Sunday, October 7, 2007

#8 - RSS Feed

Argh! If only profanity were acceptable! Have been doing the Bloglines thing for hours now, have set up my account, subscribed to about 15 feeds (including Daily Show videos Whoo-hoo!) and the blogs of a couple of colleagues. I can see how the RSS feed will be handy for me - I'm a news and blog junkie, so having access all in one place is a great idea.

BUT - try as I might I CANNOT get my Bloglines URL to load onto here. Maybe I'm getting it wrong, but I'm trying it through the "add a page element" process, picking the RSS feed option. I've followed the instructions on Bloglines and the Learning 2.0 blog hints, and every URL I try is listed as Invalid. So they can all bite me. I've tried everything, and it's time for dinner. If anyone has any hints...Anna you seemed to have the same trouble I did - post a comment letting me know how you did it, you genius.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

# 7 - King Konka

I'm probably going about this the wrong way, but this blog task has come at a time when I'm not so much enthused about new technology as much as musing on the ways that shiny new whizz-bang gadgetry is taking over the hearts and minds of the populace. Now, I'm no Luddite. I was the first person I knew to get an iPod, irregardless of the fact that its hard-drive died one month after the warranty expired (thanks Apple). But the drive towards built in obsolescence is a nightmare.

Case in point: I'm currently researching brands of new TVs, preferably an LCD of about 100 cm. My boy and I have a yearning for the Bravia series, so I checked out some reviews. Said reviews were uniformly excellent, but get this: for a television that costs over $2500.00, the general consensus was that "you'll get a few years out of it". And this was being said in a POSITIVE context; that an electronic item that costs as much as my current car is worth will last 3 years and that's a good thing!

Our current TV is a 51 cm Konka, churned out of some Chinese factory, purchased with a budget of $200 scraped together from various bank accounts and what we found down the back of the couch. We only bought it because the TV we had was so old that we couldn't connect a DVD player that we had got for free, and it didn't have a remote. We brought it home and plugged it and the DVD player in and that was it. It's still going, except every 10 seconds or so, the picture jumps vertically. And here's the thing - the Konka has LASTED THREE YEARS!

So what's the deal?

Flickr 6 - Trading Card

Flickr 6 - Trading Card
Originally uploaded by shoosh_si
The Trading Card program rocks! I'm going to have to start doing heaps of these... I wish there was a way of making it a bit bigger on the blog page though...

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Currie Harbour - King Island

This is probably one of the best photos I've ever taken. It takes me back to the most beautiful four day holiday I've ever had.

Apparently there's only one librarian on King Island. I'm sure he or she is a very nice person, and I would never wish them harm. But I'm waiting for them to die so I can have their job.

Is that wrong?

Meerkat - Melbourne Zoo (Activity # 5 - The Flickr Saga Continues)

Meerkat - Melbourne Zoo
Originally uploaded by shoosh_si
As I said - it was nowhere near as easy as people make out. I'm going to need dental treatment because of all the teeth-grinding that's been going on...

Of Mice and Men (Exercise # 5 - Flickr)

Oh this is craptacular. I've spent the last 3 hours exploring Flickr, setting up an account, uploading some of my own photos. The I try to use the online blogging tool to add pics to my blog and what happens? Well, I have to come back to eBlogger and click some non-existent button to allow Flickr access. All the help pages say "Sorry, this information is not available".
Ok I'm a bit of a conspiracy theorist, I'll admit. What I am not is a total moron. All the spin on both FlickR and eBlogger is around how simple this is to achieve. But it's not. My conspiracy theory is that this is a Google (eBlogger) vs Yahoo (Flickr) issue. Its the Montagus and the Capulets for the 21st century - right here.

I'm gonna try this one more time.... I'll be back.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

The best laid plans...(Activity # 3 - First Post)

So there I was, all smug and pleased with myself for setting up my blog a week early. But I forgot to post anything. Now I find myself 45 minutes out from the Daily Show coming on; I'm staring at a blank template and it's starting to feel a lot like uni all over again.

I thought I'd take on this Learning 2.0 thing because I'm a blog junkie, and clearly Web 2.0 is gonna be huge in the library industry - I don't want to be a dinosaur 2 years after graduation. But now I'm wondering if there's any truth in the maxim that everyone has something worth saying, because right now I feel that all I can do is mouth platitudes about how much I hope to learn. And while those platitudes are technically true, they're still exactly what everyone else is saying. So I won't repeat them here, just take them as a given.

Is anyone else having an existential crisis this early in the game?