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The undertow of construction around the site

The launch of LibraryThing book catalog was one big step toward taking inventory of the charivari around my house, as books have taken over patch of my bedroom floor. With more and more books coming “out of the closet,” my account will soon become a lifetime membership for $25. As Greg pointed out in the comment, we are on the lookout for similar site that will catalog CDs, DVDs, and anything of which we have a fetish to catalog! Maybe it’s time to work on a searchable database for my books and media collection so any title can become just one click away.

Then I discovered Flickr, yet another addictive online community that enables new way of organizing photos. Flickr makes possible for us to share some of our most memorable, goofiest, funny, interesting, esoteric, artistic pictures to the whole world or just a private audience for maybe more than 30 seconds of celebrity. Once I have uploaded my pictures, Flickr can also add one of those cool photo strips to the side of your blog. Just design your badge (HTML or a flash one like the one on the left sidebar of this blog), and cut and paste the code to your blog template! And another cool thing you can add to your blog is the Flickr Zeitgeist. Cut and paste to your blog. You can even set it up so it just shows your pictures and those of your Flickr contacts. Did I say it’s addictive?

An interesting idea comes to mind when I’m writing this post. For those who are on the quest for love and dating online, Flickr lets people see and find out more about you than just some legalistic, stat-oriented profile can offer. Just a thought. Anyway my Flickr account just burgeons so I’ll upload more pictures of my travels. Pictures from the most recent Thailand and Cambodia/Angor Wat trip are up. The intricacy and details of the carvings, bas-reliefs, and architecture are fabulous. The pictures from Bali, Indonesia will be up next on the flash badge and followed by a collage of pictures of friends.

Another project would be to re-do the blog to a three-column format. TypePad automatically formats blogs in three columns. Maybe I’ll study the source code of some of the pages like Danielle’s so I can align links to recent posts and book reviews on one side and links to favorite /daily pursuit blogs to another to enhance navigate-friendliness. Another glitch that I would like to correct is the Blogroll site update alert. It seems that Blogroll doesn’t alert update of *some* but not all Typepad blogs. Anyone knows why?

3 Responses

  1. I really like Typepad and for me (who is really clueless at HTML) it is well worth the money. They have all sorts of templates that you can use, or you can create your own (which I am not proficient enough to do). I really should use Blogroll to keep track of updated blogs, but I have been to lazy to use any of those types of services.

  2. Unfortunately I didn’t discover TypePad until after I am hip-deep with Blogger. I guess I can still work around the problem of three-column format.

    Blogroll is amazing in the way it provides one-click to add the blog you like to your link.

  3. Matt I love your photos! Thank you for sharing. I will have to check them out again. I love to travel and can just look at travel photos for hours.

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