Sunday, April 1, 2007

It is only the Beginning (Week 9, Exercise 23)

I have enjoyed this program so much. I was able to spend a lot of time over the past couple months browsing strange and new online programs, blogs, etc. (I have to thank Rosegarden again for sitting me down and getting me to actually blog about it.) I love using Flickr, Bloglines and LibraryThing, not so much But over all the experience has well been worth it. I now know that there are a lot of places I can go to find interesting information. There is a world outside Google. As to my life long learning goals, I believe that this program worked as an eye-opener, something that I am constantly looking for. I love knowing that there is more to learn out there in the world. I was honestly surprised that I actually want to use some of these programs even after the 2.0 program is over. And I would definitely enjoy another discovery program. Thank you for developing the program.

Saturday, March 31, 2007

eBooks, yeah!! (Week 9, Exercise 22)

I love eBooks. I happen to frequent a couple online publishers who specialize in eBook publishing. I have also given presentations on using San Jose Library's OverDrive Digital library. I love the convenience of getting a book at home without coming to the library, especially when I am working on homework. The annoying thing about digital libraries is the irregularity of access to eBooks. Sometimes you can download and check-out an item and other times you can view it online and other times you can do both. The types of items that fall into these different access situations makes little to no sense. Anyway, I wandered around the Gutenburg Project site and tried to get Shakespeare's Macbeth, but found that I had to be a member of the World eBook Library (which you have to pay for) or join Project Gutenburg (with a donation). I am not certain if I was in the right area or not, but having access to so much is pretty exciting.

Podcasting (Week 9, Exercise 21)

I searched around for library-related podcasts and found quite a few, like the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Video Library podcast (they already have over 300 episodes). I noticed quite a few podcasts related to author readings at libraries and the like. My first introduction to podcasts was the pretty well-known Mugglecast (devoted to the Harry Potter books). I thought it was amazing that a group of young adults were able to get together to discuss a topic and receive so much support for their efforts. They actually have sponsors, whom they promote during the episodes with quick commercial-like shout-outs. They are actually that popular. Unfortunately, Mugglecast does not have an RSS feed. Anyway, I enjoy podcasts mostly when the people actually get down to business and start the program (i.e. that commercials can be a little annoying). Anyway, using is very beneficial in just showing the range of podcasts out there, and using the subject directories was pretty simple. I added the podcast Open Stacks to Bloglines.

YouTube (Week 9, Exercise 20)

I have frequented YouTube in the past as a great place to find TV and movie clips. Now that many of the media corps are busting down on YouTube, I have noticed that many of the videos there cannot be viewed anymore. Instead of choosing just any video, I decided to upload a short video of my apartment. (I hope this works) Here is the video:

I like that I can choose to make the videos public or private. With that option, I can choose who can view the vid. The site, however, does not search well.

Opps (Week 8, Exercise 19)

I just realized that I have already signed onto Library Thing, for exercise 11. I set up an account and browsed through the program (adding one book) but had yet to fully develop a personal library using it. Now I have.
I looked through the forums and I was reminded of the discussion forums on many authors' websites where people discuss anything and everything about that author's work and other related material. I did find quite a few mentions of one writer in my library, Laurell K Hamilton. Here is my catalog:
Now I just need to start tagging to develop the sub-sections on series and such.


Employee's Report of Accident

JOB ACCIDENT: Employee’s preliminary report of work-related injury to employer.

Date of Report : _1-2-1933__________                     Rpt No. : __150267___________

Report filled out by __K J Ale_________[name]  

                     __14 Mont Ave. ___[address]  

The following employee reports an injury sustained in the work-related accident described below.

1. Employee name __Brian Lumley_____

2. Employee ID __1237BL__________

3. Designation __Lead Machinist_______

4. Employer Name __Nines Corporation_____

5. Employee address __4782 West Look St._

    City __San Jose______

    State __CA_____________

    Post Code __95126_________

    Phone _n/a_____________

6. Date & Time of Injury ___12-16-1932____________

7. Address/place where injury happened __Main Workshop-A1_______

8. Description of injury and part of body affected __Leg broken_______

9. Signature of the Employee ______________

Zoho (Week 8, Exercise 18)

After signing up with Zoho, I tried creating a Zoho Planner, for my work week. It turns out that the Planner software does not easily publish to a blog. I decided to try using the original Zoho Writer instead. I chose a template and created a fake document, which can be seen in the blog "Injury." I noticed that it did not export with the exact width settings of the original document. I had to play around with the document a little before I saw how to publish and export it. I have to say, after doing many strange things to the doc before finally figuring it out (with a librarian's help), this program is actually pretty cool. There is definitely a lot that can be done with the text.