Tuesday, June 3, 2008

The Future is Ours!

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Alas, Babylon!

I haven't thought much about my hometown lately. I grew up in North Babylon, New York, a nice community on Long Island.

While searching through WebFeat, a meta-search tool, I came across an article about my hometown: "Babylon's 120th year: fiscal stability, economic progress." (Long Island Business News (Sept. 14, 1992 n37): 19(1). General OneFile). Wow! It's been 20 years since I lived there, and I remember when the town celebrated it's centennial anniversary. I even have a commemorative mug that my mom saved from that time. Without the internet or newspaper databases or tools like WebFeat, we would not be able to easily access newspapers or magazines from other places.


Monday, June 2, 2008

It's a Library Thing

"Library Thing" is a web site that creates a catalog of your books. Sounds like a perfect place for a librarian to visit. This site is similar to "Good Reads", a web site for book lovers that my friends Terry, Amanda, and Aramis told me about last year. Both web sites allow you to keep track of the books you have read, share information about the book with other readers, and explore new books.

I created a Harry Potter "Library Thing" Catalog:

"Only images remind"

Take one: Exploring image generators.

As someone who likes to work with design and color, I find image generators to be an interesting tool for the Web 2.0 generation. Designing layouts for web sites and blog sites are easy to do with these applications. Just cut and paste the code onto your page. How simple compared to the HTML coding I had to learn when I was the webmaster for the library I worked at while getting my master's degree. Kind of like using word processing software versus manual typewriters. Or doing database searching versus using print magazine indexes. Or taking pictures with a digital camera versus a SLR camera. You get the idea.

Take two: Create your own image.

Take three: Have fun!

Make your own movie clapperboard by visiting: http://online-generator.blogspot.com/2006/06/movie-clapper-board-generator.html


At the Jersey Shore!

The Atlantic City Boardwalk. Lucy the Elephant. Sun and sand. Shopping. Fun!