Sunday, November 29, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Leonardo da Vinci
(artist, architect, musician and scientist), 1452-1519
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
And my appetite for searching Twitter has certainly been taken away on this exercise. I guess I like my information in more than just the mini-bites dished up by Twitter, and in plain english rather than the 'tinglish' that seems to abound. For some people Twitter may be all they need or want, and that's okay, but it's not really for this lobo, I feel. After striking out with my first search about the resumption of the sanctioned shooting of wolves again in the Greater Yellowstone region, (I used various brief search strings, but almost everything that came back involved the movie "Twilight") I revised my search and went looking for "Japanese whaling". There were some good results on the Twitter search engine, although I did feel somewhat cheated at the very brief accounts, because understandably you can't convey a heck of a lot information on such a subject in only 140 characters. The links to longer articles or posts were helpful, though, and I can see in the coming weeks it could be a very good way of keeping track of what is happening as this year's "whaling season" gets underway in the Antarctic, so I may yet find myself making more use of this. TweepSearch wasn't the right option for this particular topic, but I did like Twoogle, and if I were to do any regular visiting to Twitter, this would probably be my search engine of choice. You can get your tweets and your meat, so to speak, in the one search, satisfying the news junkie side of me, and giving some real-time news-bytes at the same time. So, it would definitely depend on what you were searching for, but this could be worth persevering with, after all...
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
There was quite a variety in the number and frequency of tweets on various accounts I looked at, and if it wasn't for this exercise, I doubt I would have even looked at that many. The content of the tweeting was as varied as the different tweeters and their subjects - but for someone who has only recently entered the world of phone texting, the Cookbook via Twitter to me was just a mess! I'm afraid I couldn't be bothered trying to 'translate' it, and can't really see the point in that one! I regularly follow a blog by author Jon Katz, and he also has a Twitter account, which I decided to check out. I can see the uses of Twitter, and I think Jon Katz's works well, combining tweets about events with thoughts and musings, without being too inane. I really like his attitude to all this though. He is currently incommunicado from his blogging and tweeting while he is taking an extended weekend break in the Big Apple - and reconnecting with real people, friends and family, in his life. However, from what I have discovered so far on this exercise, I am unlikely to be a regular follower of anyone on Twitter, and it doesn't entice me to become a tweeter myself - yet. Who knows what I'll discover when I do some Twitter searching for myself...
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Seneca (Roman philosopher, mid-1st century AD)
I loved this beautiful crisp image of prints in the snow and the story around how the photographer got the photo. I hope I'm as lucky some day. Have a peek at this http://www.flickr.com/photos/13909675@N08/2162477433/sizes/o/ This comes with a Creative Commons license which has some rights reserved - attribution, non-commercial and share alike (BY-NC-SA), 2.0 generic. So this lovely image may be shared, remixed, tweaked, and built upon for non-commercial purposes, as long as credit is given to m.d.d. and the new creation must be licensed under his identical terms.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Sigmund Freud (1856-1939)
OpenID sounds good in theory, and no doubt for people who do spend a lot of time online, it is probably a very useful thing to know about, but I don't think I'm likely to "sign on". It sounds a bit like letting someone else have the keys, and forget that you should be taking some responsibility yourself for your own online security and wellbeing. We hear stories about the 'fun' some people like to derive from creating online mischief - why should OpenID be any different? Personally I have better things to do with my time, but I know there are plenty of people out there who would delight in being able to indulge in some 'online vandalism' and OpenID could be a great place to stir such havoc. We seem to be all-too-quick to leap to new ways of making our lives 'easier', but like everything - the more gadgetry, the more there is to beware of. I will certainly keep my eye out for the OpenID tag and icon on sites, though, and if I feel it could be helpful in the future, I may give it a go. In the meantime, I'll keep charge of my own 'identities', and make sure my doors and windows remain my responsibility.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Helen Keller (1880-1968)
Online security is something I find myself wrestling with quite a bit lately, having recently got myself "connected" at home, so this exercise is personally very timely. We can all too quickly and easily overlook it, or simply take it for granted, believing our electronic toys are as secure as the locks and bolts on our doors and windows. After all, who would want to get inside these little boxes and snoop - or steal - their contents? We still don't perceive these cyber-thieves to be as dangerous as the commonplace burglar, when potentially there is no end to the mischief that could be caused should the snoop happen to get inside this box. The more I've been exploring various options recently, the less I feel I know, and trust, about the whole business of cyber-security. Once we go online, it's so, so easy to get lost in this other-world, and leave behind our cautionary instincts - and naively leave lots of little trails to follow in the process. And there are so many trails to tempt us all into following - all you have to do is "click".
The resources given for this exercise were very useful, and certainly worth sharing with friends, family and patrons. The information on the McAfee and Netsafe sites was well put together, but I couldn't help thinking much of it was good old common sense - which is perhaps an instinct being eroded by so much time being spent in an online world? While you can never be completely "safe", you can certainly minimise the risk.
I'm intrigued by keepass and password generator - they certainly would have been useful for 23 Things, and I will certainly keep them in mind should I find passwords, usernames, etc getting out of control. However, before we came to rely on this electronic access as part of our daily lives, how did we keep track of our personal matters? We took care to keep control of such things, so why do we drop our guard so much with regard to electronic "gate-keeping"? Some patrons may be happy to know about them, but it is yet another thing to keep track of.
So, just like the wolves in the western United States who, try as they might can't avoid the danger of the guns which are once again sadly being trained on them, so must we be alert to the dangers abounding in this "connected" and exposed world. We can't completely close the shutters, nor let our guard down, but we can still explore in a safe way if we stay aware and pay attention to the signs around us - and keep that security up-to-date.