I’m sitting in a cafe down the street, the one I mentioned some days back, the one with the streaming L.A. radio station.* The other thing they’ve got is free wifi, which is allowing me to sit here and goof around on some of my new iPhone apps (which I can’t do much of from the flat, as the WEP isn’t compatible and I haven’t been able to figure out how to change the router’s settings).

So, for no other reason than that I can, a blog post from my iPhone, courtesy of the new WordPress app.


* Google Alert! I’ll pass on mentioning the station’s call sign this time, as the last mention got me an email from the station’s PR director within about four hours, asking exactly where I was. Panoptic much?


  1. You could argue that the web basically forces people to create a panopticon. I mean, if you are a PR director who *hasn’t* set up whatever-feature-it-is that searches the web for the name of your company/station/program and alerts you, you aren’t doing your job. So who could resist following up on it?

  2. Good point, Dance — and I’m intrigued by the idea of the web as compulsory panopticon, which might suggest that the ones being disciplined are now not the prisoners but the guards, forced to watch when they might, in fact, rather not. (On the other hand: is it Zizek who has the bit about how the true terror of the contemporary moment is not that we might be being watched, but that we might not be?)

    crkp: So far, as far as free apps go, I’m a big fan of the WordPress app, which worked quite brilliantly for me, and NetNewsWire, which is imperfect but still super-convenient. I’m also extremely happy to have AIM, even though I don’t really like the way the app itself functions — it’s still better than SMSing. The two apps I’ve paid for, though, are getting the biggest workouts: OmniFocus, which is a much better way for keeping up with tasks than attempting to view them in Calendar, and Ultralingua, which I’ve been craving all summer.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.