I’ve come to a crossroads. I simply can’t keep up with all the feeds in my reader. Sure, I have a folder named “kills” where I keep the feeds I’m happy to sacrifice and “mark as read” when I get really busy, but I just can’t put one of these into it. If I see there are new posts, I won’t be able to stop myself from looking at them. I think there’s about 80% overlap, so I waste all this time flipping through both feeds, but I don’t want to miss anything if something good turns up. So I’ve decided to unsubscribe from one. Which? Tastespotting was the original, and I think the pictures are more reliably food-pornolicious. Food Gawker has more posts a day, which means I’d be missing less, but the point here is to trim down my blog consumption. Do I go with Tastespotting, trusting that the editing there will meet my needs? Or do I stick with Food Gawker, because I’ll get more variety and there’s less chance I’ll miss out on a good post/recipe just because the author isn’t a great food photographer?
March 26, 2009
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April 4, 2008
I have no idea how old this news is, but I’ve just discovered it. First, when you login to your online Nashville Public Library account now you can get Due Date Email Reminders and “My Reading History.” The Reading History is not retroactive, and you have to click a button to “Opt In” in order for them to keep track, but it could be useful somewhere down the line. I’m most excited about Due Date Email Reminders. I rarely get to read outside of my school reading, and when I think I’ll have a couple of days to do that I generally get greedy and take out more books than I have time for. Of course instead of returning them when I realize this is true, I hold out hope and renew as many times as I can. An irresponsible renewer does not keep track of when her books are newly due, has no paper record of it, and ends up with library fines. I think NPL is pretty lenient with library fines, and I have had $2.10 outstanding for half a year now, but I’d still like to not accrue them if possible. Anyway, the email reminders come 2 days before, so hopefully that’ll be enough of a window for me to do the right thing.
The other new and exciting thing the NPL website has going on is the new Encore catalog search. It’s a bit more sophisticated than the old catalog, although not fully integrated into the other functions available on the NPL site. Here’s some screens of what it looks like. It’s definitely more user-friendly and navigable.
The Search Result Page:
The Item Page:
Now all I really want is for them to have a better login system. Currently the site doesn’t allow you to stay logged in if you leave your account area. It’s frustrating. Also, just a tip for any firefox users like me who does not have her library card number memorized, I use the Signature extension to remedy that problem.
August 9, 2007
I’ve been using the heck out of the Nashville Public Library lately. Their website is kinda clunky and they don’t have everything I’d ever want, but they will send stuff to your branch of choice, and they’re trying to use rss. Nice stuff. Anyway, I just picked up Spook Country by William Gibson. It just came out, so I’m the first person ever to check it out of the library. So excited.
August 6, 2007
There are a bunch of social library websites out there. I’ve tried many of them mostly to get organized. I never stayed for long on any single one, and now I know why. It’s a totally different game when you take advantage of the social aspect. The Bachelor (who isn’t) and Mrs. Superhero got me into Goodreads a few months ago. I joined, and have since managed to link up with a bunch of other friends there. Using the site to keep track of my books and my thoughts on them is one thing. Getting access to what my friends are reading and their thoughts makes it a site that I visit regularly and delight in keeping up-to-date. But that’s not the point of the post.
A lot of similar sites do the same thing. I happen to be on Goodreads just because other folks I know were already there. I’m pimping it though, because of this: When I first started using the site there were some navigational things that irritated me, and there were other features I hoped for. So I emailed them my comments, and got a nice response back addressing the things I’d said. Next thing I know, one of my suggestions was implemented! So exciting. Now if you are on the page for a book on Amazon, you can click a bookmarklet to add it to your Goodreads! Love it. Thanks, kind people at Goodreads, for paying attention to your users.
btw, join me at Goodreads!
July 11, 2007
I recently picked up the second book of J. C. Hutchins’s podcast novel, 7th Son: Deceit. I listened to the first book last summer while getting ready to move into the new house, but didn’t have time to get into the second book when it came out in the fall. This summer I’ve been reluctant to start it, because I have so many podcasts to listen to as it is I’m almost always behind. Well, with the third book in the trilogy being released now, I decided it’s time to get going. Hutchins is a great voice actor and the books are totally fun, suspenseful, and even thought-provoking. Basically the story is about 7 guys who discover that they were cloned from the same guy. That same guy, John Alpha, has already managed to kill the president and is implementing some maniacal plan that will result in who-knows-what. The 7 men share the same childhood memories, because at a certain age John Alpha’s memories were recorded and then uploaded into the minds of the clones. After that they followed separate paths, each becoming an expert in a different field. After the assassination of the president the 7 clones are brought back together to help stop John Alpha.
At any rate, I’m glad I’ve started listening again, but woe to the other stuff I’ve got to get done until it’s over.
December 15, 2006
It’s called booksling. Keep your pens and pencils with your book, and mark your place. Genius. I must have it. No, I must have 7.
Little Red Haired Girl? Lady E? Hello? Anyone out there? Can you hear me? I must have it.
September 7, 2006
It has come to my attention in the past few years as a graduate student that I am a bad reader. In particular, I skip footnotes and endnotes. It’s like those little superscripts are invisible to me. I don’t know when that habit started, but I’m trying to correct it. Unfortunately that usually means that I get to the bottom of the page, realize that there is a footnote, then waste 5 minutes scanning the page to find where it came from. This is, of course, difficult for me, since those little superscripts are invisible to me. When there are endnotes, I just miss them entirely. But I chastise myself for that less, because anyone who uses endnotes is not thinking about the experience of the reader.
July 15, 2006
I just finished reading White Teeth by Zadie Smith. The LIttle Red Haired Girl did not love it, so I’ve put off reading it until now. Maybe it’s because my expectations were low, but I ended up really enjoying it. Although it takes place in England and the characters are Jamaican or Bengali, the way she presents the story of these immigrants feels universal.
Irie Jones was obsessed. Occasionally her worried mother cornered her in the hallway before she slunk out of the door, picked at her elaborate corsetry, asked, “What’s up with you? What in the Lord’s name are you wearing? How can you breathe? Irie, my love, you’re fine—you’re just built like an honest-to-God Bowden—don’t you know you’re fine?”
But Irie didn’t know she was fine. There was England, a gigantic mirror, and there was Irie, without reflection. A stranger in a stranger land.
Nightmares and daydreams, on the bus, in the bath, in class. Before. After. Before. After. Before. After. The mantra of the makeover junkie, sucking it in, letting it out; unwilling to settle for genetic fate; waiting instead for her transformation from Jamaican hourglass heavy with the sands that gather round Dunns River Falls, to English Rose…
Growing up I worried a lot about my appearance. Not what I wore, but that I didn’t look American. To me, “American” meant white. “American” meant wavy blonde or brown hair that got tangled in the wind and curled at the ends. “American” meant freckles, thin pointy noses, and shapely eyebrows. Looking “American” was something I couldn’t ever hope to accomplish, and my deficiencies weren’t something I could figure out how to hide. Eventually I started hiding it from myself. I rarely looked in the mirror, and avoided thinking about my appearance. I went to an elementary school that required uniforms, so I only had to think about clothes on the weekends. By the time I graduated from uniforms to middle school, I had fully convinced myself that I did not care what I looked like.
While I know full well what I look like, it’s still a little of a surprise to me when I look in the mirror. I spent my formative years being as “American” as I could in every other way and avoiding thinking about my appearance that I began to think of myself as white. Not that I pictured myself as caucasian, I just did not picture myself at all.
Sometimes when people meet me they ask me where I’m from; I usually answer that my parents were raised in Taiwan. In the past few years it’s more likely that people don’t acknowledge that I may have a different ethnic or cultural experience. It’s considered impolite, maybe. Something about China may come up in conversation, and someone might apologetically ask, as an aside, what my “background” is. Other times people will talk about something very relevant to my experience, carefully (or clumsily) avoiding the elephant in the room- my straight black hair and Chinese last name. I can find reasons to be offended no matter the situation. Why wouldn’t you acknowledge the obvious fact that I’m some sort of Asian? Why do you assume that just because I look Asian that it’s part of my identity? Why are you talking about my culture without deferring to my expertise? Why should I have an opinion about that just because my parents were born there?
It’s a strange thing, having part of my identity so clearly stamped all over my face. Stranger still to have another, my sexuality, be invisible. But that’s for another day.
May 29, 2006
So, if you are thinking about joining Audible, feel free to mention that I referred you. friedapplepie [at] gmail [dot] com. If you don’t know it, they do audiobooks, audio magazines, speeches, podcasts, and probably other stuff I don’t know about. They have a number of different subscription plans, or you can buy a la carte. The service is pretty easy to use and reasonable in terms of usage – you can authorize 3 computers and 3 devices, you can burn to cd, and lots of mp3 players are compatible. There are also lots of chances to get free credits, which I like. I think you get a free one when you register. So try it out, and mention me, so I can try and get some free stuff too. Thanks!