Wednesday, August 8, 2007
When I started out I set a goal of becoming more comfortable with emerging technologies. I feel I've accomplished that goal somewhat. What I'm still a bit uncomfortable with is this style of learning. I can be very independent and self-responsible, but I really enjoy learning from a living, breathing teacher instead of a machine. I made it through the maze, but this still isn's my preferred learning modality.
I think the thing I enjoyed the most was playing with creating my own radio station on Pandora. The things I'm most likely to use again are the skills related to blogs and wikis. I feel sure I'll be called upon to participate in them in my work as an LA, perhaps on a team or in another learning opportunity.
Luckily a co-worker took pity on me and explained that I should go to CCPL's website, click on the EBooks link, and then I saw the Overdrive link referred to in the tutorial. All of that just to find out that I couldn't get access to it after all.
I spent some time looking through the catalog on Project Gutenburg. Most of the authors and/or titles that I searched for are not included. It seems to be mostly classics or scholarly works. I was surprised for example that "To Kill a Mockingbird" wasn't included.
At this point I feel a little dubious about how useful this tool would be for me personally or professionally.
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Amazing! Beautiful! What outrageously gorgeous creatures these hummers are...not to mention folks like Jesse who provide for them. I chose this video because of my fascination with hummers. Every spring I look forward to the first sighting at the feeder outside my diningroom window. I enjoy watching them all summer and plant my flower boxes especially for them. I'm always a little wistful when they take off in early September.