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-- 19 April, 2007 --


For the past week and a bit I have had the luxury of school holidays. This is one of the joys of being a teacher that people who aren't teacher use to beat us around the head with regarding our career choice. I always find it funny that when I suggest to the mockers that they too could have been a teacher, how quickly they backpeddle. There is all of that dealing with other people's children to be coped with that really puts them off.

Anyway, with all of this extra time on my hands, in between meeting the demands of The Poet and finding one thousand and one ways of avoiding cleaning the pantry cupboard, I have been spending rather a lot more time playing on the computer.

For someone like me who gets bored with any passtime that I can learn about in less than a week, computers are the ultimate toy. No matter how much you think that you know about the world inside the evil little box, there is always more to find out. That is that main reason that I took up a life of trying to teach teenage girls about the joys of computing. Strangely, few of them seem to share my enthusiasm for the subject. Perhaps there aren't enough Barbies or boys involved. After all, how long does it take to learn to surf the net or send an email?

Anyway, all of this ranting is leading to my latest 'black hole' in cyberspace. I have discovered a website where I can not only record my reading and collecting of books, but also share experiences with printed matter with other like minded souls. I am busy rumaging through the piles of portable, paperbased entertainment material that seem to gather around any spot in the house where I settle for more than ten minutes, looking for more ISBNs to add to the list. I think that I am trying to prove to myself that I am more than just a computer addicit. If any of my dear readers would like to find out more about this new addiction of mine then head on over to LibraryThing and see how long it takes you to get sucked down the votex.

While I am at the task of making suggestions for sites to see on the web, I would also like to put in a plug for my Dear Sister's new venture on Flickr. Poor Sister inhabits a household that is heavy with techophiles but, until now, has managed to resist the inexorable pull of the 'ultimate machine'. I should take some of the blame for introducing her to Flickr but after that she is all on her own. It turns out that Sister is developing quite a skill with her new camera and is gradually coming around to sharing her pics with others. Encouragement is always welcome.


Posted by robynls at April 19, 2007 10:49 AM

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I'm glad I didn't have an evil sister like you to lead me astray LOL I found my way into the twin black holes of LibraryThing and Flickr all on my own - off now to check out your sister's photos, will I say Robyn sent me?

Posted by: Erica at April 19, 2007 12:13 PM

Thanks for the positive wrap, and encouragment. I have to wonder if it is'nt in some small way an attempt to suck me over to the dark side. Although what you say about the 'evil little box' and the never ending quest of learning it's intricate ways is EXACTLY how I am with horse riding.
Thanks for the kick start though, as I am enjoying the flickr experience and challenge.

Posted by: Gail Kroon at April 19, 2007 8:31 PM

Thanks for the link, Robyn. I currently have a little book in my bedside table in which I record the books I read and what I thought about them. I always used to drive myself mad trying to remember titles and authors after the event. Now I just get out my little book. It isn't getting as much attention as it did our first year in Italy when we didn't have TV!

Posted by: Robyn at April 20, 2007 3:15 AM

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