September 12th, 2006

Cell call reception type, a four-piece jewelry cell phone, and Julie visits...

Poll #819390 Public Reception of Cell Phone Calls

Plant (2002, p. 31) creates three categories for the public reception of calls on cell phones. Into which one do you fall?

Flight: You immediately move out of the group to talk with privacy.
Suspension: You stay in the same place, but stop whatever you were doing for the duration of the call.
Persistence: You try to stay engaged with the nearby context, as much as possible paying attention to what you were doing prior to the incoming call.


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Studies on the design of cell phones are conducted with the goal of trying to make them more "wearable" or to adapt clothes to carry them. Fortunati (2002, p. 47) also mentions that Nokia "has teamed up with a European fashion house to create clothes specifically designed to incorporate mobile communication technologies."

The IBM pervasive wireless industry explores ways to make technology wearable and ubiquitous. One of its earlier prototypes included a wearable "jewelry" cell phone. It consisted of a pair of earrings, a necklace, a watch, and a ring that at first glance look like ordinary jewelry.

Reporter Tom Spring (2000) explained how it worked: "When you get a call, a tiny light starts blinking on your ring. The phone number of the person calling is displayed on the watch. You answer the phone by pressing a button on your watch. Next, you hear the call through your earring, which has a tiny speaker embedded in it. You then speak to the necklace, which has a tiny microphone inside and acts as a mouthpiece."

I woke up at 5AM with my mind a-buzz with stuff I have to do this week. After not being able to fall back asleep for 10 minutes, I said, "To hell with it," and got up, showered, and went into the office. Arriving at 6AM, mine was the third car in the parking lot.

I had a very productive day, working on my EFQ for ITIM document, having a one-on-one conference call with my manager, and a late lunch with the book club, during which it was "introvert day." That would mean that Janet and Sharon talked almost the entire time.

I met Julie (furrycatherder) in the front of Building 2, and she followed me to my house to spend the night in my guest room.

Julie is a work colleague and friend, who actually lives and works in Austin, but is visiting some new team members here at the RTP site this week. We've met a couple of times before in "real life" — once at an IBM conference in April of 2002, and again during a business trip I took to Austin in October of 2003.

We socialized a bit, and had dinner, and then I worked on homework until about 9:30. Close to 10:00, we left for scareyoke at Flex, where Julie took the stage twice, once to sing Margaritaville, and again, later, to sing Mack the Knife. She done good!

Kevin (av8rdude) arrived just in time to see her perform her first number, and to shout "Salt, salt, salt!" with me at the appropriate times in the song.

In time for the 12:30 drag show, we walked over to Legends. I wanted Coti Collins to do a country song, but she wasn't even in the lineup tonight. I guess we left at about 1:30. I know we didn't stay until the end of the show.