Thursday, April 9, 2009

Videos YouTube

It's amazing what people will post on YouTube. Found an interview with a Professor Greenberg from UNC Chapel Hill where she talks about metada and why it's important. She discusses Dublin Core Metada which is something a small group of us needed to use to complete a cataloguing assignment. Her interview can be found at: It's worth watching if you are interested in cataloguing.


I must admit I'm not much of a music lover. The only band whose members I can name are the Beatles. Does this date me! I like music but I am not plugged in all the time like so many people who don't leave their homes with out earphones. So I wasn't all that inspired until I realized that you could download books too. As an avid reader this was definitely something I could relate to. The variety of free e-books to download was quite good, certainly enough to keep me busy for a long while. Now I just have to win the MP3 player and I'm all set. I wonder do they come in purple?

Thursday, March 19, 2009


The Merriam Webster Online Dictionary defines stumble as a verb meaning:
1 a: to fall into sin or waywardness b: to make an error : blunder c: to come to an obstacle to belief
2: to trip in walking or running
3 a: to walk unsteadily or clumsily b: to speak or act in a hesitant or faltering manner
4 a: to come unexpectedly or by chance b: to fall or move carelessly

I prefer the definition: being led on an unexpected trip to interesting and obscure sites that you would never visit on your own.
Think of Stumble as your own private, slightly wacky tour guide to the web. It was easy to log in to and even easier to navigate. I can see this becoming a very addictive pastime!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


I've created a Facebook account to comply with the requirements this week and to see what it's all about. I admit that I'm still puzzled. I suppose if I had a group of people I was interested in communication with this application would be great. None of my family is computer literate and so although this could be a great way of sharing photos and news over the continents, its not possible. I had a very clear (I thought) conversation with my mother about obtaining my cousin's email address and what I got back was a FAX!! number. So for the moment it's not very relevant to my life and will certainly delete it once the assignment is over.

Friday, March 6, 2009


What is amazing to me is the vast amount of time and effort has gone into creating all the applications that are available at Google. Not just Google earth, Google map, Google documents but the many templates available and selections for customization. There are thousands of options available for making Google exactly what you want it to be. It scares me a bit to see the thousands of games available as well. I suppose if you add these to your home computer no one will know how you spend your time, but at work, these additions could cause a serious drop in productivity!
I love Google map and use it because I am seriously geographically challenged - as my family and friends will attest.
At the present time sharing documents isn't something I've had to do but it could be quite helpful in a team situation.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

LibraryThing observations

This is a great place to catalogue your books! Evyerone should have a complete list of all their titles. This way when you lend out a book to a friend, you can keep track of the information and actually get it back. Best reason to create a LibraryThing account is to keep a list of books I will get around to reading when I retire. I've started many a list but managed to lose most of them. Here are some of the titles that I've enjoyed and some titles that are my bibles.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Delicious Homework

Bookmarks are great for keeping you organized. How often do you cut articles out of the paper that have great information you will use one day only to find on the ONE day, it's no where to be found. Using a social bookmarking tool can eliminate bits of paper and frustration. Tagging is like creating your own thesaurus - specific to you. By adding tags to your bookmarks, you are really customizing the entries to be the most helpful to you.
So I think delicious is a pretty good piece of software.