Friday, April 13, 2007

My thoughts on RSS feeds...

Well, I set up my Blogline account and subscribed to at least 10 news feeds. It seems like a good idea to have the news you want from various sources piped to you through a single channel like that. The feel I got from my Blogline account during the short time I messed around with it today was like that of using a wire feed at a newspaper office. Newspapers depend on wires for the most current stories, updates, and scores to publish their issues. Individuals can use RSS feeds in the same way to keep themselves up to date on the most current stories, updates, scores, gossip, horoscopes, trends, and news.
There's a chance I'll use RSS feeds to get some of my news and sports stories, but I think I will also use my old fashion technique of going to certain sites to browse them for the overall picture they offer.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Mile marker 113: A Flickr image...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jpn/434615763/

This image particularly struck me because I have used the technique of standing in the middle of a road or highway to take a picture with great results. There's just something about the way everything is centered when you snap an image from that vantage point. It is completely different than if you stood at either side of the the road and caught an image on film. As if it provides a source of balance. Kind of like the road is bursting from you and is leading the viewer to the image. Symmetry can better be produced by this, too. The road I take home has, at one point, a long incline up a hill where on each side of the road are slabs of rock from where the blasting was done to lay the pavement. When standing at the bottom of the hill and looking up it appears as if the road leads off into the sky and just drops off where it levels off at the top. This image is even more striking on days when the sky is blue and white puffy clouds are floating across it. Viewed from the base of the hill I am speaking of the clouds take on a surreal affect that is hard to put into words. I have some photos of this affect that I have always wanted to share, but haven't ever done so. Maybe if I get a Flickr account I will follow through with sharing them.

Tastey tags...

I have been reviewing the excercise over tags and with much instruction and input from Bobbi I understand them much better now. I see the need and reason for tagging, but personally I don't see much of a need for much tagging for myself at this time. The use I did find for tagging was with the Delicious account I created. In it I listed all of the url's of the websites I commonly visit. By having them all listed in one spot I can access them from any computer with internet access by going to my Delicious account and not having to memorize all of the individual url's if I want to visit them. All I have to remember is my Delicious account login info and wah-lah, right there they are!

Thursday, March 8, 2007

My thoughts on library MySpace pages...

I see nothing wrong with libraries maintaining MySpace pages. Since the library itself (in the form of a computer technician/teen librarian_ controls what is posted on its MySpace page there is little chance of vulgar material being posted. The person controlling the page can decide who the library's "friends" are, what comments are accepted, and pics that are posted. As long as the library itself polices itself in a professional way there should be no problems with their public access pages.

What I learned about wikis...

When I used to hear the word "wiki" I had no clue as to what they were or how they worked even though thinking back I had used Wikipedia several times for generic random searches in the past. I now have a better understanding of wikis, how they are put together, their uses, the the spectrum of them.
I now know that the information provided in wikis can come from more than one source and can change over time as it is added and deleted. This causes me to be somewhat leery of them, but at the same time alerts me to the fact that I should use my critical thinking even more when considering information and sources.
Some may have random sources for their information while others are more regulated, for example, the library wikis we studied in the 2.0 program. Those are nice because it seems more of a centralized group is providing the information.
Opposed to the smaller library wikis you have wikis such as Wikipedia, which, as I mentioned earlier, I happened to have used back in the day before I was aware of the concept of what a wiki was. I felt comfortable using it, and I still would. I just happen to not use it like I used to.
Part of me is still leery about random wikis, but I think if I stick to well known and regulated ones I'll be fine.

Creating my gmail account...

I actually created my gmail account back in November. I guess it was easy enough. I was hesitant in getting it started, though, what with me already having a work email account, a "good" personal email account, and a "junk" personal email account. I aked myself, "Do I really *need* another?" For the sake of advancing in the Library Learning 2.0 program I decided it would be a necessary evil, so I started the account. I don't plan on using it except for the 2.0 program. I find it simpler to stick with a good thing, and a good thing is what I had in the first place with how I had my email accounts already arranged.
Well, at least I'm blogging now. I guess it's the thing to do. That's what "they" say. I'm going to try to make it fun, but for the life of me I can't think of any reason anybody would want to read my thoughts (those things buzzing around my head which I collectively maintain in my form of an organized pattern and mostly only release to well devised questions from others). If I can amuse at least one person with a blog once in a while I'll call it a success. As David Letterman once said, "Just don't be dull."

Test, test...

This is my first blog. It is only a test.