Sunday, May 30, 2004

Bloggers find ways to profit from blogging! Bring it on.

Bloggers find ways to profit

Dang, Steven, you can retire on this idea!

"Here's a look at ... different ways bloggers can make money:

Blogads: Blogads is a small North Carolina company run by Copeland.

Advertisers go to www.blogads.com and choose the sites they want to appear on. Prices range from $5 a week on Heretical Ideas to $700 a week on Daily Kos."

RSS reactions

I'm sitting a home on a lovely Sunday afternoon - the first 73 degree day at this time of the day in a couple of weeks (normally it's hotter). And I want to check my blogs and write a few things... and I notice that I don't have that cool little bloglines button that I intalled on my computer at work here on my computer at home. Yikes! How do you handle the two-computer thing?

Because I'm finding the RSS feed very attractive. So much so that I chose it over checking out my email when I had a few spare minutes between meetings while at work. And unfortunately, they took away my familiar email software and gave me a new product a month ago and I don't like it very much. Bloglines is more friendly.

Anyway, not much else here today. Gotta go check out everyone's blogs.

Wednesday, May 26, 2004


Fellowship of the Rings... our first look. Posted by Hello

Girl with the Pearl

Well, I just spent a pleasant couple of hours reading the rest of "The Girl with the Pearl Earring." Some vivid images remain in my mind, accompyaning a personality that's as familiar as those in the schoolgirl biographies I used to read. The fall of the wavy brown hair, the star in the pavement, the color of the earrings. The sound of the children, the rough texture of the wash-ruined hands, and the color of the clouds... it's a simple but rich book. A fast read, no wonder it's chosen for book groups and discussion.

Now I get to go see the movie.

Rarely does a movie enhance my understanding of a book, by the way. Usually it's the other way around. But there have been a few: Ben Hur. Don Quijote. Romeo and Juliet.

Lately, the one I've enjoyed enough to become a fan of is the Peter Jackson Lord of the Rings. Yup, just an interpretation. But a rich visual resource that I didn't quite see when I read the books as a teen. 30 years later, I can now read the books and really appreciate them... and I have to thank Peter Jackson and the team he pulled together to get the movies made for that.

Come to think of it, my favorite fan site was a blog. I've enjoyed theonering.net for over a year now, glad to know the special news and not-news surrounding the release of the last of the trilogy. Even posted to it myself once or twice, although it was via email to the owners. They were pretty selective about what was posted.

Nuff said, off to bed. RSS, tomorrow!

Singing off,

Micaela

Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Another perfect day in Kansas...

In 1999, my husband and I hosted a Presbyterian pastor and his wife Stephan and Elizabet from Switzerland in our home in Independence, Kansas for about 6 weeks.

Turns out the wild, wild West is very much alive in Stephan's imagination. He is a reader of the Western genre, translated into German, one of several languages he knows, including his native Romanian. I will have to ask him again who his favorite author is.

He had a blast touring our state with his wife; I got to go on a couple of day trips with them. He was always so appreciative. And when the travel was over, and he was studying or visiting around town, he made it a habit to sit out on our front porch at 5 pm every evening for conversation and beer. Sometimes it was way too hot! But there was always a breeze. Sometimes the thunderstorms would shortcircuit our plan. But we would join him as often as possible and enjoy that perfect part of a life: good friends and a few moments to take a breather.

Then he would always lean back in his porch chair tipped to the stone railing and proclaim, "Another perfect day in Kansas."

Most days I can, I think of that and sing it out to someone here on campus or in the library. And we often think it's ironic and sometimes think it's right on. But I know, in a mythological sense, that it's always true. And that helps.

Monday, May 24, 2004

Sick, sick, sick, busy, busy busy

That cold thing really developed into a monster this week. On top of that, it was a busier week than usual at home - and taking a sick day off on Wednesday didn't alleviate the pressure at all. So, the blogging didn't appeal to me nearly as much.

In fact, my brother Brian called, and told me that after long experience, he takes two days off when he gets a bad cold, which really puts him on his feet again instead of feeling bad for 3-4 weeks. Brian works as a programmer for NASA, and I concluded our conversation by asking him to think about giving a presentation here in my library, which happens to be his alma mater. His programming work puts him in direct contact with the astronauts, as he develops software for their laptops. His latest piece lets them know the geo coordinates for exactly where over the earth they are; even over cloud cover, they can identify land features peaking through. And he was excited to describe the way the software works as an archive, so the astronaut can go back and place a photo he took at a certain time and know precisely where that was.

He talked for 20 minutes, very passionately, yet says he has never given a program. He's got what it takes though, and maybe he'll consent to give his first one here, before he takes it on the road to the software conferences he goes to.

Well, this week will be busy also, as I balance the budget and see how much I have left to spend by the end of the fiscal year. I'm glad to be feeling better.

Singing off,

Micaela

Friday, May 21, 2004

No pictures

Guess that tells me something about blogging again. Do you have to pay to insert pictures? Are they only available as links to websites where they are posted?

I'm disappointed, but will try to get the pics on our library website and come back to edit the URL in.

It was still a jolly day.

Racing Around the Stacks Unseats Reference Librarian

--Story by Michelle Avis, Micaela Ayers. Pictures by Ronda Holt

“We just had our fun day here at the Library!”
Claiming that her chair was faster, Reference Librarian Judy Bastin challenged student worker Shamika Huggins to a chair race at 10 am this morning in the L.W. Nixon Library. Individual "racetracks" were divided off around the stacks, from the United States to fiction, and from social problems to games, in Dewey Decimal order. After Micaela Ayers, Director, dropped the doily to signal the start, the two sped through the stacks.
Shamika sped her way backwards to win the first heat as Judy attempted to motivate her chair by crab-walking forward through the shelves, removing a few books along the way. In the second heat, Judy followed Shamika's example in racing backwards. Surmising this second loss was due to a defective chair, Judy switched chairs for the final heat. It must have been a good idea, as Judy lost the third race by a much closer margin.
Shamika said she felt great about her victory, asking "What do I get now?" She was awarded the first brownie of the day.
"I need to recover," said Judy. She was awarded a short break.

Ready to roll: Shamika…


…and Judy.



The start:



Uh-oh… Shamika finishes before Judy starts her last leg.



A great race finishes.


Scout Report covers blog

I've been a faithful reader of The Scout Report, a website reviewer out of University of Wisconsin-Madison, and this is the first time I've seen a blog reviewed. An extraordinary blog, of course.


Healing Iraq
http://healingiraq.blogspot.com/

Mainstream coverage of the ongoing reconstruction and conflict in Iraq may at times leave much to be desired, particularly in terms of "man on the street" coverage. Fortunately, there are literally hundreds of weblogs that provide a vantage point into this situation, representing the many divergent opinions on this situation. One notable site is provided by Zeyad (whose surname is not offered for privacy reasons), a dentist living and working in Iraq. On the site, visitors can peruse his latest observations on the operations in Iraq, and post comments on each individual entry as well. The site also includes a photo blog, where visitors can view photographs of demonstrations and other activities. A desireable aspect of the site is that it also offers links to other Iraq-related weblogs, and information about new blogs of note. [KMG]



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Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Moblogs

Here's a new one:


Will 'moblogs' mean mo' money?
Last modified: April 1, 2004, 4:00 AM PST
By Paul Festa
Staff Writer, CNET News.com


...Creque, a 23-year-old human resources director for a polling company in Melbourne, Fla., estimates she takes and posts to the Web an average of five digital pictures every day, regularly updating her personal mobile Web log, or "moblog."...

...Cell phone plans vary in terms of how subscribers are charged for Internet access, but Blasi estimates that it costs 25 cents to send a picture over the network.

Consumer and cell company demand for moblogs has yielded opportunity for a number of start-ups including TextAmerica, Mobog, Buzznet and Ploggle...

...Another study, by the InfoTrends Research Group, predicts that 150 million cell phones with built-in cameras will be sold this year, totaling about one-quarter of all cell phones sold.

The moblog is only the latest variation on the traditional text-based Web log. A minor trend, also oriented around cell phones, developed last year to support audio blogs...

...While moblogs have attracted the interest of cell phone companies as a way to spur the use of phone photography, those companies and analysts alike predict that the real catalyst for camera phone usage will be the adoption of compatible technologies between carriers...

Hmmm.
Am I the only blogger around without a cell phone or digital camera? Mind you, I've got the library digital camera, which seems a bit outdated now, but still useful. But I have a hard time spending money on some technologies, fun or convenient as they may be.

It's late. Go to bed.


Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Lycanthropy

Refuse all intercourse with comb or brush
And stand, moon-blanched, shoulders hung
Against the hush of autumn lungs

That breathe their still, illegal tender
Like a tenor saxophone whose weather
Rains against your skin. Tonight you’d rather

Walk the syncopated streets than sleep,
The counterpoint of cats and window-peepers
Slaps you in the face—the clap

As clouds and stars collide. Deny the shrill
Policeman’s silver whistle. Feral,
Canine, vault the convent wall

To waltz a private rosary, bark
The deer-bark, drive incisors hard
Against the luminescent heart

Of prey. Know every vent-pipe, each blind
Half-closed, every shape a man makes, standing
Still or skewered to his fecund

Bitch, in heat, praising the stink
Of love in moans and high-pitched squeaks.
Stars rise, stars sink

Like stones cast into water
Or laughter drowned in tears.
Believe there’s little left that still adheres

The way that childhood stitches dreams to sleep.
And down beside the drainage ditch you sip
The run-off with your pallid lips

While owls bleat merry homage to your curt
Projecting ribs, the sheal of straw and turf
In which you weigh the gravity of mirth.


--Dr. John Jenkinson, 5/18/04
Winner of a Balticon Poetry Award,

To be announced at Balticon 38, The Maryland Regional Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention
Memorial Day Weekend May 28 - 31, 2004

...POETRY:

Once again hosted by The Lite Circle, Inc., a Baltimore-based nonprofit literary organization, poetry programming explores the arena of verse from inspiration and writing to submitting for publication and an overview of small press publishing. There will be a poetry workshop and a poetry reading featuring winners of the Balticon 38 SF Poetry contest and an open reading...


Congratulations, John!

Anticipation

Our second class on blogging is about to start... I'm giong to go grab a bit of lunch, then be back in time to tune in. Steven prefers the audio to chatting, so I'm ready with that as well, thanks to Randy Ellis in our Multimedia Resource Center.

Man, something smells good.

I'm hoping to post a poem here that was a winner at Balticon (Baltimore, MD Sci-Fi/Fantasy Convention) by Dr. John Jenkinson, a friend and a professor here at Butler Community College. Watch for it this evening!

Monday, May 17, 2004

Chicken Pot Pie

Sick, I am sick. Bad cold since Saturday morning... made it to work, mostly. But now am hoping to chill with a movie this evening.

I wanted to post one of my favorite new things to do: read a few minutes of a book in an e-mail form supplied by "Dear Reader." My book choice has been from the science fiction genre; there's a total of nine to choose from.

http://www.DearReader.com/

It's a sweet deal... I get to research the latest sci-fi for my collection by reading a chapter or so from some of the newest items on the market. And the provider's notes read like an experience blogger. Several libraries have set it up as a service originating from thier libraries. And it's all free.

Singing off (a bit off-pitch tonight, in fact),

Micaela

Hey, all

Hey, have any of you noticed how much fun it is to read your own blog? What is it -- admiring your word choice? seeing it in print? the thrill of knowing that you might get famous?

Anyway, thought I'd publish these links to your blogs, classmates. That way I can check them out while I'm blogging:

Rhonda - http://my1stblogexperiment.blogspot.com
Gwen - http://www.librarysquirrelz.blogspot.com
Tony - http://talkingjazz.blogspot.com
Carole - http://leita.blogspot.com/
Micaela - http://livelibrary.blogspot.com/

And besides, it spreads the fame a bit!

Sunday, May 16, 2004

Google Blog and a question

Google Blog

Just doing my homework, and found that researchbuzz.com described the new googleblog... and some of the trouble they have had with thier posts. So far. Which is cool, because they started blogging the day before I did, even though it took them 15 months to get on the stick, and it just took me about 7 months since I first heard about what blogging is last November from Helen, the librarian at Coffeyville Community College. She was graduating from Emporia's SLIM, and showing me her capstone notebook, in which her presentation on blogging for a library conference was outlined. First I'd heard of it.

Come to find out, though, that my daughters have been blogging for years. First through diaryland.com (and yes, I did find out about some truly outrageous stuff when I snooped through daughter #2's), then through blogger.com, now through livejournal.com. If this continues to be as much fun as it is so far, I'll be caught up with them again (as teens, they introduced me to ICQ, for instance).

My husband plays Everquest endlessly, I constantly read the NYTimes and TheOneRing.net, the girls blog and IM all day: how do you get your daily dose?

New Library Space

...Such buildings are narratives. We did this, and then we did that. And it may be useful to see the Central Library as a series of episodes in urban space. There are crowd scenes and moments of intense solitary absorption. Intense vertigo gives way to erotic stimulation. Over here, you're an actor, over there a spectator. Don't look now, but the library could be reading you...
(from the NYTimes article below.)

The New York Times > Arts > Art & Design > The Library That Puts on Fishnets and Hits the Disco

The New York Times > Arts > Art & Design > The Library That Puts on Fishnets and Hits the Disco

Pretty....

Thursday, May 13, 2004

"The Perfect Mile"

Rats! I lost a post – tried to publish it and something must have jammed up the process. So it’s gone. Thanks, Steven, for your kind comment. It’s about time to show this to the boss so she can see the potential of a weblog.

What I wanted to write about is an acquaintance of mine from church – Wes Santee. Wes ran for the University of Kansas track team and is one of the three guys who raced to break the 4-minute mile in 1954. Neal Bascomb’s The Perfect Mile” is the story of that competition which culminated in the new record 50 years ago this month.

Thank you to Beth Golay of Watermark Books, Wichita, KS, who wrote to invite folks to his book signing on Thursday, May 20th. And she also mentioned that Runner’s World recently interviewed Wes Santee at:
http://www.runnersworld.com/bannister/040503chat_santee.html

He’ll be in El Dorado this Saturday, May 15 at “Grandma’s Garden for another book signing. Wes got married a year and a half ago to one of my parents’ good friends, Doris King. Good luck to you both as you begin your book tour!

Singing off,

Micaela

Wednesday, May 12, 2004

About Gmail

About Gmail: "Why is Google offering email? I thought you were a search company.
Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally useful and accessible. For many people, email contains valuable information that can be difficult to retrieve. We believe we can help with that.

Gmail uses Google search technology to find messages so users don't have to create folders and file their individual emails. Many of Gmail's other features also incorporate search technology to improve their effectiveness. Used this way, search enhances the efficiency of email, so we believe it's a natural area for Google to offer a service.
Interested in an account?
As we're in a testing period, we don't have more details for when Gmail will be made widely available, but we thank you for your interest in Gmail. In the meantime, if you'd like to be updated about Gmail, feel free to submit your email address below. We will only use your email to send you more information about Gmail. It will not be shared with any third parties. "

I want... precious...gmail! -Micaela (Steven, how did you talk them into letting you get one?

Ebooks, a free look

McGraw-Hill Professional's "Allies at War" Selected as May eBook of the Month...

Today's increasingly tenuous global environment cries out for reasoned analysis and reasonable answers. Allies at War, published by McGraw-Hill Professional, provides a compelling look at the deepening division in the longstanding U.S./European alliance and presents a solid, studied framework for what must be done--soon. Allies at War will be available through member libraries with free, unlimited access through May 31.

So says net library. I found that if you go the the Kansas Library access, the book it displayed and you can link from there on your Kansas Library card (Sorry, KS residents only).

Which is more fun?

Ok, here it is the second day, and I am eager to get to this. Thus I face the first conundrum...Shall I do e-mail first, or write a new blog? Is this more fun, or is wading through the email more fun? I wouldn't do email at all if it wasn't, you see... and so much of my business is now wrapped up in it.

So the solution for me today is to get the email login started, then immediately go for this without reading any of it. On the other hand, maybe there's something wonderful in the email that I will want to share with the world here! I bet I could post again...

While I suspect most bloggers want desperately to sound/be unique, by the way, I am sure we are all similar in our human desires to be heard and understood or at least recognized. In the end, content will be more important here. I'm hoping to use this weblog or another one to communicate with the community I am surrounded with here on campus. I wonder how that will go.

Tuesday, May 11, 2004

First Post

This is the first post to...

How many weblogs start that way? Truth. Ain't it grand.

Anyway, this is the first post to my first weblog. Or is it webblog? I'm so new that it's not automatic yet.

I had a relative say once that I'm a "master of the obvious" so that'll probably jump out at you pretty early. Somone has to do it.

Singing off...

Micaela