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Ten Random Things about Me November 15, 2008

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I am a pretty random person, and I talk too much, a lot of it about myself (sorry folks, I’m working on it!) So this activity should be right up my alley. BUT I pretty much have said all the interesting random things about me already. That means this might not be interesting or new, but here it goes:

  1. I enjoy travelling but have no sense of direction, and so have wound up lost in various major cities and even a jungle once.
  2. My favorite book is Ender’s Game, I have read it dozens of times, and once met Orson Scott Card.
  3. I’m always discovering new hobbies and then finding out I have no time or space for them. Last year it was beading, year before it was keeping fish (which I still do), and this year it is a little bit of everything including keeping snakes.
  4. I’m adicted to Diet Coke.
  5. I grew up in a suburb in Utah, way back before it became an enormous suburb.
  6. When I have time, I watch all kinds of courtTV, and love both the people’s court and the real life mysteries.
  7. My room mate and I try to out do each other in finding awesomely bad movies and watching them, while making fun of them.
  8. I eat at Bob Evans way too much.
  9. I have three sisters and a brother, three younger and one older, who all live across the country.
  10. Someday I’d like to take up photography, but right now I kind of stink at it, particularly taking pictures of my snakes and fish. (They just don’t stay still!)

What I’ve learned from Learning and Playing… November 4, 2008

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I’ve enjoyed L&P for many reasons–partially because I enjoy exploring new (or new to me) technologies, and partially because I enjoy goofing off on work time. Now my job usually involves a fair amount of goofing off anyway, working with children seems like that most of the time. But L&P has allowed me to goof off with coworkers, many of whom I didn’t know as well as I do now.

Perhaps my very favorite thing I’ve discovered during L&P is RSS feeds. Though I did switch to google reader because bloglines was missing some entries, and I wasn’t getting updates timely or completely. Regardless, I LOVE RSS! I try to convince my family that they could love it too, but many of them fail to see the point. I hope that when I go out to visit them for Christmas, I can demonstrate how awesome and easy RSS is.

Hopefully, the library will continue to offer such fun and informative programs in the future. Personally, I think it would be fun to explore some of our own premium resources, since they are not always used equally across the board, and many of us don’t know how to use them to their full potentials.

Why Moldi? November 3, 2008

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I was checking out Moldi for one of the last learn and play things–it is really very cool, and I found a book that I could down load and read. It does make me want, maybe to get an electronic book–just a little bit more knowing that I’d have another way to access books–and maybe not spend so much to buy them!

BUT, honestly, who decided that Moldi was a good name for something? Besides an ironic cheese company, I can’t think of something where it would actually be an attractive name. Really,I just can’t see myself saying to someone–“Have you checked out what’s available at Moldi?” Perhaps this is just a way of forcing us to explain exactly what the letters stand for each and every time that I say it.

I just don’t understand why they couldn’t have named it a number of other things, here are a few suggestions:

  • Central Ohio Library Digital Initiative: or Coldi
  • Mid-Ohio Digital Library Initative: or Modli
  • Digital Initiative, Central-Ohio or Dic-o

Any other suggestions?

Being Cool October 21, 2008

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I’m not cool, and most days I’m satisfied with that. Sometimes I wish I were cooler, but I know that that wish takes me even further away from “cool.” I once read (in a really stupid airline magazine, for a good example of how uncool I am) that people who are actually cool are those who don’t want to be, but by wanting to be cool you automatically remove yourself from the possibility.

Anyway, this had a point, which was that people who blog or podcast, must at some level want to be cool. I say this because there is some assumption on the part of the creator of the blog/podcast that their content is interesting enough that someone else will want to read it/listen to it. (I acknowledge my desire to be cool, and to get a flashdrive)

I confronted this reality for two reasons today: one is that podcasts are thing 21, and two that another blog I follow linked my blog. This last thing led to a giddy thrill of excitement, even if it was a reciprocal link.

Podcasts are something I’ve never really understood–sure I get the concept of how it works, and in some cases why, but for the most part I’d rather read something then hear it. I do think it is great for distributing library events to those who couldn’t attend. I found a couple public libraries that podcast some of their adult and YA programing–like author visits, so those who couldn’t attend could hear the author. I found a great list–on the best practices wiki of libraries using podcasts.

I don’t know that I want to subscribe to a podcast–as I said I’d rather read most information, but I know how and can even see the advantage in some cases.

YouTube, Guilt, and Cornsnakes October 20, 2008

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Well, I honestly never thought I’d see the day when I could concievably watch youtube, when I was supposed to be working and not feel guilty. And actually that day is not today, so maybe I was right. Even though this is a learn and play thing I still feel bad watching Youtube at work. Mostly that is because I don’t have headphones or a dollar, so other people have to hear at least a little. But it just doesn’t feel remotely productive.

I am doing this on my lunch, and well…I don’t need to explain myself really! Urg, anyway, I don’t normally use YouTube that much, more just when someone links it or recommends it. Occasionally I’ll look up funny library clips.

Today’s library clip is brought to you by SnakeBytesTV, who follows me on Twitter. I had never heard of them before that, but I suppose they found me by searching people who were interested in snakes. I had someone add me because I said I like fish–they were about fish sure enough, CATCHING and EATING them! Somehow not the same thing as aquarium fish! Anyway, without further ado–Cornsnakes on Snakebytes (which is pretty good, though they call Amels Albinos and Anerys Blacks, even though both are technically Albino, and the Anerys are not so black)