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Archive for June, 2007

Future Librarian Trading Card

It’s official. I have had way too much fun with the FD Flickr Tools mashup. It’s great! In addition to the above librarian trading card, I also created the following:

Baguette Dress Motivational Poster

A motivational poster. “Dreeing your weird” is a little shout-out to Terry Pratchett’s Tiffany Aching series. It means “to face your fate”.

Belly Dance Movie Poster

A movie poster. The next big box office hit, I’m telling you.

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Captioned photo.

Orion Slave Girls Magazine Cover

A magazine cover. Very popular on Federation worlds.

And last, but not least, I designed and uploaded my own custom blog header which you can see above. As long as your blog template allows you to insert photos into the header, you can customize your header with any photo that you happen to have. This is the original photo:

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It’s an unusual, but very cool, tribal-style belly dance costume that was being offered for sale on E-bay. I like the way the maker used buttons as a decoration for the bra cups. Funky, but colorful and reads well on stage.

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    There’s a new crew in town, they know how to throw down ….

I’ve skipped ahead a little bit just to see if I can successfully post YouTube video to my blog and, whaddya know, it’s a snap. Just followed the handy WordPress FAQ.

I actually have an ulterior motive for doing so. I’m going to be doing a conference presentation in October and I would like to feature a number of YouTube clips in the presentation. I want to be able to share my clips with my fellow panelists and I want to be able to present the links in a handout afterwards. So I consulted Guru Bob and we discovered that clickable YouTube URLs could be imported to both MS Word Documents and into PowerPoint presentations. A word about PowerPoint, however: the URLs won’t be clickable until you start the slide show.

I’m still debating on how best to organize my clips to share with my panelists. Possibly de.li.cious is a solution. I will have to check it out when I get there.

In the meantime, amuse yourself with the following music video. It compares the old and new version of “Battlestar Galactica” and comes down solidly in favor of the new one.

True confession time: I am old enough to remember the Lorne Greene version of Galactica and I had a crush on young Richard Hatch who played Apollo. Other girls liked Dirk Benedict who played bad boy Starbuck, but I went for the straight arrow Apollo. *Sigh* Yes, I apparently I was destined to be a librarian …..

Oh, a word of warning. Once you’ve listened to this song, you won’t be able to get the tune out of your head. Trust me, I know …. 🙂

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The great Methodini will now attempt to post a picture to this blog:

Slave girl Vina

Success! Susan Oliver struts her green-skinned stuff as Vina in the classic Star Trek pilot, “The Cage”. In this sequence, Vina is dressed as an Orion slave girl and does a fairly credible dance–right up until she attempts to shimmy. Not a pretty sight, friends. I suspect that is the sight o’ that shimmy that breaks the spell for Captain Pike, but that’s just me.

Here’s a link to a clip from the program that shows Vina dancing. Unfortunately–or perhaps fortunately–it omits the shimmy portion of the dance.

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Our assignment today was to check out Flickr and blog about one of the photos that we find there. Naturally, I did a search on “librarian” and came up with this photo here. By gosh, I said, there’s one dedicated librarian for you. Imagine having “I Heart the Dewey Decimal System” tattooed on your back. Of course, once I took a closer look and followed the link to her blog, Evil Mad Scientist, I realized that her tattoo was actually a temporary one from a booklet of temp tattooes entitled “The Illustrated Librarian” and available through Archie McPhee.

Of course, while scrolling through the Evil Mad Scientist blog, I came across her article on how to carve a Cylon Pumpkin. When you see a title like that, you’ve gotta read the article so I did and then I followed her link to the YouTube video where she demonstrates the pumpkin’s “eye” action (very cool). From there I was distracted by a Battlestar Galactica parody featuring Roombas, those little robotic vacuums. It’s completely hysterical if you’ve seen the new series’ opening sequence.

Once I had found all these cool things, I then had to spend some time figuring out how to post links to them in this blog. Links seem doable, but apparently I need a Flickr account before I can actually post Flickr pikkers to my blog.

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My second post

So, do I work for the greatest library in the world or what? Currently at my workplace the staff is taking part in a training program called Learning 2.0 where, on work time, we go through a list of lessons that familiarizes us with the new Web 2.0 technologies. One of our assignments is to create a blog and–voila!–here it is.

As part of that assignment, we have to post about which 7 1/2 habits of lifelong learners we find easiest and hardest. Here’s a list of the habits:
1. Begin with the end in mind.

2. Accept responsibility for your own learning.

3. View problems as challenges.

4. Have confidence in yourself as a competent, effective learner.

5. Create your own learning toolbox.

6. Use technology to your advantage.

7. Teach/mentor others.

7 1/2. Play.

[So is “You’re a Hard Habit to Break” suddenly playing through your mind, too? 🙂 Yeah, the voices in my head have their own soundtrack ….]

Anyway, back to the easiest/hardest thing. I would have to say that easiest habit for me (and I use the “easiest” in the loosest possible fashion) is #6 (using technology to my advantage). I qualify the “easiest” part because, while the technology itself is not difficult, getting help to learn the technology frequently is. Right now, I’m going mano-a-mano with a new mini-dv recorder. Is the instructional manual helpful, you ask? Noooooo. Is there a knowledgeable user close by to give me a hand? Noooooo. So I’m learning by trial and error, mostly error. Is learning in this fashion driving me up the wall, you ask? Why, yes, yes, it is.

So what’s the hardest habit on the list? I’d have to say it’s 7.5 (Play!). Again, not so much the playing as the finding the time to just goof around on the ‘Net. Goofing takes time and there always seems too much to do and not enough time to do it in.

I see by some of my colleagues’ comments on their blogs that I’m not the only one to have a knee-jerk reaction to #3 (View problems as challenges). [You’ll have to imagine the super-perky voice that’s said in]. If you work for a large bureaucracy as I have for the past 18 years (may God have mercy on my soul), sooner or later you will find that sewer pipes of productivity are being clogged by a large, smelly, greasy, rotting hairball of a problem. Invariably, the ultimate solution to this hairball will be in the hands of Higher Up, but instead of doing something useful like demanding the personnel/money/infrastructure overhaul necessary to solve the blockage, Higher Up will tell you that this ghastly situation should be viewed, not as a problem, but as a challenge/opportunity. That Happy Talk is not and has never been a solution to a problem doesn’t seem to occur to Higher Up. Which is why you, the Lower Down, will be attempting to evict that productivity hairball with a plumber’s helper that only partially sucks and a raincoat made out of a trash bag. But that’s another story …..

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Hello world!

This is my test post. This is only a test. In the event of a real post, you would have been directed to run around in circles and wave your hands wildly in the air.

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