Saturday, August 4, 2007

Week 8 & Week 9

Week 9 - Finale
Listened to several good knitting podcasts--that was fun! Earlier on in LATI we did quite a bit of video and downloadable audio activities. I'm sure it suits some people, but I prefer curling up in a cozy chair with a real live book in my hands. Now to summarize: Twenty-three Things has been fun, frustrating and enlightening all at the same time. Up to this point, computers--outside of work and email usage have not figured prominently in my life. I am happy to say I'm slowly becoming less gunshy and have enjoyed the learning. To me, it seems a bit like fishing in unknown waters. You cast your hook out there and can never predict accurately what you'll reel in--a bottom feeder? a bony little sunny? a georgeous bass? There is a bit of a thrill associated with that unknown. Being basically unknowledgeable in computer lingo, I found that without the help of my patient co-worker Linda, I would have been left behind in the dust. Her help was invaluable. But now I'm "hooked," and look forward to continuing the journey.

Week 8
Enjoyed this week's work. Zoho is a good thing. To be able to sit down at any computer, no matter where I am, and have my document-in-progress there right before me is great--very practical. The Web 2.0 awards were interesting. My favorites were music and health.

Week 6 & Week 7

Week 6
Read about tagging, checked out Technorati and read the different thoughts regarding libraries in the future. Very interesting--but it all sounds so very middle class. How can we reach the economically disadvantaged and help them realize all the resources available from the library that could help them better themselves?

Week 7
Really enjoyed the Bull Run wiki and the Book Lovers wiki. Such potential for libraries and communities--interested in watching this area grow.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Yesterday I took a walk. Actually, I walk nearly every day.
After waking at 5:30am and doing my carrot juice thing, I gather up the dogs or they gather me up and we head out for the cinder path at the Mount. I wish I could take the goats with me—I think they would be wonderful walkers, they certainly have the legs for it. I’m just hesitant because I believe they would want to stop at every green thing along the way and try to eat it—there is a lot of green there. Corn, trees, scrub, bushes, much honeysuckle and other growing things that would be great delicacy to a goat, so, for now, they will have to stay home.
As soon as we get out of the car, the dogs bolt off in one of many directions—often both heading in different directions. Sometimes I don’t see them until I’m halfway finished and on my way back, but we usually always meet up sooner or later. I love them. They have taught me many important things. They have taught me much about loyalty and the importance of silence. They have taught me patience. Animals can teach us so many things—if only we will slow down and watch them long enough. My goats are funny. I love them too. They are still young so they don’t know much about patience—they cannot eat or walk or run or explore fast enough—they are definitely not patient. They don’t know much about silence either—very noisy creatures—always making comments about every little thing that happens—too much like me I fear. They are wonderfully curious and I hope time never takes that away from them. They are very affectionate as well. Nuzzling, sniffing and snuffing me when I sit with them, they don’t seem to tire of checking me out—do I smell different each and every day? I don’t think so, I think they are just reaffirming that it really is me, no matter what I may happen to be wearing.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Yes, this is me--and I don't mean the person doing the helping.

However, little by little I'm becoming more comfortable with all this new technology.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Week 5 - Just finished checking out all the new things for this week. I'm looking around for a good photo to turn into a sketch for the online image generator--no busy backgrounds--it needs to be quite simple. The more it looks like a sketch to begin with the better it will turn out.
Library Thing was kind of neat--did that.
Looked around at Rollyo--don't think I will have a need for that.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

checking out the Library Thing

Thursday, June 28, 2007

I'm not a techy person, however, the following technology really does interest me.

This field encompasses an ever evolving group of methods and materials, from techniques for generating energy to non-toxic cleaning products. Several examples of green technology include:
1. Energy - The development of alternative fuels and new means of generating energy.
2. Green Building - This includes the choice of building materials, to where a building is located.
3. Green Chemistry - The invention, design and application of chemical products and processes to reduce or eliminate the use of hazardous substances.
4. Green Nanotechnology - Nanotechnology is the manipulation of materials at the scale of a nanometer, which is one billionth of a meter. Some scientists believe that mastery of this subject is forthcoming that will change the way that everything in the world is manufactured. Green Nanotechnology is the application of green chemistry and green engineering principles to this field.