Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Thing 23

The end of the road, for now, or perhaps just a break in the journey...

The assignments have been time-consuming, but I did learn a lot.
Can't help wishing that I had more time to blog. Has "blog" become a new verb?

Suggestion for the future--allow more time for completion of an assignment such as this.

Those people who do not have computer access at home were at a disadvantage.

The instructions were not always crystal clear, especially to someone who has a background in learning theory. (c'est moi)

a tout a l'heure,

Monday, November 5, 2007

Thing 22

For those of us who like to return to literary classics from time to time, I might suggest Project Gutenberg as a source for audio eBooks.
I used the classic, Pere Goriot, by Balzac, as an example. NetLibrary, through the Howard County Library, did not feature this title as one available to be downloaded whereas Project Gutenberg, listing it as Father Goriot, did so.
Since the system has only 7 copies of this title in book form, this site might be useful for book groups wanting to discuss this classic, and needing additional copies.

Thing 21

The task was to explore some podcast directories to see if I could find a podcast with content relating to book reviews or authors.
In using, I entered the sub-divisions "Arts," then "Books&Poetry" to arrive at a site for podcasts from the Yale Press featuring interviews with authors of recently published works at their imprint.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Thing 20

How about a recommendation for a brief travel video on Paris?
Go to, then input "travel France" in the searchbox.

I liked a video called "24 Hours in Paris, France," at

This is just a brief overview about travel to the "City of Light," but it would be good for those considering a visit to Paris for the first time, or even for those studying the French language, since it shows signs on restaurants and shops to re-enforce beginning language skills.

--worth a look by those of us who tutor students in French or even for the arm-chair traveller?

Monday, October 22, 2007

Additional quotes from the classics

"Perfection of character is this: to live each day as if it were your last, without frenzy, without apathy, without preference."
-Marcus Aurelius

"Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise."
-Proverbs, 19:20

Monday, October 15, 2007

Thing 19

In exploring some sites from the list of Web 2.0 Awards, I saw a few things that might have applications for those of us who plan adult library programs.

In "Upcoming," ( events site, there is an "add new event" feature.
Also, in "Eventful," (, there is a way to add events.

Thing 18

Explored Zoho Writer by creating an account and typing a book review as a sample document.
Noticed the "Templates" feature of Zoho Writer and that there were some templates for tickets for benefit fund-raisers. This might be a useful application for some committee work that I do as a member of service and professional organizations.