Tuesday, January 30, 2007

My Feeds

Wahoo! It only took me half the day, but I have finally figured out how to get my Feeds listed the way I wanted!

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Thing 10

I had a lot of fun playing around with this step. I particularly enjoyed looking through all the different generators and seeing what I can do with them. I must admit I have absolutely no idea if the recipe I have here makes anything at all, but people are welcome to try it if they wish :-). It probably makes something similar to a popover; I just had fun coming up with something to put on the sign.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Thing 9

Ok, now that I have moved my feeds, I must now say that I am totally and completely lost. How do I embed the feeds of other blogs? Every time I've tried to add the feed of someone's blog onto my page, it always comes up "invalid URL". I'm confused.

That aside, after doing part of Thing 9 during Thing 8, I think I liked using Blogline's feed directory the best. It was orderly, neat, and to the point; and I didn't have to go through numerous hoops and windows to find the right feeds. I originally liked Syndic8, but I couldn't really find very many feeds that interested me.

Is anyone else as befuffled as I am?

Thing 8

Ok, I'm a little behind here, but here is the URL for my bloglines account.


And I wasn't able to get all my feeds into my blog, but the ones that are there, check at the bottom of the page. They should be there.

I don't think I particularly enjoyed this step....

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Thing 7

Ok, a post about technology, any technology. (Does that mean I can write about the wheel?)

Last spring, I was visiting my family over Easter, and my brother, who is a self-proclaimed computer nerd, said to me, "Librarians will always need computers, but computer people will not always need librarians."

I took this to mean that he was of the growing percentage of people who believe that everything is online nowadays, and if you can't find it there, then it really isn't worth finding. I refrained from getting into the inevitable debate that NOT EVERYTHING IS ON GOOGLE! (only about 10%, actually, according to a study done by OCLC). Instead, I patiently pointed out his error in a different manner: that a good librarian should be knowledgeable enough with his/her collections that he/she can still provide the best of service, even when there are no computers around. He was impressed, but I think he still believes that everything worth finding is online.

So, are we good librarians whose level of service is dependent on our knowledge of our collection rather than our computer-saavyness, or have we, like the rest of the developed world, become too dependent on technology?

Slow Down!

Could I just say that I think we're moving way too fast here? I like to think that, belonging to the generation that grew up with computers, I'm relatively up-to-speed with them; but I'm having trouble keeping up. And I know that if I'm having trouble, most of the people doing Learning 2.0 are as well. I think we need to have a better system regarding this, and we definitely need to slow down the postings.

Thing Six

I have played around with Flickr now for a couple of days, and I have come to the following conclusion: I don't see the point of it. Sure, there are a lot of pictures on this site, and it's great that people can share for free, but I have a digital camera. Why should I have to go through the hassle of registering and setting up a Flickr account when I can just upload my own photos from my own camera?

Ok, that aside, Thing 6: One of the tools I found interesting was TripperMap, or Flickr World Map (http://www.trippermap.com/) It allows you to put a Flash-based map on your website or blog, then goes through Flickr to find information on the photos you have taken so it can plot them on the map. Another tool I really liked was ColrPickr (http://www.krazydad.com/colrpickr/). I had a lot of fun browsing through the different colors and looking at the different pictures I found. *This is a marvelous procrastination tool, not to be taken lightly ;) *.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Thing 5

I tried uploading this photo from Flickr, and I couldn't get it to work right, so I've decided just to include the link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/imipolexg/351709012/ If anyone figures out how to upload directly from the Internet, let me know.

This picture reminds me of some of my undergrad days of yore. I majored in English literature, and in my classes on Restoration literature and drama, we learned that in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the theatre was THE place to go for gossip and entertainment. People went there not just to watch the show, but also to watch each other. In fact, Pepys includes in his journal a scene from when he went to the theatre and observed the conversation between two people nearby him. He doesn't mention the play much at all, but focuses on the people around him. Although you can't really see it in this view, this picture is of the seats across the theatre from the photographer (if you look closely at the left side of the picture, you can see a small glimpse of the stage). I don't know what was the reasoning behind the person taking this particular picture, but I have always believed that it's just as fun to watch people watching a show as it is to watch the show itself. Think about it: when we go to see live entertainment, don't we go just as much for the social aspect (getting out of the house, seeing other people) as we do for the entertainment aspect of the show itself?

Friday, January 05, 2007


Is Thing 5 up yet? I've noticed a couple of people have made comments about it, but I haven't seen any links to it....

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

More about 2.0

After about three days of puttering about, trying to find the database where we record our progress, I have finally figured it out. As several of my coworkers have already announced, it's a really clunky way of doing it. And then, once I actually got the DB up, and found my name, I accidently closed myself out, because I didn't realize how many windows were open. *sigh*

I hate MS Access

My Monthly Rant

I have come to the conclusion that the fashion trends have changed, and not necessarily for the better. Last week, I decided that I needed a few pick-me-ups in my wardrobe for me to wear in to work, and went out shopping. I went in at least ten different stores and only found two items to wear. Everything else I found was either hideously expensive, or for the corporate setting. There was practically nothing for people who work with the public (i.e. kids). I ended up going to a fabric store and buying several yards of material for me to sew my own clothes.

Maybe there is some hidden meaning in all of this. I mean, I know I'm one of those weird people who are short and curvy, but it's not like my body is so unusual that they simply don't make things in my size. Many of the business suits I saw would have fit me perfectly, so I know it isn't me. Maybe the message is trying to be that if people actually took the time to figure out exactly how much time, money, and effort went into making an article of clothing, we wouldn't be so materialistic about it all. I'm one of those few people in the world who actually can make her own clothing. I have recently come to the conclusion that since I'm perfectly capable of knitting, I shouldn't have to spend money on buying sweaters. Maybe this is the message I'm supposed to get out of my shopping experience. There are many women out there who have sewing machines and who sew, myself included. What's stopping us from making our own clothing, as opposed to getting other people to make them for us?