Thursday, October 16, 2008

Poor blog

So neglected. Nary a blog in over a year. sigh....

Friday, October 19, 2007


So, I was going through my RSS feeds, and on a knitting blog someone mentions that they went to a random generator to pick their next color to add to an afghan they were working on.

Random generator? Ooooh, something new to look at! So I went to . While not for the faint-hearted, it is definitely interesting! Coin-flipping without the bother of a coin, dice thrower, fractal generator - it's all there for the taking!

Take a look - add some randomness to your life!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Social Networking and Libraries

I am giving a presentation on social networking for libraries next week (right before my last e-rate workshop, actually). I am to focus on the positives, and make social networking a less-scary, more friendly atmosphere. This is a 2-3 hour presentation for folks on every level of technology knowledge - from the accomplished techno-librarian to the not-so-confident.

I know I will cover basics, like MySpace, Flickr, and YouTube (since I have accounts on all - and they seem to be the most scary to folks), along with just the basics, like "what is social networking" and "how can I make this useful for the library."

I want to keep this light, and not bog them down with a lot of jargon, so anyone have any suggestions on other sites (I am thinking about SecondLife - but I have a vertigo issue with 3-D renditions moving around)? I am considering wikis, rss feeds and blogs, but I am not sure that would not push them over the edge. I will probably also review TSLA Learning 2.0 and CMCPL learning 2.0 and 2.1 for ideas.

Looking forward to hearing comments and suggestions!

Monday, October 1, 2007

Pictures, Pictures everywhere!

Well, in my continual quest for new web gadgets in the 2.0 world, I have found picnik. Oh my. Available at , it is a free photo tool that allows you to do all kinds of fun things with your digital photos. Crop, straighten, make them less dark, add text, there's a lot you can to do a simple photo.

Love it! Now let's see what they look like when they're developed.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Reading for the lazy

I have discovered, the wonderful world of reading for the lazy. I, personally, don't mind the number of pages when I read. 100, 1000, doesn't matter to me, as long as the story is good.

Well, for some people, this seems to be an issue, hence the inception of LazyLibrary. Accessible at, it is a site devoted to finding books on Amazon under 200 pages on the topic of your choice.

So, if you need a quick fix, just look for it at LazyLibrary!

Oh, and thanks Polly for the post-Learning 2.0 fix!

Monday, September 17, 2007

What now?

Now that I have been finished with Learning 2.0 for a couple of weeks, I find myself wanting there to be a week 9! I suppose I'll just have to go discover for myself some interesting technologies on the Internet, and report back!

But that's soooo much work! (yes, I am whining - I'm allowed to on my blog)

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Learning 2.0 completed

And so, with this last "official" blog, I end my Learning 2.0 experience. I went through Weeks 1-8 in less than 8 weeks (I just can't stand not to work ahead!), had a lot of fun, and found a lot of new sites.

Of course now I have 20 bazillion logins to remember, but hey, that's the price of technology.

Now a great web 2.0 tool would be a site where you can log in and instantly be logged into all the sites that you input. I'm going to look forward to that one.

I think that this was a great learning tool, and I hope that lots of people finish, or at least learn something they didn't know before.

Yay, let's do it again!