Friday, July 31, 2009

Stop the world and let me off

Many months on and technorati still brings tears to my eyes. In a desperate attempt to remain positive I'm gonna try to improve things, 23 of them.

I have been working on the next generation (hmmm) ul 23things project at

So my technorati tag is:

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Long runs the fox

More reflections of a 23 thinger:

I think the programme was really good both personally and professionally (ahem). There were some really good ideas for what we could use in the library to improve/ add value to services like subject blogs, lecturer interviews etc... I also learned about how I learn - I like a structured step programme but don't like reading instructions. I also feel more confident about recommending or helping others with some of the tools.

If I had to, the only thing I'd do differently would be to have a scheduled lab during each week where you could just drop in to do your hour and ask others (if they were there). I don't think it needs to be compulsory, just an optional drop-in lab if you wanted to get away from the desk and concentrate.

I didn't like some of the 23 things but I really liked 23 things.

If I wasn't fishing I was mending me nets

Reflections of a 23 thinger:

I really enjoyed doing the 23 things. It really demystified a lot of the web 2.0 tools. Way back at the beginning I was a bit scared about starting a blog and trying to figure it out but it was really easy to use and abuse (see all the little bits hanging off the side). I enjoyed LibraryThing, even though I'm not organised enough to keep up to date, it appeals to the (small) tidy-up part of my brain. I really liked the e-audio/ visual week - that was probably my favourite. Love the potential for exploiting different media to do traditional jobs. And, unlike the rest of the 23thingers, I loved the tagging, purely because you get an insight into the minds of the general public - who are all as crazy as each other.

Least favourite thing - don't judge me too harshly, I watch E!, I care about the ups and downs of celebrity life but DON'T MAKE ME USE TWITTER.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Here be monsters

I've used Google maps a good lot because I have the worst sense of direction in the world. Every time I have to go to a meeting outside me confort area (the building) I have to consult a map so I always have a print out with me where ever I go (from the Apollo in Manchester to Carraig Donn in Ennis).

My Dad is obsessed with using Google earth to look at my sister's house in Australia or places he's gone on holidays.

During a particularly energetic period in my life I used Gmaps pedometer to check how far I was walking/ jogging. That's all behind me know.

You remind me of a man

It took me a while (I hit the wall a couple of weeks ago) but I'm back. I had used Google docs before in work for sharing collaborative documents and found them very useful at the time. Very handy if you want to work on something away from your work PC.

The Zoho writer was new to me. I liked it, in the way you like something/ someone who tries to make your life easier, even if it doesn't really work. I wrote a simple document (see disclaimer below) and published it on the blog, then made it public and linked to the document. That was grand.

BUT, when I tried to complicate it up by creating, or importing a presentation it became much less "easy". It's not as fast as using the office applications on the pc so it can get a bit frustrating waiting for things to happen. And, when you import something (although this usually happens moving between applications), you spend a lot of time fixing layout, font, etc. Ah well, you can't have everything.

As Saint Joseph said...



The views expressed on this page are almost entirely my own and should not be trusted in ANY way. I say more than my prayers sometimes.

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Monday, May 25, 2009

Health to wear, strength to tear, money to buy more

I'm a little late with this post. I did actually investigate gaming when I was supposed to but it was all go that week so I'm only getting round to this now. I'm not a big gamer as it is although I like what I like. I'm very much a building-blocks or driving-on-a-track sort of gamer, maybe with a bit of shooting thrown in BUT there's none of your fancy stuff. I love tetris or germ-buster but I don't have to throw a stone to far to hit someone who LOVES Championship Manager (and the like) or complicated killing games. I suppose we're all different and there is something for all of us (I was "entertained" for about 20 minutes while a niece groomed, walked and fed her virtual dog).

I don't know however what the usefulness of gaming is in a LIS educational context unless the information skills are used as part of a game to learn more about a certain topic (history, finance...). There isn't really a reward if a game is purely to teach you information skills - unless finding a really trustworthy, quality source is reward enough for you (and sometimes I know it is).

Friday, May 8, 2009

It won't be long soon

I put off Twitter for as long as I could and under duress, this week I registered - not because of Demi Moore I hasten to add. I do think this has gone beyond the beyond. I REALLY don't see why the world needs twitter. I really don't. I don't understand the value of it. For me to pursue a twittering lifestyle would just be a step too far. And I'm not arrogant enough to think that everything I do would be of interest to the world or indeed my followers (all hail). I came, I saw, and like Craig David, I'm walking away.

[tag irony is not lost on me]

Where is it all going to end

I participated (or tried to) in an instant messaging (hereafter IM) online discussion for a course I was doing. It was all over the place. You could be just about to reply when somebody either says what you were going to OR changes the topic. Short and sweet seems to be the key but it's difficult if you're supposed to be arguing/ debating/ giving an informed opinion about something (unless you want to be devil's advocate and just type "BAH" or "Rubbish" for everything).

I sometimes find IM tough because of the awkward silences (yes, i think they do exist in IM) and the signing off. It's a little bit - "you hang up", "no you hang up" or playing who-gets-the-last-word/ emoticon. You could be there all night with your "bye", "bye", "talk soon", "ok", "ok then" etc...

I've used, MSN IM but not too much because that's not where my peeps are at. Skype is probably the one I use most frequently. Sometimes it's better than ringing if the connection is bad.

Chopping straws

I haven't used the networks in a professional manner. I had seen LinkedIn but didn't get involved. I also looked for myself on and was disappointed to find that Sinéad Keoghs are 10 a penny. Just like the personal networks, I don't like sharing too much (even if a potential employer can't find me - better to not find me than discover that when i was young and needed the money that I ran a black market book running operation... or something).

So if it's all the same with you I'll just hide in the bushes and look from afar.