Wednesday, November 14, 2007

A Fond Farewell to 23 Things...

...and an ecstatic "Welcome" to web 2.0 in my life. I have learned an immeasurable amount of information, found resources I didn't know existed, and have expanded my previous knowledge as well as filled in the blanks where I had missed some aspects of all of this in my personal experience.

But I think what I've enjoyed most about this is in talking with my kids, who up to this point would roll their eyes at their technologically-challenged Mom, and now I'm tossing about terminology that *they* have to ask *me* to explain! I'm loving that.

Thanks, HCL, for giving me this opportunity and opening doors that I didn't even know were there before 23 Things.

Podcast and Project Gutenberg

I'm familiar with podcasts. The daughter of a very good friend of mine in Georgia is a member of MuggleNet, an online group of Harry Potter fans who have been involved with all of the HP books and films over the past several years. MuggleNet has a podcast, MuggleCast, in which our friend's daughter, Laura, is an active participant. In fact, her involvement with MuggleNet and MuggleCast were instrumental in her acceptance to Maryland's McDaniel College.

I searched Project Gutenberg for an obscure short story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle called "The Leather Funnel." I used this story as a reference in a paper I wrote and presented last spring to a group of Sherlock Holmes fans; it's about a horrible death due to water being forced down the throat of someone as a punishment for crime and is drawn from actual events surrounding an arsenic poisoner in the Middle Ages. Fun stuff, eh? ;)

Sherlock Holmes and YouTube

Surprisingly, there are over a thousand YouTube entries for Sherlock Holmes. Some are scenes from the British Granada series, starring Jeremy Brett, the favorite of many for his portrayal of the eccentric detective. Some are music videos, which I found somewhat amusing. This one I particularly liked, as it is a reading of part of one of the Sherlock Holmes stories, "The Musgrave Ritual," with scenes from the Granada series. Although it is Watson's words with a woman's voice, it still works for me as it relates directly to the Great Detective himself, and not someone's interpretation of him.

Thing 19--Playing!

I found the coolest thing when I was doing Thing 19. But let me preface this by saying that my husband and I like to entertain, at our house or when we've traveled to places where we're meeting up with friends or family. Last spring we were trying to "invent" a drink for a friend of ours for when we met up with her and her husband at a Sherlock Holmes event. We didn't come up with a good one for her, but we did create what we called the "Eagle's Nest Marco Island," for when we travel to Paradise (see earlier post) every summer.

ANYWAY...on the Maryland Libraries 2.0 Web Award List I found this little gem Cocktail Builder. On the site you can plug in what you have on hand in "in my bar" and see what drink you can make, put in an ingredient or flavor in the "search" field and get a list of drinks and what ingredients you need, or you can create a drink and share the recipe with the Cocktail Builder community. I wish I'd known of this site when we were trying to create the drink for our friend!

Friday, November 9, 2007


I knew I could do this! Post as well as upload a picture--HA!

This is at Marco Island, Florida, at sunset. This is where my family and I vacation every summer, meeting up with other family members and longtime family friends. It's a week in Paradise...

A Posting Fool

So many posts, so little time...

Trying to catch up with all that I need to post for 23 Things. There's no way I'll have time to both do the activities and then post about each one! I hope that the posting I'm doing will still count. I'll have less than 23 posts...

As fun as all of this is, I wish we'd been given more time to complete it. Doing this at home is not an option, and work time is filled up

Things, Things, and More Things!

Okay, so I'm kind of doing these in my own sense of order, but I've done Things 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15.

Thing 11: (hyperlink didn't work)

I started adding my books and, lo and behold, it was filled with Sherlock Holmes! No surprise there ;)

Thing 12:

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I don't know if I'll use this very much, but it's cool.

Thing 13: Checked out and had a little fun with it. Not something I see myself needing or wanting.

Thing 14:

Okay, I found this blog on "Countertaserism" interesting and a little disturbing. Through the citizen's activist group to which I belong there is an NBC show about online predators being arrested by law enforcement, and I have to admit that the times when perverts are tasered by law enforcement for resisting arrest it's somewhat satisfying. Considering that a few seconds of being tasered is nothing compared to a lifetime of emotional pain for the child they've abused, I have no sympathy for them and would be disappointed if there is a way to keep from being tasered when warranted.

Also played with quotes (STILL having trouble with hyperlinks for some reason)

Thing 15: This paragraph from Rick Anderson's "Away From Icebergs" really resonated with me:
There was a time, not very long ago, when libraries exercised something close to monopoly power in the information marketplace. During the print era, if you wanted access to pricey indexes or a collection of scholarly journals, you had no choice but to make a trip to the library. It wasn’t a good system, but it worked. Sort of. That is to say, it worked moderately well for those privileged with access to a good library. In the post-print era, libraries no longer have the monopoly power that they had in the days before the Internet. We have to be a bit more humble in the current environment, and find new ways to bring our services to patrons rather than insisting that they come to us—whether physically or virtually. At a minimum, this means placing library services and content in the user’s preferred environment (i.e., the Web); even better, it means integrating our services into their daily patterns of work, study and play.

Gone are the days of the serious and intimidating librarian who held the power over knowledge and kept the library a dark and somber place. As one who has always had a hunger for knowledge it is so liberating to be able to access it on my own, and for libraries to be a part of that instead of dying a slow and painful death of obsolescence is such a thrill for me. I see a bright future for my children and grandchildren with libraries as a part of technology and not a stumbling block to it.