Archive for the ‘Web 2.0’ Category
I am Fran
Fran I am
Can we blogjune?
Yes we can!
I am blogging in the rain,
I’ve been blogging on the train.
– Not been blogging in the car –
That would be a step too far!
Are you adding films and pics?
Those are really clever tricks.
Have you blogged about your cat?
Some can’t get enough of that.
You can blog about your work
(careful not to look a jerk).
Or you blog using a meme
(not as easy as it seems!).
Luscious blog posts about food
Sure to get us in the mood!
You can blog on crafty habits –
Knitting, scrapbooks, breeding rabbits?*
Do you blog using an App?
With your iPhone in your lap?
Use email to post your blog?
Easy as – fall off a log!
Find all posts through RSS?
You can soon sort out the best!
Bloggers mostly library geeks,
They’ve been blogging weeks and weeks!
Posting every day in June
(but glad it will be over soon)
I am Fran
Fran I am
Can we blogjune?
Yes we can!
With apologies to Dr Seuss, Barak Obama and Bob the Builder!
* I don’t think anyone actually blogged about breeding rabbits but I needed a rhyme!
Via iPhone on the train!
My friends and family will tell you I’m an iPhone geek (oh no, they say and roll their eyes as I whip the phone out to check something…) however I love my phone, not just for it’s shiny techie-ness but for what it does for me… Since Friday I’ve used it:
- as an alarm clock
- as a bus/train timetable to find my way to a seminar on Friday and the Tweetup on Saturday
- as a street directory/GPS
- as a music player to listen to my new Badpiper CDs in the car (via a cable and FM adapter) and wirelessly via the Bluetooth adapter for my AV receiver
- to make notes so I can update my rainfall and sunshine spreadsheets (and to make notes of something I learned at the tweetup and a weekend to-do list)
- to contribute to the WA Weather Group forum discussion during Friday night’s storm (finally downloaded Tapatalk)
- to take lots of photos
- to write Saturday’s blogpost (with some of the photos I’d taken) about the Tweetup
- to follow my social media – twitter (and add people I’d met at the Tweetup), facebook, feedly and check and send email (mostly on the train but also at home when the computer wasn’t turned on)
- to search on the net when the computer wasn’t on
- as a cooking timer when making date loaf
- for texting to organise going to hear Verbitsy conduct Tchaikovsky
- as a phone to book the above (I did switch it to silent during the concert)!
You read so many stories about the downsides to social media – bullying, identity theft, obsession, disconnection from the real world …
Today I experienced the upside. A retweet on my twitterfeed announced a tweetup of Perth library types at 2pm today at Koko Black in Claremont. Good chance to meet some of my fellow blogjune participants, and meet some library people from outside my workplace too. Took the train up to Claremont and soon found Koko Black (packed out) – had to take the plunge and guess which table as I’d only met most people through their blogposts!
Great afternoon, discovering names and faces and personalities and talking tech and libraries and dogs and birds. (And eating and drinking chocolate).
Only library geeks would head out afterwards to look at iPads and eReaders in JB HiFi ignoring the boutiques of the western suburbs fashion central!
I’ve added a whole raft of new contacts to my twitterfeed too!
Thanks also to @libsmatter for the lift home!
In the interests of not staying up till midnight for each blogpost I’m preparing this one early, and having my first go at a meme, the 5-books-meme! Thank goodness for Library Thing which should make this quite easy! I also had an online book-buying binge whilst I was laid up with my sprained ankle – have you tried Booko yet? It’s an Oz price comparison site and absolutely brilliant. I’ve got lots of books on the go and in the to-read pile!
1. The books I’m currently reading:
Although I’ve got a few in my currently reading collection in LT, I am only seriously reading two books at the moment: Empty Cradles (a re-read prompted by going to see Oranges and Sunshine last Friday, just as wrenching and horrifying as I remember) and Dancers in Mourning by Margery Allingham. I’m a long time fan of the four Queens of crime, Margery Allingham, Agatha Chistie, Dorothy L Sayers and Ngaio Marsh. (Nice to see some fellow DLS fans in the #blogjune blogroll – that’s you Hecuba Reads and you Bookends!) My Mum and sister have complete sets of Aggie, I’ve had a complete collection of DLS’s detective fiction for years, and I’ve only recently completed my Marsh collection.
So now I’m working my way to a complete set of Campion stories by Allingham. (Not sure if I’ll go for the later ones written by her husband, I couldn’t come at the Jill Paton-Walsh continance of Sayers’ work). I particularly love these ladies’ works written and set in the 30s, indeed, when I went to art school and studied art history I found the art milieu of the interwar period strangely familiar, and realised I knew the atmosphere from reading detective fiction! Soviet Club anyone?
2. The last books I finished
I’ve already written about Little Bets, so I’ll talk about the two previous finished reads: Homer’s Odyssey by Gwen Cooper and The Phantom tollbooth by Norman Juster. Homer’s Odyssey will appeal to the many cat-lovers amongst #blogjune’s participants (Bookslibrariesandcats for example!). I found this story just a bit too catty in its early chapters (my mum agreed, but we are, I confess, dog-people) however I persisted and it drew me in, I was ultimately moved by how one small, blind, cat became the cat-alyst for growth in his owner’s life. The Phantom Tollbooth is the childrens’ classic that got away and that I’ve only read as a grown up (the Green Knowe books are another example of childrens’ books I came to late and loved) Again I’m in the zeitgeist with this one as Joy’s book blog has already reviewed this gem for Blogjune! (And thanks to ABE Books Reading copy book blog for alerting me to this one!)
3. The next books I want to read:
In Tearing haste : letters between Deborah Devonshire and Patrick Leigh Fermor. I’m a huge fan of PLF and the Mitfords so I’ve been looking forwards to this one. I’d begun this and put it aside, and the death of PLF last week will add poignancy to the read. Again, there are plenty of PLF fans amongst the Blogjune bloggers: Ruminations, Read it 2011 and Hecuba reads (again!, Hecuba Reads, I feel I’m getting to know you…). Then I’ll get stuck into The Well at the World’s End by A J Mackinnon. I think I am in love with Mr Mackinnon after reading his Unlikely Voyage of Jack de Crow. I laughed so hard on the train that the woman opposite asked me what I was reading.
4. The last book I bought:
Art & Fear : observations on the perils (and rewards) of artmaking by David Bayles and Ted Orland. This was listed in the reading list in the back of Little Bets and as my art practice has been languishing this may be what I need to read…
5. The last book I was given:
The Boatswain’s Manual by William A McLeod. It came via my sister’s mother-in-law and I can feed my inner sailor with this book, published in 1957 (I have the 1962 reprint) as:
Most seamanship books available to young seamen are of the advanced textbook type… Such books are of little use to those who wish to learn the rudiments of seamanship work …these pages have been compiled as a book of elementary knowledge for the beginner and also as a reference book for older deck ratings, especially those who seek information relating to everyday seamanship problems…
So, there we have it, my reading past present and future, and how delighted I am to find fellow readers with similar interests in the Blogjune blogroll. Ain’t the interweb thingy grand!
Oh yes, I should mention that though I’ve got Kindle for iPhone, Stanza and iBooks on my iPhone, I am reading all of these in “dead tree” format…
Thanks to following @kellymhall ‘s Twitter feed I took a glance last night at CPD23’s blog, particularly http://cpd23.blogspot.com/2011/06/following-programme-if-your-workplace.html?m=1 which made me decide to have a go at blogging by email. I’m using the iPhone email client and including a photo I emailed myself from the flickr app. Now to add a category and tags using the code from the CPD23 blogpost. I plan to set up a dropbox document with all the odds and ends of HTML (hyperlinks, photos and video embedding) that will be useful for mobile blogging!
Taken by Figgles1 http://www.flickr.com/photos/42708559@N00/5848968556
Thanks to a friend of mine I’m participating in blogjune. I saw her tweeting about it and on finding out it wasn’t a private party I took a spur of the moment decision to join. About 80 bloggers, mostly, but not exclusively, Australian and New Zealand librarians have committed to post to their blogs every day in June. Apologies, but I’ve not managed to read everyone’s every post! You can find out more and follow the fun on the Libraries Interact blog.
This blog, which I began in 2009, had been a bit moribund recently, so I saw blogjune as an opportunity to revive it (don’t they say it takes 3 weeks to establish a new habit?).
A side effect is that not only have I been writing and reading daily across an array of topics (ranging from the professional to the highly personal – what is it with librarians and cats and knitting?) but also I’ve been learning a whole bunch of new, professionally useful, Web 2.0 skills.
So as I end my 2nd week of daily blogging, I thought I’d make a quick list of things that I’ve learned so far:
- how to add a tweet button, counter and twitter feed to my blog (and I’ve revamped some of the other widgets)
- that it’s easier to sort picture editing problems out in html editor rather than in the visual editor – even if your html skills are minimal!
- that there’s a neat bit of code that enables you to embed flickr videos into your blog, even though flickr doesn’t show in the add video button
- That the WordPress app on the iPhone allows you to blog a photo direct from the phone
- That the WordPress app on the iPhone can be used to add hyperlinks and retrospectively add photos (but not videos, unless you pay for an add-on). This is the basic stuff, I think you could do a lot more if your html editing skills are up to it!
- That the publicize feature on WordPress appears to work sporadically when posting from the iPhone app (more investigation required!).
- How to follow blogjune using a Netvibes Blogroll
- What an OPML file is and how you can use it to import a blogroll into Google Reader (if someone else has done all the prep! thanks @katejf)
- Then how to set up a Feedly app in Chrome and on the iPhone to read the blogjune Google reader feed. I’d been a bit slow taking up feed readers so this promt from blogjune has been great!
Another post written mostly on the train, so apologies in advance for any dodgy formatting! I’ve still got a bit to learn about the mobile version.
I find my Twitterfeed an absolute mine of useful, useless, strange and wonderful information. So I was delighted yesterday, on following links from this post by Wikipedian @wittylama:
“Where the Public Domain starts should not be where common courtesy ends. See: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:U… #glamwiki #Commons #PublicDomain #PD
Twitter for iPad • 7/06/11 5:06 PM
to come across “the principle of least astonishment”. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Principle_of_least_astonishment
“The POLA states that, when two elements of an interface conflict, or are ambiguous, the behaviour should be that which will least surprise the user”
I think this principle holds good way beyond software design (restaurant meal descriptions spring to mind), however we should also leave room for some surprises in our lives!
Today I thought I’d join some of my fellow #blogjune participants and try using the WordPress app on my iPhone. I know a couple of us have tried this already, but it’s another skill I’d like to master. Looks like the quickphoto option is just that- upload a quick photo! Can’t add hyperlinks, and you have to edit after posting to add tags and categories.
No dolphins sighted today!