December 26, 2014

December 26th Stream

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My contribution to tonight's feast - bacon-wrapped dates New games! Playing Tumble!

December 25, 2014

December 25th Stream

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Merrrrrry Christmas! Thanks, Michael!

May 15, 2011

Library-related Kindle Screensavers

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Note: Be sure to read Frank Skornia’s comment below about the consequences of jailbreaking your Kindle.
I finally took some time to personalize the screensavers on my Kindle 3, thinking it would be a quick hour or less. And indeed, the process of jailbreaking a Kindle and hacking it to load your own screensavers is drop dead simple. That part really didn’t take any time at all.
The hard part is more deciding what pictures you want to see as a screensaver every day, a task that ended up taking me all afternoon. I first got caught up thumbing through the free downloads on the Kindle Wallpapers Tumblr, which is fascinating on its own.
Then I decided to add a few of my own pictures, so I found a half dozen of my favorites, converted them to black and white, and shrunk them down to 600 x 800.
When I posted on Facebook about what I was doing, someone lamented that she’d recently left her Kindle on a plane, which made me flash back to something I read several years ago. I can’t find a reference to it right now (little help?), but I remember reading about a guy who took pictures of himself and text on signs about how to return the camera if someone found it. He then kept those picture at the beginning of his camera’s memory card in case someone ever found the camera and looked through the photos.
I’ve always thought that was brilliant, so I figured I’d try it with my Kindle. I took a picture, added some text, and then loaded it as a screensaver.
"Thank you" in advance for returning my Kindle (should I ever lose it)
Granted, it’s unlikely that this particular image will be displaying if I lose my Kindle, but my hope is that whoever finds it will be interested enough in the screensaver that is showing to scroll through them. I know it’s a long shot, but it was also something fun to do.
Which then got me thinking about libraries. Are there any libraries customizing the screensavers on their Kindles? As a librarian, I came across some free, library-related screensavers, so I put a few of them on my own device. If you, too, want some library-themed screensavers, here are the ones I’ve found so far:

Do you know of other images we could use to build a list for libraries and librarians?

February 18, 2011

Changes to My Site

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I’ve been trying to get back to blogging for the past couple of years, but so far out of all of the things I do in the 24 hours of a day, it’s the activity that’s fallen by the wayside the most. I still hope to blog more this year, but the reason I implemented the lifestreaming back in 2009 was to provide an aggregated glimpse into my overall online activity in the meantime.
Unfortunately, the wp-lifestream plugin I was using died for no apparent reason last October. I spent a couple of months trying to get it working again but to no avail. I haven’t been able to find a good replacement that lets me import my activity into my site (as opposed to just displaying something that only lives elsewhere) and publishes it as a daily blog post.
The best I’ve been able to do is hack the heck out of the complexlife plugin to display my lifestream on my home page. It’s not as comprehensive as the sites available in wp-lifestream, but it’ll do for now. Right now, it’s displaying my public Flickr pictures, my tweets, tweets I’ve favorited, my public Diigo bookmarks, things I’ve liked on FriendFeed, shared items from Google Reader, and posts I’ve made on ALA Connect.
If you want to track even more of what I’m sharing online, you’re better off looking at my FriendFeed stream until I figure out how to add more sites here in complexlife. If you want to subscribe to my online activity to get daily updates pushed to you, I’d suggest using my FriendFeed RSS feed.
So now if you visit the TSL home page, you should see a link to the latest blog post at the top, followed by 30 days of lifestream activity. If/when I get back to blogging, I’ll probably play around with the home page again to better display the blog posts, but for now subscribing to the main RSS feed will again show just the posts; in other words, not much.
You can also go directly to the blog page to view just the posts. Overall, my goal is to post shorter, tumblr-like posts going forward to try to get back in the swing of things, but we’ll see how I do.

December 28, 2010

An Open Letter to Comcast/Xfinity

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When we got home yesterday, we were surprised to find a weird “activate your device” message when we tried to go online. I turned on the TV, and there were no cable channels. Something was afoot.
So I called the number on the “activate” screen and had an automated message tell me that my account was delinquent, I owed hundreds of dollars, and my service had been discounted. Imagine my shock to learn this when I’d had NO PREVIOUS NOTICE. Even worse, I couldn’t get through to a customer service representative without paying my bill first (sleazy – what if it had been your mistake?).
Long story short, when my card number was stolen back in October, the bank canceled it and issued a new one. I forgot that the old one was registered for your automatic payment program, so your were unable to process payment in November and December. Fair enough, but maybe you could have mentioned that to me at some point before taking the extreme step of disconnecting my service.
Clearly you had my email address. While I received weekly “Xfinity What to Watch” spamails that I was too lazy to unsubscribe from, I never once received a “hey, there’s a problem with your payment” notice. And when I called to try to talk to a human being about the problem, the automated voice verified the last four digits of my phone number, so obviously you know how to reach me by phone. In fact, after a second call when I could finally reach a real person, I received an automated telephone survey, so calling me is proven to work. Not once, though, did I receive a “hey, we’re going to disconnect your service” call during the last two months.
And while we’re at it, we’re on the verge of 2011 and you’re my cable and internet provider. Don’t you have the technology to pop up a message on a screen saying, “hope you’re enjoying this, we’d like you to keep enjoying this, but can we talk about the problem with your card number? please call.” On the TV or on my computer screen – your choice. Or go old school because you know what else still works? Postal mail, a channel you and I will be returning to using.
Honestly – in 2010, you couldn’t find *some* way to contact me to let me know there was a problem? On top of that, I now have to go anti-green and re-activate paper bills if I want to be sure I see problem notices, because the only billing-related emails I received from you during the last two months looked exactly like the one below. Which looks exactly like every other “your statement is ready for viewing” message I get each month.

Comcast thinks this message equals "we're going to disconnect your service"

That message is the only billing-related one I received from you for the entire month of December. If you saw that message every month from your electric company, would you think there was a problem? Would you expect a little something more from them that they’re turning off your service? I expected more from you.
Yes, I could have logged in during those two months and seen a notice on the screen, but I also think you could have added a notice to that email or sent a separate notice to make sure I knew there was a problem. Good customer service this ain’t.
And now you want to charge reconnection fees because you disconnected my service without any heads up that there was a problem. Seriously?
Now that I’ve calmed down, I’m submitting the following requests so that others don’t have to spend a frustrating evening the way I did.

  • Change your procedures so that customers using your e-bill service receive separate notifications that there’s a problem with payment. Or add a notice to the standard template, but provide some type of heads-up that there’s an issue without the person having to log in to find out about it.
  • Change your procedures so that customers using your e-bill service receive separate notifications that you’re going to disconnect their service. While it likely won’t be anytime soon, I’d like to be able to trust your e-bill notices in the future and stop receiving paper bills again someday.
  • Make it possible for someone who’s as confused about an unknown problem as I was to talk to a human being first without having to cough up a credit card number first.

And I want my reconnection fees waived, because I would have paid my bill (as I have for years) had I known there was something wrong. It’s a shame your customer service representative couldn’t do that for me. I had no confidence that any complaints I submitted to an unempowered frontline person would get me anywhere, which is what made me blog this open letter to you. I know you think you’re protecting your CS folks by taking away their ability to judge a situation and make a customer happy, but all you’re doing is upsetting customers like me who want to discuss how to resolve a valid complaint.
Please fix these problems. You can do better, and you owe your customers better communication.

October 21, 2010

October 21st Stream

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@stray I’m only on chapter 3 but I like it so far. I can give you a better sense later. [shifted]
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@geoshore that’s very strange for me to hear since I don’t write in/for library journal! is my name on something? [shifted]
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@geoshore s’alright. thank you 🙂 #humbled [shifted]
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awesome google logo today – go check it out [shifted]
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srsly wtf RT @wawoodworth: (MUST READ NOW, imo) PA sets out restrictions on library e-book lending | [shifted]
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OH: "pushing our midwinter meeting back from 7:30 am to 8:00 am is what I want to be remembered for as chair" [shifted]
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The Premium Version
The full version of focus is basically a self-taught course on focus, from a wide range of experts.
It contains:
1. All 27 chapters of the free ebook
Along with a crapload of extra material …
2. How-to videos
Going into more depth on focus-related topics:
* How to Single-task
* Beating the Fears of Disconnecting
* How to Find Stillness & Disconnect
* Focus & Health, Part 1: eating healthy and getting active
* Focus & Health, Part 2: sleep and stress
3. Audio interviews with experts
* Author Seth Godin
* GTD creator David Allen
* productivity coach Dave Navarro
4. Bonus chapters from Leo
* creativity and practicing deep focus
* finding stillness and reflection
* how to start changes on a broader level
5. Bonus chapters from other writers
* overcome the fears that stop you from focusing, by Gail Brenner
* how to create a minimalist workspace to find focus, by Everett Bogue
* how to take a digital sabbatical, by Gwen Bell
* life lessons from tea rituals, by Jesse Jacobs
* two ways to focus on the stuff that matters, by Michael Bungay Stanier
6. Bonus PDF guides
* How to create new habits
* Quick-start decluttering guide
* Focused email guide
This full version comes at a fairly low price
considering all that’s offered: $34.95.

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@ochslibrarian I’m not sure, but let me dig into this further. more soon. [shifted]
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In a sobering reminder that online social media is changing the way many companies do business in unforeseen ways, a federal court recently shot down an employer’s trade secret claim based largely upon the availability of information via the internet. In Sasqua Group, Inc. v. Courtney, a magistrate judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York held that although an employer’s customer list may have been a trade secret years ago, "the exponential proliferation of information made available through full-blown use of the Internet [presents] a different story." The district court subsequently adopted and approved the magistrate’s lengthy and detailed opinion.

October 20, 2010

October 20th Stream

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Like a half-billion people before him, Simonetti joined Facebook and began typing in his status updates. But in this case, Simonetti’s only friends were a hand-picked roster of more than two dozen volunteers who agreed to sift through their news feeds for the duration of our experiment, dutifully recording any Phil sightings.
As our volunteers checked in with their reports, some remarkable findings began to emerge:

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@lukelibrarian definitely under consideration but will have to marshal the resources for it. thanks for the suggestion. [shifted]
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@ninaksimon 1600+ libraries registered for National Gaming Day (Nov 13); up from last year, but still a long way to go ( [shifted]
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@ebethmoreau awesome! what’d you get? #ngd10 [shifted]
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RT @windycitizen: NPR commentator Aaron Freeman to host Rally to Restore Sanity Chicago on Sat. Oct. 30 in Grant Park – [shifted]
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mpow is ripe for innovation. we are in a liquid state right now. #seizetheday #Kindle [shifted]
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@millerhj thanks! I’m clearly going to hit the clipping limit on @stevenbjohnson‘s new book way early. highlighting the heck out of it. [shifted]
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October 19, 2010

October 19th Stream

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for a presentation I’m giving: what mobile (or other new) services would you like to see vendors offer on the exhibit floor? [shifted]
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@lukelibrarian thanks! we’re already working on most of that ( ) & will be looking at qr codes. other ideas for exhibits? [shifted]
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@loidagarciafebo well, that’s a separate discussion :-p I’m looking for new ways you want to interact with vendors on the exhibit floor. [shifted]
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it’s official: the ALA website is moving to Drupal next year! #happydance [shifted]
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drives me nuts RT @rmazar: I think I have lost the battle. "blog" seems to be a synonym for "blog post." Let us observe a moment of slience. [shifted]
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October 18, 2010

October 18th Stream

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@dcbcd I stocked up on vitamin c on the way in to work and am lighting a candle to the health gods…. [shifted]
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We created this site for those of you that have a song stuck in your head and you can’t get it out no matter what you do. Using the latest in reverse-auditory-melodic-unstickification technology, we’ve been able to allow our users to “unhear” songs by hearing equally catchy songs. So really all we’re doing is making you forget your old song by replacing it with another one… sorry. – via @swissmiss

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@hootsuite Help! No response to filling out the Non-Profit Discount Application. Can you have someone contact me? Thx – jlevine at [shifted]
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FF3.5.7 doesn’t work for me but great idea RT @steverubel: Leatherbound. compares ebook prices for iBooks, Kindle & Nook [shifted]
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In attendance: Tina, Sean, Val, Megan, Jenny, Mary
We had a great discussion about the staff response plan, and I got caught up in the conversation so didn’t take thorough meeting notes. Perhaps we need to rotate this duty?
Megan has put together a great foundation for the Choose Your Own Adventure Response Plan. She came up with five basic scenarios, which she’ll post to the group: positive, neutral, inaccurate, negative low risk, and negative high risk. We also added information-seeking/customer service as a sixth type.
ALA Social Media Working Group
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"need a 6th P (Product/Price/Place/Positioning/Promotion): user Pleasure in all aspects of strategy, promotion & design" [shifted]
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really looking forward to reading this book. totally agree that good ideas need to be shared. #Kindle [shifted]

October 17, 2010

October 17th Stream

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Shared joy.
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