Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Summary 23 Things

Well here I am at the end of 23 Things. It has been interesting in some aspects, but what has struck me the most is the unbelievable amount of time that is used to get serious about any of the many and varied social networking types of sites. Where do people find this kind of time?? Of course, hanging out with young adults who still inhabit my house,these are the means by which social contact is maintained.

I do note that the teen-agers and young adults of the displaced family from New Orleans that live next door to Fallston live on MySpace as a way of staying reconnected with many, many friends and family members that ended up spread all over the United States. I am sure that contact made transition to life here somewhat easier.

I actually like the idea of Flikr and like spots as a way of picture sharing with my far-flung family. I think an internal SRP Wiki for those little much gnawed on details would be very useful.

The biggest improvement would be to never offer such a time intensive program in the summer. SRP is in itself such a huge time user, that it was impossible to even faintly keep up with the march of the weeks.

At least I am somewhat aware of what is happening out there in the world beyond walls in the land of Web 2.0. For once I knew something techie that my hubby has not experienced- but he has even less time than I. He however can learn from listening.


I am a little confused why we listened to a audio from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Libraries when we have NetLibray on our own HCPL web page. The biggest problem with NetLibrary and related audio books is not being able to download to an iPod. When this hurdle is changed, we will have a lot of users for those who like to listen to books. Unfortunately, I have about zero ability to get any text or information from listening- literally in one ear and out the other. There are people who obviously really like listening and can learn in that mode. Probably in ten years time the schools will consider visual learners handicapped and auditory learners will be more successful.


Podcasts are the biggest time sucker of all. Who has time for this kind of listening. When I am in my car, I do not play the radio, music, or listen to books. I like the soothing quiet. When at home alone, I do not play anything that makes sound- no radio, music, or TV. I really have a hard time understanding this kind of thing which takes anywhere from 20 minutes to hours to listen to, meanwhile tied to a computer plus having to listen. Maybe I should put this on rant.com

Web 2.0 Awards

Anything that has 41 groups for awards and honorable mentions will be like the Grammys- Tons of categories, but how much does it really mean. There were some that I noted especially as possibly useful-Craigslist, Biblio.com,Medstory, and maps.google.com. If you have lots of time on your hands, and troll the web a lot, "Guess the Google" is the game for you. Wonder where this will all be three years from now. (Who even thinks in terms of 10 years ahead with something as fluid as this.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Downloading YouTube

Well first I couldn't get YouTube to work on my desk computer, then I couldn't figure out how to get it from YouTube to my blog. THANK YOU all the young adults that I know- they all pulled the "Oldie But Goodie" through this. Special thanks to my son, Andrea Rothrock,and Abby Ford at Fallston. Payback for all that homework help through the years- now they get to teach Mom the vagaries of Web2.0.

I picked this video because it looked so much like my Russian Blue kitty. I did notice how easy the tags made it to find. I am unclear whether there is any kind of "directory" to YouTube sites, or is it too fluid.

Russian Blue Cat


Thursday, September 6, 2007


After 45 frustrating minutes of being unable to use Google Docs, I tried out Zoho. It was a pretty straight forward Word format. Any advantage of this is unclear to me since any docs I want visible from anywhere simply go in my e-mail. For those who travel a lot on business might find this useful.