del.icio.us is one of my most daily visited sites. Recently, I read a great post on the delicious blog about librarians and teachers using delicious more and more in their schools. This is an idea I think is fabulous and so I thought I might spell out a few ways I go about using this social bookmarking site for my doctoral research. I’ve been using delicious for at least a couple years now and have more than 3,300 websites bookmarked on my delicious page and a ridiculous amount of tags to go along with all those sites ((Actually, I’ve slowly begun to delete and rename tags but it is an extremely tedious process, read: almost a complete waste of time. Unfortunately, delicious, up to this point, only allows its users to edit tags one by one, there is no batch edit feature; nor is there, so far as I know, any 3 party app setup to help maintain tags, just create them.)). I use it for my blogging, I use it to send articles to friends, and most importantly I use it for my current research. I now find it indispensable in my daily schoolwork routine.
My good friend and designer, James LaCroix, showed me awhile back how to make an html email signature for Apple’s Mail program (something it doesn’t do easily). Since I set up that signature I have had a few folks inquire how I made it, so I thought I show the steps here. NOTE: These directions work with Apple’s Tiger and Leopard.
Every week I post a random assortment of links, videos, pictures just for fun. In this week’s edition of “Dress Down Friday” I have found some fun stuff this week ranging from LA Metro/Google Map Mashups and new solar powered messenger bags!
- For wordpress users who have your own hosting, check out this theme generator. And here’s a great looking grid-styled theme similar to the one I use.
- This week I found out about a couple treats from google. First, not only does google offer a really nice word processor and spreadsheet for free, but now you can also make presentations (just like in powerpoint). Second, they’ve started their own bookmarking and sharing service and it looks pretty nice.
- Sigur Ros has a new movie coming out.
- Twitter friend, Vanessa, has posted some great resources on “Baby Steps Toward Greener Life.” Or you could just buy this, I wonder if you can power appliances off it?
- OK, This is pretty funny.
- And now on to Los Angeles: Check out this list of google map mashups for all you Angelenos. And even better is this google maps powered LA metro map.
- If you haven’t updated handbrake you need to check the new version out. Handbrake easily rips videos off DVDs and puts them on your computer or ipod.
- And finally, look at all the new Wes Anderson commercials. This should help get you ready for his film Darjeeling Limited which comes out next week.
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The majority of entries for today’s DDF are technologically related so get ready to download, upload and…check out stuff.
- Ben recently pointed out the MyDashboard plugin for WordPress. I highly recommend it.
- Speaking of great WordPress Plugins here’s one for upgrading your WordPress install with one simple click.
- Check out Vienna, an opensource RSS reader for Mac, it has recently been updated and it’s looking good.
- Probably the best find of the past week is the program Books. It is a free program for cataloguing your books and works very similar to the $40 delicious Library [Thanks Seth].
- Even though I wrote about my favorite browser I’ve got to say that Firefox’s Campus Edition, released just in time for the school year sports an incredible plugin called Zotero. If you’re a student doing a lot of research you NEED to check out Zotero, it may be the program that gets me using FF.
- Coffee by the Books, Fuller Seminary’s coffee shop, has launched their own blog, complete with pictures and music schedules for their Friday night music series.
- Jarrod’s has a great post on Gandhi and mission and it’s a great read.
- You should look into getting your own Hymn book filled with all your favorite rock tunes [Thanks Adam].
- And just for some fun check out these quotes from Einstein.
I like to find out what browsers people like to use and why they like them so I thought I’d take a moment to make a case for why I think using Safari is still a smart option and not just for the Mac fan boys/girls. I also offer some tips you may not be aware of. (Parts of this was first posted on Paul’s blog a few days ago).
I am currently using Safari Beta 3 and I like the way it’s working. Obviously a lot of which browser you use comes down to preference and what job you have to get done. For me I do a lot of research, reading and blogging on the web, and Safari works great for both of these. While I know Firefox has a million times more developers and plugins I wanted to point out some of the invaluable options Safari has and ones I’ve come to depend on.
This morning I came over to Fuller’s Coffee Shop, made myself a mug of Cafe’ au Lait, plugged in my iPod and am listening to Starflyer 59’s new album, My Island. I’ve cracked open mywebsite code, uploaded the bleeding-edge version of Subtle, and am doing a few little things here and there to tidy things up. In other words, I’m working on updating the site here, you will experience buggy behavior while this is going on.
My buddy, Chris, over at Glued Ideas has created a glorious theme called “subtle” free for all wordpress users. Built into Subtle is an easy way to switch styles, to show the potential of this feature (and because he likes me) he powered out a style all my own called “subversive” (but you can use it too). Named after one of my favorite topics of discussion as you all well know. In the next week or so we will be adding logos, customizing it some more and what not so bear with me.
The change of scenery may take some getting used for those of you who frequent my site – don’t worry change is good.
Just a quick tip though all my articles will run down the center here and my more “bloggy” entries will appear in the sidebar.
I will also be launching a couple other new features to gathering in light next week so stay tuned and prepare yourself…