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Hello and About

Hello 25 thingers… Hello everyone – So that this post stays on top of the list, it is my Sticky Post. To bring some sort of order, I’ve categorised most of my entries. Look…see…. just on the Right, down there… Posts by Categories! Oh and I’ve tagged most posts so you could choose to view using a tag (kind of mini and multi categories, as many posts have more than 1 tag) – click one to pick one …. or …. just read on in the usual date order sort of way, latest first. There is also more than 1 page – look along the top, this gave me the chance to expand a bit and keep some categories/topics/things separate. That was/is the Hello, now the About, the Why.. The short explination is to do25 things @ Huddersfield(click the link to the left to find out more) and NOW……. 25Things 2010 has started.

“We Can Do Anything We Want With Your Content. Forever.”

ummm interesting… see this post  – http://tinyurl.com/ca4r2l on consumerist.com

You hereby grant Facebook an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense) to (a) use, copy, publish, stream, store, retain, publicly perform or display, transmit, scan, reformat, modify, edit, frame, translate, excerpt, adapt, create derivative works and distribute (through multiple tiers), any User Content you (i) Post on or in connection with the Facebook Service or the promotion thereof subject only to your privacy settings or (ii) enable a user to Post, including by offering a Share Link on your website and (b) to use your name, likeness and image for any purpose, including commercial or advertising, each of (a) and (b) on or in connection with the Facebook Service or the promotion thereof.”

find the above in the Licenses section of TOS

This throws up some interesting IP/copyright issues, what should you/shouldn’t you post,

…it’s difficult to get young people/students (and sometimes the not so young) to think carefully about what they post on social networking sites, to think about the image of themselves they are portraying and what might seem a harmless bit of fun now might come back to haunt them in a few months/years time, are the language/images used going to be appropriate or detrimental in a few months time and how many of us really look carefully at the privacy settings – will this change things, I personally doubt it. I think if you presume that anything you put on the internet is out there forever regardless if you want it there or not.

there is the “subject only to your privacy settings” sentence, so if we all keep these up-to date is that ok then…restricted to my Friends, since that’s what my privacy settings are set for.!?!  The next question then is  -Who are my/your friends-

A place for Twitter

I’ve found that I use facebook updates for friends (the confessional not professional) and Twitter has become a place for work connections, though I am following my son on Twitter also… yes he does know.. I’ve found lots of interesting e-learning links and discussions I wouldn’t have known about if it wasn’t for some of my twitter connections, so it now has a firm place in my work related resources thanks to 25 Things for the nudge.

#uksnow on Flickr

Following on from my Twitter link  Uk snow on Twitter/Google Earth

View most interesting 'uksnow' photos on Flickriver

I found this on YouTube after following a Twitter Feed to first of all this blog post 

http://www.barnabu.co.uk/uksnow-twitter-animation-google-earth-5/

quote from above…. “As a knock-on of this there’s been a large amount of media buzz about the use of Twitter as a mob-sourced geo-mashup generator to show snowfall.  Twitter users have been posting the first half of their postcode, plus the amount of snow in their location. 0 = no snow, 10 = bucket loads. ie: “#uksnow W12 9/10″  Developers have been mashing-up that data. Check out Ben Marsh’s neat, live Google Map mashup of this: #uksnow Tweets

23rd Thing – Podcasts

I know I’ve downloaded,subscribed to and listened to Podcasts in the past but not for sometime, in fact looking at my iTunes it seems the last time I downloaded one was January last year and I haven’t listened to that. It’s not because I don’t like the idea, it’s more about the way I listen to things.

I’ve always liked audio books, especially while traveling and whilst working in industry I usually had Radio 4 on in the background when working on the computer, now a days I suppose all these hours at home on the computer could be time listening to Podcasts but instead I tend to either tune into live radio,listen to music via iTunes or, use the wonderful listen again features via the internet (and at work my birdsong tracks).  

Today that might change. I think today might just be the time to rediscover the huge variety of subjects that podcasts have to offer. I’m going to start by relooking at what I already have. In my itunes I find I have 44 Podcasts –

27 espisodes of Books on Gardian Unlimited, 11 episodes of Great Moments in History, 2 episodes of Old Time Radio Comedy, 1 Front Row Interview, 1 episode of Radio 4’s Material World, and, 1 episode of Secrets of the Pirates of the Caribbean. a quick discussion with my son and a look at his shared iTunes library show that he currently has 350 Podcasts in his collection, he subscribes to 28 and this 350 include just the last 5 of any that he subscribes to, any older than this and they drop off the list. It seems these are what he listens to most when on his computer. doing homework and well just being. Now I’m going to go away and look closer at my podcasts and come back to this later

bit more Library Thing

This is a comment on one of the other 25Thingers blog – jubaru –

“Have you tried bookcrossing.com? It’s an interesting way of passing books on… )

So I hope jubaru and Bryony don’t mind me pinching this comment…. but with around 2500 books in the house (a very rough count up when I first logged into Library Thing earlier today) this could be useful. Cheers 🙂