple of days, I’ve only used facebook to send an email to someone whose email address I didn’t have. I’ve always liked twitter and flickr better. I’m just not convinced I need fb on my phone, even if my phone thinks I do.

Organization creates the illusion of control

I love the Borges catalog of animals from “The Analytical Language of John Wilkins”:

1. those that belong to the Emperor
2. embalmed ones
3. those that are trained
4. suckling pigs
5. mermaids
6. fabulous ones
7. stray dogs
8. those that are included in this classification
9. those that tremble as if they were mad
10. innumerable ones
11. those drawn with a very fine camel’s hair brush
12. others
13. those that have just broken a flower vase
14. those that resemble flies from a distance

The list isn’t a predictable pattern. It’s fanciful; it’s absurd. It’s also about control: the first kind of animals are the Emperor’s. And it’s an admission of the impossibility of the task — what won’t resemble flies from a great enough distance?

Why yes, I have been working on and thinking about web site organization. And my desk is a mess right now.

I earned DP while writing this post

I fell in love with Zelda on Super NES. I played Illusion of Gaia all the way through, more than once. It’s possible that, just maybe Final Fantasy VII made me cry. But I am not a gamer.

World of WarCraft? Not really my thing. Never was interested in Doom. I can’t see the point in playing Grand Theft Auto, I don’t even drive in meatspace. Halo? Nope. I don’t geek out to the processing power needed to create increasingly detailed explosions or “realistic” major league sporting events. I dabbled in Second Life, but found the magical-sounding world of flying and teleportation more ordinary than extraordinary. Hell, I’ve never played Guitar Hero on the Wii, even though we have it at work.

I’m not looking to spend a considerable chunk of my time on a game. I’m not judging people who do; I’m just saying it isn’t really my thing. Well, it wasn’t my thing, until I found PMOG.

PMOG’s twitter bio probably puts it best: “I’m earning XP for this.” That’s right, the building up of life force or money or whatever it is that gives you power in games happens as you do whatever it is you usually do online, if you are logged in to PMOG. It’s a game layer on the web, delivered via Firefox extension.

I think MMO is a good building block (I’ve been thinking of it in terms of MMOW), and passively multiplayer is a new and intriguing twist. As with practically everything else in beta (is it me, or does it seem like half the web is in beta, and a good chunk of the other half is LOLcats?) the concept is more awesome than the execution at times. But the way it turns surfing into a steampunk narrative — the idea is brilliant.

I’ve been playing for less than two weeks, and I have a lot to learn. There is potentially a lot to do in a passively multiplayer online game, what with the missions, portals, mischief, and generosity. I think it’s a new framework for remixing and telling stories, and you can never have too many of those. Whether or not you are playing a game.