Wednesday, November 21, 2007


I have finished the program and am excited about all the new "things" that I have learned. I have several favorite discoveries.
  1. Blogline - where I can organize my favorite websites and they will highlight new items on the site for my later perusal.
  2. Zoho - a website where I can do word smithing and send it where I want. It has an added feature of updating a post to my blog automatically.
  3. Gutenberg - a website to download ebooks--I can read my favorite authors and it's only a click away!

I would definetly participate in another discovery program.
This learning experience has opened up the internet for me. It has taught me how to organize the information available so I can receive it in the sound bites that are comfortable. I feel like a chick just coming out of it's shell and seeing all the possibilities.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Learn About Audiobooks

I have looked into the Gutenberg website and was very please with it. I think this is the site that I will be using most of all the 23 things we have visited.

I down loaded two books--one is a Father Brown mystery by G. K. Chesterton--The Innocence of Father Brown. I have always wanted to start reading Chesterton and his Mysteries are a good place to start. I also downloaded Pride and Prejudice by Austen which is my favorite book.

It was amazingly easy to do and was user friendly which is exactly what the Gutenberg people wanted it to be. I still need the print to be comfortable to read--craning my head up to read the screen through my bifocals is a strain on theneck. I need a machine that I can curl up with on the couch.


I have looked at the Podcasts and I was impressed with how much material is out there--this is true for all the other applications we have been experiementing with in 23 things.
For some podcasts I discovered that I would have to download some software in order to get the podcast but I went to and successfully signed up for a classical radio station. It appears to have frequent postings.
As for the question "What did I find useful here?---It was another experience in the great wealth of material that is out there on the internet. We are experiencing the different senses on the internet--You Tube was visual and Podcast is auditory. You Tube of course has the advantage that it can be auditory as well. Podcast Feeds on your blogline is a good way to keep abreast of those auditory things that interest you.

You Tube

I have finished examining You Tube and have found it confusing to use at first. It was not well explained and I had to fish around for myself to figure it out. It is a wonderful site for any organization to embed a tutorial type of video in a document or blog. The Library could use it as a tutorial for customers in how to use a piece of equipment or an application on the computer. It would be especially nice to have interviews with authors available on the library website.

I successfuly downloaded a video of Sunflowers and music from You Tube

Sunday, November 18, 2007

#19 Discover any site from the Web 2.0 awards list

OK-- I have investigated the travel site called Farecast. Very interesting it was. It will find fares for you for air flights and hotels. It will also do comparisons between Expedia, Priceline and Hotwire--very useful for finding that elusive low fare. For Hotels it will provide a map of the locale and point to the best deal.

Could be useful at the Library for a customer interested in making travel arrangements.

I did notice that the site activated my popup blocker.