Friday, March 6, 2009

Thing 25

I spent WAY to0 much time looking at hundreds of gadgets/widgets. They were added to my blog then I changed my mind and deleted them and added different ones. So many...just can't make up my mind. The two I decided on: Quote of the Day and Digg. Digg is the most popular news, images & videos voted on by the Digg members. I already have some of the other widgets added to my blog from the first round of 23 Things.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Unexpected visitors

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Thing 24

I have been checking in on my blog since Thing 23 but only to change my avatar and add some fun stuff over the holidays.

So I jumped right in and changed the template. But then feeling a little more creative decided to check out the section "For the Curious". WOW! Pyzam has some absolutely beautiful Blogger templates. I stumbled on one of Hawaii's most famous beaches, Hanauma Bay, Oahu. Since I had been there in 2003 & 2005, I knew I HAD to have this template especially since the temps here in MN have been stuck around -40. Looking at that beach immediately draws me back to the Hawaii sunshine and warmth...okay...back to reality and the template!

To begin with I had to copy and save each of my page elements or I would have lost them. After I saved the new template, I went back and added the page elements one by one. The header and text templates were in the middle of the page and I wanted them on the left side to leave more of the beach visible. With a lot of trial and error and help from Linda Wadman we mastered the HTML lingo by making small changes like width and positions in the header-wrapper/header-inner/outer-wrapper/main-wrapper and sidebar-wrapper. It was relatively easy because I could change the HTML, preview it, and if I didn't like the changes I clicked on the clear edits button and kept plugging along until I found the right combination and then saved the template.

I enjoyed learning about editing templates.
I'm feeling a little smarter and a whole lot warmer :)

Friday, December 19, 2008

Silent Night

Monday, December 8, 2008

Merry Christmas

Snow Globe Toy & MySpace Layouts at

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Here it is...

Monday, September 8, 2008

Thing 23

It took me two rounds but...I finally did it!! I'm proud for learning so much and honestly would suggest to anyone, no matter what your job is, check out 23 Things on a Stick.

23 Things on a Stick was an amazing and eye opening adventure into the vast internet world. The format was informative and easy to follow and being able to work at my own pace was a plus. I like working with Flickr and the online image generators the best. As for the least, I would have to say podcast.

For my learning experience in one word or in one sentence:
10, 023 Things Learned.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Thing 22

What I learned with 23 Things is barely the tip of the iceberg when it comes to internet knowledge. I am amazed and my head is still spinning from the 23 Things On a Stick trip I've been on.

I will try to keep current and use the information learned from 23 Things. Of course, there are the fun Things that I totally enjoyed and will use more often and then there are the other Things that I need to work on to utilize them 100%. An ongoing commitment.

Thing 21

Other social networks...endless. I read the articles and can honestly report there is a social network for anyone and everyone who wants to belong somewhere.

I set up an account in Ning, uploaded my picture, posted my badge and blogged. That was fun!!
I joined another social network called Bake Space that should be an interesting place for recipe discussions and an endless supply of recipes.

View my page on 23 Things on a Stick

Thing 20

I have a page on MySpace and the only reason I do is to keep up with my two grandsons who have pages. I check on them about twice a month, not interested in MySpace otherwise.

Facebook is generally considered the leading social networking site among college students, faculty and staff. Facebook has become a tool in the development of college students. It allows them to express themselves, communicate and view profiles similar to their own talents and experiences. Students build connections that make them feel like they belong and are accepted.

I signed up on Facebook a couple of weeks ago. The groups I joined today are 23 Things on a Stick and Libraries Using Facebook Pages.

Thing 19

Podcast, a non-musical audio or video broadcast distributed over the internet. Using an aggregator or RSS feed a podcast can be syndicated, subscribed to and downloaded automatically when new content is added.

I've spent a lot of time searching for that perfect podcast and just decided to listened to MPR: Electionwise, which is a weekly podcast that presents thoughtful answers to listener questions about democratic processes, elections and voting.
I checked out Podcastalley. On the top ten list for September I wanted to listen to #9, Nobody Likes Onions. It said I had to download a podcast software so I continued and chose Primetime Podcast Receiver and after reading about it running in the background of my computer changed my mind. Already have so much loaded and slowing down my computer.

Podcasting did not interest me, maybe I'm just to excited to move on to Thing 20, 21, 22, and finally 23.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Thing 18

I viewed Grand March of the Librarians, (163,740 views), Angry Librarian (414,003 views), Super Librarian (15,618 views) and Librarian Lays Down the Law (16,680 Views) these were all comical and enjoyed the laugh.

Videos posted on a library Web site could show updates on new construction within a library, familiarize a patron with the layout of the library or fun workshops held at the library.

Since today is the first day of school for my grandson, I thought this Sesame Street video was appropriate. Sesame Street News: The First Day of School

The First Day of School