Friday, May 18, 2007

a change to the amendment to the earlier rule of the amendment

So I was sitting in the break room today, eating lunch, reading the Calendar section of the paper and came across a review of Away From Her, the film I had blogged about a couple of weeks ago. Then I said to myself, "Jason, wait a second, if you're reading a review of this movie in the Sentinel today, then that means it must be coming out this weekend somewhere in town." To my happy surprise, it is. It will be playing this week (and I would assume at the very least one more week) at the Regal in Winter Park.

As I wrote before, this is a gem of a movie and if you want a little detour from the cacophony of all the summer blockbusters, I highly recommend this film.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Week #4

Yeah, so I was going to do this whole write-up on Web 2.0 and what's been going on in my brain as I tried to wrap my head around what it all means, but I couldn't get my thoughts together and so I'm just going to talk about some of the websites I looked at as it pertained to the eXplore assignments. (But keep an eye out for my feelings on this subject in later posts!)

On SEOmoz, I clicked on all three sites that won awards under the "Events" category. What I like about the first two, Upcoming and Eventful, were that they -- through the magic of television -- already knew that I was looking up their site from Florida, so they already had events listed for the area. The #3 website in the category did not do this so I feel it necessary to not list them here!

I'm also a list freak so I thought the "Lists and Polls" category would be fun, but sadly they were not so much. Listdump seemed the best, but I wasn't crazy about its layout or even the depth of things it had to offer. Oh well.

I wasn't too surprised about the presence of OCLS in MySpace or Youtube as I -- and others here have mentioned -- know how much our system is in tune and up-to-date with these kinds of technologies and reaching out to our communities through it.

All-in-all I think there's so much out there to look through that it's almost impossible to make sense of it. But I guess that's the point of this course: to point us in the right direction and give us the tools to make use of it how we may.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Week #3

I certainly found this week's assignment slightly more difficult than last week's. I have some experience using RSS feeds and looking up Wikipedia, but never really utilized it as a resource. Even still today, I simply do searches on Yahoo to look things up on the web. I don't even use Google but sparingly.

I'm not completely sold on Grokker, but I definitely like the Map view layout. I looked up film as a general search and there were too many listings to go through, so I decided to be a little more specific. I typed in "French New Wave" and, still, I came up with a ton of results. In these cases, especially, I think the Map view is particularly helpful and easier to maneuver than just the listings you find in either Yahoo or Google.

I found some neat sites on Bloglines and I added a feed from Cinematical, a nice movie site I had never run across before. (Think of the site as an, except good.)

I have to say, though, Yahoo Pipes completely kicked my butt. The tutorial seemed straightforward, but when I did it, it didn't seem to work to my satisfaction. I was a bit confused as to its purpose and how to use it. I will definitely try again, but I came home from this particular Adventure empty-handed.

Friday, May 4, 2007

And the winner is...

So J from Sampsynposium guessed the source of my blog name correctly. Congratulations!! You win many things; among them, nothing. It is Woody Allen's 1977 multi-Oscar winning film Annie Hall. Click on the video and watch for yourself:

dunkin' dirky

So what's worse: being the main source of blame for having your 67-regular-season-win basketball team get bounced out of the first round of the playoffs or being the guy everyone associates for being David Hasselhoff's most famous fan?

The answer: being both those guys.