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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Thing the Seventh

There were so many cool generators out there that it made the decision a difficult one. Which to choose?

Witty Comics - At the offices of Bunny and Monkey...

I created a comic using WittyComics! through a link at The Generator Blog. It was pretty easy and mostly a time suck just because I was thinking of a good punch line.

(Please ignore the typo in the third panel!)

Okay, now back to work...

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Thing the Sixth, another go

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Flickr spelling is fun and something I think kids could really get into. I'm imagining a wall or bulletin board full of kid and adult creations.

Thing the Sixth

Alright, so with Flickr mashups, I can get my lolcat cake and eat it, too.

Using the generator at Big Huge Labs, I made my own cat macro using a photo of my cat, Blanca.

Blanca has several aliases, including Blanca bin Laden, Blanca bin Soup Ladle, and Kitty Terrorist. She attacks first and may or may not ask questions later.

My husband works in emergency management and had brought home a rescue dummy from an exercise. I returned home from work that night. It was dark and all the lights were out in the house. I opened the door and flipped the light switch. Laying on the couch in the front room was this dead/bleeding dummy. Scared the bejeesus out of me.

Later that night, the cat decided to take action.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Thing the Fifth

books with bite 007
Originally uploaded by Erin Doyle
My first struggle!

Finding the place to grant new blog permissions was kind of annoying. Who would have thought that "Extending Flickr" under the Accounts page was the place to add blogs?

I almost posted this Thing to my LJ. My friends over there would have been scratching their heads.


Here's a photo I snapped last month of my monster shelf in YA. I decorated it for Teen Read Week. Lots of vampire books, mind-munching books, tech books, and other books the teens gobbled up.

That shelf looked mean!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Thing the Fourth

Again, another way to save time...RSS.

I find RSS feeds a good way to keep up with comics, news, and some of my favorite blogs. I wrote about Bloglines in a previous post, so I'm not going to rehash.

I added feeds for Bookshelves of Doom and Alternative Teen Services to the sidebar.

I also added a feed of my Tweets. So now everyone will know what I'm thinking when a patron comes up to the reference desk and he smells like a bong. Fun times, I tell ya.

Thing the Third

From one of my Top 5 All Time Favorite Movies The American President:

Louis Rothschild: People want leadership, Mr. President, and in the absence of genuine leadership, they'll listen to anyone who steps up to the microphone. They want leadership. They're so thirsty for it they'll crawl through the desert toward a mirage, and when they discover there's no water, they'll drink the sand.

President Andrew Shepherd: Lewis, we've had presidents who were beloved, who couldn't find a coherent sentence with two hands and a flashlight. People don't drink the sand because they're thirsty. They drink the sand because they don't know the difference.

So I think the web is kind of like a desert. It's seemingly endless. People can get lose their way trying to get through it. When they do find something, they cling to it, even if it might be a mirage. They might go back to it again and again, because they know it's going to be there.

Say you type "politics blog" into Google because you want to know what bloggers are saying about political happenings. The first hit is DailyKos. This is a good hit, if you're on the left side of the aisle. So you go there and read a bit. But what if you want to know what others are saying? Going through a whole list of Google hits is going to take forever.

On the other end, what if you're like me and you already have a list of blogs and websites you regularly visit. If I opened a browser tab for every one of these everyday, I'd have no time to get any work done and I'd forget what I've visited and when.

How do I search through the bajillions of blogs to find anything relevant, coherent, amusing, mind-alteringly-brilliant? How do I find my way through the desert to find genuinely good blogs?

Two blog search tools I like are Technorati and Bloglines.

I signed up for a Technorati account a few years ago for a pretty vain reason: I wanted to see if anyone was linking to my blog. But Technorati is also useful to find out what other people are talking about in one quick look.

Bloglines is a little more fun. I like that you can subscribe to feeds based on interest. There is even a library feed! I also added a feed from my friends' popular sports and pop culture blog Hugging Harold Reynolds.

Tools like these can help us to find what's new and interesting, but more importantly, can help us save time!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Thing the Second

I Twitter. I blog. I'm on Facebook. I use GoodReads. I play with Flickr. I used to MySpace until it got too annoying. I subscribe to RSS feeds. I'm a nerdfighter.

I'm the youngest employee at my branch. Sometimes I feel like I'm the only one who knows about these things.

I have been dreaming about setting up a MySpace or Facebook page for the libraries for a long time. It would be so easy to send out information on events. We could set up LibraryThing with lists of books that kids might like to read on various subjects. We could even Twitter anything and everything any exciting happening at the library.

My head is swimming with ideas to attract attention for our libraries.

Now that everyone is going to participate in 23 Things, they are all going to learn how cheap and easy these goodies are to use. I'm not going to feel alone anymore! For me, that's the most exciting thing about this project.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

My vote for Thing 24: lolcats

Alright, so the I Can Has Cheezburger widget didn't work for me. I have a sneaking suspicion it has something to do with my computer's out of date Flash version. So I put up a Good Reads widget in the sidebar so everyone can see what's currently on my bookshelf.

I'm sloooowwwlllyyy getting through One Hundred Years of Solitude so I can finally get my Dad off my case for not reading it.

So if I can't have a continous loop of lolcats, here is a classic for you 23 Things followers. Enjoy!

more animals

Monday, January 12, 2009

Thing the First

Hello, Blogspot. I'm Erin, a blogger who has used Livejournal for the past seven years. Since I'm not used to how things work around here, I'm going to have to play around a bit. Let's see how many fun widgets we can find to decorate this space. Weeeeeeee!