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02 October 2006

#23 The End

So - what have I learned? What's next? I'll first answer Helene's questions:

  • What were your favorite discoveries or exercises on this learning journey?
    • I thought #6 - More Flickr Fun was fun - I'd always wondered how people made those mismatched signs
    • And I really liked #10 - Image generators as well. As you can tell, I enjoy taking what other people have already done and putting my spin on it.
  • Were there any take-a-aways or unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you?
    • I think the most surprising thing was that all my friends wanted me to send them the link so that they could do the "23 Things" too. We're all simple e-mail junkies who don't know too much about blogs or image generators, so this was a fun learning experience.
  • What could we do differently to improve upon this program’s format or concept?
    • Sometimes the directions had too many links in them, and I found myself clicking away yet not remembering what I was really supposed to be doing. Although, maybe that was the point, eh?
  • If we offered another discovery program like this in the future, would you again chose to participate?
    • I'm sure I would...who wouldn't, right?
All in all, I'd say this was a fun experience, and I probably would have done it - even without the MP3 player prize at the end. Although I must admit - that did keep me on task some days!

#22 Audiobooks

I created my account in NetLibrary, which was very simple, and began perusing the tousands of titles available. Wow - what a list. Pretty much everything I looked for was there. I liked that most of the titles had previews for you to listen to before you took the time to actually download the whole book. Yet again, I found I'm not a friend of the e-book. I once rented a book on tape - back before the CD revolution - for a long drive from South Carolina to Connecticut. I only got about 20 minutes into the tape, when I decided I better stop listening. I found the combination of driving and listening to someone's soothing voice just put me right to sleep. However, a friend of mine enjoys listening to her audiobooks while cleaning the house. She said it helps her stay awake and make better time with her cleaning duties.....so perhaps I'll try that take on the audiobook?

#21 Podcast Schmodcast

So, I checked out the Yahoo Podcast site to try and find some interesting sites for podcasting. There, I found this Travel in 10 site where some guy podcasts neat travel finds. I listened/watched the one where he was in Bali, and now I must find some excuse to travel there. Perhaps there will be a grand library conference there soon!?

Next, I went on the hunt for interesting library podcastings. I stumbled upon "Who Said," a literature game. It seemed like a neat idea, but then I started listening to it, and the woman's voice almost put me to sleep. Not a good idea! I mosied on over to "Simon Says," the Simon & Schuster site where they said they'd have excerpts from new books, but the featured book was Brokeback Mountain - from 2005! Oh well - c'est la vie, I suppose.