iGoogle rethink

Having decided to revisit this blog it’s prompted me to also revisit my iGoogle Tabs. So now i’m doing a long overdue re-evaluation of the Tabs I created in iGoogle, moving and loosing some RSS feeds and gadgets with the view to again making this my browsers homepage, I’ve had the BBC’s weather page as my ‘homepage’ for ages now but I don’t like the rather aggressive redesigned BBC pages so iGoogle here I come again.


Brain Pickings- one of my favourite places and now
All the Brain Pickings best-of reading lists of 2011 – psychology, design, science, history, photography, food & more – together at last, in one place
“Brain Pickings is a human-powered discovery engine for interestingness, culling and curating cross-disciplinary curiosity-quenchers, and separating the signal from the noise to bring you things you didn’t know you were interested in until you are.”
Thank you  
 a cultural curator and curious mind at large, who also writes for Wired UKThe Atlantic and Design Observer, among others. She gets occasional help from a handful of talented contributors.

This has inspired me to make an effort to revisit this blog this year, it’s been neglected somewhat as I’ve spent time on the Trendhub blog, FB page, Twitter feed etc. Time to get back to some things just for me … actually all those other things are me as well … not easy to define where the working me and the not working me start, end and overlap… so I won’t be stopping them
Because creativity, after all, i. It’s our ability to tap into the mental pool of resources — ideas, insights, knowledge, inspiration — that we’ve accumulated over the years just by being present and alive and awake to the world, and to combine them in extraordinary new ways. In order for us to truly create and contribute to the world, we have to be able to connect countless dots, to cross-pollinate ideas from a wealth of disciplines, to combine and recombine these ideas and build new ideas — like LEGOs. The more of these building blocks we have, and the more diverse their shapes and colors, the more interesting our creations will become.”  

inspired by the SDC

Tuesday 21st September an inspiring day at the SDC, colour, textile, archives discussions, lectures, photo presentations and more … reminded me why I became so besotted with colour and the textile industry all those years ago and reminded me The British Textile industry is NOT dead, it just needs to …

moleskine: MSK templates

made me smile again this  morning again moleskine: MSK templates

moleskine has released a series of unique MSK templates for all moleskine users to download and insert into their notebooks. through MSK, users can also transfer digital content such as contacts, events or original associations of images and text for further personalization of their sketchbooks. the MSK wizard can help create a personalized template for any area of interest including local art exhibits, social events, or theater productions. meanwhile the events page allows you to upload the events you will be attending and the contacts page lets you upload your contacts from outlook, plaxo or a mobile phone. in doing this, moleskine hopes to make their sketchbooks even more personalized and functional for individual needs.”

and for all book lovers

as an experiment, as of today the Trendhub blog is now visible to everyone, including search engines (like Google, Bing, Technorati) and archivers. It will be interesting to see if this makes a significant different to the numbers of visitors and the number of spam comments received.

25Things 2010

Hello, as 25Things @ Huddersfield is starting a new round for 2010 with a new crop of participants (with 3 of us from last year doing the hand holding for this years newbies), I thought it was about time I got back to my own blog…so here I am 🙂

Since taking part in last years 25Things I’ve become even more addicted to the web and now have a blog for the resource area for Art, Design and Architecture that I manage here at the University  http://trendhub.wordpress.com/

Facebook pages and groups for

the Trend Hub resource area facebook/TRENDHUB

SAMPLE (the brand and publication for the BA. Hons Crafts course ) facebook/SAMPLE (I also have a private closed facebook account just for staff and student participants and contributors to Sample)

BaccaPipes Folk Club facebook/BACCApipes-Folk-Club

and now 2 Twitter accounts which I monitor and use mainly via Tweetdeck which makes managing 2 very different account …manageable.

http://twitter.com/desimeleon (the people I follow here now tends to be mainly posting about eLearning and technology )

http://twitter.com/adatrendhub (Art, Design and Architecture Creative stuff )

There are a number of other ways that fuel my web addiction thanks to 25Things but more about those another time.

as a reminder

the Mashing  Libraries session were brill, i need to revisit my notes and follow stuff up soooon – after my hols