Wednesday, February 13, 2008

I found using to be fairly intuitive once I started, but I can't really imagine continuing to use it. Partially because clicking on other people who had linked to the same websites I had didn't reveal anything really of interest to me. I prefer searching based on more indexing rather than tagging since tagging seems to be somewhat haphazard.

Here's a link to my account, but I think that I'm much more likely to appreciate also being able to read content on my chosen links through Bloglines. I don't select new daily reads very often, but I'm faithful to the chosen ones. I can see the utility of a site like, but not necessarily for myself.

Sunday, February 10, 2008


So far, the wiki exercise has been the hardest to figure out how to do. Here's mine, a rather barebones one that did help me figure out a few things that I could use later on. More wedding information, since that's what seems to consume all of my spare time these days.

However, I could see myself contributing to a reference desk wiki as a way to digitize the desk manual and provide a fast reference tool for when I know we have a tool for a question but can't quite remember what it is when that special question presents itself. I can also see the uses if you have to keep track of a lot of pieces of information on a topic or for a certain situation.

But this is one of those technologies that I think you have to have a need for before starting one, and that need has to be the interlocking organization of information. And I know for a fact I'd rather work on one than start one from scratch.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Where's the Line?

At what point does blogging become ridiculous? I started a blog in high school to document my personal life, a sort of more portable personal diary, with definitely better security than those blank diary locks.

Then I started this blog for the Blue 2.0 materials, I had fun doing so. Next, I decided to move my wedding planning entries to a new, wedding-only blog so my family and friends could see what was up in the planning stages (so I could actually go about the business of planning without getting forty million calls and emails to interrupt me).

Now I have to do yet another blog for my LIS 637 course, blogging about some aspect of Web 2.0 technology. Which, to me, sounds less than productive. I'm supposed to be learning about Web 2.0 and already I'm supposed to come up with a take on some technology aspect and review other blogs on the topic?

So I've decided to write a blog about blogging, because it seems redundant and sufficiently well-covered in other, legitimate blogs. My blog already seems destined for obscurity and uselessness, which seems to go against the entire point of Web 2.0 philosophy. Not to mention the defeatist attitude that is the only reaction in my mind to this assignment.

Oh well. Bring on the doom.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Bloglines/RSS Feeds

This morning I set up my first RSS reader account with Bloglines, and so far, so good.

Setting it up wasn't really a problem. I already have quite a hefty collection of links that I faithfully check every day, and having them consolidated into a single place to check, which I can look at from anywhere, is a nice feature. Like the exercise I did for one of my library school classes, but without all the excess clicking. It's definitely more personal, less like an open-source bibliography, but that's one of the advantages.

You can be completely idiosyncratic in the organization of your Bloglines account. And no one has to know exactly how many webcomics and snarky blogs you're a faithful reader of.

Yet I haven't quite decided if the application is merely useful or a bit on the lazy side. I mean, of course I selected the option to show the entire article for the blogs I read faithfully rather than summaries...but now I feel like I have no reason to go to that blog.

For instance, my recent discovery of Wedding Bee, which not only encompasses blogs but also wedding planning discussion boards as well as classified ads for wedding-related materials. I use the discussion boards almost more than the actual blog posts, so having everything in a feed isn't as useful as actually going to the website, at least when I'm going to be at home on my own machine anyway.

Overall, I think it might be nice to eliminate some of my fluffy links that are purely pleasure reading and replace them with a single link to my consolidated Bloglines account, but there are still always going to be websites I'd rather look at in their entirety.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Losing Touch

Today I finally emailed my undergraduate advisor, whom I hadn't talked to directly since graduation last spring.

The entire process of moving to Kentucky was so frantic, almost, that I kept thinking of reasons why it would be awkward to write rather than how awkward it was to not talk to someone I had been used to having at a minimum weekly discussions with throughout my undergraduate career. My mentor and my honors project supervisor, who read the strangest of my essays and the most explicit of my poems and didn't think less of me.

It seems like people who are separated by a change in living circumstances always wait for specific events to bring them back into interaction again. I had planned on writing Christmas letters, sending cards.

But I'm planning a wedding and had no spare time at the end of the past semester for card-writing.

Today I wrote an email. I hope I get a chance to write more, without reason other than the joy of communicating with someone who really understands me.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008


Another day, another Blue 2.0 assignment.

I'm very attached to my chat services, though I've never used a service like Meebo before to consolidate my accounts, which can be rather convenient. During middle and high school I primarily used MSN Messenger, then added AIM when I went to college and found that most of my friends there were already using that service provider.

While my college friends have mostly changed over to Facebook contacts as I no longer see them every day or have similar work and play schedules, my high school friends and family chat with me often. I also love to answer chat questions at the Young Reference Desk because I'm a fairly fast typist and often have an easier time explaining to someone what they need to do while typing rather than talking on the telephone. It's also something I prefer because I don't have to balance a phone on my shoulder while trying to answer a chat question.

I worked in the Library Development section of the Missouri State Library this past summer, where Windows Chat formed a large part of office communications for those situated on different floors or who just needed to check something with someone else really quickly. It was easy to just send off an IM and keep working while waiting for a response. Since the chat was also linked to office and personal Outlook calendars, you'd also know if the person you were looking for was in a meeting and would be assured a response without spending half the day trying to hunt them down inside the building.

Overall, I like chat best for inter-office communication. To me, it's often easier than trying to walk or call around to find someone. While it can be good for reference questions, sometimes it is easier to just ask the person to email or call instead and pick up the question on a faster medium, but it's also easier to multi-task while answering chat questions.

There are definite positives and negatives, but overall I'm comfortable chatting.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Poor Puppy.

I feel bad for my dog sometimes. He has the strangest problems.

Like the fact that he gets the hiccups at least once a week, looking like he's about to explode right before the little hic sound comes out. When I was at the vet I told her about the hiccups and she wasn't concerned, but it's still disturbing to watch a dog older than a puppy expanding and contracting like a rather fluffy balloon.

Or his cold-weather tendency towards static electricity. Dry air, fluffy dog, carpeting and covers...and he starts crackling every time he moves, even with a humidifier running in the apartment. Makes me want to see if rubbing him with a dryer sheet would make a difference, though the same homespun remedy had no effect on my own unerring ability to sudden shocking contacts.

I'll ask the vet again if there are any solutions to these doggie dilemmas, but I'm already doubting any succor from stress for my shih tzu.

(Sorry for the overwhelming alliteration. I just couldn't help myself.)