July 3, 2007

In praise of stay-cation

Long story short: I'm not going to be blogging much in July, if at all. Today is day one of my month of vacation stay-cation.

With all of the moving around in the last few years, much of what would have been 'vacation' has been taken up with packing and getting from A to B. So this time, I'm not moving, but doing house reno. Not very relaxing, but so much more gratifying. While I was working in Vegas and Toronto, we rented out our house in Winnipeg and just regained possession on Friday. We're puttin' the boots to it before our two new ragdoll kitties arrive on Saturday.


In other news, my job title changed last week to "Instructional Technology and Web Services Librarian." There's lots of exciting stuff happening there, and I'll have more on that when I get back.

Now back to sanding . . . : )

Posted at 11:27 AM to misc news |Permalink

June 13, 2007

Hello . . . again


Was I ever relieved to read that blog posting frequency doesn't matter anymore! Ok, I've probably taken that idea a little too far by going on a year+ hiatus. But here I am, happy to be blogging again.

After leaving UNLV in Sept '06 to head back to Canada, I started in a new job at the Faculty of Information Studies at the University of Toronto. Yearning for our prairie home, family and friends, the sig_other and I made the decision to move back to Winnipeg and make it permanent (as permanent as permanent can be for someone like me who has moved about 10 times in the last 12 or so years).

I am now working at the University of Winnipeg as the Web and Reference Services Librarian. As with my previous job at the UofW, it's a contract gig lasting until October 2008. In a nutshell, I am the Acting Information Literacy Coordinator, web services librarian (as always - straddling public services and systems: something I love), the DLI representative for the UofW (read: data librarian), subject liaison to Education, and occasional electronic resources duties as needed.

After 6000 kilometres later and a whole lot of U-Hell, I'm back in the 'Peg.

My blogging interests remain largely the same. Though I'm not working specifically with distance education anymore, I continue to be interested in and support the types of tools that former readers of schwagbag may be accustomed to reading about, namely, techy tools for communication and collaboration, technology and instruction, design and architecture, etc. Thanks to Paul Pival for giving me a much-needed kick in the pants ; )

Oh, and if you've subscribed in the past, don't forget to update your RSS feeds to the new one, as the others will soon be decommissioned:

Posted at 1:56 PM to misc news |Permalink

June 6, 2007

Screencast-O-Matic = fast and easy online tutorials


Screencast-O-Matic isn't as robust or fully-featured as products like Camtasia or ViewletBuilder, but what it does allow you to do is quickly and easily create and upload screencasts right from your browser with no software install (read: free!)

Feature breakdown:

  • audio inputs
  • 5 minute screen capture maximums
  • mouse movement aren't recorded but there is a 'red button' feature' that can be used to highlight things on a screen
  • two capture sizes
  • ability to add notes
  • file upload and URL for distributing and promoting content
  • privacy/viewability settings: public or private
  • ability to create channels/groups to categorize screencasts together by subject, etc

Screencast-O-Matic is currently in beta. Go on, give it a whirl.

Posted at 5:36 PM to cool new tools |Permalink

June 5, 2007

inbox zero

Do you see that? My inbox count is reading a big fat '0'. Thanks to the gtd method, something with which i've recently become completely and utterly enamored with, and MailActOn for mail.app, I'm doing battle with my email and winning. Email: prepare to be conquered.

I've been on a personal productivity kick lately (hence the resuscitation of this blog) and email has always been a huge drain on my time, sometimes taking up the better part of a morning. Hopefully I'll now have more time to work on projects, and, er, blog . . . *blush*

see: 43f inbox zero

Posted at 5:55 PM to gtd |Permalink

May 30, 2007

::schwagbag:: has a new rss feed address

It's been a while, but I'm back (more about that later). The rss feed has changed to:



subscribe to ::schwagbag:: by email

I'll keep the old feeds up and running for a little while longer, but they will be disappearing soon.

Posted at 3:26 PM to blog stuff |Permalink