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Archive for January 2009

I’m short of time this week, so this will be more of a twitter than a proper post.  I like the idea of Google Docs and can see that it would be a great way of collaborating on things (outside work of course!)  It seems to be v. easy to use, the only thing I had trouble with was finding someone’s google mail address by the recommended means (in the end I asked Bryony and she gave me hers).

I love Librarything and will hopefully add more to my page and spend more time playing around with it.  It’s a really good way of getting ideas for what to read next as well.  Next time I’m on I want to see how many other Sara Paretsky fans are out there and pick up on any of her books I’ve missed!  The most popular of the books I’ve added so far is The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy which has been added by 7,045 people.

Here is a link to my Librarything page, in case you are interested!  http://www.librarything.com/catalog/Katemcg

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southpark

Hee hee, this is quite fun.  I like South Park characters and this lets me design my own – I hope you like him.  Hmm, I’ll have to think of a name for him now.  I liked the comic strip generator as well –  could use that to produce birthday cards with humourous quotes.  I didn’t like the Happy Face generator at all, it took me back to Manchester in the late ’80s and early ’90s (and not in a good way).

I have to say tht I think Twitter is a bit of a waste of time.  Most of the posts I read weren’t saying much and those which were didn’t have enough depth, I wanted more.  I think I’m just not a Twitter kinda girl.  In the spirit of Twitter though, I’m keeping this very short.

I’d considered setting up a Facebook profile for a while but it was one of those things I’d never got round to, so it’s good to have a kick up the backside to make me actually do it!  I think it’s great generally but some of the searching is a bit dodgy, for instance when I searched for people who left my school the same year as me, there were lots of people in the list who I didn’t recognise and I found that they hadn’t actually been to my school at all!  I did find one friend who I haven’t heard from for ages though so it wasn’t an entirely fruitless search.  I’ve only joined one group so far (How many mums are there on Facebook – yes, it is a bit sad) but will try to spend a bit more time browsing and find some more.  Must put some more information on my profile too as it’s a bit boring at the moment.  I’ve invited a couple of people to be my friends, but as they haven’t responded yet at the moment it says on my profile that I have no friends (sob!)

There has been a lot of press coverage relating to potential infringements of individuals’ privacy following the launch of Google Street View.  So far, this is only available in the US, but it is due to be launched in other European countries and Google camera cars have been seen in the UK.  I would be concerned, as many are, that face blurring technology is not enough to disguise people and that it would be possible to identify individuals despite these measures.  Also, I’d be concerned that Google may continue to hold images with the faces of passers by/number plates etc. unblurred, or would at least hold these images for a limited period until the face blurring technology can be applied.    This would be a particular concern for people who have a good reason to keep their location secret, for example people who have fled a violent relationship or witnesses to violent crimes.  As Google has already discovered, the whole project is a potential minefield!  I imagine that groups such as Liberty would also be concerned about Street View, though a quick look at their website hasn’t uncovered anything on this.  It will be interesting to see how this unfolds, particularly if there are further legal actions against Google.

Well it is, so there!

I love Google Maps!  I’ve already had a play around with this in the past, but hadn’t had a good look at our house in Honley.  Looking at it now I’ve realised that this photo was taken ages ago as the extension isn’t shown and that was built (by the previous occupants) in 2004!  So the photo must be at least 5 years old, which surprised me, I would have thought that Google would update more regularly than that, but I suppose the world is a big place!  Here’s the link if you want to have a look.

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=hd9+6es&sll=53.800651,-4.064941&sspn=18.388688,37.617188&ie=UTF8&ll=53.597241,-1.800116&spn=0.001081,0.002296&t=h&z=19&iwloc=addr

I seem to have hit a bad time for viewing Google Moon, Mars etc. – I waited a while and nothing happened, but I will try again another time.  Also, Google Maps didn’t like me asking for directions from Huddersfield to Madrid, but did later allow me to ask how to get from Honley to Cheadle Hulme in Stockport (where my parents live).  Google Maps reckoned it would take roughly 52 minutes which is pretty accurate, snow and fog permitting.



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  • Lynn Barrett: Hi Kate We have a meeting next week to bring the whole thing to a close so I'm catching up with the finishers! I'm glad you enjoyed it - I certainly
  • ukemee: I'm finding extra stuff out about podcasts all the time. UCB blog told me about Guardian stuff and now I can catch up with the Archers as well. Excell
  • librao: I wish them luck, however I think it unlikely to succeed in court for the simple reason that whilst a Civil Partnership confers all the legal rights t