Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

iris folded card travels through cyberspace to hopefully end up in the digital library events calendar

My first ever iris-folded card. This is such a fun, professional looking, and addictive yet meditative craft. It's posted here on my blog so that I can then upload it into evanced for a North Sac library program because evanced wants a URL. Is there another way to do it?

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Choral Music, #22 (kind of)

Downloading audio books using Overdrive Media Consule is number 22. I didn't think I'd actually be able to get any work done while listening to fiction though, so I downloaded choral music instead (some Purcell, John Ireland, John Goss). I used to get into trouble in college for doing this- not following the assignment. I still remember an economic professor's big red "see me" scrawled over my essay (like I was in elementary school) because I used sources other than his recommended ones to tweak some Civil War perspective. That was fun.

I am thrilled about Overdrive now.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

# 21

I was expecting the ability to search podcast sites like YouTube, where you can pull up individual videos. The podcast directory site search functions (I ended up favoring work kind of like subject aggegators. I searched for "library programs" and ended up subscribing to "Library Talk with Tremain Jackson." He's from Abilene Public Library in Texas. It was super easy to subscribe to this podcast in my Google Reader.

This is the video clip for Twenty One, a song from The Cranberries, one of my favorite bands of all time.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

web 2.0 awards provoke thoughts on unconditional love



I'm eagerly awaiting the 2009 web 2.0 awards list- what a helpful way to "catch up" on the year's new coolest web-sites. I linked through to several of the award sites, and then finally stayed put for awhile on since my son wants a kitten and my cat needs a companion.

Now, first my son wanted a siamese- a sleek intelligent human-like creature. But, at some point he decided he wanted a sphynx "because they are so ugly that someone needs to take care of them"; yes, that really is his reasoning (it's called stop breeding them). I'm thinking my current cat is going to have a problem no matter what I bring home. But surely if I bring home a balding crumpled up fetus looking creature it will just compound things? Of course, my current cat, being a four-legged snail, leaves trails of fur wherever he goes, so just maybe a sphynx kitten would balance out the universe somehow. And then I'm confronted with my shallowness because I just don't know how much I could love a sphynx.

Life is good... when these are the things I worry about.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Engineers have cats, too.

I've signed up for a life-time of web...

I've signed up for a life-time of web-apps, which I knew from the start of the 27 Things that I would abandon (free of guilt, too; REAL = threat of overpopulation pushing planet to a crisis point. Cluttering up cyberspace- does it really make a difference?) And, I was happy to discover that I could substitue Google Reader for Zoho, since the Google account I already have. This is a very practical and relevant application for me. Google is the closest one-stop-shop of a web-page I have (unfortanately not the library's web-page - Which brings me to wonder why the heck not). Where was I? Oh yes- number 18 - busta blogpost through Google Docs. While I was at it, I got very, very excited when I disovered that I can send a regular old e-mail to my very own special google docs e-mail address and google docs will make the body text into a new document. Maybe it's old news, but dang, that's cool. Well, here ya go. It's Saturday, and I'm cold - can I please go home now?

Thursday, May 28, 2009

taking libraries 2.0 the extreme

Some good points are brought up in the discovery resources. For a long time, librarians have fantasized about the library being the "hub of the community;" I should know- I'm one of them. However, we seem to be the only ones. You just don't hear and read about people from other professions talking up the benefits of having the library as the Center. In theory, it is an excellent and logical idea. And in theory, the decisions we make and consequently our actions are more rewarding when we take advantage of the availability of information, which just in case you haven't figured it out, libraries don't have a monopoly on. Yes, we are always free but unfortunatlely we are not always convenient and often just the opposite of that. When cities began to grow we ditched the town square because it was no longer convenient and relevant. With an ever-growing online community libraries have a second chance to establish our usefullness. Tools like wikis, tools that are collaborative and a community effort, are essential to our survival. The trick to that is figuring out what we are good at and then taking it 2.0 the extreme.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Wordle Web 2.0

Wordle: 27things

I enjoyed the NextSpace Newsletter. Some of the points I resonate with:
  • Books are no longer commodites (however, they might again be some day.)
  • How does one justify a "just-in-case" book collection? (Thank you Core Reference Committee, whoever you are.)
  • As information increases, the need for experienced tour-guides becomes even more necessary (job security?)
  • The analogy of icebergs. (Think the Titanic)
  • Web 4.0. (A holo-deck- a holo-deck!)
Creating the above Wordle and future musing I was also consciously aware of my co-worker's harrassment by 2 customers in a row... first a guy commenting on his status as an "undershirt kind of guy" and then ALMOST SIMULTANEOUSLY our she-predator brushing by him a little too closely and adjusting her long bright acrylic claws a little too intently on his shoulder- seriously, I could see the indentations on his shirt.

However you see it- you just gotta love the library.

Saturday, May 9, 2009


I condensed my work-related web-pages (BWI, OWA, ETC) into a delicious account, but what I really want to do is take a bite out of a cupcake that looks just like this one.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

library thing

What I decided to do is to catalog the teen fiction that I've read, since that is my biggest readers' advisory weakness. I may or may not keep it going- time will tell. Anyone notice how depressing much teenage fiction is? "Uplifting" is one of my library thing tags, but I haven't used it yet. The book on the right is about the life-long frienship of two girls in the context of the Spanish Inquistion. The teenage angst themes portrayed are love, betrayal, romance, loyalty, and burning people alive (okay, maybe that last one isn't a common teenage anxiety).

Thursday, April 30, 2009

everyone wants to be healthy

I created a search engine in Rollyo called Naturally Healthy. It includes the web-sites of my favorite Sacramento yoga studios and some herbal medicine sites. It's not perfect, but I was able to do just one search to pull up all of Saturday's yoga classes. Since we are the only wealthy country that finds it acceptable to deny people medical care, we can at least be empowered to take care of ourselves.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Warholizer Ruins Kombucha

The Warholizer: good idea, lame execution. Try Kombucha.


I have been waiting for the last season of x-files to come my way. Perhaps this photo I found on Flikr is a sign.

Friday, April 24, 2009

fortune cookie

Knowledge helps you in your job but wisdom helps you in your life. Does that mean that I should get on with Flickr and then go home and meditate?

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

bloogers and an ipod

I am obsessed. I have redirected and misdirected my URL, I have tweaked my settings, I have examined the 27 things site (as a committee administrator) and my creatively named jami site... the settings, the layout, the monetize (pimp your blog, anyone?), have compared settings with functional co-worker blogs, and still this is the problem... my blog will not get on the blog roll.

Here is the difference between people who are on the blog roll and people who aren't:

People who are NOT have an address like this:

People who ARE on the blogroll have an address like this one:

The solution looks pretty obvious, right? The problem? Whenever I change my site URL so it doesn't point to my feeds but rather directly to my blog, and YES, I SAVE MY SETTINGS (don't even suggest that IT, I will strangle you), blogger acts like it never happened, which is why I'm going bloogers.***

*** n.b. I'm now on the blogroll. Something must have worked... maybe Blogger needed time to absorb... there I go giving machines human characteristics again.

So, let me know if you're having blogroll problems, and I'll see if I can help. Since I've been there, you know.

So next....
Meanwhile, I played with my son's ipod this weekend... that is after the teens in the house showed me how to find the volume. Then I danced around for an hour listening to souljah-boy, being accused of being "over the influence." I forgot to "borrow" my son's digital camera so I can play with Flickr though...

Saturday, April 11, 2009

student silliness

i just put up the rest of april's poetry display in kids' place. several forms of poems are exemplified, and here is my favorite, a limmerick by Sam the Bored 7th Grader:

There once was a very bored teen
who loved to eat things that are green
he ate lots of salad
and then wrote a ballad
about how is mother was mean

... and then below the limmerick he drew a hand writing the limmerick... it's very clever, these children are amazing!

here's another, by Ian, also in 7th grade:

There once was a man named Ned
Who had an enormous bald head
When it was bright
It reflected the light
And people around him fled.

Below this one, Ian drew a man with such a big head that he looks like an alien. I wonder which of his teachers that one is based on?

7.5 "good" habits

Thought provoking tutorial. My easiest habits are all of them except number 1 (goals) and number 4 (confidence). Number 4 doesn't surprise me. Did you know that men tend to overestimate their intelligence and attractiveness while women tend to underestimate theirs? This does not surprise me AT ALL... considering that we have all been gender-trained so well. Number 1, however, makes me face that part of myself that has always viewed goals with a critical eye. I mean, what if I make a goal and then some really awesome opportunity comes my way, but I have to turn down because it doesn't gelate with my goal? What if I make a goal, and I am so focused on it that I miss what is happening around me right now? So, my new goal is to make a friggin' goal. And for a technological goal, I want to splurge and buy an IPod like Amy C. has and put my phone on it and audio-books and (yes) rap (C-RAP) and plug in and walk around oblivious with the rest of the flamingoes.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

first post

I'm on this committee and this has already been a technological learning experience. Wait to read more confessions!