Saturday, May 23, 2009

Mike to the Rescue, and Rollyo

It seems that someone at LibraryThing is looking out for me - specifically Mike, who apparently troubleshoots the problems people have with this service. It really surprised me when he responded to my last blog about the problem with my LibraryThing widget disappearing. To solve the problem he applied a patch, and added some code - so far it seems to be working! I'm hoping for the best.

Rollyo seems easy enough. I made two searchrolls - one for genealogy and the other for birds. Choosing certain web sites to search does narrow the results, and ensures that those results come from trusted sources. I tend to wonder, though, what information I might be missing when I limit myself to just a few sites. I guess that's why the searchroll gives you the option of searching the web instead of those selected sites.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

The Disappearing LibraryThing Widget

My sense of accomplishment after finally posting my LibraryThing widget to my blog is not so great anymore - the widget keeps disappearing, and I've had to replace it about four times now (if not more). If anyone has any input about why this might be happening, I'd appreciate the advice. And just when I thought I was up to dealing with new technology (on a limited basis)....

Monday, May 18, 2009

A Motivational Poster, and LibraryThing

Because I'm an unorganized person by nature, I decided to make this motivational poster for the image generator exercise for 27Things.

Maybe I'll print a copy of it and put it up at my desk.

Also, I'm enjoying having a LibraryThing account - I think it's a good way for me to keep track of the kinds of books I like to read and to get ideas for future reading. I have to admit that it took me a while to figure out how to post the widget to my blog, but I'm pleased with the results. My new mantra: don't be defeated by technology!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Thanks to the Birders, and RSS Feeds

Before getting back to 27Things, I just want to say what a pleasure it's been reading other peoples' blogs. I've enjoyed finding out that there are other birders working for SPL (I thought I was alone!), and have especially enjoyed reading For the Birds. I also want to thank Bibliocrone for mentioning that people can join the Sacramento Birds Yahoo Group. I've signed up, and am looking forward to getting local bird news via e-mail (ok - if you like birds you'll understand).
On RSS, I actually already had a Bloglines account, and had some feeds there. For this exercise I added more feeds - ones having to do with genealogy, since updated information in this area helps me in my job. I have to agree with Sola Soleil about RSS feeds, though - it's hard to get the time to read this steady stream of information coming your way! Maybe the trick is to limit it to the feeds you really think are most important.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Kubota Garden Slideshow

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Here's my first attempt at putting together a slideshow - these are photos of Kubota Garden in Seattle from a recent trip. At least I finally got back to posting something in my blog - I was about to give up! I have explored Flickr, and it's nice to actually put something like this together.