Friday, February 27, 2009
The is debating a bill [PDF] that will limit municipalities' ability to condemn water in rural areas, i.e., to claim water for urban use that is currently used for agriculture or the environment.
This prohibition makes sense to me, as I prefer voluntary transfers through markets to political grabs of resources in their traditional uses.
The Bill is under intense scrutiny this week, and there is probably going to be another vote next week. Here's the position of one group in favor:
Please call all members of the committee and tell them you support HB40. Municipalities already have a 40 year planning period in which to obtainfor their needs; there is no specific water right "necessary" to a project; an active market exists for water rights, so there is no need to ever condemn; condemnation of water and water rights eliminates incentives for conservation by municipalities, as well as destroying any incentive for linking land use and water; condemnation of water means that the future opportunities for small towns and rural areas are completely driven by municipalities hundreds of miles away because of their power and money to take the water from unwilling owners.Bottom Line: Cities must first become water efficient (by charging MORE than cost for water!) before they look for more supplies. Even then, they should PAY (a lot!) for those supplies.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
at the Expo New Mexico - Fairgrounds,
Saturday, February 28, 8:30-4:30; Sunday, March 1, 10:00-4:00
- Exhibitors & Food Booths (but of course, healthy food)
- Free Seminars
- NO ENTRANCE FEE - (Parking Only $4.00).
• Irrigation Companies
• Water Harvesting – Rain Barrels
• Gravel and Mulch Companies
• Landscape Architects and Designers
• Masonry, Stone, Retaining Wall Bricks
• Succulent Garden Planters
• Vintage Gardening Equipment
• Books – All Gardening, Xeriscaping Aspects
• Yard Art, Water Features
• Native Plants, Trees, Shrubs
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
For the last several years, I have used both the Internet Explorer (IE) and Firefox browsers. However, over the last few months, it has become clear that IE is risky and even dangerous. The two principal reasons for this are first, that IE is closely woven into Windows. A successful attack on IE could easily give a hacker complete access to your computer. Second, IE uses ActiveX controls, or mini programs, to add functionality to Web sites. But many of these controls have been compromised, and could allow an attacker to infiltrate or even seize control of your PC. So now I use Firefox almost exclusively, and so should you. But there are other browsers out there. So let us review the five most popular browsers, starting with a look at IE itself.
We start with Internet Explorer because it is probably the browser you are most familiar with. Most PCs come preinstalled with Windows and therefore IE, so it has become the default browser, so to speak. Users gain some experience with IE, before possibly moving on to other browsers. IE is still the most widely used browser in the world, although its market share is declining somewhat.
It came out of the gate in 1995 shortly after the appearance of Netscape Navigator. The two browsers duked it out in the late nineties and IE eventually won, at least partly because it was fre e. Netscape charged for its browser at first. The latest iteration of IE, version 7, has tabbed browsing and an RSS reader, but is not as easily customized as other browsers. Accessing your Favorites and History is simple, but overall, IE is considered the slowest browser.
The open source Firefox browser from Mozilla is descended from Netscape Navigator, and is the second most popular Web browser. The day Firefox 3 was released last year, it was downloaded 8 million times, a Guinness record. It has an almost endless list of extensions and plugins that allow you to do just about anything, and more come out every day. It is therefore easy to arrange Firefox to suit your needs. Click Tools, Add- ons to see the list. Some claim that plugins reduce the security and integrity of the browser. So be sure you get your plugins through Firefox itself, or other reputable sources.
There is even an IE plugin, where Firefox can pretend to be Internet Explorer, so you can update Windows. Firefox works on Windows, Mac OS X and many Linux versions. It is significantly faster and safer than IE, and does not use ActiveX controls.
Around the middle of last year, Google issued its own open source browser called Chrome. It is gaining a reputation of being simple and lightweight, hogging fewer computer resources than IE or Firefox. The initial End User License Agreement (EULA) required you to transfer to Google all your rights in any content you submit through Chrome, but this outrageous clause was soon removed. Chrome is not known to be especially speedy.
Opera is one of the oldest browsers. Like Netscape, Opera was originally not free. It was the first browser to have tabbed browsing, and offered plugins before Firefox did. Opera has many nice features such as widgets, which are feature-specific windows. They help you be more productive, unless you download a game. Then, perhaps not. Opera is not as efficient as some of the other browsers, but it is about the fastest. It has a small but loyal following.
Which brings us to the proprietary Safari browser from Apple. It is the browser most Mac users know and love, but it is the least-known browser among PC users. This is because the Windows version only came out in mid-2008, packaged with iTunes, which is a bit of an annoyance. Whenever Windows users update their iTunes software, they get Safari if they are not careful. Safari is simple and clear to use, and has its own plugins, most of which only work on the Mac. Safari is not bad in terms of speed and efficiency.
Whichever browser you use, keep it up to date, like any other program. Also, keep IE handy. You will need it to update Windows, and occasionally to view Web pages that do not display properly in other browsers.
Syd Tash is a longtime computer security consultant, author and founder of The Safer Surfing Project. He has been keeping Web surfers like you safe and secure since the last century. Find out how to keep yourself safe online; get his popular, free tips, fixes and news available at: http://MyPCSecurityBlog.com
Monday, February 23, 2009
Free pancakes at IHOP ... it's their annual Children's Miracle Network fundraiser. Here in town, expect to pay for your pancakes. Ancient Cities Cafe is your best bet for a short stack, no doubt also available at the Shaffer Dining Room.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
The annual Health Fair is Saturday March 7, the day before that first rodeo event of the season. At the high school I think - not much in the way of details sent my way yet Kay Stillion and I will table sitting for iCreate/SEEDS - sharing a table w/ B Street Market.
February seems to have been busier than usual. Don't know about the rest of you, but I am usually still hibernating. The extra activity (or facsimile thereof) is due to Salinas' program for the Gran Quivira Centennial, which kicked off this month with lectures through March, every Friday, 7 pm in the Shaffer Conference Room. There will be more throughout the year - so far April and May. Activities will coordinate with other community events and celebrations whenever possible, so bookmark the Schedule.
The rest, if memory serves, are meetings - many to plan spring and summer activities. The Chamber of Commerce's marketing committee is going gangbusters if I say so myself. We'll be unveiling plans for a Discover Mountainair campaign at the next chamber meeting ~ advertising, professional quality original graphics, portal page linking to member pages and local online resources.
Yet another February meeting, Dale Harris and I met last Saturday (at Alpine Alley & Shaffer) to go over plans for the 2009 Poets & Writers Picnic. Synergy is the byword here as plans coordinate efforts with and focus on both Sunflower Festival and Centennial. Not much in the way of details to share, but the Art Council had a February meeting as well. I only knew about it because members were drifting into the Turner Inn conference room as the Chamber marketing committee was trouping out. Serendipity is as good a source as any, even if, by definition, less reliable.
works in progress at Clayworks, photo by Jude Mowris
Friday, February 20, 2009
Thanks to Floyd Muad'Dib (remember Dune?) for taking the picture and sharing with us. See the rest of the West: take a look at the rest of his photo stream, which, in addition to other western states, includes a NM set. Not just photos either but scanned nature sketches too. (The spirit of Audubon lives...)
General blog policies (not to sound unduly formal): comments and guest posts welcome. I'd like to see more of both. You can comment anonymously but preferably with a nickname or pseudonym so we can tell one anonymous from another. Otherwise it's confusing. Original guest posts: posted as submitted with full credit/by-line, email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Pen name, pseudonym or "name withheld by request" are all OK. I don't have to know who posts comments but do require it for guest posting - confidentiality respected.
And a word or so about the difference between the blogs: this one, Mountainair Arts, is general - not even limited to the arts (unless defined very broadly). Mountainair Announcements is just that: local announcements. Whatever, including advertising, just as long as it's local: meetings, events, activities, sales, specials, reminders, etc. Nothing illegal or obviously spurious. Think of Announcements as the electronic equivalent of a privately maintained public bulletin board.
Poets & Writers Picnic started out as a supplement to pages for the annual poetry event of the same name. It also supplements the Sunflower pages, possibly Mountainair's oldest private, non-commercial website, up since 2001, weathering Sunflower event name and hosting changes, the title of first probably going to Salinas - but definitely my first Mountainair site. Wider ranging than even Arts, PWP, the plog (for short), is still a Mountainair blog too. Although focusing on the letters, especially poetry, category of arts, it actively promotes the Sunflower Festival, logical since PWP the event is and always has been part of Sunflower excepting its few years before there was a Sunflower event.
The blogs are separate but not without kinship. I cross post only rarely but cross link whenever possible and encourage cross over readership. Comments and suggestions invited for all three & always welcome. The more input and cooperation the better. Think synergy & its classic counterpart about the whole being greater than the sum of the parts...
It's the real backbone of planned Discover Mountainair & "the buck stays here " campaigns. H'uh? What are those? Stay tuned for part 2....
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Cheerfully & unabashedly cribbed from The State of the Arts, the Arts Alliance's twice monthly newsletter with news about the arts and culture scene in Albuquerque and beyond (yes, there is a beyond, and it's not Santa Fe).
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was passed by the House and Senate with $50 million designated to assist the nation's arts and cultural workforce through funding to the National Endowment for the Arts, which in turn will trickle down to the states. Click the headline for more.How The Arts Got Its Money Back
Tens of thousands of people called, wrote and emailed their legislators in Washington, DC to remind them that culture contributes 6 million jobs and $30 billion in tax revenue and $166 billion in annual economic impact. The result is the happy news in the above paragraph. Click the headline for more about who did what and how it made a huge difference.
This year in the New Mexico Legislature, lawmakers plan to introduce a “media literacy in schools” bill. Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas, D-Albuquerque, is the sponsor of House Bill 342, which states that all public middle and high schools must offer a media literacy elective. With the passage of such a bill, students can learn to think critically about the media they listen to, watch, read and create. Click the headline for more
Are we hardwired to make and appreciate art? A new book, The Art Instinct by Dennis Dutton, looks to the man of the moment, Charles Darwin, for an answer. Dutton suggests that because all humans make art, and people from many different cultures appreciate similar subjects in art, art is an evolutionary adaptation, helping humans survive as individuals and as a species. Eventually, over the millennia, art-making traits have been absorbed into the repertoire of human instinct. To read more, click the headline.If you found these articles of interest, subscribe because the newsletter contains more than I've posted here and there is no telling when or how often I will excerpt and post links. To subscribe to State of the Arts, click here.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Stumbled and fell down on 2009 blogging resolutions. Yesterday not a post on any blog. Email and Facebook don't count. Hope this does not count as all the way off the wagon. Since I did not set up any parameters, it doesn't unless I want it to. How's that for legislating and adjudicating NM style? Gaps are most likely when I get behind - a procrastination side effect. Putting off means that much more to cover and writing up a humongous post (not to mention naming one covering many topics), in turn tempting me into further procrastination.
Back to discovering and discoveries (think nostos - returning home and paraphrasing TS Eliot, seeing it again for the 1st time).
"We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time." - T. S. Eliot, Four QuartetsDiscovery and subsequent procrastination started with the February Chamber meeting that I intended to blog / email report to AWOL members (usually outnumbering those in attendance) but never got around to. Read the following mini-account and discover a Mountainair most miss. Someday someone will deliver the long promised minutes to archive online and I can direct you there instead. For now, read on. What you may think about the Chamber having nothing to do with you or the rest of us is not so.
February Chamber Meeting - very briefly: 10 present, Scott Remmich presiding in Kevin Turner's absence. Minutes and treasurer's reports read and approved. Due to the Treasurer's absence making him unavailable to field questions, budget discussion and vote postponed again to next meeting.
Announcements: SEEDS meeting Feb 21; 1st Gran Quivira Centennial lecture of series (Feb-Mar); George's legislative transparency and web casting campaign (blogged).
Business: moved and approved to double Chamber scholarships, 2 scholarships, one designated as being for any NM post-secondary institution (degree or certificate); likewise sending flowers or donation to Kevin for his father.. Brief budget descussion including explanation about budget including 2 different FY s. NM Tourism's is July to June; whereas, ours follows the calendar year. Big chunks of Chamber budget come from Tourism grants and Lodger's Tax. Splingo (Spring Fling & Bingo) discussion. Clean up and community wide yard sale @ MAC, May 9. Bingo still TBA; discussion of & agreement about amping up emphasis on recycling. Pam Pettingill and Scott - aka splingo committee - meeting later to plan further.
Girl Scouts cleaning up & Kevin presiding, 2007 Spring Clean Up Day
Moving on... stay with me folks, I'm almost there and to the "discover(ing)" punchline and post title.
Most of the marketing committee (Dorothy unavailable, Kristine still in San Diego) met week before last at Turner Inn and again last week at the Salinas NPS Visitors Center and District Office. Cutting to the chase, the Chamber will be purchasing advertising in New Mexico Magazine (June, July and August). We worked on preliminary Our campaign "slogan" (no one running for office though) is Discover Mountainair. Dennis offered us idle website with registered domain name, discovermountainairnm.com, for our portal page, which for the unfamiliar is a single page pointing visitors to another or other pages, . The committee agreed to put up a portal page and include the web address in our New Mexico Magazine ads.
The single page/ mini-site directing ad viewers to other Mountainair websites and resources, is a cooperative effort. Dennis, Murt (Salinas) and I are collaborating on content and design, with, of course, ongoing reporting to and input from the marketing committee. Members can expect a full report at March meeting - and the rest of the world as I get around to blogging it. Salinas Ranger Murt Sullivan has an impressive collection of pictures of Salinas locations and displays that he is sharing with us and has already sent stunning images of priceless ancient pottery on display at Gran Quivira.
Gran Quivira pottery, Salinas Missions NPS, photo by Murt Sullivan
There's much more too: coordinating campaign with events, spotlighting other attractions, supplementing advertising with internet and web presence strategies, cross linking sites, coordinating promotions for max synergy, involving groups and individuals, tracking ad effectiveness, building up an inventory of Discover Mountainair promotional items, etcetera. I'll do my best to get to it but this post is already long enough and then some.
Now let us know what YOU think....
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Study in the Jan. 15 issue of Neuron claims 'error-monitoring' signals keep us from being too different from others
Your brain may be wired to go along with popular opinion in social situations, a new study suggests. Neuroimaging with functional magnetic resonance imaging showed that people whose opinion differed with that of a group of people experienced a neuronal response in the brain's rostral cingulate zone (RCZ) and nucleus accumbens (NAc) -- areas that seem to help monitor behavioral outcomes and anticipate and process rewards as well as social learning, respectively.
This signal appears to tell the brain a "prediction error" has occurred, which seems to cause an adjustment in the long-term to an individual's own opinion. The magnitude of the signal appears to correlate with differences in conforming behavior across subjects, according to the study on the biochemical reasons why it feels so good to go along with the consensus.
The Lundbeck Institute has more about the functions of different areas of the brain.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
It’s finally all confirmed: I’m hosting a Whisperings house concert at my home, and will be joined by solo piano artists Jon Bongiorno from Seattle and Lee Bartley from Mancos, Colorado. And what is a Whisperings concert, you ask, and why is Kathleen so excited about that?
Whisperings (http://www.solopianoradio.com/) is an Internet radio program of solo piano music. Founded several years ago by David Nevue, Whisperings, “music to quiet your world”, is the #1 channel on Live365.com; is available free or by subscription, or on iTunes; and has a million listener hours a month.
David accepted me as a Whisperings artist a few summers ago, and I have been looking forward to being part of a Whisperings concert ever since. Well, now is when: the first New Mexico Whisperings concert is here on Saturday, February 28, at 7 pm. While we won’t charge admission per se, we will be passing the hat (in an extremely hopeful manner!). As you know from previous concerts here at my house, seating is quite limited. Reserve a seat by emailing me soon.
If you prefer to hear us in a concert hall setting, or want an excuse for an evening out in Albuquerque, we will also have a Whisperings concert on Sunday, March 1, 7 pm, at Charles Pianos, 5000 Menaul Blvd NE, Suite B. Tickets there will be $15 adults/$10 students, available at the door or in advance online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/56020.
- Joe Bongiorno’s info & song samples: http://www.joebongiorno.com/index.php
- Lee Bartley’s info & song samples: http://www.leebartley.com/
- My page, for that matter: http://www.kathleenryan.com/
(submitted by) Kathleen
Friday, February 13, 2009
Valentine oddities & humor
Sweet Valentine treats from Cake wrecks Happy Woman Magazine (we think so you don't have to) Man-Bot 2007 - Valentine's Day robot brings world peace
With Valentine's Day and romantic thoughts...
When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie
When an eel bites your hand and that's not what you planned
That's a moray.
When our habits are strange and our customs deranged
That's our mores.
When your horse munches straw and the bales total four
That's some more hay.
When Othello's poor wife, she gets stabbed with a knife
That's a Moor, eh?
When a Japanese knight used a sword in a fight
Thursday, February 12, 2009
To mark Lincoln's 200th birthday on Feb. 12th, the editors at RoadsideAmerica.com have selected their favorite Lincoln tourist attractions and exhibits. From a much longer list, these 12 leapt onto the stage of infamy -- from the Lincoln Watermelon Monument to the bronzed foundation of Lincoln's Boyhood Home. There's even one unmentionable exhibit (which we've chosen to mention, of course).
Doug, Ken, Mike (and the rest of the RoadsideAmerica.com Team)
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
It won't just be the Salinas District. Community partnerships with Salinas are in the making to make this year Gran Quivira's.
This Friday, February 13, will be the second, "Administrative History of Salinas: The Great Battle" (Jeanette Wolfe, Park Historian). Weekly lectures, 7 pm in the Shaffer Hotel Conference Room - same time, same place - continue through March.
- Gran Quivira: A Blending of Cultures in a Pueblo Indian Village
- Tabira—The Gran Quivira (excerpts from book)
- Glimpses of Our National Monuments (1930) GRAN QUIVIRA (excerpt below)
Long recognized as one of the most important of the earliest Spanish church or mission ruins in the Southwest, the Gran Quivira was set aside as a national monument November 1, 1909, with an area of 160 acres. On November 25, 1919, the monument reservation was increased to 423.77 acres to protect the numerous Indian pueblo ruins situated near by. The Gran Quivira stands upon an eminence of about 7,000 feet altitude, and commands a wide view of the surrounding country. The old church, of which only a few ruined walls remain, was established about the time the Pilgrim Fathers landed at Plymouth Rock.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
A small forward step in has begun. The is providing AUDIO ONLY web casts of portions of their activity.
Below are links to this activity;
- http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/webcast/house.aspx or if this link does not work
- http://www.nmlegis.gov and click on the link listed on the upper right hand corner with the speaker icon to get to the page - once on the page, click the play button the audio player.
(submitted by) Edwina R. Hewett (George), Qualifying Broker
Whispering Range Realty, LLC
Cell: Toll Free:
Editor's note: BRAVO! Go George!
digital ATC, sunflower quilt pattern
- Art in your pocket: ATC basics
- How to Create, Trade & Collect ATCs
- ATCs for all: Online Artist Trading Card community
- Art Junction: ATCs in the classroom!
- ATC links (updated 8-08)
Montage of ATCs created by local artists, assembled by Jude Mowris,
presented by Town of Mountainair to visiting NM mayors
Monday, February 9, 2009
I'll re-post the neuroimaging piece later. It's interesting and ties in with reading I've done on related studies mapping what subjects are processed (learned) in which part of the brain. For example, there is no "other language learning" part: different languages are processed in separate and different parts of the brain. For now, no reports but at least a brief recap sprinkled with random reflections - hence the title.
The Town Council Meeting part of Feb 3 report/recap made the blog thanks to Dennis. I have notes on Chamber meeting same day that I will post with a couple of brief but very relevant committee report (an excellent rationalization for not reporting sooner, doncha think?)
Also on Feb 3, the school board election returned incumbents PJ Lovato and Eric Anaya. Challengers Debbie Lopez and Jan Eschleman made good showings. All candidates participated in a Candidates Forum Friday Jan 31, answering questions from the audience, written down and selected by draw. The Parents Advisory Committee organized and presented the Forum - splendidly I might add. The Town of Mountainair should consider inviting them to organize debates for next town elections. The challengers argued for change; the incumbents for holding course. Time will tell which proves to be the wisest course.
Friday was Salinas Monument's first lecture in a series celebrating the Gran Quivira Centennial this year. More lecture and other activities are planned. Kristine Lauritsen suggests that the Chamber, arts council and other local groups getting behind this and collaborating with Salinas District to post a major centennial bash at Gran Quivira. The ruins are among our most (if not the most) impressive attractions and deserve more local attention and inclusion in local events. It's an idea too good not to follow up on. Let's go for it...
If you missed the first lecture, don't miss the rest - next one is Feb 13, same time, same place. Download and print out the Lecture Series Flyer
Feb 13 is also the date of the Jubilee Committee's Valentine Bingo, 6:30 pm at the MAC Building Concession Area, more to come on that... There is at least one maybe more Valentine's Day dinners on the 14th. I'm still sorting them out and checking information before posting.
Further down the road: the Mountainair Gymkhana Rodeo series starts next month, with its 1st event scheduled for March 8.
On a very different note: plans are afoot for the Annual Poets & Writers Picnic to go global, affiliating with an international poetry event. Although the arts council sponsors the picnic, this particular project is not, at this time, associated with the arts council.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
approval of zoning changes at Gran Quivera Estates from R-1 to SU. APPROVED.
a. approval to raise city gas base rate from $15 to $25 for the first 1,000 cu ft. APPROVED.b. approval to increase fees for commercial dumpsters. APPROVEDc. approval to destroy documents dating from 1985 to 2005. APPROVED
Lodgers Tax: request for $6000 to go to Chamber for advertising and security at events. APPROVED.
(submitted by Dennis Fulfer)
Thursday, February 5, 2009
The last Arts Alliance legislative update explained that the House Appropriations and had tabled the discussion of New Mexico Arts funding and established a subcommittee to review the situation. Please take a moment to call the two representatives on that subcommittee and other members of the HFAC.
The message is simple:
Please restore full funding to .
Brian Egolf, Jr. (D-SF) --986-4211
Kathy McCoy (R-Cedar Crest) -- 986-4214
Other HFAC members:
Kiki Saavedra, chair, (D-ABQ) --
Lucky Varela, deputy chair (D-SF) -- 986-4318
Danice Picraux, vicechair (D-ABQ) -- 986-4438
Ray Begaye (D-Shiprock) -- 986-4436
Richard J. Berry (R-ABQ) -- 986-4452
Donald Bratton (R-Hobbs) -- 986-4227
Joni Marie Gutierrez (D-Mesilla) -- 986-4234
John Heaton (D-Carlsbad) -- 986-4432
Rhonda King (D-Stanley) -- 986 4438
Larry Larranaga (R-ABQ) -- 986-4215
Antonio Lujan (D-LasCruces) -- 986-4436
Patricia Lundstrom (D-Gallup) -- 986-4435
Nick Salazar (D-OhkayOwingeh) -- 986-4433
Don Tripp (R-Socorro) -- 986-4220
Richard Vigil (D-Ribera) -- 986-4242
Jeannette Wallace (R-LosAlamos) -- 986-4452
Cricket Appel, Executive Director
Arts Alliance, Inc.
PO Box 27657, Albuquerque, NM 87125
505/268-1920; 505/232-5383 (fax)
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
Listening to our citizens is our job. Speaking with your check book is mighty powerful! Thank you so much for your interest and support. Go for it.
Make Checks to: NM Legislative Council ServiceMemo: For Legislative WebCams/WebCastingMail To: NM Legislative Web Cam Fund
Service Room 411
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
If the money could not be applied it would be returned to the donor by the Legislative Council Service. I also checked to make sure there would be enough postage available to return the checks if necessary. If money truly is the issue, and the cameras are approved, I believe the donations can be applied to providing webcasting. After we are up and running, I would ask for a credit to be listed such as:
"Webcasting brought to you by the taxpayers of NM and the 5321 citizens of NM who provided individual contributions to this project".
Mountainair, NM 87036-0125
Office: 505-847-2300 Home 505-847-2220
Cell: 505-705-0732 Email: George@WhisperingRange.com
Sunday, February 1, 2009
I don't know about you, but I (and no doubt others) have a whole gaggle addresses that are not personal - work, service, volunteer, organization, event notifications, announcements and so on. It's happened before and now again. I promised then not to let it happen another time. Ooops it did. I can only hope for a large % of no-reply delete w/o opening recipients - and a minimum of cranky replies, which I will feel oblige to process more kindly than is my wont. This time no grousing about not getting replies.
Apologies to readers among the inadvertent invited. I'd email apologies but that would just be more unsolicited email. "Read the blog" reminders are overdue and were on the menu, but I'd better hold off a while on serving up that one.
On positive note, despite unfortunate start, the Web 2.0 app, StumbleUpon, is turning out useful, informative and even a source of random fun. Maybe some recipients will feel the same. Besides, in case you haven't already noticed, I'm already thinking how to turn this into blog fodder. Even a series...
So what do you know or need to know about social bookmarking? You already know what bookmarks and favorites are - the browser feature that lets you save and organize links. With social bookmarking, you save them online, organized not in folders but by tagging. and can share them with either designated friends and groups or the the entire browsing public. How many times a site has been bookmarked is a measure of its popularity.
I'd been using Del.icio.us sporadically; however, this last computer mishap was a slap up the side of the head reminder. There are other bookmarking applications: Diig, Digg, Furl, Faves, Reddit, Buzka, StumbleUpon and more. The now if not defunct then nearly so BackFlip was an early social bookmarking app, folder rather than tag based. Aggregated, social bookmarks generate metadata and yield "folksomonies" or user generated taxonomies. The paper, "Folksonomies - Cooperative Classification and Communication Through Shared Metadata," analyzes the grassroots classification of folksomonies for organizing and sharing digital information and media. This goes into crowdsourcing, but I'll leave that for another time.
StumbleUpon is not quite just a social bookmarking site like Delicious, Diig and others. It is also an Internet community for users discovering, rating and sharing Web pages, photos, and videos. It is a personalized recommendation engine which uses peer and social-networking principles. The stumble feature is rather fun: you ckick interests from a long list when you register: clicking "stumble" takes you to random sites matching your interests. Speed dating as applied to surfing the intenet. I get a lot of books, writing, poetry, words, art, culture and just plain quirky sites. For example, check out Kaleidoscope Painter, the applet that makes it easy for anyone to be a painter. Just drag the mouse and watch what happens.