Library Thing is great. I should have been using it ages ago. For someone like me who borrows more books that I buy, I can never remeber enough about a book to go back to it whne I want to know the good ones I've read. There's a ripper for librarians I will blog about next time - remember the story but not the name. I'd love to read it again - the old story. Anyway, I'll be using Library Thing some more.
Second Life took a while to load so not much time to blog. I wondered, if I created an event on SL, I could count all the visitors on stats for my branch. I also realised I could create in SL tthe game I have buzzing around in my head if I spent the time learnnig the skills to 'build', like 'The companion' that Frigg Ragu created. It's a bit like the battle between VHS and Beta though - how many virtula worls do we need to create a library in B4 we get into the right one? There's a novel - probably many - but one I've read, about an an avatar that can change events in the 'real' world. I'll try and get its name for the next post. Library's closing 0 GTG.
Well, that's funny. I can't find my last post. (That'd be a good name for a bugle call.)Pity. It was quite detailed. Anyway, Today I signed up on iGoogle. I chose a theme with a froggy in a boat and got a teahouse instead. I added Aust. weather radar which is a very grainy repro of the bom.site and a tree frog gadget which, at present, is blank. Not having much luck with frogs. I do like the books feeds and I thing the technology one might be useful, too. I wonder in my own mind if the social add-ons have been overtaken by Facebook. I won't write more now in case this post is lost, too.
I started my Google browse by hunting for a little program my friend told me about, which he used to make a 3D scale drwing of the stage set for a play we did at the local theatre group. Its called Google Sketchup. I didn't wait for it to download - took too long. I've added a couple of planning sheets to GoogleDocs for fun. I couldn't find out how to edit them, but I'll share them with another CL when I do. I searched Ivanhoe Library on Google Maps. After adding 'Victoria' ( I didn't know there was an Ivanhoe in NSW - have twin libraries) I found that Google Maps thinks we are in Ivanhoe East on Lower Heidelberg Road. So I reported a problem to them. Oops, that's Media. Ishould have told Suzanne. I check Google Books for a relatively unknown, but documented, figure in history called Wiiliam of Rubroeck. He's there - in some cases you can read the entire text. (Ispent a bit too long browsing, It's a trap)The last time I was looking for him I found a translation of the book he wrote for King Louis of France. I forget which Louis. I think it was the saint because he led a crusade. It just goes to show that I should have written down my sources, same as for book research. I can't find William's book now. I'll have to start again. I tried out the Translate function on Google with the text of a notice that I have had translated by a native speaker already. The first attempt interpreted the English too literally to make sense. Adjusting the English a bit brought the French to clumsy but understandable version of what I meant. I put in a simpler text and asked for a French, then a Chinese translation. The French didn't seem to deal with basic differences in word order in he languages. The Chinese showed me that the system has Chinese characters available, but Lu wasn't heare to check if it was any good. I maust ask her tomorrow.