Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Sites4students found a site for me

I read through the page for this application and decided I would pick a site and set up an account. I chose Stikkit, and I must say, I think I would probably use this for work and at home. It is very simple, well-laid out and clearly explained, and lots of examples show you the little keyboard tricks to use to get it to sort things for you. I haven't taken the time to really look at every application, but I will. Also, it's doesn't seem to be limited for space, the way Twitter is. That suits me...

BTW, I must give a shout out to our own 'bc.' He has kept up with my posts, and has graciously responded to my twitterplaints. Which were unfounded, as it turns out, because what I was complaining about was my twitter not showing up, and then, of course, it did. Eventually. But that does sort of seem to defeat the purpose. If you're trying to tell someone what you're doing right now, then isn't it better if it shows up right now instead of two hours after now has happened? But enough about that.

One more unit to go; I saved Sharepoint for last because I know that is one we will be using here and I thought it would be good to finish up with. Back before midnight, I hope...

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Squawking About Twitter

Even with expert consultation services (thanks for trying Udweller), I can't seem to make this work. I have entered twitters as myself and as krllibrary, and it's not showing up. Though now my twitter appears on the Twitter site itself, it's not showing up on the rss feed. Also, my personal account doesn't come up when I enter my username. Stuff that seems like it should work, doesn't. At the end of this post are links that I hope will show what I did.

So while I was originally sticking up for this application when others were making derogatory comments, I have now joined the anti-twitter camp. Hopefully Sites... and Sharepoint will go better for me. Thanks for listening.
Processing books, listening to Brave New World read by Michael York via digital download - cool - and hoping to finish 2pt0 tonight! kat

Monday, February 11, 2008

Whither twitter?

Tried twittering - it's not showing up. I changed my settings to be public; still not there. I'm all alone back here and it's almost the end of the day. Should I panic because it leaves another assignment for tomorrow in my mad race to finish?!? ... Nah - whatever man.

Here's one thought about Twittering. I could see how it would be fun, but the character limitation is a real strain on me, who is a pretty fast typist with a large vocabulary. I like to enhance my descriptions of things by using big, shiny words. Would it be good discipline for me to learn to communicate the twitter way? Probably. Am I gonna? Probably not. I spent more time refining my twitter - you know, the one that hasn't shown up yet - than if I'd just sent out an e-mail to news or something. Oh, well, back to the drawing (aka twittering) board. I'll try again tomorrow.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

my take on wiki

I'm racing to the finish line, trying to finish 2.0 before Thursday. Tonight, I did both weeks of Wiki. It's fun! I played in the Sandbox, adding an extra note about the edit button location, and when I saw the picture of the 'Ni' comment from the kenniggit, of course I had to comment and add a link - wink, wink, nudge nudge. The Sandbox is a mess, but that's okay, 'cause it looks like everybody's having fun playing - I enjoy playing with graphics too.

I added a link to the Word document we use for adding gift books to the catalog on the TS page. I tried doing this a couple of ways and ended up having to ask for help. Plus I think there's a couple of blank new pages out there that may or may not have the file link on them; I couldn't find them after following the instructions given. I ended up with a consultation with Udweller. It turned out fine, but it's not as easy as I thought it would be, even though I'd had the Sandbox experience.

Still, I really like this as a source for information. Maybe with more comprehensive training it would be feasible. If we do it right, it will be like a well-organized bulletin board, with information that's easy to find at a glance. Or it might take two or three glances, but would still be so much better than the myriad of folders currently on the T: drive, aka the Transfer file. (Is this what I wanted? No, that's not it...maybe the file was in this folder? Darn it, I didn't mean to click out of the drive!...) So I guess I'm sold on the Wiki concept. But I haven't checked out Sharepoint yet; maybe that's better.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Has anyone heard of Live Journal?

Just got done going through assignments 1 & 2 for Facebook, this post being assignment 3. I am going to set up a profile, I think, because I'm interested. My older son has a profile, and he said he would help me. It may be that my younger does too. They are past the point where I need to 'police' their use of such things, but I won't say I'm not curious to see what they've done with it.

How could we use Facebook for KRL? I don't know - is it different than having a webpage with e-mail contacts? Is it really different than the two MySpace sites that are apparently already available? I haven't really looked around the site a lot yet, so maybe it's not fair for me to judge, but...

It seems that social networking sites have varying levels of 'coolness.' Because MySpace and Facebook are being talked about in mainstream media and have been (or probably will be in the near future - I think) taken over by megacorporations, they have ipso facto lost it - the coolness factor. It's like with music; as my son says, you want to find the good band that nobody else has heard of yet, so that you are like the 'discoverer.' That gives YOU coolness. But then you tell your friends, to establish your coolness, and they all start listening and liking that band, so now it's not as cool anymore, so then you have to try to discover a new much effort. So I think we can set up sites all over the place, but people are gonna go wherever the latest, greatest, ya know - coolest - place is to hang out on the web. It could be exhausting to try to keep up with that.

If history repeats, there will eventually be 2 or 3 or 4 major social networking sites (Think car & airplance manufacturers, political parties, software development companies. QFC is owned by Fred Meyer, which is owned by Kroger Corp.) Then lots of little guys will be filling in specialty niches for people with money. This prophecy is, of course, worth every penny you are paying for it... ;)

So my post title - my son's favorite networking site is Live Journal. Anyone ever heard of it?

Monday, February 4, 2008

YouTube is Flippin' Awesome

I've known about YouTube for a bit - my two sons clued me in several years ago. It's where they find all kinds of fun videos, interesting music & downloads of television shows. It's how I got hooked on LOST, actually, since the ABC commercials just made me think it was the stupidest idea for a show to come along in a while - (most "reality" shows aside). But when you see one of the first episodes...whew!

YouTube is where my boys found Flight of the Conchords. If you don't know about these guys yet, well, you probably will soon. They are HILARIOUS. Here's one of their funniest songs. The lyrics are for (moderately) mature listeners - enjoy! ;0

Finally, just to be all good and library-ish, here's a link to 'The One Minute Critic' from Vancouver Library (I think the U.S. Vancouver - that's what the profile says for the channel "CrashSolo.") There are some cute book reviews here - nothing flashy, just basic info from bookish folk - my favorite is One-Minute Eco, because the reviewer apparently has a crush on Sean Connery and isn't shy about it. I'll make you search that one out for yourself. It's cool too, because it sounds as though they are also offering to video patrons doing reviews, if you watch this first link. That could be a truly effective way to reach out to younger library users, or reel some new ones in. If there's one thing kids seem to like, it's taking pictures, making videos, and then watching themselves!

So it's cool that you can catch up on stuff that you might miss otherwise, without worrying about posted network schedules. And not have to pay for TiVo. Video quality is not usually great, but you can find some amazingly creative stuff that wouldn't be out there were it not for this great website. Can you tell it's one of my favorites? Only problem is the computer-time continuum issue; you know the one where you're just going to be at the computer for a few minutes, and the next thing you know two hours are gone? That problem...

Friday, February 1, 2008

Library Thing

I did Library Thing shortly after I Flicker'ed (how funny are our verbs becoming!?), just hadn't gotten around to blogging about it. It's a very cool website, though I wasn't having the easiest time searching for some of the books I wanted to add to my library - probably just me. I've only put 3 books in my account there; I haven't been motivated to do more. I believe I have entered my annual phase of winter blahs...

I see that it would be awesome to use this site to get and give recommendations. I just checked out who else was interested in the Catholic book I had posted and got some ideas as to what else I might read to bolster that important part of my life. I actually ended up changing that item (because I haven't read it yet) and substituted one I have read, "Life of Christ" by Bishop Fulton Sheen. It seriously took me years to read it because I was only reading it once a week at my prayer hour at church, and it is a big book and not the easiest reading. But I loved it and want to get back to it and dig deeper - notes in the margins and all that.

And may I heartily recommend the audio-download version of "Secret Life of Bees"? It is a beautifully written story by Sue Monk Kidd, wonderfully read by Jenna Lamia. LOVED this story. I'm lucky enough to sit at my desk during the day, so I can listen to downloads. When you get your MP3 player prize for finishing KRL2.0, download this book and enjoy!

So anyway, Library Thing is cool, as has been stated better by others. Blah, blah blah...

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Flickr or Picasa - eeny meeny miney moe...

Just got done with a search in Flickr. I started out searching for 'water Bremerton Washington' thinking I'd get some pretty pictures of the Narrows or Dyes Inlet. It was taking a while to search, so I started changing around the search words and ended up with wondering what flood pictures there might be. The link below has some pretty amazing pictures from someone's trip coming through Holly and into Silverdale that day. These sure brought back memories, I can tell you. Our basement flooded and I spent about eight hours, from 4 am on, wet-vac'ing and hauling water.

The tagging and organizing are cool features. I have not signed up for a Flickr account - I just don't want to keep creating log-ins all over everywhere - so I decided to check out Picasa instead. It automatically picked up all the images stored on my hard drive and showed me a BUNCH of book covers that I had no idea were there - not sure if it's from Amazon searches or what - I was able to remove them easily enough. It was just weird that they were there. I spent quite a bit of time floundering around in it - it will take some time to learn how to use it.

You know, all these various possibilities are so awesome and wonderful. But I get to feeling like the scene from an old Robin Williams movie called "Moscow on the Hudson" where, after defecting from 1970's USSR, he goes to the grocery store and is so confused by all the choices available to him that he passes out. SIDEBAR - KRL owns one copy of this movie; it has checked out 195! times and as I write this is out right now but with no holds. It's a good movie - you might want to watch it.

Seriously, sometimes I get so overwhelmed about which way to go and/or how to get back to where I was that I just have to get up and walk away - sometimes physically, sometimes mentally. But the ironic twist is this - in trying to write about this example of how overwhelming the internet can be, I couldn't remember the name of the movie, so I popped into imdb found it - no problem. So obviously it's neat that one can find out all this information so quickly and easily - if one knows how... BTW, did you know Robin Williams' middle name is McLaurim? And he went to Juilliard? And he has two movies coming out, and ...oh oh...getting spinning...

Monday, December 10, 2007

RSS - righteous stuff speedily

I liked the video tutorials about RSS - very simple and informative. I decided to use GoogleReader, to try to keep as much as possible at one-stop-shopping. But here's where I'm a bit confused (my younger brother is somewhere making all kinds of smart-alecky comments about me being confused right now - I can just hear him!). The things that I subscribed to have all shown up in my Outlook RSS folder and nowhere else. What do I need GoogleReader for, or any other reader, for that matter? Did that enable the feeds to be loaded to my Outlook? Or is Outlook the default because it was open on my computer and Microsoft rules the world? Another post full of questions - guess I'm not as smart as I like to think I am (shut-up, Erik!).

I've not done the podcasting yet, as the time suck factor has once again taken over.

Hmmm ~ once a month blogging - shame on me!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

It's about time...

...that I made another post. It's been a busy couple of weeks for me, and I used up my time trying to read other peoples' blogs. So anyway, I started with delicious, then left it and finally got around to adding my favorites. It took awhile, as I entered them one-by-one. There was something about saving them to a file and importing them using a special function in delicious. But I couldn't figure out how to save the whole list at once, so I just clicked each item on my list and used my "TAG" button to tag and save them. NOW I get it. It will be very handy to have access to this from anywhere and the tagging is pretty awesome. But is this another security issue, I wonder? I've got my bank tagged - just the home page; of course there is a log-in, but could someone bust in? Does anyone out there know? Just because I'm paranoid doesn't mean they aren't out to get me!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

2nd Week/1st Post - take two

Okay, so I was trying to make my first post. It was all done and everything. I was in the edit feature and fumbling around a bit. Then the power flickered, and ... [sigh]

As I was trying to say, I read the "43 things" article and found the list to be almost completely inapplicable to me. It was way too much technology for these old bones. And yet I actually am enjoying, the opportunity to learn about these new things. I know that anyone working now had better be able to say they can use these ... tools? ... necessary evils? if they want to "keep your skill-set current." Yikes!

So I will now attempt to post the link to a blog created by my son and me last year, for our family trip to Europe. It was a cool way to keep in touch with folks here at home, a place to show pictures, and a journal - albeit sketchy - of the trip. Oh good! - it worked!, there's the link; look at the top of the right-hand column, above the kat picture.

See ya 'round the SW 'hood.