"I certainly never write a review about a book I don't think worth reviewing, a flat-out bad book, unless it's an enormously fashionable bad book." --
says, John Gardner in Conversations with John Gardner
Quoted from 'Dictionary of Library and Information Science Quotations'     Edited by Mohamed Taher & L S Ramaiah. ISBN: 8185689423 (New Delhi , Aditya, 1994) p.150. Available @ Amazon.com

Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009: An endnote with a hope for a new beginning

The past decade, and especially the year 2009 for many was a transformative period---with new hopes for family, life, social networking, etc..

There were more failures (call it missed opportunities) than successes (or accomplishments) by and large. What we have in hand is, the new decade, as a hope for the better...

For such moments of do-it-yourself strategies, there are many positive notes from a book in hand: Fire Your Shrink! by Michele Weiner-Davis, reading now. For example:
"There is no such thing as failure, only feedback as to how to modify your next step. One of the most important prerequisites to putting the program in this book to work is to adapt a trial-and-error philosophy about change. It is remarkably freeing to realize that there are only two ways you can really screw up. One is by not trying anything new for fear of failure. ... The second way to screw up is to ignore the outcome of something you tried: wasting time convincing yourself and others that it should have worked when it didn't. Remember, the proof is in the pudding. If it works, don't fix it; if not, do something different." (p. 57)

On the same shelf:
  • What is Your One Main Failure of the Year 2009 - Are You Ready for the Year 2010?
  • Philly Teacher: 2009: Reflections on a Transformative Year
  • New Year Greetings And A Hope For Happiness :: Mel Menzies
  • Welcome to the out-of-control decade
    We have seen the future, and it doesn't belong to you
    By Rik Myslewski in San Francisco, The Register: 31st December 2009
  • The 10 most intriguing people of 2009
  • Decoding the Decade
    Repeat after me: Googlewhack, Bromance, Obamanation
    Listen to The Globe's Ian Brown read the words and phrases that became part of our collective consciousness this decade
  • Wednesday, December 23, 2009

    Amazon's Kindle (genre: e-book reader)



    To be able to read you need literacy, information and a medium. Amazon facilitates all of the above. Let's stick to information (message) and medium (electronic book reader), i.e., Amazon's Kindle. The good news is, Kindle, is now available in Canada (it was US exclusive wireless e-book reader). In the following is a quick glance of the product:
    Pros:
  • You don't need a computer or a connecting device - standalone, mobile via 3G wireless
  • Built-in keyboard -- helps in search, browse, notes, and navigation (back, forward, main home page)
  • Handy and light weight - just as holding a magazine
  • Lot of variety - Over 350,000 books plus newspapers, magazines, and blogs

    Cons:
  • Pricey, starting @ $299 (No free Internet + taxes, if you are in Canada, for instance)
  • Wireless utility not available globally (i.e, outside US & Canada)
  • You can not add more memory

    See also on the same shelf:
  • E-books take off on Amazon
  • News flash: the book isn't dead – yet John Barber, Tuesday's Globe and Mail,
    Monday, Dec. 28, 2009
  • Kindle: Amazon's 6" Wireless Reading Device Price: $299.00
  • Amazon Kindle Wireless Reading Device (U.S. Wireless)
  • Stephen's Lighthouse: Kindle Comes to Canada
  • The E-Reader Explosion: A Cheat Sheet | Technologizer
  • Will tomorrow's libraries become more like museums of today -- A question for the coming decade
  • The Battle of Building Library's Digital Collection
  • Kindle guide to the the Internet Archive: More than a million free e-books for K owners to download @ TeleRead: Bring the E-Books Home
  • Tuesday, December 22, 2009

    Blog Review: My Highly Recommended Money Making Programs


    The best part of the WWW / Internet / E-Commerce / Web Marketing is: (QUICK / EASY / SIMPLE / ONE-CLICK) Money Making Programs. That is the background. Here we are trying to understand one blog: My Highly Recommended Money Making Programs. And, the click forward from another site, brought me to this: Mailboxmoney and then found a link to another site, stating Want a free laptop?
    Ans. Yes, why Not. The process, get, set go. I clicked on the site mentioned to get a free laptop: http://www.notebooks4free.com
    Reading the terms and conditions (notebooks4free), it sounds all clear, and more importantly, telling me not to cheat, That's Great. I move on to see if this is a really real scam free deal. The simple catch is: I get 18 referrals. Period. Nope, then complex catch is, two stops, as explained:
  • Do my friends have to refer anyone?
    Only if they want their own free gift. To earn your
    free gift, your friends do not have to refer anyone.
  • How do I get a free gift?
    Our free gift program does not require you to pay any fees. You are only required to complete one offer from our sponsors, many of which are free...[read again: all items are NOT free]
    Googling for this site (notebooks4free), I found the following:
  • McAfee SiteAdvisor @ User Reviews (12): One said: "hp Hosts has classified this as a phishing site. Keep clear." [HP Host site]
  • Yahoo! Answers. One said: "The next morning.... I got 20 new spam messages and the spam folder took more than half an hour to load!"

    Note: The interesting (complimenting and supplementing the spree) is the: COMMENT POLICY @ My Highly Recommended Money Making Programs:

  • Comments on this blog are made DOFOLLOW for the Google Spiders.
  • Comments are moderated.
  • Spam will not be tolerated.
  • The design of the blog is cool, user-friendly, not overloaded with un-necessary content.
    Bottomline, nothing is free. So have happy holidays, and relax.

    See also on the same shelf:
  • I Want My Free Laptop Dot Com
  • The Top 10 Internet/Email Scams
  • A Pathfinder To Detect Spam and Forwarded Email Scams
  • WORK-AT-HOME JOBS: Internet Fraud or Gold Rush?
    Major Internet Fraud Investigation Reveals Shocking Truth you Must Know before Choosing a Work-At-Home Program
    "Are Online jobs the next big thing?
    The reality is that the hopes and dreams of honest people trying to make a better life for themselves are being preyed upon and shattered, day-in and day-out.
    A Shocking 81.4% of work at home sites were found to be Scams"
  • Tips for Avoiding Job Scams, from the Internet Fraud Watch
  • Google Adsense Appears Anywhere, Anyhow


    Thinking about competitive intelligence I have a moment's reflection. The question here is: How do businesses deal with competitors, and how they avoid each other? I found a search engine. In this context, isn't it against benchmarks of best practice in business management that Google Adsense should not be seen where Google is invisible. A competitor of Google, a less popular search engine, shows results from all other sources (READ AGAIN: it is minus Google) and has Google ads, the search engine is called Minus Google

    And, about this new born minus-google, a news headlines says: Finnish blogger amputates Google from Google: A road map for regulators of the future, By Cade Metz in San Francisco


    And, another question is: Why Does Google Allow Ads for AdSense Ready Websites?

    Search for something like "work from home", "Internet jobs" or "make money online" on Google and you’ll see a flood of ads promising easy money through the AdSense program.
    If you have ever tried AdSense on a site, you probably know how tough it is to make that first dollar but these ads, which are surprisingly served on the Google network itself, make things look so simple. Just order an "AdSense kit" for a few dollars and the money will start rolling in. continue reading: Digital Inspiration.


    See also: The Google-Yahoo! agreement and the future of internet advertising hearing before the Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, One Hundred Tenth Congress, second session, July 15, 2008.

      Any clue, or at least a response to this reflection?

    Saturday, December 12, 2009

    Writers in News: Peter Watts and John Gribbin



    John Gribbin Get a Grip on Physics,



    Watts' books include "Starfish," "Maelstrom" and "Behemoth," known as the "Rifters Trilogy."




    Monday, November 02, 2009

    Reading now: Usage Statistics of E-Serials

    Managing tight budgets, finding right service providers, selecting compatible-and-standardized tools to handle e-serials (data, access, licensing, technical support and usage statistics), motivating staff to adapt to the changing dynamics of e-librarianship, and finally meeting maximum user needs are all the crucial issues of today’s libraries. And for such a scenario here is a book--by David Fowler, presently Head Acquisitions Department, University of Oregon Libraries--as a resource, that helps in moving ahead in some of the significant areas of handling e-serials.

    Incidentally, in the context of e-serials, cost (be it as single subscription or consortial bundles), purchasing decisions, library budgets, staff experience and exposure, and most importantly tools (especially,Issues with standardization of usage statistics) are all directly related to available and standardized tools for a ROI both for libraries, and information suppliers (aka information service providers). A few relevant questions, this reviewer can think, that are faced in dealing with e-serials’ usage data include:
    a. What type and level of data do libraries want or expect in selecting / de-selecting e-serials (as discussed on p. 261)?

    b. Is the supplier collecting legitimate numbers and facts and revealing this as-is to libraries (as discussed on p. 233)?

    c. If data indicates a low use of a particular title (as discussed on p. 154, 220), does it mean first that the user is not in-need or otherwise unaware of ways and means to find it, or second, the library lacks a mechanism to create user-friendly gateway (especially the e-resources that may need a different path than what is required for a traditional print), or third there is a communication gap, in other words: lack of semantic synchronization (information seeking behavior matching with information provision)?

    d. Is there a relationship between libraries using e-serials (be it on a stand-alone or consortial arrangement) in dealing with—transactions for instance, such as, a) Interlibrary loans, and b) document delivery-- and its impact on collection development / collection management?

    e. Advantages and disadvantages of deriving usage statistics from local library management software (as discussed on p. 111), vis-à-vis supplier delivered metrics?

    f. Shared-purchase and shared responsibility (as discussed on p. 43) is one size fits-for-all or requires customization by subjects / geography (e.g, Cancer library on p. 183; National Laboratory on p. 151; and Connecticut Academic Libraries, p. 79)? and

    g. Electronic Resource Management (ERM) (as discussed on pp. 8, 130, and 252) is one part of the information management solution, but how about integrating a stand-alone resource and looking for an interface with enterprise content management (ECM) system?
    While the above hypotheses are a good fit for a new book, and comparative librarianship always looks for such Web analytics, however, Usage Statistics of E-Serials addresses only a few of these concerns, issues and matrixes.

    Usage Statistics of E-Serials, lacks a glossary of terms, such as, e-metircs (specifically in relation to web-metrics, librametrics, infometrics, etc.), usage (online, offline, and other modes of distribution permitted / adopted by libraries or end-users), access (in-house, campus wide, remote), tools (local, global, library vendor-supplied, publisher / service-provider supplied), techniques (standard, local), etc.

    Further, the book lacks a conclusion. Any reader of a book on statistics is keen on finding an authoritative summary of all that is discussed in the book. For instance, a reader is left with no last word or opinion or ways to know if the editor agrees (fully, partially or not-at-all) with one of the author’s in this collection: ‘Lies, Damn Lies, and Usage Statistics: What's a Librarian to Do?’

    Thematically speaking, the utility of the book would have been far more if it was focused on fewer themes or about any specific libraries. In this day of constantly changing dynamics, this book planned in 2004, data collected in 2006 (most cited references are pre-2006), published in 2007, today presents a little dated stories.

    Hopefully the editor may consider a (qualitative and quantitative) sequel that is also inclusive of both vertical (within a library system: systematically analyzing budget, user needs, subject specialization, staff—generalists and specialists--storage, retention and deletion) and horizontal (across libraries on the above lines) usage statistics of e-serials .

    Nevertheless, I recommend Usage Statistics of E-Serials as a useful resource for serials librarians and those involved in serials management in libraries.

    On the same shelf:

    Saturday, October 17, 2009

    Federated Search - What's in a name?

    Amazon.com Widgets

    'Federated search' is also known as, meta-search, cross-search, combined-search, integrated search and aggregated-search. First, it is about simultaneously searching, with one-click, in several electronic sources. Second, it is about getting all the search results displayed in a single browser.

    But then, some tend to use the term, Federated search, for searching OPAC / Union Catalogs / serial holdings, see: 360 Search service and R-search; and some extend to searching Websites (not just the surface web, they attempt to reach the deep web), see: here and here -- the latter refers to an example of Dogpile, as an aggregator (see much more on meta-search in relation to Search Engines, yahoo, google, bing, etc.).

    On the same shelf:

  • Federated Search - Reading now
  • Thursday, October 08, 2009

    Why user reviews are worthless: Customer Reviews!!!

    PS. This is not a review from my desktop.
    By Christopher Null

    Why user reviews are worthless - Computers - Yahoo! Canada Tech

    Say you are in the market for a new frying pan. How do you go about figuring out which one to buy?

    If you're like many shoppers, you probably log on to Amazon.com or another shopping site, poke around to find the size you want and something that's in your price range, but still find yourself faced with a choice of maybe a dozen potential options. How do you pick from that point? If you don't go with the cheapest of the lot, chances are you'll buy one based on which has the best rating as provided by prior purchasers of the item."...



    "Bottom line: Merchants may try to temper this stuff, but as a consumer, you need to keep your expectations in check, too.

    For more on this topic, I invite you to check out my book on film criticism, which has several pages devoted to grade inflation. I'm happy to report it has a perfect five-star rating on Amazon.com, so you know it's good. continue reading


    On the same shelf:
  • Citation links @ Amazon by Dr. Mohamed Taher
  • Tuesday, October 06, 2009

    GEOCITIES is Going: How to redirect your website now?

    This post is continuously updated, April 11, 2012.
  • Fire in the Library BY MATT SCHWARTZ, WITH REPORTING BY EVA TALMADGE,JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2012, Technology Review.
    The GeoCities archive was so big that at first Scott put out a call asking anyone with an available terabyte-sized hard drive to mail it to his home, where he would load the files and arrange for return postage. More than a dozen people from Scott's network volunteered to help safeguard the GeoCities cache until it was ready to be released as a torrent. continue reading
  • Nov, 2010: Geocities Lives On as Massive Torrent Download

  • Extract: "If you don’t want to download 0.65 terabytes of the web equivalent of space junk, you can merely browse one of the several mirrors the Archive Team has set up at reocities.com, geociti.es, geocities.ws and oocities.org."
  • Not gone!.

  • My Geocities' site along with others in so many Neighborhoods--found via Archive.org--now at: http://reocities.com/ResearchTriangle/thinktank/8596

  • Former GeoCities customers:
    Sorry, the GeoCities web site you were trying to reach is no longer available.
    Although you have signed in to Yahoo!, you can no longer access the GeoCities Control Panel. Please visit one of our other Yahoo! sites or learn more about this change in the help center

  • 28 Oct, 2009 -- site accessible till 6 PM, EST.

        



  • R.I.P. GeoCities: A Community is Killed Yahoo Shuts Down Property with 10m Unique Monthly Visitors
    By Chris Crum, WebProNews
    Yahoo has officially shut down Geocities.The company has said that it did not count the property among its priorities, so it is simply getting rid of it. Yahoo has shut down about 20 services in less than a year.

    23 Oct, 2009

  • Strange, but is it true? what do you think: "I can't read Japanese, but Yahoo! GeoCities Japan doesn't currently mention anything about closure on it's index page." SCONEHENGE


    Base on the above news, even today geocities @ Japan says, nothing about closure. It is all about continuity of technical support, not end of support: "October 2009 from October 22 to perform server maintenance every Thursday."

    Background news:

  • Yahoo Quietly Pulls The Plug On Geocities, by Leena Rao on April 23, 2009

  • News about My New home: Geo sites By Chris Crum - Fri, 10/09/2009.


    Now, I have posted the following at BlogCatalog. In case you are not a member of BlogCatalog, please post your comments here.

    GeoCities is closing on October 26, 2009. Thanks to Timethief, we have the background of GeoCities' announcement to CLOSE and what else is already done.

    If we do our own back-up and post our content on any other websites, the content will be with us, touch wood, forever. Otherwise, our Geocities' content will be lost in the deep web.

    I have done some research (see the links below), and tried my best to get back to the surface web--I just did my 2 cent, and not sure of the results. Hence, please try and let's share our results, of what works, and what does not work.

    Here are a few links I found:


  • How to redirect a web page, the smart way: www.stevenhargrove.com/redirect-web-pages





  • Geocities closing 301 redirect to maintain search ranking: forums.digitalpoint.com/showthread.php?t=1419350"





  • Using the Link Rel Canonical Tag: www.devshed.com/c/a/PHP/Using-the-Link-Rel-Canonical-Tag/





  • Learn about the Canonical Link Element in 5 minutes: www.mattcutts.com/blog/canonical-link-tag/




  • On the same shelf:


  • Tuesday, September 15, 2009

    Google Alerts' mybookface! And, the true colors of Internet Explorer and Firefox Web Browsers in dealing with Web forgery

    Google Alerts

    to me : http://mediahyderabad.blogspot.com/
    Deccan Chronicle ( ) Mediahyderabad in Online now Times, Indian following sells Jaundice Feb has Kerala a http://mediahyderabad.blogspot.com. Click Deccan - DECCAN In local ! ...

    Clicked @
    Deccan Chronicle ( ) and Firefox Web Browser shows ALERT, 'Reported Web Forgery':









    Typed the actual website address, http://mybookface.net (@ Deccan Chronicle ( )) and Firefox Browser, still shows a WARNING:









    Clicke and typed the actual website address, http://mybookface.net: in IE; and saw ' NO WARNING', 'NO ALERT' and 'NO FORGERY':









    The bottomline:
    1. Google Alert is mechanically generated, right. It may bring you spam messages / irrelevant site links, too. Possible. Period.
    2. IE / Firefox Web browsers have different reception for the above scenario, as seen above.
    3. While the website is using a similar url (probably to get Facebook-like traffic), it didn't harm the computer--then, is this type of site, that uses a popular and confusing-like url, is not tested by the robots @ Windows Live's IE and Mozilla's Firefox. The end-result: wasting the time, resources and patience of end-users!

    Note: The term 'Web forgery,' is dealt as follows:

    PUNCH LINE:

    "Security researchers Emil Ljungdahl and Lars-Olof Moilanen demonstrated that, in cases where the entire contents of a page are enclosed in a
    with absolute positioning, a web forgery warning dialog won't be displayed unless the user switches tabs away-from then back-to the forgery page." Mozilla Foundation Security Advisory.

    Tuesday, August 04, 2009

    Partitions (Tr. of 'Kitne Pakistan') by Kamleshwar Prasad Saxena

    PS. This is not a review from my desktop.

    This book is translated by Ameena Kazi Ansari as 'Partitions'
    "Kamleshwar’s Kitne Pakistan enjoys cult status as a novel that dared to ask crucial questions about the making and writing of history.

    With India’s partition in 1947 as its reference point, the novel presents a limitless canvas against which the most extraordinary trial in the history of mankind runs its course. Present in a court that transcends space and time are Mughal Emperors Babar and Aurangzeb, Spanish adventurer Hernando Cortez, Lord Mountbatten, Adolf Hitler and Saddam Hussein. Along with political leaders, religious zealots and scheming gods of mythology, they stand accused of creating countless fractured nations, leaving a never-ending trail of hatred and distrust..."
    continue reading the book description
    Extract from another article by Asghar Ali Engineer: "My friend and noted Hindi writer Kamleshwar wrote an excellent novel Kitne Pakistan (How Many Pakistan?) and in that novel he counts Maulana Shibli No’mani as one of narrow minded Muslim. I told Kamleshwar he has done great injustice to Shibli. He was highly critical of Muslim League and its politics and great supporter of Indian national Congress and nationalist. Kamleshwar told me he will make the necessary change in the English version of the Novel which was being published by Penguin. However, soon after that he died and I do not know whether he could get time to make that correction." continue reading, Shibli Nomani and national politics

    See also reviews by

    Monday, March 02, 2009

    Blog Reviews - Success With Languages


    About the Site:
    Success With Languages is an educational site. The subject of the site is about the childhood experiences with language, thought and society (some may call this Socio/Psycho-linguistics, some others prefer to name it as: Comparative Linguistics).

    "This blog aims to help language learners in any level the owner of the weblog is a trilingual parent who has lived and worked with more than 4 languages for more than 40 years. She shares her journey from the eyes of the child and how using simple childhood methods, to live with languages."


    How much is the traffic, one word: terrific:


    APPEARANCE (layout, colour, positioning and style)
    Overall Appearance = 9
    Layout = 9
    Color Scheme/Theme = 9.5
    Headings/Font = 8
    Ease Of Navigation = 8
    Loading Time = 9

    CONTENT (text and images and context)
    Quality = 9
    Quantity = 10
    Spelling/Grammar = 9
    Content Interest = 8.5
    Theme Continuity = 9
    Use Of Pictures/Video = 8.5

    MISCELLANEOUS
    Reader Interaction = 9.5
    Incentive To Return = 8.5
    Active Links = 9.5
    Accessibility = 9
    TOTAL = 143/160
    [e-metrics / benchmarks courtesy: jennij]

    Recommendation:

    Technical: Generate a site map (they say it is good for search engine optimisation), or a detailed menu or cloud to visualize what is all hidden in layers and pages.

    In short, the site is focused, updates quite often, encourages readers to be loyal and return for another glance / round trip. The site needs some cleanup to be able to navigate freely.

    The content is well written, with no communication errors, whatsoever. The posts have a catchy heading. The design may need some alteration in order to display a distinction between: a) internal and external links, and b) commercial ads from professional content--some say ads are OK so long as they are not a barrier to your site's goal (see the other side). Overall the site is simply impressive and reveals the authors passion to be the best in this field!

    On the same shelf:


    Tuesday, January 27, 2009

    Blog Reviews - Willowby Woods


    Blog Title: Willowby Woods a witch’s forest of piffle, poetry and painting
    Blog URL: http://www.willowbywoods.com/
    Former Blog URL: http://witchwoman.wordpress.com/
    Blogger: Crystal Raven
    Blog's Date of migration: August 12, 2008
    Blogger's Profile: http://willowbywoods.com/about-2
    "This site is about my daily life as a witch, mother, wife, poet and artist. I will also touch upon minimalism, home organization and time management. "
    Subject Profile: Development and Growth Art
    Tags:Book of Shadows Hedge Witch Series Piffle Poems Theory Tidbits
    Tag Cloud @ Blogcatalog:
    book of shadows
    bs
    children
    family
    hedge
    witch series

    life
    personal development
    piffle
    sabbat
    Spirituality
    the artist's way
    the hedge witch series
    tidbits
    winter solstice
    witchiness

    Strength: Good design. Netmechanic analysis gives five star to each: a) Link Check and b) HTML Check & Repair. Overall technically (above, right side) there are no major issues, going by this automated roundup.
    The tags or Categories are well organized and user-friendly. More subject-wise tags tell you what the blog is all about: Tags: poetry Mental Illness witchcraft pagan fine art persona;

    Layout is cool and the content is well spread in first and second columns (and a third column hangs).
    Navigation is easy and presents no problem

    Weakness: No major weaknesses to report. Minor issues include: a) the third column can be used to add content--instead of leaving it blank; and b) there is no direct link to archives (The heading: Dusty old Tomes, leads you to comment section, not to the old posts).

    What do others say about this blog [This blog is currently rated a 5.00 out of a possible 5 based on 4 comments. ]:
    • Mylissa: I really like your blog. Very interesting!
    • rani: Wonderful blog, from which we can all learn a lot. Thanks.
    • Cassandra: great personal and insightful blog. she is true to herself and i love that!
    • Ruben Ricart: Great Blog! I have the same theme for one of my blogs.
    • The Review Guy- Clear, crisp, simple, smooth. All words I would use to describe your blog layout. I love simplicity.
    • Blog Review DailyNot only is the author a witch, she is also a pretty good poet… Witch Woman is a blog that is interesting and scary at the same time…
    • KatYou have an amazing way of putting the facts down, without sugar coating them and making them touch the hearts of the reader.
    • MelindaI love your site! I find your writing so inviting–and I love the way you explain your beliefs in such a matter - of - fact way that is easy to understand. I love your blog–and think you are a great addition to the blogging world.

    Recommendation: Good job. The content is focused. The design is cool, the site is not overloaded. This site is of interest to all those who wish to look at life with an alternative perspective. The author synchronizes mental illness, creativity and practical approaches that work and work well.
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$


    On the same shelf of Spirituality on the Web, see more in my book:



    Here is a sample from inside the Book: Cyber Worship in Multifaith Perspectives--full of resources that will facilitate building bridges in a Multifaith society.

    Sunday, January 18, 2009

    Blog Reviews - this time this space


    Blog Title: This time this space: Personal development, growth & relationships
    Blog URL: http://thistimethisspace.com/
    Blogger: timethief
    Blog's Date of birth: April 23rd, 2007
    Blogger's Profile: http://thistimethisspace.com/about/
    Blog profile: http://thistimethisspace.com/about/
    Subject Profile: thistimethisspace personal development, growth & relationships blog contains information and techniques I use for transforming and improving my life.
    Tags:
    Aromatherapy Beauty Tips Blogging Children Climate Change Conscious Living Cooking Creative Visualization Depression Dreaming Essential Oils Featured Articles Fibromyalgia Goal Setting Health Humor Imagery Inspiration Internet Relationships love massage Meditation Personal Development Personality Poetry and Quotes Politics Psychology Rants and Opinions Recipes Relationships Relaxation Techniques Self Help Sensuality Sexuality Sleep Social networking Spirituality Time Management Uncategorized Vegetarian Diet and Recipes Wisdom womens issues wordpress.com wordpress.org Yoga

    Tag Cloud @ Blogcatalog:

    Blog Posts Frequency: January 2009 (3)December 2008 (8)November 2008 (10)October 2008 (9)September 2008 (6)August 2008 (6)


    Strength: The title truly reflects the author's idea of being in-time and this is reflected in the four themes: Health, Personal Development, Relationships, and Sexuality);
    The taglines are detailed and are rightly called categories (most bloggers forget that they are classfying the information into some categories, and not just simply tagging--incidentally, tagging is the fashion of the day);
    Layout is cool and the content is well spread in two columns;
    About Me page tells you about the blog, and about the author;
    Sidebar is decently organized with mouse-over feature; and the themes (mentioned above) are well explained.
    navigation is easy and presents no problem

    Weakness: There is no major issue. However, one minor technical issue bothers. The non-techy audience fails to read the full article (in each post). They don't see the idea that if they click on the title of a post, they can read the full article. Using ... (three dots) without any indication of continuity may be avoided or be replaced with a better substitute.

    First post: This time ~ This space
    Bottomline of the First Post: "Until we recognize that the crisis in the way we humans govern ourselves is due to viewing ourselves as being separate and apart from the environment that sustains all, no real changes will be made."
    What do others say about this blog:
    • darkspark: inspired writing. a happy mix of topics that readers will always find some value from.
    • Stephen Wilson: What a great blog. Very peaceful, yet very open. I think it's what most people set out to do, but few realize.
    • G.Sannino: I really am blown away at how well you write. I enjoyed reading your affirmation page. Sometimes we forget to do a lot of those things. The design the layout is very professional. Thanks for putting it out there.
    • Kanishk Patel: Hey that is one gr8 blog and great collection of postall the post looks to be from heart
    • techno: ...after reading this article u touch my heart. u r very soft but ur approaching style may be can't understand.... ok keep going. thnx... touch ur deep earn.
    • Robert E. Lee: Your personal blog is wonderful. I spent more time there, than I have ever spent on a blog before. Very well researched and written. Your words draw people in and you can't stop reading.
    • Scott Rose: TimeThief and her work are an asset not only to the community at Blog Catalog, but to the blogging community at large
    • Alex Great: Good stuff time, I was browsing around your blog and wanted to write a comment but kept reading and reading. I like the way your blog is cross linked too.
    • Sheila: When entering onto this site, I feel warmth, invited, not overwhelmed. This site gives me motivation, my own personal growth from reading information on this site.
    • Many many many more fans @ BlogCatalog
    Recommendation: Very useful information for all those who are interested in personality development and related themes. Prompts further study and research with its excellent documentation (each posts provides with reports, case studies, etc.)

    See also some related titles @ Amazon:

    Saturday, January 17, 2009

    Selling Your Book to Libraries -- Self-published or Privately Printed Books

    Note: Its a open market and company's who promote self-publishing must be evaluated. The Idiot's guide gives you know how, the job is yours. Test the market, compare the competitors and do as-you-like-it. Read the bottom line, from the last link posted below.


    "I'll make a guess that your dream is to see your book on the New York Times Bestseller list. To walk by a Borders or Barnes and Noble and know your book is stocked on the shelves. Those are great dreams and it is important to have a big vision for your book sales. But there is one market that you should not overlook - the public and school library market. Libraries have large budgets and some regional systems have buyers that purchase on behalf of 20 or more locations. " continue reading

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    Saturday, January 10, 2009

    Better by Design ~~ Reading now

    Better by Design states: "Libraries are faced with rapidly shifting populations of users with differing needs, who require a range of fresh communications links that are transforming our concept of the library space. This book takes as its starting point the fact that few architects know about libraries, and fewer librarians know about architectural planning and design."



    I recommend this book to all those who are interested in making the library useful and usable. We need more books that teach you best practices to be applied in any type of library in today's converging atmosphere.