Saturday, June 30, 2007


Explored this site and found it pretty interesting. I've set up an account and put my "23 things" bookmarks in it to start. I will probably be adding more but I want to explore it so I can see what I can do with it. Something to look forward to.

Learning to TAG

Well this is somewhat confusing since I don't really understand Html. But since Blogger has a place where you can add a tag (I think this is the "Labels for this post:" box, then life becomes more simple. In anycase I will tag this post just for the heck of it to see what happens

Library Thing

This was a pretty cool site. Not sure what I'm really wanting to do with it but I guess it would be helpful if I wanted to know what books I've already read and also to read about what other people think about a book that was just released. I've also explored Rollyo but I'm not sure it would help me. Maybe if I was in college or did a lot of research but I'm not usually on for that type of thing. I will introduce this to my daughter and son so they can use it (they are both in college) and can possibly set up an account.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Week #5 - My Avatar

I made an Avatar in Yahoo which was pretty cool. I think this is what I would have liked to look like but unfortuantely age has made me much plumper and the hair is two tone at this point (gray at the roots and dyed brown). I'm in the process of growing it out so it's kind of funky right now. Anyway, this site was pretty cool but it's not something I would normally use.

Yahoo! Avatars U.K. & Ireland

MERLIN- Interesting site

I went to the Merlin site and it seemed pretty intersting. I can see where it may be a great area to converse and learn from other libraries around the country. I'm not sure I would use it too much since I'm only an Administrative Asst. at the BA children's dept. but for anyone working towards their LATI or Masters in Library Science it would be useful.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Week #4 - Bloglines and my adventure

I successfully subscribed to Bloglines. It took me awhile to figure out but lo and behold my subscription was set up and I actually added a few RSS feeds. I'll be curious to see how this works in real life. I've already set up RSS feeds through my yahoo account (I get local news and MS windows news updates) but Bloglines is a new tool and I'm anxious to see how it works. The only problem I ran into was when I went to their Quick Pick Subscriptions and tried to add them it gave me a message that it was not available and to try back later. We'll see what happens tomorrow.

In the meantime I'm so excited because Lizanne left a comment on my blog. How sweet and really cool.

Now about my technology "interests" (by the way this should be a week #3 post but what can I say, I'm always running late...quite late on this one though) and what I find interesting. My daughter Meg introduced me to a site that she helped me download that's called Ifran ( This is a free photo software site that you download which allows you to resize your pics (either in cm, pixels or inches) without messing them up. It also erases red-eye, allows you to do sepia tone, black and white and all in all just a lot of effects. See if you like it and let me know. Well it is now 11:06 pm and I'm heading to bed. Next on the list is MERLIN. We shall see tomorrow.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

What fun this was!!!

I explored Fd's Flickr Toys site and saw what it could do. WOW is all I have to say. I imported a picture off of my home computer of my cousin's painting that he gave my husband and I for our 30th anniversary and made a calendar page out of it. It turned out awesome. I am going to do this for my home using pictures of my kids and family for each month. It just was so cool. And the calendar feature was just one of many. You could make trading cards, badges, stamps etc. Is this neat or what. Check it out yourself at the following link and let me know what you think of it. I'm going to try to post my calendar that I made but I'm not sure it will let me. We'll see.


Thursday, June 21, 2007

Week #3 - Exploring Flickr

Well this was interesting. When I went to make my flickr account it said they had merged with Yahoo and if I had an existing yahoo account I could sign in using that. Saved a whole lot of hassle and was pretty easy to use. I haven't loaded any pics yet because I'm still exploring how this works. It sounds pretty simple but I already have many pics in my yahoo account that I share with people. I'll be interested to see what this one allows you to do with your photos (crop, red eye, etc.)

More later...

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Week #2- I've Always Been A Life Long Learner...

I've always been a lifelong learner but then I was raised by a family of life long learners. Both of my parents did not graduate from high school (let alone college) but my mother was a book keeper/payroll accountant and my dad did many jobs, from working making belt buckles during the 40's to repairing cars and selling automobile parts. My dad taught me to love reading the news in print (whether through the daily paper or magazines) and my mom loved to read books of any kind, fiction or non-fiction. They both took classes on various topics and would sit around and discuss everything from medicine to politics to religion to science news to entertainment. I was raised to be an active participant, have my own opinon and voice my thoughts freely (which is my nature anyway). Oddly enough I think I've raised 3 children to be the same way. We LOVE NEW THINGS. We also love to learn everything we can get our hands on. My daughter, Amanda, was designing her web page and learning html at the age of 11 (on a computer her grandmother bought and hooked up to the internet). My other daughter Meg was learning how to sign for the deaf at the age of 10. My son Tim is a movie buff and can tell you just about any line in any movie and what character said it, who played the character, if the movie was created from a book, etc. He really should become a movie critic.

Sooo, when I watched the 7 1/2 habits of life long learners I instantly recognized myself. Anyone who knows me can tell you that I am a "list" maker. I love lists of any kind and they keep me on track. They also show me how much progress I'm making. Most of my lists have to do with "daily goals" but I've also kept a journal over the years with a list of the things that I want to do in my lifetime. So far I've completed about 1/2 of those and the other half can be done during my next 50 or so years. I'm am so totally goal/list oriented that it becomes an annoyance to my family members. Think ahead! Plan, plan, plan! DO IT! GET IT DONE!

I don't think I have any problems with any of the 7 1/2 things but I do know I'm really bad with contracts that I make with myself. I'm a trustworthy person who likes to keep her word, and I do that with everyone else (say what you mean, mean what you say and if you tell someone you'll do something then DO IT!) Unfortunately that doesn't apply to myself when I promise I'll do something just for me. I'm always breaking my word to "myself" because there is always something that needs to be done for someone else or something that comes up and gets in the way of what I've promised to do for myself. However, 6 years ago I told myself that I needed to get back into the workforce in a profession that I could achieve and learn things in. That is the one contract that I kept and it has benefited me in so many wonderful ways. I've been fortunate to work at the library where I can read the many books we have there, and where I work with people who constantly challenge me and allow me to explore and be creative in the job that I do. I'm now about to attempt #5 and I'm kind of excited. I want to do a mashup (even my kids don't know what that is so I'm really going to rub it in when I'm successful..HAAAAA). Adios for tonight though.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Registered and on my way

Well, my first post did take and I also registered with Library 2.0. I've e-mailed Maurice with my blog address and I'm waiting to see my link on HCPL's Library 2.0 blog site. Today I also learned how to post a picture to a blog but I won't be going overboard with it. I know it's crazy but those types of things can get out of hand because they are so neat to do. It's now 10 PM and as strange as it sounds this is an amusement for me considering my personal life right now.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Week #1-Are we there yet

Well I just made my blog and I'm trying to post to it. Hopefully this is going to go right and I won't feel completely lost. Oh well, we'll see what happens. With everything that's been going on for the last month I wouldn't put it past me to totally mess everyone elses blogs up.