The twittered catalog

Tonight, I managed to twitter enable our library catalog.   Now, if you find a book you want to recommend to your friends, just click the “tweet this!” link, and fill in your twitter username and password, and click “tweet”.  As if by magic, the item is tweeted, complete with a link to it in our catalog.    Yup, I’m a geek!   Twitter folks, try it out at:

http://library.waubonsee.edu/catalog/

Auto Twitter

I signed up for a twitter account this morning.  Looked over the API, and by 9:30 had integrated parts of it into the library website.  Staff with twitter accounts now display their current “tweet”  on the library website.  Not one to be satisfied with that…  I created a new program for use in our library system that now automatically “tweets” every time someone checks out a book from the new book display.

Follow the Todd Library at: http://twitter.com/wcctoddlibrary

Its a small world afterall

A few years ago I attended a library conference in Nashville at the gaylord opreland. During the conference there was another conference dealing with industrial water equipment.
Tonight I was sitting at the bar talking with my new friend Gordon. A coiple came in fresh from their vacation in nashville. Gordon mentioned he had been there a few years ago for a conference. They asked about the conference, and he mentioned it was an industrial water equipment conference. My ears perked up, and I began to question him.
I should not have been shocked, it was the same conference. We both sat at the same pub, enjoying the same musicians. Really, what are the odds!?
My life, pretty good actually…

Windows, not Microsoft related

Last night I was sitting in the living room and the cold wind was blowing outside. Once again, I could feel the chill coming off the windows in the living room. I tossed and turned all night after I went to bed. I wrestled with making a decision. The old windows in the living room are single pane, leaky, and in need of caulking yet again, a project I hate. The alternative though would be to spend a lot of money on replacement windows. Finally I convinced myself I was being irrational by “justifying” ignoring the ancient single pane windows and I feel asleep satisfied in the knowledge that I had decided to call someone for a quote. When I awoke I dreaded the idea of making the call, but got on the computer and did research. I finally decided on going to the showroom of an area window, siding, and door expert and explain the situation them, and let them explain what they could do for me. After spending a good 45 minutes showing me my options, discussing in detail what they would do to the house, etc, my mother and I decided to give them a shot. We really cannot afford to replace all 9 windows at the moment, so we are starting with the 5 worst ones.
Next Friday the measurement tech will be out to measure the five we chose to replace, and we will go from there. I hope I haven’t made a bad choice on this. I’ve looked up the company, and there’s mixed reviews on the net about them, however there seemed to be a lot more positive reviews than negative ones.