Blog Roundup

So it's 3:45am on December 28 and I'm back in my own bed after a few days of riding the sleigh around SE Saskatchewan (well, to Shea's parents in Weyburn, my parents in Indian Head then back to Regina today.) Right now, I'm surfing around to catch-up on my regular blogs and here's some of what struck me…

One of my main partners-in-crime for much of library school, Lindsay H., recently got on the blogwagon and since she's got me listed under “Awesome Blogs” (and since I'm the only site listed there…so far!), I thought I'd give her a shout out (or whatever the kids on MySpace say.)  She's also promised to do at least a weekly entry to keep it “fresh” and “hip” (again, my words, not hers) and so far, her entries have been very enjoyable. 

Quinn's put a link to his LinkedIn profile in his latest blog entry which inspired me to put a link to my own LinkedIn profile here as well.  For anyone who doesn't know, LinkedIn is another social networking site but with more of a job/career/professional focus rather than a University/join random groups/put up pictures of yourself with a drink in your hand and/or cleavage showing-focus like Facebook (and how many people clicked on the Facebook link rather than the LinkedIn one based on that description?  Be honest!)

The hardest part of social networking sites for me is finding other people on them that I know so if anybody reading this is on LinkedIn, feel free to add me as a contact.

Amanda Etches-Johnson who taught social software last term posted a link to a photo of her Christmas reading list and I've just recently read “The Long Tail” (two word review: beyond excellent), I grabbed “Paris 1919” in a random walk through the Sunrise Branch of the RPL right before heading to Shea's parents and I've now added “Ambient Findability” to my own reading list since that's a pretty strong recommendation when somebody end up buying the same book twice without even realising it!    Oh, and I also see a link on her site to NaBloPoMo which makes me realise that November was National Blog Posting Month where you were supposed to post daily for one whole month.  Apparently, I subconsciously realised this and am now going on what, three months straight in my own version – NaHaveNoLifeNoMo?

Renee S's blog is probably the most consistently entertaining one that I read (and since I know you're thinking it, my own blog is probably somewhere around #4 on the Top 10 list.  And there are a few on that list of ten that would easily vault past mine if they were updated a bit more frequently. <hint, hint>  It doesn't have to be daily like those of us with too much time on our hands but even weekly updates like Lindsay has promised help make it interesting. Who else is in that Top Three?  At this moment, I'll say Jerome Martin and MeShell but that really changes on a daily basis depending on what people are writing about.)

Mike T. pushes that “too much information” button with one of the funniest blog entries I've read in a long time. 

Cenobyte did an entry on her family's Buy Nothing Christmas and also how a friend donated to charity instead of giving her a gift.  Both are ideas that have had some play in our household as well and I don't think we were the only ones thinking this way – the stores/malls that I did end up visiting this Christmas seemed pretty slow and empty.  We couldn't convince the family to go completely “Buy Nothing” but we went with a $25 per person limit which is much lower than we'd usually spend.  I liked that it made Christmas feel so much less stressful trying to run around and buy multiple gifts for everybody which end up sitting on a shelf unopened or whatever. 

Finally, Chris G. posted a link to a story about “What Happens To Your Body If You Drink A Coke *Right Now*” that's got me to stop the sugar juice cold turkey (well, unless I'm mixing it with Wild Turkey. )

Comments 6

  1. Anonymous wrote:

    Thanks for the shout out…yo. And the information about Coke, ewch…
    I'm impressed I am in your current top three though, considering I stole and ran away with your youtube blogs for the holidays idea. 😛

    Posted 28 Dec 2006 at 5:45 pm
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    That's actually why you're in the Top Three – I love when people steal ideas from me but at least give credit!

    Posted 28 Dec 2006 at 5:55 pm
  3. Anonymous wrote:

    Update on the “Buy Nothing Christmas”: if you decide to go this route, make sure you have a lot of patience and a lot of factual information, preferably in print form. (sigh)
    We managed to get the grandparents to only give the kids one toy each (this doesn't include the clothes they got, of course, which is another battle). The kids have gone through their toyboxes and are getting rid of (read: donating to a daycare, library, or inner-city shelter or school) the toys they don't play with, and that's nice. But it's a real uphill battle to convince your family (particularly grandparents, around here) that rather than spending money on gifts, we would like them to spend time on them.
    I think I may have to settle for 'okay, you may buy us gifts, but only if you spend money on locally-produced toys/items/art, and only if you purchase it in a locally-owned shop or museum'. We have signed up for gift registries from (mostly because I just love the idea of giving away a **water buffalo** for Christmas), and, surprisingly, the kids are really excited about their gifts at Christmas and birthdays being things that help other families to survive.
    I'm just about off the soapbox here (and thanks for the mention!). We found that we have to assure the family that the kids WILL have 'things under the tree' (Santa makes gifts, too, and picks things up from the Pats store if he absolutely has to). As for birthdays, one of the best gifts The Captain (seven-year-old) got was a subscription to “Archie” comics; he reads them, then either recycles them or donates them to the doctor's office or a daycare or something. Many of the toys he got from his friends for his birthday are now in the donation pile, which is kind of sad, but he did have some friends bring him home-made cookies, and one even made him an entire book!
    Anyway, my point here is that sometimes, it's an uphill battle, and we're finding that our kids are more excited about it and are more 'okay with it' than the rest of our family. I suspect, though, that once it gets going, it'll be really cool.
    I also love your 'price limit Xmas'. We may have to suggest that instead of 'if you want to give us (or the kids) money, please donate to the charity of your choice in our name (or to the RESP of your choice)'.
    Anyhow, good holidays and best in '07!

    Posted 29 Dec 2006 at 9:20 pm
  4. Anonymous wrote:

    “Your” linked in profile merely links to mine ( Can you repost your linked in profile, and then I can add you to my contacts?

    Posted 29 Dec 2006 at 9:49 pm
  5. Anonymous wrote:

    Oops, that complicated CTRL-C, CTRL-V command sometimes gets the best of me. Fixed.

    Posted 30 Dec 2006 at 2:38 am
  6. Anonymous wrote:

    Thanks for the update on your experiences. The “gift limit Christmas” is something we've always done just to make sure that one sibling isn't buying M&D a big expensive gift while the other one is cheaping out on socks and ties or whatever. Keeps us in the same ballpark. But this was the first year we asked everybody to keep it really low as a limit as well (I think we used to do $50 per person or maybe even $100.)
    For those of a different generation or outlook, putting a spending limit on gifts is a nice compromise between “buy nothing” and “help Interac set all-time records.”

    Posted 30 Dec 2006 at 2:43 am
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