vacation

March 28, 2007 at 4:38 pm (Uncategorized)

I’ll be out of town until the 9th of April, so it’ll be quiet here until then.

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ars Technica

March 28, 2007 at 1:21 am (Uncategorized)

Well, I’ve been trying to respond to this post at Ars Technica but so far I have not been approved to join the community.  I’m not sure what else I have to do, but I’m starting to wonder if i filled out my form all wrong, or haven’t confirmed in some way, or they just don’t like the look of me.  Whatever.

Here’s an abbreviated response to the aforementioned post:  The Stanford Professor who is trying to establish a canon of essential video games is missing out on the collective knowledge and input of a vast gaming community – i.e. those people whose children will grow up with a lot of cultural investment in video games and gaming in general.  Instead of posting some list that looks arbitrary and poorly considered, use 2.0 tools to start gathering collective knowledge and consensus.  How hard would it be to build a survey that asks people to list the ten most important video games for future understanding of video game origins?  You could go by genre and platform, and generate dozens or hundreds of differently organized lists based on various criteria, thus making a more useful contribution to a fledgling field of video game collection development and preservation.

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Blog and tools to look out for

March 27, 2007 at 8:22 pm (Uncategorized)

Hitwise predicts next four great social networking tools.

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Information Wants To Be Free

March 27, 2007 at 7:41 pm (Uncategorized)

Aside from being a great and inspiring phrase for librarians everywhere, Information Wants To Be Free is a popular and well-respected blog by Meredith Farkas, a librarian at Norwich University.  Here are some things I really like about the blog:  Visually, it’s very clean, in spite of the fact that there are a lot of different types of links in the sidebars.  The heading is nice with lovely photographs that change periodically – that’s something I’ll have to try and figure out.  The pages are all full of nice photographs and concise information written in a pleasant and conversational tone.

Good use of the sidebar, with a calendar showing speaking engagements (something i don’t need, because I have no speaking engagements…), links to buy her book, and buttons to connect readers with other services, like technorati, RSS, and google stuff.

Blog posts are sometimes quite lengthy, but are worth the read if you’re interested in Library 2.0 type programs and social networking in general.  Meredith doesn’t post every day, but that’s OK because the posts are so substantive.

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Blog reviews

March 26, 2007 at 8:27 pm (Blog Reviews)

There’s this meme going around the internet now where you’re supposed to list five blogs that you read, and pass it along and blah blah blah. I haven’t gotten the request yet, but it’s put me in mind of some of the things I’d like to do here, mainly to review and explore uses of 2.0 type sites, mostly individual blogs.

First review:

Infodoodads

Infodoodads, as far as I can tell, is a pretty new blog. Nevertheless, it’s increasing quickly in popularity within the small circle of library blogs. The blog has a nice focus on 2.0 technology, which wins it a place in my blogroll. So far the reviewers have examined quite a few interesting and diverse sites. For the most part the reviews are positive, but when they see something they don’t like so much, they’re not afraid to say so. I hope they have good support in their organization – the writing is pleasant and conversational without being too wordy.

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new things today

March 26, 2007 at 5:06 pm (Uncategorized)

Today I’m trying out Digg – while on Digg, i ran across an interesting story.  I wanted to comment on it, but it was part of ArsTechnica Forum, so i joined the ArsTechnica Forum, too.  I’m interested to see how it works, and how it compares with other applications.

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Updates

March 26, 2007 at 4:33 pm (Uncategorized)

I’m starting to work on widgets for this blog – It’d be cool if I could take the pages and use them for flickr slideshows and YouTube feeds.  I also want a delicious tag cloud in my sidebar.  I’ve seen examples of these things ‘out there’ so I’ll be talking to folks who have done it, then doing it myself, then adding howtos to the wiki, so everyone can know how to do it.  It’s fun to learn in public!

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There’s not much here yet…

March 15, 2007 at 12:48 am (Uncategorized)

I’m getting more traffic at the Library 2.0 in 15 minutes A Day wiki page, so i figured I’d better say a few words here about this blog.

This blog is kind of like a convenient hub for all my 2.0 projects because it’s easy to add links to the blogroll.  I do a lot more activity through some of my other profiles and blogs, in the blogroll over yonder.  As I do more work on this project, I’ll probably make better use of this blog to keep track of what I’m up to.

Sam

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Blogroll

March 7, 2007 at 5:28 pm (Library 2.0)

I’ve just added the first clump of links – all my other profiles around town.  Instead of muddying up my “Blogroll” with the links, I made a new category called “Profiles.”  I think this might be helpful for separating things that are personal to me, and things that I think might be helpful to you!

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