Monday, November 14, 2005

all consuming, librarything

In my sidebar, down at the bottom, you'll notice two new widgets - All Consuming and LibraryThing.

I'm going to try to use All Consuming to keep track of the films I see. I like the brief "entry" field for quick notes on what I thought while watching . . . The films I've got listed now I've seen since I started the blog this summer. Maybe I'll go back and list every film I've ever seen. Or maybe that's ridiculous. I like this better than IMDB "my movies" feature (categories are less easy to use than tags and you can't share your IMDB "my movies" with everyone in the world) and better than Netflix (also private, but I like the recommendation feature there).

I'm pretty sure I'm going to become a member-for-life. I like the semi-public nature of the members' libraries - I can find other members with overlapping libraries. So that is sort of like getting recommendations. I don't know how long a review I can enter for each book . . . but this seems a little like Endnote. It won't make me footnotes for my diss, but it's easier to use.

Does anyone know of better cataloging tools before I get too committed?

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Blogger the chocolate lady said...

I couldn't find your comments on the books.

3:20 AM  
Blogger zp said...

um, er. I'm so flattered by your interest.

But I've only made 2 so far. I'm working on (yet another) grant proposal, but I'm going to let loose on the library when I finish . . .

7:20 AM  
Blogger LibraryThing said...

Hey. Check out and I think you'll find LibraryThing is better. It's much larger than the others, is the only one that goes past Amazon, has more features, etc. I think you'll choose it. Certainly it has the most responsive developer (me). :)

4:44 PM  
Blogger mzn said...

Hi zp,
Totally off topic, but have you seen that the NYer now has bios for its staff writers online? There must be something juicy in there. I like it when they refer to someone having "attended" college or grad school, so much classier than saying they dropped out.

I would have e-mailed this to you but I don't see an address anywhere around the blog. You are very mysterious, though I have deduced a thing or two about you from the contents of your library. I suppose that puts this comment on topic after all.

7:56 PM  
Blogger zp said...

I don't know why the comments aren't one of the displayed fields when you click below on the "my library" link (if you click on the books themselves, you do not find my actual library). I've changed the fields so that I see the comments when I sign in, but I can't find out where to change the fields so that strangers see the comments when they are just browsing. If you click on display 4 you'll see the comments, but how badly do you want to read these?

Again, I've not done much with them, its not as easy for me as the glib sums I give on films.

Love those NYer bios. And your use of the word classy. I've long been thinking about posting on the word classy, which is, as far as I know the only word that when used connotes the exact opposite of what it (supposedly) denotes. There are other words that we use ironically, sure, but not quite on this level. I think its the classy McDonald's chicken sandwiches ads that got me started on this.

As for my cagy-ness, I'm in a grad program and I don't want all my collegues, who spend plenty o' time on the web, finding my blog and then gossiping about how much time I must be spending on the web. We've all got creative and emotional outlets, but we do tend to point fingers. I'm sure you could pin down quite a bit of info, if you needed to, I just didn't want to make it too easy for people who knew me.

4:49 PM  
Blogger zp said...

ps. Wouldn't it be fun if there were something called "MyPantry" where you could list your favorite food products with reviews? Then you could use it for shopping, or sharing . . . Is there such a thing?

5:09 PM  
Blogger mzn said...

I like "my pantry." I've been thinking of posting just about things in my pantry. Perhaps I shall.

9:27 PM  
Blogger zp said...

mzn, pure coincidence, but when i checked in at the pittsburgh food blog the green jackfruittoday she had posted a tool, in the very manner we were discussing and given a link to 'indian kitchen' where a larger project WAS underway but has been curtailed.

i have a feeling that any day now someone will develop this . . . .

4:26 PM  
Blogger Kaunda said...

Thanks for heading over to my blog Bazungu Bucks. It's got a narrow audience:-) But for what it's worth that audience is comprised of 50-somethings like myself. And it seems most of us are behind the curve on all things computer; I certainly am. Most of my friends don't seem to think blogs are worth it, so my link to this blog was part of my effort to convince them otherwise.

So I'm shocked to see you say:

"I'm in a grad program and I don't want all my collegues, who spend plenty o' time on the web, finding my blog and then gossiping about how much time I must be spending on the web."

Not shocked in the least that you want to blog undercover, but rather that your collegues would think like that.

Okay, admittedly I'm quite removed from the computer cognoscente, but listening in on blogosphere conversations it seems the one community of professionals who see the value of blogs in their professional lives. Even venture capitalists are blogging.

I've never been to grad school, but I take no pleasure in seeing grad students' chains yanked.

Your blog is wonderful and thanks for alerting me to that library thingy.

4:59 PM  

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