Thursday, October 30, 2008


Where have I been? I love this! I have been wallowing in YouTube. If you don't get around much anymore this is great. I even found my favorite tango from 'Moulin Rouge', and of course this one featuring the inimitable 'Gatto con gli Stivali'. No wonder this site is so popular, but on the subject of libraries having a presence on this site... well, how can you compete with Banderas?Mmmm.

Unexpected pleasures


At last, I actually recognised some names of sites! As I already have accounts with several of them I decided to save myself for later and just browse some that were strange to me. The travel sites appealed: easy to use and fun to plan a virtual world tour. Also lots of hotel recommendations and potential comments from fellow travellers if you sign up.
Having some fun discussing the pros and cons of wikis, blogs, ebooks etc. with non-library friends (something we hardly ever mentioned before!) Don't feel quite so lost, feel like this tango is actually coming together now.

Monday, October 27, 2008

while you were gone

Originally uploaded by RaeColeman


I tried to write this post using Zoho Writer but it froze when I tried to 'insert emotions', not a good sign... otherwise it seems like a useful facility for some. I have to keep moving on so maybe it will be one of those sites to revisit later.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Sleep is the new Black

Rollyo was easy to understand and to use. I didn't look at anyone else's searchrolls but no doubt that would be ? Why would I want anyone to look at mine, I'm already paranoid about the wiki thing, and the Library thing etc. Can this all be deleted when we're finished? Apparently not. So here it is: I suppose it would be a time saver at work as one could avoid having to sift through lots of irrelevant stuff. I read in the paper some time ago that people who work with computers spend up to a third of their working day looking at non-work related websites.(Everyone else just stays up all night?)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


Black Cat
Originally uploaded by DenisBouchard
I have found Blackle which is the new energy saving Google according to Vogue magazine. It seems that having a black screen saves more energy than white.So what it doesn't have all the features of Google, it just looks so much better.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Library Thing

Another site that I hope to spend some time on when I find some. Very easy to use and I'm sure very appealing to most compulsive readers (like me).
My list is at:
(It was good to find books in their original language as well as in translation.)

Monday, October 20, 2008

"I Wanna Be Sedated"

As I already have a mob name, I was thrilled to be given a Ramones name, you guessed it: Cicci Ramone!

Cat Scratch Fever

That was easier than I thought, playing in the communal sandpit. Almost too easy and very tempting to subvert other participants' comments. I suppose that is why some wikis are closed down due to vandalism etc.Definitely not something enjoyable for controlling types as you never know what some other person is going to do with your precious contribution, but at the same time it could be a genuinely(?) collaborative experience in the true spirit of anarchism.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Thinking in a hurry

Well, I've read as much as I could manage about Wikis in Libraries and watched the video, which was fun because it was mute.
Wikis are a great idea and I would love to see them used more in our Library, the obvious place to start would be with the 'young adults' who could have their own wiki with book reviews and homework tips and whatever else they're interested in.
As for the rest of us, the possibilities are endless.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Dream Library

Reading these perspectives on the future of libraries (and librarians) was really encouraging and made me feel part of something potentially very interesting and rewarding. I especially enjoyed the article by Dr. Wendy Schultz.
The role of librarians is expanding rather than disappearing: they are no longer the gate keepers guarding information, but tour guides ,trainers and VR info coaches.
I love the idea of the 'knowledge spa', being pampered by ideas in a wonderfully quiet and comforting sanctuary.
After reading in a school leavers career information booklet that being a Librarian was not recommended-(as it was soon to be superceded by technology) and after being told that really I was not much more than a checkout operator (and paid accordingly!), it was absolute bliss to read a totally different view of the future.
I wonder if the designers of the new Birkenhead Library have taken care to Future Proof the building: offering plenty of computer access for those without facilities at home as well as a quiet space for those who need to escape the technohustle of modern life.

gatto tango

Tried to find something about Tango in New Zealand and came up with nothing but completely irrelevant information.Maybe Technorati isn't the place for us? Not really attractive, and when I looked for Library Web 2.0 Learning I found some very boring blogs. Ours look like works of art in comparison. Getting tired of all the American content. The most 'Popular Blogs' made me smile: Jennifer Garner? at number 5? What more can I say? Miaow.
(If I claim my blog does that prevent someone else claiming it?And is tagging one's posts with Technorati generally motivated by wanting to sell something?)

Thursday, October 2, 2008

mind sharing

'Peering into someone else's filing cabinet' , I suppose that might be fun? Possibly useful as a researching tool, but definitely useful as a personal organiser of interesting information. The social network aspect is intriguing, but also fatal to those of us with addictive personalities.
Is mind sharing related to the (Vulcan) mind meld? Maybe not.


Originally uploaded by Osvaldo


Originally uploaded by A30_Tsitika

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

" and I don't want to miss a thing..."

My search is over for the moment, I have subscribed to a feed that satisfies almost all of my passions.It's even in English and Spanish. All I need now is the soundtrack to go with it.
I am enjoying just browsing and subscribing to sites that look interesting or potentially useful, then when I have a spare hour or so, I can catch up with what is happening out there, somewhere.