Monday, December 29, 2008

On the Road Again

Jeff the Wonderhusband and I are on the first leg of our road trip to the Panama Canal. The first time we tried to pull out of the driveway, we had no headlights. Since it was already dark, we could not leave. I fixed dinner. We ate. Jeff tried the headlights and they worked. Dirty dishes went into the dishwasher to wait patiently for our return in three months. We hit the road southward. We are in Southern California visiting Jeff's sister Gail. Tomorrow we will head east, destination El Paso.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

LBB's Tweet Too

In the birding world LBB stands for Little Brown Bird. There are zillions of different varieties of Little Brown Birds out there, and they all tweet the same, and look pretty much the same, and most of us amateurs just ignore them as more trouble than they're worth. I feel the same about Twitter. It's hard to distinguish one person's tweet from another, and most of the tweets don't seem like they're worth my Highly Valuable Time to bother with. These people need to get a life.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Sites for Students 2pt0

Hi Bob. I'm getting down to the wire on this MP3 carrot challenge. Today I explored, or at least tried to explore, Notely and Stikkit. Notely looks like an awesome site through which to create, compile, update, and review classroom notes. If I were back in college, I would probably try it out myself. I watched the tour video, but couldn't get the sound to happen. Stikkit looked more promising for the "woman of a certain age" that can't remember "Who am I, and Why am I here?" most of the time. Unfortunately, I could not get any of the little video tutorials to load, so I didn't get the in-depth intro I would have liked. All in all, however, I was very impressed at the variety and creativity of various sites listed in the lesson. These times they are a changin'.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Wikis, pt. 2

I did the reading, learned the concepts, then deleted the addition to the SubLife page that I added last week. Since I belong to the "on-call staff", I don't really have a branch to call my own to brag about. I love all the branches. Everywhere I go, the staff are wonderful. I feel welcomed each day that I show up for work. I have more co-workers that just about anybody else at KRL and no one is a stranger for long. This is the best job I've ever had, and I'd say so on the Wiki, except there isn't really an appropriate place to do so. Sorry, Bob.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

I'm So Lonely I Could Cry

Facebook is undoubtedly a very popular means of connecting with friends and other individuals with whom one has something in common. It appears to have an slightly older average clientele than YouTube or MySpace. The article, long though it was, gave much food for though pertaining to the use of Facebook by libraries to reach their users. Simply being present, with a link or two, will not popularize the library. Being present with a defined purpose, such as sincerely soliciting feedback from user as to their preferences in media selection may be useful indeed. Perhaps they will tell us that we should stop buying CD's of currently popular music because CD's are no longer the medium of choice for the under-30 crowd.

I created a Facebook account, but I only have one friend. Is that sad, or what??? (Sorry Bob, KRL2pt0 doesn't count)

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

I'm Late, I'm Late...

Wikis on blogs, blogs on wikis. My brain is starting to hurt again. The assignemnt, should I choose to accept it (and I obviously have, being the incredibly competive individual that I am), is to come up with an idea for a KRL wiki. This is a challenge since I've never had an original thought in my entire life. So, I will have to fall back on my old favorite - gleaning Great Ideas from other sources. I loved the list of northwest mysteries at the Stevens County wiki. A brief synopsis of each title doesn't seem like too much to ask. They apparently thought so, however.
I visited the Project Runway site, but had no idea what Project Runway was all about, so I didn't glean any Great Ideas from this source. Personally, I would love to hear what others have to say about local restaurant favorites, safe places to ride a bicycle, wonderful thrift stores and cheap & easy recipes that taste good. But I don't suppose any of these Great Ideas have much to do with the function of a library, so if I want to see any of them in print, I'll have to do it myself. And since I doubt that no one except me would consider any of these a Great Idea, it ain't gonna happen.

Friday, December 14, 2007

KRL2.0, Week 9, YouTube

What a great concept! I love YouTube. And I will probably never look at it again unless assigned. I could spend way too much time browsing delightful videos from across the world. Watching the Mecklenburg County library book cart drill team was fun, but they could have edited out two-thirds of the video and still captured all the action. History of Dance was hilarious and all too accurate. I'm sure my favorite, though, will always be Joe and Joan and Dottie Mae reminding us of the right and wrong ways to pack a shipping crate.