Saturday, May 28, 2011

Diigo iChromy for iPad + Angry Birds = Happy!

As much of a Mac fangrrl as I am, I've never been a Safari fan. I dunno why, it just never *felt* right. So it was Netscape...and then Firefox & Chrome. Of course the iPad only came with Safari so when I heard that Google Diigo came out with a FREE new browser app called iChromy which offers an identical browsing experience on your iPad with a smooth user interface, free apps, and some rather nice features - I was excited! When researching this I came across a great article on Cult of Mac:(link below) "iChromy’s attempt to mimic Google Chrome on the iPad makes it one of the nicest third-party browsers for the iPad I’ve used. One of its best features is its tabbed browsing: just like Chrome all of your tabs sit at the very top of the browser and it’s simple to switch between them and open & close individual tabs." SWEET! (Correction: In my excited reporting of this new APP I jumped to the conclusion that Google came out with this but it was the AWEsome people at Diigo who actually did! Thx to Eric in comments for the correction & I'm happy to make it!) That means a seamless feel from laptop to iPad! Now, this is not BETA but does have a bit of a Beta feel...What looks different from Firefox? Once you install it you'll notice that iChromy’s address bar "combines both URL entry and search into one box in an effort to keep its UI clean, and when you begin to scroll down a page, this bar is hidden to provide you with more room for content." I don't know how long it's gonna take me to stop looking for my Google search bar on my top right but I'm more than willing to give it a whirl! "There’s a built-in reading list with ‘read later’ functionality with which you can save web pages to view later offline. There’s also support to save and share content with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Diigo and Instapaper." Hmmm So...that makes me run & download it...I'll report back later on my user experience.
UPDATE! 6/29 I got an email from co-founder of Diigo with this exciting news!
FYI - we have just released a new update V1.1 in App Store, with more enhancements & fixes in response to many user suggestions. So in addition to tabs, offline browsing and fast speed, the new version now allows Incognito Mode, Find in Page, Photo Save, Quick Dial, and lots more. For the complete list of new update, please see for more detail.
Also, I want to give you a heads up: our next version release will be a major one that includes integration of highlighter and annotation features, unique core services by Diigo. Stay tuned!
Best,Maggie Tsai --Diigo

In the meantime I got intrigued by the Mac v. of Chrome for my MacBook...and then..I'll admit, whilst shopping online, I saw an ad for my beloved Angry Birds game built inside the Chrome browser!
WHAT the WHAT!??
and then Oh Happy Happy!
New Chrome for Mac highlighted features:
Speed - Chrome is designed to be fast in every possible way: It's quick to start up from your desktop, loads web pages in a snap, and runs complex web applications fast. Learn more about Chrome and speed.

Simplicity - Chrome's browser window is streamlined, clean and simple. Chrome also includes features that are designed for efficiency and ease of use. For example, you can search and navigate from the same box, and arrange tabs however you wish — quickly and easily.
- Chrome is designed to keep you safer and more secure on the web with built-in malware and phishing protection, autoupdates to make sure the browser is up-to-date with the latest security updates, and more. Learn more about Chrome's security features. APPS-A-Go-Go! And more features: Chrome has many useful features built in, including translation in the browser, apps (Like Angry Birds!), extensions, themes, and more. Learn more about Chrome's newest and most-loved features. From the Why Chrome? Page

How much of a Google fan am I? I've mentioned before my 2004 Google App webpage (now visually embarrassing -but still geek street cred cool - designed for 640X480 screen! LOL) "Doing Backflips Over Google for Yahooligans" And now.... to show off my office decorations feat Google swag (or toys!) I give you this!

I always wonder what other peoples offices look like - well, this is mine which I share with my AWEsome assistant of near 20 years Mrs. Robin Black. (obviously.a.saint) See? My Google Neon Lamp, Google Lava (Motion) Lamp ($15.85 while supplies last) my fav Red Angry Bird, YouTube thermal mug ($12.05) which sadly doesn't fit under my Kerurig and other toys like my Torchwood Capt. Jack Harkness action figure. Now Google, don't think I'm sucking up to you! (however tempting that is!) Back in the day I used to be able to email a marketing guy at CDIGateway & share that I was doing a Google centric preso & they would overnight me swag! Ahh those were the days! Obviously, no longer!

Frankly I had SO many literary & library related toys & bobbleheads I had to make a display of them in my library display case! LOL

Google Chrome - Overview
iChromy is The Perfect iPad Web Browser for Google Chrome Users --By Killian Bell
iChromy: An Alternative iPad Browser With Chrome Envy
Free Angry Birds game | Play Angry Birds with the new Chrome Web App - Exclusive levels!
Angry Birds gets a web version, coming to Chrome Web Store -- Engadget

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Vinyl Love App: Scratching Justin Timberlake

I can't help myself. I love me some JT. He brings my Sexy Back!
(not that it ever left! ;-)
...But almost as much I love Justin Timberlake, I adore this new app that "plays" the vinyl records of my youth AND let's you "scratch" as if you had 2 turn tables and a microphone (Beck knows where it's at!)'s only $1.99!
Thanks to my dear friends Joquetta Johnson & Donna Anderson - my Appolicious Queens of the i Pad I learned about this at the MSET spring board meeting last week! The pic on the right shows another cool feature! When choosing an LP you can "flip" through the albums in a milk crate of all your iTunes music! No need to import the App finds it and puts it right there for you! How cool!

Another great new app is from my longtime software love, Comic Life. At a more hefty price of $7.99 this gorgeous app promises to feed my comic desires on the go! Haven't played much with this but I'll report back to you dear readers once I do! More from their website:
star icon Beautifully designed interface that makes making comics even more enjoyable
star icon Easily use photos in your iPad Photo Library or take a picture with the iPad 2 cameras
star icon Balloons, captions, lettering and templates for easy story-telling
star icon Smart text layout - keeps your words inside the lines
star icon Integrated Comic Reader for fullscreen view of your comic with added external screen support
star icon Share your comics with family and friends with Facebook integration, email and printing
star icon Drag and drop comics between iPads. Great for sharing work in the classroom
star icon Built-in Collections helps keep your created comics organized in simple collections
star icon Image filtering enhances the look of your photos and lifts the look of your comic project
star icon Online Help has comprehensive information on how to get the most out of this feature-rich app

If you missed this post iPad LOVE & App LUST all about the coolest, best iPAd APPS for educators & geeks featuring guest bloggers, Joquetta Johnson, Donna Anderson, & Selena Ward check it out!

What's YOUR favourite App!? Love your comments!

(no commericial spammers though!) Gah!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Know Your Meme

I can't believe I'm giving Rebecca Black another mention on my blog! But she and her viral video are really great examples of an Internet Meme. And after 146,797,514 views of her orig video below and a growing number of re-makes this is also another excellent example of the Re-mix Mash-up revolution as I've mentioned before! The Digital Remix Mash-Up Culture Explained Blog fodder \\FTW!// (for the win)
What's a meme you may be asking?
Let's talk about it after the jump! A Meme is an image, video, phrase or simply an idea that spreads from one person to another seemingly for no logical reason at all ...but is AWEsome! From babies & hamsters dancing, LOLcats, O Rly, Epic Fail, to being Rick Rolled an Internet meme is a cultural phenom...Here's the history!
(Click below for the full PG-13 Infographic)

Need to keep up on all the hot memes or confirm a meme hunch? Check out the Internet Meme Data Base aka Know Your Meme!

With SO many renditions of this song going around first Stephen Colbert & Jimmy Fallon then

(click above for the flipped video...that is, until the YouTubes yanks it)
the Christian version "Sunday"....And just when we thought it was over SQUEE! it's on GLEE!??

I mean if anyone can make a song (Friday) or artist (Justin Bieber) cool... it's GLEE!
"It's undeniable that Glee’s trio Sam, Artie and Puck does a very good job pimping the most hated song in history…but why Friday despite of its untoward acceptance from Netizens? Well Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy simply explains it to" -zebiz


Planking: the act of laying face down, hands at side, and playing dead - made famous first in Australia, sometimes deathly dangerous, a dead funny photo op and youtube trend.


Top 10 Internet Memes -by Squidoo

EngChatRubbish the Report! Join us for Mon, May 23 at 7 PM EST w/ & me! Pls RT.

Ban_The_Book_Report_EngChat.jpgBan the Book Report!

The Power of the Product: Creative, Meaningful, & Daring Ways to Demonstrate Information Mastery

An EngChat Conversation with:
Gwyneth Jones & Elizabeth Singleton,
This conversation will hopefully generate a wealth of viable, creative, meaningful, and daring products that demonstrate information mastery, go beyond the regular research report and span the digital divide. The products of this conversation, the collected tweets & corkboardme additions will generate layers of sharing, producing, and value.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Super Quirky Rocks! I know, Right?

Characterized by peculiar or unexpected traits: "quirky charm"
From the Urban Dictionary: quirky "weird funny unique strange awesome cool odd cute fun random different intelligent silly amazing individual dork awkward sarcastic hot..." Quirky Hot? Really? Ok! I'll gladly take the lovely Salem Press 2011 Library Blog Award nomination! I am blushingly & gobsmackedly honored! Thank you! If you have found my quirky blog amusing, interesting, cool, informative or helpful I'd shamelessly would love your Vote! (takes only a second - I'm at the very bottom!) If you are viewing my blog for the first time because of the Salem Press mention - Hi! Welcome!
Salem Press definition: Quirky: Character-driven blogs covering an array of library topics that defy categorization Wooohooo! That does seem to fit! And I guess the fact that I just spent 40 min photoshopping the graphic to the left to Steampunk geeky goodness must prove it! LOL (hope you don't mind Salem Press love you, mean it!) So yeah, when my sweet friend & fellow Geek Tribe member @DianeCordell emailed to tell me this was like a real thing...Ok, I'll admit to another SQUEE! moment!
To be listed with an amazing group of super bloggers such as:
Librarian in Black
Information Tyrannosaur
Librarian by Day
my local favorite the
Cecil County Public Library
and the School blogs...sheesh! Look at this Rock Star Lineup!
The Unquiet Librarian
Ms. Yingling Reads
The Blue Skunk Blog
K-M The Librarian
Shelf Consumed
In the "Commercial blog" category my neverending favourite! My beloved mentor Joyce Valenza
Neverending Search not to mention...dear "new comer" a particular fav of mine Tamara Cox the Eliterate Librarian and the lineup of judges! WOW! At the risk of sounding like a total suck up...Look at these peeps! The Salem Press yearly blog award also gives ME a great new list of inspiring & informative blogs to follow -- I LOVE THAT! Seriously again..thank you everyone!

Want your own Super Hero Avatar!?
Who doesn't? Like, OMG...mine is like lookin into flippin mirror, right? [snarf, cough, gag, eyeroll, evil grin] Go to my Wikipage with ALL the directions! Cheers! GoAnimate Basics by gwynethanne

Like it? Create your own at It's free and fun!
Oh and HCPSS? I wish you would unblock - yeah, it's got the f-bomb but how ELSE am I gonna keep up with my student's lingo? Good thing I know how to GOOGLE! Want an Urban Definition but blocked? Do this! And you'll get this on Google Page...

Urban Dictionary: hoochie

7 posts - 7 authors - Last post: Oct 20, 2010
a woman who dresses in tight clothes and wears a large amount of makeup.

No need to click it - just read! [winks] Sweet! Take that filter! POW! Zap!
Thank you to my dear Dr. Obolensky of New Babbage Second Life for the evil monocle and triumphant evil mustache - that added just the right touch to my Photoshoppin! Rumour has it, Steampunk Former Pirate Capt. Red Llewellyn has had a mad adoring pash for him for 4 Second Life years...that's DECADES in RL time!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Twitter Style Book Review Lesson

Sweet Tweets About Good Reads

Here's an idea for a fun tech-social-media infused creative writing lesson and one I'll be sure to mention when I'm guest hosting the Twitter #EngChat event May 23rd at 7pm EST. The topic will be The Power of the Product and I'll be hosting with amazing MHMS co-worker Elizabeth Singleton (@emsingleton). This conversation will consist of viable, creative, meaningful, and daring products that demonstrate information mastery, go beyond the regular research report and span the digital divide.
On this second blog posting in one day (assuredly a first!) I must give a very special thank you to reading specialist & MHMS co-worker Deb Burkey! You inspired & gave me this idea during our conversation the other day talking about the Fakebook lesson. YAY, you rock! The text is written as directions to students.

Writing a short, concise, quality book review is a challenge! Using the Twitter style, create a short book review that hints at the story, not give TOO much away - add a shortened link to the Amazon book listing (for more information, buying, and expanded book reviews) and your emotion rating.=D
If you cannot say something in 140 characters or less, then it is not worth saying. Paring a review down to 140 characters and a rating really forces reviewers to get to the essential appeal or flaw of the work being reviewed --AND it's a challenge!
Here are some examples:

Full lesson on our MHMS Learning Wikipage
How to:
To do this activity, go to our learning wiki by typing in the Google top right search box "mhms learning" we're the first hit...go to the wikipage for this lesson & get ready to have more than one window or tab open to do this. If you like multitasking, then this is the lesson for you!

1. Choose a YA book to review *you have read* (non-negotiable!)
2. Go to Amazon Books and search for your book, SAVE the URL
3. Shorten the Amazon URL using! Copy that URL

4. Go to Character Creator & Paste the shortened URL
5. Add your review Emoticon at the very end.
In keeping with SMS Social Media culture, the four ratings are emoticons:
=D for Squee! I LOVED it!
=) for It was good - not Great!
=| for Meh...I guess it was just OK.
=( GAH! Did NOT like it a bit!

6. Write your Review in FRONT OF the URL & Emoticon
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Cut out words that are unnecessary - re-word, re-think, re-write, re-mix, & be creative! Hints: use "&" rather than the word AND, dashes as breaks, but try NOT to write in leet speak. Like "OMG, UR going to h8 this book" There are times for that kind of informal text - but not for this activity :-O

If you want to post these Tweet reviews to your school Twitter account you can also add the hashtag #booktweet before the emoticon review so that they can be searched (this is optional since Twitter is blocked by HCPSS :-(

Did you do all that and you're under 140 characters? AWEsome!

7. CUT and PASTE your Tweet review from the Character Counter and put into a Word document, save it as your first initial & last name + bookreview EX. "GJonesBookReview" Don't forget to add your name on the top of the word doc and save to your documents folder &
if instructed to do so, turn this into your teacher via the Hand In folder (MHMS only)

ALTERNATIVE Google Form Submission idea: Create a Google form & embed in wikipage for kids to submit their Twitter Style Book Reviews - share that Google doc with all your teachers who are working with this lesson!

Want to teach this lesson with your kids? Go to our MHMS Learning Wiki!! Link to, or copy the wikipage (with attribution please) onto your wikipage!

Inspired by Twitter, this lesson idea & posting, and for my deep admiration for the amazing work of Icon Factory artist & creator of the Twitter Bird, Ollie David Lanham who created my beloved cartoon avatar - I bought Ollie the Twitterific Bird toy today! YAY!
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