RSS Rocks

November 24, 2008 at 1:25 pm (Uncategorized)

I’ve been playing with the feed search tools listed in the post for Thing 9, and have concluded that I hate Topix.net. 😦 It’s mainly because of the screen layout – I hate how much information they are trying to cram in on one page. I’ve never been a fan of 3 column pages, and this site is a prime example as to why. It is really really messy. I won’t say what terminology I’d use to describe it…

BUT Syndic8 is much nicer and more user friendly, cleaner, easy to search. I’ve already found a ton of feeds to add to my bloglines 😀

I’ve already mentioned that I have a LOT of feeds in my Bloglines collection, and that’s precisely why I like readers. I used to have all the same websites listed in my favourites, which was really an accident waiting to happen. If you upgrade or crash, you can lose them all. I could easily spend all night going through them checking for updates individually, but Bloglines tells me when each one is updated and I can save the pieces that interest me for future reference. I can set it up so that I just have short intros to the updates rather than picture heavy posts taking up loads of time downloading. I love my Bloglines. 🙂 The only problem I’ve had with Bloglines in the past is searching for specific blogs or people as a keyword – they haven’t always come up, but I’ve jumped off, searched Google and gone back with the direct link before.

In other words. RSS = good. Feeds = good. Bloglines = good. Topix.net = yucky.

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Mashups and Flickry goodness

November 17, 2008 at 4:04 pm (Uncategorized)

Just as an aside, I have discovered I love tilt shift photography 😀 If you haven’t seen any, go and do a tag search for it – fab fab FAB effect.

Anyway, I never realises there were so many mashups and apps made with Flickr as a base! But being silly, I rather like the speller 😀 I should point out that I like the idea of the Trip Planner one, so might have a play with that next time I go somewhere, or even next time my mates come to the Hudd to see if I find somewhere new.

But to be silly here is my name in lights (ish). There is something really cool about seeing my name spelled out in random letters, and being able to play with them and swap them. Plus the crafter in me is drawn to playing with typography and I can see all kinds of crafty ways of using this for inspiration…

B R card disc with push out letter y McElman_071026_2445_O Dismantled Neon Letter Pewter Ransom Font y

Unfortunately, my blog theme breaks it on my screen. Someone teach me how to fix it please?

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My Flickr upload

November 17, 2008 at 3:33 pm (Uncategorized)




orchid

Originally uploaded by bryonyramsden

Another imaginative title… I’m full of creative English on this blog 😉

Anyway, this is the image I uploaded to Flickr and tagged for 25 things (but I also tagged it as orchid, flower and pink in case anyone else wants to nosy at it).

The photo wasn’t how I planned – it was Saturday afternoon, and the lighting was a big dank and yukky, so I put the flash on, and got this where it looks like late evening and a bit mad. But, I like that strange brightness on some of the petals, but not on others so here it is 🙂

Using Flickr to blog individual images is rather nice though – very user friendly. It would be nice to be able to blog about multiple images through Flickr as I’m not all that fond of the latest WordPress image uploader (or at least not yet anyway).

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Europe 164

November 13, 2008 at 1:09 pm (Uncategorized)

This is a statue in Czestachowa, as taken by Cyphon34. I’ve just come back from there, and this is probably the only thing I actually saw of the place while we were staying there! It had a magpie sat on top of it. I’d love to go back and see more of the city though. Anything we did see was usually in the dark, as we travelled between there, the hotel and a tiny place called Kocin. We saw a little of Jasna Gory (sp?!) in the dark, which was impressive enough to make me want to have a look round if we make it back over there for longer. Perhaps I should have looked for photos of Kocin instead? But this is a nice photo 🙂

Fingers crossed!

As a side note, this is the first time I’ve used the blog function on Flickr, as I usually use the blog uploading tools, so I’ve done something new today! Hoorah! 🙂 I already have a Flickr account, as most people doing this probably already know (especially as I’m being very boring and not at all anonymous with my username and blog name ;D), so I’ll have to find a new pic to upload. Don’t be surprised if it is craft related in some way. Or cat related 😀

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I’m here :)

November 3, 2008 at 1:44 pm (Uncategorized)

Here I am!  I’ve done the blogging thing before, so this isn’t new to me, but I’m looking forward to learning new extra things as this goes along.  And also new blog themes 🙂

I’ve also already got a Yahoo log in, and have surprised myself by having an account on Google, even though I’d clearly forgotten!  I had to activate an email account thought which means I now have a total of 5 (count em!) email addresses, including my work one.  No wonder I forgot I was registered with Google…  Please tell me that 25 Things teaches me how I keep track of them all 😉  Gmail looks rather pretty too – can see why Hotmail did the re-vamp thing.

Anyway, a nice gentle start with these first 4 things – looking forward to the rest of them 🙂

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