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Thing #23 – The end November 29, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — rojoblogs @ 9:57 pm

Dear Reader(s),

It fills my small red panda heart with tears to say that we have reached the end of our journey here. Fortunately I am even more adorable when sad:

sadrojo

But all is not lost! I have gained much by navigating the mysterious mysteries of The Internets with you:

I learned: Even though I had used most of these tools before, I tried to do something new with each one so I would still learn something. For example, I already have a blog using Blogger, so I learned how to use WordPress instead.

I played: I immensely enjoyed reading my co-workers’ blogs. It turns out they are ALL CRAZY. This brings me great comfort and joy. I hope to continue hearing about their gun-buying, “Shoes”-watching, chipmunk-dodging adventures IRL.

I hope we get to do more activities like this in the future. In addition to being a nice break from the monotony of the customer service desk, I like feeling like I’m allowed to work on things that are helpful to me even though they may fall outside the realm of my most basic, everyday duties. If we do this again, it would be cool to see an “advanced” track for people who have already mastered the basics. I would be interested in learning more about things like HTML or photo and video editing, for example.

It is time for me to go now, but do not be sad, my tasty pancakes. Red pandas can live up to 14 years; this is just the beginning…

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Thing #22 – Digital Media November 18, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — rojoblogs @ 12:39 am

Alright, I KNOW this has been said before, but MOLDI is literally one of the most unappealing product names I can think of. Mold? Gross. Why not just name your site Books And Related Free Items (BARFI) or Popular Options: On-Demand, Portable, and Digitzed (POOPD). I wonder how popular the iPod would have been if it had been named the iPunchintheface.

Anyway. In a way, I sort of think MOLDI is the future of the library. People will soon tire of driving around and looking at the faces of the disheveled masses just to pick up a product they could easily download (see: books, music, and movies) from the comfort of their futon, kitchen table, or red panda den. But at the same time, I don’t think MOLDI is used all that much. Maybe more titles, better marketing, and the all important device compatibility (“Why can’t I listen to these books on my iPunchintheface?!”) will change that. I found some titles I might be interested in, but it looks like different titles can be played on a differing variety of devices; it doesn’t seem consistent. Or hey, maybe library folks are library folks, and they want to come to the library. Only time will tell.

 

Thing #21 – Podcasts November 5, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — rojoblogs @ 9:37 pm

I don’t think I have any specific-enough interests for podcasts. I went to Podcast Alley and clicked on the Food and Drink category (I click on the Food and Drink category whenever this option is presented to me), but the topics are so narrow! Podcasts based solely on scotch, the restaurants of Ithica, NY, or wine (Rojo hates wine snobs)…I guess that is the point of podcasts though, really. They are cheap to make so you can afford to be serving a smaller audience.

I sort of think the whole term “podcast” is a little bit outdated. There is just crap posted all over the Internet now, audio and video left and right every which way you look; there are YouTube videos and my television programs posted free online for when I forget to watch them, etc. Everything is a podcast.

 

Thing #20 – YouTube October 29, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — rojoblogs @ 9:41 pm

The user explains that this red panda is a baby learning to walk, but Rojo suspects he’s been hitting the sauce.

Anyway. YouTube has its pros and cons, but for the foreseeable future at least, I think it’s here to stay. Even my dad uses it. It is awesome to know that any time you are like, “Do you remember that commercial from the 80s where the fruit would fall through the ceiling and crush people to death?” and your friend looks at you like you’re crazy, that you have some sort of proof that you’re sane.

I think it would be great to include YouTube videos on our library’s web site. I think our customers would love to see us in action. There’s nothing cuter than a red panda checking in DVDs!!

 

Thing #19 – CML Tool Box October 28, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — rojoblogs @ 8:38 pm

I looked at the Make site from the CML toolbox. And because I am pretty much a toddler on the inside, it just made me angry and jealous. How come all these people can do all these cool thing? I can’t do anything! Acting like sawing things apart and and wiring stuff is no big deal. Sheesh, I’d probably end up in the hospital. The other day I was at Guitar Center, sort of looking longingly at the mandolins, and the salesguy came over and took one down and started playing it for me, all casual-like. I wanted to punch him right in his face! How dare he be able to do something that I can’t do?!

Anger management issues aside, it’s a very cool site. I’ve noticed in the past that it doesn’t always display correctly on work PCs, but that’s not really the site’s fault I imagine. It could be very fun and useful–that is, if Rojo were the handy sort at all. Which he decidedly is not.

 

Thing #18 – Web 2.0 tools October 21, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — rojoblogs @ 7:55 pm

Mmm, new tools. One that I liked looking at was Yelp. I had heard of it before but I don’t know if I’ve ever really looked at it. I am a huge fan of reading reviews of things–restaurants, stores, anything–and there are some good reviews on here.

Hmmm…I had more I wanted to write about but I’ve already spent too much time browsing these tasty tasty tools.

 

Thing #17 – Web-based Apps October 10, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — rojoblogs @ 6:20 pm

Hey, Rojo uses Google Docs! I find it helpful in these situations:

  1. Taking notes in class (when not browsing Zappos.com for the latest in red panda footwear fashions)
  2. Working on a school or work project that I might want to access anywhere
  3. Working on a collaborative school project–so much better than the old days

I think it would be a great suggestion for library customers who forgot money for a print job or a disk.