27.11.08

E for All 2008 cool games



On October 8, 2008 Mahalo Daily, Leah brings you the highlights from E for All 2008, including an interview with Jonathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel, updates on Rohan Blood Feud, Entropia Universe, and Into the Pixel. Tell us what games you're looking forward to playing this holiday season! Be sure to RATE and SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube channel: http://youtube.com/mahalodotcom Mahalo! We're here to help! For more information, go to http://mahalo.com/e_for_all

http://www.mahalo.com/E_for_All
http://www.mahalo.com/E3

What a Ham



LOL...awwww, Pixelwiki gets to assimilate Library Joy and Gerald. Don't they look nice? Thanks to all at CML for the Learn and Play explerience. See you in the blogosphere!!

21.11.08

71/2 Habits..."Begin with the end..."

We are at the end of Learn and Play and, so, I am revisiting the habits of life long learners. #1 I didn't know where this was headed, but made a commitment to accomplish it. #2 and #3 That said, I decided to do this no matter what else was going on and not to give up, #4 ...which caused me to have more confidence as a competent learner. #5 My toolbox gets larger all the time as new tools are introduced. Now that I know something about social networking tools, I can set various goals for using them, but if there was an end in mind at all through this experience, it IS the experience itself of learning something new that has led to other things. #6 The tools of this program are being used more and more and familiarity with them makes it easier to progress along with trends. #7 I have been introducing some of the tools to other people. #71/2 Instead of the usual things I was doing over the internet, I have a whole new arsenal of things to play with and explore.
As a matter of fact, through the course of the program, I discovered several other tools (twitterfeed, twubble, videosurf to name a few) that weren't part of the 23 things and am finding more all the time.

7 ½ Habits of Highly Successful Lifelong Learners
Habit 1: Begin with the end in mind
Habit 2: Accept responsibility for your own learning
Habit 3: View problems as challenges
Habit 4: Have confidence in yourself as a competent, effective
learner
Habit 5: Create your own learning toolbox
Habit 6: Use technology to your advantage
Habit 7: Teach/mentor others
Habit 7½: Play!

Hardest for me = #5 because there are sometimes barriers that stop me from moving on and instead of finding some other way, I quit all together
Easiest for me = #71/2 because I truly like to have a good time. That may be why dancing was so easy for me. The more steps you learn the funner it gets.

20.11.08

ATTENTION TWITTER FRIENDS


Happy Thanksgiving! I just wanted to take a minute to thank all of you for following me on twitter. I also want to thank the Learn and Play team and participants for being such great twitter friends. I trust we will share many Buckeyes Games, Saturday Night Live Shows, and other future events while we twitter away about what we think of them. It has been a blast.
I also want to introduce a new twitter friend of mine, Glosen, who has a terrific blog and some very happy pets as you can see in the photo. I have and am enjoying Gloson's poems and blog posts very much. As a matter of fact, he has some very informative tips on his blog besides the funny poems and great pictures.

19.11.08

Tribes by Seth Godin

Seth Godin has a very good point when he addresses the issue of learning styles. Here is the forward from his online accomplishment, a PDF book Tribes.
"Foreword
How do you learn?
Do you need a step by step playbook, or do you do better with stories?
Perhaps you prefer a detailed analysis to a sketchy do-it-yourself overview...
Multiple learning styles are a given. What’s not is the way authors respond to this biological diversity. Usually, we write one book, our way, and leave it at that. If you don’t learn that way, tough.
I had this in mind when I asked the thousands of members of the Triiibe to write their own book, this book, based on my book, Tribes. It’s not the same as my book... in fact, it’s very different. It’s a book I could never have written, though perhaps (maybe) it’s a book you’d like to read.
My suggestion is that you take a look at the printed book first. Or just dive in. This PDF is free. Free to read, free to print, free to share. You just can’t re-sell it. If you like what you’re hearing, feel free to contact any of the authors within. They’ll probably be thrilled to hear from you.
To anyone reading this: enjoy. And to the tireless team that wrote it: you’re amazing. Thank you.
Seth Godin
Seth’s blog"
This is a work of art. With internet tools we have new options in contrast to how we have learned in the past. The PDF file asks many questions, which is a great place to start any endeavor. Check it out and enjoy.

11.11.08

Some Blog Analysis

blog readability test

ESTP - The Doers
The active and play-ful type. They are especially attuned to people and things around them and often full of energy, talking, joking and engaging in physical out-door activities.

The Doers are happiest with action-filled work which craves their full attention and focus. They might be very impulsive and more keen on starting something new than following it through. They might have a problem with sitting still or remaining inactive for any period of time.

The above analysis of this blog is from the tools found on LibraryBytes I found more in an article about "20 free page analysis tools" which are geared more towards marketing your blog.

TechCrunch50

Just last year TechCrunch introduced the TechCrunch40 which were computer applications exposed to venture capitalists who would keep them afloat if they showed promise. This year it's the TechCrunch50. While I was purusing some of this years "winners", I found myself captivated by Videosurf,
("VideoSurf is a computer vision search engine that has created a new way for users to easily find, discover and watch the videos from across the Web." VideoSurf's search engine delivers more relevant results and allows consumers to visually navigate them to easily find the specific scenes, people or moments they most want to see. Hence, users spend less time searching and more time being entertained. VideoSurf's goal is to become the ultimate destination for consumers looking to search and discover video content on the Web.) and...

"DotSpots"
brings the power of Wikipedia - the wisdom of crowds - to every meme (block of text) on the web, and leverages automatic semantic matching to distribute each contribution to every instance of that meme across the web.
The first release of DotSpots will focus on improving online news (mainstream media, blogosphere and citizen journalists), by identifying and indexing semantically similar content across millions of news sites and blogs, while empowering bloggers and individuals to annotate text on their local favorite sites with comments, videos and photos. Each local contribution is then instantly distributed globally and filtered by a user voting system that ensures everyone benefits from the best thoughts of those with something to contribute.

In this way bloggers will be able to reach a more mainstream audience, while mainstream media benefits from having the insightful perspective of bloggers available, in context, on each of their articles."

10.11.08

10 Random Things

...about Pixelwiki
1. Served in the USN as what was then referred to as a Radioman and by enlisted memebers as a "knobtwister".

2. My family had a small collection of farm animals;chickens and rabbits, as well as parakeets, dogs, and fish at our house in my youth.

3. Since my bedroom was a sun porch with windows on three sides, I created a make believe contol panel in the headboard of my bed and pretended to be flying a space ship along with friends when they could stay over.

4. I was a Galaxian champion in my late teens and early 20s. I also loved; Defender, Astroids, Crazy Climber, and Joust.

5. I love good knock knock jokes and riddles.

6. Rolling Stones' Bridges to Babylon tour at the shoe was and is the very best concert that I ever attended.

7. I went to Las Vegas for the very first time in October of 2001 (in spite of and because of the 911 World Trade Center attack). I hadn't flown in probably over 10 years at the time.

8. Because of my height, I was cast as a Mom in a first grade Christmas play.

9. My favorite physical activities prior to college were roller and ice skating.

10. I won an expensive pair of cowboy boots singing "Oh Lord Won't Ya Buy Me a Mercedes Benz" with the Johnny Pond band.

9.11.08

Life in Runescape

Thanks to TehNoobWorld for the incredible videos. Visit him via YouTube (of course). I absolutely split a gut over a few of these they are so funny. Enjoy!!









Twitter search




Lately, we have been having problems using the search on Twitter. A generous twitter friend has offered the following TwitterDirect as a solution. So far, it hasn't worked for me, but if you are using it and it's up and running, please let me know.
TwitterTroll is another option. It's working on my computer.
Read Write Web offers 5 ways to find more friends on Twitter; ReadWriteWeb
Also try SUMMERIZE offering a better Twitter Search.
TWEETSCAN

5.11.08

3.11.08

Generation We



A new crop of kids: Generation We
Millennials are the largest generation in American history. Born between 1978 and 2000, WE are 95 million strong, compared to the 78 million Baby Boomers. WE are politically, socially, and philosophically independent, and are spearheading a period of sweeping change in America and around the world. The new book, Generation We, explains the emerging power of our Millennial Generation, and shows how WE (and older people who think the way WE do) are poised to change our nation and our world for the better.
...Video is also on Tame the Web

FREE DOWNLOAD OF THE BOOK

Generation We
http://www.gen-we.com/about_genwe

Generation We: How Millenial Youth are Taking Over America and Changing Our World Forever
By Eric H. Greenberg, Karl Weber
Published by Pachatusan, 2008
ISBN 0982093101, 9780982093108
256 pages
-book reviews-
Dick Morris
Ever since Strauss and Howe identified the potential of the Millennials in their book Generations, I have followed this group with fascination. They will change everything through their commitment to service and the common good, which is akin to that of Brokaw's 'greatest generation.' In Generation We, Eric Greenberg and Karl Weber offer us the first read on what is in store for our country and the world from these remarkable young people. (Dick Morris – NY Times bestselling author and former political strategist/advisor to Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS) and President Bill Clinton)

Larry Brilliant
We live in amazing times—times of looming crisis as well as incredible opportunity. Tens of millions of young people around the world are eager for change and looking for ways to employ their unprecedented levels of knowledge, talent, and energy. Greenberg and Weber's GENERATION WE offers a roadmap for the revolutionary movement the Millennials are ready to launch. (Larry Brilliant, Executive Director, Google.org)

blogger's opinion: Look up the authors and the declaration's author as well. The research is interesting and inspiring, but is this a ploy of the author's making to try to lead the youth they claim are leading us? I believe Mr. Greenberg grows crops and his best market are these kids. If you are a WE Genner reading this, as a mom of one of you, I would love for this world to be better for you. Kids, name it yourselves and trust your guts. Change the world by your drummer and your feelings and ideas. I hope the author will put some of his royalties behind your cause.Huffington Post article by the author of the book Generation We.
and his bio;

Eric H. Greenberg is President and Chief Executive Officer the Beautifull (www.beautifull.com), a prepared, fresh food company focused on providing tasty, healthy, and real food for retail and home delivery.

Eric has founded and established many businesses in his entrepreneurial career including: Wind farms in partnership with Native American Tribes in the Great Plains; Acumen Sciences and the Acumen Journal of Life Sciences; Scient, a consulting firm focused on eBusiness and emerging technology; and Viant, an internet systems integrator.

Mr. Greenberg received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Greenberg serves on the Board of the Shoah Foundation, received Shoah's Ambassador to Humanity Award for 2001, was on the fundraising campaign committee at UCSF for their new Mission Bay Campus where the human genetics lab is named after him, has endowed genetic research treatments at Columbia/Cornell for breast cancer and pediatric cardiology, is a recipient of the Einstein Technology Innovation Award from the State of Israel and the Jerusalem Fund and was named by Worth Magazine as one of the 10 Most Generous Americans Under 45.

ENGAGE



UNITED FEDERATION OF PLANETS & UNITED NATIONS FLAG


"Tall words, proudly saying, "WE THE PEOPLE"...
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

2.11.08

About the meltdown



This presentation goes a little slow, but has a lot of good facts.

1.11.08

Learn and Play #23

                                                                  



Blogging was a completely new experience for me. Although I had been using computers for some time, my knowledge was limited pretty much to e-mail and office documents. What I discovered was not only am I thrilled with the experience of blogging, but as I have gone along accomplishing the learn and play "things", I want to search out more tools and information.
I would say that several of the "things" accomplished through learn and play are effective for library use. As a matter of fact, one of the things, RSS feeds, would be very useful to "power users" of the library who would like to stay up to date with news from the homepage. An extension of this would be to use twitter feed so that posts are automatically brought to the public's attention on twitter when published. Of course, flickr is a good way to store photos because of the amount of space they take up in the computer. This could likely be said of YouTube as well.

Pixelwiki Blog                                   


After starting the Learn and Play program, I began adding posts as I felt compelled to by the nature of current events. Since CML embarked on this adventure, the world has been more active in it's history making; 2008 Olympics, extreme gasoline prices, Hurricane Ike, death of David Foster Wallace, stock market crash, 2008 presidential election, and the state of our nation as well as the world. I also posted several things for amusement and to become better aquainted with what was available and how it would present on a blog; widgets, myspace, and a mashup using silverlight to name a few.


What I have found is that many of the tools allowed me to quickly compile information from several sources to share or to document events for my own reflection later on. I also found many of the tools highly useful in connecting with others in meaningful ways. Not only did we discuss our opinions, but sometimes we were passing along useful survival information, as was the case during Hurricane Ike.                    


I feel that this means of communication can be of great value especially when sending important messages to many people whether it be a community, a nation, or even to the world.



 

NOTES:
?'s from Learn and Play;
What were your favorite discoveries or exercises on this learning journey?
YouTube and Twitter
If we offered another discovery program like this in the future, would you again chose to participate?" Yes!

This blog's format can be accessed using a Google e-mail address. That said, it is wise to create an annonymous e-mail for the purpose of experimentation when building a blog.
In addition, I think creating a "brand" name for yourself lends itself to keeping your privacy.
Using this name and similar or, if possible, the same passwords for all of the sites you are likely to join lends itself to consistancy and ease of remembering how to access tools.
I feel that Learn and Play is best considered for the possibility of staff creating things to use or for customers to use because of the ease of the social networking tools.