posting from my treo

Just testing out the Treo. Did you know you can actually reach blogger’s web-based admin area using the Treo Blazer web browser? Of course that also means that I’m hunched over and typing on a thumb keyboard… very slowly. But a successful test, nonetheless.

Videoblogging with a Treo

treo 650 videoI’m playing with my new Treo 650 – and discovered that it takes video. So of course, what do I do when I discover that? Immediately play with it… here’s the result of my experiment.

Ok – very silly test video, I know. Nonetheless:

  • I can capture video on the go
  • It’s poor quality video, so probably not useful for “professional” consumption
  • Great if I want to share an idea, capture a quick interview, or capture an event
  • Hmm… show management a particularly successful library event?

Reading all these, I can see a way to sum it up – cheap video is capable of capturing the moment – it will capture the relevant info, so you can use it later as supplementary material (for whatever you’re doing).

Update: Gee, Dave… it helps to actually include the link to the video…

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I’ve Been Tagged…

Robin at A Passion for ‘Puters tagged me, so here goes: 

4 Jobs I’ve had in my life:

  • DJ at my undergrad college radio station
  • Consession stand worker at a little league ball park
  • Pizza delivery dude
  • freelance recording engineer (translation = unpaid coffee-maker / errand boy)

4 Movies I can watch over and over:

  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Hmm… surely there’s another one…
  • …somewhere…
  • nope. nothing…

4 TV Shows I love to watch:

4 Places I have lived:

  • Liberty, MO
  • Blue Springs, MO
  • Hattiesburg, MS
  • Nashville, TN

4 Places I have been on holiday:

Holiday? Not sure about that one, but – four places I have been:

  • Denver, CO
  • Washington, DC
  • Haiti
  • Branson, MO

4 of my favorite dishes:

  • Anything oriental
  • Most any seafood
  • Fazoli’s breadsticks…
  • Lasagna at Mom’s Italian Villa in Chattanooga, TN – it’s AWESOME.

4 Websites I visit daily:

  • Bloglines
  • Kansas City Public Library
  • KCPL Staff Intranet
  • Google

4 Places I would rather be right now:

  • Home… in my basement
  • .. playing drums
  • Or on a hike somewhere
  • Or with my family

4 Bloggers I am tagging:

Gaming Taskforce at my Library

We now have a gaming taskforce at my library! The taskforce’s goal is to create a gaming plan for our library system, and report back to our management group… then the management group will decide where to go from there.

So we now have a gaming taskforce group email account, and I have a couple of email and computer gaming folders… wow.

And I also did some brainstorming on gaming at the library today, and thought I’d share it. It’s not neccessarily what we’ll be doing – just my thoughts. But some of you might be interested in them, nonetheless… so:

David’s Gaming Goals

  • console gaming 
    • set up networked game system at each location
    • it should be movable
    • create programming around the equipment
      • game nights
      • parent/kid game challenges/learning
      • branch/location challenge tournaments
      • how to play types of training
      • health DDR programming
    • train staff in use
    • create web help guides for console gaming
      • how to play
      • where to play – highlight programming
      • cheats and other online pointers
  • online gaming
    • create web guides for popular games
    • i.e., Runescape
      • basics of play
      • cheats and other online pointers
    • create programming around games
      • how to play
      • introduction to online gaming – what they are
  • Little Kid’s gaming
    • provide clear pointers to games like Neopets.com
    • create web guides for popular games
      • how to play
      • cheats and other online pointers
      • where the games can be found
  • circulating games
    • buy top 25 games in one format
    • same format of equipment we purchase
    • some for each branch
  • patron gamers
    • books on games 
      • game theory (everything bad is good for you)
      • how to play (Dummies guides, etc)
      • young adult novels with gaming plots
    • movies?
    • Magazines
  • phase two
    • Challenge other libraries 
      • challenge other library system to a tournament
      • see if they can be networked tournaments
    • Teen Center in Central
      • “The Game Vault”
    • Take gaming to the community
      • Set up mobile gaming unit
      • create school programming/learning opportunities
      • take it to community groups
      • take it to church youth groups in KCPL area?
      • have a library component, too
        • one idea – to play, you have to have a library card
        • or you have to sign up for a library card

Opera Mini Simulator

Update: In the comments area, Paul provides the actual URL – thanks, Paul! And Paul – for the . hit the 1 key.
opera mini simulatorJust poking around more on the Opera Mini site – and found an Opera Mini simulator! Pretty cool – I was able to test what Kansas City Public Library’s website looks like using the Opera Mini browser.

What did I discover? Our way cool horizontal menu bar? Doesn’t work. Normal links DO work, though. I was able to click through to an image and an article in one of our subject guides.

Thankfully, we’re working on a redesign – we’ll have to focus on STANDARDS… CSS, XHTML, etc. so the world can browse us. Even those using cell phones!

opera, opera mini